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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
2008 2018


Sports teams are an integral part of a city. They attract revenue to the area around the stadium and they also give a city a sense of pride. The aim of this study was to determine what makes a team successful in the area of attendance using four factors (Bernthal & Graham; Jensen; Kim, Trail & Magnusen; Edensor & Millington; Clowes & Tapp; Greenhalgh & Greenwell; Denaux & Yalcin; Paul & Weinbach & Robbins; Levin & McDonald; Lee & Kang; Drayer; L’Etang; McDonald & Rascher; Armstrong; Ross): the history of the team, the location and population of the city where ...

Contributors
Dugan, Abby Leigh, Wu, Xu, Matera, Fran, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

A Tale of Two Deserts: Examining Food Deserts in Downtown Phoenix is a 26 minute 46 second documentary by Kaly Nasiff. Link to documentary: https://youtu.be/4pRBIwHb2qM. The documentary starts by explaining what a food desert is, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture, and how the problem is compacted in downtown Phoenix. The USDA defines food deserts as, “parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets and healthy food providers.” There are over 40 food deserts ...

Contributors
Nasiff, Kaly Ann, Craft, John, Fergus, Tom, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

This paper intends to analyze the Phoenix Suns’ shooting patterns in real NBA games, and compare them to the “NBA 2k16” Suns’ shooting patterns. Data was collected from the first five Suns’ games of the 2015-2016 season and the same games played in “NBA 2k16”. The findings of this paper indicate that “NBA 2k16” utilizes statistical findings to model their gameplay. It was also determined that “NBA 2k16” modeled the shooting patterns of the Suns in the first five games of the 2015-2016 season very closely. Both, the real Suns’ games and the “NBA 2k16” Suns’ games, showed a higher ...

Contributors
Harrington, John P., Armbruster, Dieter, Kamarianakis, Ioannis, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

As the prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States rises, opportunities for children to be physically active become more vital. One opportunity for physical activity involves children walking to and from school. However, children that live in areas with a pedestrian-unfriendly built environment and a low degree of walkability are less likely to be physically active and more likely to be overweight. The purpose of this study was to study walking routes from schools in low-income neighborhoods in Southwestern United States to a local community center. Walking routes from the three study schools (South Mountain High School, Percy Julian ...

Contributors
Zeien, Justin Lee, Buman, Matthew, Hekler, Eric, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

The growing Hispanic population in Phoenix, Arizona frequently lacks financial resources which may limit their access to health care. The goal of this study was to identify the ideal factors in a health insurance plan for the Hispanic/Latino population in Phoenix, AZ. A survey was designed to gather information regarding demographics, health insurance, preferences, and affordability. The survey was completed by 260 participants. Several multivariate regressions were run using SAS Statistical Software. The final model generated explained 4.48% of the variation in the data set. It showed that an individual who identified as Hispanic/Latino was 8.2% less likely to have ...

Contributors
Too, Rachel Yun-May, Whisner, Corrie, Calvin, Samantha, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

This honors thesis examines community gardens from throughout Phoenix, Arizona. It shows that community gardens have the potential to both support and hinder sustainability efforts, encourage community development, and increase food access. By measuring the temperature at various community gardens throughout Phoenix, AZ, community gardens were shown to minimize local effects of the urban heat island. Because they use water to survive and Phoenix, AZ is in a desert, this contributes to a depleting water supply. Interviews of gardeners from community gardens throughout Phoenix depicted that community gardens can provide sites for community development as well as promoting food access.

Contributors
Bowersox, Diane Kathleen, Haglund, LaDawn, Lyon, Mich, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Due to the widely accepted trend of urbanization displacing wildlife from their natural habitats and niches, many wildlife conservation organizations have sprouted up, even in Phoenix. Liberty Wildlife Foundation is one that rehabilitates avian wildlife. Several studies have mentioned an opposing theory: that urbanization helps conserve those species that have turned urban environments into a niche of their own. Since these wildlife conservation centers are localized in cities themselves, this brings into question these organizations’ definitions of the term “wildlife.” This study examined injury and recovery statistics to determine just how many of the patients admitted were conventional wildlife versus ...

Contributors
Virdee, Rishika Kaur, Liebig, Juergen, Lynch, John, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

An analysis and informal ethnography of the participatory culture in Phoenix, Arizona that identifies itself as "geeky" or "nerdy." Conducted through numerous interviews and academic research, the project looks at this active community under the scope of personal choice and togetherness.

Contributors
Huskinson, Harmony, Facinelli, Diane, Scott, Suzanne, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Phoenix is a lovely community with a rich arts culture and history. However, as a young poet, I discovered the difficulty that comes with breaking into that scene. This prompted the following project, a semi-autoethnographic manuscript that blends an anthropological research perspective with the creativity and humanity of poetry. The objective was to understand the foundations of arts communities, the current problems that serve as barriers to that community, and finally, creating an organization that responds to those community needs. Ultimately, I discovered that Phoenix suffers from the growing pains of sprawling city: meaning that, much like likes heart must ...

Contributors
Atencia, Megan Condeno, Dombrowski, Rosemarie, Friedman, Jake, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

This paper was born of the researcher’s personal interest. As someone who commutes by bike and plans to continue to do so for the foreseeable future, the researcher was intrigued by the growing bicycle culture in Phoenix, Arizona, a city that can sometimes make commuting without a car quite difficult. The researcher aimed to uncover why cycling is becoming more popular as a mode of transportation in a city that can often be hostile towards cyclists. This paper first reviews some previous studies done on alternative commuting. Next, it details a commute-shed analysis conducted with the help of the US ...

Contributors
Parma, Alexander John, Kelley, Jason, Shrestha, Milan, et al.
Created Date
2014-05