Honors College

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Biomedical Engineering


Kathleen Quirk

Committee Members

Richard Kent, Bruce Pratt, Karissa Tilbury, Stephanie Welcomer

Graduation Year

May 2021

Publication Date

Spring 5-2021


A novel in its beginning stages, The Hate Within (May 2021) is the product of discovering a way to be able to eloquently combine biomedical engineering with creative writing which will intrigue young adult readers. This thesis contains the first few chapters of the story along with an additional journal entry, the story’s outline with a list of plot events, and a disquisition exploring the motivation and methodology behind creating this thesis.The novel is about a junior in high school named Alaita. She is a super sweet, kind, and popular girl in school until one day she is diagnosed with a brain tumor. Once her tumor is surgically removed, she realizes that she has lost her ability to connect and empathize with others. She works with her therapist to try and learn techniques to help her regain her empathy to no avail. Her personality change has created rifts between her parents and between her and her best friend. She feels like she is responsible for all the negativity and conflict happening around her since she has lost her empathy. That is until she meets a kid dealing with substance abuse who helps her realize that the most important thing is for to learn to accept herself for who she has become before she can be able to move forward and improve herself.