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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


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 ...

Contributors
Navabi, Neeku Ariana, Shaibi, Gabriel, Soltero, Erica, 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

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

Advancements in both the medical field and public health have substantially minimized the detrimental impact of infectious diseases. Health education and disease prevention remains a vital tool to maintain and propagate this success. In order to determine the relationship between knowledge of disease and reported preventative behavior 180 participants amongst the ASU student population were surveyed about their knowledge and prevention behavior for 10 infectious diseases. Of the 180 participants only 138 were completed surveys and used for analysis. No correlation was found between knowledge or perceived risk and preventative measures within the total sample of 138 respondents, however there ...

Contributors
Vernon, Samantha, Maupin, Jonathan, Jehn, Megan, et al.
Created Date
2018-07

This thesis aims to improve neural control policies for self-driving cars. State-of-the-art navigation software for self-driving cars is based on deep neural networks, where the network is trained on a dataset of past driving experience in various situations. With previous methods, the car can only make decisions based on short-term memory. To address this problem, we proposed that using a Neural Turing Machine (NTM) framework adds long-term memory to the system. We evaluated this approach by using it to master a palindrome task. The network was able to infer how to create a palindrome with 100% accuracy. Since the NTM ...

Contributors
Martin, Sarah, Ben Amor, Hani, Fainekos, Georgios
Created Date
2018-05

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

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 ...

Contributors
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

Mistuning is defined as the blade-to-blade variation of bladed disks caused by slight changes in material or geometric properties; mistuned blades can cause significant increases in vibrational response. The primary goal of this thesis is to describe the relationship between coupling index and amplification factors of mistuned bladed disks with various sets of parameters, targeting the veering zone. At around a coupling index of 0, the amplification factors tend to stay around 1. This is due to localization of energy, where no energy is "shared" between blades, and the response of mistuned blades remain at resonance. As coupling index increases, ...

Contributors
Liu, Gavin, Mignolet, Marc, Murthy, Raghavendra, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

CDA - short for "Career Development Application" - is an iOS application that aims to help students who may not have inside connections on Wall Street break into the notoriously hard-to-enter investment banking industry. The application does this by asking the user a few questions about his or her characteristics, classifying him or her into different categories based on his or her response, then tailoring the information displayed to him or her based on his or her classifications. The information, compiled by my thesis partner, is stored in a cloud-based database system to facilitate easy content updates without having to ...

Contributors
Brawka, Rachel, Balasooriya, Janaka, Bennet, Jack, et al.
Created Date
2018-05