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 2015

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Developing and Testing a New Technique for Assessing Human Color Acuities, Jordan D. Servetas

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Relationships of a Northern MAine Population of Amelanchier (Rosaceae), Matthew R. Sheltra

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Coming To, Kate E. Spies

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An Analysis of the Maine Solid Waste Management Hierarchy and Recommendation For Future Implementation, Jaime Steven

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The University of Maine Food and Fitness Environment: Is It Health Promoting?, Carolyn Anne Stocker

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Using the Real Food Calculator to Assess the University of Maine's Dining Purchases within a Food System Context, Ashely Thibeault

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Forward Not Back: Young People's Search for Community and Farming in Maine, Danielle Walczak

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Towards A New Measure For Human Visual Acuity, Andrew B. Wilson

Honors Theses from 2014

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Parkinson's Disease: An Experimental Approach to Model the Visuo-Spatial Learning and Memory Deficits and an Analysis of Evidence Implicating α-Synuclein in Lewy Body Formation, Caitlyn Dawn Ahlberg

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Correlates of Disability in the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study, Grace Avakian

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Effects of Calcium-Sensing Protein Dysregulation on Cardiac Function in Drosophila melanogaster, Jinlun Bai

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Modeling the Costs of Cellulosic Biofuel, Maxwell Berube

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Nationalism in the French Revolution of 1789, Kiley Bickford

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The Muslim Veil in America: A Symbol of Oppression or Empowerment?, Hannah Blakeman

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An Analysis of the Basque Independence Movement and the Political Position of the Basque Country Within the Spanish State, Ariel Bothen

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Somaesthetics and Aesthetic Transactions: Art and Phenomenology Today, Monique Boutin

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Bridging Gaps and Building Solidarity, Shannon Brenner

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Using Passive Acoustic Monitoring to Determine Temporal Patters and Mixed Species Flocking Associations of Migrating North American Warblers in the Gulf of Maine, David Bridges

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Pius XII on Trial, Katherine M. Campbell

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Teaching Literature in America: Demonstrating Relevance in the Early Cold War 1945-1963, Jennifer Chalmers

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Silence is the Loudest Sound, Emma Christian

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Video Games as Free Speech, Benjamin Cirrinone

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Class Conflict and the Confederate Conscription Acts in North Carolina, 1862-1864, Tyler Cline

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The Rapid Effects of Steroids on Reproductive Processes in Goldfish, Carassius Auratus, Kimberly Dao

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The Ability of Berry Extracts to Inhibit Alpha-Glucosidase In Vitro, Shannon Dubois

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The Role of Culture in Social Displacement: AfroReggae in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brianna Duhaime

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Effects of Ketamine on Alcohol-Withdrawal Induced Behavioral Depression, Christie Edwards

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Attitudes and Preventative Health Practices in Relation to Obesity, Brieana Evans

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Avoiding Aggregation During Drying and Rehydration of Nanocellulose, Evelyn Fairman

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Politics of the Possible: A Comparative Case Study of Political Activism in France and Maine, Jennifer Ferguson

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The Effect of Ketamine on Motor Coordination and Thermal Nociception in Ethanol-Withdrawn Mice, Jameson Ford

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An Oral History of the Islamic Center of Maine, Orono, Kyle Franklin

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Prevalence and Speciation of Lungworms in Maine Moose, Jordan Gagne

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Sustainability's Inconvenient Discourse, Christine Gilbert

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A New Method for Measuring Color Acuity in Humans: A Pilot Study, Lindsey Gori

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Media Portrayal and Public Opinion on the Supreme Court, Patrick Hall

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Long Term Effects of Chemotherapy on Cognition, Preventative Potential of Antidepressants, Ryan Hall

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The Finite Element Analysis and Optimization of a Circumcision Device for HIV Prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa, Abraham W. Hamilton

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Detection of Iron (III) Using Agarose Beads Derivatized with Desterrioxamine B, Kaiya Hansen

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Increasing Phonemic Awareness in the Pre-School Aged Child: A Parent-Centered, Play Based Approach, Emma Hanzl

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Rural Nurses' Perspectives on Their Capacity to Care for Pediatric Patients in Northern and Eastern Maine, Kimberly M. Harvell

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The Role of Morphology Transitions in Tissue-to-Blood Spread of Infestation, Joshua M. Jones

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Darwin's Disciples, Eben Jordan

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What Shapes Our Attitudes Toward Outgroups?: Measuring Implicit and Explicit Homosexual Prejudice, Morgan Kinney

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Socio-Cultural and Economic Barriers to Small Vessel/Indigenous Participation in the American Samoan Longline Fishery, Theodore Koboski

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Improving Running Performance Using Non-Running Tasks, Darien Lewis

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University of Maine Students' Family Income and Its Relation to Alcoholism, Vincent LoConte

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Characterizing Neutrophil Behavior in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) in Response to Arsenic and Glucose, Jacob Longfellow

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Altered Integrin Alpha 6 Expression As A Rescue For Muscle Fiber Detachment In Zebrafish (Danio Rerio), Rose E. McGlauflin

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Improved Detection of Streptococcus Equi Subspecies Equi in Drinking Water, Lily A. McLaughlin

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The Role of TNFAIP8L1 in the Antiviral Innate Immune System, Campbell Miller

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Fan-Funded Film: How Audience Participation Is Shaping The Future of Motion Pictures, Renee E. Moody

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Humanizing the Humanities: A Historical, Cultural, and Philosophical Examination of the Disintegration of Humanities Higher Education, Nicholas Moore

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Muckrakers vs. Public Relations: Analytical Case Studies, Maria NeCastro

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Partisan Gridlock in the Contiguous States: Credit Ratings, Economic Stability, and the Ramifications of Political Competitiveness, Polarization, and Party Control in U.S. State Legislatures, 1992-2010, Logan Nee

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A Study of Personality Types Found Within the Speech-Language Pathology Profession and the Communication Sciences and Disorders Major, Whitney Norton

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Dice Hearts And Other Islands, Bailey O'Brien

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The Effects of Flooding on the Microbial Communities of Sparrow Eggs in a Temperate Maine Salt Marsh, Mattie Paradise

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Effect of Forest Vegetation on Nest-Site Selection by Spruce Grouse Across Two Spatial Scales, Nathaniel Scott Parkhill

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An Investigation on the Effects of Virtual Social Support on Working Memory and Stress, Erin Perry

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An Investigation into the Perceptions of International and Out-of-state Students on the University of Maine Campus, Matthew Pinkham

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: What's Next?, Zachary D. Porter

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Depression, Emotional Eating and Food Choice, Jhen-da Prince

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The Effects of Verbal Overshadowing and Social Anxiety on Facial Recognition: A Replication and Extension, Arielle Rancourt

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Spans Across Time: Compliance of Historic Maine Coastal Bridges With Modern Geometric Design Standards, Elizabeth Reynolds

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Method Development for the Analysis of Anthocyanins in Aronio Berries via HPLC, Kyle Rousseau

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Surface Acoustic Wave-Based Manipulation of Intracellular Structures in Adherent Cultured Cells, Jeffrey Servetas

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Imperial Impulses: The Influence of War and Death on the Writings of Rudyard Kipling, Dylan J. Sirois

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A Study of the Nutritional Effect of Grains in the Diet of a Dog, Kristyn M. Souliere

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Situational Interest In Professional Development, Jean Stevens

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Interviews With Transgender Students: Academic And Environmental Factors, Thomas Stevenson

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Forming Impressions Of Others: Does Sexuality Matter?, Abigail V. Szotkowski

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The Effects of Literature on Childhood Anxiety and Attachment Issues, Samantha Taylor

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Territorial Aggression Increases Along an Urban Gradient in Resident But Not Migratory Song Sparrows, Darlene Turcotte

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Biodegradation and Feasibility of Three Pleurotus Species on Cigarette Filters, Raymond Updyke

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Polarizing Issues in the American Political Parties: Women In Party Platforms, Hannah Vail

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Coping With Dissonance: Psychological Mechanisms That Enable Ambivalent Attitudes Toward Animals, Sophie Veilleux

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It's Not All Just Child's Play: A Psychological Study on the Potential Benefits of Theater Programming With Children, Sydney R. Walker

Honors Theses from 2013

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Design Focused Computer Module for Chemical Engineering Outreach, Marc Beachemin

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The U.S.-Russian Bilateral Counterterroism Efforts, Maja Bedak

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The Phylogeny and Biogeography of the Monito del Monte (Dromiciops Gliroides) and its Relatives, Ariel Berthel

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A Comparative Genomics Approach to Using High-Throughput Gene Expression Data to Study Limb Regeneration in Ambystoma Mexicanum and Danio Rerio: Developing a More Completely Annotated Database, Justin Bolinger

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Observing the Location and Orientation of Nematocysts Through Aeolidiella Stephaniae, Siobhan L. Bolinger

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Robin Hood or Villain: The Social Constructions of Pablo Escobar, Jenna Bowley

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Bridging The Gap: Intergenerational Perceptions Towards Professional Usage of Social Networking Websites, Robert W. Brown

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Evolutionary and Molecular Analysis of Conserved Vertebrate Immunity to Fungi, Erin Carter

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Reverse Genetic Analysis of a Cysteine Protease-Encoding Gene (RD19a) of Arabidopsis Thaliana in Relation to the Mechanism of Resistance To The Piercing/Sucking Insect Myzus Persicae, Siobhan A. Cusack

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Fast Pyrolysis of Muconic Acid and Formic Acid Salts, Laura Duran

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Diet and Prey Availability of Sturgeons in the Penobscot River, Maine, Matthew Dzaugis

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The Acceptance and Understanding of Preschoolers with Special Needs by Typically Developing Peers, Kelsey Ann Fahey

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A Lateral Field Excited Thin Film Bulk Acoustic Wave Sensor, Michael R. FitzGerald

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Investigation of Early Development and Importance of Sediment Choice in the Hatchery Production of Razor Clams, Ensis Directus, Molly P. Flanagan

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User Experience Design for Presence-Aware Spaces and Technologies, Samuel Foster

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A Power Line Inspector Device, Brendan Gates

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Bayesian Analysis of Data on Nest Success for Marsh Birds, Sean Hardy

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A Study of Cooking and Varietal Effects on Potato in Vitro Bile Acid Binding Capacity, Emily Hinkle

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Assessment of Sea Lice Infestations on Wild Fishes of Cobscook Bay, Alexander Jensen

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Taking the War to the Water: The American Revolution At Sea, 1775-1776, Sarah Kent

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Investigating the Controls on Surface Snow δ18O Values in the Coastal Northeast Pacific: Implications for Paleoclimate Interpretations, Matthew C. Koehler

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State-Level Government: An Evaluation of Maine's Conflict of Interest Laws and Amendments to Improve Transparency Through Financial Disclosure, Shelbe K. Lane