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Honors Scholar Theses from 2020

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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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An Assessment of Renewable Energy Technology Implementation in Storrs, Connecticut: Emissions Reduction and Feasibility of a Microgrid System at UConn, Sophie MacDonald

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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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Math Anxiety in Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Students: Antecedents and Outcomes, Akriti Mishra

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Comparing Behavioral and Parent-Report Measures of Executive Functioning in Deaf and Typically Hearing Children, Abeer Mohamed

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Use of Food Waste Activated Carbons for Wastewater Treatment, Abigale Monasterial

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Incentivized Learning and Libraries: A Comparative Study of Summer Reading Programs in Connecticut, Andrew Morrison

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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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3,4-Dihydroxyphenylacetate 2,3-dioxygenase modulates the ability of Enterobacter hormaechei to induce Cryptococcus neoformans melanization, Amy Nelson

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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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Coding Discourse Using Distributed Communicative Principles, Andrea Polin

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

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Infinite Volume Reconstruction Method QED Pion Mass Corrections on the Lattice, Michael Riberdy

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

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Impact of Different Types of Social Support on Adherence and Treatment Outcomes in an Online Behavioral Weight Loss Program, Jocelyn Rossitto

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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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Spirituality as a Moderator Between PTSS and Cardiovascular Reactivity, Kriti Sharda

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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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Exploring the Relationship Between Children’s Vocabulary and their Understanding of Cardinality: A Methodological Approach, Justin Slifer, Emily Carrigan, Kristin Walker, and Marie Coppola

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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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Theoretical Foundation of Solution Dehydration in Porous Media: Effect of Microstructure and Solute Interactions, FERNANDA SULANTAY VARGAS

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A consistent classical relativistic model of a finite size particle, Mira Varma

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Bach-to Ysaÿe: History and Performance Considerations of Sonata No. 2, Mai Vestergaard

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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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Differential Iron Regulatory Genetics in 2D & 3D Culture of Breast Cancer Cells, Tyler Hanna; Suzy Torti Ph. D; Frank Torti M.D., MPH; and Nicole Farra Ph. D.

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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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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

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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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An Analysis of the Business Structures and Performance of Traditional vs. "Freemium" Applications, Daztar Pagdiwala

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

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Development of a Sonically Powered Biodegradable Nanogenerator for Bone Regeneration, Avi Patel

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Embryonic Lethality of Cranial Neural Crest Deletion of Cdc73, Lilia Shen

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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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Understanding Volatility: An Analysis of the Stock Market Return-Variance Correlation, Richard Traub

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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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Distribution and Localization of Novel Iodine Nanoparticles in the Human Glioma 1242 Growing in the Brains of Mice, Benjamin Billings

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