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

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Incorporation of Civilian Care in Emergency Medicine: Retainment of Training and Familiarization of Resources at the University of Maine, Courtney Jurson

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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 Lovley

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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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Land Cover Composition, But Not Weather, Affects Female Wild Turkey Roost Site Selection, Kaj Overturf

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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, Africa, 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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CpSA Protein-Protein Interactions in Group B Streptococcus, Ben Tero

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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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Genomic and Proteomic Effects of Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) Consumption on the Perivascular Adipose Tissue of the Obese Zucker Rat, a Model of Human Metabolic Syndrome, Jasmine Waite

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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

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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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A Content Analysis of Addition and Subtraction from the Math Teacher's Manuals for Orono, Maine and Santiago, Chile, Jordan Houdeshell

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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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The Efficiency of Melatonin in Inhibiting Haemonchus Contortus Development, Stephanie M. McAvoy

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Probing the Nature of Student Reasoning Using Modified Chaining Tasks, Ryan Moyer

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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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The Hyde Amendment: An Obstacle to Seeking Abortion Care in Maine?, Olivia Pennington

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Exploring the Economic Resilience in the United States Through State GDP Output, Mariya Pominova

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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