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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
2012 2018


The stress levels of the average person in today’s society are extremely high and this can have a massive effect on health, especially on the cardiovascular system. The two most common types of stress, acute and chronic, effect the cardiovascular system differently. Acute stress comes from a short term source of perceived danger, such as giving a presentation in front of a crowd, or being chased by a wild animal. Chronic stress is the dull anxiety that hangs around consistently and comes from long-term sources of stress, such as a negative work environment or feeling trapped in a poor relationship. ...

Contributors
Jarrett, Jacqalyn Renee, Oberstein, Bruce, Murphree, Julie, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Stress, empathy, and emotion regulation are factors that can greatly shape an individual’s behavior, thoughts, and physiology. The degree to which an individual experiences stress, demonstrates empathy, or is able to regulate emotions can influence his or her ability to establish strong social bonds. The current study investigated the relationships among stress, empathy, and emotion regulation and considered gender differences in these relationships. I hypothesized that higher levels of current stress would be associated with lower levels of empathy and greater difficulties with emotion regulation, and that empathy and emotion regulation would be positively related. Supporting these hypotheses, the following ...

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Hanna, Rand Maria, Roberts, Nicole, Burleson, Mary, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

The present study investigates the differences in the academic motivation of traditional and non-traditional students according to Self Determination Theory. Additionally, the study explores the relationships between academic motivation and academic, career, and family stress in traditional and non-traditional students according to the Challenge and Hindrance Stress Framework. A survey was administered to 744 undergraduate students at Arizona State University. An independent samples t-test indicated significant differences between several student groups. According to the results, non-traditional students are more intrinsically motivated “to know” and traditional students are more extrinsically motivated by “identified regulation” and “external regulation”. Additionally, a correlation matrix ...

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Bickle, Jessica Aaron, LePine, Marcie, Clemons, Jamie, et al.
Created Date
2014-12

The purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship existed between acculturative stress and cardiovascular disease risk factors in Korean immigrants residing in the United States. This is a secondary analysis of existing data that was collected for a cross-sectional, descriptive study of 104 Korean American adults in a large Southwestern city in the U.S. Descriptive statistics, t-test, and analysis of variance were used to analyze data on demographics, acculturative stress, and biomarkers indicative of cardiovascular risk, such as body mass index (BMI), blood pressure (BP), and total cholesterol (TC). Most participants were women (66.3%), with a mean ...

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Suh, Bin, Shin, Cha-Nam, Dirksen, Shannon, et al.
Created Date
2016-08

The purpose of this paper is to bring awareness to autism to those whom may not be familiar with the disorder, or may know someone that has been diagnosed and is looking for references. Another purpose of this paper is to identify possible effects or strains that a family can face when there is a child diagnosed with autism. Research shows that an array of stressors can be experienced by the family. Stressors include marital strain or divorce, additional stress or relational strains with siblings, the diagnosis process, as well as the subsequent therapies and treatments that will be received ...

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Engels, Naomi Ann, Lewis, Stephen, Gaffney, Cynthia, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts or actions are on the rise in adolescents (National Institute of Mental Health, 2015; Bridge, Asti, & Horowitz, 2015). Parents, school administrators, and therapists are searching for resiliency factors with in at-risk groups to aid students in need. In previous work, Luthar and Zigler (1992) reported that intelligent youth are more resilient than less intelligent youth under low stress conditions but they lose their advantage under high stress conditions. This study examined whether intelligence (reflected in grade point average; GPA) and maladaptive (internalizing and externalizing symptoms) behaviors are negatively related in adolescents, and tested whether ...

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Gonzales, Ashlyn Carol, Luthar, Suniya, Davis, Mary, et al.
Created Date
2017-12

The author is an accounting major headed into the public accounting industry. As a tax intern his senior year, he was able to work in the thick of “busy season”, when tax returns are due for submission and work is very busy. The author tired of working long hours and continuous talking with his accounting friends how working on Saturdays and long weeknights was generally accepted. Best value principles from Dr. Dean Kashiwagi’s Information Measurement Theory were applied to examine how to maximize efficiency in public accounting and reduce the workload. After reviewing how Information Measurement Theory applies to public ...

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Bohmke, Scott, Kashiwagi, Dean, Kashiwagi, Jacob, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

Schizophrenia is a debilitating psychiatric disorder with poorly understood genetic and environmental factors. An allelic variant of complement component 4 (C4), a protein first identified in innate immune response is strongly associated with schizophrenia. In the brain, activity of C4 leads to dendritic pruning, a process that may be causal in disease progression. Environmental factors, such as early life exposure to significant stressors also associate with increased risk of schizophrenia in later life. My hypothesis is that these factors do not act independently, but rather in tandem to influence disease etiology. This hypothesis is supported by previous studies demonstrating that ...

Contributors
Hoegh, Emily Marie, Orchinik, Miles, Newbern, Jason, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Chronic stress has been linked as a probable contributor to a number of health problems that plague the world today. Obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, and osteoporosis are all common health risks believed to be exacerbated by stress. While it is nether realistic nor desirable to completely eliminate stress in an individual, proper stress management is important to a healthy lifestyle. Homeostasis is the primary mechanism by which stress, and the stress response, should be analyzed. Environmental factors known as stressors elicit responses from the body, which can be measured in terms of duration and magnitude. These two factors determine the ...

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Uchimura, Kevin, LaBelle, Jeffrey, Pizziconi, Vincent, et al.
Created Date
2012-04

Women and people of color are some of the most underrepresented groups in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The purpose of this study was to uncover the barriers that undergraduate Hispanic women, as well as other women of color, face while pursuing an education in a STEM-related major at Arizona State University (ASU). In-depth interviews were conducted with 13 adult participants to dig deeper into the experiences of each woman and analyze how race and class overlap in each of the women’s experiences. The concept of intersectionality was used to highlight various barriers such as perceptions of ...

Contributors
Valdivia, Lilianna Alina, Kim, Linda, Camacho, Erika, et al.
Created Date
2018-05