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 signed permission letter allows 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 specifies the level of sharing that you permit, ranging from Internet-wide distribution to archival only (i.e., no distribution).

The permission letter is available as this Adobe Sign PDF. Fill out and sign the form, and it will then go to your thesis advisor. After your advisor fills out their portion, a link to the final version will be emailed to you. Please upload that final version to your HNRS 4000 Brightspace page.

Submit Your Honors Thesis Information

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Submissions from 2010

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Request and Relationship: The Problem of Petitionary Prayer in the Christian Tradition, Katherine Lash

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THE OBAMANID: A study of the Classical Epic and its Application to the Modern Age, Molly Lower

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Synthesis of Ketodiesters to Explore the Photodecarbonylation Reaction, Marlon Maducdoc

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Rhetoric Value of Costuming Within Irish Theatre Set Between 1855 And 1916, Katherine Marie Manning

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Cognitive Frame Switching of Biracial Asian American/Caucasian Individuals, Allison McFarland

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

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The Historical Approach to Class Field Theory, Daniel R. Moore

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Mind Manipulation: The Morality of Marketing, Ohemaah A. Ntiamoah

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

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Financial Realism and Lifestyle Expectations of Emerging Adults, Janelle N. Ruiz

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

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Inhibition of Aβ42 aggregation using peptides from combinatorial libraries and organic compounds, Elelta Z. Shiferraw

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Gene Ontology term enrichment analysis of gene expression changes observed in the TRAMP mouse model of prostate cancer upon treatment with green tea catechins, Stephen Vincent Speicher

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An Education: Memoirs of an Asian American Girl Looking for (Self) Representation, Lara Torii

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The Efficiency of Corn Based Ethanol in the United States, Michael J. Wither

Submissions from 2009

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For Theirs is a Kin-Dom of Heaven: Intersections of Mujerista Theology and Latinos' Experiences with HIV, Isabel Arrastia

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A Traitor Revisited: Judas Iscariot from the Bible to Film, Oscar Salas Borboa

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Fading Lights, Craig Cerniglia

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Does Cin5p Control the Early Transcriptional Response to Cold Shock in Saccharomyces cerevisiae?, Kevin C. Entzminger

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Sin Agua No Hay Democracia: A Quantitative and Qualitative Study of Earthquake Management Across Governments, Gena Gammie

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Creating a New Teaching Tradition, Amy Guion

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Mathematical Modeling of the Transcriptional Network Controlling the Cold Shock Response in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Stephanie Kuelbs

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Expert Systems and the Implementation Process, Timothy Lui

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Theological Aesthetics: The Case for a Piece of Bread and Some Fruit, Marisa Moonilal

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Rangzen, Jennifer Lynn Neczypor

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Rethinking Larry Bell: A Critical Look at a Peripheral Figure, Heather Prandini

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Toyota Motor Corporation acquires Ford Motor Company, Nikhil Puri

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Cobb Street Market, Sarah Terry

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Hermeneutical Circles and Self-Referential Authority: Narrative Identity and the Nation of Israel, Sean K. Tierney

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Just Youths: Looking at Criminal Justice Systems for Juveniles, Vivian Denise Valencia

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Procedural Fairness in Simple Bargaining Games, Nikki Yamauchi

Submissions from 2008

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A Heraldic Theory of Authorship: Le Morte Darthur, Natalia Aivazova

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Social Responsibility in Emerging Adulthood, Marian C. Alonso

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Identifying Soil Bacteria and Biochemical Pathways in the Ballona Wetlands for the Bioremediation of Organic Pollutants, Wesley T. Citti

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Restructing Introductory Biology Laboratory to Implement Active Learning, Cameron James Escovedo

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The Fiery Night, Robert Kane

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Playwrighting Portfolio, Dan Kelly

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Mental Health Care: Toward a New Vocabulary, Dale Kotchka-Smith

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An Engineer in World War II: The Memoirs of Harry L. Krause, Ellen E. Krause

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Love Hurts, Arya S. Lacieste

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The Modernization of a Religion: Tibetan Buddhism in the 21st Century, Natalie Machida

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Single and Fabulous? An Analysis of the Representation of the Single Career Woman in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Sex and the City, Meagan McDonald

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Designing a Story: "Presidio" and Considerations in Production Design, Alix Milne

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Database Management for Regulatory Bodies: A Case Study for Ballona Wetlands, Brennan Mitch

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Identifying the Active Compounds in Uncaria Rhynchophylla that Inhibit the Aggregation of the Alzheimer's Protein, Aβ42, Theresa P.T. Nguyen

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The Style of Awareness: The Rhetoric of Social and Political Issues in the Contemporary Fashion Magazine, Stephanie O'Toole

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On Poetics, Scott Rowan and Jackie Mader

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Polio in Twentieth-Century America: The Remaking of a Disease, Andrea S. Ryken

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Modern Oncological Adevnoviral Gene Therapy Treatments, Stephen Sarmiento

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The Hybrid Culture in Cusco, Peru: A Journey in Four Paintings, Jeanie Schuerman

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Germline Stem Cells in Drosophila Melanogaster: The Effects of Aging, Bilal Shafi

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The Volunteer's Dilemma: Rewarding the Volunteer, Christopher D. Villela

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An Unbiased Selection for Functional β-Lactamase Signal Sequences, Jennifer Susan Woo

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Senior Composition Recital, Ric Zimmerman

Submissions from 2007

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Using Oligopeptides to Prevent AB42 Aggregation, Michael J/ Baine

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The RIAA, The Internet, and the Fall of the Music Industry, Daniel Paul Bowen

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Presidential Impeachment: An Effective Mechanism for Promoting Responsible Leadership?, Matthew M. Delja

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Writing the Wrongs: History and Power in Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things, Jenny Frey

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Night of Nueva Luna: Isabel Allende's Feminist Update of Arabian Nights in Eva Luna and Stories of Eva Luna, Maria Angelina Natalina Judnick

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"Let Differences Reign": Colonialism, Despotism, and Multiplicity in Salman Rushdie's Midnight Children, Jennifer Lin Lower

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Volunteer Tourism: An In-Depth Analysis, Ana Paula Martinez Underwood

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A Synthesis of Bridged Ketones to Study the Photochemical Decarbonylation Reaction, Barrett Michael Warren Welch

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An Assessment of Student Views on the Nature of Science Using CENS Inquiry-Based Data Module, Erin Aiko Yamauchi

Submissions from 2006

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Active Race Car Spoiler, Adam Baker, Katherine Corrigan, Greg Marcus, and Phillip Youngren

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Ruth and Pilate: Embracing Gendered Embodiment in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, Jennifer Bickett Hubbell

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The Self-Assembly of Actin on Gelsolin According to a Specific Electron-Beam Patterned Substrate, Sarah Michelle Black

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Seeming Contradiction: A Dialectic of Identity, Margaret Mary Bourque

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Rated R for Sex and Violence: A Teaching Tool for Beginning Ancient Greek Students, Sarah Buser and Sanda Heinz

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Criterion and the Canon, Raymond Crosby

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Of It's Own Making: Victorian Society and the Rise of the Women's Sufferage Movement in 19th Century Britain, Kathleen Megan Cutsforth

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The Good Life, Ronald Clark Duke III

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Team B: Examination Room, Faustina Lee, John Beilstein, Cassandre Medrano, Laurence Michael, Graham Palmer, Jan Sanchez, and Nadhi Thekkek

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Not Yet: A Novel, Mark J. Lehman

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Tamagotchi Nation: How the Japanese Marketing System Drives its Popular Culture, James Malins

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Examining Judicial Reform in the Developing World: A Case Study of Armenia, Aram Allen Nadjarian

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The Latino Emergence: The Political Wave of the Future Political Post-Modern Los Angeles, The Latino Phenomenon, & its Effect on Angelinos, Justin James Nigro

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Video Game Theory: A Peek at Japanese and American Societies through the Games They Make and Play, Dougherty J. Preuss

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CAFTA: The Need for a More Effective Plan, Cristina Leigh Stanley

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Our Time for Social Justice, Adrienne Tygenhof

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The V-Squad, Daniel J. Walker

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Young Adolescent Maturity Levels and their Deviant Behaviors, Kristina M. Yamamoto

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The Harken Story, Matthew Zuvela

Submissions from 2005

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Climate Change and the Developing World, Christopher J. Beaven

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The Invisible Immigrant: Acculturation, Identity, and the Second-Generation Black West Indian Immigrant, Maneka Deanna Brooks

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Magic Hour, Anton C. DeLateur

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Have a Little Faith: Integrating Faith in Business Decision-Making, Marjorie L. Devany

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An Earthward Glance: Yoga, Phenomenology, and a Remembering of Human-Nature, Sarah Eade

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Christina English Mezzo-Soprano in a Senior Recital, Christina English

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How to Distinguish Knots: The Alexander Polynomial, Sara Frietze

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Cinderellas & Cinderfellas: The Manifestation of the Cinderella Tale in the Lives and Works of Walt Disney and Charles Dickens, Carlie Frye

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Shame the Devil, Deirdre Gaffney

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The Corporatization of the American University, Samantha Heindl

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The Model Minority Myth: Examining the Role of Ethnicity, Socio-economic Status, and Gender on Attributions Made for the Low Academic Achievement of Asian American Students, Virginia W. Huynh

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Ministry in its Fullness: Jesuit Campus Ministries as Collaborative Pastoral Agents, Spencer R. Johnston

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Buisness and Solution Plan for Players Travel Inc., Christopher Lee Kissner

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Hamlet: A Study in Buddhism, AJ Knox

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Contrast and Assimilation Effects In Perceived Physical Attractiveness, Christopher M. Korte

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...Y No Se Lo Trago La Tierra: An Exploration of Unconventional Self-Representation in Non-Traditional Autobiography, Frances LeSourd

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Dendritic Cells: The Effect of PGE2 on Human Dendritic Cell Phenotype and Function & Imaging the Uptake and Subsequent Cell Death in Human Dendritic Cells, Kathleen G. Mitchell

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The Creative Integration of Art and Marketing for the Emerging Artist, Heidi Jayne Netzley