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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.


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2013 2018


The story of graphene truly began in what was simply a stub in the journal Physical Review not two years after the end of World War II. In 1947, McGill University physicist P.R. Wallace authored “The Band Theory of Graphite” and attempted to develop a foundation on which the structure-property relationship of graphite could be explored; he calculates the number of free electrons and conductivity of what he describes as “a single hexagonal layer” and “suppos[es] that conduction takes place only in layers” in bulk graphite to predict wave functions, energies at specific atomic sites in the hexagonal lattice, and ...

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Shulman, Neal Arthur, Adams, James, Islam, Rafiqul, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

The work for this thesis was done in conjunction to that of my capstone project, which focused on understanding the effects of powder re-use on products built via Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), a specific additive manufacturing (AM) technique where powder particles are sintered together to form final parts. Honeywell Aerospace helped support this research by providing materials and mentorship; this work will play a key role in their decision to implement DMLS and other AM methods on a larger scale. Whereas the capstone focuses on the technical details of constructing characterization equipment, analyzing data, and formulating a concluding recommendation ...

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Murella, Anoosha Sainagaki, Adams, James, Tasooji, Amaneh, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

The transition to lead-free solder in the electronics industry has benefitted the environment in many ways. However, with new materials systems comes new materials issues. During the processing of copper pads, a protective surface treatment is needed to prevent the copper from oxidizing. Characterizing the copper oxidation underneath the surface treatment is challenging but necessary for product reliability and failure analysis. Currently, FIB-SEM, which is time-consuming and expensive, is what is used to understand and analyze the surface treatment-copper oxide(s)-copper system. This project’s goals were to determine a characterization methodology that cuts both characterization time and cost in half for ...

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Branch Kelly, Marion Zoe, Adams, James, Krause, Stephen, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

The transition to lead-free solder in the electronics industry has benefited the environment in many ways. However, with new materials systems comes new materials issues. During the processing of copper pads, a protective surface treatment is needed to prevent the copper from oxidizing. Characterizing the copper oxidation underneath the surface treatment is challenging but necessary for product reliability and failure analysis. Currently, FIB-SEM, which is time-consuming and expensive, is what is used to understand and analyze the surface treatment-copper oxide(s)-copper system. This project’s goals were to determine a characterization methodology that cuts both characterization time and cost in half for ...

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Smith, Bethany Blair, Marion, Branch Kelly, Cruz, Hernandez, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is home to a complex and diverse microbial ecosystem that contributes to health or disease in many aspects. While bacterial species are the majority in the GI tract, their cohabitants, fungal species, should not be forgotten. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often suffer from GI disorders and associated symptoms, implying a role the bacterial and fungal gut microbiota play in maintaining human health. The irregularities in GI symptoms can negatively affect the overall quality of life or even worsen behavioral symptoms the children present. Even with the increase in the availability of next-generation sequencing technologies, ...

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Patel, Jigar, Krajmalnik-Brown, Rosa, Kang, Dae Wook, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

This research examines the presentation of ASD in fictional children’s literature. The goal is to use the research collected to determine what symptoms of ASD are receiving coverage versus what is not being covered but needs to be in a children’s book about ASD. This was accomplished by first consulting background literature on ASD before examining 40 children’s books about characters on the spectrum. It was found that girls on the spectrum received less coverage than boys did, and that most books conformed to one of two types: looking at ASD through the eyes of a neurotypical child and looking ...

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Anderson, Sarah, Baldini, Cajsa, Adams, James, et al.
Created Date
2014-10-03

The unemployment rate for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) sits between 88 and 95 percent. With the prevalence of ASDs growing by the year, the transition into adulthood is a problem this country will increasingly face. To shed light on this issue and spread awareness, the method was to create a documentary 26 minutes in length about the transition adults with ASDs face after graduating high school. The result was "Breaking the Spectrum," which includes testimony from adults with ASDs who have jobs, attend skills programs or go to college, experts in the field and founders of organizations who ...

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Lancial, Alexandra Marie, Craft, John, Adams, James, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Analysis of 4 lesson plans for primary education in which 3D printers are used either to build components or are directly used by students. Provides critique on how proper investment and utilization of this new technology can enrich education and misuse can waste time, money, and even reduce the quality of education.

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Przeslica, Michael Cody, Adams, James, Krause, Stephen, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

This is a two-part thesis, completed in conjunction with my Materials Science and Engineering Capstone Project. The first part involves the design and testing of cold-extruded high-density polyethylene for student oboe reeds. The goal of this section was to create a longer-lasting reed that produces a similar sound to a cane reed, has less variation in quality, and costs less per year than cane reeds. For low-income students in particular, the cost of purchasing cane oboe reeds ($500-$2,000 per year) is simply not feasible. This project was designed to allow oboe to be a more affordable option for all students. ...

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Mitchell, Alexis Jacqueline, Adams, James, Schuring, Martin, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a disorder that makes learning, socializing and daily living much more challenging for affected children and adults because of their atypical behaviors. A few examples of these behaviors are repetitive movements, impulsive actions, inability to communicate in a social setting, and many more. There is a stigma behind autism that is caused by those who are not well informed on the disorder. These people lack information, and in the past, it was assumed that the disorder is caused by “bad parenting.” The parents are then afraid of social shame brought upon them by their child and ...

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Gutgsell, Crystal Megan, Adams, James, Pollard, Elena, et al.
Created Date
2016-05