The College Honors Program exemplifies Messiah College’s commitment to academic excellence and fostering an intellectually rigorous Christian world view.

The program provides a series of interdisciplinary honors courses which satisfy selected general education requirements. Participation in the program culminates in an honors research project, typically during the senior year.

The senior students of the College Honors Program are pleased to share their research with a broader audience.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Prostitution Policy: Ending the World's Oldest Profession, Jamie Bishop

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Collaborating with Confidence, Composure and Grace, Gabriella Brooks

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Sherlock, Jared Butler

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Christian Moral Disengagement and Exclusion of the LGBTQ+ Community, Charles Byrd

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The Stars in the Tunnel, Marianna Cava

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Transition to Employment for People with Disabilities: Closing the Employment Gap, Anna Marie Clark

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Privacy in the 21st Century: DNA and the Fourth Amendment, Julia Clements

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Pornography in the Church: Spiritual, Relational, Economic and Social Implications, Hannah Fogle

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The Effects of Caffeine Ingestion and the -163 A>C CYP1A2 Polymorphism on Long Anaerobic Exercise Performance, Kristen Hasse

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Prevalence of a Variant Gastrin Receptor RNA and Correlating Genomic Polymorphism in Human Pancreatic Cancer, Rebekah Jones

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Clarifying the Connection Between Oncgenic KRAS and Gastrin/CCK2R Signaling in Pancreatic Tumorigensis, Andrew LaRow and John F. Harms

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Minimalism, Lindsay Ledder

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Cloning a Fluorescent Fusion Protein for Detection and Localization of the Gastrin Receptor, Vinh Le

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The Issue of Funds: A Discussion on the Structure and Importance of School Financing in Pennsylvania, Sarah Long

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Energy Monitoring and Management System, Trieu Luu

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Village Water Ozonation Systems International Water Engineering Projects: Water Project Proposal for Full Gospel Assemblies of Pakistan Bible College, Daniel Ma

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Engaging Inquiring Minds: A Guide for Teaching Elementary Science Through Inquiry, Claire Marino

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Synthesis and Characterization of Carbon Nitride Films for the Reduction of Oxygen, Josiah Nisly

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ServeCentral, Garret Reichert

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Evolution of Natural Horn, Ciara Sacco

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GameRepo, Joshua Simmons

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Co-sputtered TiBx Thin Films, Alexander Sredenschek

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Macrophyte Distribution in Limestone Streams of South Central Pennsylvania, Joshua Stone

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Poverty Tourism: Rhetorical Characterizations of the Other in Study Abroad, Tourism and Missions Marketing, Miriam Thurber

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Christianity, Economics and the Poor, Hannah VanFossen

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Solutions of the Wave Equation, Emily Wichert

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Personal Reflection, Renee Benning

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Metaphors of Trauma: An Excavation, Kate Brock

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A Universal Child Income: Implications for Policy, Poverty, and Child Development, Ben Cochran

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Theory of Operation: The Energy Monitoring and Management System, Joshua Conrady, Matthew Diers, Mike Gray, Trieu Luu, Justin Martin, David Nicolais, Nathan Ressler, Joseph Wambach, and David Williams

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Using HotSpotter Animal Individual Recognition Software in the Detection of Ontogenetic Pattern Changes in Panamanian Golden Frogs (​Atelopus zeteki), Samantha Duhé

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Nuestros países inventados: Las narrativas nacionales en la obra de Isabel Allende, Hannah Eckstrom

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Till Human Voices Wake Us, Alicia Fleming

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Identity Development Across Adolescence, Madison Groff

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We Are Fragments: A Memoir of Reconciliation with Self and World, Elisabeth Ivey

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The Efficacy of Third-Party Certifications and Memberships:Bridge to Institutional Sustainability at Colleges and Universities, Mia Kuniholm

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A Novel Synthetic Pathway for Aspernigrin A, Daniel J. Lemen, Zebulun Cross, Duncan McDermond, and Anne Reeve

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Jew and Christians on Forgiveness: Response to The Sunflower, Becca Lokos

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Adsorption of Fluorescently Tagged Self-Assembled Monolayers onto Zinc Selenide Thin Films through Microcontact Printing, Juliya Mantsevich

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Growth and Characterization of ZnSe Thin Films by RF Magnetron Co-Sputtering, Hallie Miller

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Is subjectivity truth? Musings on Kierkegaard and Potok, Elizabeth Muchmore

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Melancholy in Music and Migration: The Development of the Tango as a Transcultural Art Form, Hannah Snavely

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Apathy and Foreign Policy: What We Can Learn from the Vietnam War, Pascal Spronk

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Spherical Geometry and its Applications, Olivia Tamm

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Intentional Community Curriculum, Jared Armistead

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Food Policy Councils in the Mid-Atlantic:Working Towards Justice, Sam Boden

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Biocatalytic Reduction of Ketones and Imines Using Daucus carota Root, Anthony Bogetti

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Allometric Effects on Clutch Size and Quality in the Panamanian Golden Frog, Atelopus zetek, Micah Christensen, Erik Lindquist, and Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

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The Drivers Behind Edible Food Recovery Programs at Institutions of Higher Education, Danielle Chun

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Transatlantic Lessons in Refugee Policy: Comparing Refugee Law, Policy and Programs of the United States and Germany, Ida Ehrhardt

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Literature Review: A Hierarchy of Math Skills, Erika Hufford

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Notes of a Non-Native Son: Narrative, Ecology,and Ethics in the Arizona Desert, Joel Johnson

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From Edenville: Essays, Abigail Koontz

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Una Experiencia de la Educación Especial, Sarah Machowski

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Digital News: Persuasion, Emotion, and Trustworthiness, Abigail McBride

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Splitting the Avocado: Short Fiction on Themes of Power, Gender, and the Hope of Change, Abigail McBride

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Planning a Small Business, Madison O’Donnell

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A Christian Defense for Free Markets, Dustin Peck

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Trapped in a Columbarium of Concepts?(A Philosopher's Self-Help Guide), Richard Prensner

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Can Pancreatic Cancer be Controlled by Cellular Immunity?, Kirby Robbins, John Harms, and Lawrence Mylin

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Electrooptical dynamics of ultra-thin nematic liquid crystalline films supported on ZnSe functionalized with alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers, Elliot C. Rossomme, Nicholas Tay, and Alison Noble

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Tournaments on Tournaments: Using Graph Theory to Analyze Tennis Tournaments, Megan Scala

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Modeling and Forecasting Zimbabwe’s Trade Exports with Time Series Analysis, Emilie Smetak

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Energy Monitoring and Management System: Moving Toward a Modular Design, Paul Tajiri

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Graph Coloring Games, Nicholas Weaver

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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An Insider's Guide to Starting in Small Group Ministry 2nd Edition, Samantha Alderfer and Stephen Haverstick

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A search for new T cell epitopes within and evaluation of the immunogenicity of SV40 T-ag transformed cells grown without fetal bovine serum, Shaun Egolf and Lawrence Mylin

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Edible Forest Gardening: Planning, site selection, and implementation of permaculture at Messiah College, Lyndsay Feather and David Foster

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Frappes and Philosophers, Branden Glass

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How People of High and Low Trait Stress React to State Stress and Pleasure, Robin Hennessey

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Poverty in Modern China: Left Behind in Western China, Kia Hitt

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The Hegemonic Construction of the Modern Fairytale: Wonderland, Oz, and Enchanting Ideologies of Lost Little Girls, Karin Holvik

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Developing a CR281 Peptide Specific T Lymphocyte Immune Response To Target Pancreatic Cancer CCK2i4sv Receptor, Taylor Hook

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Roots and Rituals: A Perspective on Dutch and African Surface Design, Katie Kerlen

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Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Racial Plurality in Contemporary Malaysian Society, Bryan Ji Yang Leong

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A Novel Synthetic Pathway for Aspernigrin A, Brady Marburger and Anne Reeve

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Down or Be Drowned: Gender Constructions in The Mill on the Floss, Elena Patton

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CD4+ T cell Regulation of Immune Responses to the Simian Virus 40 Large Tumor Antigen is Complex and Involves Multiple Layers of Coordination Dependent on Immune Conditions, Arielle Raugh and Lawrence Mylin

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Characterizing monoclonal antibodies against the cholecystokinin 2 receptor (CCK2R) and a splice variant for use in pancreatic cancer studies, Laura Ritenour

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Increasing the Stability and Expression of Green Fluorescent Protein in Pancreatic Cancer Cells for Metastasis Assays, Holly M. Ross and John F. Harms

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Father Face in the Dark, Dallas Saylor

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Low Cost, High Speed Correlation for Dynamic Light Scattering On a Field Programmable Gate Array and Potential Applications in HIV Detection, Katrina Schrock

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Understanding the Effects of Parents’ Strokes on their Adult Children’s Lives, Jaclyn Weit

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“Call Your Brothers Magnificent, Call All the Sisters Queens”: Kendrick Lamar and the West African Griot Tradition, Jonathan Barry Wolf

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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An Insider's Guide to Starting in Small Group Ministry, Samantha Alderfer

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The Effectiveness of Exogenously Induced Ethylene in Rescuing Arabidopsis thaliana from Zinc Stress: An Ethylene Assay followed by a Rescue Assay Using Ethephon Against Zinc Stress with Arabidopsis, Daniel Christensen

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Going Home: American Christian Zionism in History, Theology, and Identity, Jonathan Fuller

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Transfection of Primary Kidney Cells with Mutated SV40 T ag DNA Containing a CCKCR Intron-Derived Sequence, Kaitlyn Grando, Courtnry Burkett, and Lawrence Mylin

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The Multi-Cultural Identity of Medieval Sicily: William II’s Complex at Monreale, Lindsay K. Henry

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Investigating Cellular Immunity Using the SV40 Large Tumor Antigen, Matthew Lauver, Caitlin Mason, Stephanie Schell, and Lawrence Mylin

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Effect of Caffeine on Salivary Cortisol during 10-Mile Cycling Time Trial, Anne Roshong, Lauren Clune, H.Scott Kieffer, and Jodie Haak

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From Pacifist to Patriot: The Manipulation of Tolstoy’s Legacy in Russian Culture and Society, Matthew Roth

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Tissue Culture in Mertensia virginica (L.) Pers. ex Link, Adam Stern

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Correlation: Beginning History through Development of Function, Billie Sue Arndt

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Culturally Competent Social Work Practices: Working with Latino Populations Experiencing Domestic Violence, Danielle Bausher

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Sounds of the Symphony Educational Orchestra Concert, Abigail Feder

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Construction of a Glow-Discharge Plasma Microelectrode for the Synthesis of Inorganic Solids, Julie L. Fenton and Richard W. Schaeffer

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Prayer and Stress: How Prayer Mediates the Body’s Physiological Response to Stressors, Jess Garber

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Alexander Glazunov and his Violin Concerto: History, Biography, and Performance Perspective, Gregory Glessner

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Redefining the Security-Development Nexus: Peace and Sustainable Development in Eastern Congo, Sarah Gross