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 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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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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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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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

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Twenty-Five Years of Change in Spruce Grouse Occupancy at Their Southern Range Margin in Maine, USA, Christopher J. Gilbert

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A Characterization of Poultry Flocks and Poultry Producers in Maine, Alice Gluchanicz

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Environmental Impacts on Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nesting on Edisto Island, South Carolina, Faythe J. Goins

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Effectual Versus Predictive Logics in Entrepreneurial Decision-Making: Differences Between Experts and Novices in the State of Maine, Rebecca Lynn Hatt

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Facilitating Meaningful Interpersonal Connections Through a Virtual Space, Gene Herrschaft

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Risk and Resilience: Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Factors Influencing Adolescent Peer Rejection and Depression, Tyler Hicks

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Identification of TNFAIP8L1 Binding Partners Through Co-Immunoprecipitation and Mass Spectrometry, Audrey Hoyle

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The Production, Characterization, and Upgrading of Biochars into Activated Carbon, Kasey Johnston

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Forecasting Labor Force Participation at the Regional Level in the United States: The Case of Maine, Maryam Kashkooli

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Determining the Role of Saly in Streptococcus Pyogenes Immune Evasion Using Fluorescence Microscopy, Taaniel Kiidli

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Assessing the Impacts of Commercial Clearcut on Freshwater Invertebrate Communities, Nicholas J. Kovalik

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To Speak in the Cave, Stephen Thomas Krichels

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The Difficulties Faced by the U.S. Army’s Fund Balance with Treasury Account Reconciliation System, Danielle Lelio

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The Affective Disturbance of Ethanol Withdrawal on C57BL/6J and C57BL/6NJ Mice, Eric L. LeVasseur

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The Hum of Distant Novas, Emily Jane Lewis

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Motivation & Meaning in Maine’s Thrift Culture, Johanna Lunn

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The Electoral College: A System “for the People?”, Maria Maffucci

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Red Abalone Hemocyanin as an Alternative Hapten-Carrier for Vaccine Production, Isaiah N. Mansour

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An Analysis of V-Notching in the Maine Lobster Fishery, Kathleen A. Murphy

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Design and Construction of Trail of the Senses, A Universally Accessible Outdoor Trail System at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Jessica M. Oriente

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From Unrest to Occupation, Cameron J. Ouellette

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Intra-Annual Fjord Circulation: Seasonal Variation in Fjord Physics and Biology and the Impacts of a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood, Brigitte E. Parady

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Wireless Power and Data Transfer Using Inductively Resonant Coils, Seth C. Raymond

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Examining Avian Diversity in Acadia National Park Through Time, Marie I. Ring

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Effect of Primary Care Follow Up on Hospital Readmissions, Meredith Roderka

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Estimating Ecosystem Services From Harvested and Unharvested Ascophyllum Nodosum on the Maine Coast, Ashley E. Sarra

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Behind Closed Doors: Unpacking College Students’ Complex Relationships With Pornography Consumption, Samantha K. Saucier

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The Effect of Material Variability on the Deflection of Bamboo Fly Rods, Bennett R. Scully

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Shell Game: Improving the Shell Quality and Value of Maine’s Most Valuable Fishery, Abigale Shaughnessy

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Are Schools Educating About Poverty? University Students’ Perceptions of K-12 Poverty Education, Rachel E. Sirois

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Defining the Role of IP3R-Medicated ER Calcium Flux in JC Polyomavirus Infection, Ashley N. Soucy

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Construction of an Accessible Ocean-Acidification Simulator to Investigate Physiological Responses of the Green Crab, Carcinus Maenas, to Acidified Conditions, Caroline M. Spangenberg

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Location, Location, Location: It Applies to Sports Marketing Too, Olivia Swimm

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Temporal and Spatial Variability of Oxygen Levels in Upwelled Waters Along the Southern California Coast, Todd Xavier Thoman

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Does Drought Affect Reproduction in the Saltmarsh Sparrow (Ammodramus Caudacutus)?, Valerie K. Watson

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The Analysis of Labor Market Efficiency: A Comparative Analysis of Maine and the United States, Sarah M. Welch

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A Histological Assessment of the Effects of Elevated Temperature and Nitrogen on the Symbiodinium of Palythoa Toxica (Walsh and Bowers 1971), Molly Westbrook

Honors Theses 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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Implantation of Nanocellulose in the Zebrafish Model, Hanna J. Anderson

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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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Meeting the Challenges of Sea Vegetable Aquaculture in Maine, Kyle Capistrant-Fossa

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Ode to Applied Physics: The Intellectual Pathway of Differential Equations in Mathematics and Physics Courses: Existing Curriculum and Effective Instructional Strategies, Brandon L. Clark

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

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Providing Experimental Support for Mtert as an Adult Neural Stem Cell Marker Using a Triple Transgenic Mouse Line, Caroline Dean Curtis

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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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Gastroparesis: A Literature Review of Disease Manifestations and Existing Treatment Methods, Sara M. DeMello

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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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Effect of Asynchronous Auditory Distractors on Visual Acuity Outcomes, Caleb G. Elsemore

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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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Stabilization of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Homogenous Integration Into Cellulose Nano Fibrils, Banton H. Heithoff

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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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Host Range of Mycobacteriophage and Exploring Lysogenic Relationships Between Mycobacteriophage and Their Hosts, Emily Illingworth

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Contraceptive Counseling Practices Among Providers Prescribing Opiates to Women of Childbearing Age, Lucy A. Iselborn

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Examining Student Reasoning in Introductory Physics: Reversing the Chain, William S. Johnson

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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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An Analysis of the Sociopolitical Factors Contributing to the Politicization of Sunni Islam in the Middle East, Ginger Wenzel Kieffer

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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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A Descriptive Analysis of Porcupine Scavenging in an Experimental Forensic Context, Tamara Marie Labanowski

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Investigating the Mechanism of JC Polyomavirus Endocytosis, Conner Robert Lajoie

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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 G. Lavallee

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An Investigative Study Into Student Motivation and Identity Among Upper Class Electrical and Computer Engineering Students, Thomas J. Leighton

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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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The Effects of Mercury Exposure on the Cytochrome C Oxidase 1 Gene of Larval Dragonflies, Megan C. Little