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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.


Series
  • Academic Year 2013-2014
Date Range
2013 2014


Short fiction revolving around the Y2K scare, written from three perspectives. Explores the fear and uncertainty prevalent during the time and how it affected actions and relationships.

Contributors
Moore, Matthew Robert, Dalton, Kevin, Blasingame, James, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Based on a true story, Rob Ilves is called to rescue a group of sick climbers near the top of Mount Everest. Battling time and the elements, Rob and his team must reach the upper base camps before it is too late.

Contributors
Johnson, Anamarie Louise, Bernstein, Gregory, Taylor, Philip, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Access to clean water is an issue that abounds in many areas across the world. It is estimated that over 770 million people lack access to improved sources of water. However, the lack of access to clean water does not just affect people’s health; it is a problem that affects three major areas. Because people do not have clean drinking water, millions of school days are missed per year due to water-related disease or children being forced to procure clean water. Also, gender inequalities result from women bearing the majority of the responsibility of walking long distances to find a ...

Contributors
Wiegand, Connor James, Henderson, Mark, Shrake, Scott, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

This paper summarizes the [1] ideas behind, [2] needs, [3] development, and [4] testing of 3D-printed sensor-stents known as Stentzors. This sensor was successfully developed entirely from scratch, tested, and was found to have an output of 3.2*10-6 volts per RMS pressure in pascals. This paper also recommends further work to render the Stentzor deployable in live subjects, including [1] further design optimization, [2] electrical isolation, [3] wireless data transmission, and [4] testing for aneurysm prevention.

Contributors
Meidinger, Aaron Michael, LaBelle, Jeffrey, Frakes, David, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

DNA is a natural genetic polymer capable of storing and preserving genetic information in biological systems. Due to its natural information storage capacity, recent scientific progress demonstrates that DNA has the potential to exceed standard information storage technologies. However, DNA is limited in its information storage capacities due to its susceptibility to degradation in the presence of naturally occurring nucleases. Threose nucleic acid (TNA), an unnatural genetic polymer with a 3’->2’phosphodiester-linked threose sugar backbone, has promising potential to overcome this limitation. TNA is not a substrate for natural nucleases and thus shows a dramatic increase in stability compared to DNA. ...

Contributors
Meyers, Madeline Ashby, Chaput, John C., Chandler, Douglas, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

The following business plan is for Classically Designed, an event design and coordination company in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. All portions (business philosophy, marketing plan, operational plan, financials, etc.) are clearly lined out for immediate use and implementation. Classically Designed will be a business that will have the reputation of honesty, responsibility, and unbelievable imagination. Previous events will shine out of the past to practically sell the business on their own. Clients should get to enjoy their own events as much as their guests and we will strive to make this happen even for the most hands-on event ...

Contributors
Klaum, Patrice Katherine, Hoffman, David, Heywood, William, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

The purpose of this research was to analyze the EPODE Model for the development community-based interventions against childhood obesity and its transferability on a global scale. The Ensemble, Prevenons L’Obesite des Enfant (EPODE: Together Let’s Prevent Childhood Obesity) Model was developed in France following the successful results of a community-based intervention there. The Model is illustrated by four pillars that are essential to program implementation and positive results. These pillars are: political support, research & evaluation, social marketing principles and public/private partnerships. Using these four pillars, the model has been transferred to diverse countries around the globe and has shown ...

Contributors
Nielsen, Abigail Fanchon, Ohri-Vachaspati, Punam, Barroso, Cristina, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

This paper examines the Syrian Civil War using seven different civil war settlement theories in order to assess the likelihood of a negotiated settlement ending the conflict. The costs of war, balance of power, domestic political institutions, ethnic identity, divisibility of stakes, veto player, and credible commitment theories were used in a multi-perspective analysis of the Syrian Civil War and the possibility of a peace settlement. It was found that all of the theories except for costs of war and balance of power predict that a negotiated settlement is unlikely to resolve the conflict. Although the Syrian government and the ...

Contributors
Ridout, Scott Jeffries, Grossman, Gary, Siroky, David, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Conducted in collaboration with the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, this project was a pilot survey of representatives at sexual violence organizations in Arizona and a best practices review of sexual violence organizations. It was carried out with the purpose of enhancing ACESDV’s knowledge about sexual violence organizations so that the coalition will be able to offer informed and individualized support to these organizations in Arizona as it begins to pursue its new mission of addressing sexual violence.

Contributors
Harrach, Meagan L., Bodman, Denise, Dumka, Larry, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

The American English and Culture Program (AECP) at Arizona State University is an intensive language program that has taught English to speakers of other languages from over 115 countries. This study focuses on English education from five of those countries by examining the similarities and differences between AECP and English education in those countries, as well as analyzing the concerns about English education in these countries and how they may impact students who come to AECP. Those countries are Saudi Arabia, China, Japan, Korea, and Kuwait. The primary characteristics that are analyzed are history of English in relation to that ...

Contributors
Meyer, Elizabeth Kayla, James, Mark, Thompson, Robert, et al.
Created Date
2014-05