Mahurin Honors College  Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

 

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Submissions from 2022

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#ChurchToo: The Movement Created to Expose the Toxicity of Gender Roles and Purity Culture in Modern Day United States Evangelicalism, Grace Alexieff

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Inflammatory Response to Sleep Fragmentation in Skeletal, Cardiac, and Smooth Muscle Tissues in Female Mice, Patton Allen

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The Isolation and Characterization of Bacteriophage Hasitha, Gillian Brown

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Will the Real News Reporters Please Stand Up?: A Study of Bias in the Media, Hannah Claussen

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A Pilot Study: An Evaluation of Accessibility of Resources for Parents of d/Deaf/Hoh Children in KY/TN, Amara Danturthi

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Development of Scent Detection and Categorization Algorithm Using Gas Chromatography and Machine Learning, Alex Driehaus

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Rurality and Its Effects on Prenatal Care in Southcentral Kentucky, Kylee Eilers

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Assessing Deportations: The Factors that Influence U.S. Deportations and Their Public Perceptions, Madelynn Einhorn

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Encouraging Little People’s Big Questions: An Elementary School Teacher’s Guide to Encouraging Philosophical Inquiry in Decision Making, Morgan Flanagan

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The Role of Dichloro(ethylenediamine) Platinum II in Altering Cellular Iron and Copper Transport, Megan Hall

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Antitype: An Exploration of Self and Poetry, Faith Harris

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Kentuckians' Perception of the Environment and Use of Outdoor Public Spaces, Grace Herrmann

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Modifiable Maternal Factors and Their Relationship to Postpartum Depression, Kat Howard

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Say It Like You Mean It: Linguistic Components of Social Media Corporate Apologies and their Effects on Consumer Outcomes, Laurel Johnston

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Examining Gender Differences in Academia Within a Pandemic: Exploring the Relationship Among Social Comparisons, Emotional Demands, and Not Saying No, Mia Kendrick

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Understanding the Mental and Emotional Impacts of Being a Caregiver of Socially Isolated Residents During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Chloe Kerrick

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Servant Leadership and Adult Volunteers in the Boy Scouts of America, Andrew Koontz

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Progress in the Bluegrass: An Analysis of Grassroots Organizing in Kentucky Post 1970, Brooklyn Lile

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Understanding Public Support for Foreign Aid: A Cross-National Analysis, Erika Manning

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No-Knock Warrants: Unlawfully Legitimate, Isabel Pergande

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Changes in the Zooplankton Community in Barren River Lake (South Central KY) Between 2008 and 2020, Laurel Philpott

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Promoting a Walk/Run Event to Expand Services for Individuals with Disabilities, McKenzie Rodgers

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Comparison of Effects of Sleep Fragmentation on Pro-Inflammatory Cytokine IL-1β of Male and Female Adult Mice, Manzar Rzayeva

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Does "Good" Mean White?: Understanding the Complexities of Refugee Resettlement in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Molly Shaddix

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A Critical Biography of John Algeo: From Historical Linguist to Dialectologist, Lindy Sipes

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Kids, Culture, and Queerness: The Progression of LGBTQ+ Representation in Children's Media, Sarah Stevens

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A Descriptive Study: Perceptions of Family Court Judges and Attorneys Regarding Parents Involved with Child Welfare Services as a Result of Substance Misuse and/or Mental Health Issues, Nathan Terrell

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Electing to Take on Risk: Political Uncertainty, Midterm Elections, and the Cross-Section of Stock Returns, John Thornhill

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Effects of Melatonin Implantation on the Activity Levels of Captive Snow Buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis), Zoë Ward

Submissions from 2021

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The Financial Reality of a Career in Veterinary Medicine for Kentucky Residents, Shelby Ackermann

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Antibiotic Resistant Gene Concentrations in Bacteria in Groundwater from Agricultural Waste, Koji Barnaby

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Pathways to Self-Governance and Success: An Exploratory Study of Community Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky, Amanda Beavin

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Centralizing the Purse: Why a More Centralized National Government Was Crucial for Managing America's Revolutionary War Debt, Ethan Berg

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Wind Tunnel Data Acquisition System Development Using LabVIEW, Riley Bishop

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Dung Beetle (Scarabaeinae) Diversity of the Highest Elevation in West Africa: The Nimba Mountain Range, Jacob Bowen

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Investigating Special Education Services for Elementary English Language Learners within the South-Central U.S.: A Survey of General Education, Special Education, and ESL Teachers, Kylie Bray

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Effective Community Engagement Programs in Contemporary Concert Dance Companies, Emily Caldwell

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Drought in the Breadbasket of America and the Influence of Oceanic Teleconnections, Grace Campbell

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From the Volga to the Mississippi: African Americans and the Soviet Experiment, Daniel Candee

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Development of a DNA Biosensor Using CRISPR/dCas9 on a Graphene Oxide Surface for Detecting Antibiotic Resistance Genes, Wendy Cecil

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Examining Audience Receptivity to Theatre Across Various Technological Mediums, Chingyi "AC" Chan

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Hallucinogenic and Sedative Drug Treatment and its Impact on Mental Health Nursing, Meredith Cherry

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Autism and the Foster Care System in Kentucky, Caroline Clark

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Enhancing WKU Sustainable Food Systems through Education and Local Agriculture Development, Chloe Cooper

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Maiden, Martyr, Sinner, and Saint: Performing the Narratives of Joan of Arc, Emma Cox

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The Effect of School Return During the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children’s Physical and Mental Health, Kaitlynn Craig

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Informing Sustainable Urban Forestry Policy with Carbon Sequestration Analysis, Ellen Danford

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Public Perceptions of Language Education in Taiwan: English in a Multilingual Context, Isabel Eliassen

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Pediatric Caregiver Health Literacy: Comparing Perceptions of Pediatricians and Nurse Practitioners, Kirbey Flora

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Judges, Attorneys, and Psychologists' Views of Sole-Parent Child Custody Evaluations, Chandler Flynt

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Crafting Character: Exploring Elder Identity through Story, Cameron Fontes

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A Review and Comparison of U.S. State Wildlife Action Plans for Stonefly (Insecta, Plecoptera) Species of Greatest Conservation Need, Kathryn Greene

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The Development and Validation of the General Attitudes toward Police (GAP) Questionnaire, Rachel Greis

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The Federal Prosecution of Al Capone and Its Impact on the Evidentiary Evolution of Forensic Accounting, Rachel Gumbel

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Answers in the East: An Examination of China's Renewable Energy and its Application to Central Appalachia, Lillian Hamm

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The Socioeconomics of Homelessness in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Ben Hanson

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Acoustic Communication in the Atlantic Mudskipper, Periopthalmus barbarus, Seth Hoffman

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An Analysis of a Hybrid Steel Bridge, Andrew Iglehart

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Studying the Relationship Between Financial Risk Aversion and Income with the Jeopardy! Daily Double, Miles Johnson

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I Hear You: The Everyday Struggle Living with Misophonia, Ashton Jones

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Democratic Disenfranchisement: Analyzing the Factors that Contribute to or Hinder the Ability of Marginalized Groups to Run for Public Office in Kentucky, Isaac Keller

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No Day but Today: The Social and Cultural Impacts of Rent, Emily Lancaster

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Synthesis and Catalytic Properties of Metal-Organic Frameworks Mimicking Carbonic Anhydrase, Longji Li

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The Effect of Warm-Up Protocols on the Occurrence of Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome in High School Cross Country Athletes, Makayla Mack

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The Design, Development, and Implementation of a Coding System for a "Hot" Self-Regulation Task, Hannah Martin

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Beyond Sustainable: An Analysis of the Visual Rhetoric Behind the Branding of Christy Dawn, Megan McCormick

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Diving Into Reliable Numerical Observability and Stabilization of the One-dimensional Wave Equation, Emma Moore

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Banking on Her: The Effects of Microfinance on Women’s Autonomy in Developing Economies, Zena Pare

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Solving the Persistence Problem: Application of Peer Mentorship in the ROTC Community, Thomas Pelkey

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Pupillary Effects During Retrieval: Influenced by Cognitive Load and Strength of Memory, Valentina Pinilla

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How Connected Is Parenting Stress and Child Adaptability Through Child Prosocial Talk?, Lindsey Powell

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Landscape Analysis and Content Strategy for COVID-19 State Response Websites, Kaitlin Price

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Regression Analysis: Graduation Rate in Kentucky Public High Schools, Rebecca Price

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The Role of Protective Factors for Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Sexual Minorities, Kendra Rigney

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Parenting Stress and Child Disruptive Behaviors: The Mediating Role of Parental Negative Talk, David Roehm

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A Comparison of Bee Abundance and Species Richness in Three Managed Grassland Types, Emily Russ

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Read My Hands: Evaluating the Deaf Community's Perception of Survivor Access to Mental Health Services, Liz Sandlin

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The Effect of the Pura Vida Lifestyle on Mental Health in Costa Rica, Gabrielle Sledge

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The Unfaithful Bride: A Musical Exploration of the Jewish Prayer Modes and Comparable Modern Instrumentation, Claire Smith

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The Effect of Age on Neurological Inflammation to Acute Sleep Fragmentation in Mice, Molly Taylor

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Simplification of Robotics Through Autonomous Navigation, Grant Turner

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Farmers’ Markets & College Students: Shaping Our Shared Community and Bridging the Barrier with On-Campus Interaction, Emma Grace Vaughn

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Ladylike: The Necessity and Neglect of Camp Followers in the Continental Army, Emma Ward

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Emmie and the Enchanted Orchid: Portraying Positive Disability Representation in Children's Media, Adrianna Waters

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Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and the Enneagram: A Study of the Effects of Enneagram Training on College Student Leaders, David Weafer

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Atmosphere/Landscape CO2 Interactions in Mammoth Cave National Park: Hydrochemistry of Cascade River, Great Onyx Cave, Jessica Williams

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Cut Song Cabaret: Performing the Replaced, Rewritten, and Recycled Songs of Musical Theatre, Claire Wilson

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Effect of Acute Sleep Fragmentation Upon Inflammatory Response of Brown and White Adipose Tissue in Male Mice, Zach Wriedt

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Synthetic Pathways for Potential Platinum 1,10-Phenanthroline Compounds, Jacob Young