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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.


Date Range
2000 2018


Selenium, a group 16 metalloid on the periodic table, is a necessary mineral for many organisms. Trace amounts of selenium are essential for normal development, antioxidant protein function, enzyme function, and hormone regulation (Burden et al., 2016). However, when selenium is found in toxic amounts in organisms, it has been found to substitute for sulfur in proteins, which can be toxic to these animals, and cause oxidative stress (Quinn et al., 2007). Using the previous research done with acute exposure to organic and inorganic selenium compounds, we hypothesized that the inorganic sodium selenate would significantly decrease learning and memory recall ...

Contributors
Winski, Alexandra, Winski, Brandon, Smith, Brian, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

States nationwide have implemented “Move Over Laws” to try and increase roadway safety, yet even with these laws, hundreds of people are killed each year while working in and roadways. In Arizona, the “Move Over Law” requires drivers approaching a stopped vehicle displaying flashing lights to “move over” or “slow down.” However, not everyone complies with this enacted law, and the purpose of this study is to observe how approaching drivers behave when presented with various scenarios. Scenarios involved the use of different police car types (marked or unmarked), light displays (no lights, hazards, or emergency lights), and the advertisement ...

Contributors
Bathke, Kyle, Angilletta, Michael, Fey, Richard, et al.
Created Date
2017-03-24

A recent meta-analysis concluded that vinegar consumption could be considered effective adjunct therapy for improving glycemic control. Glycemic control strategies are useful for diabetic and pre-diabetic patients as a way of managing the symptoms of disease. However, liquid vinegar consumption is often poorly tolerated and ingestion can invoke nausea. This pilot study examined the effect of liquid vinegar versus commercial vinegar pills on postprandial glycemia in 12 healthy adults. All participants were healthy with fasting blood glucose averaging 91mg/dl. This study examined the efficacy of liquid vinegar ingestion (25 g apple cider vinegar [1.25 g acetic acid]) versus vinegar pill ...

Contributors
Feise, Natasha Kristine, Johnston, Carol, Kingsbury, Jeffrey, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Intestinal Transplant is becoming more prevalent with time as an powerful alternative to other therapies for intestinal failure such as parenteral nutrition. The small intestine is an organ especially susceptible to ischemia, or the lack of blood and oxygen supply to an organ. I studied ischemia at Yale Medical School in the lab of Dr. John Geibel. The purpose of this study was to find which kind of solution best protects the intestine from ischemia as well as which segments of the intestine are more susceptible to ischemic damage. This was done by cold static storage as well as through ...

Contributors
Agarwal, Raghav, Brian, Jennifer, Finotti, Michele, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

This study investigates whether children who are Dual Language Learners (DLLs) and who have poor reading comprehension will benefit from participating in the EMBRACE intervention. The reading comprehension program is based on the Theory of Embodied Cognition, which focuses on the embodied nature of language comprehension. Our understanding of language is based on mental representations that we create through experiences and are integrated with according sensorimotor information. Therefore, by engaging the motor and language system through reading stories on an iPad that prompt the children to manipulate images on-screen, we might improve children’s reading strategies and comprehension scores. Fifty-six children ...

Contributors
Valentin, Andrea Cristina, Glenberg, Arthur, Restrepo, Maria Adelaida, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

Genetic counseling is a medical field that was established in the 1970s, but whose demand is now growing exponentially due to modern genetic technology. We now have the ability to look into the human genetic code, detect the genotype of individuals, and use this knowledge to our benefit. However, Genetic testing results in a need for new ethical boundaries to be drawn. The idea of the “best possible conditions” of conceiving a child and whether this child has a right to not know are the two major ethical issues that will be focused on in order to analyze the ethical ...

Contributors
Barker, Samantha, Amdam, Gro, Bang, Christofer, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

In order to address infant respiratory distress syndrome, this study attempts to develop and characterize a textile strain gauge fabricated with stainless steel, wool, elastic, and tencel. Faire Isle knitted patterns are investigated in order to create channels of conductivity for a linear sensor. The effect linear yarn density on linearity and sensitivity and hysteresis of the sensors is also investigated for sensor optimization. It was found that there was a significant difference between the patterned and non-patterned samples. The patterned sensors were found to have a lower range of resistance than the non-patterned sensors and a smaller average standard ...

Contributors
Brown, Shannon, Irimata, Lisa, LaBelle, Jeffrey, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

Abstract Although sending mobile phone text messages, or texting as many people call it, is a very common form of communication, it is still a fairly new technology. Because of this, there is not a great deal of research on it. This study seeks to discover how young adults use texting for relational maintenance as well as study equity, closeness, and to discover sex/gender differences. Data was collected through an online survey. Students were offered extra credit for taking this survey, however some students took the survey with no direct benefit to themselves. Scales were created based on the scales ...

Contributors
Ahlstrom, Sydney Bow, Guerrero, Laura, Martin, Judith, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?” – Albert Camus Making a decision between committing suicide or continuing about the monotony of a life void of meaning can be surprisingly difficult to make when all human logic entices us to do the former. In fact, doing the latter seems definitively humanely impossible. In my art series “The Absurd Man”, I visually analyze a variety of human reactions to absurdism, drawing from absurdist texts as well as personal experiences to force upon the viewer, recognition of the discomforting reality of human frailty.

Contributors
Ta, Trang Thuy, Pessler, Anthony, Obuck, John, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

This is the study of Acute Impact of Ujjayi Yogic Pranayama vs Aerobic Exercise on Cognitive Performance and Short Term Memory. The purpose of this research was to compare two forms of exercise and their effects on someone's cognitive performance and short term memory. The research was performed in an acute setting were both exercises was conducted in under 15 minutes of active participation. The research question was; will aerobic exercise or the Pranayama breathing exercise provide better results and demonstrate a more effective way to increase the cognitive performance and short term memory for a college student aged 18-30. ...

Contributors
Kopecky, Zachary, Enright, Roan, McIlwraith, Heide, et al.
Created Date
2017-05