An Honors thesis is the capstone project for all students who plan to graduate from the Honors Program at USD. The thesis can take many forms – from a scientific experiment or literary analysis to an original novel, play, or music composition – and allows students to explore a topic they are passionate about. Honors students have a thesis advisor, a faculty member that works closely with them throughout their thesis process, and a thesis committee made up of a small number of faculty members and other stakeholders who do work related to the thesis topic. This support network helps guide students through their thesis process to a successful defense and completion of the project.

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Honors Theses from 2024

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The Role of Dating Apps in the Formation of Long-Term Relationships in College, Jalani Bodidasa

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THE DEARTH OF KNOWLEDGE OF HEALTH INSURANCE LITERACY WITHIN THE UNITED STATES, Katherine A. Conzet

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PERCEPTIONS OF APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS THERAPY ON CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER VIA SOCIAL MEDIA, Kaitlyn Drilling

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MENTAL HEALTH AMONG COLLEGIATE ATHLETES, Stella Elise Fairbanks

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BEYOND AMATEURISM: EXAMINING THE POTENTIAL LABOR EXPENSES OF NCAA STUDENT-ATHLETE EMPLOYMENT, Alayna K. Falak

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STRATEGIES OVER KNOWLEDGE: TRAINING GAPS PRESENT IN CARING FOR PATIENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER FOR PEDIATRIC AND STUDENT NURSES, Jasmine E. Johnson

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Development of Equipment Testing Hardware for the SuperCDMS Experiment, Oleksandra Lukina

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NAVIGATING MURKY WATERS: STATE-LEVEL STRATEGIES FOR WETLAND PRESERVATION AND TILE DRAINAGE REGULATION AFTER SACKETT V. EPA, Caleb M. Swanson

Honors Theses from 2023

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Exploring the Relationship Between Civil Legal Assistance and the Outcomes of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence Victims: A Literature Review, Kailena E. Anderson

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UNDERSTANDING DISORDERED EATING ATTITUDES AND PATTERNS IN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO CAMPUS DINING SERVICES, Benjamin A. Bartling

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Investigating Telomere Lengths in Chestnut-Crowned Babblers, Gabriella Rose Beberg

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An Economic Analysis of the United Kingdom Given the Possible Effects of Overthrowing the Northern Ireland Protocol, Joshua P. Brink

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The Migrant Communities Of South Sioux City, Graciela DeAnda

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What Does the Current Research Say About Effective Strategies for Teaching Reading Fluency?, Talia E. DeWitte

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Examining the Benefits of Adding Mindfulness-Based Programs in the Curriculum of Undergraduate and Graduate Social Work Programs: A Review of Literature, Sarah M. Dickerson

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Physician Assistant Professional Issues: Optimal Team Practice in South Dakota, Michael J. Eggum

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Disease Prevalence and Selenium Bioaccumulation in Northern Leopard Frogs (Lithobates pipiens), Emily B. Eisenbraun

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Remote Monitoring of a Dark Matter Detector Power Supply, Sedonah L. Franzen

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No More Empty Stadiums: A Meta Analysis of Mega Sporting Events and Their Economic Impact, Tayte O. Gleason

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Oral Health in Relation to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Anika L. Gram

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Bipartisan Legislation in Supermajority State Legislatures, Ashley R. Gustafson

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Genetic Influences on the Response to Neuromodulation in Craving Behaviors, Carly J. Haring

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Measuring Selenoprotein Content in False Map Turtles (Graptemys pseudogeographica) Along the Missouri River, Ruby A. Hawks

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HOW PHYLOGENY AND ARBOREALITY AFFECT PELVIC GIRDLE ANATOMY OF CHAMELEONS, Dakota J. John

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Discrepancies in the Estimation of Vaping Rates Among College Students, Cameron J. Klug

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The Relationship Between Cerebrovascular Impairment and Behavioral Abnormalities in Rats Exposed to Alcohol In Utero, Tiffany M. Knecht

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HOLLOW Mn3O4 NANOPARTICLES FOR CATALYTIC OXIDATION OF ALKENES IN AIR, Nathan R. Loutsch

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The Economic, Mental Health, and Social Stressors During the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Native Americans in South Dakota, Savannah E. Lukkes

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Wastewater: History and Impact on Society, James H. Macy

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Investigating the Effects of Sex and Carvedilol on Ischemia Preconditioning Protective Effect, Casey JC Miller

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Horizontal Transmission of Salmonella typhimurium Among German Cockroaches and Possible Mechanisms, Madison Anne Mond

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ESG Disclosure Scores and CEO Compensation, Zane M. Rankin

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Forming a Global Citizen: Personal Development Through Study Abroad, Anna L. Reiter

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Ecological and Evolutionary Drivers of Chameleon Forelimb Variation, Ellie M. Schley

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DETECTION OF SARS-COV-2 MUTATIONS IN VERMILLION, SD, WASTEWATER UTILIZING PROBE-BASED RT-QPCR, Matthew J. Schmitz

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Assessing Gender Differences in USD Students in the Consumption of Pornography, Abbey Selleck

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Using µCT scans to create 3D skull puzzles as open-access pedagogical tools for anatomy and comparative osteology classes., Alexis Slack

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Midwest Opportunity Zones: A Regional and Comparative Analysis of Tract Selection, Breana R. Spinler

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Marijuana Use During Pregnancy: Outcomes for the Pregnant Person, the Fetus, and Provider Recommendations, Anna E. Sump

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COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE AND ITS PERCEIVED EFFECTS ON CANCER PATIENTS, Madison A. Sundvold

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WOMEN IN ORGANIZATIONS: LEADERSHIP AND OVERCOMING BIASES, Madison T. Witt

Honors Theses from 2022

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Study of Adaptive Radiation Effects on Sprint Performance in Anolis Ecomorphs, Alexander J. Bergeson

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TICK SURVEILLANCE AND PATHOGEN DETECTION IN EASTERN SOUTH DAKOTA, Holly E. Black

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AN ANALYSIS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON THE STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA, Alexandra J. Buss

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Memorable Messages in BRCA-positive Disclosures, Alyssa R. Cam

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Analysis of Protein-Protein Interaction Networks in Aging Flight Muscle of the Male Hawk Moth, Manduca sexta, Kylie N. Christiansen

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Factors Affecting Emergency Department Mental Health Visits, Logan Daul

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Bare: the Modern Female Nude Uncovered, Tasha A. Determan

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Investigating the Effect of Meaningful Relationships on Team Chemistry, Isabel N. Fairbanks

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Bilingual Behaviors: Learning Context in Second Language Acquisition, Sydney M. Fulton

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Integrating History into Healthcare: Understanding Links Between Past Traumas and Current Health Disparities within the Native American Population, Alison A. Gisi

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Juvenile Solitary Confinement and the Eighth Amendment, Taylor R. Graves

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Qualitative Analysis of South Dakota Community Health Needs Assessments, Rachel Greiner

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Convolutional Neural Network for COVID-19 Detection in Chest X-Rays, Joshua Elliot Henderson

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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA FACULTY AND STUDENT PERSPECTIVES ON SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION, Morgan A. Hughes Mrs.

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ANTITRUST PHILOSOPHY AND ITS IMPACT ON RURAL INDUSTRY, Logan Gary Johnson

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CONSIDERATIONS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT DATA COLLECTION IN SOUTH DAKOTA: A CROSS-NATIONAL COMPARISON WITH IRELAND, Mattie J. Jones

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Barriers for Small Businesses to Adopt Sustainable Practices in the Sioux Falls Area, Meredith King

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EFFECTS OF PRE-LITERACY ON HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH LEARNERS (ELS) IN THE RURAL UPPER MIDWEST, Maciah L. Lorang

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To Live With, Serina Lund

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Cognitive Task Enhancement Through Alpha Neurofeedback, Hannah L. Meyer and Douglas Peterson

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EVALUATION OF ANTIBODY RESPONSE AGAINST G4 AND G1 EURASIAN AVIAN-LIKE H1N1 STRAINS WITH HA VACCINATION IN SWINE., Callie Jo Olson

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Assessing Student Utilization, Accessibility, and Awareness of Mental Health Practices at the University of South Dakota, Melissa N. Pham

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The Relationship between Pro-stress and Anti-stress Receptors in the Stress-Learning Brain Regions of Female Mice, Nathan Popp

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Women's Representation and Its Impact on Global Female Physical Security, Sydnee D. Pottebaum

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The Impact of Sleep on Athletic Performance: A Review of the Literature, Rylan J. Pratt

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Preventative Healthcare Programs, Caileb T. Reilly

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TROPHISH: BUILDING A GLOBAL DATABASE OF FRESHWATER TROPHIC INTERACTIONS, Jacob M. Ridgway

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Nitro-Aromatic Polymers for Conversion-Style Battery Cathodic Materials, Brady P. Samuelson

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Communication Disorders and Mental Health: A Scoping Review, Haven B. Schultze

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A Document Analysis of Political Rhetoric in 2021-22 South Dakota Higher Education, Carson M. Sehr

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Testing for Transferred Immunity of a Universal Influenza Vaccine in Pigs, Rachel Marie Sestak

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Testing for Transferred Immunity of a Universal Influenza Vaccine in Pigs, Rachel Marie Sestak

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BUY-ONLINE-PICKUP-IN-STORE (BOPIS) BUSINESS STRATEGY: A MULTIVARITE STUDY OF BOPIS INFLUENCING FACTORS ON CUSTOMER SATISFACTION, Addison G. Smith

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Reno-protective and Immune Effects of Growth Differentiation Factor 15 in Obesity-related Kidney Disease, Jessie T. Sullivan

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Perception of the COVID-19 Vaccine Compared to Previous Historic Vaccine Programs Amongst the Influence of Modern Society, Kianna Thelen

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Representation of Women & BBIA Composers in the Teaching Music through Performance in Band Series, Alicia M. Turnquist

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Paleopathological Analyses of Maya Skeletal Samples to Reconstruct Childhood Health and Frailty, Kira J. Wilde

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The Well-being Outcomes of Sexual Assault Survivors After Sexual Assault Kit Examinations, Brianna N. Zimmer

Honors Theses from 2021

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The Emergence of Neurology During the American Civil War: The Delafield Commission's Impact on Military Medicine, Michaela Ahrenholtz

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DECREASED ACTIVITY OF PHOSPHOFRUCTOKINASE-1 IN FLIGHT MUSCLE CELLS OF HAWK MOTH MANDUCA SEXTA WITH AGE, Owen G. Alvine

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Breaking the Cognitive Spell: Cognitive Fusion Mediates the Relation of Cognitive Anxiety Sensitivity and Rumination in Undergraduate College Students, Jacey L. Anderberg

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Let's Talk About (Cred)it, Taylor J. Anderson

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Catabolism of BCAAs and Application, Skylar Arellano-Myers

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In Loving Memory: Beginning the Conversation on Grief and Loss, Sydney Anne Bitz

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Empathy Training to Combat Provider Burnout in Geriatric Healthcare, Heather N. Block

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Accounting Implications Derived from Consumer Big Data, Benjamin E. Boehrns

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PVN ACTIVITY IN CARDIAC SYMPATHETIC AFFERENT REFLEX (CSAR) CONTROL AND CARDIOVASCULAR FUNCTION, Shane H. Boomer

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A Criminological Analysis of Notorious Serial Killers in the United States, Hannah E. Booth

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Rhythm of the Night: Brain Activity and Performance on a Sustained Attention Task is Modulated by Circadian Typology and Time of Day, Carly R. Cooper

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Overgrown: A Collection of Supernatural Narratives, Emily Dawn Cote

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MOLECULAR INTERACTIONS OF HUMAN CELL PROTEINS WITH SARS-COV-2 VERSUS INFLUENZA VIRUSES, Linze Cowman

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An Analysis of Dyslexia Legisation and Implementation Guidelines in Midwestern States, Josephine A. Denning

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Indigenous Peoples' Trust in Police: Multi-Jurisdictional Issues and the Effect on Reporting, Anna R. Doering

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Students Perceptions of Alcohol Use on University Campuses, Phil J. Dohn

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Disparities in Access to Assisted Reproductive Technology Among Hispanic Women in the United States, Madison Gallagher

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Selenium Burdens in Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta), Holly A. Gerberding

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An Annual Training Plan for Collegiate Dance, Ashley R. German

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Influence of Social Rejection and Borderline Personality Features on Emotion Perception, Ashmita Ghosh

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Nitro Group Reduction for Use in Organic, Cathodic Materials, Brock G. Goeden