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 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 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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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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The Impact of Mental Health Stigma on Hireability, Cassidy McCusker

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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

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The Defense of American Exceptionalism: President Trump's COVID-19 Rhetoric, Sabrina Paetow

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the wall occupies a space too, Ashley Paul

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Speak for Yourself: Examining Subjectivity and Trauma in American Literary Journalism, Nathaniel Poole

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What It Was & What I Know: Attempts at Family History, Katherine Reardon

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Domestic and Foreign Policy Priorities of Maine Voters, Caitlyn Rooms

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The Synthesis of Photoswitchable Triptan Derivatives, Chelsea Sainsbury

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ENSO Cycle Driven Spatio-Temporal Variability of Temperature, Salinity, and Nitrate in in the California Current, Nathan Shunk

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Evaluating the Capacity of Ascophyllum nodosum Habitats to Act as Carbon Sinks in the Gulf of Maine, Megan Sinclair

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Effects of The Transportation and Climate Initiative on the Maine Economy: An Analysis of Cap-And-Invest and Its Heterogeneous Impacts on Rural and Urban Households, William L. Somes

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The Role of The IEX in a Fragmented Market System, Cameron Spicer

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Identifying Risk Factors of Anaplasma Infection in Plains Zebra of Etosha National Park, Namibia, Madison Stahle

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Benjamin West's Hybrid Identity: the Construction and Reconstruction of an Anglo-American Artist, Caroline Strolic

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Scientific Knowledge Shaping Perceptions of Bioengineered Food Among Undergraduate Students, Kathleen Tims

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The Effect of Waste and Waste Management on the University of Maine and Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Alexis Welch

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Characterizing the Diversity of Cluster R Prophage in Mycobacterium abscessus, Colin Welch

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Computational Analysis and Classification of SHG Images of Cancerous Pancreatic Tissue Based on Collagen Fiber Alignment, Gerren Welch

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Efficiency of the United States Navy's Mid-Air Refueling System: Do The Best Pilots in the World Use the Best Equipment?, Austin Westfield

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Capturing Climate Change: Investigating the Connections Between Environmental Science & Photography, Sophia Wilcox

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"Phone Bad": A Mixed-Methods Exploratory Case Study Analysis of Social Media and Ostracism, Emmeline Willey

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Infection and Diet-Induced Gut Dysbiosis: Impact on Sleep Quality in Danio rerio, Benjamin Williams

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Investigating the Link Between Aging-Related Vascular Dysfunction and Peripheral Neuropathy Through Pressure Myography, Bailey Woodard

Honors Theses from 2020

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Exploration of the Relationship Between the Fractal Dimension of Microcalcification Clusters and the Hurst Exponent of Background Tissue Disruption in Mammograms, Betelhem Abay

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Can Spoilers in Online Reviews Impact Viewer Enjoyment?, Marshall Abbott

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Other Fish in the Sea: Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata) and Evidence for Past Environmental Change in the Archaeological Record, Brianna Ballard

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Characterizing the Range Shifts of Two Peromyscus Species in Maine, Molly Bennett

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Exploring the Intersection of Climate Change and Cultural Heritage: the Case of Croatia’s Eastern Adriatic Coast, Lilja Bernheim

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Paper, Pulp, And Place: Investigating Connections Through Process Art, Olivia Bradstreet

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Idiom Comprehension in Adults With and Without Reading Comprehension Difficulties, Molly Brown

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A Mathematical Model of the Opioid Epidemic in the State of Maine, Cole Butler

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Investigating the Stability of Observed Low Semi-major Axis Exoplanetary Systems With Hypothetical Outer Planets Using The Program Mercury6, Kendall Butler

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Room for Opportunity: An Investigation of Catholic Student Life at the University Of Maine, Jacob Buttarazzi

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The Role of Personality in Large Nut Dispersal by Sciurus carolinensis and its Implications for Seed Dispersal Across Human-Modified Landscapes, Skye Cahoon

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CPAP-Compliance of Aging Individuals with Obstructive Sleep Apnea With or Without Mild Cognitive Impairment, Bailey Carter

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The Educational Needs of Children Ages 0-5 Born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in Maine, Julia Casey

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Hip-Hop's Diversity and Misperceptions, Andrew Cashman

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Characterization of ncf1 Mutants in a Zebrafish Model of Innate Immune Function with Human Influenza A Virus Infection, Lily Charpentier

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The Microstructural Heterogeneity of Ice in Jarvis Glacier, Alaska, Renée Clavette

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Interviews With Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Cormac Coyle

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Pursuing Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Language Revitalization Through Song, Sophia Crockett-Current

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Social Media Use and Empathy in Late Adolescents, Rachel Feenstra

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The Role of the BPs Immunity Repressor in the Regulation of Pathogenic Mycobacterium chelonae Gene Expression, Emma Freeman

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Applying Cluster Analysis to Student Responses from Energy Surveys for Identification of Commonalities in their Understanding, Arianna Giguere

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“Putting Out Fires”: An Original Situational Comedy Pilot Episode Examining Modern Motherhood, Keely Gonyea

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Projecting Imperial Power: The Synods of Aachen (816-819), Cliff Greco

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Participation in the Belt and Road Initiative: Who Joins and Why?, Patrick Groening

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A Benefit-Cost Analysis of Community Solar for Low to Moderate Income Residents of Mount Desert Island, Maine, Abigayle Hargreaves

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Distribution of First Row Transition Elements in Eclogites, Natalie Harmon

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Adolescent Depressive Symptoms, Co-Rumination, and Friendship: A Longitudinal, Observational Study, Raegan Harrington

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Clostridioides difficile Infection Rates and Diabetes Mellitus in the Acute Care Hospital Setting: A Pilot Retrospective Study, Abigail Howe

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An Analysis of the History and Current Treatment Trends of the Parasitic Mite Varroa destructor (Acari: Varroidae) in Maine Beekeeping, Patrick Hurley

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The Effects of Food Insecurity on Indigenous Women in Maine, Sara Imam

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Exploring the Marginalized Voice: Queering Form in Contemporary Short Fiction, Madalyn M. Jackson

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Music Can Foster Communication Skills in Middle School Students, Haloye Camille Payabyab Johnson

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What’s Going to Happen to My Pancakes? The Impacts of Climate Change Upon Blueberries and Sugar Maple, Ashley Kayser

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Effects of Repeated Intensive Harvesting Practices, Prescribed Burning, and Browsing on Northern Hardwood Forest Plant Communities, Michaela Kuhn

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Seed Dispersal Effectiveness in the Penobscot Experimental Forest, Gabrielle Link

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Selectivity of the Catalytic Hydrogenation of Cinnamaldehyde Using a Polymer Cross-Linked Catalyst, Madeline Logan

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Communication on Cultural and Environmental Implications of the Emerald Ash Borer Invasion in Maine, Salvatore Magnano III

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Design and Construction of a Computer Controlled Astronomical Spectropolarimeter, Jacob Marchio