Thesis/Projects Layperson Summaries

Honors Theses/Projects Currently Underway

Fall 2016

Name Layperson Summary Honors Program Thesis/Project Advisor Honors Program Director
Antczak, Andrew Developing a Novel Light-based Processing Method to Create an Amorphous Trehalose Solid for the Stabilization of Proteins  PHYS Dr. Susan Trammell Dr. Nathaniel Fried
Barriga, Jean Whose Land is it anyway?  A Comparative Analysis on Land Reform and how it could benefit the Reform in South Africa     POLS Dr. Beth Whitaker Dr. Beth Whitaker
Calderon, Alvarado, Jessica Influencing Immigration Reform in the United States POLS Dr. Gregory Weeks Dr. Beth Whitaker
Davis, Aubrey Gender, Genre, and Consecration in the Contemporary Music Industry SOCY Dr. Vaughn Schmutz Dr. Elizabeth Stearns
Enloe, Mekenzie Senior Capstone Experience BUSN Dr. Ted Amato Dr. Ted Amato
Glinskaya, Yekaterina Senior Capstone Experience BUSN Dr. Ted Amato Dr. Ted Amato
Gobble, Joshua Senior Capstone Experience BUSN Dr. Ted Amato Dr. Ted Amato
Goyne, Lauren Comparison of Two Streams Differing in Storm Water Inputs on Hydrology and Macroinvertebrate GEOG Dr. Sandra Clinton Dr. John Diemer
Gullo, Christina Technology-Based Supplementary Phonics Instruction for At-Risk Preschool Students EDUC Dr. Cynthia Baughan Dr. Michael Matthews
Guzman, Karen Utilizing Agent Based Modeling to Predict Human Trafficking CJUS Dr. Matthew Phillips Dr. Matthew Phillips
Hooks, Dillon Misrepresentation in Dating Profiles:  The Role of Self-Esteem PSYC Dr. Amy Comevello Dr. Al Maisto
Johnson, Michael Senior Capstone Experence BUSN Dr. Ted Amato Dr. Ted Amato
Jones, Alyssa Exploring the Effectiveness of State-Level Gun Control Policies on Homicides Involving Firearms     CJUS Dr. Matthew Phillips Dr. Matthew Phillips
Kerr, Jordan A False Unity HIST Dr. Mark Wilson Dr. Oscar Lansen
Kuevidjen, Consolata Coups d'etat in Africa:  What makes a coup d'etat successful? POLS Dr. Beth Whitaker Dr. Beth Whitaker 
Patel, Himani Effects of Titanium dioxide nanoparticles on Sea Anemones, Aiptasia pallida      BIOL Dr. Amy Ringwood Dr. Didier Dreau
Rios, Kenia Feeling Through Fiction:  Exploring the Connection Between Engagement with the Harry Potter Series and Empathy UHP/PSYC Dr. Lori VanWallendael Dr. Jennifer Warner/Dr. Al Maisto
Savka, Olga The Effects of Choline Supplementation on Brain Structure in a Fetal Alcohol Model      BIOL Dr. Carol Cheatham Dr. Didier Dreau
Shi, Monica Exploring Ethnic Identity, Adjustment to College and Friendships among Chinese-American Women by Using Tinto's Integration Framework    SOCY Dr. Judy Aulette Dr. Elizabeth Stearns
         
 

Spring 2016

Name Layperson Summary Honors Program Thesis/Project Advisor Honors Program Director
Ancona, Alexander A Pipe Organ's Organ  AAHP Dr. John Allemier Dr. Jae Emerling
Arapovic, Lea Poverty BUSI Dr. Matthew Metzgar Dr. Ted Amato
Barrows, Brian  Growth through Sharing UHP Dr. Jon Byker Dr. Jennifer Warner 
Battista, Nancy The Day Johnson Regretted HIST Dr. Jugen Buchenau Dr. Oscar Lansen 
Barry, James Sensory Reweighting in Patients with Chronic Ankle Instability  KNES Dr. Abbey Fenwick Dr. James Merico
Barry, Leanne Supervisor Social Skill and Emotional Intelligence as Related to Subordinate Organizational Support and Engagement  PSYC Dr. Linda Shanuck Dr. Al Maisto 
Bernadel, Laurie Caregiving Efficacy and Parenting Stress Influences on Parenting Behaviors  PSYC Dr. Kim Buch Dr. Al Maisto 
Brown, Jenna Electrostatic Comparisons of Class-C AmpC B-Lactamases  BIOL Dr. Didier Dreau Dr. Didier Dreau
Butler, Diarra The Price of Ethical Fashion BUSI Dr. Charles Bodkin Dr. Ted Amato
Burleson, Evin Manifest Desinty and the Diminishing of a Nation HIST Dr. Carol Higher Dr. Oscar Lansen 
Celemen, Hannah Effects of Plyometric Training on Rate of Torque Development Post-ACL Reconstruction  ATH TRAIN Dr. Abbey Fernwick Dr. Joseph Marino 
Cole, Sarah Women, Race, and Progressive Social Reform in Charlotte and Greensboro, 1890-1920 HIST Dr. John Szmer Dr. Beth Whitaker 
Day, Janelle Financing Middle Eastern and African Insurgencies POLS Dr. Beth Whitaker Dr. Beth Whitaker
Dotson, Christopher Attorney Race and Success  POLS Dr. John Szmer Dr. Beth Whitaker 
Dunham, Brooke Relationship of virus presence and patient helath  BIOL Dr. Todd Steck Dr. Dider Dreau
Eatman, Christian  The Moderating Effect of Trait Anxiety on the Relationship between Self-Oriented Perfectionism and Task Performance  PSYC Dr. Linda Shanuck Dr. Al Maisto 
Faggart, Evan Digital Currency  HIST Dr. Mark Wilson Dr. Oscar Lansen 
Feculak, Sebastian The Impact of Light Rail on Low Income Residents POLS Dr. Beth Whitaker Dr. Beth Whitaker 
Figueroa, Liza PbSe/CdSe Quantum Dots: New Solar Cell Technology? CHEM Dr. Marcus Jones Dr. Daniel Jones
Forbes, Yasmin A Little White Lie: Walter White, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Politics of Racial Passing HIST Dr. Sherpard McKinley Dr. Oscar Lansen 
Fredson- Cole, Susan Kongo Art on Display, Have We Moved Forward? ART HIST Dr. Lua Houmonn Dr. Jim Fraken
Galobardi, Osly An investigation of attention biases to emotional faces in individuals with ADHD PSCY Dr. Sara Levens Dr. Al Maisto 
Garfield, Kurt Reactions and Memory of Hungarian-Americans in Response to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution  HIST Dr. Mark Wilson Dr. Oscar Lansen 
Grassett, Emily Rebels to Political Parties: Does Funding Matter? POLS Dr. Beth Whitaker Dr. Beth Whitaker 
Greer, Andrea Results May Vary: Why States Comply with Cruise Missile Export Controls POLS Dr. James Walsh Dr. Beth Whitaker 
Grenia, Jessica Boys vs. Girls & Oldies vs. Newbies: The Impact of Age and Gender on Role Saliences  PSYC Dr. Eric Heggestad Dr. Al Maisto 
Hardy, Aminah Maternal beliefs about caregiving efficacy and parental influences 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 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
Hicks, Harper Personal Financing Advising  BUSI Dr. Thomas Marshman  Dr. Louis Hamato 
Hollmer, Jennifer Sexism and Invisibility of Women During the Civil Rights Movement HIST Dr.; Cheryl Hicks Dr. Oscar Lansen 
Hooks, Dillon  Misrepresentation in Dating Profiles: The Role of Self-Esteem PSYC Dr. Amy Comevello Dr. Al Maisto 
Ilbonze, Paula Discovering My Passion  UHP   Dr. Jennifer Warner 
Jarrett, Daniel The 1980s War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration  HIST Dr. Gregory Mixon Dr. Oscar Lansen 
Jones, Ashlan Parking Thoughts AAHP Dr. Jae Emerling N/A
Jutila, Alexander Red of Black: The Effect of the Russian Revolution on Anarchism in the US  HIST Dr. Mark Wilson Dr. Oscar Lansen 
Kerr, Jordan A False Unity HIST Dr. Mark Wilson Dr. Oscar Lansen 
King, Whitney Microplastic Pollution in Fresh Water Ecosystems GEOG Dr. Sandra Clinton Dr. Jake Armour
Kinyon, Molly The Tragedy of Tradion HIST Dr. Aaron Shapiro Dr. Oscar Lansen
Klotz, Kaitlin  Identification of Epithelial Ovarian Tumor Specific Apatmers  BIOL Dr. Christine Richardson Dr. Didier Dreau
Kocherga, Margaret The Synthesis and Coordination Chemistry of N-heterocyclic Selone Ligands CHEM Dr. Daniel Rabinovich Dr. Daniel Jones
Ledbetter, Cody The Interaction of Supercell Thunderstorms with the Appalachian Mountains GEOG Dr. Casey Davenport Dr. John Diemer
Leighton, Gage Stability of PAI Subdomain by Selective Mutations PHYS Dr. Irina Nesmelova Dr. Nathanial Fried
Long, Kathryn Caste Interactions, Reproductive Decisions, and Levels of Selection in Honey Bees BIOL Dr. Stan Schneider Dr. Didier Dreau 
Lupton, Evan  Prejudice and Support for US Drone Strikes Targeting Americans Abroad POLS Dr. James Walsh Dr. Beth Whitaker
McDonald, Kiersten Youth in Protective Custody  PSYC Dr. Ryan Kilmer Dr. Al Maisto 
McGrath, Melissa Mattering  UHP Dr. Elizabeth Herron Dr. Jennifer Warner 
McHugh, Melissa Layperson Summary (TBD) UHP Dr. Jane Dalton Dr. Jennifer Warner 
Mitchell, James Enhancement of Energy Storage via Molecular Spacers CHEM  Dr. Jordan Poler Dr. Daniel S. Jones
Moran, John Kill the Indian..Save the Man HIST Dr. Steven Sabol Dr. Oscar Lansen
Morgan, Brandon Foregin Affairs Improved through Domesticity: American Miliary Families in Occupied Germany, 1945-1955 HIST Dr. Mark Wilson Dr. Oscar Lansen
Mull, Ashley Identifying Influenza Virus in Sputem Samples of Cystic Fibrosis Patients BIOL Dr. Todd Stack Dr. Didier Dreau
Noland, Corey An Analysis of Message and Change Discourse Associated with Domestic American Propaganda during the Cold War HIST Dr. Mark Wilson Dr. Oscar Lousen 
Nunn, Brittany Outsourcing BUSI Dr. Karen Ford-Eickhoff Dr. Louis Amato 
O'Conner, Kelly  Emerging Questions in Tactual Mapping GEOG Dr. Elizabeth Delmelle Dr. John Diemer 
Pha, Tuan Adapation of Corbicula fluminea to Global Climate Change  BIOL Dr. Inna Sokolova Dr. Didier Dreau
Raj, Jude The Role of APE1 in DNA Damage Response to Oxidative Stress BIOL Dr. Shan Yan Dr. Didier Dreau
Rankin, Paul  Desiging an Individual  UHP Dr. Robin James Dr. Jennifer Warner 
Renbold, Patrick Incorporating self-adpating mechanisms to improve performance in random search methods for optimization in science and engineering  PHYS Dr. Donald Jacobs Dr. Nathanial Fried
Rivera, Pamela Factors that Impact Discount Rates on Gift Cards and How Businesses Can Benefit  BUSI Dr. Jing Zou Dr. Louis Amato
Quach, Jessica Identity: My Journey of Individuation  UHP Dr. Jerry Troutman Dr. Jennifer Warner 
Sierra, Bryana Transforming growth factor beta, periostin and transforming growth factor induced exprsesion in breast cancer BIOL Dr. Didier Dreau Dr. Didier Dreau
Sites, Wesley  UNCC a College Renaissance  UHP   Dr. Jennifer Warner
Smith, Daniel The Effects of PolyDOTS on Eastern Oyster BIOL Dr. Amy Ringwald Dr. Dider Dreau
Sorensen, Christine Persceptives in Personality Changes Across Adulthood SOCY Dr. Whitmeyer Dr. Hancock
Stasichin, Victoria My Metamorphosis  UHP Dr. Carrie Wells Dr. Jennifer Warner 
Strahmann, Courtney Outsourcing  BUSI Dr. Karen Ford-Eickhoff Dr. Louis Amato 
Urbina, Angela Access and Barriers: Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Elementary Mathematics EDUC Dr. Drew Polly Dr. Michael Matthews
Vazquez, Dalila Think Ratification, Talk Ratificationzz, Work Ratification; The Influence of Women in Public Health on Women's Suffrage, Sexuality and Professionalism HIST Dr. Mark Wilson  Dr. Beth Johnson 
Whitaker, Tynaiza The Ongoing Identity Appeal of the Birther Movement COMM Dr. Rachel Plotnick Dr. Ashli Stokes
Wilmer, Samuel  Revolutionary Petro-State Intervention in Civil War POLS Dr. James Walsh Dr. Beth Whitaker 
Will, Maggie Dresden Datum: A Spatial Investigation of Restoration through Projected Memory AAHP Dr. Gray Dr. Emerling
Wolf, Kelsey Risky business: the relation between stress reactivity, inhibitory control and risk behavior  PSYC Dr. Sara Levans Dr. Al Maisto 
Yaemmongkol, Jessica To determine the effects of IL-20 and IL-24 on glial immune functions stimulated by bacterial products BIOL Dr. Ian Mariott Dr. Didier Dreau
Yue, Muqing Study of Optimal Investment and different approaches to Merton problem MATH Dr. Mingxin Xu  Dr. Mingxin Xu 
Zander, Kaitlyn Designing for Our Intercultural World AAHP Dr. Megan Hall Dr. Eric Waterkoffe
 

Fall 2015

Name Layperson Summary Honors Program Thesis/Project Advisor Honors Program Director
Burrill, Daniel Using Natural Language Processing to Assess the Impact of Frame Alignment Processes in Online Social Networks SOCY Dr. Lisa Walker Dr. Elizabeth Stearns
Chansuthus, Lisa Influences of Self-Efficacy and Motivaiton in Science Educaito:  Using Role Models to Pique Student Interest EDUC Dr. Ian Binns Dr. Michael Matthews
Cook, Wendy The Impact of Writing Output Tools on Composition Length and Writing Quality:  Comparison of Handwriting, Word Processing, and Dictation Writing Outputs for Fifth Grade Students EDUC Dr. Kristen Beach Dr. Michael Matthews
Crawford, Imani Exposing the "Big" Cover Up?:  A Black Feminist Critique on the Intersection of Sexual Objectification and Larger Female Embodiment Represented on Essence Magazine Covers between 1981-2013 PSYC Dr. Jennifer Webb Dr. Al Maisto
Grassett, Emily The Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) & Ideology PHIL/POLS/UHP Dr. Greg Weeks Dr. John Szmer/Dr. Shannon Sullivan
Gullo, Christina Technology-Based Supplementary Phonics Instruction for At-Risk Preschool Students EDUC Dr. Cynthia Baughan Dr. Michael Matthews
Hudgins, Christina Connecting What is Detached:  Becoming Resilient through The Movement in Life UHP Dr. Gretchen Alterowitz Dr. Jennifer Warner
Laracuente-Espinal, Analiz A Part of the Main: Building and Relying on Community in My College Experience UHP Ms. Shannon Bauerle Dr. Jennifer Warner
Leighton, Gage Stability of PAI Subdomain by Selective Mutations Physics Dr. Irina Nesmelova Dr. Nathaniel Fried
Lynch, Kalyne The Psychological Stress of Rendering a Verdict:  Detriments to Mental Health  PSYC Dr. Lori VanWallendael Dr. Al Maisto
Minster, Rachel Proving the Continuum Hypothesis Independent of the Axioms of Set Theory MATH/UHP Dr. Alan Dow Dr. Mingxin Xu
Murphy, Emily The Influence of Technology on Culture and Individual Identity UHP Dr. Barbara Presnell Dr. Jennifer Warner
Musacchio, Alexa The Use of Manipulatives in Mathematics Classrooms EDUC Dr. Michelle Stephan Dr. Michael Matthews
Rhoades, Amy Juvenile Corrections and Developing Programs to Reduce Recidivism CJUS Ms. Mary McKenzie Dr. Matthew Phillips
Sanders, Ricky My journey as a programmer UHP Dr. Jamie Payton Dr. Jennifer Warner
Warner, Bailey Making My Own Map UHP Dr. Alan Rauch Dr. Jennifer Warner
Zilberdrut, Sean Emergence of Me UHP Dr. Joanne Robinson Dr. Jennifer Warner