Thesis/Projects Abstracts

Honors Theses/Projects

Spring 2016

Name Honors Theses/Projects Abstract Honors Program Thesis/Project Advisor Honors Program Director
Annas, Justin   HIST Dr. Cheryl Hicks Dr. Oscar Lansen
Arapovic, Lea Exogeneity in the Solow Growth Model:  A Macroeconomic Analysis of Variables Determining Agricultural Technological Progress BUSN Dr. Matthew Metzgar Dr. Ted Amato
Avraham-Katz, Yahav The System of My Life UHP Dr. Taki Amin Dr. Jennifer Warner
Barnhart, Kyle Balanced Lifestyle UHP   Dr. Jennifer Warner
Barrows, Brian Growth through Sharing UHP Dr. Erik Byker Dr. Jennifer Warner
Barry, James Impact of Altered Plantar Cutaneous Inputs on Postural Control in those with Chronic Ankle Instability UHP/KNES  

Dr. Jennifer Warner          
Dr. Joseph Marino

Barry, Leanne Supervisor Social Skill and Emotional Intelligence as Related to Subordinate Perceived Organizational Support and Engagement PSYC Dr. Linda Shanock Dr. Al Maisto
Battista, Nancy "The Stone of Vietnam was Around Neck":  How Policy in Vietnam Influenced Action in the Dominican Republic, 1965 HIST   Dr. Oscar Lansen
Bernadel, Laurie Caregiving Efficacy, Paprenting Stress and Behaviors UHP/PSYC Dr. Kim Buch Dr. Jennifer Warner                
Dr. Al Maisto
Black, Maya Imbalance Gains UHP Dr. Tonya Bates Dr. Jennifer Warner
Brown, Jenna Comparisons of Class-C AmpC B-Latamases UHP/BIOL Dr. Didier Dreau Dr. Jennifer Warner                
Dr. Didier Dreau
Burleson, Evin Manifest Destiny and the Diminishing of a Nation Displacement of the Catawba HIST   Dr. Oscar Lansen
Butler, Diarra The Taxonomy of Ethical Ideologies with Ethical Fashion:  An Analysis of U.S. Millennials BUSN   Dr. Ted Amato
Celemen, Hannah The Rate of Torque Development in Patients Post-ACL Reconstruction:  A Case Series UHP/KNES   Dr. Jennifer Warner                
Dr. Joseph Marino
Collier, Holly Factors Influencing Teachers' Intercultural Competence EDUC   Dr. Michael Matthews
Cope, Heidi Investigating the Role of Tenascin-C in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease BIOL   Dr. Didier Dreau
Day, Janelle The Business of Violence:  Selling God POLS   Dr. Beth Whitaker
Dotson, Chris Attorney Race and Success:  An Analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar POLS   Dr. Beth Whitaker
Dove, Taylor From Sideline Athlete to Team Captain UHP   Dr. Jennifer Warner
Dunham, Brooke Relationship of Virus Presence and Patient Health BIOL   Dr. Didier Dreau
Eatman, Christian Perfectionism Trait Anxiety and Performance PSYC Dr. Linda Shanock Dr. Al Maisto
Faggart, Evan Digital Currency:  An Untold History of Monetary Upheavel HIST   Dr. Oscar Lansen
Feculak, Sebastian Framing the Charlotte Light-Rail POLS   Dr. Beth Whitaker
Figueroa, Liza Characterization of the Optical Properties of PbSe/CdSe Core/Shell Quantum Dots UHP/CHEM   Dr. Jennifer Warner                
Dr. Dan Jones
Fourrier, Caroline Layers of Myself:  Going Beyond the Surface UHP Dr. Ryan Kilmer Dr. Jennifer Warner
Fredson-Cole, Susan The Kingdom of Kongo in American Museums ARTH   Dr. James Frakes
Galobardi, Osly An Investigation of Attention Biases to Emotional Faces in Individuals with ADHD UHP/PSYC Dr. Sara Levens Dr. Jennifer Warner                
Dr. Al Maisto
Grassett, Emily The Rebel Party:  Political Implications of Rebel Funding UHP/POLS   Dr. Jennifer Warner                 
Dr. Beth Whitaker
Greer, Andrea The Cruise Missile Technology Control Regime and Nonproliferation:  Why States Comply with Cruise Missile Export Controls POLS   Dr. Beth Whitaker
Grenia, Jessica The Relationship between Age and Gender on Role Saliences PSYC Dr. Eric Heggestad Dr. Al Maisto
Hardy, Aminah Maternal Beliefs and Caregiving Efficacy and Parental Influence as Protective Factors in the Relation Between Maternal Depression and Parenting Behavior PSYC Dr. Laura Armstrong Dr. Al Maisto
Hartley, Shea The Effects of Employment & Income on Healthcare Coverage in a Pre and Post Affordable Care Act Era POLS Dr. Jacqueline Chattopadhyay Dr. Beth Whitaker
Hawkins, Taylor Environmental Controls on Microbial Hydrocarbon Degradation BIOL Dr. Molly Redmond Dr. Didier Dreau
Henning, Joseph My Collegiate Race Car:  A Reflection on Personal Research and Development in Motorsports Engineering UHP   Dr. Jennifer Warner
Hess, Ryan More Hydra than Hercules:  Overcoming Setbacks through the Mechanisms of Antifragility and Perspective UHP Dr. Cynthia Combs Dr. Jennifer Warner
Hicks, Hannah   HIST   Dr. Oscar Lansen
Hicks, Harper The Factors Impacting the Role of the Financial Advisor Since the 1960s BUSN   Dr. Ted Amato
Hollmer, Jennifer Sexism and the Invisibility of Women Activists in the Civil Rights Movement HIST Dr. Cheryl Hicks Dr. Oscar Lansen
Ilonze, Paula Theory of Reasoned Action in the Decision-Making Process UHP   Dr. Jennifer Warner
Jones, Ashlan Case Studies in the Design and Appropriation of Space in Surface Parking Lots AAHP Dr. Jae Emerling Dr. Jae Emerling
Jutila, Alexander   HIST   Dr. Oscar Lansen
King, Whitney Occurrences of Microplastic in An Urban Piedmont Stream:  Implications for Waste Water Treatment Plant Microplastic Pollution GEOG Dr. Sandra Clinton Dr. John Diemer
Kinyon, Molly Evidence of Subversive Themes in Women's Comedy HIST   Dr. Oscar Lansen
Klotz, Kaitlin Identification of Epithelial Ovarian Tumor Specific Aptamers BIOL Dr. Christine Richardson Dr. Didier Dreau
Kocherga, Margaret Synthesis and Reactivity of N-heterocyclic Selone Ligands CHEM Dr. Daniel Rabinovich Dr. Dan Jones
Ledbetter, Cody The Interaction of Supercell Thunderstorms with the Appalachian Mountains UHP/GEOG Dr. Casey Davenport Dr. Jennifer Warner
Leighton, Gage H19 Mutation Induces Stable Structure in the Primary DNA-Recognition Subdomain of the Sleepting Beauty Transposase PHYS   Dr. Nate Fried
Long, Kathryn The Levels of Selection Shaping Reproductive Decisions in the Highly Social Honey Bee, Apis mellifera UHP/BIOL   Dr. Jennifer Warner                
Dr. Didier Dreau
Lupton, Evan Prejudice and Support for US Drone Strikes Targeting Americans Abroad UHP/POLS   Dr. Jennifer Warner                
Dr. Beth Whitaker
McDonald, Kiersten Youth in Protective Custody:  Examining Integration of Strengths in Psychological Assessment Recommendations PSYC Dr. Ryan Kilmer Dr. Al Maisto
McGee, Kyle Finding Equilibrium UHP Dr. Cynthia Wolf Johnson Dr. Jennifer Warner
McGrath, Melissa Mattering:  Implications for Self and Others UHP   Dr. Jennifer Warner
McHugh, Melissa Poetic Cognition UHP Dr. Jane Dalton Dr. Jennifer Warner
Minster, Rachel The Continuum Hypothesis and the Axioms of Set Theory UHP/MATH   Dr. Jennifer Warner                
Dr. Mingxin Xu
Mitchell, James Enhancement of Electrical-Energy Storage Materials via Molecular Spacers CHEM Dr. Jordan Poler Dr. Dan Jones
Moran, John Motives for the Assimilation of the Sioux and Sioux Responses to "Americanization" HIST   Dr. Oscar Lansen
Mueller, Rikki A Comparison of Art-Infused Science Lessons and Traditional Science Lessons for First Grade Students EDUC Dr. Charles Wood Dr. Michael Matthews
Mull, Ashley Identifying Influenza Virus in Sputum Samples of Cystic Fibrosis Patients UHP/BIOL   Dr. Jennifer Warner                
Dr. Didier Dreau
Murphy, Emily The Influence of Technology on Culture and Individual Identity UHP Dr. Barbara Presnell Dr. Jennifer Warner
Musacchio, Alexa An Exploration of Context Related to the Conceptual Understanding of Variables with Manipulatives in Mathematics EDUC   Dr. Michael Matthews
Noland, Corey Which Use of a Lamp-post?  Support or Illumination in the Increasing Use of Disparate Impact Analysis in the Federal and State Court Systems POLS/HIST   Dr. Beth Whitaker                    
Dr. Oscar Lansen
Nunn, Brittany Outsourcing & Offshoring:  A Matter of Opinion BUSN   Dr. Ted Amato
O'Conner, Kelly Emerging Questions in Tactual Mapping GEOG   Dr. John Diemer
Phan, Tuan Adaptation of Corbicula Fluminea to Global Climate Change BIOL   Dr. Didier Dreau
Polefko, Shane Differential Expression of Tachykinin Receptor Isoforms by Cells of the CNS BIOL   Dr. Didier Dreau
Quach, Jessica Identity:  My Journey of Individuation UHP   Dr. Jennifer Warner
Raj, Jude The Role of APE1 in DNA Damage Response to Oxidative Stress BIOL Dr. Shan Yan Dr. Didier Dreau
Rankin, Paul Designing an Individual UHP Dr. Robin James Dr. Jennifer Warner
Reinbold, Patrick Introducing Adaptive Mechanisms to Improve Performance in a Random Search Method for Global Optimization PHYS   Dr. Nate Fried
Rivera, Pamela Analysis of the Determinants of Discount Rates BUSN   Dr. Ted Amato
Sierra, Bryanna Transforming Growth Factor Beta, Periostin and Transforming Growth Factor Induced Expression in Breast Cancer BIOL Dr. Didier Dreau Dr. Didier Dreau
Sites, Wesley Digging Up Me (An Archaeology of Self) UHP Dr. Brenda Tindal Dr. Jennifer Warner
Sorensen, Christine Perspective in Personality Changes Across Adulthood SOCY   Dr. Elizabeth Stearns
Stasichin, Victoria My Metamorphosis UHP Dr. Celia Sinclair Dr. Jennifer Warner
Strathmann, Courtney Outsourcing & Offshoring:  A Matter of Opinion BUSN   Dr. Ted Amato
Urbina, Angela A Study of TPACK in Elementary Mathematics EDUC   Dr. Michael Matthews
Warner, Bailey Making My Own Map UHP Dr. Alan Rauch Dr. Jennifer Warner
Whitaker, Tynaiza The Ongoing Identity Appeal and Evolution of the Birther Movement UHP/COMM   Dr. Jennifer Warner                  Dr. Ashli Stokes
Will, Maggie   AAHP   Dr. Jae Emerling
Wilmer, Sam Revolution and Civil Conflict Intervention POLS   Dr. Beth Whitaker
Wolf, Kelsey Risky Business:  Gendered Differences in the Reward Responsivity and Inhibition Subscales of the BIS/BAS Predict Money Earned on the BART PSYC   Dr. Al Maisto
Yaemmongkol, Jessica To Determine the Effects of IL-20 and IL-24 on Glial Immune Functions Stimulated by Bacterial Products UHP/BIOL   Dr. Jennifer Warner                
Dr. Didier Dreau
Yue, Muqing Study of Optimal Investment MATH Dr. Mingxin Xu Dr. Mingxin Xu
Zander, Katelyn StereoTypes AAHP Dr. Megan Hall Dr. Jae Emerling

 

Spring 2015

Name

Honors Theses/Projects Abstracts

Honors Program

Thesis/Project Advisor

Honors Program Director

Adkins, Mary

Extended exposure to Environmental Toxins and Dietary Suppliements affects the genome of human Stem Cells

BIOL / UHP

Dr. Christine Richardson

Dr. Ken Bost

Alverio, Tabitha

Individual Emotion Processing Differences may Predict Future Depression Symptoms

PSYC

Dr. Sara Levens

Dr. Al Maisto

Annas, Justin

Theodore Roosevelt:  From Asthma to the Oval Office

HIST / UHP

Dr. Cheryl Hicks

Dr. Oscar Lansen

Bollinger, James

Investigating the Relationships Among Personality Dimensions of Extraversion and Neuroticism, Caffeine Symptom Sensitivity and Emotional Reactivity

PSYC

Dr. Jeanette Bennett

Dr. Al Maisto

Bradt, Adrianna

Justice-Involved Veterans and Family Members:  Treatment and Veterans' Courts

CJUS

Dr. Bruce Arrigo

Dr. Matthew Phillips

Branan, Robert

Keep Your Enemies Closer

HIST

Dr. James Hogue

Dr. Oscar Lansen

Campos, Noe Pliego

The World Cup of 1986 in the Midst of Mexico's "Lost Decade"

HIST

Dr. Jurgen Buchenau

Dr. Oscar Lansen

Carmichael, Krystal

SUMOlyation of PCNA is Important for Checkpoint kinase 1 phosphorylation in Xenopus laevis

BIOL

Dr. Shan Yan

Dr. Ken Bost

Cha, Maxine

Professional Development Month engages Belk College students in February 2015

BUHP

Dr. Daryl Kerr

Dr. Ted Amato

Clifton, Nadia

The Art of Knowing Everything

UHP

Dr. Alan Rauch

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Cobb, Lauren

The Parenting Guide:  A How-To on Gender

ANTH / UHP

Dr. Janet Levy

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Cole, Tyler

The Practical and the Theoretical

UHP

Dr. Michael Swisher

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Connors, Jessica

Systematic Creativity:  Suplemental Summary

BUHP

Dr. Jennifer Stuart

Dr. Ted Amato

Cope, Heidi

Investigating the Role of Tenascin C in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

BIOL

Dr. Laura Schrum

Dr. Ken Bost

Cornelio, Noelle

MLL-ALL Translocations Caused by Common Dietary Compounds in Mouse Hematopoietic Stem Cells and Differentiated Hematopoietic Cells

BIOL

Dr. Christine Richardson

Dr. Ken Bost

Creamer, Eden

Ticking Time

UHP

Dr. Aaron Gwyn

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Devlin, Rebecca

An Education of Uncertainty

UHP

Dr. Jeff Balmer

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Draper, Jonathan

A Shift in Philosophy

UHP

Dr. Patricia Mynatt

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Drye, Kristina

Constructing a Comprehensive Mapping and Peace Framework through the Conflicts in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo

POLS / UHP

Dr. Cindy Combs

Dr. John Szmer

Elrahal, Farrah

The Interaction Between Family Support, Stress, and Rumination in Predicting Depression

PSYC

Dr. Sara Levens

Dr. Al Maisto

Fann, Andrew

How Educators are Made: The Shaping of a Teaching Philosophy

UHP

Dr. Oscar Lansen

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Gami, Margi

Natural Genetic Diversity of East Rockcress Species

BIOL / UHP

Dr. Matthew Parrow

Dr. Ken Bost

Glover, Omar

Regulation of Endothelial Function by Hydrogen Sulfide in Endotoxemia

BIOL

Dr. Mark Clemens

Dr. Ken Bost

Goode, Noah

Motivations for American Economic Involvement in the Russo-Japanese War

HIST

Dr. Steven Sabol

Dr. Oscar Lansen

Grant, Kelsey

Planning, Expectations and Post-secondary Graduation Among Youth with Emotional Disturbance

PSYC

Dr. Mason Haber

Dr. Al Maisto

Greth, Zach

Living a "Neuroplastic" Life

UHP

Dr. Jeanette Bennett

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Grover, Thomas

From the Front to the Farm:  A History of the British Agricultural Companies in France, 1916-1919

HIST

Dr. Heather Perry

Dr. Oscar Lansen

Guo, Ling

Intellectual and Spatial Environments

UHP

Dr. John Cox

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Halbert, Austin

Cause-Based Selling in the Literary Industry:  Planning for Success

BUHP

Dr. Justin Webb

Dr. Ted Amato

Hanafin, Caitlyn

The Peculiar Position of Han Women:  Confucian Rule and Feminine Morality

HIST

Dr. Maren Ehlers

Dr. Oscar Lansen

Hanna, Nicole

Peripheral Factors in Jesuit-Guarani Relations and the Dispersion of the Guarani Language

LTAM

Dr. Erika Edwards

Dr. Carlos Coria-Sanchez

Haynes, Joshua

The Watcher

UHP

Dr. W Scott Terry

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Hazel, Joseph

Investigation of Capsule Polysaccharide Metabolism of the Deadly Bacterium Vibrio Vulnificus

CHEM

Dr. Jerry Troutman

Dr. Daniel Jones

Hedrick, Amber

The Great Influenza of 1918

HIST

Dr. Heather Perry

Dr. Oscar Lansen

Hicks, Hannah

Whispers Shall Comfort Us from Out of the Dark:  British Spiritualism in the Wake of Work War I

HIST

Dr. Peter Thorsheim

Dr. Oscar Lansen

Hindle, Stephanie

Professional Development Month engages Belk College students in February 2015

BUHP

Dr. Daryl Kerr

Dr. Ted Amato

Iddings, Gavin

The Impact of Income Inequality on Heart Disease, High School Graduation Rates, and Infant Mortality in the U.S.

BUHP

Dr. Carol Stivender

Dr. Ted Amato

Jenkins, Austin

Shaping my Future

UHP

Dr. Lisa Walker

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Jordan, David

Selflessly Investing in Others, in Myself, and in the Future

UHP

Ms. Constance Rothwell

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Lea, Ashley

Therapeutic Massage to Improve Balance in those with Chronic Ankle Instability

KNES / UHP

Dr. Erik Wikstrom

Dr. Roy Fielding

Lesesne, Asia

I Do Like Green Eggs and Ham

UHP

Dr. Robin James

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Little, Auja

To 'B' the Change we Wish to See:  Hybrid Business Models and the Relationship between Socially Responsible Business and Profitability

BUHP

Dr. Ted Amato

Dr. Ted Amato

MacLeod, Lauren

A Cure for Oblivion

UHP

Dr. Lienne Edwards

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Matson, Chelsea

Understanding the Relationship Between Classroom Characteristics and Socio-Emotional Development of Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Preschoolers

PSYC

Dr. Ryan Kilmer

Dr. Al Maisto

Meister, Raia

The Afterlife of Images:  An Artistic Examination of Contemporary Iconography

AAHP

Dr. Jae Emerling

Dr. Jae Emerling

Monroe, Charles

Classifying Integral Matrices Using Polynomial Equations and Similarity

MATH

Dr. Xingde Dai

Dr. Mingxin Xu

Narayan, Vivian

The Big Reveal: How I'm Finally Hearing My Truth

UHP

Dr. Mark Pizzato

Dr. Jennifer Warner

O'Blenes, Campbell

The Price of Peace:  Henry Kissinger, President Nixon, and the Cold War

HIST

Dr. John Cox

Dr. Oscar Lansen

Padro, Meagan

Linking Seductive Details and the Isolation Effect

PSYC

Dr. W Scott Terry

Dr. Al Maisto

Patton, David

Generalized Linear Functions in Distribution Theory and Applications of the Distribution

MATH

Dr. B Vainberg

Dr. Mingxin Xu

Polefko, Shane

Differential Expression of Tachykinin Receptor Isoforms by Cells of the CNS

BIOL

Dr. Ian Marriott

Dr. Ken Bost

Procida, Hannah

The Role of Pattern Recognition Receptors in Glial Respnses to Viral Challenge

BIOL

Dr. Ian Marriott

Dr. Ken Bost

Purington, Andrea

Understanding Cognitive Processes Involved in Perceptions of Entitativity

PSYC

Dr. Anita Blanchard

Dr. Al Maisto

Reynolds, Carli

My College Cupcake

UHP

Dr. Carrie Silver

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Rice, Stewart

The British Reaction to the Emancipation Proclamation

HIST

Dr. John David Smith

Dr. Oscar Lansen

Riser, Jared

Crack Attack:  The Crack Epidemic and Its Affect on Urban Minorities

HIST

Dr. Sonya Ramsey

Dr. Oscar Lansen

Rosskamp, Matthew

Evolution: My Journey becoming an LGBTQ Politician

UHP

Ms. Brenda Tindal

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Rutzen, Laura

Integration of Females in the U.S. Army and the Effects on Unit Cohesion and Morale

SOCY

Dr. Joseph Dippong

Dr. Elizabeth Stearns

Sanchez, Paola

Toxicity of Polystyrene Particles on the Grass Shrimp, Palaemonetes Pugio

BIOL

Dr. Amy Ringwood

Dr. Ken Bost

Seyok, Thany

CXCR4 Signaling, Hypoxia and Breast Cancer Progression

BIOL

Dr. Didier Dreau

Dr. Ken Bost

Smith, Katherine

Stigmatizing Mental Illness

SOCY

Dr. Stephanie Smith

Dr. Elizabeth Stearns

Smith, Krista

Utilizing the Mie Solution for Determining Indices of Refraction

PHYS

Dr. Tsing Hua Her

Dr. Nathaniel Fried

Sofsky, Donna

Changes in Image:  Finding Identity and Connections in the Visual Arts

UHP

Ms. Brenda Tindal

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Starnes, Jessie

SEC Comment Letters:  Revenue Recognition

BUHP

Dr. Patricia Mynatt

Dr. Ted Amato

Steagall, Nicole

How to Protect your Business's Supply Chain from Being Disrupted

BUHP

Dr. SungJune Park

Dr. Ted Amato

Street, Hunter

Characterizing Groups of Small Order

MATH / UHP

Dr. Evan Houston

Dr. Mingxin Xu

Swartz, Anna

The Use of Strategic Collaboration in the Launch of a Sustainable Social Enterprise

BUHP

Dr. Kelly Zellars

Dr. Ted Amato

Walls, Taryn

The World as a Lens

UHP

Dr. Jonathan Crane

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Wang, Xi

Professional Development Month engages Belk College students in February 2015

BUHP

Dr. Daryl Kerr

Dr. Ted Amato

Wilson, Kaitlyn

Microcosms of Culture:  A Graduate's Analysis of the College Expereince

UHP

Ms. Jennifer Byrd

Dr. Jennifer Warner

Yoder, Sarah

The Valuation of Disruptive Technology Using Real Option Analysis

BUHP

Dr. Judson Russell

Dr. Ted Amato

Yang, Shang Hua

Professional Development Month engages Belk College students in February 2015