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Honors Scholar Theses from 2021

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The Rise of Alternative Early Stage Financing Methods, Tyler Lasicki

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The Impact of ASU 2016-14 on Not-for-Profit Operating Cash Flow Presentation, Grace Lauber

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Effects of hippocampal inactivation with DREADDs on water maze performance, Julia Levin

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Tax Efficient Supply Chains: Analysis of Multinational Corporations with Swiss Subsidiaries, David Liu

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Comparative Analysis of Longevity and Stress Resiliency Benefits of Supplementation with High-Antioxidative Capacity Juices in Organisms That Are Representative of Humans, Meghan Long

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Stuck in Ireland: Representations of Purgatory in Irish Literature, Rebecca Lynn Maher

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Analyzing Non-Strophic Forms through the Facets Model: The Early Compositional Style and Technique of Trey Anastasio and Phish, William Mandelbaum

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Assessing Rat Behavioral Response to Novelty, Neha Mathew

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The Effects of a Play-based Intervention on Imitation-based Rhythmic Drumming Performance in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pranati Mathur

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Assessing Leadership in Business – Marketing: A Critical Investigation of Reed Hastings, Nolan McAndrew

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Visual Spatial Memory in Young Typical Developing Children and Children with Developmental Language Disorder: A Pilot Study, Samantha McKenna

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Development of a Binge-Like Eating Animal Model Using Foods of Varying Palatability: Effects of the Catecholamine Uptake Blocker Lisdexamfetamine, Ariba Memon

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Impact of Angiogenic and Osteogenic Factors in the Presence of Biodegradable Piezoelectric Films, Jayla Millender

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The Microfinance Experiment: An Evaluation of Programs and Effectiveness in St. Louis, Maxwell Miller

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Environmental Policy and Employment: The Effect of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative on the Labor Market, Kelly-Anne Moffa

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Synphilin-1 and its Effects on Pathogenesis of Parkinson’s Disease, Mirghani Mohamed

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Self-management of Chronic Low Back Pain in the Hispanic Population: A Feasibility Study, Jasmeen Mohammed

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The Effects of MAPK Signaling on the Development of Cerebellar Granule Cells, Kerry Morgan

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The Effectiveness of Play-Based Interventions Delivered Face-to-face and via Telehealth on Motor and Social Skills of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Catherine Myers

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Knowing China, Losing China: Discourse and Power in U.S.-China Relations, Shankara Narayanan

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Math and Voting: Voting Methods, Fair Representation, and the Electoral College, Sarah Nelson

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Headache and its Association with ADHD/ADD and Stimulant Medication, Claire Nitzsche

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Explaining Reproductive Health Disparities: Violence in the “Colorblind” Institution of Medicine, Chineze Osakwe

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The Effects of the NBA COVID Bubble on the NBA Playoffs: A Case Study for Home-Court Advantage, Michael Price

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Sobolev Inequalities and Riemannian Manifolds, John Reever

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Sundered: A Novel-in-Progress, Erik Renner

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Evaluating Urban Parks Accessibility and Equity: A Case Study of Hartford, CT and New Haven, CT, Natalie Roach and Mara Tu

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A Computational Analysis of Selective Metabolism of Bupropion by Cytochrome P450 2B6, Alyssa Santos

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Planning for Every Tomorrow: Connecticut’s Past, Present, and Future Responses to Climate Change, Sarah Schechter

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Changing Fashion: An Analysis of Social Media Activism Targeting the Fashion Industry, Grace Scully

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The Effects of Maternal Diet During Gestation on Offspring Frame Size and Growth in Sheep, Caroline selesky

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Preferred Narratives and Their Impact on Historical Memory: An Examination Through Comparison of Twentieth Century Pandemics, Renee Semple

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Impact of Covid-19 on City Streets, Mihir Sharma

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Detecting the Phi Meson with CLAS12, Paul Simmerling

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Path Planning with Deep Neural Networks, Paul Simmerling, Brendan Sayers, and Paulo Alcantara Silva

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Deconstructing Urban Sprawl: Differing Perspectives on a Pervasive Problem, Angela Simonetti

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The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Women, Ava Stallone

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If It Pleases the Court: The Impact of Late Night Political Comedy on Citizens’ View of the Supreme Court, Elisabeth Stankevitz

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Asians and the Study Habits of Non-Asians in the United States, Sabrina Tang

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Agricultural Land Usage in Mansfield, Connecticut: An Analysis of the Town’s Past and Present Agricultural Landscapes and Recent Farmland Conservation Efforts, Julia Tillinghast

Comparing African Cultural Retention and its Effect on Racial Attitudes in the Music and National Identities of Cuba and the United States, Lucie Turkel

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The Impact of Information Shocks and Partisanship on the Evolution of COVID-19 in Connecticut, Joslin Valiyaveettil

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The Impact of Crises on the Shift in Capital Flows from Active to Passive Investment Strategies, Jordan Wang

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A Comparison of Medical Article Transport Approaches, Andrew White

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The Association Fallacy – Fraud and Financial Reporting Quality in the Customer-Supplier Relationship, Nicholas Willett

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Utility of Novel Genomic Technologies for Biomarker Identification in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Christina Yacoub

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A Study of Autism in Children's Literature, Jane Yalof

Honors Scholar Theses from 2020

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Study of a Putative Niche Adapting Operon in Microbes Inhabiting the Gut of Blood Digesting Animals, MARLENE ABOUAASSI

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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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Language Abilities as a Function of Lateralization of Language-Specific Brain Networks, Jacey Anderson

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Evaluating the Effects of Muscle Force Production Strategies and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Forces (Strain) on Gait Patterns During Running, Amanda Astrologo

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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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Hydrolytic Degradation Study of Polyphosphazene-PLGA Blends, Riley Blumenfield

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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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Effects of Tetrabenazine on Work Output in Rats Responding on a Novel Progressive Ratio Task: Behavioral, Pharmacological, and Electrophysiological Studies, Danielle E. Canfield

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Intersectionality, Access, and Women’s Health: Engaging and Enacting a Feminist Model of Health Care, Nidhi Chawla

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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

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User Research and Real User Problems: Improving the User Experience of Online Shopping, Lauren Ciulla

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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The Value of Supportive Touch and Maternal Attention in Measures of Maternal Sensitivity, Jamila Douglas

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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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Changes in the Scattering Phase Shifts for Partial Waves of Ultracold Particles at Different Energies, Kaaviyan Faezi

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Mirrors of Our Own: Multiracial Representation in Children’s Picture Books, Kiana Foster-Mauro

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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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Let’s Talk About Racism: Contemporary Black American Authors’ Use of Satire and Humor, Alexanda Gruner

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The Genetic Influence on Subjective Well-Being: A review of the current knowledge on the role of genetics on our sense of subjective well-being and the implications it has for future research in improving well-being at both a population and individual level., Abhishek Gupta

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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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How Oil-Reliant, Autocratic Regimes Transition to Renewable Energy, Brady Harman

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

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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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Single-Fluorophore Sensors for Mechanical Force in Living Cells, Sarah Kricheff

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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