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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Submissions from 2020

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ADAPTIVE UTILITY: OBSERVING THE RATE OF ADAPTATION IN HAPPINESS AS SHORT RUN SHIFTS REVERT TO LONG RUN AVERAGES, Cameron Bellamoroso

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White Environmentalism, Neoliberalism, and Mainstream Fossil Fuel Divestment: Critical Reflections for Campus-Based Divestment and Reinvestment Campaigns, Kenneth J. Cavanaugh and Sina Kramer

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Representing Misrepresentation: Harm, Offense, and Diversity in Fiction, Richard C. Cavanaugh and Sina Kramer

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Climate Migration: Evaluating the Conditions that Breed Conflict, Avery Dillon

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En Croix: A Choreographic Study of Translation, Gillian T. Ebersole and Kristin Smiarowski

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Linguistic Self-Esteem in Bilingual Adults, Eunice Gonzalez and Dr. Nora Murphy

Finn and Beau: A CG Exploration of Animal Physiology, Aison King

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Biofilm Formation and Plant Growth Promotion in Bacillus simplex 237 Are Induced by Nutrient-Deficiency, Yeabsira Mesfin and Nancy Aya Fujishige Dr.

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The Impact of Concealed Carry Weapon Laws on Homicide Rates in the United States, Hayden Regalado, Dorothea K. Herreiner, and Michelle Miller

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The Influence of Anti-Inflammatory Diets on the Reduction of Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Kelly Stanton

Submissions from 2019

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SHIFT Dance Intensive: Developing Dance, Arts and Culture in Hong Kong, Kelsey Marie Ang

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Evaluating Morningstar Wide Moat Stocks through the Business Cycle, Zachary Bishkin

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Orpheus and Women on 5th Century BCE Vases, Samantha Burton

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Analyzing Chaotic Motion in a Computational Double Pendulum, Mia R. Calhoun Mummert

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face me., Audrey M. Colanero

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Brand Expansion vs. Strong Consumer Relationships, Julia da Motta and Mitchell Hamilton

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Repurposing Plastic Waste in El Cercado, Joseph Dooling, Kirby Townsend, and Brendan Smith

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Hatch-A-Match, Haley L. Fletcher

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Shaming Citizens: An Ethical Framework for Correcting Citizen Vices, Alfredo Y. Hernandez

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Slotus, Alison F. Huntley and Michael F.X. Daley

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Every Data Point Counts: Political Elections in the Age of Digital Analytics, Julian Kehle and Samir Naimi

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Subscale Mars Colonization Mission, Cameron J. LaMack, James Lumsden, Sean Nevin, Donner Schoeffler, Riley Evers, Alexandra Poulakos, Skyler Tan, Anthony Keba, Siraj Zaman, Ali AlTamimi, and anthony Modica

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Neural Machine Translation, Quinn M. Lanners and Thomas Laurent

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The Internal and External Factors Contributing to the Underrepresentation of Women and Ethnic Minorities in the Workplace: Intersections, Interventions, and Implications, Dylan Loo and Angélica Gutiérrez

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Une Promenade Pluvieuse à Paris, Patricia R. Lynch, Sarah Maclay, and Juan Mah y Busch

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Gender Norms and Underground Hip Hop: Female Artists and How They Challenge the Industry, Alexandra S. Meek

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Symbiosis between Chamaecrista fasciculata and nitrogen-fixing bacteria: a review, Victoria Q. Nguyen

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A Comparison of Quadriceps -to-Hamstrings Ratios During Isokinetic Testing, Cutting, and Drop Landings in Male Soccer Players, Shane R. O'Donnell and Jenevieve L. Roper

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Are we there yet? Racial Diversity in Digital Retail Advertising, Riley O'Keefe and Julian Saint Clair

Daniel Ostrander in a Senior Recital, Daniel A. Ostrander and Dr. Barbara Dyer

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An Investigation of Personal Financial Literacy Education, James R. Penner and Joshua D. Spizman

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Ensuring Indigenous Rights: New Zealand and UNDRIP, Olivia Round and Jodi Finkel

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Production Design in the Film and Television Space: An Analysis, Kaitlyn N. Ryan and Charles Howard

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Finding the Optimal Degree of Leverage in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Alex Stamas and Trevor Zink Ph.D.

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Anna Thompson in a Senior Piano Recital, Anna Thompson and Wojciech Kocyam

Submissions from 2018

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Extending the Visualization Capabilities of GRNsight: a web application for visualizing models of gene regulatory networks, Eileen Choe

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Heartwired, Alexandra K. Dmitrieva, Gregory Richardson, Fiona Ho, Ethan Arns, Maria Li, Ryan Taus, Kevin Metelus, Zachary Fitzpatrick, and Amanda Niles

Strangers, Alexander Dulak

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Genetic Variation and Biogeography of the Silver Garden Spider Argiope argentata (Araneae: Araneidae), Caroline E. Fukawa

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In what Ways Do Volatile Political Leaders' International Trade Policies Affect their Citizens?, Dalton Green

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Desperado​: Hyperlink Cinema as a Springboard for Societal Critique, Arun Gulati and Joseph Todd Walker

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Achieving a Stable Magneto-Optical Trap, Chasen S. Himeda

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Demographic Analysis of Respondents to Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), Takeko Horiuchi

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Pebbled Skin, Emma C. Lane

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Bright Half Life Assistant Director, Charles Lawver

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The Effect of CEO Gender on Real Earnings Management, Candice Luciano 5520037 and Shan Wang

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Authenticity and Credibility: Effects on Counter-Stereotypical Ads, Grace McManus

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Platonic and Confucian Theories on Music-Parallels and Differences, Christian Moreno

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Brand Loyalty to Disney Theme Parks in Mainland China, Megan E. Pepi

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Grammatical Gender Acquisition in L2 Spanish, Alanna Quinn and Mónica Cabrera

Residential Housing Renewable Energy Savings Calculator, Eric J. Robinson

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Role of the Left Side of the X Chromosome in Cadmium Resistance in Drosophila melanogaster, Anna Savage

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To Separate or Not to Separate: A Comparative Look at Education in Northern Ireland and the Special Education System in the United States, Annie Strugatsky and Victoria Graf

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NeuroTracker Cognitive Function and its Relationship to GPA in College Students, Justin Tran and Caroline Gallagher Poehls

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Generacer, Allen Vartanian and B.J. Johnson

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TextBooked, Jordan K. Woods

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Free Views to Pay per Views, Andrew York

Submissions 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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Funny Head (2017), Clark K. Eglinton

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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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Dancing at My Desk: Examining the Foundations of a Nonprofit Dance Education Organization, Caeli Koizumi

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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

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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

Submissions 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