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 2014

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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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Political Participation and 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 Beauchemin

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The U.S.-Russian Bilateral Counterterrorism 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 Inspection 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

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Perceptions of a Dating Couple Conflict Resolution Interaction and Relationship Quality as Predictors of Depressive Symptoms in a College Student Sample, Annie M. Ledoux

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The Use of Genomic “Knock-In” Strategy to Examine the Role of the Protein Acyl Transferase (DHHC) Family of Enzymes Using Dictyostelium Discoideum, Joshua Little

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Testing the Effect of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GFSE) on the Mastitsis-Causing Alga, Prototheca, Kendra Janelle MacDonald

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A Novel Mechanism for Mechanosensing by Endothelial Cells, Jennifer MacDowell

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The Effect of Cataract Surgery on Depression and Vision-Related Quality of Life in an Elderly Population, Paige Martin

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Alteration of Microflora of the Facultative Parasitic Nematode Pristionchus Entomophagus and its Potential Application as a Biological Control Agent, Amy M. Michaud

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Staking Out Gender: A Poststructuralist Analysis of Gender Roles and Identity in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Patrick Pittis

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Safe to Drive? Police Powers of Search and Seizure in the Vehicular Context, Mark Rucci

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Slow Food: From Farm to Healthy Body, Hannah L. Ruhl

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Fishers of Men, Matthew Tieszen

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Evaluating Wetland Restoration Performance Through a Case Study on the University of Maine Campus, Andrew L. Tomes

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Inequality and Health: Stress Mediates the Relationship Between Subjective SES and Wellbeing, Elizabeth L. Tull

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Effects of Arsenic Responsive P21 on Innate Immunity and Apoptosis in Zebrafish, Gabriel O. Vachon

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Investigation of the Mechanism Underlying Arsenic Disruption of Mast Cell Degranulation, Alejandro Velez

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Where I Tread, Sarah Watts

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Foraging Behavior of Eastern Gray Squirrels on the University of Maine Campus, Aimee Young

Honors Theses from 2012

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A History of the Use of Swedish Language in New Sweden, Maine, Kaitlyn Anderson

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Transdiagnostic Factors: The Mediating Role of Rumination in Health Anxiety and Premenstrual Distress, Kristina S. Anderson

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Why are Comedy Films so Critically Underrated?, Michael Arell

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The Haptotactic Motility of Angiogenic Endothelial Cells, Breana E. Bennett