A highlight of the undergraduate Honors 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 2021

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FROM MARGINAL TO MAINSTREAM: THE QUEER HISTORY OF CAMP AESTHETICS & ETHICAL ANALYSIS OF CAMP IN HIGH FASHION, Emily Barker

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The Language of Filmmaking and the Troubles of Modern Illiteracy, Gabriel A. Blank

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The Role of Empathy in Design and the Responsibility of Designers to Create With Their User in Mind, Emma S. Brenchley

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Salicylic Acid Response to Simulated Herbivory in Geographically Distinct T. heterophylla and H. discolor Populations, Amy E. Castle

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Machine Learning in Stock Price Prediction Using Long Short-Term Memory Networks and Gradient Boosted Decision Trees, Carl Samuel Cederborg

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Vocation or Victimization: An Analysis of Legal Models Addressing Prostitution, K'reisa J. Cox

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The Effects of South Korean Beauty Standards on Body Image, Self-Esteem, and Life Satisfaction Amongst Asian Americans, Janessa Akemi Fong

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STRUCTURAL DELUSION, RELIGIOUS ANXIETY, AND A MELODRAMATIC PRIEST: EXPLORING MACRO AND MICRO INFLUENCES ON THE CÓRDOBAN MARTYRS, Emma K. Friesen

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A Practical Guide to the Impractical Life: Contemporary Morality and the Desert Monastics, John Goodhew

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Assessing Competitive Reaction Rates in the Nitration of 2-Methylbiphenyl, Biphenyl, and Toluene to Determine Steric Restriction in Resonance-Stabilized Planarization of the Carbocation Intermediates, Victor A. Hanson, Tristan Wine, Kevin Bartlett, Joshua Padilla, and Alessandro Rizzi

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The Whore and the Holy Woman: How Christianity and Islam Slandered Their Leading Ladies, Olivia Heale

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The Healthcare Costs of Overnutrition, Ryan Hodge

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Institutional Indifference: Physical and Mental Health Challenges of Pregnant Inmates, Menolly A. Hollabaugh

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A Consumer-based Aquatic Trash Collecting Drone: A Engineering Design Case Study, Andrew C. Josselyn

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CREATIVE OCCUPATIONS AND THE PRECIPITATING FACTORS OF BURNOUT, Natasha E. Koval

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An Exploration of Math Trauma Through Ability Grouping and Teacher Language in Elementary Schools, Sarah E. Owen

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Modeling biliary polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon metabolites in fish using high performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection, principal component analysis, and partial least-squares analysis, Joshua C. Padilla

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Antigenic variation in Mycoplasma genitalium reduces antibody-antigen association kinetics, Suzanne M. Stafford

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The 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) Scandal: Exploring Malaysia's 2018 General Elections and the Case for Sovereign Wealth Funds, Chea-Mun Tan

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The Realistic Desirability of Perfection in Thomas More’s Utopia and John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Eryn Tan

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Ba'ath Party Archives and the Khmer Rouge Records: The Importance of Cultural Accessibility, Elizabeth M. Thompson

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The Regiochemistry and Relative Reaction Rates of Methylbiphenyl Isomers in Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution Reaction (EAS) Nitrations Suggest a Non-Planar Geometry for 2-Methylbiphenyl while 3- and 4-Methylbiphenyl Remain Planar, Tristan PJ Wine

Honors Projects from 2020

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Selections from & The Process of Creating "My Blue Scarf: The Story of Ruth, a New Play", Abigail Jane Ayulo

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“The Speechmaking of a Girl-Orator”: Reason, Gender, and Authority in Dorothy Hunter’s Free Trade Oratory, Erinn Elizabeth Campbell

Using Mental Imagery to Increase Intentions to Seek Psychological Help, Savannah L. Carpenter

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Renderings of the Self: The Inception of Autobiographical Writing in Robinson, Wollstonecraft, and Wordsworth, Hannah M. DeWitt

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Determining the Genetic Control of Neural Tube Malformation Through Genetic Interactions with Idgf3, Elli N. Fox

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Making Room for One's Own: Literal and Literary Feminine Space in the Works of Virginia Woolf, Annika Hawkinson

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Churches as Economic Development Tools in Rural America: A Case Study, Matthew Huff

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La Llorona's Invitation: Chicanx Feminist Literature and the Community of the Monstrous, Holly Lackey

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Technology and Its Associations with the Meaningfulness of Interpersonal Relationships, Mikayla A. Logue

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The Kinetic Signatures of Antibody Binding to M. Genitalium Adhesin Protein Fragments, Margaret C. Lunn

Curses, Healing, and Devotion: Roman Britain Through Its Spiritual Legacy, Anna J. Rosko

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Following the Guide: A Wilderness Theology of Youth Ministry, Rachel M. Weisz

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"Strong Female Characters"? An Analysis of Six Female Fantasy Characters from Novel to Film, Valari Westeren

Honors Projects from 2019

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Computer Vision Machine Learning and Future-Oriented Ethics, Abagayle Lee Blank

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Shifting the Paradigm: Revealing the Music Within Music Technology, Julie Bowers

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Living on Heaven's Doorstep: A Multimedia Project with the Warm Beach Senior Community, Justina Grace Brown

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Inquiry in Inquiry: A Classification of the Learning Theories Underlying Inquiry-Based Undergraduate Number Theory Texts, Rebecca L. Butler

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Counternarratives in Hip Hop Music: Themes of Marginalization, Cailin Dahlin

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Kinematics and Dynamics of Lead Climbing, Arik B. Espineli

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Middle Waters: A Visual Historical Fiction of the Osage Nation, Tori H. Forster

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Middle Waters: A Visual Historical Fiction of the Osage Nation, Tori H. Forster

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Text As Speech: A New Analytical Framework for Computer Mediated Communication, Natalie A. Frissell

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Machine Learning with Multi-class Regression and Neural Networks: Analysis and Visualization of Crime Data in Seattle, Erkin David George

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Nationalism and Attitudes towards Immigration: A comparison on ethnic and civic nationalism and the impact on attitudes towards immigrants., Maryta L. Kaber Lewis

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Species determination of ulvoid algae through genotyping; what are the environmental implications?, Kora S. Krumm

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The Spectroscopic and Computational Exploration of Sulfur Hydrogen Bonding, Andrew Yoonkeun Lee

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Disbelieved Through Millennia: Cassandra as Woman Truth-Teller and Translator, Marissa Lewis

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Exploring Parental Wishes and Personhood in the Grey Zones of Neonatal Resuscitation, Alison Lindsay

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Mission Driven? Applying Ethics and Capabilities to Organizational Level Responses to Homelessness, Madeline M. McDonald

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Synthesis and Characterization of a Homogeneous Cobalt Catalyst for the Hydrogenation of Acetone to Isopropanol, Joselyn G. Molina

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How Music Therapy Effects the Traumatized Brain: Neurorehabilitation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder through Music Therapy, Jordan Winter Payne

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Erotic Devotional Poetry: Resisting Neoplatonism in Protestant Christianity, Sarah M. Pruis

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Co-Opted, Cults and the Classics: Highlighting the Magna Mater Cult in Rome, Janessa Reeves

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The Annexation of Hawai'i: A Violation of Foreign Sovereignty by the United States of America, Larissa R. Schuermyer

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THE PERSONALIZATION-PRIVACY PARADOX EXPLORED THROUGH A PRIVACY CALCULUS MODEL AND HOFSTEDE’S MODEL OF CULTURAL DIMENSIONS, Kellen M. Schwartz

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ab initio Calculations of Changes in Sulfur’s Orbital Energies and Sizes with Oxidation State as a Means of Explaining Hypervalency, Anton V. Taraskin

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Uber’s Strategy of Disruptive Innovation: The Implications of Negative Press, Margaret M. Taylor

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Where's the Rigor? A Study of Direct Instruction vs. Inquiry-Based Learning in Math Education, Brianna Rae Warner

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The Development of Orphan Drugs; A Financial and Ethical Decision, Emmett S. Worth

Honors Projects from 2018

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A Story of Feminine Sacrifice: The Music, Text, and Biographical Connections in Amy Beach's Concert Aria Jephthah's Daughter, Clarissa E. Aaron

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Domestic Economic Freedom and Regional Integration in Sub-Saharan Africa, Brevin Anderson

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Presidential Selection: A Difference In Opinion, JJ Aylyng

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I Got Hot Sauce In My Bag: Understanding Black Feminism Through The Lens of Beyoncé’s Pop Culture Performance, Kathryn M. Butterworth

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The “Perfect Parent” Campaign’s Failure: Applying a Job Market Model for Successful Foster Family Recruitment and Retention, Alexis N. Collins

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Granular Convection and Crystallization of a Two-Dimensional Granular Medium, Donley S. Cormode

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Western Washington Elk-Hunting: Analyzing Willingness To Pay and Economic Benefits, Alex Donka

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"Our shouts echoed in the silent street": Paralysis, Symbol, and Implication in James Joyce's "Araby", Luke R. Farquhar

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The Impact We Can Make Through Investment: Securing Financial Freedom by Serving Others, Miles A. Flett

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Voices from Verse: The Power of Poetry for Seattle's Homeless Youth, Savannah Grace Hadley

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Iago the Moor Killer: The Geo-Political Context Behind Shakespeare's Othello, Elisha A. Hamlin

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Understanding Humor in Female Leadership, Lillian Hollar

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Where Woman Is Her Center: Interrogating Morality and Spatiality in the Works of Joan Didion, Hannah Nicole Martin

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Open Space, Thin Blankets, and Snores: An Examination of Sleep in Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness, Claire Olivia Moore

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Sigrid Undset's Sacramental Realism: The Body in Kristin Lavransdatter, Annesley Moore-Jumonville

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Optimization of the split-Spinach aptamer for monitoring contiguous RNA nanoparticle assembly, Jack M. O'Hara

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Care for Inmates with Mental Illness: What Can Nurses Do?, Rebecca K. Sakai

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Wind Turbine Design: Analysis and Experimentation of Electro-Magnetic Alternator Design, Mark Hans Ewald Steinke

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Globalization, Conflict, and the Effects of the Rate of Change of Globalization: An Empirical Analysis, Ashley Stephens

Honors Projects from 2017

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Costs of Group Locomotion: How Infant-carrying and Group Members Mediate Walking Speed Decisions in North American and East African Populations, Leah M. Bouterse

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Ruth: A Bible Storatorio, Lydia Hu Chaffee

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Exploring the Impact of Olfaction on Short-Term and Long-Term Maternal Recognition in Peromyscus californicus, Mariah F. Conley

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Discovery Learning Plus Direct Instruction Equals Success: Modifying American Math Education in the Algebra Classroom, Sean P. Ferrill Mr.

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Empirical Aesthetics and the Philosophy of John Cage: A Literature Review and Experimental Study, Braden J. Gillispie

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Intersections: A Theology and Social Justice Curriculum for Christian High Schools, Rachel Lanae Hollingsworth

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Encryption Backdoors: A Discussion of Feasibility, Ethics, and the Future of Cryptography, Jennifer A. Martin

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Defining Spanglish: A Linguistic Categorization of Spanish-English Code-Switching in the United States, Leah Mernaugh

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The Validity of Historical Narrative and Its Use in Teaching History, Justin Taylor Ramsey

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Epigenetics of Host-Pathogen Interactions: The effect of acetosyringone on Ti Plasmid methylation patterns in Agrobacterium tumefaciens C58, Genevieve Roberts

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Smart grid technology in the developing world, Jacob R. Young

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