Thesis and projects submitted to this collection are the senior projects of students in the University Honors Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A central part for the Honors experience is the senior project, either independent research or participation in creative or collaborative academic activities. The format of the project depends on the program requirements, the traditions of the academic discipline, and the nature of the project selected. Mentored research and creative activities in all disciplines allows students to develop skills and experiences that enhance their professional or graduate school credentials and career opportunities. Students have described their Honors senior projects as the "most intellectually exciting and rewarding experience" of their college careers. Support for undergraduate research is strong at Nebraska. The University funds research scholarships that pair faculty mentors and students in their second and third years (UCARE-Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience). Academic departments also sponsor internships and cooperative education programs in the business and scientific communities in the state and in the nation.

The theses and projects here are open to the general public. Honors theses or projects that have been withheld from public disclosure are archived at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/honorsembargoedhttp://digitalcommons.unl.edu/honorsembargoed

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2019

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The Future of the Death Penalty in Nebraska: Utilizing Bruce Bueno De Mesquita's Predictioneer's Game to Create a Forecast Model of Capital Punishment, Katie Andersen

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Activist Investors: A Corporate Social Responsibility Perspective on Hedge Fund Activism and the Need for Focus on All Stakeholders, Lucy Marie Ankenbauer

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My Pop-Up Shoppe, Brenna Backemeyer

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Quidlibet audendi potestas: Deviant Word Order in the Odes of Horace, Henry R. Bauer

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Englands Happie Queene: Female Rulers in Early English History, Emily Benes

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Coming and Going: Identity, Institutions, and the United Kingdom's Resistance to the European Union, Lauren Bruning

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An Exception in Risk-Taking Behavior: Religiosity as a Situation-Specific Predictor of Sexual Risk-Taking, Trenton Buhr

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Progress is a Game of Inches: A History and Analysis of Athlete Activism Before and During the Era of Social Media, Elic Chisam

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Analysis of Error within Forensic Measurements and Photogrammetry Programs, Amy Douglas

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Ordered Growth of Ferroelectric Diisopropylammonium-Bromide Microcrystals through Slotted-Jar Growth and Lithographically Controlled Wetting, Andrew J. Fanning

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Trendjacking: A Social Justice Analysis, Rachel Finnegan

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Inform: A Mobile App to Teach Untrained Listeners of Classical Music About Fugue, Sonata, and Rondo Form Through Interactive Information Graphics, Miranda Finn

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“That’s why I deleted you, Aunt Kathy”: Political Tolerance, Online Selective Exposure, and Relational Closeness, Justice Forte

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Mandatory Minimum Penalties: An Analysis of Four State’s Penal Codes and Federal Court Policies, Cassie Geiken

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H/L Ratio as a Measurement of Immune Function in Terrapene ornata Species, Vesa Govori

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"The Tyrant Father": Leslie Stephen and Masculine Influences on Virginia Woolf and her Novel, To the Lighthouse, Anya Graubard

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Analysis and Comparison of Multiple Approaches for Software Development Management as Applied to a Design Studio Project, Bethany Hage

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Treatment of Plastic Wastes Using Plasma Gasification Technology, Zachary Homolka

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The Influence of Selected Demographic Factors on the Retention of Middle School Instrumental Music Students, Evan Hoylman

Parent Engagement and Perceptions of Fairness in the Douglas County Child Welfare System: A FIRST Court Program Evaluation, Rebecca Human

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Detection of Heteroplasmic Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms Using Melt Curve Analysis and Dual Labeled Fluorescent Probes, Emily Jezewski

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President Trump and Civil Litigation: Executive Immunity and the Emoluments Clause, Hayley Kaiser

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Defining Authentic: The Relationship Between Native Art and Federal Indian Policy, 1879-1961, Aurora Kenworthy

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Student Perceptions Of Reasons For Lecture And Active Learning, Calan Koch

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Democratic Failure in Various Forms of Democracy, Jonathan Lederer

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Investigating the Role of Free Radicals in Huntington's Disease Using Drosophila Melanogaster, Jennifer Libov

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The Influence of Female Creative Directors on Women Entering Advertising, Rachel Long

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Does My Vote Count? Analyzing the Motivations of American Voters and the Obstacles They Face, Kalika Mahato

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Ethnic Migration and Cultural Maintenance in Eastern European Ethnic Enclaves in Nebraska: The Poles in Omaha, Germans from Russia in Lincoln, and Czechs in Wilber from 1860-1920, Paige McCoy

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Escaping Death: Naloxone's Chemical Nature and Potential to Combat the Opioid Epidemic, Abigale Miller

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An Evaluation of Police Interviewing Methods: A Psychological Perspective, Cassandra Neal

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Understanding Fear and Self-Blame Symptoms for Child Sexual Abuse Victims in Treatment: An Interaction of Youth Age, Perpetrator Type, and Treatment Time Period, Amanda Nelson

How Media Impact Race Relations: Positive and Negative Historical Examples and Applied Psychological Principles, Sophia Nocera

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Theatrical Trailers in the Modern World: Advertisement or Art?, Katherine O'Neil

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A Comparative Analysis of the Fermentation Capabilities of Various Bifidobacterium Strains, Ella Oney

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The Extreme Effects of ‘Not-so-minor’ Concussions: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Literature Review, Alyssa Pierson

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No More, Monsanto. A Comprehensive Review of the Most Hated Agriculture/Biotechnology/Chemical/Confectionery/Pharmaceutical Company in America., Gabrielle Robbins

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Dietary Polyphenols and Their Perceived Health Benefits, Stephanie Russell

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The Effect of Threat on Preferences for Male Versus Female Candidates, Marley Sandberg

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An Analysis of Performance-Based Perception in Competitive Baseball Players, Grant Schlimgen and Michael Dodd

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The Ralph Mueller Health Galleries: Uncovering the Lost History of UNL’s Morrill Hall, Eleanor Schmidt

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Medicaid Work Requirements: State-Based Innovation or Punitive Policymaking?, Diane Sherwin

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Celtic Tiger Ireland as a Case Study in the Practical Application of Neoliberal Economic Policy, Natalie Sneed

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Studies of Boundary Layer Transition from Laminar to Turbulent, Elizabeth Spaulding

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Interparental Control During Pregnancy Predicts Parental Control Directed Toward Infants, Jaime Stephenson

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Geophysical Analysis of the Midcontinent Rift’s Subsurface Structure in Southeastern Nebraska, Patrick Szopinski

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Artistic Syncretism in Latin America: From Olmec to Spanish Colonialism, Nicole Timm

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Sleep-Wake Problems and Daytime Sleepiness as Predictors of Emotion Regulation Strategies: A Longitudinal Study in Early Adolescence, Megan Toney

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Pascal's Triangle Modulo n and Its Applications to Efficient Computation of Binomial Coefficients, Zachary Warneke

2018

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The Rise and Fall of Gilmore Girls' Feminist Legacy, McKenna Ahlgren

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Copy Number Variation in the Porcine Genome Detected from Whole-Genome Sequence, Rebecca Anderson

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STRATEGIC AUDIT OF PANDORA MEDIA, INC., Bridget Bailey

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An Analysis of the Social and Political Barriers to Wind Energy Development in Lancaster County, Nebraska, Corrin Bemis

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Superheroes, Safety, and Social Policy: Induced Levels of Physical Security may Produce Greater Liberal Policy Preferences, Jacob Berggren

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Modular Scheduling System for Westside School District, Tyler Bienhoff

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Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technology to Enhance Conservation Biology Research, Ann Briggs

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Intuit Strategic Audit, Tara Brookhouser

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Information Disorder and the Need for News Literacy Education in the Digital Era, Lauren Brown-Hulme

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Strategic Audit of the Public Accounting Industry with a Focus on EY, Mary Candela

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Adobe Systems Inc. Strategic Analysis and Recommendation, David Cao

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A Strategic Audit of Medtronic PLC, Jozzy Carter

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Automated Outlier Detection in Crime Data Using Programming, Aidan Connolly

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Factors Affecting the Parasitism of Gregarine Species in Grasshoppers In Western Nebraska, Alexandra Creigh, Kristin McLarty, and Scott Lyell Gardner

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Citigroup Strategic Audit, Kurt Cronican

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A Strategic Audit of Tesla, Inc.: Electrifying our Future or About to Run out of Energy?, Chloe Dana

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Language Use by Spanish Heritage Speakers in the Classroom and the World and the Implications for Educators, Amanda Deras

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Walt Whitman: The Man Behind the Words, Sara Duke

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Parallels of Morality: Wilde and Nietzsche’s Challenge to Social Obligation, Amzie A. Dunekacke

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Strategic Audit of National Instruments, Grant Fishburn

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An Analysis of Project Setup and Organization in Software, Adam Fitzgibbon

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Marketing Process at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Promote Avenue Q, Bridget Fleischer

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Genetic Diversity and Distinctness of Wild Nebraska Hops and Hop Cultivars (Humulus lupulus L.), Megan Franklin

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A Review of the Seismic Isolation Design Procedure, Francisco Garcia

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Free Medical Clinics in America, Amanda Golden

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Arsenic Toxicity and Mitochondrial Metabolism in Astrocytes, Reilly Grealish

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Improving the Interprofessional Relationship Between Nurses and Speech-Language Pathologists: A Pilot Study, Christina Hamling and Kristy Weissling

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The Efficacy of a Diet Low in Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols (FODMAPs) in the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Raelyn Haubensak

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Duality in Carnivàle: An Exploration of Light and Dark, Nathan Hittle

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A Strategic Audit of Tesla, Abigail Hoelzlhammer

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Fanfiction as a Form with Merit, Alyssandra Holmes

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Strategic Audit of Spreetail, Aryn Huck

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Strategic Business Audit of Nelnet, Matthew Kachek

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StudioHub: Streamlining Communication in Private Music Studios, Joseph Klinck

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Preliminary Analysis of Hieroglyph and Iconography Placement on Freestanding Monuments at Copán, Honduras, Elizabeth Koenen

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Sexual Assault in the Political Sphere, Robert Larsen

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Understanding Unconventional Methods of Self-Disclosure in New Relationships, Brandon Lepard

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Direct Materials Data Quality at Conagra Brands, Erica Lewis

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Characterization of Metabolic Networks in Differentiated CD4+ T Cells, Bailee Lichter

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Strategic Audit on Tesla, Zitong Li

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Differences in Retention-Related Risk Factors and Potential Resources across First-Generation and Non-First-Generation College Students, Taylor Lofdahl

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Black Lives Matter: An analysis of Social-Political Activism in Social Media, Ivy Lutz

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The Reality of Escape in Fantasy, Abbigail Mazour

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Czech Immigrants in Nebraska: A Question of Identity and Assimilation, Katharine Meegan

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A Strategic Audit of Chegg, Jacob Melcher

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Mental Health and TeamMates, Carly O'Dell

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Support for Open Borders: A Case Study of Spanish Society, Anna Ondracek

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The Impact of Past Experience with Tornadoes on Future Decisions, Emily Paltz and Michael Hayes

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Olfactory learning capabilities of Paraphrynus laevifrons, John Perez

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Development & Analysis of a Science Outreach Event for Elementary Aged Children: Archie's Late-Night Party, Bailey Peterson

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Visualizing Extreme Precipitation for Climate Storytelling, Rachel Phinney