The Honors Program at Otterbein University is a rigorous and exciting program of study for students of high academic ability and strong personal motivation. This is a collection of honors 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 honors 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 2017

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Inquiry into Perilipin-5A Expression in Triacylglycerol Rich vs Normal Fed Mouse Tissue (Honors Paper) , Kobi Agyepong, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Perceptions of Gender Non-Conforming Men: The Impact of Perceiver Gender, Relationship Status and Gender Role Ideology (Honors Paper) , Ciara A. Atkinson, Psychology

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Implementation And Characterization Of A Magneto-Optical Trap (Honors Paper) , Michael Anthony Highman, Physics

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Expression of Mammalian DNA in a Non-Native Cell System (Honors Paper) , Taylor Hyatt, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Effect of Whole Body Vibration on Equine Hoof Growth (Honors Paper) , Sharlee Lowe, Equine Science

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The Use of Papain and Benzyl Isothiocyanate as Anthelmintics for Equine Strongyles (Honors Paper) , Abigail Maxey, Equine Science

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Substituent Strength Vs Reactivity: A Study Of 1,3,4-Oxadiazoles And Electron Donating Groups (Honors Paper) , Katlynn Merringer, Chemistry

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Nutritional Plasticity In Gray Treefrogs: Interactions Between Competition And Predation Threat (Honors Paper) , Troy C. Neptune and Sarah S. Bouchard, Biology & Earth Science

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Connections Between Project-Based Learning and Mathematics Instruction: Exploring their Integration in Classroom Curricula (Honors Paper) , Zoe Nietert, Education

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Synthesis Of Oxadeazoles With Electron Withdrawing Groups And The Analysis Of Product Yield With Bond Length (Honors Paper) , Elizabeth Ann Hall Peters, Chemistry

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Evidence of a Perilipin 5 Splice Variant (Honors Paper) , Brodie Ranzau, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Iron Metabolism Genes In Browsing And Grazing Rhinoceroses: Implications For Iron Overload Disorder (Honors Paper) , Lorien Salyer, Biology & Earth Science

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Glenohumeral Internal Rotation Deficit in Division Three Collegiate Football Quarterbacks (Honors Paper) , Anthony Wene, Health & Sport Sciences

Papers/Projects from 2016

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Assessing Cultural Competence in Nursing Students At a Small Private Liberal Arts Uiversity (Honors Paper) , Mikah K. Barrueta Ms, Health & Sport Sciences

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A Retrospective Analysis of Trends in Central Ohio Wildlife Health using Records from a Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility (Honors Paper) , Rachel B. Dalton, Biology & Earth Science

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The Direction His Eyes Are Facing: An American Geography (Honors Paper) , Amelia R. Gramling, English

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Comparing The Ergogenic Effects of Mouth Guards (Honors Paper) , Kevan Green, Health & Sport Sciences

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The Characterization of a Putative Perilipin-5 Splice Variant (Honors Paper) , Cara C. Hardy 4384782, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Using Precise Measurements of Muon g-2 to Constrain New Physics (Honors Paper) , Evan M. Heintz, Physics

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Exploring Femme Fatale Through Lady Macbeth (Honors Paper) , Tori Hidalgo, Theatre & Dance

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Structural Characterization of the Lipid Droplet Protein Perilipin-5 (Honors Paper) , Pearson N. Huggins, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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On Edge-Minimization of Vertex Minimal Graphs with Dicyclic Automorphism Group (Honors Paper) , Peter E. Huston, Mathematical Sciences

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Social Media Usage and Subjective Well-Being in Middle School Students (Honors Paper) , Kimberly R. Hutcheson, Psychology

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Socializing in the Internet Age: A Comparison of Virtual and Traditional Groups in Terms of Self-Definition, Self-Investment, and Personality (Honors Paper) , Christopher T. Jurgens, Psychology

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Cross-Sectional Analysis of Salivary Cortisol and Cyathostome Infestation in Horses (Honors Paper) , Danielle L. Keating, Equine Science

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Resurgence of Acropora Corals on Mid Shelf Patch Reefs, Southwater Caye Marine Reserve, Central Belize (Honors Paper) , Jillian J. Keefer, Biology & Earth Science

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Effects of Percutaneous Closure of Patent Ductus Arteriosus in Infants Less than One Year of Age: A Systematic Review (Honors Paper) , Megan K. Locke, Biology & Earth Science

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Is College Making Men Less “Manly?”: The Influence of Time Spent in a Liberal Arts Environment on Masculinity (Honors Paper) , Samuel Oakley, Psychology

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A Financial Analysis of Professional Baseball Player Worth (Honors Paper) , Jocelyn R. Pearce, Business, Accounting, & Economics

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Determination of Cyclic-di-GMP- Controlled Gene Expression in a Pharmacologically Important Bacterium (Honors Paper) , Morgan A. Stark, Biology & Earth Science

Papers/Projects from 2015

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Urine Proteomics Identifies Preeclampsia Subphenotypes (Honors Paper) , Michelle R. Axe, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Characterization of Suspected Cyclic di-GMP Metabolizing Genes in Streptomyces scabies (Honors Paper) , Bridget N. Bickers, Equine Science

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Conservation of Lipid Storage Droplet Proteins in Evolution of Animalia (Honors Paper) , Jacob D. Bowman, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Identification of Perilipin 5 Interaction Partners (Honors Paper) , Emily E. Burton, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Investigating the Synthesis of Heterocycles via Gold Catalyzed Cyclizations and Cyclo-Dehydrating Reactions (Honors Paper) , Katherine L. Childers, Chemistry

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Eleanor Roosevelt: A Voice for the Oppressed (Honors Paper) , Molly E. Craig, History & Political Science

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Toxicity Of Leaf Extract Of Acer Spp. On Equine Erythrocytes (Honors Paper) , Bailey Katherine Dye, Biology & Earth Science

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Recovery Potential Of The Mussel Communities In The Lower Section Of Big Walnut Creek (Honors Paper) , Jared B. Ellenbogen, Biology & Earth Science

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A Source Analysis of the 1919 Chicago Black Sox (Honors Paper) , Jordan P. Fields, History & Political Science

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Relationship between High School Math Course Selection and Retention Rates at Otterbein University (Honors Paper) , Lauren A. Fisher, Mathematical Sciences

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Imidazolium Salts as Reaction Media for the Preparation of Metal Halide Cluster Networks (Honors Paper) , Stephanie K. Gnewuch, Chemistry

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Measuring the Hyperfine Splittings of Lowest Energy Atomic Transitions in Rubidium (Honors Project) , Benjamin D. Graber, Physics

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Fracture (Honors Paper) , Gretchen R. Heisler, English

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Self-Objectification, Self-Valuation, and Bodily Self-Concept: An Examination of Women's Experiences in a Post-Feminist Society (Honors Paper) , Madeleine Holmes, Psychology

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Analysis of the Energy Spectrum of Michel Electrons In MicroBooNE (Honors Paper) , Philip Griffith Kellogg, Physics

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The effects of viewing patient-related physiological data on students' mental health stigma (Honors Paper) , Sabrina Kohls, Psychology

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A Study of Low Weight Bearing Exercise and its Effect on Bone Density (Honors Paper) , Elizabeth Markle, Health & Sport Sciences

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‘The 39 steps’ of stage management: an analysis of the evolution of professional stage managment practices and their application at Otterbein University's Department of Theatre 2011-present (Honors Paper) , Grace K. Murrin, Theatre & Dance

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The Effect of Red Maple Leaf Toxicosis on Reduced Glutathione Levels in Equine Erythrocytes in Vitro (Honors Paper) , Madeline A. Rohl, Biology & Earth Science

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Young Adult Dystopian Literature as Social Change Evolution (Honors Paper) , Rachel L. Scherzer, English

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Causes of Turnover and Employee Satisfaction: A Case Study of Otterbein University TeleFUND (Honors Paper) , Brandy L. Stiverson, Communication

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By Sea and Air: Winston Churchill's Views on the Navy and Air Force During the Second World War (Honors Paper) , Michael Toth, History & Political Science

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Übermensch: A Feminist, Literary, & Artistic Rebuke to Modern Patriarchy in the Institution of Liberal Arts Education (Honors Paper) , Virginia Valenzuela, English

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A Qualitative Study on How a Teacher's Religious Beliefs Affect the Choices They Make in the Classroom (Honors Paper) , Sarah M. Wadsworth, Education

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The Influence of Preferred Music on Vigilance and Mental Workload (Honors Paper) , Michelle H. Wang, Psychology

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Transition Metal Catalysis and the Synthesis of Biologically Interesting Heterocycles: A Study of Gold-Catalyzed Intermolecular Cyclization and Palladium-Catalyzed Suzuki Cross-Coupling (Honors Paper) , Alexandria E. Weber, Chemistry

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A Comparison of the Genetic Diversity of the Class II Major Histocompatibility Complex in ex situ and in situ Populations of African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus) (Honors Project) , Emily Willmer, Biology & Earth Science