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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


This research study looked at frequency and proportion of suggestive questions (negative term, statement, and tag), the age of the child, and the attorney conducting the examination (prosecution versus defense). The population of this study was obtained from Maricopa County Attorney's Office court transcripts from 2005-2015 and the sample included 64 minors between the ages of 5-12 years old. The present study showed that regarding frequency, there was no significant difference between the number of suggestive questions asked by the prosecution and defense, however, when looked at the proportion of these questions, prosecution asked significantly fewer suggestive questions compared to ...

Contributors
McDonald, Ashley, Stolzenberg, Stacia, Fradella, Henry, et al.
Created Date
2018-12

Research indicates patient adherence to physical therapy home exercise programs is low and this is confirmed anecdotally by people working in the field. Many patients do not improve at the desired rate because they are only coming into the clinic for two to three days a week and then do not continue with their exercises at home. This thesis project was focused on designing a mobile application that would better help physical therapists facilitate home exercises for their patients. The goals of this application were to make it easier for patients to remember what they need to do and how ...

Contributors
Moran, Alyssa Marie, Broman, Tannah, Feser, Erin, et al.
Created Date
2018-12

The American entrance into World War I instituted a fundamental change in the nation’s handling of foreign policy. The established precedent of isolationism was rooted in Washingtonian affairs and further emphasized by the policies of the Monroe Doctrine and Roosevelt Corollary. President Woodrow Wilson, by choosing to engage in a European war, created a milestone in American history by sending troops across the Atlantic to “repay Lafayette’s debt.” However, while World War I shaped American relations with western Europe, it also played an important role in Russian-American relations with Wilson’s decision to intervene in the Russian Civil War. Like his ...

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Brooks, Jeffery, Von Hagen, Mark, Longley, Rodney
Created Date
2018-12

The purpose of this study was to examine the association between VLDL and diabetes risk factors, and the impact of a lifestyle intervention on VLDL levels in obese Latino youth. Participants (N=160) in this study were taken from a lager diabetes prevention program for Latino adolescents (Age=14.8±0.8 years, BMI=98.2±1.4). Youth participated in a 12-week lifestyle intervention that included physical activity (60 minutes, 3x/week) and nutrition education sessions (60 minutes, 1x/week) that were delivered to families at the downtown Phoenix YMCA. Primary outcomes included VLDL and diabetes risk factors including fasting and 2-hour glucose and insulin which were measured at baseline ...

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Navabi, Neeku Ariana, Shaibi, Gabriel, Soltero, Erica, et al.
Created Date
2018-12

This research study was performed to demonstrate the need for more evidence-based, sexual promotion programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) youth. A qualitative study was conducted due to the lack of evidence among the younger LGBT+ demographic regarding contributing factors that lead to engagement in risky sexual behaviors. Data was collected through a formal focus group with adolescent members of the one.n.ten program in Phoenix, Arizona. An inductive coding technique was used to analyze the data, and significant statements from participants regarding experiences in the context of family, religion, school, and previous sexual health programs were included in ...

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Perez, Arsenio, Berkel, Cady, Wolfersteig, Wendy, et al.
Created Date
2018-08-16

Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis influenced literary criticism and cultural studies in profound ways; significant modern and postmodern theories of literature frequently engage with Freud’s theories of the human unconscious. Psychoanalytic criticism and the arrival of “Deconstruction” in America destabilized the boundaries between linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and literature. When theorists applied psychoanalysis to literary study in the twentieth century, texts suddenly brimmed with secret meaning, distortion, the Symbolic order, and Ecriture feminine; writers and poets became patients susceptible to regressions, unconscious repression, projections and interjections appearing in their work. Reading a text was a form of dream interpretation for the literary critic ...

Contributors
Smith, Noah, Hattenhauer, Darryl, Cisler, Sherry
Created Date
2018-08-11

Telomerase is a reverse transcriptase that is responsible for the addition of telomeric repeats on to the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes. The purple sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, telomerase enzyme is unique in that its telomerase RNA does not contain the ancestrally conserved CR4/5 domain and instead contains the functionally equivalent eCR4/5 domain. Binding between the purple sea urchin TRBD and eCR4/5 domain is currently poorly understood due to eCR4/5’s unique structure. In this work the telomerase RNA binding domain, TRBD, of the purple sea urchin telomerase reverse transcriptase, TERT, was fused to maltose binding protein (MBP) using several different short ...

Contributors
King, Robert, Chen, Julian, Li, Yang
Created Date
2018-08

The Vietnam War had a lasting effect on both the men and the women who served. While there appears to be plenty of research on how the war impacted the lives of the men, there is very little publicity given to how the war impacted the women, despite the extensive documentation in the forms of oral histories and studies. By looking at oral histories and various studies on different aspects of service, such as PTSD, experience, combat exposure, and gender in the conflict, this study recognizes the gaps in the examination of the nurse’s experiences in Vietnam. It strives to ...

Contributors
Hommel, Chiara, Kyle, Longley, Laurie, Stoff, et al.
Created Date
2018-07-12

Las Vegas, Nevada has been considered the “Entertainment Capital of the World” bolstering what seems like endless possibilities and attractions for those who come looking to have a good time. From the many storied casinos that line The Strip, to replicas of wonders of the world, and the countless attractions the city hosts such as the world-renowned shows and other blockbuster events, Vegas seems to have it all. However, one thing seems to be missing – professional sports. This project highlights the introduction of Las Vegas’ first ever professional sports franchise, the Golden Knights, along with the journey it took ...

Contributors
Dickson Darr, Gage, Eaton, John, Mokwa, Michael
Created Date
2018-07

The purpose of the study was to explore students’ writing abilities throughout the online RN-BSN program at a large urban university in the Southwest. The aims of the study were: 1) explore how students’ writing abilities, confidence in writing, and ability to locate resources change throughout the online RN-BSN program, 2) identify which aspects of writing students consider to be their strengths and/or challenges, and 3) explore which factors predict how well students write, their confidence in writing, and their ability to locate resources. After obtaining IRB approval, an invitation to participate in the study was sent to students enrolled ...

Contributors
Coons, Janae, Stevens, Carol, Sanborn, Heidi, et al.
Created Date
2018-07