A highlight of the undergraduate University Scholars program is the required senior honors project. Honors projects involve an intensive exploration of a topic that is related to the student’s major and is studied within the context of the Christian faith. These projects demonstrate one way in which SPU students engage the culture in order to change the world.

Current honors projects are now included in this series. Past completed honors projects are included in the permanent collection at the SPU Library.

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Honors Projects from 2016

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Studio Magic: The Process, Value, and Ethics of Remastering, Julian D. Anderson

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Biological Information and Its Origins: The Curious Case of RNA, Grace E. Andrews

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Thinking Past Tomorrow: An Analysis of Policy Efforts to Reduce Homelessness In King County, Washington, Andrew R. Bell

Environment specific adaptation of antiviral genes in threespine stickleback fish, Andrea E. Belleville

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Human locomotion: examining energy costs and human behavior associated with load-carrying, Gailynn Benjamin

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Models of Reconciliation: From Conflict Towards Peace in Northern Ireland and South Africa during the 1990s, Alec Timberlake Bishop

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The Struggle to Communicate: Art, Embodiment, and Overcoming Isolation in the Text and Illustrations of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Hallie Anne Brinkman

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Relocating Pictures: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Transnational Islamic Images, Mary S.W. Campbell

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Faith and the Sublime, Carolyn Hu Chaffee

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Accounting for Impact: A Path to Innovation Through CSR Reporting, Madison F. Davis

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Scenic Design for Seattle Pacific University Theatre's Production of Tony Kushner's The Illusion, Tucker Goodman

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Animation or Cartoons: An American Dilemma, Andrew Meyer

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Individualism in Portraiture: Accounting for the People in our Lives in Identity Representation, Erin Miller

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Women in the White House: How Gender-Based Obstacles Affected Edith Wilson and Hillary Rodham Clinton While First Ladies, Hannah C. Monson

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Golden Fantasy: An Examination of Generic & Literary Fantasy in Popular Writing, Zechariah James Morrison

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Measuring Foreign Aid Effectiveness: Elite Capture of Foreign Aid Funds, Alyssa M. Ortiz

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Height in Politics: The Role of Height in Electoral Success in the State of Washington, Joseph Wayne Rebbe

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Open-Minded Religiosity: Investigating the Link Between Religious Commitment and Thinking Style, Carl W. Sallee

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Stealing Revelation: A screenplay of The Thief accompanied by a religious analysis, Jean E. Sleight

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In His Image: A Content Analysis of Evangelical Youth Books for their Representation of Gender Roles and Ideals, Taryn Renee Vis

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The Long-Term Strategic Influence of Russia in the DPRK from 1946-1999: an Evolution with Leadership, Emma Wendt

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Understanding Beef as a Business: A Corporate Social Responsibility Analysis of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Megan Wilford

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The New Liberalism of International Relations in Context: An Analysis of Andrew Moravcsik's 'Taking Preferences Seriously: A Liberal Theory of International Politics', Zachary R. Zellmer

Honors Projects from 2015

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Changing Climates, Fading Cultures: A Study of Place Annihilation as a Result of Climate Change, Brooks A. Bolsinger

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Sweet Sacrament: Where Myth Meets Story in Ethiopian Christianity, Kelsey Ann Chase

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A Theological Take on the Miracle of Ministry in the SPU Student Ministry Coordinator Program, Jake A. Crammer

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Treating Trauma: The Efficacy of EMDR as a Treatment for PTSD, Grace S. Crawford

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Where Do They Go: Christian Faith and Belonging in Gay Literature, Samuel D. J. Ernest

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Isolation of the Individual in the Novels of Carson McCullers, Adam Hutchinson

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Hybrid, Subversive, and Skeptical Performances of Gender, Power, and Space in the Postcolonial Avant-Garde, Alyson T. Inouye

Acculturative Family Distancing, Religious Support, and Psychological Well-Being Among Young Adult Eastern European Immigrants in Western Washington, Tatyana V. Lats

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The Effects of Arginine Vasopressin on Maternal Behavior and Aggression in Peromyscus californicus Mothers, Nathaniel Ng

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There Will Be Violence: A Critical Analysis of Violence in the Works of Cormac McCarthy, Matthew L. Robinson

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Entrenched in Power: Path Dependence and UN Security Council Reform, Brian Valley

Honors Projects from 2014

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A Political and Historic Analysis of the Relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia: how the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia has influenced U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East, Caitlin Baalke

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The Strange Loop: Paradoxical Hierarchies in Borges's Fictions, Jessica Erin Beebe

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Comparing Population Density Estimation Techniques for Columbia Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus Hemionus Columbianus): Fecal Standing Crop and Distance Sampling Methods, Jubilee D. Brenneman

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Road Profile Sensor: A Detection Method for Active Suspension Systems, Matthew Edel

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Counter-Narrating the Nation: Homi K. Bhabha's Theory of Hybridity in Five Broken Cameras, Rachel Evers

The Decline of the West and the Rise of the Rest? An Analysis of Relative Hard Power Capabilities in the G-20 from 1991-2011, Joseph Van Zanten Gallagher

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Investigating the Proposed Affordances and Limitations of the Substance Metaphor for Energy, Lisa Goodhew

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The Business of Transition: A Curriculum, Hayley Hill

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A Critical Assessment of SPU’s Urban Plunge: A Proposal for the John Perkins Center, Scott D. Jackson

Reading the Mind of the Internet: A Study of Collaborative Recommendation Algorithms, Ellie Janzen

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The Soul of Korean Christianity: How the Shamans, Buddha, and Confucius Paved the Way for Jesus in the Land of the Morning Calm, Colin Lewis

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Emergence, Scale, and the Layered Model of Biological Systems, Katie Morrow

The Privileged Voice, Gabriel Much

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Case Study of HP to Learn About IP, Rachel Murphy

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The Lord of the Rings and The Weight of Two Worlds: An Exploration of Faith in Fantasy, Danielle Myers

Gender Disparity in Effective Chest Compression Delivery during Cardiopulmonary Resusitation, Claire Grace Nieman

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The Nature of Pilgrimage: Similarities and Differences Between El Camino de Santiago de Compostela and El Santuario de Chimayo, Miguel Ortega

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Relationships between Equine Management Practices and Intestinal Parasite Infection, Abigail Pagel

Free Trade Zones: Development Possibilities for Nigeria, Lauren Pederson

Group Therapy Structure in Holistic Treatment of Homeless with Persistent Mental Illness, Sarah Peterson

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Split-Spinach Monitoring of RNA Aptamer Assembly, Tucker A. Rogers and Grant Andrews

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Giving Power to the Powerless: Elizabeth Gaskell's Presentation of Women in an Age of Change, Charis Tobias

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A Foreign Text in a Foreign Land, Dylan A. Vernon

The Effects of Anosmia on AVP Regulation of Parental Behavior and Aggression in Peromyscus Californicus, Caroline Vokos

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Staying Alive: Dynamic Equivalence Theory and Film Adaptation, Sarah Welch

Honors Projects from 2012

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United States Military Cohesion after the Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, Stephanie E.V. Brown