The Distinction Program recognizes students for excellent scholarly work in their field of study.This is a collection of distinction papers written by Otterbein University students. Some projects may be embargoed at the request of the author and their advisor, restricting access to the project until a specific date. Advanced access to embargoed projects is available to Otterbein community members upon request. Otterbein students, alumni, faculty, and staff may email library@otterbein.edu to request access - please include the title, author, and year of the project being requested along with your name, Otterbein affiliation, and email address.

Most papers completed after 2014 are included in Digital Commons @ Otterbein. Search the Library catalog to locate papers completed prior to 2014.

Note to Otterbein Alumni: If you completed a distinction paper as part of your coursework at Otterbein University and would like us to add it to Digital Commons @ Otterbein, please email library@otterbein.edu.

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Papers/Projects from 2016

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The Effect of Stride Frequency Training on Runners with Patellofemoral Pain (Distinction Paper) , Katelyn Barrett, Health & Sport Sciences

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The identification and characterization of developmental genes in Streptomyces species (Distinction Paper) , Breanna C. Brown, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Proposal of a New Method to Classify Higher Education Institutions Instead of Rankings (Distinction Paper) , Kate D. Elam, Business, Accounting, & Economics

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INSIDE AND OUT: THE INTERACTION OF THE U.S. IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND INDIAN IMMIGRANT FAMILIES IN COLUMBUS, OHIO (Distinction Paper) , Madeline English, Sociology & Anthropology

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A Pre-Human Baseline For Stressors Limiting Staghorn Growth: Evidence From Sub-Fossil Skeletons Preserved In Earthquake Scarps, Central Belize (Distinction Paper) , Samantha L. Hargrove, Biology & Earth Science

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Cognition and Problem Solving using Detour Reaching and Novel Object Tasks in the Budgerigar (Distinction Paper) , Mollie E. Kemp, Biology & Earth Science

Project Pitchin' In (Distinction Project) , Kristen Pellington

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The Case Study of Outstanding Store Fixtures (Distinction Paper) , Heather Soma-Hauer, Business, Accounting, & Economics

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Feasibility Study of Biogas Generated Electricity for the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science at Otterbein University (Distinction Paper) , Jillian Strimbu, Equine Science

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Growth rate plasticity in larval Northern Leopard frogs (Distinction Paper) , Cory Usher and Sarah Bouchard, Biology & Earth Science

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Effect of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy on At-Risk Youth Individuals (Distinction Paper) , Colleen M. Whalen, Health & Sport Sciences

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Cyclization Reactions of Non-Benzoic Acid Derivatives And The Effect Of Structural Changes (Distinction Paper) , Amber L. Zanella, Chemistry

Papers/Projects from 2015

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Ayn Rand’s Rejection of Environmentalism: Toward Challenging Right-Wing Inaction on Environmental Issues in the United States (Distinction Paper) , Taylor M. Bailey, History & Political Science

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“Jane Eyre: An Ancestor Heroine for Contemporary Young Adult Dystopian Literature” (Distinction Paper) , Emmanuela Ann Bean, English

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Attitudes of college students participating in either the Workout Buddy program or ShareBacAPac program on the Otterbein University campus (Distinction Paper) , Melanie K. Bittles, Health & Sport Sciences

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The Perceptions of NSAID use Among One Midwestern DIII Athletic Department (Distinction Paper) , Katherine L. Cialella, Health & Sport Sciences

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Investigating Sex Positivity: Does Education and Socialization Increase Sexual Satisfaction in Young Adults (Distinction Paper) , Kendall Coffman, Sociology & Anthropology

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Applications of eDNA Monitoring for the Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) (Distinction Paper) , Rachel B. Dalton, Biology & Earth Science

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The Effects Of Horseback Riding On The Gait Of Adolescents (Distinction Paper) , Sarah L. Hayes, Health & Sport Sciences

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An Examination of Athletes and Non-Athletes Academic Performance at the Division III Level (Distinction Paper) , Troy A. Lemke, Health & Sport Sciences

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Empyreal Radiance: An Application of Sonification in the Field of Astrophysics (Distinction Paper) , Ryan Loth, Music

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The Impact of Stegastes planifrons on the Resurgence of Acropora cervicornis (Distinction Paper) , Zebulon Martin, Sustainability Studies

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A Verification and Extension of Students' Motivations, Financial Orientation, and Identity Salience as Predictors of Likelihood to Withdraw from a University (Distinction Paper) , Matthew I. Quinn, Business, Accounting, & Economics

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The Impact of a Community Garden on a Local Township (Distinction Paper) , Mariah E. Reitz, Health & Sport Sciences

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American Women Composers in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries: A Comparison of the Social, Cultural and Personal Influences on the Lives, Career, and Music of Amy Beach and Ruth Crawford Seeger (Distinction Paper) , Lindsey A. Scarberry, Music

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The Effect of MHC Diversity on Mate Choice in Captive African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus) (Distinction Paper) , Kristen Schmid, Biology & Earth Science

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Empowerment Theory and the Best of Both Worlds (Distinction Project) , Kari A. Shank, Health & Sport Sciences

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Factors Associated With Youth Athletes Discontinuing Vs. Staying In A Sport (Distinction Paper) , Jessica R. Shibko, Psychology

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Manipulation of Same Sex Social Pair Bonds in Budgerigars, Melopsittacus undulatus (Distinction Paper) , Amanda M. Stilwell, Biology & Earth Science

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Factors That Affect Student Performance Among Ohio LEED Schools: An Examination of LEED Credit Categories, IEQ Credits and School Typology (Distinction Paper) , Ryan P. Thombs, Business, Accounting, & Economics

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Hildegard Of Bingen: Visionary Woman Who Encouraged The Role Of Feminism (Distinction Paper) , Melissa K. Treharn, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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2-Dimension Analysis of Frontal Plane Projection Angle in Female Soccer Athletes (Distinction Paper) , KyLee M. Tuchfarber, Health & Sport Sciences

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Low Back Pain: A Study on Which Demographic Characteristics Contribute (Distinction Paper) , Sarah M. Uhlenbrock, Health & Sport Sciences

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Shakespeare's Dictionary: One Playwright's Influence on the Modern English Lanugage (Distinction Paper) , Jennifer Walton, English

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Current Methods and Future Directions Regarding Working Memory Training Research (Distinction Paper) , Emily G. Wright, Psychology

Papers/Projects from 2012

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Carryover Effects of Larval Digestive Plasticity Post-Metamorphosis in Red-Eyed Treefrogs (Distinction Paper) , Chelsea R. Jenney, Biology & Earth Science

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Consumer Attitudes Towards Using QR Codes in a Retail Setting (Distinction Paper) , Chris Thayer, Business, Accounting, & Economics