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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 2018


Preschoolers’ vocabularies are an important component of their receptive and expressive language skills. This study was designed to catalog preschoolers’ expressive vocabularies to provide an accurate estimate of how many words and which words seven preschoolers knew. In this study a LENA digital recorder was used to record language samples of the children (age range 40 months to 69 months) over 4-6 days. Their language samples were transcribed and individual root words were extracted. The children spoke an average of 1,698 unique words (range 1,522 – 1,957 words). There were 539 words produced by all of the children in the ...

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Stanovich, Laura Ashlee, Gray, Shelley, Restrepo, M. Adelaida, et al.
Created Date
2015-12

Climate change presents a significant threat to human health, both mental and physical; as a result, it has become one of the most commonly discussed phenomena of the 21st century. As many people are aware, a wide range of social and physical factors affects mental health. However, many people fail to realize that these increases global temperatures also have a significant impact on mental health as a result of increased vulnerability that is often manifested through one’s emotions. By analyzing perceptions of people across the globe, in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Fiji, we were able to pinpoint these ...

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Smith, Austin Lee, Wutich, Amber, du Bray, Margaret, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Although it is typically a normal family process, marital conflict that is not managed in a healthy way can lead to disruptions in the family system. Because approximately 46% of marriages end in divorce (U.S. Center for Disease Control, 2017), a literature review was conducted to better understand the complex relationship between marital conflict and socioemotional development in children. The current study focused on multiple phases in the family system: (1) the transition to parenthood, (2) early childhood, (3) middle childhood, and (4) adolescence. The review found that marital conflict and socioemotional development in children have bidirectional effects within developmental ...

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Nam, JoAnn Jihyun, Iida, Masumi, Bradley, Robert, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

The inherent risk in testing drugs has been hotly debated since the government first started regulating the drug industry in the early 1900s. Who can assume the risks associated with trying new pharmaceuticals is unclear when looked at through society’s lens. In the mid twentieth century, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published several guidance documents encouraging researchers to exclude women from early clinical drug research. The motivation to publish those documents and the subsequent guidance documents in which the FDA and other regulatory offices established their standpoints on women in drug research may have been connected to current ...

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Meek, Caroline Jane, Maienschein, Jane, Brian, Jennifer, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

I conducted a qualitative creative project that observed innovative and adaptable curriculum at Tonto Creek Camp in Payson, Arizona. The creative project has been a collective, collaborative, and continuous process and celebration between myself, Arizona State University and Tonto Creek Camp. My introduction started in a PRM 304 class with Dr. Wendy Hultsman. One of our first projects took place at Tonto Creek Camp. This inclusive project involved restoration of some of the trailheads and nature preservation around the camp’s grounds. As a class, we developed various project proposals including the layout, design and budgets for each project. Further, I ...

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Bishop, Christine Elizabeth, Hultsman, Wendy, Piccirillo, Chris, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

Over the past few years, the issue of childhood trauma in the United States has become significant. A growing number of children are experiencing abuse, neglect, or some other form of maltreatment each year. Considering the stressful home lives of maltreated children, the one sure sanctuary is school. However, this idea requires teachers to be actively involved in identifying and caring for the children who need it most. Traumatic childhood experiences leave lasting scars on its victims, so it is helpful if teachers learn how to identify and support children who have lived through them. It is unfortunate that teachers ...

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Hanrahan, Katelyn Ann, Dahlstrom, Margo, Kelley, Michael, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

The rates of anxiety, depression, and attempted suicide for transgender individuals are extremely elevated relative to the general population. Yet, little research has been conducted about the transgender population regarding social transition (an individual presenting as their authentic/true gender, one different than the gender they were assigned at birth, in the context of everyday life) and parental acceptance. Both of which have been shown to impact the mental health of transgender individuals. The purposes of this study were: (1) To characterize a sample of transgender adults on their age of awareness of their authentic gender identity and their age of ...

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Rosenberg, Beth Ann, Gonzales, Nancy, Saenz, Delia, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

This paper is an examination of my own personal experience living and studying abroad in Scotland and how this experience relates to the concept of tourist versus traveler. The concept of tourist versus traveler is found in many different work of travel writing. Paul Fussell described the tourist versus traveler idea best. Travelers, according to Fussell, “learn not just foreign customs and curious cuisines and unfamiliar beliefs and novel forms of government, they learn, if they are lucky, humility.” The aim of this project is to look at the differences between a tourist and a traveler is reference to my ...

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Dominy, Rachel Marie, Lynch, Jacquelyn, McAdams, Charity, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Social support for Mexican-origin adolescent mothers can benefit mental health. Currently, there is little research on specific dimensions of social support and how they change during the beginning years of parenthood, and even less focusing on the influence each dimension has on adolescent mothers’ mental health. This study sought to fill such gaps through the analysis of data from the Supporting MAMI Project at Arizona State University. First, the current study assessed perceptions of emotional, instrumental, and companionship support received from mother figures by Mexican-origin adolescent mothers (N = 204; Mean age at Wave 1 = 16.24, SD = .99) ...

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Wendelberger, Bailey Joan, Umaña-Taylor, Adriana, Vega, Sujey, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Nicotine addiction remains a prevalent public health issue, and the FDA has released a statement outlining the systematic reduction of nicotine to non-zero levels in the coming years. Current research has not yet established the effects of abrupt nicotine dose reduction on vulnerability to relapse, nor has abrupt nicotine dose reduction been evaluated in terms of behavioral economic characteristics of demand and elasticity been evaluated for reduced doses of nicotine. Using a rat model, we first evaluated the comparability of between- and within-session protocols for establishing characteristics of demand and elasticity for nicotine to shorten experimental timelines for this study ...

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Cabrera-Brown, Gabriella Paula, Gipson-Reichardt, Cassandra, Olive, M. Foster, et al.
Created Date
2017-12