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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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2016 2018


This essay explores the role of religion, science, and the secular in contemporary society by showing their connection to social and political legitimacy as a result of historical processes. In Chapter One, the essay presents historical arguments, particularly linguistic, which confirm science and religion as historically created categories without timeless or essential differences. Additionally, the current institutional separation of science and religion was politically motivated by the changing power structures following the Protestant Reformation. In Chapter Two, the essay employs the concept of the modern social imaginary to show how our modern concept of the political and the secular subtly ...

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Bianchi, Joseph Anthony, Bennett, Gaymon, Wetmore, Jameson, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

This study takes a broad look into the existing research on the relationship between two physiological topics, nutrition and immunity in vertebrates, specifically the mammalian and avian branches. This was achieved by critiquing available studies on different types of immune cells, and how variable energy availability, as well as specific pathogens, impact cell function. Notably, most studies examined individuals with compromised immune systems, which reveals an existing knowledge gap in the linkages between nutrition and immunity in healthy organisms. Links between immunity and nutrition were identified across the studies, with the three main energy molecules, carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins, implicated ...

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Viteri, Xela Amariana, Moore, Marianne, Penton, Christopher, et al.
Created Date
2017-12

Insects have intricate systems they depend on for survival. They live in societies where every individual plays an important role. Ants are a great example of this observation. They are known for having structurally sound societies that ensure the livelihood of the colony. The ant species analyzed for this research, Harpegnathos saltator, portrays a structured colony and serves as a useful example of levels of hierarchy. In the colony of H. saltator, one can find a queen, gamergates, workers, and male ants living underground in Southern India. Recording and analyzing egg-laying rates are important in this study because of the ...

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Mayoral, Alejandra, Kang, Yun, Liebig, Juergen, et al.
Created Date
2017-12

The purpose of this study was to create a screening tool specifically for the identification of sex trafficking victims in the medical setting through the analysis of existing human trafficking screening tool studies geared towards use in the medical setting. Screening questions from these studies were compiled and modified into a survey that was distributed to healthcare professionals through the nationwide HEAL (Health Professional Education, Advocacy, Linkage) Trafficking listserv. Each screening tool study demonstrated benefits and disadvantages that were helpful in the sampling and selection of screening tool questions. The small sample size and a lack of data on the ...

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Catano, Karen Samantha, Byun, Jiwon, Roe-Sepowitz, Dominique, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

My thesis, Arbitrary Samples: A Reflection on Boundaries, is a collection of poetry and prose that examines my individual perspective and interprets experiences that I have had in a way that also relates to collective experiences others may have had. I discuss the importance of art as a metaphoric medium. This is made most evident by the way I use poetry to channel emotions in inclusive manner and the way I use prose to re-evaluate pieces of my identity. I discuss the permanence of art and the ability art has to preserve and express memory. I also examine art's ability ...

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Anderson, Julia Christine, Oberle, Eric, Moody, David, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

“Going back as far as the time of Hippocrates, ancient Egyptians, tribal African nations, and many other early civilizations, humans used herbal remedies to treat their ailments. One such remedy was willow bark, used in tea form, to treat rheumatism and fevers. This remedy was around for many thousands of years, along with other treatments containing salicylates, although this was not understood at the time. As time has gone on, the willow bark tea has been transformed into aspirin as we know it today. In addition to its medicinal uses, aspirin has become versatile in its uses, including use in ...

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Montes, Ariana, Huffman, Holly, Garg, Vikas, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Physician’s cultural competence is important in healthcare because it helps improve quality of care as well as address healthcare disparities among minorities. Additionally, it positively correlates with patient satisfaction, which has been shown to increase treatment adherence and improve medical outcomes. This study investigated the effect of physician’s cultural competence on patient satisfaction in a Latino population and how these compared to a European-American population. Physician’s Cultural Competence for Patient Satisfaction (PCCPS) scale developed by Dr. Ahmed was utilized in this study. The PCCPS scale deconstructed physician’s cultural competence into five subcategories: Macro-cultural, Proxemics/Chronemics, Language, Patient-centered Cultural Competence, and Patient ...

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Aragon-Sierra, Ana Maria, Steven, Carol, O'Haver, Judy, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

This thesis is structured proleptically, in the initial section I introduce the modern funeral service practices, what I call the compromise. The compromise consists of the system of burial rituals defined by what I call the beauty pageant and the utilitarian disposal. The beauty pageant is the burial practice which involves embalming and cosmetically decorating the deceased. The utilitarian disposal consists of cremating the deceased into ashes and leaving the option available for added accessories. Both aspects of the modern funeral are subject to exploitation of the deceased as they are products of commodifying the deceased. Following this, I detail ...

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Kohles, Devann Marie, Oberle, Oberle, Martin, Thomas, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

“Bow to the Queen” is an investigation of the presence of classism within the American renaissance faire subculture and the way it impacts communication between community members. While “rennie” subculture has been the subject of many ethnographies in the past, this thesis uses quantitative data to first identify the state of classism and then analyze any effects or correlations it maintains with communication. The literature review shows that unlike past studies, “Bow to the Queen” does not compare members of the renaissance faire community to outsiders, but rather defines the complex social structure and uses it to compare different subgroups ...

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Daugherty, Hayleigh, Bates, Denise, Thomas, David, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita has been misunderstood by some scholars in terms of interpreting the character of Ivan, otherwise known as Homeless. Past researchers have looked at Ivan and found him to be a spiritual failure in not carrying on the tale of the Master’s novel. In this paper, it is argued Ivan the poet actually achieves a spiritual state superior to the other character's in the novel. By the novel’s end readers witness a rebirth of Ivan into one who yearly has a intimate spiritual vision involving Yeshua. Meanwhile other characters like the Master or his love ...

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Pierce, Phillip David, Orlich, Ileana, Sipka, Danko, et al.
Created Date
2017-05