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 2016

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La Representación de la Violencia en México Contemporáneo - The Representation of Violence in Contemporary Mexico, Taylor Brackett

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The Effects of Emotional and Instrumental Support on Students’ Mathematical Attitudes, Victoria M. Calabrese

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Museum and Exhibition Curation Techniques in Nazi Germany: An Analysis of Curation and Its Effects on Art, Artists, and the Public, Jennifer Cashin

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An Analysis of the Services Offered to Cancer Patients in the State of Maine, Joseph Claar

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Determining an Expected House Majority Using Pattern Analysis, Jesse T. Clark

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Relationship Between Health and GPA When Comparing Traditional Undergraduate Students at the University of Maine in Orono, Rachel A. Claussen

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Citrate’s Counter Ions and pH Effect on Gold Nanoparticle Growth Kinetics, Andrew B. Closson

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A Study of Teacher Practices and Perspectives on Nutrition Education in Maine Elementary Schools, Alexandra J. Courtney

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Reexaming the Political Ontology of Class: An Investigation of a Central Marxist Concept, Ciarán Coyle

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“Persuading the Secret”: In Search of Maine’s Hermits, Taylor Cunningham

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Analysis of Flow of Compressed Natural Gas Through a Fuel Injector, Erin E. Eldridge

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Encouraging Student Creativity in Art Education, Naomi I. Ellsworth

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Effects of Light Pollution on Habitat Selection in Post-Metamorphic Wood Frogs and Unisexual Blue-Spotted Salamanders, Abigail B. Feuka

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The ‘Darkening Sky’: French Popular Music of the 1960s and May 1968, Claire Fouchereaux

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Regulation of microRNA-199 Upon Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Infection in Zebrafish, Eliot Rivers Gagné

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Application of Parallel Computing to Optimize Studies of Critical Exponents in the One-Dimensional Sznajd Model, Joseph Garcia

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How Does 2,4-Dinitrophenol Compare to Triclosan as a Mitochondrial Uncoupler?, Erik Gerson

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Synthesis of Ferrocene-Oxadiazole Complexes and a Determination of Their LogD Values, Grace C. Gould

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Attempted Quantification of the Cyanogenic Glycosides Prunasin and Sambunigrin in the Sambucus L. (Elderberry), Elizabeth Grant

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Interaction of Shading and Cytokinins in the Sun-Shade Foliar Adaptation Mechanism, Oleg S. Gross

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Efficacy of Maine Lobster Shell as Treatment for Haemonchus Contortus Parasitism in Sheep, Morgan H. Gustin

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Characterization of Transcriptional Control Elements in Cluster E Mycobacteriophage Ukulele, Campbell Belisle Haley

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“Direct Descendant” Documenting Disenrollment in the Penobscot Nation, Mary L. Hamilton

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Campus Electrical Map: Financial Repercussions of Failures, Neal Harrison­-Billiat

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A Comparison of the Experiences of Economic Adaptation and Integration for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Maine, Grace Kiffney

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A Study of Personality Traits of Travel and Cultural Awareness, Meaghan Labbe

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The Mathematics Behind Sudoku and How to Create Magic Squares, Addison LaBonte

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For Beste of Bon and Blod: Three Medieval English Lyrics Composed for A Cappella SATB Choir, Cain Landry

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A Study of Arabic-Speaking English Language Learner’s Spoken Comprehensibility, Sophia G. A. Lataille

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Prosociality: Promoting Helpful Behaviors Not Just Helpful Intentions, Katherine E. Lees

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The Physiology of Love, Noelle Leon-Palmer

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The Sapphire Mirror, Renée Levasseur

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The Black Bear Food Guild: Student-Run Community Supported Agriculture From Roots to Fruition, Sara L. Lyons

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Increasing the Resolution of the Last Glacial Maximum Record in the Tropical Andes Using 10Be Cosmogenic Surface-Exposure Dating in the Cordillera Carabaya, Peru, Zachary E. Mason

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Preservice Teacher Self-Efficacy for Teaching Mathematics, Jade McGuire

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Dropping the Gloves: Fighting for Varsity Status Under Title IX— The Rise of Women’s Ice Hockey at the University of Maine, Emily K. McNair

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Analyzing Student Opt-Out of Standardized Testing in Maine, Maude Meeker

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The Role and Rhetoric of Interest Groups in Obergefell v. Hodges’ Amicus Briefs, Heidi Mills

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Alleviating Social Isolation and Food Insecurity Through Community Gardening: How the Orono Community Garden Impacts Seniors, Sarah Mullis

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Associations Between Self-Selected Body Size Figures and Physical Activity in Young Adult College Students, Amber D. Murray

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Exploring the Mechanisms Involved in Paxillin Amerlioration of Dystrophies in Zebrafish, Margaret E. Pasquarella

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Preliminary Analysis of β-Methylamino-L-Alanine Interactions With Cu/Zn Superoxide Dismutase in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Zebrafish Models, Elizabeth Pflugradt

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The Associations Between Reflective Rumination and Related Constructs, Bryanna P. Plummer

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The Triad of Nationality Revisited: The Orthodox Church and the State in Post-Soviet Russia, Robert D. Potts

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The Effect of Management Strategies on Haemonchus Contortus Infections of Sheep and Goats on Intensively Grazed Pasture, Catherine Werker Pouliot

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Personalities & Traditional Political Participation in Young Adults, 18–24, Abigail Pratico

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The Long-Term Impact of Chemotherapy on Neurogenesis and the Potential Use of Fluoxetine As Preventative Treatment, Margaret Ross

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Pulling Strings: The Effects of Puppetry on the Language and Literacy Development of a Preschool Classroom, Megan E. Rounds

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Ethical Considerations in Medical Voluntourism: Application to Speech-Language Pathology, Madeline C. Ruffin

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Modeling of A Continuously Variable Transmission and Clutching of A Snowmobile, Camerin Michael Seigars

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Modeling of a Continuously Variable Transmission and Clutching of a Snowmobile, Camerin Michael Seigars

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Effects of Climate Change on the Maine Lobster Industry, Abigail Sennick

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The Effects of Equine-Assisted Activities on the Attachment Security of Abused Women, Ilana B. Silver

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A Conceptual Value Function to Explain the Benefits Derived from Users of Free-To-Play Video Games, Connor M. Smart

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Optimization and Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Embedded Within a Porous Substrate for Raman Spectroscopy, Matthew W. Talbot

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Innate Immune Recognition of Candida Albicans in Zebrafish, Monique Elaine Theriault

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Analyzing Government-Resident Communication Methods in the City of Bangor, Jaymi Thibault

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Dynamic Modeling of a Catamaran Using a Lagrangian Approach, Tamara R. Thomson

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The Role of SHIP1 in the Innate Immune System During an Influenza A Viral Infection, Spencer Earle Traxler

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Towards a Molecular Method for the Detection of Leaf Rust in Lowbush Blueberry, Steven Valentino

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Anthocyanins Alter Endothelial Cell Dynamics, Katrina E. Ventura

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Themes of Identity and Power in Contemporary Topical Song, Hilary Warner-Evans

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Characterization of the Mycobacteriophage Ukulele Integration System; Identification of Integration Site Attp and the Role of the Integrase in Lysogeny Regulation, Emily E. Whitaker

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Novel Role for a Neurotrophic Factor in White Adipose Tissue, Elizabeth Wood

Honors Theses from 2015

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Complete Annotations of the Cluster E Mycobacteriophage Ukulele Genome and Characterization of Cluster E Lysogeny Regulation, Gwendolyn M. Beacham

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Vision Problems In Ecuador: Developing A Clinical Trial to Test Visual Acuity In Rural Populations, Ty B. Bolte

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Human Trafficking in the Media: Who, What, Where, and Why?, Mary Borer

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Fluorescence Monitoring and Parallel Factor Analysis of Contaminant Mixtures in Water, Nina M. Caputo

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Where Are Victims' Voices?: Rethinking Sexual Violence Policy, Melissa Carrigan

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Physical Properties of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles, Nicklaus Carter

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Acadia National Park and the Efforts of George Bucknam Dorr: How the Preservation Frontier Moved East and the Challenges for Acadia's Second Century, Sean Cox

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Exploring Organizational Culture of Restaurants Through Workplace Rituals, Joshua Deakin

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Exploring The Relation of Service-Learning Courses and Retention Rates at The University of Maine, Jared Duggan

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Depth Preferences of Sturgeon In Critical Habitat, Elizabeth A. Dunbar

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Pattern Recognition and Matching in Ice Core Data, Nathan Dunn

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Selective Hydrogenation of Furfural to Furfuyl Alcohol Over Copper Magnesium Oxide, Andrew Estrup

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The Role of Macrophages in Resistance to Caseous Lymphadenitis, Amy Fish

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Trade and Transition: Russia's Agricultural Pitfalls and Prospects for the 21st Century, Michele Girard

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How Journalism Influenced American Public Opinion During the Vietnam War: A Case Study of the Battle of Ap Bac, The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, The Tet Offensive, and the My Lai Massacre, Kyle Hadyniak

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Detection of Streptococus Equi From Environmental Samples, Taryn Haller

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The Influence of Sediment Characteristics on the Burrowing Behavior of Ensis Directus, Robert Joseph Hallinan

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A Descriptive Study of Forensic Implications of Raccoon Scavenging in Maine, Ashley Hannigan

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Ideologies of Empire: Perpetuating Imperial Culture Through Definitive British Literature of the Congo, Shelby Lynne Hartin

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Is the Ubiquitous Antibacterial Agent Triclosan an Uncoupler of Mammalian Mitochondria, Hina Hashmi

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Fortification of the International Defense of Cultural Property Trapped In Areas of Armed Conflict, Marissa E. Higgins

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Investigating The Optimization of Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Dechorionation For High-Throughput Applications In Influenza Research, Thomas Hoffmann

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Restorative Justice: A Comparative Analysis of Campus Implementation, Cameron M. Huston

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Directing "Godspell", Nellie M. Kelly

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Effects of Environmentally Relevant Transplacental Arsenic Exposure on Mouse (Mus musculus) Hepatic Protein Expression, Jay Knowlton

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Nurses' Perceptions of Barriers to Pediatric Patient Advocacy in End-of-Life Care, Eaton J. Layla

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The Effect of Temperature on Paralytic Shellfish Toxin Uptake By Blue Mussels (Mytilus Edulis) and Sea Scallops (Placopecten Magellanicus), Mackenzie Mazur

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Functionalization of Nanocellulouse Fibers For Use In Radical Reactions, Thomas McOscar

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Allelic Variants of OPRM1, COMT And ABCB1 On Pre-Withdrawl Sleep-Wake Regulation In The Opioid Exposed Neonate, Zakiah-Lee Meeks

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A Multi-Institution Investigation Of Educational Practices And Strategies In Stem Courses, Scott James Merrill

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Assessing Achievement in Honors: The Importance of a Need for Cognition in Higher Education, Christopher Paradis

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Art as a Tool to Communicate Science, Jillian Pelto

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Effects of Buckthorn (Rhamnus Cathartica and Rhamnus Frangula) on Native Flora Functional Traits, Alexandra Perry

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Bates Mill #5: A Case Study in Innovation, Past and Future, George Peterson

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Study of the Effect of Dogs on College Students' Mood and Anxiety, Mariah J. Picard

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Worksite Wellness for UMaine Dining Employees: Healthful Eating for the Holidays, Marissa E. Rublee