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Honors Scholar Theses from 2019

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Decentralization and the Provision of Public Services: A Case Study of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, Mishaal Afteb

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Cooperation or Conflict: Using Alliance Theory to Explain the Current Gulf Cooperation Council Crisis, Pierre Aguirre

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Seeing Eye to Eye: A Machine Learning Approach to Automated Saccade Analysis, Maigh Attre

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DepressionGNN: Depression Prediction using Graph Neural Network on Smartphone and Wearable Sensors, Param Bidja

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The Effect of SOX 404(b) on Large Non-Accelerated Filers’ Earnings Per Share Rounding Behavior, David Bigos

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A Robust Delivery System for RNA Therapeutics, Suleyman Bozal

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Combinatorial Optimization: Introductory Problems and Methods, Erin Brownell

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An Analysis of Abdominal Stability Following Hyperthermic Exercise in Euhydrated and Dehydrated Conditions, Carli Ceckanowicz

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Utilizing Blockchain Trade Finance to Promote Financial Inclusion, Bryce Ciccaglione

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Ethical Dilemmas Surrounding Manufacturing Offshoring: Assessing the Morality of Offshoring Decisions Through a Utilitarian Viewpoint, Luis Encinas

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Lattices in Cryptography, Andy Guo

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Deicing Salts Influence Ranavirus Outbreaks in Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) Tadpoles, Sarah Jacobson

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Presidential Power Couples: Does a Strong First Lady Correlate with a Strong President?, Misha Jethwa

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Watching Grass Grow: How Soil Moisture Affects Vesicular-Arbuscular Mycorrhizae and Growth in Little Bluestem, Laura M. Jones

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Make History Accessible: The Case for YouTube, Rohit Kandala

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Treasure Hunters, Adventurers, Sport Divers, and Archaeologists: Influences on Early Underwater Archaeology, Henry Kennell

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Assessing the Morphology of Vesicles in Inhibitory Symmetric Synapses in Safety and Fear Conditions in the Rat Lateral Amygdala, Valerie Kress

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Screening and Diagnosing Spinal Muscular Atrophy by use of Buccal Swabs: a Validation Study using ddPCR, Anna Mackay

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Theory Based and Tailored Dental Messages for Children and Parents: Developing a Framework for a Brief Behavioral Intervention in Clinical and Non-Clinical Settings, Julia Mainelli

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Smartphone Ecological Momentary Assessment: Adherence, Stress, and Sleep Study, David Massabni

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The Impact of Musical Experience on Learning Non-native Speech Sounds, Brenna McNamee

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The Signaling Pathways of Metallothionein-Mediated Chemotaxis in Breast Cancer, Jennifer Messina

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School Policy Evaluated with Time-Reversible Markov Chain, Trajan Murphy and Iddo Ben-Ari

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Quantifying Expression of Interneuron Subtype Markers for Dlx-2 Transfected NG2 Cells, Timothy Nolan

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Connecticut Waterfront Property Premium in Areas with Flood Risk, Conor O'Donnell

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Shootings and Their Effect on Stock Price and Volume in the Firearm Manufacturing Industry, Conor O'Donnell

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Modeling of Vapor Sorption in Nanoparticle Chemiresistors, Alexandra Oliveira

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Fast Optimization Algorithm for Linear Regression Models with Sparsity-Inducing Penalties, Saket Pandit

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Analyzing the Mindsets and Behaviors of Introductory Physics Students through the Lens of Intellectual Humility, Meagan Sundstrom

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Holocaust Education in Connecticut: The Passing and Implementation of Senate Bill No. 452, Shira Tall

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Determining Defense: Bureaucracy, Threat and Missile Defense, Emilyn Tuomala

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Observing the Political and Economic State of South Africa Through the Lens of the Principal-Agent Problem, Justin Vampatella

Honors Scholar Theses from 2018

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The Identification of Functional CLL-Associated SNPs Through PRO-seq and Transcription Factor Binding Site Analysis, Mary Accurso

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The USH2A Gene: An Analysis of Ultrasonic Vocalizations in a Mouse Model of Usher Syndrome Type 2, Kiana R. Akhundzadeh

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Lucian's Imagines: A Student Reader, and Pro Imaginibus: a Translation, Jesse Amar

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Combinations of Allelopathic Crop Extracts Reduce Digitaria spp. and Setaria faberi Seed Germination, Peter Apicella and Karl Guillard

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A Qualitative Study of School-Based Sexuality Education State Policies and LGBTQ+ Student Experiences in Sex Ed, Anna Babbin

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Characterizing Cultivable Bacteria from Trachymyrmex septentrionalis Fungus Gardens, Hannah Beatty

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Development of the Codebase for ECE Design: Smartwatch Device and App for Continuous Glucose Monitoring, Keelin J. Becker-Wheeler

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Climate Change and Lyme Disease: The Science and its Applications in Education, Christen J. Bellucci

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Composition and Function of the Bacterial Consortium Associated with the Accessory Nidamental Gland of the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid, Jessica Bertenshaw

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Effect of Silk-Based Hydrogel Topography on Intestinal Epithelial Cell Morphology and Wound Healing In Vitro, Marisa E. Boch

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Juvenile Amphibian Response to Oak and Maple Leaf Litter, Benjamin Breslau

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Effort-Related Decision Making in COMT Variant Mice: Pharmacological Studies and Genetic Susceptibility to Motivational Dysfunction, Suzanne Cayer

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Evaluating Itraconazole Analogues and Translesion Synthesis Inhibitors as Anti-Cancer Agents, Kelly Allison Chan

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The Psychology of Baseball: How the Mental Game Impacts the Physical Game, Kiera Dalmass

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Loss of Dot1L function in cartilage impairs skeletal growth, Syifa Djunaedi

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Supporting Survivors: the Affordable Care Act and Federal Health Policy Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Community Health Centers, Erin Dunn

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Early Phonological Awareness as a Predictor of Reading Fluency: An MRI Study, Katherine Foley

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THE EFFECT OF FOOD DONATIONS ON THE MICRONUTRIENT INTAKE OF SOUP KITCHEN CLIENTS, Abigail Fudge

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Is Concussion-Related Sleep Disturbance Present After Return to Play in College Athletes?, Alexander Gallaer

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Maternal Immune Activation (MIA) in Mice: A Study to Phenotype ASD-Related Communication Behaviors and Analyze Maternal Health Outcomes in the US, Komalpreet Gulati

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Minimization Techniques for Symbolic Automata, Jonathan Homburg

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Use of the Proof-of-Stake Algorithm for Distributed Consensus in Blockchain Protocol for Cryptocurrency, Spencer J. Hosack

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Reconstitution of GABAergic Postsynapses in Host Cells, Karthik Kanamalla

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The Impact of Net Neutrality and Additional Regulations on the Future of the Internet of Things in the United States, Radhika Kanaskar

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Revision as Resistance: Fanfiction as an Empowering Community for Female and Queer Fans, Diana Koehm

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Addressing Culturally Specific Mental Health Care Needs in the US: The Asian American Population, Moira Lewerk

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Preservice Teachers' Referral of Students for Special Education, Annie MacLachlan

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Confirming World-wide Distribution of an Agriculturally Important Lacewing, Chrysoperla zastrowi sillemi, using Songs, Morphology, Mitochondrial Gene Sequencing, and Phylogenetic Reconstruction, Zoe Mandese

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Harmonic Functions and Harmonic Measure, David McDonald

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Creative Micro-Entrepreneurship in Practice: Exploring Digital Tools for Small Creative Businesses, Olivia Messina

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How does Body Size Affect Zooplankton Feeding in a Low Oxygen Environment?, Jacob Mikullitz

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Self-Perceived Success of First-Generation College-Going Latinx Students, Sarah Mongillo

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Lattice Dynamical Origins of Structural Negative Thermal Expansion, Connor A. Occhialini

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We Love Big Brother: An Analysis of the Relationship between Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four And Modern Politics in the United States and Europe, Edward Pankowski

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The Tax Implications of Owning a Professional Sports Franchise, Jeff Peterson

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Security Analysis of the UConn Husky One Card, Trevor Phillips

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Teacher Perceptions of Arts Integration into General Education Curriculum, Molly Pines

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An Unlikely Populist: Donald Trump and the Rhetoric of Elite and Minority Resentment, Jared Quigley

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Social Support and Adherence to Recommendations Following ASD Diagnosis, MORGAN REISS

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Assisted Switched Reluctance Machines, Amy Robinson

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Friends Till Life Doth End: Litchfield Female Academy's Bonds of Friendship, Madison Savage

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Effects of PiggyBac Transposable Element Derived 5 (PGBD5) in Cortical Tissue, Benjamin Shao

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The Systemic Quantification Of Immune Cell Populations In Various Murine Models: How Age, Tumor Burden, and Immunotherapy Affect the Immune Response, Kavita Sinha

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Thalamocortical Processing of Temporal Cues in Sounds, Kasey Smith

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Community Support Systems for Reentering Young Adults, Samantha Staffin

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Investigation of Bacteria from the Trachymyrmex septentrionalis Fungus Garden for Potential Antibacterial Drug Leads, Brendan Stewart

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Variables Affecting Latency of Rats Running on a Maze, Divya Subramanian

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Modeling and analyzing an optogenetic system for photoactivatable protein dissociation, Anvin Thomas and James Schaff

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The Effect of Idiomatic Language on Event Processing, Katrina Turick

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The Path to Terrorism: The Islamic State and Its Recruitment Strategies, Laura Turner

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Gender and Major Differences in Privacy Views of UConn Students, Shreya Varshney

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An Exploration of the Influence of Socioeconomic Factors on School Perceptions and Future Plans in a Population of Seven-to-18-Year-Olds, Corbinian Wanner, Sharon Smith, Danielle Chenard, and Sarah Schlegel

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Ecofeminism in the Speculative Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia Butler, and Margaret Atwood, Cara Williams

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Is One Greater than Fourteen? : The Christian Right, Freedom of Religion, and Masterpiece Cakeshop, Liam Williams

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Evolution of Insurance: A Telematics-Based Personal Auto Insurance Study, Yuanjing Yao

Honors Scholar Theses from 2017

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Bilingual (Spanish-English) Marketing as a Catalyst for Cultural Awareness: The Effect on Parents in the Toy Market, Margo K. Bailey

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The Agile Approach in Pharmaceutical Software Development, Priyal Bhargava

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A Changing Industry: An Analysis of the Effects of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising on the Insurance Industry, James Bonvicini

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Can You Keep it? An Examination of the Individual Health Insurance Market, Rachael Carnale

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Growth and Poverty Traps: Examples from Literature, Danielle Chaloux

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Mathematical Modeling of Financial Derivative Pricing, Kelly L. Cosgrove

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Older Adults’ Response to Adverse Opioid Related Events: A Secondary Analysis, Sarah R. Coughlin

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Institutions of Higher Education: Self-Portrayal vs. Student Experience, Rikita A. David

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A Novel Time-Domain Method of Fault Diagnosis in Induction Motors, Bryan J. Davis

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Ignorance Is Bliss: Emotion, Politics, and Why Whites Avoid Information About Race, Evangelina DeRosa

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A Rigorous Take on Randomness: Defining 1-Randomness using Complexity, Measure Theory, and Martingales, Neil A. Dokurno

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The Efforts of Trade: Commodities, World Markets, and Early American Labor, Donovan P. Fifield

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Evaluation of Parenting Education for High-Risk Fathers: Relationship with a Child’s Mother as an Indicator of Paternal Involvement, Paige Forcier