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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


In the United States, more than 22 million people are estimated to be affected by the chronic illness, asthma (American Lung Association [ALA], 2014). Of those 22 million, approximately 7.1 million are children (ALA, 2014). An important factor in trying to curb the frequency of asthma attacks is education. Particular elements of asthma education include symptom recognition, self-management skills, correct administration, and understanding how medications are used to control asthma. A review of the literature shows that multimedia education holds some promise in increasing asthma-knowledge retention. This creative project involved the creation of an asthma-education video with a concomitant asthma-education ...

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Vanhkham, Sophia, Wells, Amanda, Stevens, Carol, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

In today’s world, critical thinking and using a systems approach to problem solving are skills that are far too rare. In the age of information, the truth has become muddled by “fake news” and a constant barrage of exaggerations or blatant falsehoods. Without critical thinking skills, “many members of our society do not command the scientific literacy necessary to address important societal issues and concerns” (NCES 2012, p.11). Additionally, far too many people are incapable of thinking long term and understanding how their actions affect others. Because of this shortsightedness our world is facing one of its biggest ecological crises ...

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Votaw, Alexandra Lindsay, Larson, Kelli, Herrmann, Lisa, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

I devote my thesis to the practice of adaptive architecture and parametric design. The interactive and adaptive design would be my interest and my research thesis will be the process of exploring the architectural potentials of computer-programmed architectural design which interact with human beings. Start with the adaptive architectural theory of Neil Leach and Sou Fujimoto’s architectural theory of architecture type, I explore and test the possibilities with current tools. I did reseach on the current study and practice of adaptive and interactive architecture in 20 century. After a series of study and experiment, I decided to make the “mirror” ...

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Ju, Dewen, Diego, Garcia-Setien, Hejduk, Renata, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Marijuana is currently the mostly widely used illicit drug in the U.S., and has been for multiple decades (Johnston et. al., 2016). Despite a growing belief that marijuana use is not harmful, over 4 million Americans have met criteria for marijuana use disorders in the past year alone (CBHSQ, 2015). According to marijuana trajectory studies, about a third of marijuana users will end up quitting later in life, but some – such as those who meet criteria for dependence – have a much greater difficultly quitting. Therefore, by looking at marijuana users who were successful in quitting, and comparing them ...

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Gomez, Kira Elise, Pardini, Dustin, Glenberg, Arthur, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

I saw a Dove ad called “Real Beauty Sketches” where a group of women described themselves to a sketch artist, and then a complete stranger described them to the same artist. By the end of the ad, it’s apparent that the women, when describing themselves, were very critical of all their features. When total strangers described them the resulting portrait was more beautiful to the women. The take-away from the campaign was that others see more beauty in you than you do in yourself. I explored that idea through my thesis. My aim in this project was to learn to ...

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Rao, Rachana Sai, Hood, Mary, Button, Melissa, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Despite her untimely passing in 1985, Cuban-born, American artist Ana Mendieta continues to shape modern thinking about many themes including gender, cultural displacement and body discourse. Among those profoundly influenced by Mendieta’s legacy are contemporary artists Simone Leigh and Gina Osterloh. This research critically compares Mendieta's artwork to that of Leigh and Osterloh in terms of identity, feminism, and the body. While their approaches to these themes differ, all three artists incorporate their bodies within their work in order to connect with the rest of the world. Twelve year-old Ana Mendieta and her sister involuntarily left their family in revolutionary ...

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Fox, Angelica Brandt, Codell, Julie, Lineberry, Heather Sealy, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

Anthropomorphic animal characters are common in animation, but there is limited data on the factors that contribute to such a trend. I studied how animated animals in popular movies look and behave like humans, and what that indicates about us that we prefer them that way. My study was conducted via literature review, film review, facial measurements, and the creation of my own character. I discovered the physical importance of eyes in proportion to the rest of the face and the emotional importance of those animals acting as metaphors for us as humans.

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Ehuan, Ariana Jade, Adamson, Joni, Drum, Meredith, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

Armed conflict has often served as a catalyst for the looting of cultural heritage. The lootings of Iraqi antiquities during the Persian Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom serve as examples of this horrific consequence. From 1990 to 2014 there have been four major cases of looting in Iraq: the Iraqi regional museums in 1991, archaeological sites throughout the 1990’s, the National Museum of Iraq in April 2003, and Iraqi archaeological sites starting in 2003. During this time period, The New York Times reported 84 articles about the status of Iraqi antiquities. Interestingly, the newspaper focused 62 of the articles ...

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Brandon, Jennifer Lauren, Serwint, Nancy, Baldasso, Renzo, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

BBW is about the complexities of self-love, self-hate, and the fixation on the fat female body. “BBW” is largely used in the porn industry to reference the fetishization of fat womens' bodies and the hostile culture that surrounds it. This exhibition is meant to confront this toxic attitude and features large-scale oil paintings depicting Big Beautiful Women who chose to share their bodies with the Internet. Fat girls live their lives being told they’re unattractive, inadequate, and undeserving of love; BBW is about challenging this notion using size, a sexual gaze, and composition to render simple “camera-phone selfies” into sexy, ...

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Ball, Ruby Nicole, Obuck, John, Lyverse, Mary, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Many cultures find connections between humans and nature. Chinese philosophies such as Daoism assert that mountains are sacred beings of cosmic energy. These cosmic beings have elements that coincide with parts of the human body: rocks are bones, water is blood and veins, trees and grass are hair, clouds and mist are breath, the mountains themselves are the body. "Bodyscapes" is an exploration of these concepts using charcoal and ink to merge the human form with natural landscape.

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Monar, Kayci Leilani, Solis, Forrest, Pittsley, Janice, et al.
Created Date
2016-05