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 2020

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Consequences of In Utero Exposure to Alcohol with a Focus on Behavioral Outcomes, Brittany N. Bamberg

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How Does Arch Height Factor Into Running-Related Injuries?, Taylor M. Brown

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"A place for us", Dillon M. Bryant

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Enhancing Upconversion nanoparticle performance of NaYF4: Yb,Tm with doping optimization and shell addition and of NaYF4: Yb,Er with Yb,Nd shell addition, Ashleigh M. Chov

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Food In Prison: An Eighth Amendment Violation or Permissible Punishment?, Natasha M. Clark

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The Victimization of Native American Women in the United States: The Impact and Potential Underlying Factors, Kaci A. Clement

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Dead Zones: An Analysis of South Dakota’s Rural EMS System, Jenna A. Corrin

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Using Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering of Gold Nanostars for Encoding Molecular Information, Samantha E. Curry

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The Kinetics Of Influenza A (A/CALIFORNIA/4/2009-H1N1) And B (B/PHUKET/3073/2013 (BYAM), B/BRISBANE/60/2008 (BVIC)) Virus Infection In Ferrets, Demi L. Erickson

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Albert Camus's Absurd in 20th Century American Fiction, Alec V. Faiman

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Evolution of United States Navy Amphibious Landing Doctrine During World War II, Jaedon A. Foreman

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Service-Learning and Its Association with Self-Efficacy, Cultural Humility, and Social Justice, Josie M. Galles

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Groups of Divisibility, Seth J. Gerberding

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Plato's Ban: Why the Poets are Exiled, Seth J. Gerberding

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Identifying Determinants of Target Specificity in Two Related Bacterial Peptide Toxins, Andrew D. Holmes

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Assisting Children with Velocardiofacial Syndrome Who Have Developmental Disabilities and Delays Associated with Speech, Communication, and Education, McKenzie K. Holty

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Current and Future Applications of 3D Printing Using Custom-Made Materials, Bridger T. Irons

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Health Care and Plains Native Americans: Striving Towards a Culturally Competent Medical School Curriculum, Benjamin M. Jacobs

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Testing Kalanchoe laxiflora U6 Promoters for Optimal sgRNA Expression in Tobacco, Marlee E. Jones

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History of the South Dakota Human Services Center 1879-2019: Trials, Trends, and Tragedies to Transformation, Kate L. Katterhagen

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The Impact of Trade Liberalization on Gender Wage Inequality of South Korea's Labor Market, Shinyoung Kim

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Determining the Kinetic Isotope Effect of Ruthenium Compound Ru(bpy)₂(bpyNO)(PF₆)₂ Using Artificial Photosynthesis, Alexandra I. Kirkvold

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Mechanistic Study of Cooperative Ligand-Centered Reactivity in Triaminoborane-Bridged Diphosphine Complexes, Clara Kirkvold

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Betting the Farm: An Application of Modern Portfolio Theory to South Dakota Agriculture, Lucas M. Ladenburger

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Effect of the Establishment of a 2-week Brief Mindfulness Practice on Positive Nutritional Choices and Perceived Stress in College Undergraduates, Emily M. Larson

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The History of Sex Education in the United States: With Application to South Dakota, Lauren A. Lavin

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Running on Fumes: The Long and Short-Run Effects of British Columbia's Carbon Tax on Gasoline Consumption, Martin A. Long

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Bilingualism/Multilingualism to Protect Against Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Forms of Dementia: A Systematic Review, Kirsten L. May

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Reacting to the Past: A High Impact Practice as a Tool for Retaining Honors Students, Hannah B. McClelland

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Guiding Principle 28: The Unfulfilled Promise to End Protracted Displacement in Azerbaijan, Kaleigh Rose McLaughlin

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Literature Review and Comprehensive Treatment Analysis, Charlton Mechling

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Social Aggression and Stress-Related Phenotype Formation in the Stress Alternatives Model, Tayler L. Modlin

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Time for a Change? Brain Activity and Behavioral Performance Reveal Different Dynamics at Short, Intermediate, and Long Delay Intervals During a Delay Discounting Task, Conrad A. Mohr-Eymer

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Biological and Social Links Between Eating Behavior and Stress Among College Students, Kailyn M. Mutsch

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The Art of Saying Goodbye, Emily L. Origer

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A Performance and Pedagogical Approach of "Adagio" from Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, K.622, Nicole A. Pierson

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The Relationship Between LGBTQ+ Representation on the Political and Theatrical Stages, Brett V. Ries

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Influences of Anti-Bd Bacteria on Amphibians and their Microbiomes, Emme L. Schmidt

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Dementia: Types, What They Are and How They Differ, Jessica N. Schnetzer

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Review of Cerebral Palsy: The Various Intervention Techniques, Taylor Jo Schultz

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I See What You're Saying: A Deaf Culture And American Sign Language Awareness Event, Alexis M. Sejnoha

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Managing Chronic Pain Through Advancements in Transcranial Brain Stimulation Technology Currently Used for Depression, Ashley N. Skinner

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The NCAA's Breaking Point for Equal Opportunity: A Title IX Perspective on Name, Image, and Likeness Sponsorship Legislation, Joshua C. Sorbe

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Effect of Sport-specific Demands On Swimmer's Shoulder, Jordan A. Thielbar

Honors Theses from 2019

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The Role of Social Well-Being in Sustainability, Rachel Abele

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Social Discounting: An Examination of the Neural and Behavioral Performance of Individuals Making Altruistic Decisions about Family Members, Chesney Arend

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Assessing the Viability of Using Human Medical Cadavers as Research Subjects in Post-1950 Radiocarbon Dating, Natalie Basta

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Review of Risk Factors Associated with the Development of Iliotibial Band Syndrome in Runners, Kyle Bergeson

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The Biological Basis of Nervous Tissue Repetitive Strain Injuries in eSports Competitors, Katryna Booth-Malnack

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Surveillance of Ranavirus and Bacterial Microbiome Characterization of False Map Turtles (Graptemys pseudogeographica) Along the Lower Missouri River, USA, Madeline McClaine Butterfield

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Application of Leininger’s Culture Care Theory in Family Medical History, Avery Del Grosso

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Music on the Plains: Felix Vinatieri’s Forgotten Legacy, Nicholas Demuth

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Evaluation of Antibodies Induced After Vaccination with H1N1 Vaccine Candidates Created by DNA Shuffling, Baylor DeVries

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Ex Vivo Study of Skeletal Muscle Secretion of Interleukin-6, Anthony Drazick

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The Pathophysiological Implications of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury on Diagnosis and Treatment, Braeden Edleman

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2018 Department of Public Safety Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey Report, Olivia Edoff

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Implementation of Tracking System for Sexual Assault Kits in South Dakota, Regan Enos

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100 Years Later: An Analysis Into Factors That Affected Mortality During The 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic, Austin Haack

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Machismo and Consequential Aphrodisiac Consumption in Oaxaca, Mexico, Brianna M. Harguth

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Evaluation of Self-Adjuvanting M2e Vaccine Efficacy in Response to Influenza A Virus Challenge, Dustin Heiden

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Oral Health and Awareness at The University of South Dakota, Hannah Hofmaier

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Are Women Benching Themselves From The South Dakota Judiciary?, Marcus Ireland

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A Traditional Medicine’s Deep Time History and Rethinking Depression, Nathan Jones

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The Effects of Acute Stress on Responses to Nociceptive and Non-nociceptive Stimuli, Danielle Mack

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Euphoria, Candra Mahrt

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Do it Yourself: Women and LGBTQ+ Musicians and Promoters in the DIY Midwest Music Scene, Morgan W. Matzen

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Age-Related Changes in two Muscle Enzymes of the Hawk Moth, Connor McMahon

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Human Trafficking in Ghana: A Comparative Analysis, Erica Miller

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An Integrative and Comparative Analysis of Transcriptome and Targetome Data of Medulloblastoma, Blaine Nelson

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The Inconfidêntes – A Play Inspired by the Inconfidência Mineira, Issac Otterman

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Honey Bee and Varroa Destructor Population Dynamics, Karissa Palmer

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Defining the Properties of the OS-33 Osteosarcoma Cell Line and Effects of mTORC1 Inhibition by Rapamycin, Mykayla Palmer

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Nonpharmacologic Interventions for Agitation in Persons with Dementia, Cassandra Pieschke

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Invisible Interactions: Communication Guidelines for Caregivers Facing Dementia-Induced Subjective Realities, Christian Pollema

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Truth, Karina Ramirez

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Music in the Digital Age: An Analysis of Declining Revenue in the U.S. Recorded Music Industry, Ward M. Reesman

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Examining the Early Stages of Adaptive Radiation in Anolis Lizards from Martinique, Patrick Alan Reiter

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Death, Taxes, and Climate Induced Flooding: How Local Governments Can Use Tax Policy to Implement Climate Adaptation Projects, Jacob Selgestad

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Whole Transcriptome Gene Expression and how it Relates to Muscle Performance in Anolis Lizards, Luke Smith

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The Effect of Exercise on College Students' Overall Health, Tanner Steineke

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Osteobiography of Ancient Egyptian Mummified Remains, 900-790 BC, Cassandra Tester

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The Effect of a Universal Basic Income on Life Decisions: Evidence from a Student Lab Experiment, Tyler Wenande

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International Inequality or American Atrocity?: A Comparative Investigation of Indigent Legal Representation in the United States and the European Union, Sydney Wilson

Honors Theses from 2018

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Who’s Your Perfect Person? A Study about Dating and Dating Factors, Jessica Allen

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Cultural Imagery’s Changing Place in Athletics, Cash Anderson

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Effects of Creative Therapies in Women Experiencing Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Caitlin Bolte

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Association Between Neuromuscular Characteristics of Agility in Jumping Tasks, Lara Boman

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Effect of Relative Humidity on Respiration and Metabolism in the Moss Physcomitrella Patens, Cami Brenner

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Factors Affecting Care Quality in South Dakota Nursing Homes, Brice Cowman

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Victims of Their Own Reluctance: A Legal Analysis of the United States and the Mine Ban Treaty, Ashley Flood

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Preventive Care In Rural Areas: A Cross-Examination Of The United States And Germany, Karlie Hinton

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Sex Ratio Significance and Implications in the Cooperative Breeding Chestnut Crowned Babbler, Kelly Howell

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International Diversification and Performance Prediction in Equity Investing, Tomáš Kameník

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Win Shares & Rookie Contracts in the NBA, Lucas R. Kobat

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Impact Analysis of Loved One Peer Coaching on Persons with the Disease of Addiction, Ally Krupinsky

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The Olympic Model: Mitigating Financial Corruption in Collegiate Athletics, Payton Larsen

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End of Life Care Medication Health Literacy Pertaining to Aging Adult Populations, Hanna Leschisin

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The Old, the Young, and the Dehydrated: comparing dehydration tolerance of ‘Gransden’ and ‘Reute’ ecotypes of Physcomitrella patens, Clay Lippert

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Experiences of Participants Receiving Nutrition Counseling in the Siouxland WIC Office, Alexandria M. Logan

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The Misspent Youth of South Dakota Native American Students: An Analysis of the Gear Up Grant Program in South Dakota, Anna Madsen