The University Honors Program exemplifies Messiah University’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 University Honors Program are pleased to share their research with a broader audience.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Carboxylate Self-Assembled Monolayers on Polished Zinc Selenide, Emily J. Mellott and Alison R. Noble

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Compassion in Transcultural Nursing Care, Supakorn Kueakomoldej

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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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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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Culturing Plasmodium falciparum in the Laboratory, Daniel Wingert, Lauren Wilson, and Lawrence Mylin

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Fabricating a Nanoscale Electrode Array on Zinc Selenide for Studies of Long-chain Alkanethiol Monolayer Influence on Liquid Crystal Orientation, Nicholas Eng Soon Tay

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Growth of Arabidopsis Thaliana Under Zinc Stress, Kaitlin Kovach

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How Prayer Mediates the Body’s Physiological Response to Stressors, Corryn R. Sargent

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[Intelligent Water Project], Mathew Musselman

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Investigating an Alternate Synthesis Pathway for Aspernigrin A, Wesley S. Robertson

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Like Father, Like Son? What does it mean for Jesus to be the “Son of God?”, Kelsey Kreider

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Madrigal, Kaylee Schofield

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

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Presence and Prevalence of Bd (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in Central Pennsylvanian Woodland Pools, Brennan A. Neal, Kristin M. Sicher, Erik D. Lindquist, and Michael J. Shin

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Presence and Prevalence of Bd (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in Picado’s Bromeliad Treefrog (Isthmohyla picadoi), Jessica Kim and Erik Lindquist

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Quantification of Histidine from Plant Extracts using High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Electrochemistry, Janelle Veazey, Richard Schaeffer, and Michael Shin

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

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Seed Pressing and Biodiesel Production in Burkina Faso: The Burkina Faso Team : a subset of the Energy Group's Biodiesel Project, Meagan Miller

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Service Learning and the Intelligent Water Project, Andrew Yau

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Sounds of the Symphony Educational Orchestra Concert, Abigail Feder

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Take a Chance, Laura Parks and Katy Bloom

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The Clearly Fuzzy Line: The Aesthetics of Photo Documentation, Schuyler Miller

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Toward the Synthesis of Aspernigrin A Precursor 6-Benzyl-4- hydroxypyran-2-one: Optimization and Cross-Coupling Strategies, Seth A. Sharber and Anne M. Reeve

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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A Cautionary Tale of Two Extremes Religion and Politics in the U.S. and the U.K., Alejandro Garcia Davalos

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An Integrated Model for Community-Based Tourism: Established and Potential Tourism in the Torotoro Region of Bolivia, Amy Ward

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A Philosophical Investigation of the Ontological Status of Mathematical Entities [Being a Brief Undertaking of the Philosophy of Mathematics by a Poor Undergraduate Student who had no Idea of What She was Getting Herself Into], Stephanie Andrews

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A Study of Wind Band Repertoire, David Michael Lynch

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Construction of a Novel System to Analyze Recognition of MHC Class II-Restricted Epitopes by CD4+ T Cell Hybridoma Clones in vitro, Samuel Bray and Lawrence Mylin

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Determination of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Fish Using GC-MS, Kyle Kessler, Jeff Erikson, and Richard Schaeffer

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Determination of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Fish Using GC-MS, Kyle Kessler, Jeff Erikson, and Richard Schaeffer

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Developing and Implementing an Index of Biotic Integrity for the Limestone Streams of Central Pennsylvania, David Dippold

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Dueling Scientists and Dueling Historians: Controversy Over the External History of Germ Theory, Glenn Jones

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Expression of the Human Gastrin Receptors CCKBR and CCKCR in PANCO2 Murine Pancreatic Cancer Cells, Shannon V. Sell, Glenn R. Jones, Gail L. Matters, and John F. Harms

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From Sight to Song: A Resource for Approaching Musicality with Young Students, Edward House

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Johannes Brahms’s Ballades, Opus 10, Sarah Brosvic

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Kant, Romanticism, and Beauty in Science and Mathematics, Nathan Robinson VanWyck

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Keeping Alive the Memory: Modern Philosophies of Myth in Tennyson and Tolkien, Taylor Driggers

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Methanothermus fervidus Histone Binding Affinity and Packaging of Archaeal DNA, Natalie Ziegler and Hannah S. Tims

Multimodal Tutor: A Substitute Teacher, Andrew Dowling

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Native Pollinators (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) and Agricultural Production of Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) at Messiah College, Katherine J. Todd and Erik Lindquist

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Optimal Control Theory and its Applications, Pamela Kirkpatrick

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Orphaned and Vulnerable Children: A Model for Care, Solveig Parsons

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Physiochemical Parameters Affecting Trichoptera Communities in Limestone and Sandstone Streams, Lindsay King and Jeff Erikson

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Project Outcomes Document Version 4 – 5/15/2013: Disability Resources Group – Tricycle Mobility Project: Front-End Redesign, Jeff Dweir, Sumin Seong, and John Nordstrom

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The Math - Craft Connection, Julie Killian

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Voice Recognition: A Foundation, Andy Yong

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Adolescent Orphans and Development: Strategies in Development Targeting Orphan Adolescents Transitioning into Adulthood, Sarah Elizabeth Baranik

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An Exploration of the Fourth Dimension, Kelly Stride

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A Spoonful of Sugar: Why We Should Be Reading P.G. Wodehouse, Abigail Long

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Assessment of Malnutrition Among Albanian Elderly Participating in Home Meal Delivery Using the Mini Nutritional Assessment, Amanda Gray

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Beyond the Nation-State? Examining Trends in Public Support for Governments in the European Union, Sharon E. Hoeck

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Comparing the Immunological Potencies of Two Viral Epitopes: LT529-543 from the Simian Virus 40 Large Tumor Antigen vs. LT678-690 from the Large Tumor Antigen of Murine Polyomavirus, Elizabeth A. Miller, Benjamin D. Hallowell, and Lawrence M. Mylin

Generation of a T Cell Receptor Transgenic Mouse; Assembly of the Full-sized Expression Cassette, Daniel L. Kreider

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KWHR Meter Final Project Report, David Allen, Kevin Manieri, and Jonathon Martin

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Monitoring CD4+ T Lymphocyte Induction by a Mouse Polyomavirus Epitope inserted into the Simian Virus 40 Large Tumor Antigen (SV40 T ag), Benjamin Hallowell, Elizabeth Miller, and Lawrence Mylin

Mr. Bundy, Sarah Scafidi

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No Difference Observed in Sedentary Time per Week between NCAA DIII Distance Runners and Recreationally Active College Students, Nathan Myers

Non-Euclidean Geometry, Abi Buchler

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Oxygen Concentrator Modification: Intake Filter Testing and Analysis, Jaime Gerhart and Tim Houck

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Photo App, Brian Douglass

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Providential Progress: The Post-Revolutionary World of Robert Crawford, Katherine Garland

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Reading the Leaves: Tea and American Colonial Identity, 1765-1775, Amanda Mylin

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Reproductive Ecology of Ambystoma opacum and the Construction of a Guide for Larval Identification, Kristin Listor

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Russia and the Restricted Composer: Limitations of the Self, Culture, and Government, Ian T. Wallace

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Supermadres y la mujer política: An Analysis of Female Political Mobilization in Latin America with Lessons from Chile and Argentina, Victoria Leah Falkner

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The Can-Opener Gourmet: Poppy Cannon and American Culture in the 1950s, Natalie Burack

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The Phenomenon of ADHD: A Cultural and Historical Perspective on the Rapid Rise of Attention-Deficit, Joshua M. Boden

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Toads and Toes: Does the “toe twitching” in the American and Fowler’s toad result in pedal luring?, Emily Brantner

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Acquisition of French and English Accents Within the Process of Second Language Learning, Cody Rosenbarker

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An Analysis of Wage Institutions in Major League Baseball: Sabermetric and Microeconomic Perspectives on Free Agent Contracts, Ryan H. Faus

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Death and Resurrection of the Author: A Reexamination of Biography's Role in Contemporary Art, Joshua M. Rayner

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Defining the Developing World: Narrative Criticism Exploring Global Nonprofit Portrayals of Third World Poverty, Elisabeth A. Warren

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Doctor Faustus: Treating the Soul, Then and Now, Nathan Rosentrater

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Effect of Face-to-Face vs. E-mail Communication on Fitness and Quality of Life in an Employee-Based Walking Program, Amy L. Chrisfield

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Families Talking About Faith: Factors Affecting Spiritual Disclosure in Christian Families, Amy C. Leonard

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From Separatism to Activism: The Political Life of Jerry Falwell and the Making of the Moral Majority, Christine Kelly

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In re Neagle: A Case Study in Executive Prerogative, Shanna P. Lodge

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Math Across Cultures: A Resource for Burkinabè Children, Bethany Blackwood

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MM Instrumental Conducting Final Project: Compositional Analysis, Todd Nichols

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New Restriction Analysis Exercise for Introductory Biology, Songprod Lorgunpai and Lawrence Mylin

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Nonnative Shrub Removal and Herbivory of Herbaceous Understory Plants., William Swinsburg and David Foster

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Puzzling Over History: A Study of Late Antique Cyprus through Mosaic Art, Melissa Hogan

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Stauffer Farm: An Archaeological Primer to Stauffer Farm Research 2011, Colin Riddle

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Target of the Press : The Wartime Relationship Between Patton and the Media., Alexander G. Lovelace

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The Gospel of Mark Project: Stage Manager’s Guidebook, Jessica Joy Nelson

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Water Quality Analysis of Stored Water using Sawyer PointONETM Filters, Karisa Martin

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Activity of Traditional Topical Treatments against Pathogens Common in Wound Infections: Antimicrobial Activity of Traditional Treatments, Anna Wendel

“All had one thought in mind,…were these soldiers to be our conquerors, and if so, what will be our fate?” The Gettysburg Campaign and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, Harold M. Zimmerman

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A Quantitative Analysis of the Uptake of Heavy Metals into Common Garden Vegetables from Contaminated Soils, Jennifer Esbenshade

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But in Things: A series of collectives, Carolyn Wheatley and Christine Perrin

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E. E. Cummings: Lyrical Modernist, Emily Williams

Eight Poems and Stories from the Garden, Timothy Mackie

Elizabethan Costume and Design: a Twelve Step Program, Sara Palmer

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Encryption and Cryptography, Bethany Waldmann

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Evaluating Macroinvertebrate Communities at the Nexus of Freestone and Limestone Streams, Jennifer Hellmann

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Finding Who We Are: The Assemblies of God and Feminism in the 1970s, Caitlin Babcock

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Flight Tracking and Messaging Systems, Steven Heindel

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Isolation of Class II sHsp 17.0 from Zea maize for Future Studies in Chaperone Activity and Subunit Exchange, Michele Schleich and Hannah Tims

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Mennonites in Pennsylvania Prison Ministry and Reform, Kristin Lombardi