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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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2015 2017


The stress levels of the average person in today’s society are extremely high and this can have a massive effect on health, especially on the cardiovascular system. The two most common types of stress, acute and chronic, effect the cardiovascular system differently. Acute stress comes from a short term source of perceived danger, such as giving a presentation in front of a crowd, or being chased by a wild animal. Chronic stress is the dull anxiety that hangs around consistently and comes from long-term sources of stress, such as a negative work environment or feeling trapped in a poor relationship. ...

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Jarrett, Jacqalyn Renee, Oberstein, Bruce, Murphree, Julie, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Looking into the school community cohesion and how refugee youth integrate into schools is important when addressing refugee resettlement issues at large. It is important that school community identity (SCI) formation for refugee high school youth is understood in order to develop school programs that can better assist integration process of refugee families. Looking at high school refugee youth from Arizona a model was created that better displays the specifics this study found when dealing with this population. Unlike non-refugee high school youth, refugee youth do not develop school community cohesion through voice, resonance, or empowerment like other studies have ...

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Reiswig, Clinton Gene, Klimek, Barbara, Zayas, Luis, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

In a cross memoir and essay format, I examine what connection barriers veterans face when communicating with civilians. I interviewed veterans after adapting an interview schedule and model release form. Additionally, I researched creative nonfiction, guided autobiography, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. I chose to focus mainly on soldiers returning from recent conflicts. Once I collected my interviews, I synthesized the stories I heard with personal memoir. The thesis focuses on three parts: coming home, communication barriers, and connection. Weaving in both my personal reflection and the voices of the soldiers I interviewed, I evaluate possible ways veterans and civilians fail ...

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Fletcher, Jessica Marie, Wells, Cornelia, DeLusé, Stephanie, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

The relationship between mental illness (or “madness,” as Socrates labeled psychosis, as well as a wide range of states of thought and emotion [Jamison, 1993]) and creativity has been noted since before the times of Socrates. The questions that this noted relationship pose are significant. Famous authors, poets, artists, and musicians who suffered from various forms of mental illness are littered throughout history. Edgar Allen Poe himself noted, “Men have called me mad but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence – whether much that is glorious – whether all that is ...

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Kugler, Danica Eileen, Montesano, Mark, Holbo, Christine, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

This study was conducted to determine the effect of various sodium and calcium-based saline treatments on the germination and early growth of Leucaena leucocephala. The evaluation of calcium-based salts has never been studied for its effects on Leucaena leucocephala. This experiment utilized 5 increasing concentrations of sodium chloride, calcium chloride, and a 1:1 ratio of NaCl: CaCl2. The growth and germination of these seeds were recorded over the course of 11 days. Two trials of this experiment were run- the first using seeds collected from ASU’s Polytechnic campus and the second using seeds collected from roadside landscaping. The results of ...

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Fiorentin, Giovanna Marie, Martin, Chris, Stutz, Jean, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

This project examines the secretive world of the Venture Capital Industry specifically focusing on the ideology of gender inequality. Through research it has been found that females within the industry at the partnership level have actually decreased. By completing a literature review, we found that there were several biases and stereotypes that are prevalent within the industry and could be contributing factors for the decreasing participation. Following our literature review, we focused on a sample of 100 from the LPJ Index, and gathered data on all individuals listed, those at the partnership level and all other individuals within the industry. ...

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Baker, Audree, McCormick, Bobby, Lee, Peggy, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

This project is to help Guatemalan youth immigrants by providing them with the information necessary to access support in the United States, and obtainin legal status in the United States. In order to produce a brochure with this information, it was necessary to research the political, economic, and social history of Guatemala in order to determine what struggles citizens are facing, and specifically what experiences youth in the country have prior to their journey to the United States. This research is culminated into a paper that discusses the history, the causes of emigration from Guatemala, and the status of youth ...

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Mckay, Rachel Marie, Magaña, Lisa, Elias, Olivia, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Attending college brings on new experiences and challenges. In order to survive college, a student must figure out what resources are available to them and what will help them succeed. The purpose of this study is to learn about what students struggle with the most. Students were also asked about what advice they have for future students and what they would change about their own experience. Participants of the study consisted of ASU students 18 or older. Information was collected through interviews, an online survey, and a paper survey. Many students feel that high school has not prepared them for ...

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Martinez, Precious, Serrano, Hazel, Van Fleet, David, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

This study identifies the factors impacting the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the Philippines. Ten studies and three external reviews concerning HIV, MSM, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Philippines and Southeast Asia from 2009 to 2015 were analyzed to find common patterns in the literature and identify the factors that impact the HIV prevalence among MSM in the Philippines. Secondary analysis of the literature identified the following as influencing factors: HIV prevalence patterns, the accessibility of HIV-related health education, the engagement of MSM in health-seeking behaviors related to HIV, perceptions of HIV ...

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Sydiongco, Sarah Manuela, Bates, Denise, Salamone, Damien, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

With divorce rates rising (Kennedy & Ruggles, 2014), it is important to consider the impact of parental marital status on children and adolescents. In this study, we looked at whether children’s relationships with their parents differ based on their parents being married or divorced/separated. We hypothesized that a child’s perceived relationship with their parents would be significantly influenced by parental marital status, such that those whose parents are divorced will demonstrate a negative relationship with the perception of their parents. Using data collected from the longitudinal New England Study of Suburban Youth (NESSY), we ran correlational analyses as well as ...

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Smith, Paulina A., Smith, Travis W., Luthar, Suniya S., et al.
Created Date
2016-05