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 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

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

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

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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

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

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

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Restoring Ubuntu: Ecosystemic, Biopsychosocial, Afrocentric Networks for the Trauma-Healing of Sexual Violence Survivors in Eastern Congo, Summer D. Downs

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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