Honors College

The Honors College at the University of Maine is a community of nearly 800 students who, along with nearly 100 faculty members, are committed to taking intellectual risks through exploring questions both within and outside their academic disciplines in the course of a four-year curriculum.  The College is committed to both broadening and deepening the academic experience of its students, providing them with the resources and skills needed to critically engage important questions and issues.

For those students who graduate from the Honors College, their journey ends with the writing of their Honors thesis. Over the course of the senior year, they work with a faculty mentor completing independent research or a creative project in their discipline. At the end of the two-semester experience, they present the thesis to their thesis committee of five faculty members and professionals in their field.  For these students, this is the culmination of their work at the University of Maine and a springboard to future opportunities and achievements.

“The intense supervision of my Honors thesis was the most important academic experience of my life. My advisor’s personal guidance and insistence that I couple precise research with creative and original thought has served as a benchmark for me for over thirty years.” – James E. Tierney ’69, Attorney General of Maine (1980-1990)

The first four theses were written in 1937, in recent years the number has approached 100.  We plan to populate this digital archive with  many of the over 1300 theses that have been written in those over seventy-five years. 

For more information, contact the Honors College at honors@maine.edu or 207-581-3263.

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Submissions from 2017

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The Design and Fabrication of an Atomic Layer Deposition Reactor for Coating Powders, Natalie Altvater

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The Importance of Social Science in Biomedical Education, Kathryn Asalone

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Autism: A Song of Understanding, Hannah Babcock

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Success of Artificial Insemination in Two Breeds of Maine Sheep is Not Hindered by Breed Differences, Dominic Barra

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Ash Decline: An Opportunity for Young Forest Wildlife, Bianca Beland

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Television, Interpersonal Communication, and College Students’ Attitudes Toward Mental Health, Abby Bellefleur

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The Effects of Video Games and Religious Reminders on Prosociality, Heather Cross

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Investigating the Sustainability Potential of Artisanal Cheesemakers in Maine, Brady Davis

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Invisible Women: Sex Trafficking in the Context of Post-Soviet Moldova, Sarah Elizabeth Dean

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Coastal Erosion in Southern Maine: An Evaluation of Coastal Armoring Structures and Their Effectiveness, Savanah DeVoe

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Development of a Process Approach for Retaining Seaweed Sugar Kelp (Saccharina latissima) Nutrients, Emily Duran-Frontera

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The Economic and Psychological Metrics of Political Decision-Making, Allyson Eslin

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Sexual Trafficking: Developing a Teaching Strategy for Emergency Department Registered Nurses, Sarah Ford

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Hydrology and Aquatic Invertebrate Communities of Riverine Rock Pools: Effects of Seasonality and the Penobscot River, Chase Gagne

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It Brings Me Back: A Look at Personally Collected Musical Memories and Their Kinetic Typographical Representation, Kathryn Galley

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Investigating the Odd-Person-Out Principle: Socioemotional Adjustment of First-Year College Students in Double vs. Triple Living Scenarios, Alex Gilbert

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The Types and Effectiveness of Voter Mobilization Efforts in the U.S. Presidential Elections of 1828 and 2008, Natalie Goding

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Cultural Appropriation in Contemporary Neopaganism and Witchcraft, Kathryn Gottlieb

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The Role of Threat, Emotion, and Individual Difference Characteristics in Attitudes and Perceptions of Minority Groups, Aeleah Granger

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Antioxidants in Atlantic Salmon on a Diurnal Basis, Alexa Grissinger

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Microglial Activation Immediately After Ethanol Withdrawal and 1 Week After Ethanol Withdrawal in Female C3H Mice, Sarah Holbrook

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The Role of Cooperation and Prosocial Behavior in Food Buying Clubs: An Exploratory Study, Afton Hupper

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Catalytic Hydrogenation of Amino Acids using Polymer-Derived Microenvironments, Rachel Karno

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Do Insulating Characteristics of Feathers Vary Among Color Phases of Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)?, Nicole Keefner

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Illiteracy as Immanent: The (Re)Writing of Rhetoric's Nature, Michael Kennedy

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Design of a Low Impact Canoe Portage System for the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Anthony Kingston

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A Study of Undergraduate Perception and Behavior Toward On-Campus Composting, Sierra Kuun

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The Effect of Voice Gender and Spoken Messages in Augmented Interactions, Katrina Lapham

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An Agent Based Model of Urban Sprawl: York and Cumberland Counties, Maine, Kaitlyn Lavallee

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Creating a Future with Female Coders; Supporting Women Through Community, Ruth Leopold

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Pathobiology of Water Molds in Fish: An Insight into Saprolegniasis, Kathryn Liberman

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Katahdin Woods and Waters: Environmental Values and the Parks Problem, Kyle Lonabaugh

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Small-Scale Maine Farmers’ Perceptions and Adaptations to Climate Change, Shireen Luick

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Art and Science: A Case Study of their Interconnectedness in the Marine Natural Sciences, Julia Mackin-McLaughlin

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Perception of the Horizon Predicts Bird Abundance Better Than Habitat Patch Size in a Tidal Marsh Species of Conservation Concern, Hallie Marshall

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The Confinement Effects on the Fiber Pullout Response of Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC, Arden McSwain

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The Effects of Dioxin Exposure on the Hepatic Development of Larval Shortnose Sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum), Kelsey Moon

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The Effect of the Absence of Gaffkemia on Homarus americanus in the Gulf of Maine, Samantha O'Gorman

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Then and Now: The History and Effectiveness of the University of Maine System Sexual Assault Mandatory Reporting Policy, Kathleen O'Toole

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Interspecies Communication in Homo Sapiens and Canis Lupis Familiaris: A Meta Analysis, Karissa Panzino

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William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, and the Kelmscott Press:An Exploration of the Thing and a Non-Commodified Mode of Vision, Daniel Perry III

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The Legendary King: How the Figure of King Arthur Shaped a National Identity and the Field of Archaeology in Britain, Elizabeth Gaj Proctor

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Fostering Scientific Discourse Through the Development of an Online Journal, James Robe

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Noise Exposure in University Pep Band Members: Acoustic Measurements Versus Musicians' Perceptions, Jaime L. Roy

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Characterizing the Intact Prophage of Mycobacterium chelonae Bergey, Erica Sewell

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The Potential Impact of Climate Change on Blue Whale Migration in the Eastern Pacific, Amanda Shuman

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Effect of Enzymatic Hydrolysis on the Allergenic Capacity of Shrimp Tropomyosin, Angela Silke

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Identifying Genes Essential for Lysogeny in Cluster E Mycobacteriophage Ukulele, Robert Levi Soohey

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Role of G-protein Regulation of Formins during Gradient Tracking in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Stephen Soohey

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A Recommendation for Polyculture Agriculture to Reduce Nitrogen Loading That Leads to Hypoxia, Bethany Stevens

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An Analysis of Middle School Physical Science Teachers' Understanding of Accelerated Motion, Elijah Tabachnick

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Implications of Body Size and Habitat Distribution of Carcinus Maenas for Predation on Mytilus Edulis in the Gulf of Maine, McKenzie Thompson

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A Summary of Landings, Legislative Actions, and Possible Climate-Induced Distribution Shifts in New England Fisheries, Dylan Trueblood

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Listening to Rafiki: The Past, Present and Future of Conservation in Tanzania, Leila Wojtkowski Barbeau

Submissions from 2016

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Museum and Exhibition Curation Techniques in Nazi Germany: An Analysis of Curation and Its Effects on Art, Artists, and the Public, Jennifer Cashin

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Modeling of A Continuously Variable Transmission and Clutching of A Snowmobile, Camerin Michael Seigars

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Analyzing Government-Resident Communication Methods in the City of Bangor, Jaymi Thibault

Submissions from 2015

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Complete Annotations of the Cluster E Mycobacteriophage Ukulele Genome and Characterization of Cluster E Lysogeny Regulation, Gwendolyn M. Beacham

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Vision Problems In Ecuador: Developing A Clinical Trial to Test Visual Acuity In Rural Populations, Ty B. Bolte

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Human Trafficking in the Media: Who, What, Where, and Why?, Mary Borer

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Fluorescence Monitoring and Parallel Factor Analysis of Contaminant Mixtures in Water, Nina M. Caputo

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Where Are Victims' Voices?: Rethinking Sexual Violence Policy, Melissa Carrigan

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Physical Properties of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles, Nicklaus Carter

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Acadia National Park and the Efforts of George Bucknam Dorr: How the Preservation Frontier Moved East and the Challenges for Acadia's Second Century, Sean Cox

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Exploring Organizational Culture of Restaurants Through Workplace Rituals, Joshua Deakin

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Exploring The Relation of Service-Learning Courses and Retention Rates at The University of Maine, Jared Duggan

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Depth Preferences of Sturgeon In Critical Habitat, Elizabeth A. Dunbar

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Pattern Recognition and Matching in Ice Core Data, Nathan Dunn

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Selective Hydrogenation of Furfural to Furfuyl Alcohol Over Copper Magnesium Oxide, Andrew Estrup

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The Role of Macrophages in Resistance to Caseous Lymphadenitis, Amy Fish

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Trade and Transition: Russia's Agricultural Pitfalls and Prospects for the 21st Century, Michele Girard

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How Journalism Influenced American Public Opinion During the Vietnam War: A Case Study of the Battle of Ap Bac, The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, The Tet Offensive, and the My Lai Massacre, Kyle Hadyniak

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Detection of Streptococus Equi From Environmental Samples, Taryn Haller

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The Influence of Sediment Characteristics on the Burrowing Behavior of Ensis Directus, Robert Joseph Hallinan

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A Descriptive Study of Forensic Implications of Raccoon Scavenging in Maine, Ashley Hannigan

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Ideologies of Empire: Perpetuating Imperial Culture Through Definitive British Literature of the Congo, Shelby Lynne Hartin

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Is the Ubiquitous Antibacterial Agent Triclosan an Uncoupler of Mammalian Mitochondria, Hina Hashmi

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Fortification of the International Defense of Cultural Property Trapped In Areas of Armed Conflict, Marissa E. Higgins

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Investigating The Optimization of Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Dechorionation For High-Throughput Applications In Influenza Research, Thomas Hoffmann

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Restorative Justice: A Comparative Analysis of Campus Implementation, Cameron M. Huston

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Directing "Godspell", Nellie M. Kelly

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Effects of Environmentally Relevant Transplacental Arsenic Exposure on Mouse (Mus musculus) Hepatic Protein Expression, Jay Knowlton

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Nurses' Perceptions of Barriers to Pediatric Patient Advocacy in End-of-Life Care, Eaton J. Layla

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The Effect of Temperature on Paralytic Shellfish Toxin Uptake By Blue Mussels (Mytilus Edulis) and Sea Scallops (Placopecten Magellanicus), Mackenzie Mazur

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Functionalization of Nanocellulouse Fibers For Use In Radical Reactions, Thomas McOscar

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Allelic Variants of OPRM1, COMT And ABCB1 On Pre-Withdrawl Sleep-Wake Regulation In The Opioid Exposed Neonate, Zakiah-Lee Meeks

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A Multi-Institution Investigation Of Educational Practices And Strategies In Stem Courses, Scott James Merrill

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Assessing Achievement in Honors: The Importance of a Need for Cognition in Higher Education, Christopher Paradis

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Art as a Tool to Communicate Science, Jillian Pelto

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Effects of Buckthorn (Rhamnus Cathartica and Rhamnus Frangula) on Native Flora Functional Traits, Alexandra Perry

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Bates Mill #5: A Case Study in Innovation, Past and Future, George Peterson

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Study of the Effect of Dogs on College Students' Mood and Anxiety, Mariah J. Picard

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Worksite Wellness for UMaine Dining Employees: Healthful Eating for the Holidays, Marissa E. Rublee

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Developing and Testing a New Technique for Assessing Human Color Acuities, Jordan D. Servetas

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Relationships of a Northern MAine Population of Amelanchier (Rosaceae), Matthew R. Sheltra

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Coming To, Kate E. Spies

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An Analysis of the Maine Solid Waste Management Hierarchy and Recommendation For Future Implementation, Jaime Steven

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The University of Maine Food and Fitness Environment: Is It Health Promoting?, Carolyn Anne Stocker

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Using the Real Food Calculator to Assess the University of Maine's Dining Purchases within a Food System Context, Ashely Thibeault

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Forward Not Back: Young People's Search for Community and Farming in Maine, Danielle Walczak