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 2019

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The Underwriter Effect: How Underwriters Influence the Amount of Money Left on the Table for Initial Public Offerings, Matthew Ahearn

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Personality in Small Mammals: From Home Range to Microhabitat Selection, Kara Aiken

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VHF Near Field Antenna Design for Wireless Sensing Applications in Harsh Environments, Nicholas Aiken

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Techno-Economic Analysis of a Seaweed Extraction Process, Zachary Applebee

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A Layman's Guide to Malignancies: Cancer and Cancer Research in Everyday Terms, Bailee Bartash

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Evaluating Sustainable Decision Making on Water Resources: Comparing Cooperation Around the Aral Sea and Penobscot River, Brawley Benson

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A Model for Student Success: How Immigrant/First-Generation Teachers Use Cultural Identity and Experience in Pedagogical Practices with Immigrant/First-Generation Youth, Lucie Bonneville

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An Upper Extremity Exoskeleton Utilizing a Modified Double Parallelogram Linkage Mechanism with Proximally Located Actuators, Connor Bouffard

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The Potential Roles of Melanopsin Signaling in Mediating the Effects of Environmental Light on Voluntary Ethanol Intake in Mice, Rachel Brooks

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Terrorism in Context: The Stories We Tell Ourselves, James Brown V

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Inanna: A Modern Interpretation, Erin Butts

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Assessing the Effectiveness of Attractants to Increase Detection Probabilities in Northeastern Mammals, Michael Buyaskas

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Predictive Diagnostic Analysis of Mammographic Breast Tissue Microenvironment, Dexter G. Canning

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The Personal is Poetic: A Case for Poetry Therapy, Kimberly Crowley

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Impact of Television on the Language Development of Young Children, Courtney E. Daly

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Do Different Methods of Communication Impact Undergraduate Student's Knowledge, Attitudes, & Beliefs Towards White-Nose Syndrome in Little Brown Bats, Kiley Davan

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A Qualitative Study of the Perceived Risks of the Impacts of Moose-Winter Tick Interactions on Human Health, Maine Economy, and Maine Culture, Asha DiMatteo-LePape

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Landscape Factors Affecting Foraging Flight Altitudes of Great Blue Heron in Maine; Relevance to Wind Energy Development, Lauren Dolinski

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Microscopia: A Virtual Museum of Organisms Created with SEM Photogrammetry, Ian Donnelly

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Fitting the SIR Epidemiological Model to Influenza Data, Madeline Dorr

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MMP13 Inhibition Does Not Rescue GMPPB-Deficient Skeletal Muscle in Zebrafish, Sean Driscoll

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Pediatric Hospice Care: A Literature Review of Hospice Care Its Role in Pediatrics and Resources in Maine, Rachel Emerich

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Variations in Media Framing of U.S.-Cuba Policy, Anna Foster

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An Intersectional Feminist Approach to Lyme Disease Epidemiology, Meghan Frisard

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Uncoupling Protein 1 in Bornean Treeshrews, Emily Gagne

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Immigration in the Context of Religion with Case Studies of France and Hungary, Melissa Garand

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Inpatient Mental Health Services in Rural Hospitals of the United States and Canada: A Case Study of Maine and New Brunswick, Dominic Gayton

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Building a Better Understanding of Equine Anatomy Through Integrated Learning, Emily Gorney

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Barriers to Hospital Food Waste: A Pilot Exploratory Study, Jennifer Goulding

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Functional Analysis of Amino Acid Changes in the Metal Binding Pocket of the Lyt-R Domain of the CpsA Protein, Sydney Green

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The Effects of European Fire Ants on Blacklegged Ticks in Acadia National Park, Lucy Guarnieri

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The Effect of Elevation on Factors Influencing Adult Body Size of Asynarchus Nigirculus, Mykayla Hagaman

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The Good Family, James Hannigan

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Determining Key Residues of the Lyt-R Domain in the Streptococcal CpsA Protein, Mohammad Hashmi

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An Analysis of the Fourth Amendment and the Role of the Plain View Doctrine in Cell Phone Privacy, Katie Hess

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Trials and Tribulations of Modern Day Childbirth: A Literature Analysis of Factors Contributing to the Recent Decline in Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery, Camilla Horton

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Faking Orgasm: Interviews with College Women About How, When, and Why They Pretend to Experience Orgasm, Lanie Howes

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A Glimpse of Whimsy: Short Children's Stories, Emma Hutchinson

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A Shoulder Mechanisms for Assisting Upper Arm Function With Distally Located Actuators, Michael Jones

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Sunshine on a Cloudy Day: Evidence in Support of a Moving Average Strategy Across Down Markets Using ETFS, John Kay

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An Analysis of Stress in Undergraduate Nursing Students at the University of Maine, Samantha King

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Fire and Blood: Behavior and Thermoregulation in Small Nocturnal Mammals, Tal Kleinhause-Goldman Gedalyahou

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Construction of a CpsA Double Mutant to Determine the Function of the Lyt-R Domain, Klarissa Klier

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An Analysis of the Influence a Teacher's Level of Science-Based Questioning Had on the Level of Science-Based Questioning of Students in a Montessori School, Desiree Labbe

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Influence of Environmental Conditions and Call Playback on Detection of Eastern Forest Owls During Standardized Surveys, Kyle Lima

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Women’s Mental Health in the 19th Century: An Analysis of Sociocultural Factors Contributing to Oppression of Women as Communicated by Influential Female Authors of the Time, Jamie Lovely

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Effect of Hydroculture Methods on Tomato Root Morphology and Anatomy, Lia MacLellan

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Interglacial Expansion of Alpine Glaciers in Garwood Valley, Antarctica, Laura Mattas

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The Tower of London Becoming a Tourist Attraction in the 19th Century, Catherine McDonald

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The Impact of New NIH Requirements on the Preclinical Research Sex Disparity --- A Meta-Analysis, Nicole McGrath

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The Most Critical Resource: How Climate Change Fuels the Crisis in Syria and the Implications for the World at Large, Edward Medeiros

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Effects of Government Reform and Creative Clusters on Chinese Entrepreneurship, Robert Mills

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Heard it Through the Grapevine... Winery Owners Explain the Role of Sustainability in Maine's Emerging Industry, Michaela Murray

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Perceptions of Emergency Room Nurses Regarding Needle Exchange Programs, Theresa Murray

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The Future of United States Digital Copyright Law, Andrew Nadeau

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Synthesis of a Fluorescently Tagged Bioactive Probe Specific to Neutrophils in a Zebrafish Model, Sadie XiaoHua Novak

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The Effect of Embryonic Arsenic Exposure on the Sensorimotor Behavior of Zebrafish (Danio Rerio), Laura Paye

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Alternative Worlds: 3 Short Stories, Katie Perry

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The Attachment Theory: A Content Analysis of the Objectives of the Servant Heart Training Modules, Grace Pouliot

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Awakening From a Dream, Liam Reading

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Overwinter Survival Rate of Moose (Alces Alces) Calves in Relation to Habitat Composition, Bridget Re

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Evaluation of the Attachment Theory Program in Sierra Leone, Africe, Alexander Reppond

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Understanding Volume Transport in the Jordan River: an Application of the Navier-Stokes Equations, Gwyneth E. Roberts

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Synthesis and Application of Cellulose-Based Hydrogels for Anti-Biofouling in Marine Environments, David Rondeau

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Migrant Farm Work in the State of Maine: Meeting the Community Needs of Maine's Working Immigrant Population, Olivia Ruhlin

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Beyond the Sugar Shack: How Non-Financial Forms of Capital are Conceptualized by Small- and Medium-Scale Maine Maple Syrup Producers, Skye Siladi

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A Study of the Impacts of the Citizens United Supreme Court Decision on Electoral Outcomes in U.S. House of Representatives Races, Asher Sizeler-Fletcher

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Exploring Semantic Hierarchies to Improve Resolution Theorem Proving on Ontologies, Stanley Small

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Evaluating a Doppler Radar Monitor for Assessing Honey Bee Colony Health, Ana Eliza Souza Cunha

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The Fiscal Effects of Public Investment in College Education, Jacob Spaulding

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Arsenic Remediation of Maine Drinking Water, Austin Steward

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Determining the Key Residues for Capsule Production in the GBS CpsA Protein, Anna Struba

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Explaining the Resilience of the Balochistan Insurgency, Tiffany Tanner

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The Snake Goddess Dethroned: Deconstructing the Work and Legacy of Sir Arthur Evans, Lindsay Taylor

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Interactions of Gold Thiolates with Protein Disulfides, Anna Tyrina

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Health Campaign Plan: Increasing Familial Conversations About Organ Donation, Olivia Vibert

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Investigating Ions’ Effects on the Fluorescent Protein Dendra2, Benjamin Waterman

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The Relations Between Anxiety Symptoms and Friendships in Adolescence, Phoebe Welcome

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Asian American Politics: A Case Study of Hmong Americans in St. Paul, MN, Thilee Yost

Honors Theses from 2018

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Use of Renewable Cellulose Nanofibrils and Water-Barrier Layers in the Production of Snack Packaging, Thoalfakar Saheb Alsaady

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Recovering Legacy Geological Data into a Geospatial Database Product: An Example from Baja California Norte, México, Alexander C. Audet

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Barriers to Employment and Overcoming Economic Integration Challenges for Foreign-Born Workers in Maine, Cleo Barker

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Language Modality for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Preschoolers: Maine Parents' Decision-Making, Sarah Basquez

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The Underrepresentation of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Legal Occupations, Maria Beaulieu

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The Impact of Active and Passive Ownership on Total Shareholder Return and Environmental, Social, and Governance Performance of Companies, Abigail J. Bennett

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A Comparative Analysis of Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky’s First and Sixth Symphonies, Isabel A. Bohrer

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Antineutrino-Induced Charge Current Quasi-Elastic Neutral Hyperon Cross-Section on Argon In Argoneut, Samuel M. Borer

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Pay for Performance: Do Higher Expense Ratios of Levered and Inverse ETFs Lead to Lower Tracking Error?, Grant Carrier

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Designing a Stress Free Vet Visit: A Systematic Review, Naedia Clarke

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Panoptic Schooling’s Confused Lessons: A Philosophical Investigation of Discipline in the School, Donncha Sean Peadar Coyle

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A Look into Millstone Nuclear Power Plant: Attitudes on Sustainability and Prevalence of Epizootic Shell Disease, Emily Craig

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Prosthetic Gods, Taylor C. Cronin

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The Connection Between Cyberbullying and Teenage Suicide: An Honors Thesis, Sierra Crosby

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The Keys to Disney’s Magic and Success, Jordan M. K. Daley

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The Effects of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid on Abundance and Nymphal Infection Prevalence of Black-Legged Ticks in Maine, Spencer Christian DeBrock

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Trauma and Attachment in Sierra Leone, Alli DellaMattera

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Context Effects on Ambiguous Idiom Comprehension in Older and Younger Adults, Amy de Silva

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Constructing Identity Through the Lens of Fashion: An Honors Thesis, Cara P. Doiron

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Finalizing the Genome Annotation of Model Cluster E Mycobacteriophage Ukulele via RNA-Seq Analysis, Jackson R. Foley

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From Grey City to Metropolitan Icon: Basque Cultural Revival and Urban Redevelopment in Bilbao, Spain, Kaylie Gazura