The Honors Thesis is the culmination of a University Honors Program student’s time at LMU and the Honors Program. This collection gathers these works for posterity.

Guidelines for Honors Seniors

For uniformity of presentation, your thesis submission should include a thesis cover sheet. A template for this sheet is available as a public Google Doc:

Access the template with a web browser, choose File > Make a Copy… to create your own editable copy of the file, then enter the information that is specific to your thesis. Append this to your uploaded submission.

When submitting your Honors thesis information:

  • Submission will require that you have an LMU Digital Commons account (which is distinct from your overall LMU credentials)—you will see an option to sign up when you click on the button. Treat your profile seriously and professionally: it is your permanent presence in the LMU Digital Commons.
  • Include your thesis advisor as a co-author on the work. You may include additional co-authors if you have more than one mentor.
  • The “Date of Completion” field is, in general, the end of the semester in which you finish your work and get it graded.
  • The “Degree Type” field is where you can specify whether your work must be accessed from within campus. “Honors Thesis” makes your work part of the library’s public collection; “Honors Thesis—Campus Access” will only allow your thesis to be downloaded from a computer within the LMU network.
  • When your thesis work is complete, please click on the submission button below to begin the process of adding your work to this collection. Your Honors Thesis requirement is not considered fulfilled until the final version of your thesis has been uploaded to this site.
  • If your final thesis work is not in a form that can be uploaded to this site, please contact Dr. John David N. Dionisio, Associate Director of the University Honors Program, to determine an alternative mechanism for accessing your work.
  • The information you enter can be revised after submission. Please contact Dr. Dionisio as well to request changes.

Signed Permission Letter

The only submittable item that is not electronic is a signed permission letter allowing the Hannon Library to distribute your work to the web at large, as opposed to just making it available within the campus network. This permission letter is required to be physically on-file in order to permit Internet-wide distribution.

The permission form is available as this PDF download. Download, print, fill out, and sign the form, then drop it off at the Honors office. The library needs this form in order to have the work be available on the Digital Commons platform.

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Honors Theses from 2017

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GIS as a Tool for Modeling Ecological Relationships, Karina Alvarez

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Practical Challenges of Differentiated, For-Profit Social Ventures, Gabriel M. Blake

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Rehydration from Desiccation: Evaluating the Potential for Leaf Water Absorption in X. elegans, Mitchell Braun

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Integrating Non-Euclidean Geometry into High School, John Buda

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Redesigned Assistive Stander, Caitlin Dorff

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Safe Place for Youth Database Web Application, Christopher Franco

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Social Justice Through Storytelling: Sugar Land, Alexa Garster

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The transcription factors Hap4 and Swi4 contribute to the regulation of the transcriptional response to cold shock in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Monica V. Hong

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Women, Politics, and Humor on Stage: Directing “The Taming”, Kayla Minton Kaufman

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Effects of Heavy Episodic Drinking on Muscle Quality in College Students, Allison G. Leggett

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New Year, New Economy: The 2001 Economic Report of the President, Caspian R. Lewke

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California Horn Snail exhibit a bimodal size distribution and size-associated dispersal patterns, Isai L. Lopez

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Creating a Better Digital Logic Simulation for Teachers and Students, Flanders Lorton

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Exploring the Meaning of Luxury to Gen Z, Lauren Mabuni

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Nutrition in Alcohol Use Disorder Recovery: Considerations for Improving Outcomes, Sydnie Maltz

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Build a Miracle: Building Homes and Building Relationships – A Community Perspective, Mary K. North

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Misregulation of stress granules by tRNA synthetases as a potential pathogenic mechanism in Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy, Casey R. Sederman

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The Sound of Existence, Klaus Shipman

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Analyzing the Impact of Demographics on Resident Use and Understanding of Urban Green Spaces, Emily R. Simso

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The Storyteller, Tristan Speed

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Lights, Camera, Recognition: An Analysis of Recognition and Disclosure of Commitments for Film and Television Programming, Jeffrey S. Walker

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The Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange for Elliptic Curves, Catherine Weiss

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Attachment Style and Cultural Socialization Practices in Families with Children Adopted from China, Mackenzie A. Whitfield

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Parkview Pet Hospital: Veterinary Practice Management System Development, Ian T. Wiedenman

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Ecological Implications of Heavy Metals in Vertebrates and Invertebrates in Los Angeles County, California, Colin Wikholm 3121739

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Comparison of the regulatory dynamics of related small gene regulatory networks that control the response to cold shock in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Natalie Williams

Honors Theses from 2016

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Living With Fire, Claire Andreae

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“Vania, and Sonia and Masha and Spike” Technical Direction, Thomas Ash

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The Chinese Film Industry: Opportunity or Threat?, Brittany Beery

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De iniustitia belli: Violence Against Civilians in the Thirty Years War, Joseph Berg

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Looking Glass, Cameron Billingham

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At the Mountains of Madness, Daniel Birmingham and Tom Szollosi

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Investigating Metal Cations as Potential Inhibitors of IAPP Aggregation: KCl, CaCl2, and CuCl2, Megan Burke

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France, Indonesia, and the Limits of Economic Integration, Michael Busse and David French

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High Power Rocket Design Report, Laura E. Calcara, Monica Fernandez, Chris Green, and Trent Hosokawa

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Sustainability and Business Performance, Cedric L. Char

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Ascanius Project: MECH 401/402 Senior Capstone Experience, Ray H. Colquhoun, Joshua Solberg, Martin Tangari, and Emanuel Di Stasio

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Mathematics of the Rubik's Cube, Kara M. Dismuke

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Hansel and Gretel: A feature and study on how fairy tales have changed, Nazeli Ekimyan

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Senior Voice Recital, Evelyn R. Fajardo

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Augmented Reality in the Classroom, Patrick JB Foster and Sean Cunniff

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Communication Network Among Campus Sustainability Influencers, Alexandra C. Freling

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Blogs and Feature Articles: Foster Youth in Higher Education, Superheroine Figures in Film, and More, Amanda Hayes and Jessica Langlois

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Wireless Authentication of Smart Doors Using RFID, Austin A. Hentrup, Deyi Lu, and Peter R. Roldan

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Zn(II), Cu(II), Sn(II), and Ni(II) and other metal cations do not prevent the aggregation of hIAPP, Charles Hoying

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An Ab Initio Study of Oxygen Depletion on TiO2 Brookite Nanoparticle Surfaces and Implications for Photocatalysis and Solar Energy Conversion, Katherine G. Johnson

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Visions: Chaos in Naango, Katarina J. Klask, Hunter Gibson, Taylor Roseberry, Summer Shigetani, Mattie Coccia, Alena Siu, Caitlin Mihm, Gaston Dondero, and Sophie Rudell

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Star-Spangled Man with a Plan: The Narrative Evolution of Captain America, Jaime R. Maier

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Dance and Well-being in Older Adult Communities: Exploring Efficacy as a Mediator, Beth M. McGowan

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Silicon Beach and the LMU Apartment Rental Market, Timothy Nguyen

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How Women Of Color Feminists Enabled Coalitional Members to Work Across Difference, Brooke L. O'Neal

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Investigation of a Mycobacteriophage Transcription Repressor, Kathryn Orban

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Marlaina Owens' Senior Recital, Marlaina A. Owens

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Grandma Got Run Over by the Fashion Industry: An Analysis of the Negative Effects of Western Hegemonic Beauty Standards on Women 60+, Victoria R. Owens

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Photosynthetic Characterization of Invasive Plant Diversity in Los Angeles County from 1830-2010, Lauren E. Pangburn, Erich Eberts, and Victor Carmona-Galindo

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Gender Inequity Within Public Accounting, Paige Petersen

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The Highway to Hell in the City of Angels: The Automobile and its Role in Influencing the Transportation Infrastructure of Post-World War II Los Angeles, William Ronald Rehbock

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Instrumovement, Rachel Rivera

Senior Recital, Matilda M. Rudolph

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Merck & Co., Inc. Valuation, Daniella Ryskina

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The Old Sorrow, Emmett J. Schlenz

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Addiction: Physiology in Performance, Opioid Pharmacology in Character Development for the Theater, Lacey M. Smith

Blue Water, Sydney Stuart

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Perceptions of Appearance Toward the Self and Others, Allison Swenson

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The Benefits of Global Diversification, David J. Tassone

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Formation of Unimolecular G-Quadruplex Macrocycles from N9-Modified Guanine Derivatives, Lauren A. Thurlow and Jeremy E. McCallum

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The Development of Notation in Mathematical Analysis, Alyssa Venezia

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Keys of Ivory, Katherine S. Vermillion

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Forms of Poetry: Colloquial Truth, Stephanie Williams

Honors Theses from 2015

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Aggregation Characterization of Wild-Type p53 and Six Common p53 Mutants, Taylor A. Arhar

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Finding Flow: Infusing Passion into Performance, Genna BloomBecker

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Influence of Celebrity Scandals on Q-Scores, Mark Ciafullo

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Feeding ecology of the African lion (Panthera leo) in Amboseli National Park, Kenya and comparison to other populations, Mariele A. Courtois

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Care of the Whole Person: The Implications of Psychoneuroimmunology on Medical Practice, Isabella Dahlgren

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Senior Capstone Project, Savin Damkar

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(Eco)nomics, George Gerro

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The Boys and Girls Club: Reflecting Neighborhood Inequality in Los Angeles, Nicole Giambone

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Women in Advertising: Demeaning Displays? Or Aspirational Images?, Casey Kidwell

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Anime: Fortress of Solitude or Kryptonite?, Oscar King IV

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T.S. Eliot: A Never-Ending Exploration, Kristina Krupilnitskaya

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Civilian PTSD and Its Effects on the Vietnamese Population, Lucia La

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Lingua Franca, Nicholas Lepore

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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Jessica Long

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Winning Failure's Bounty: How Failure Brings Real Success, Pierce Massie

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The Uncanny Valley of Virtual Reality in Marketing, Sarah J. Moore

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Elderly Third Culture Kids: Transition, Transformation and Identity in a Life Abroad, Zaneta Pereira

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Artist, Isidor Maxwell Pollak

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Curanderismo and the Mexican Inquisition: A Needed Crime of the Time, Brian T. Reilly

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Inhibiting the Aggregation of Islet Amyloid Polypeptide Using Vegetable and Tea Extracts, Alexander L. Santiago

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The Holocaust in Part, an Escape Artist in Detail, and Creating Across the Gaps: Lily Renée and Comix about the Holocaust, Sarah E. Scherk

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American Indian Liberation Theology and Leonard Peltier’s Prison Writings: My Life is my Sun Dance, Marie B. Schuetze

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Ethics of International Aid in Haiti, Amy Sims

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Financial Crises and Government Regulation, Yusef Trad

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Capital Punishment and Respect for Persons: Catholicism and Kantian Retributivism, Matthew Vallejo

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Characters Through Time, Alyssa Venezia

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Macroseepage of Methane and Light Alkanes at La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, Derek T. Weber

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Survey of heavy metal concentrations in insects of the Ballona Wetlands of Los Angeles, California, Katherine Wikholm

Honors Theses from 2014

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Model Examining Factors Related to Physicians' Ratings of Disease Activity in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Julia R. Ayeroff

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Conformal Gravity and the Alcubierre Warp Drive, Zily Burstein

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Migration, Remittances and Development: The Role of Gender in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam, Ebehireme Iyoha