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 2010

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Renaissance or Ruin? : Creating an Arts and Culture Destination in North Philadelphia, Samantha Moore

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Same-Gender vs. Mixed-Gender Small Groups: Which is Better?, Alison Shellhaas

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Sampling, David Kline

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Synthesis of 4-hydroxy-6-phenylmethyl-2-pyrone, Precursor to Aspernigrin A, Megan E. Buhler and Anne Reeve

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The Dazzling Grotesque: Spectacle, Popular Culture, and Contemporary Art, Lindsay Mehringer

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The Effects of Writing and Drawing and Fear of Social Evaluation on State Anxiety, Hilary Warner

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The Historicity of Jane Austen: Examining Courtship in Eighteenth-Century England, Courtney A. Weller

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The Mennonite Church: Theological History, Pacifism, and Restorative Justice, Kristin S. Lombardi

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The Novels of Wendell Berry and Cormac McCarthy: Persons Attempting to Find a Motive in these Narratives will be Prosecuted, Ray Yaegle

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The Significance of Distal Influences on Adolescent Romantic Relationship Satisfaction, Nathan Templeman

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Trends in the Legal Persecution of Christians and the Erosion of American Religious Liberties, Christie McGinley

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U.S. Influence through Microfinance: The Dominican Republic, Elizabeth H. Poulin

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Who’s the Fairest of them All? The Beauty of Charles Darwin, Alyssa Lord

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Why Violence is Not the Answer: A Comparison of Opposition Groups from the US Civil Rights and Anti-Apartheid Movements, Rebekah Crossman

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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An Educational Assessment of Mahadaga, Burkina Faso, Katie Patton

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A Quagmire of Religion, Politics, and Violence : The Political Causes and Consequences of Militarized Religious Movements, Kara Skarda

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Comparison of ELISA and ELISPOT methods in measuring CD4+ T cell responses to a newly identified MHC class II-restricted epitope within Simian Virus 40 T antigen, Robyn Smith and Lawrence Mylin

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Effects of Differing Post-Exercise Drinks on EPOC, Substrate Utilization, and Energy Expenditure, Sarah Evans and Kaitlin Hiserote

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Electric Motorcycle Battery System: Final Report, Matt Ayre, Amy Bowie, Brice Farrell, and Paul Gustafson

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Environmental Inequality Formation in Camden, NJ: A Sociohistorical Process, Christy M. Hutcheson

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Environmental Nickel and Arabidopsis thaliana: Accumulation, Localization, and the Effect of Propagation on a Nickel-Free Medium, Gabriel Mark Fickett

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From Memory to Meaning, Brittany Lodge

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Heresy or Holiness? Following Christ within Islam, Alison Fitchett

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Heroes and Villains: Good, Evil, and the Unraveling of the "Cold War Consensus" in Hollywood Films, Meredith Noelle Pilling

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Icons in Sound: A Comparison of the Music of Sir John Tavener and the Iconography of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Philip P. Graybill

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Nesting in Text: A Poetry Collection, Rachel McGahey

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Populism in Latin America: What is it, Why is it, and Has it Delivered?, Nadia Schafer

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Reaching for the Extra[ordinary] Life, Holly Perozzi

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The Role of Religion in an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, Nevin Climenhaga

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Uncensored Grief: Suffering in George Herbert's Temple, Karen Garven

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Analyzing Marital Enrichment Resources Employed in Churches, Tawny L. Smay

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Analyzing Premarital Education for Military Couples, Amanda G. Schoeneberger

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Ascend: An Epic Poem in Forty Days, Daniel Wheatley

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As United Voices of Praise choir members, Are we accomplishing our mission statement goals? As a whole and on a personal level?, Marteshia Gant

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Biodiesel: Final Design Report, David Hostetter, Timothy Jones, and Lucas Witmer

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Family and Zombies and Women Who Know What They Want, Liz Wright

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Generation of Immortalized Murine Cell Lines with SV 40 T Antigen Derivatives Bearing Alterations in a Novel MHC Class II-Restricted Epitope, Andrea J. Peters

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Homeschool Plus: "Pilot", Matt Thornton

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Oxidation of Small Alcohols Using Spinach Photosystem II: Use of a natural catalyst for potential green synthesis, Emily G. Forschler

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Personal Electronic Math Tutor Final Design Report, Jeremy Ashinghurst, Scott Eshleman, and Phil Gilde

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Sexual Dimorphism in the Monochromatic Barbados Bullfinch, Loxigilla barbadensis, Cameron Rutt, Maria Svensson, and Samuel Wilcock

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The Best We Were, Andrew Heil

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The Effect of Riparian Buffer Zones of Macroinvertebrate Biodiversity and Stream Health, Adam M.M. Stuckert

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The Poststructuralist Social Theory of Michel Foucault Power-Relations and Subjectivities, Benjamin M. Lamb

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The Role of the United States in Development, Democracy, and Human Rights, Elizabeth Monachello

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To Each His Own: Personalized Version Control, Devin J. Pohly

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When Good Men Do Something: Pre, Post, and Production, Sharon Campbell

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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But the Flesh Is: A Collection of Essays, Julia Sanders

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Christian children's songs in Zambia, Erin Black

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Domestic and International Consequences of US Farm Subsidies, Jeff Reczek

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Favoritism in the Courts of Early Modern England: A Study of James I and George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, Rachel Heeter

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Identifying H-2b-restricted CD4+ T Lymphocyte Recognition Epitopes Within Simian Virus 40 Large Tumor Antigen, Elizabeth M. Chmielewski and Lawrence M. Mylin

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Immigrant Civic Participation, Megan N. Wolf

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Instrumental Learning and Pedal Movements in Bufo americanus, Rebecca Kern

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La condicion politica de la comunidad latina en los Estados Unidos, Jordan Brensinger

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Liberal Democracy in Illiberal Contexts: A Model for Democratic Transition in China, Bethany Stotts

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Linear Models in Statistics, Paul Bernhardt

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Linguistic Reform of Media Portrayals: Moving Towards Positive African American Identity Affirmation, Marissa McKeever

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Loneliness Across Cultures: A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Loneliness Among University Students in Uganda and the United States, Sara Van Cott

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On the dust of its husk: Evidence for an alternative Shadean theory in Pale Fire, Tiffany DeRewal

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Organic Reactions in Ionic Liquids, Anna Beiler

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Sacredness of the Vessel, Diane Pierce

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Short-Term Urban Service Trips: Relevance in Ministry and their Impact on Adolescents' Perception of the City and Continued Service, Melissa Sandrock

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War and Corruption: A Political History of Uganda, Mathew Miller

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Bible Study or Budding Cult? A Study of a Controversial Bible Study on a Christian College Campus, Sarah Ringer

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Body Image and How the Mass Media Affects Us, Connie Wheeler

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"Disposed To Be Communicative": Conversations about Literacy Among Four Texts, Danina Garcia

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Focusing on Femicide: Democracy through the Lens of Women's Rights in Guatemala, Jill Seibert

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Jesus on the Hill: A Descriptive Study of the Church Community on Allison Hill, Eric Hernandez

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Loss of Authenticity: An Examination of Globalization in Athens, Greece, Alison M. Seiler

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"Loyalty and Dissent in Civil War Maryland: William Glenn and the Suppression of the Daily Exchange", Kelly Knight

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Mason Locke Weems, George Washington, and the Emergence of an "Evangelical Nationalism" in the Early Nineteenth Century, Justin J. Bollinger

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"Nothing About Us Without Us"; Empowerment, Disability and Community Development in Kenya, Kim Warde

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Peace, Postmodernism, and Praxis: 'Binding and Loosing' as a Model for Conflict Transformation, Ben Lamb

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Religious Attitudes and Participation at Messiah College, Lauren Webster

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Solving Pell Equations, Matthew Wright

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Strengths of Urban Youth: An Examination of North Philadelphia Teenagers and their Development and Talents, Stephanie Vroman

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Student Housing Effect on Socialization: Does Messiah College Housing effect socialization of students?, Signe Henkel

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The Gothic Tower: How the Genre has Lent Itself to Depictions of Evil throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries, Kristine N. Harvey

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The Skills Agenda: Great Britain vs. the United States, Jennifer Brownett

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Women in Prison: The Path They Take in and the Path They Take Out, Brenna O'Donnell

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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An Ethnographic Report: The Intersection of Self, Career, and Education in the Life of Kelly Smoker, Kelly Smoker

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Cohabitation: Function and Dysfunction, Kristen N. Hess

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Danish Unemployment, Chris Gilbert

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From Ghettos to Globalization: The Market Politics of Discipline and Repression, Zachary Stock

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Incarcerated Females: Trapped in a Man's World, Ashley Gwen Brill

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Leading by Example: Crime Reduction and Techniques in the City of New York, Ryan R. Sensenig

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LSA Integration, Josh Joyce, Tyler Miller, and Jonathan Shenk

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Place, Community, and Resistance.:· A Study of a Localized Urban Opposition Movement Rich in Social Capital, Matt Lyke

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Proposal: Do we create sex in the media or does sex in the media create us?, Ashley Russ

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Reducing the Recidivism Rate of America's Adolescents: A Restorative Justice Approach, Deborah Erving

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The Effect of Thai Public Education on the Cultural Identity of Karen Tribal Children, Cassandra Hartman

Theses/Dissertations from 2004

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A New Conception of Violence, Chelli Stanley

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Business process constraint-driven product planning, Brendan Post

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College Students' Attitudes Toward Seeking Help for Mental Health Problems: A Vignette Approach, Kelly Sensenig

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Developing Software for Cognitively Disabled Children: Teaching Time Telling Skills, Ryan Tierney

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Evaluation of the Juvenile Justice System, Ryan Garner

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Hobbies verses the World Are We Becoming a One-Dimensional Society?, Danny Wicks

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Magnet Schools and Urban Education: Adversaries or Allies?, Melissa Wankmuller

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Nonviolence in the Real World, Shawn Horine