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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Neurostructural Organization and Neocortical Projecting Neuron Distribution in a Mouse Model of Timothy Syndrome-Mediated Autism Spectrum Disorder, Aiden L. Ford

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Characterizing Obesity Risk in Children Receiving Healthcare in an Emergency Department, Lauren Frazzetta

Synthesis of Epoxy-Coated Silica Nanoparticles for Effective Protein Conjugation, Jared R. Furtado

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Kinematics of the Lower Extremities during Fundamental Martial Arts Tricking Techniques, Kevin P. Grassie

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Characterization of Novel Cannabinoid Receptor 2-Selective Agonists at the Biochemical and Cellular Levels: Leads for Therapeutic Agents, Ashley M. Hine

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Patient-Derived Hydrogel as a Sacrificial Matrix for Efficient Cell Loading, Shalmli U. Joshi

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The Retirement Strategy of Supreme Court Justices: An Economic Approach, Kayla M. Joyce

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The Impact of Psychological Stress on Neurocognitive Functioning and Decline in HIV-Positive Adults: A Systematic Review of the Literature, Katherine Kasper

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Engineering a Fluorescent Protease Sensor for in vivo Protein Detection, Thomas C. Kinard

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Effect of Surface Modifying Biopolymers on Sand Cohesion, Connor H. Ligeikis

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Does a Better Running Back Mean More Rushing? Game Theory and the NFL, Eric Lofquist

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In the Library and Online: Social Media and Civic Discourse, Samantha A. Mairson

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The Effects of Real Words on the Pronunciation of Nonwords, Jill Metzger

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Targeted Germ Cell Knockdown of Xlr3 in Mus musculus, Caity Miller

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The Optimization of the Microwave Synthesis and Subsequent Characterization of Sodium Tungsten Bronze (NaxWO3) Materials, Jessica Murdzek

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Public Ritual Sacrifice as a Controlling Mechanism for the Aztec, Madeline Nicholson

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Comparison of feather pigments in red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoenicus) between historical and modern samples, Genevieve Nuttall

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A Study of Parent Perceptions of Advanced Academic Potential in the Early Grades, Jennifer L. O'Brien

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Validation of a New Rapid Hybridization Buffer for Fluorescence in situ Hybridization with a Review on the Kinetics of DNA Hybridization, Christine O'Connor

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Running Comes Before Winning: Explaining the Gender Differential in State Legislatures, Marissa Piccolo

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Neuroscience Underlying Temporal Cue Discrimination in the Auditory Cortex, Samantha D. Rosicke

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Beyond Capture: Development and Validation of a Method to Assess Body Condition in Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) Using Camera Traps, Rachel A. Smiley 6820420

Influence of Media’s Ideal-Thin on Body Dissatisfaction and Disordered Eating in Women, Kayla Stypulkoski

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Prevalance of Frozen Forms in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Daniel B. Wivell

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Analysis of Drug Therapy Problems Identified by Community Pharmacists in Non-English Speaking Patients, Abigail Zeiner

Honors Scholar Theses from 2016

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Intensive Sound Production Treatment for Apraxia of Speech: An Analysis of Error Consistency, Victoria M. Abolafia

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The Effect of Sleep Quality and High Intensity Physical Activity on Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in College Students, Catherine Abraham

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Shareholder Activism and Its Long Term Effects, Louis Beck

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Accounting for Automobiles: GAAP vs. IFRS for Record Setting Recalls, Matthew Birtwell

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Hydrogeological Conceptual Model of La Villa River Watershed, Republic of Panama, Maria G. Castrellon Romero

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Kennedy's Crisis: How John F. Kennedy Used History to Prevent Armageddon, Jordan L. Cerbone

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Establishment of a School Implemented Exercise Program to Prevent Injury and Promote Health among Youth: Is There a Link between Balance and Physical Health?, Samir Z. Chaudhry

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Programming Heart Disease: Does poor maternal nutrition alter expression of cardiac markers of proliferation, hypertrophy, and fibrosis in offspring?, Cathy Chun

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Schwarzschild Spacetime and Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker Cosmology, Zachary Cohen

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Hydration Knowledge and Personal Assessment in Collegiate Male Soccer Athletes, Abigail T. Colburn

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Design of Exercise Equipment for Wheelchair Users: A Case Study in Accessibility Standards, Kate Craddock Rescsanszky

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The Emergence of the Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue Viruses in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, Nelson Xavier Del Pilar

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The Potentiating Effects of Acetaminophen on Oxidant Air Pollutant Sensory Irritation and the Onset of Asthma, Bennett J. Doughty

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The Geometry of Spacetime and its Singular Nature, Filip Dul