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.

Follow

Submissions from 2016

PDF

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

Submissions from 2015

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

Physical Properties of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles, Nicklaus Carter

PDF

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

PDF

Exploring Organizational Culture of Restaurants Through Workplace Rituals, Joshua Deakin

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

Pattern Recognition and Matching in Ice Core Data, Nathan Dunn

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

Detection of Streptococus Equi From Environmental Samples, Taryn Haller

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

Directing "Godspell", Nellie M. Kelly

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

Art as a Tool to Communicate Science, Jillian Pelto

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

Coming To, Kate E. Spies

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

Towards A New Measure For Human Visual Acuity, Andrew B. Wilson

Submissions from 2014

PDF

Parkinson's Disease: An Experimental Approach to Model the Visuo-Spatial Learning and Memory Deficits and an Analysis of Evidence Implicating α-Synuclein in Lewy Body Formation, Caitlyn Dawn Ahlberg

PDF

Correlates of Disability in the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study, Grace Avakian

PDF

Effects of Calcium-Sensing Protein Dysregulation on Cardiac Function in Drosophila melanogaster, Jinlun Bai

PDF

Modeling the Costs of Cellulosic Biofuel, Maxwell Berube

PDF

Nationalism in the French Revolution of 1789, Kiley Bickford

PDF

The Muslim Veil in America: A Symbol of Oppression or Empowerment?, Hannah Blakeman

PDF

An Analysis of the Basque Independence Movement and the Political Position of the Basque Country Within the Spanish State, Ariel Bothen

PDF

Somaesthetics and Aesthetic Transactions: Art and Phenomenology Today, Monique Boutin

PDF

Bridging Gaps and Building Solidarity, Shannon Brenner

PDF

Using Passive Acoustic Monitoring to Determine Temporal Patters and Mixed Species Flocking Associations of Migrating North American Warblers in the Gulf of Maine, David Bridges

PDF

Pius XII on Trial, Katherine M. Campbell

PDF

Teaching Literature in America: Demonstrating Relevance in the Early Cold War 1945-1963, Jennifer Chalmers

PDF

Silence is the Loudest Sound, Emma Christian

PDF

Video Games as Free Speech, Benjamin Cirrinone

PDF

Class Conflict and the Confederate Conscription Acts in North Carolina, 1862-1864, Tyler Cline

PDF

The Rapid Effects of Steroids on Reproductive Processes in Goldfish, Carassius Auratus, Kimberly Dao

PDF

The Ability of Berry Extracts to Inhibit Alpha-Glucosidase In Vitro, Shannon Dubois

PDF

The Role of Culture in Social Displacement: AfroReggae in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brianna Duhaime

PDF

Effects of Ketamine on Alcohol-Withdrawal Induced Behavioral Depression, Christie Edwards

PDF

Attitudes and Preventative Health Practices in Relation to Obesity, Brieana Evans

PDF

Avoiding Aggregation During Drying and Rehydration of Nanocellulose, Evelyn Fairman

PDF

Politics of the Possible: A Comparative Case Study of Political Activism in France and Maine, Jennifer Ferguson

PDF

The Effect of Ketamine on Motor Coordination and Thermal Nociception in Ethanol-Withdrawn Mice, Jameson Ford

PDF

An Oral History of the Islamic Center of Maine, Orono, Kyle Franklin

PDF

Prevalence and Speciation of Lungworms in Maine Moose, Jordan Gagne

PDF

Sustainability's Inconvenient Discourse, Christine Gilbert

PDF

A New Method for Measuring Color Acuity in Humans: A Pilot Study, Lindsey Gori

PDF

Media Portrayal and Public Opinion on the Supreme Court, Patrick Hall

PDF

Long Term Effects of Chemotherapy on Cognition, Preventative Potential of Antidepressants, Ryan Hall

PDF

The Finite Element Analysis and Optimization of a Circumcision Device for HIV Prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa, Abraham W. Hamilton

PDF

Detection of Iron (III) Using Agarose Beads Derivatized with Desterrioxamine B, Kaiya Hansen

PDF

Increasing Phonemic Awareness in the Pre-School Aged Child: A Parent-Centered, Play Based Approach, Emma Hanzl

PDF

The Role of Morphology Transitions in Tissue-to-Blood Spread of Infestation, Joshua M. Jones

PDF

Darwin's Disciples, Eben Jordan

PDF

What Shapes Our Attitudes Toward Outgroups?: Measuring Implicit and Explicit Homosexual Prejudice, Morgan Kinney

PDF

Socio-Cultural and Economic Barriers to Small Vessel/Indigenous Participation in the American Samoan Longline Fishery, Theodore Koboski

PDF

Improving Running Performance Using Non-Running Tasks, Darien Lewis

PDF

University of Maine Students' Family Income and Its Relation to Alcoholism, Vincent LoConte

PDF

Characterizing Neutrophil Behavior in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) in Response to Arsenic and Glucose, Jacob Longfellow

PDF

Altered Integrin Alpha 6 Expression As A Rescue For Muscle Fiber Detachment In Zebrafish (Danio Rerio), Rose E. McGlauflin

PDF

Improved Detection of Streptococcus Equi Subspecies Equi in Drinking Water, Lily A. McLaughlin

PDF

The Role of TNFAIP8L1 in the Antiviral Innate Immune System, Campbell Miller

PDF

Fan-Funded Film: How Audience Participation Is Shaping The Future of Motion Pictures, Renee E. Moody

PDF

Humanizing the Humanities: A Historical, Cultural, and Philosophical Examination of the Disintegration of Humanities Higher Education, Nicholas Moore

PDF

Muckrakers vs. Public Relations: Analytical Case Studies, Maria NeCastro

PDF

Partisan Gridlock in the Contiguous States: Credit Ratings, Economic Stability, and the Ramifications of Political Competitiveness, Polarization, and Party Control in U.S. State Legislatures, 1992-2010, Logan Nee

PDF

A Study of Personality Types Found Within the Speech-Language Pathology Profession and the Communication Sciences and Disorders Major, Whitney Norton

PDF

Dice Hearts And Other Islands, Bailey O'Brien

PDF

The Effects of Flooding on the Microbial Communities of Sparrow Eggs in a Temperate Maine Salt Marsh, Mattie Paradise

PDF

Effect of Forest Vegetation on Nest-Site Selection by Spruce Grouse Across Two Spatial Scales, Nathaniel Scott Parkhill

PDF

An Investigation on the Effects of Virtual Social Support on Working Memory and Stress, Erin Perry

PDF

An Investigation into the Perceptions of International and Out-of-state Students on the University of Maine Campus, Matthew Pinkham

PDF

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: What's Next?, Zachary D. Porter

PDF

Depression, Emotional Eating and Food Choice, Jhen-da Prince

PDF

The Effects of Verbal Overshadowing and Social Anxiety on Facial Recognition: A Replication and Extension, Arielle Rancourt