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.

Submit Your Honors Thesis Information

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Honors Theses from 2014

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The Inhibition of IAPP aggregration and cellular toxicity by 1,2,3,4,6-penta-O-galloyl-β-D-glucose, Pei-Yu (Margaret) Kao

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Understanding Intertemporal Incentives for Politicians, Juan Margitic

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Ideal Germination Conditions for the Red Sand Verbena, Abronia maritima, Kevin Meilak

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Mind, Body, & Soul: How the Black American has come to Suffocate by the Constraints of White America, Alexus Brianna Payton

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The Ability of Vegetable and Tea Extracts to Inhibit the Aggregation of Toxic Islet Amyloid Polypeptide (IAPP), Nicole T.M. Pepe

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Ideological Analysis of "Trapped in the Closet": Portrayal of Black Masculinity and Homosexuality in a Hip Hopera, Monica Rosales

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Planting the Seed: Encouraging an Awareness and Understanding of Business and the Environment, Madeline Santy

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Dynamical Systems Modeling of Gene Regulation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae in Response to Cold Shock, Katrina Sherbina

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High-Power Individuals Demonstrate a Decreased Regard for Individualistic Concerns and an Increased Willingness to Intervene During Intra-group Conflicts, Tauras P. Vilgalys

Honors Theses from 2013

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Principle into Practice: A Multi-Case Analysis of Organizational Structure, Workplace Culture and Workforce Management, Angelica Cadiente

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Goodness: A Brief Examination of the Ethics of Confucius and Socrates, Jordan Thomas Christopher

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Planning for the Developmentally Disabled: An Income-Based Approach to Disability Planning, Ali Clarizio

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Semantics Business Plan, Samantha Greitzer

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PartiePoche Groupe LLC, Jillian Jaccard

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Do Publicity and Stress Chase Women Out of the Political Race?, Stephanie Khoury

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Intermittent Pneumatic Compression May Improve Bone Mineral Density at the Hip, Zakkoyya Lewis

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Why Poetry? An Assessment of Poetry's Vitality in Our Modern World, Kyle Pauline Oddis

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Nest Behavior Testing in Captive Pine Siskins, Jordan Rudack

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Almighty Father or Mother? Reactions to the Gender of God, Asha Weisman

Honors Theses from 2012

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Recording Arts Audio Portfolio, Jacob A. Braafladt

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Senior Piano Recital, Hannah Bredberg

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A Developmental Perspective on 3D Virtual Marriage: From Courtship and Honeymoon to Companionship and Potential Dissolution, Caitlin Bryson

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The Black Death of Europe and Cholera in 19th Century London: A Comparative Study, Heather Carmody

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Waste: A Full-Length Play, Rebecca Dzida

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OmniCrutch, Daniel A. Falaleyev

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Identification and Characterization of the Microbial Community of Lupinus chamissonis, Elisabeth Ferris

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Role of Bias in Service Provider Selection, Richelle Haniffa

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Championing Vigilantism: The performance of unsanctioned masculinity, Margo S. Jasukaitis

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Is Wolbachia found in Dysdera crocata?, Lauren Kubeck

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Current and Upcoming Research on Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Briann Lawless

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Cinematography: Capturing the Ineffable through the Physical, Adam Lee

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Elliptic Curves in Cryptography, Megan Ly

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The Lost Text: A Critical Edition of The Rych Cheyne, Loyola Marymount University BS1403, Michael Madrinkian

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Effect of Training Mode on Post-Exercise Heart Rate Recovery of Trained Cyclists, Kelia McDonald

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Riverview Avenue, Brendan McNerney

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Gender Differences in Competition: A Developed Country Phenomenon?, Megan O'Malley

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Laughter in War, Michael Petersen

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Emotional Experiences and Responses Following a Religious versus Secular Community Event, Andy T. Pham

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Quinceañera, Ariana Quiñónez

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Saning'o: A Story About a Maasai Moran, Matthew Rice

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Luxury Brand Management in the Recovering Economy, Louise Santos

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Ignored, Doubted, Silenced: A History of Rape in America, Madeleine Sharp

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Reducing error in estimating caloric intake: A comparison of two educational modalities, Samantha Valasek

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Sexuality and Gender in Genesis 1-3: A Deconstruction of the Modern Christian Traditional Understanding of Gender Hierarchy in the Bible, Stephen Walden

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Artistic Representations of Values Developed Over the Lifetime, Tonya Warren

Honors Theses from 2011

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In a Senior Recital, Scott A. Camden

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Shell Eco Marathon Vehicle: Ninja Kitty, James Clements

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Presidential Religious Rhetoric and the Faith of a Nation, Megan Cunningham

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Training/Retraining Programs between Business and Local Government, Hanna Mae H. Dabandan

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The Market for Life Insurance: An Investigation into the Structure, the Future, and the Ethical Considerations of the Market, Matthew J. Duncan

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Exploring the Rancho La Brea Canis dirus Collection, Shea Quillin Franklin

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The Synthesis of Bicyclic Ketones as a method of Studying the Photochemical Decarbonylation Reaction and the Search for Novel IAPP and Aβ-42 Aggregation Inhibitors, C. Guy Goodman

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Assessing Charter School Success in California, Ellen Hou

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Culminating Teaching Experience Portfolio, Amanda M. Keepers

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The Age of the Rebels: How Cross-Voting in Westminster Benefits Parliamentary Democracy, Rhiannon Maria Koehler

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Divine Union and the Integration of Action and Contemplation in the Seventh Dwelling Place of Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle, Christina Llanes

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Embracing Weakness: Henri Nouwen and the Spirituality of Imperfection, Elizabeth Llanes

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An Equal Tax: A Paradox, Adam Margiotta

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With an Eye to the Marginalized: A New Sexual Ethic for the Roman Catholic Church, José L. Martinez

Kit, Kindra McCall

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El significado del lenguaje en la sociedad moderna (The Significance of Language in our Modern Society), Jacqueline McSweeney

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The Development of a Critical Consciousness: A Comparison of the Latino Student Walkouts of 1968 and 2006, Alexis Mendoza

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Do Firms Account for Luck When Evaluating Employee Performance? An In-Depth Study of Salary Offers in Major League Baseball, Matt Mills

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Academic Cheaters: Associations of Evolved Motivations, Psychopathy and Cooperative and Self-Serving Cheating, Nathan Mitch

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Microfinance: Successful Past, Uncertain Future, Linda Moore

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A Call to Ordination: A Scholarly Critique of the Magisterial Arguments Against the Ordination of Women, Meghan O'Rourke

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Mathematical Model of Glucose-dependent Bursting in Pancreatic Beta Cells, Kayla Pietruszka

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The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Development Economics: A Case Study of Cambodia, Evan Snively

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Periphrastic Causatives within Second Language Acquisition: An Analysis of L2 English and L2 Spanish, Lauren F. Wilkins

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Dirty Laundry: A Full-Length Play, Amanda Zeitler

Honors Theses from 2010

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Said, Friedman, and the Arab Stereotype: Orientalism in Post-9/11 Journalism, Heather Moline

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Blessed Are You Among Women: Two Murderers and the Mother of Jesus, Jessica Obenberger

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Forming Effective Client Relationships Within the Realm of Accounting, Lisa M. Sequeira