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Honors Scholar Theses from 2020

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Investigation of Neoprene Medical Gloves: Analysis of Material Properties, Durability, and Bacterial Barrier Efficacy, Amanda Agui

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Analyzing Competitive Balance in Professional Sport, Kevin Alwell

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Remapping of Place Cells in the Dorsal and Ventral Hippocampus in Response to Environmental Change, Aditi Anam

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Investigation of Activated Carbon and Protein Polysaccharide Amendments in Capping Applications for Sediment Remediation, Mehdi Begag

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Neoliberal Legacies: Peru, Potatoes and the Challenges of Agricultural Reform, Emma Belliveau

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Effects of Lisdexamfetamine and Haloperidol on a Binge-Like Eating Model & Preliminary Investigations of the Dopaminergic Mechanism Underlying Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Maxime Braun

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Research Methodology of Aerobic Compared to Resistance Training to Reduce Insulin Resistance in Obesity, William F. Brincheiro

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Consumer Response to Green Brands vs. Traditional Brands on Digital Platforms: An Analysis Through a Series of Case Studies, Madison Busick

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Flexible Box-Cox Transformation Model for Analyzing Energy Usage at UConn, Yutong Chen

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Is China Stealing our Tech? A Look into the Role of Intellectual Property Rights in US-China Trade relations, Ryan Chester

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Computational Analysis of a new Planar Mixing Layer Flame Configuration to study Soot Inception, Carmen Ciardiello

Minerva and the Capitoline Triad: A History of Cultural Exchange in Italy, Garret Denaro

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Greedy Coupling of 3-State Markov Chains, Mason DiCicco and Iddo Ben-Ari

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Public Matters? Comparing Decision-Making by Appointed and Elected Prosecutors in Cases of Deadly Use-of-Force by Police in the Hartford Judicial District and Suffolk County, Andrew E. Dubsky

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Campus Activism: Understanding Engagement, Inspiration, and Burnout in Student Experiences, Jessica Gagnon

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Teaching Practices, Institutional Cultures, and Access to Music Learning, Jonah Garcia

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Legislating the birds and the bees: Evaluating the effectiveness of state sexuality education mandates, Miranda Garcia

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Real Possibility: Modality and Responsibility, Julia Gaul

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HOW TEACHERS MANAGE RESOURCE INEQUITY IN DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL CONTEXTS: A CASE STUDY & RECOMMENDATIONS, Elizabeth George

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Wearable Blood Pressure Device For Detection of Orthostatic Hypotension, Mariam Hafez

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Evaluating Alternative RNase-free DNase for RNA Extraction, Anna Hakey

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Mechanical Analysis of In Vitro TBI Models, Dana Hamed

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Microglia-Neuron Interactions in a Mouse model of Low Grade Neuroepithelial Tumors, Veolette Hanna

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Perceptions of Guilt of Individuals with a Visible Communication Disorder versus an Invisible Communication Disorder, Zoe Hochberg

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Predicting the Unexpected: Applying Advanced Underwriting to Accurately Predict Early Duration Claims in Life Insurance, Jessica Howe

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What does it Take? The Informal Factors that are Conducive to the Passage of a Participatory Amendment, Connor Huydic

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The Impact of Location on Healthcare Access for Individuals with Disabilities, Addison Kimber

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Referential Transparency in Young Children’s Picture Books: A Pilot Study, Brianna Kinnie

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Technology in Major League Baseball: 2017 Houston Astros, Prisoner’s Dilemma, and Behavioral Solutions, Spencer Kinyon

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The Anti-Proliferative Effects of Methotrexate and Novel UCP1162 on Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cell Lines, Jacqueline Klepinger, Charles Giardina, and Didem Ozcan

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March Like A Girl: A Case Study of the Women’s Movements in Spain and the United States, Magdalena Klin

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District Regulated Nutrition Programs: Identifying the Gap Between Language in District Wellness Policies and Implementation Practices in Public Schools, Abigail LaFontan

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An Analysis of CRISPR-Cas Gene Editing in Agriculture, Ashley Laliberte

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Relationships Between Auditory Brainstem Responses & Timed-Sentence Comprehension, Anneliese Lapides

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THERMODYNAMIC POTENTIAL OF VERY HIGH PERFORMANCE FUEL CELLS, Kimberly Liang

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Promoting the Sustainable Utilization of Groundwater Resources in Ethiopia using the Integrated Groundwater Footprint Index, Xinyu Lin

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Evaluation of a Text Messaging Intervention for Breastfeeding Women Experiencing Breast and Nipple Symptoms, Rose Lisi

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Gender Differences in Correctional Supervisor Wellbeing, Work, and Home Demands, Emily Long

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Governing a Continent of Trash: The Global Politics of Oceanic Pollution, Anne Longo

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Applying Machine Learning to Neuroimaging Data to Identify Predictive Models of Reading Disorder (RD), Spencer Low

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Promoting Resilience in Self-Management (PRISM): Adverse Childhood Experiences and Impacts on Emotion Regulation, Kasey Ann Macedo

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The Links between Locus of Control, Trauma History, and Death Anxiety in Cancer Patients, Joanna Mallary

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Quantifying Air Pollution at the Stamford Transportation Center, Brianna Mancuso and Kristina Wagstrom

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An Empirical Approach Behind the Effects of the Individual Mandate in the US Labor Force, Darin Mathew

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Brothers as Men: Masculinity, Homosociality, and Violence Among Fraternity Men, Daniel McCloskey

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Supermarket Redlining and Food Deserts: Potential Policies and Alternative Food Market Solutions with Applications to the Hartford Food System, Alexis Meehan

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Musical Ability and Accent Imitation, Maria Murljacic

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Identification and Analysis of Feather Degrading Bacteria: A Search for Keratinase Genes, Nehal Navali

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The Effects of the Atypical Dopamine Uptake Inhibitor CE-158 on Extracellular Dopamine in the Nucleus Accumbens, Julia Neri

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Assessing the Effect of Chronic Dopamine Receptor 2 Blockade as a Potential Model of Secondary Negative Symptoms in Rats Using the FR5/Chow Feeding Choice Task, Cyrene Nicholas

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Detection of Tinnitus in CBA/CaJ Mice Using the Active Avoidance Shuttle Box Test, Grace Nichols

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Characterization of a Mycoplasma Pneumoniae CARDS Toxin Mutant, Nikaash Pasnoori

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Optical Clearing Reveals TNBS-induced Morphological Changes of VGLUT2-positive Nerve Endings in the Colorectum, Shivam Patel

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Supplements That Affect Cortisol Concentrations during High Intensity Exercise, Sophia Pelehach

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Examination of Online Accommodation Information for College Students with Disabilities in New England, Emily Rakers

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Temporal Localization of Video Topics Using the YT8M Dataset: An Exploration, Katherine Riedling

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Treatment Effects of Modafinil for Cocaine Use Disorders: A Retrospective Analysis of Aggregated Clinical Trial Data From Three Cocaine Treatment Studies, Daniel Ruskin

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Amygdala and Neocortical Structural Volume Analysis in the Shank3B Mutant Mouse Model of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Preet Sawhney

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Evaluating Driving Performance of a Novel Behavior Planning Model on Connected Autonomous Vehicles, Keyur Shah

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Using Machine Learning to Conduct a Detailed Behavioral Analysis in an Appetitive Social Learning Task, Thomas Shao

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Contributions of gyrA and parC Mutations and qnrS2 Acquisition to Ciprofloxacin Resistance in Aeromonas veronii Hm21, Daniel J. Silverstein

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Description of the Attitudes, Knowledge and Beliefs on Marijuana in Undergraduate Students Compared to Nursing Undergraduate Students, Maifrak Sobrino

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Investigation of Particle Interference in Induced Electromagnetic Coil, Elizabeth Soha

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Poor Maternal Nutrition during Gestation Alters Placental IGF-I, IGF-II, and IGFBP-3 mRNA Expression in Sheep, Caitlyn Splaine

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Pre-Exercise Hydration Status Changes in Females Throughout the Menstrual Cycle, Kristen A. Splaine

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Ethnic Conflict's Effect on Internet and Black Male Feminism, Seraphin Tala

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Driven Towards Whiteness: the 1968 Election and White Supremacy, Arianna Tsikitas

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KCNQ2 Localization in the Brainstem, Christina Valera

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"Bad Hombres" and the Bully Pulpit: A Study of Presidential Rhetoric on Social Media and Behavioral Responses of the Immigrant Population, Mary Vlamis

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TyrR Regulates the Ability of Enterobacter hormaechei to Induce Melanin Production in Cryptoccus neoformans, Ally Watson

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Attitudes, Knowledge and Beliefs on Marijuana use in Pregnant Women in Undergraduate Nursing Students, Jordyn Witkins

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Iron Manicures: Sex, Power, and Sedition in Margaret Atwood's Writing, Anna Zarra Aldrich

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Evaluating the Cost of a Lapse in Life Insurance and its Implications on Developing a Policyholder Retention Strategy for a Company, Peiyi Zhang

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Rapid Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing Platform for Direct Clinical Samples, Terrance Zhang

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Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting: The Case of the Fashion Industry, Karina Zhao

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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Toxicity Analysis of 2’-Deoxyguanosine-N2-6-Aminopyrene and 2’-Deoxyguanosine-N2-8-Aminopyrene in Escherichia coli, Emily Janeiro

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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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Narratives of Incarcerated Women, Kaceylee Klein

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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