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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Honors Theses from 2022

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An Examination of the Influence of Sustainability on Business Strategy in the Three-Dimensional Printing Industry, Yvette Alexandrou

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How Weather Affects Total Mixed Rations and Why it is Significant to Dairy Cattle, Juliana Baranowski

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The Incidence of Staphylococcus aureus Mastitis in Maine Dairy Cattle, Morgan Belvin

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From Dialogue to Script: Philosophical Forms ad the Spectacle of Theatre, Connor Bolduc

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Antimicrobial Stewardship Practices and Their Effect on Veterinary Medicine, Erin N. Bradstreet

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Pinus Longaeva: Exploring the Intersections of Art and Science Through Ancient Bristlecone Pine Trees, Delaney Burns

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The Performance Assessment of a Small Lighter-Than-Air Vehicle for Earth Science Remote Sensing Missions, Maxwell F. Burtis

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Effects of Religious and Science Identity on Compatibility, Darby C. Casey

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The Potential Use of Tree Leaf Silage For Livestock Nutrition, Including Willow, Drumstick, Mulberry, and Acadia Species, Jade Chin

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Effects of Rumination and Co-Rumination on the Relationship Between Self-Efficacy and Depressive Symptoms, Evelyn G. Clement

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Quantifying Equine Behavior Utilizing GPS, Vanessa M. Cote

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Document Analysis of Behavior Expectations and Disciplinary Action Policies of Public Preschools in Maine, Kristin Davies

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Envisioning a Bold Food Waste Policy for Maine: A Mixed-Methods Study into the Context of Landfill Diversion of Food Waste, Dominique Danielle DiSpirito

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Mediation of the Religion-Prejudice Link, Aaron R. Dustin

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Using Thermography to Determine Mechanisms of Heat Loss in the Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys Volans), Colin Flynn

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Sisterhood and Survival: An Exploration of Women's Relationships in Feminist Speculative Fiction, Madeleine Gernhard

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Perfectionism, Perceived Stress, and Maladaptive Eating Behaviors in High-Achieving and Honors Undergraduate Students at the University of Maine, Jaimie Giguere

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Development of a High Throughput, Whole Organism Assay for Studying Metabolic Capacity in Crassostrea virginica, Avuntaura Gulledge

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Preparing Future Teachers to Meet the Needs of English Language Learners: A Proposal for Curriculum Reform, Alyson Haley

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The Penobscot Nation, the State of Maine, and the River Between Them, Jarred Haynes

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The One Way Bridge, Robert Hebert

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Implementing Landscape Design Principles to Improve Green Spaces and Promote Ecotherapy on a College Campus, Jessica Hutchinson

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Comparing Two Non-Invasive Methods for Assessing Marine Mammal Genetic Diversity: Environmental DNA vs. Fecal DNA, Sydney Jackson

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Investigating 3D-Printability of a Maine-Based Bio-Ink, Jordyn Judkins

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COVID-19 and Outdoor Recreation in Maine and New Hampshire: Analysis of Trends Using Passive Visitation Data, Andrea Knapp

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Efficacy of the FIFA 11+ Injury Prevention Program in Maine High School Soccer, Meg Lander

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Confrontation as a Coping Strategy to Protect Women's Mental and Physical Health, Ailin S. Liebler-Bendix

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Life Cycle Analysis and Implications of 3D Printed Bio-Based Homes, A Preliminary Study, Claire Liedtka

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Near-Field Thermal Radiation in Graphene-Based Systems, Hua Lin

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Self-Oriented and Socially-Prescribed Perfectionism and Satisfaction with the Honors College and Major Experience, Ethan Lowell

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The Effect of Large Wood Restoration on Algal Biomass and Spatial Distribution in the Narraguagus River, Kiera M. Luu

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Cancel Culture Conundrum, Hannah Marsh

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Solvent Effects in Phenol Hydrogenation on a Supported Ruthenium Catalyst, Daniel McKeon

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My Dance of Life: Teshuvah, Sarah Meyer-Waldo

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Identifying Umbrella Species to Inform the Conservation of Intertidal Areas in Acadia National Park, Abigiail Muscat

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Tabletop Roleplaying Games, and Depression, and Social Anxiety, Noelle B. Ott

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Identity in the Classroom: How Opening the Classroom Door Opened My Eyes to Keeping Humanity in Education, Maija Overturf

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Eating and Exercise Habits Among College Students, Cameron Peirce

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Self-Referent Pronouns, Self-Focus, and Depressive Symptoms in Adolescence, Olivia F. Petersen

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Social Isolation During the Covid-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Maine's Nursing Homes, Tanya Roy

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Utilizing Post-Newtonian Expansion to Determine Parameters of Compact Binary Black Hole Mergers, Jarrod E. Rudis

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Communicating Climate Change Through Dance, Alexandra M. Ryan

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Lean on Me: The Impact of Interpersonal Emotion Regulation on Mood as a Function of Binary Gender, Gabrielle Sands

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Evaluating Forensic Nursing Content Within Maine's Undergraduate Curricula, Paige E. Solans

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Optical Illusions to Schizophrenic Delusions: How Your Brain Can Alter Reality, Kathryn Stanislaski

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Leveraging the Transparent Zebrafish to Test for Conserved Gene Function Between Mammals and Fish, Lena Stasiak

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Variations in Plumage Wear in Three Closely Related Tidal Marsh Sparrow Species, Maeve Studholme

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Making Foreign Language Education Accessible Through Spanish Animation, Stephanie L. Tillotson

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Riders on the Storm: Using Satellite Transmitters to Quantify American Woodcock Movement Behavior Following Extreme Weather Events, Katherine Trebilcock

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For the Women Who Wear Pi Day Shirts, Jacqui Weaver

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Wavelet-Based Automatic Breast Segmentation for Mammograms, Basel White

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Abundance of Shell-Boring Polychaete Worms and Other Fouling Organisms in Aquacultured Oysters From Maine Used for Reef Restoration in Great Bay, NH, Haleigh Wright

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Design, Construction, and Investigation of a Small Polarimeter, Kelvy Zucca

Honors Theses from 2021

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An Analysis of Citizenship Education in Maine Middle Schools, Tom Adams

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Brand Equity in the Maine Craft Beer Industry, Gustav Anderson

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Understanding the Role of Prophage Encoded Polymorphic Toxins in Mycobacterial Superinfection Immunity and Drug Resistance, Dakota Archambault

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Genetic Analysis of Yellowtail (Seriola lalandi) for Aquaculture in Maine, Sydney Avena

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The Long-Term Behavioral Effects of Concussions and Post-Concussion Syndrome, Hannah Belleville

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Effects of Process Parameters and Meso-structures on Dissipative Properties of Additively Manufactured Structures, Peter Berube

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Modelling the Filling of Methane in Heterogenous Pore Networks, Samuel Bonnevie

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Assessment of Potential Measures at Admit of Harbor Seal Pup Rehabilitation Success, Shannon Brown

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“But you have to have been there to know what we are talking about”: An Examination of the Rhetorical Environments of Cults and Other Extremist Groups and How They Lead to Violence, Katherine Camille

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Local Involvement, Memory, and Denial: The Complexities of the Holocaust in Lithuania, Hailey Cedor

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Forward Genomics of a Complex Trait: Mammalian Basal Metabolic Rate, Caleigh Charlebois

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Identifying the Advocate in Me: An Undergraduate Autoethnography Exploring the Personal Identity of Activist Versus Advocate, Aiden Ciaffaglione

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Rift: a Mobile Application for UMaine, Michael Ciance

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Compilation and Review of Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Protocols and Career Guidance from Conservation Professionals in the Eastern United States, Kelsey Davis

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Ecological Niche Modeling of Lyme Disease Risk in Maine Based on Human Case Data, Elizabeth Dee

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Voting at UMaine: An Empirical Study of Student Turnout Trends and Motivations, Abigail Despres

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The Role of Accessory Domain in CPSA Function and Capsule Production in Group B Streptococcus, Gina DiFederico

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The Impact of Natural Rubber as a Toughening Agent on the Strength, Degradability, and Toxicity of an Algae-Based Bioplastic, Megan Driscoll

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The Importance of a Checkmark: An Investigation Into the Perceptions of Social Media Verification and Its Effects on Consumer Trust, Jazlyn Dumas

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Action Plan in Response to Future Pandemics, Amber Ferris

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The Tension Between Morality and Philosophy in The Platonic Dialogues, Ivy Flessen

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Conductive AgNW/Tempo CNF Thin Film, David Flewelling

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Political Polarization and the Dissemination of Misinformation: the United States Pandemic Response as a Cautionary Tale, Mary Giglio

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Critique of Experimental Procedures Targeting Retinitis Pigmentosa, Jenna Goss

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Predicting Range Shifts for the Virginia Opossum in Maine, Sara Griffin

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"As We Are" Creating, Directing, and Producing a Jukebox Musical During COVID-19, Amber Hagin

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A Method for Orientation of Cellulose Nano Fibers for Addition of Biological Nanoparticles and Tissue Integration, Joshua Hamilton

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Black Lives: Not a Single Story, Jane Horovitz

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Songs of Myself: An Exploration of Identity Through Composition, Megan Howell

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The New Age of Aerospace: How Can Maine Leverage its Assets and Engage in New Space?, Andrew Hutchins

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Human Facial Recognition in Holstein Heifers, Kendra Huth

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The One-Eyed Man and the Wicked Boar, Iaryna Iasenytska

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Qualities of Successful Invasions: Examples from the Great American Biotic Interchange, Emily Jackson

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Characterizing Mab Cluster R Prophage of Pathogen Mycobacterium abscessus (Mab), Madeline Kimble

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The Effect of the September 11, 2001 Terror Attacks on Policing in Maine: The Officers Point of View, Andrew King

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The Hate Within, Kora Kukk

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Exploring the Intersection of Race, Socioeconomic Status, Breastfeeding and Breast Cancer, Joanna LaFrance

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A Comprehensive Look Into the Rates of Obesity in African American and White 6-11-Year-Old Children Relating to Their Socioeconomic Status and Caloric Intake from Fast Food, Sophia LaFrance

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Primnoa pacifica Reproduction in Shallow Versus Deep Habitats of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska, Ciara N. Larence

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Already Too Late, Abigail Logan

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Effects of Glacial Stressors on Sperm Maturation in Colonies of the Red Tree Coral, Primnoa pacifica, Joshua Lynn

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The Impact of Mental Health Stigma on Hireability, Cassidy McCusker

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Impact of Probiotics on Black Soldier Fly Larvae Transmission of Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia, Emily Marie McLaughlin

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Analysis of Conifer Terpenes and Their Effect on the Feeding Habits of Browntail Moth (Euproctis chrysorrhoea) Larvae, Hunter Merchant

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An Investigation of the Relationship Between Black Soldier Fly Larvae Pathogen Suppression and Growth Substrate in Relation to Maine Agricultural Industries, Haley Morrill

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Control of a Ruminant Pathogen, Parelaphostrongylus tenuis, Using Poultry: Effects of Gastropod Diets on Ducks, Tuuli Overturf

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The Relationship Between Kidney Function and Cognitive Function in Type II Diabetes, Erika Pacheco