All students in the Honors Program are required to conduct independent, scholarly research in their major field of study. During the Honors Senior Thesis Seminar, seniors in the program present their work in the form of an oral presentation to colleagues and faculty mentors, and as a written thesis that demonstrates mastery of the material.

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Undergraduate Honors Theses from 2017

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Evaluation of the Efficiency of an ARM-based Beowulf Cluster versus Traditional Desktop Computing for High Performance Computing, Nicholas Addiego

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Is Being Wicked the Same as Having Wickedness? A Dialogue on Human Nature between Wicked, Frankenstein, and Rousseau’s Second Discourse, Emily R. Bezold

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37 Clauses: Instructions Ignore the Narrative Voice, Jonathan L. Hall

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Drag: Spectacle,Transformance, and the Construction of Gender Utopia, Tyler J. Henry

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Impact of Photo Angle on Food Perceptions and Evaluation, Austin B. Jacobs

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Considerations for Mexican Immigration Policy Reform: How Motivations to Migrate Align with U.S. and Mexican Macroeconomic Conditions, Alix Naugler

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2D NMR structural study of a DNA duplex containing two unnatural base pairs, Weston Preising

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Examining the Neuronal Dopaminergic Pathway Underlying Sleep Behavior and Related Dopamine Sleep Disorders, Mary Beth Putz

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Investigation into the Mechanism of Ion Transport in Rio Negro Characiformes, Vineza D. Reduta

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The Effect of Integration: A Study on the Impact of Diversity on Economic Indicators, Luke H. Schleier

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The ABCs of ABA: Comparing Consequence Preferences for Maladaptive Behavior in Children on the Autism Spectrum, Alyssa A. Serceki

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Effects of sleep-deprivation on decision-making and action selection, Shalin N. Shah

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Light Dependent Endolysosomal Defects in a Photoreceptor Model of Alzheimer's Disease, Michelle S. Smith

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Analyzing the Social Change Model In the Context of Women’s Rights to Education, Abigail R. Solnet

Undergraduate Honors Theses from 2016

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Factors Affecting Climate Change Mitigation Policy Implementation, Kelly M. Anderson

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An Ecological Critique of Capitalism, Macauley Berg

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Changes in Synaptic Protein Content and Signaling in a Mouse Model of Fragile X Syndrome, Kelly Birch and Peter W. Vanderklish PhD

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Temporal and Spatial Patterns of Barnacle Settlement within the Southern, CA Rocky Intertidal, Diana Fontaine

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Millennials as Consumers: Can Businesses Survive As Is?, Ashley N. Genoese

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Academic Freedom, Public Art, & Private Universities: Examining the Expression of Communication at USD, Ivy M. Guild

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Phased Helical Antenna Array for CubeSat Application, Kameron LaCalli

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Corporate Tax Inversions: A Brief Overview, Hannah J. Mueller

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Educational Donations and Inequality in the San Diego Unified School District, Jesse O'Sullivan

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The California S.T.E.P. Act: Prosecuting Fraternities as Criminal Street Gangs, Courtney Lee Spears

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Connecting the Dots: How IoT is Going to Revolutionize the Digital Marketing Landscape for Millennials, Chloe E. Spilotro

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Tijuana: The Third Space, Maribel Tovar

Undergraduate Honors Theses from 2015

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Exploratory Study of Parent's Perceptions of Their Preschooler's Screen Media Usage, Lara Adamiak

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Rædende Iudithðe: The Heroic, Mythological and Christian Elements in the Old English Poem Judith, Judith Caywood

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Shaky Foundations: The Tradeoff between Structural Safety and Financial Security, Grace Daly

Explaining the Persistence of Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt, Kristen R. Darling

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The Suitability of Habitats and the Effects of Human Activities in Osupuko and Olepolos Wildlife Sanctuaries on Maasai Giraffes, Sydney P. Davis

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Investigating Sleep Behaviors in Autistic Infants, Alanna R. Flynn

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The Effects of Sustained, High-Velocity Exercise on Gene Expression in California Yellowtail (Seriola lalandi), Kelli Hatter

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Environmental Social Activism in the San Diego-Tijuana Transborder Region, Christina M. Hirt

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The International Criminal Court in Crisis: Is Local Outreach the Route to Stability?, Taylor J. Kilpatrick

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Twelve-tone Serialism: Exploring the Works of Anton Webern, James P. Kinney

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Personality and Happiness, Brianna L. Kirkpatrick

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More Awesome Than Infinity: Explorations of Sea Imagery and Sexual Deviance, Kelly Lonergan

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Local Patterns in Host-Selection by Anemone Symbionts in Bocas Del Toro, Panama, Samantha Mercer

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United Nations: Perpetuating Peace? A Historical Overview with a Contemporary Analysis, taylor rae noonan

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Drug Violence and Public (In)Security: Mexico's Federal Police and Human Rights Abuse, Dominic Pera

John Milton’s Orphic Dependency, Magenta S. Reynolds

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Bitcoin: Currency of the Future or Investment Property, Kelly Y. Yu

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Making the Vision a Reality: Staging the Unreal in Realist Theatre, Sarah Zentner

Undergraduate Honors Theses from 2014

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The Effect of pH and Counterion on the Size Distribution and Luminescence Lifetime of Terbium-Doped Lanthanum Nanocrystals, Sarah Baker

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The Actual Cost of Cell Phones, Kelsey Engelhardt