Undergraduate Honors Thesis Projects

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Projects

 

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 undergraduate 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 digitalcommons07@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 an honors paper as part of your coursework at Otterbein University and would like us to add it to Digital Commons @ Otterbein, please email digitalcommons07@otterbein.edu.

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Papers/Projects from 2021

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The Effect of Support Systems on Delinquency (Honors Paper) , Elizabeth S. Bohrer, Sociology, Criminology and Justice Studies

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Forgotten Things: A Historian's Tale (Honors Paper) , Mary Jackson, English

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Parent-Child Relationships and Student Outcomes in Children: A Comparison Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Honors Paper) , Angela Kladias, Psychology

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The Mother Of All Mysteries: How Mothers Are Disavowed and Undermined in Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940) (Honors Paper) , Juli Lindenmayer, English

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A Study on the Federal Reserve’s Influence on the Stock Market (Honors Paper) , Patrick McFarland, Business, Accounting, & Economics

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Effects of Strong Oxidants Present in Acer Spp. on Hemolysis Methemoglobin Production in Equine Erythrocytes (Honors Paper) , Gabrielle McGeorge and Jeffrey Lehman, Biology & Earth Science

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The Effects of Feedback and Input on Job Satisfaction and Motivation (Honors Paper) , Daphne Slusher, Psychology

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Emotional Support Animals for College Students: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs? (Honors Paper) , Sidney Street, Psychology

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Tackling the Taboo: A Cross-Generational Study of the Adams-Smith Family and Their Moral Struggle with Alcoholism (Honors Paper) , Erin Van Gilder, History & Political Science

Papers/Projects from 2020

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Constraining Neutron Star Nuclear Equations of State Based on Observational Data (Honors Project) , Alexander Clevinger, Physics

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The Effects That Family Form and Medical Practices Have on the Willingness of Consumers to Adopt Entomophagous Practices (Honors Paper) , Mackenzie Conlon, Sociology, Criminology and Justice Studies

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Designing an Adjustable and Transportable Staircase (Honors Paper) , Allison Currey, Engineering

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Probing the Function of Perilipin 5b (Honors Paper) , Rebekah Dalton, Chemistry

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A Reexamination of the Freshwater Mussel Community of the Little Miami River (Honors Paper) , Emily Davis, Biology & Earth Science

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Statistical Analysis of Demographic Effects on Insurance Coverage of Perinatal and Neonatal Morbidity (Honors Paper) , Madeline Durbin, Mathematical Sciences

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Antimicrobial Properties of an Unknown Microorganism Isolated From the Local Environment (Honors Paper) , Danielle Duryea, Biology & Earth Science

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Determining Age-Related Visual Memory and Line Length Perception in Children and Adults (Honors Paper) , Katie Exline, Psychology

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Impact of Animal Programming on Human Attitudes of Local Wildlife (Honors Paper) , Ashton Jerger, Biology & Earth Science

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Developing Tadpoles Exhibit Metabolic and Organ Size Plasticity in Competitive Rearing Environments (Honors Paper) , Emma Kimberly, Biology & Earth Science

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The Effect of Whole-Body Vibration On Thermographic Readings of the Equine Back and Distal Forelimb (Honors Project) , Megan Leclerc, Equine Science

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Assessing Workload in the Classroom Using Interactive Presentation Software (Honors Paper) , Connor MacKenzie, Psychology

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An Examination of How Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Investing Influences a Company's Stock Return (Honors Paper) , Sam Marty, Business, Accounting, & Economics

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Environmental Factors' Effects on Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) Infant Populations and Health (Honors Paper) , Jenny McFarland, Biology & Earth Science

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Randomized Algorithms and How Society Uses Them Everyday (Honors Paper) , Rosaley Milano, Mathematical Sciences

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Equine Massage Following Intense Work: Effects On Plasma Creatine Kinase (Honors Paper) , Brittany Pilat, Equine Science

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Presence of Glyphosate in First Order Streams Associated with Rainfall Events (Honors Paper) , Julie Platz, Biology & Earth Science

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The Effect of Parental Interaction on Emotional Learning with Interactive Devices in Children Ages Three to Five (Honors Paper) , Kathleen Rosneck, Psychology

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Effects of Bridge Sites on Freshwater Mussel Community Structure and Density (Honors Paper) , Holly Rundle, Biology & Earth Science

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Diversity of the Major Histocompatibility Complex in African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus) in situ (Honors Paper) , Athena Schalk, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Effect of Grooming and Therapeutic Riding by Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder on Equine Salivary Cortisol Concentrations (Honors Paper) , Morgan Shields, Equine Science

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The Effect of Slow-Feeding Hay Nets on Post-Prandial Equine Salivary Cortisol Levels (Honors Paper) , Grace Simpson, Equine Science

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Leaping Streams: A Postmodern Epic and an Evaluation of Becoming and Being (Honors Paper) , Allura Stevens, English

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Scapular Stabilizer Muscle Force Output in Collegiate Softball Players Over the Course of a Fall, Non-traditional Season (Honors Paper) , Erin Taylor, Health & Sport Sciences

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On the Mersenne Prime Numbers (Honors Paper) , Julia VanLandingham, Mathematical Sciences

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A Survey of Patients With Congenital Orthopedic Conditions in Malawi: Factors That Influence Late Presentation (Honors Paper) , Brianna Wallis, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Effect of Hay Net Use on Cribbing Horses (Honors Paper) , Lauren Wesolowski, Equine Science

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Ambivalent Sexism: Why Do Victims Get Blamed? (Honors Paper) , Rianna West, Psychology

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Relationships Between Religiosity, Spirituality, Gender, Psychological Distress, and Treatment Preference (Honors Paper) , Reid Wollett, Psychology

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International Travel: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis About How Study Abroad Opportunities Enhance One’s Global Perspective and Self-Awareness (Honors Paper) , Kristen Zink, Psychology

Papers/Projects from 2019

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Differences in Degree of Dorsiflexion In Varying Base Stances of Collegiate Wrestlers (Honors Paper) , Andrew Cade, Health & Sport Sciences

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Does Teaching the History of Mathematics in High School Aid in Student Understanding? (Honors Paper) , Anne Campbell, Mathematical Sciences

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Characterization of the Perilipin 5 C-Terminus (Honors Paper) , Tim D. Clinton, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Morphological and Color Variation in Poicephalus Parrots (Honors Paper) , Eileen Connon, Biology & Earth Science

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Long-Lived Scintillation Light from Cosmic Ray Muons in a LArTPC (Honors Paper) , Bradley Goff, Physics

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Mechanistic Studies and Derivative Effects In 1, 3, 4- Oxadiazole Synthesis Via Cyclodehydration Reactions (Honors Paper) , Evan Huggins, Chemistry

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Underground Opera Troupe: Early Opera in the Twenty-First Century (Honors Paper) , Abigail Josephine Hughes, Music

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Protein-Protein Interactions in Perilpin 5 (Honors Paper) , Erin K. Hughes, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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A Comparative Study of Equine Gut Microbiomes Using 16S and 18S rRNA Sequencing (Honors Paper) , Jillian Jorgenson, Biology & Earth Science

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The Importance of School District Quality in the Columbus Real Estate Market (Honors Paper) , Ryan Karapas, Business, Accounting, & Economics

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An Examination of Drive for Muscularity Scale Scores and the Female/Athlete Paradox Among Collegiate Female Student-Athletes (Honors Project) , Emily Matisko, Health & Sport Sciences

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Cell Differentiation and Proliferation During Brain Development (Honors Paper) , Sarah Maxson, Biology & Earth Science

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More than Republican Motherhood: How Education Helped Women Find Agency in Revolutionary America (Honors Paper) , Emily J. Miller, History & Political Science

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Representing the Angakkuq: Exploring Inuit Mythology through Fiction (Honors Paper) , Abigail Studebaker, English

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Elucidation of the Amino-Terminal Structure and Characteristics of Perilpin 5 (Honors Paper) , Derek T. Wei, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Assessment of Wildlife Rehabilitation Trends: Domestic Dog and Cat Attacks (Honors Paper) , Rachel Wilson, Biology & Earth Science

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The relationship between coat color and dominance in female sable antelope over time (Honors Paper) , Taylor Wilson, Biology & Earth Science

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Greek Tragedy at Marion Correctional: An Exploration of Directing Theatre in Prison (Honors Paper) , Elise G. Woods, Theatre & Dance

Papers/Projects from 2018

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Insights into the cellular trafficking of perilipin 5 (Honors Paper) , Hannah M. Bailey, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Sibling Rivalry: A Comparison of Giant Panda (Ailuropoda Melanoleuca) Twin Behavior (Honors Paper) , Taryn Chudo, Biology & Earth Science

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Stigma and its Reduction: The Role of Knowledge, Causal Attribution, and Mental Disorder Type (Honors Paper) , Jesica N. Ferguson, Psychology

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Characterization of Two Cyclic di-GMP Phosphodiesterases Hypothesized to Regulate Virulence in Streptomyces scabies (Honors Paper) , Madison Flasco, Biology & Earth Science

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Attitudes Toward Prisoners: An Introductory Study (Honors Paper) , Kathleen Geyer, Psychology

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Effects of Benzyl Isothiocyanate and Papain on the Hatching and Migration of Equine Cyathostomes (Honors Paper) , Jessie Kmietsch, Equine Science

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"Alas for the Red Dragon:" Redefining Welsh Identity through Arthurian Legend (Honors Paper) , Claire Lober, English

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The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Immersive Experience (Honors Paper) , Natalie Love, Theatre & Dance

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Motherhood Makes a Matriarchy (Honors Paper) , Lily Mann, English

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Visualizing the Narrative: A Modernization and Extension of Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants". (Honors Paper) , Koryn N. Naylor, English

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Development and Characterization of a Paper Based Analytical Device for Heparin Quantification (Honors Paper) , Carolanne Norris, Chemistry

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Prediction Factors for Release of Wildlife at a Midwestern Rehabilitation Facility (Honors Paper) , Abigail E. Smith, Biology & Earth Science

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Investigating The Synthesis of 1,3,4-Oxadiazoles Via a Novel Two-Step-One-Pot Cyclodehydration Reaction (Honors Paper) , Brittney Sowers, Chemistry

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Visualizing Quantum Dynamics (Honors Paper) , Tyler N. Thompson, Physics

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Physical Boundaries and Social Networks: How Structural Configurations and Networks of Support Influence Life Satisfaction in Assisted and Independent Living Facilities (Honors Paper) , Morgan Watts, Psychology

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Synthesis of Oxadiazoles and Examination of Steric Effects in a Cyclodehydration Reaction (Honors Paper) , Norah Young, Chemistry

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 University (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, 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