Honors theses, presentations, and other research produced by MSU's undergraduate students.

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  • Out of Place: Stories 

    Parker III, Zane D.; Beckwith, Molly (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of EnglishJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017)
  • Media Multitasking in Relation to Cognition and Socioemotional Well-being: A Literature Review 

    May, Kaitlyn; May, Kaitlyn (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017)
    With the rapid expansion of media use by children and adults, media multitasking (engaging in more than one media activity at a time) has rapidly become a lifestyle for American youth (Roberts, Foehr, & Rideout, 2005). The ...
  • Decoding the contents of working memory using EEG provides evidence for the sensory recruitment hypothesis 

    Laudadio, Tony; Brungung, Allison (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of PsychologyJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017)
    Recent fMRI studies have shown that the contents of visual working memory can be decoded from early visual areas, including V1. This result has been interpreted as support for the sensory recruitment hypothesis: the idea ...
  • Factors impacting retention among African American students at Mississippi State University 

    Fitchie, Theresa; Johnson, Ariel (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of Anthropology and Middle Eastern CulturesJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017)
    African American retention is low at the college level, especially at Predominantly White Institutions. Factors such as resources, support systems, aggressions, and racism impact African American enrollment and graduation. ...
  • The Impact of Public Defense Spending and Caseload on Jury Trial Rates 

    Cuny, Zachary G.; Travis, Holly (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Effective Tax Rates: Higher Ratings, Lower Rates 

    Buchanan, A. Zachary; Parker III, Zane D. (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeRichard C. Adkerson School of AccountancyJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of BusinessHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017)
    In recent years, it has become popular for firms to engage in socially responsible and ethical activities, whether through charitable donations or fair business and employment policy. However, perhaps never before in the ...
  • "Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again:" Burke's Perspective by Incongruity and the Shifting Image of the Handmaid 

    Brungung, Allison; Hydrick, Morgan (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of CommunicationDepartment of EnglishJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017)
    Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale has been a source of inspiration and warning for readers since the 1980s. However, the novel itself never garnered the kind of attention Bruce Miller's Hulu adaptation has. In ...
  • Microscopic analysis of Rickettsial co-infection in the Gulf Coast tick, Amblyomma maculatum 

    Both, Andries Pieter; Harper, Amanda Benton (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of Basic SciencesJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesOffice of Undergraduate ResearchHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016)
    Ticks can pass a variety of organisms to humans, resulting in mild flu-like illnesses or more severe diseases that may be fatal if not treated. One group of tick-borne organisms of interest to us are rickettsiae, which ...
  • Impact of single amino acid mutations in the rhomboid protease Pcp1p on Pcp1p catalytic activity, cellular respiration, mitochondrial morphology, and mitochondrial DNA maintenance 

    Van Geel, Lien; Both, Andries Pieter (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant PathologyJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesOffice of Undergraduate ResearchHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016)
    Pcp1p is a rhomboid protease in the inner mitochondrial membrane of S. cerevisiae that processes Mgm1p, a protein required for mitochondrial fusion. In this study, five previously generated pcp1 mutant strains were analyzed ...
  • The in vitro effects of glucosamine on equine and canine platelet aggregation and thromboxane synthesis 

    Williams, Ryan; Rands, Gabrielle (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of Biological SciencesJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesOffice of Undergraduate ResearchHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016)
    Citrated blood samples were collected via jugular venipuncture and used to create platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP samples were incubated for 5 minutes with four concentrations of glucosamine: 0 �g/ml (control), 10 �g/ml, ...
  • Characterization of Pyridostatin and its Interactions with c-MYC G-Quadruplexes 

    Gaerlan, Oliver Mikhail H.; Cuny, Zachary G. (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeOffice of Undergraduate ResearchHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016)
  • Determining the photometric capabilities of the CTIO 0.9-m telescope 

    Madsen, John K.; Clarke, Cameron (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of Physics and AstronomyJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesOffice of Undergraduate ResearchHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016)
    Exoplanet detections are becoming more and more frequent as our ability to detect transits and Doppler shifted stellar spectra improves. Here, we report on eight observing nights at the SMARTS 0.9m telescope in Chile at ...
  • Phase Space Simulation of Relativistic Twisted Electron Mott Scattering 

    Kilgore, Jenna; Madsen, John K. (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of Physics and AstronomyJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesOffice of Undergraduate ResearchHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016)
    The question of how the spin of the proton and neutron arise from the angular momentum of the constituent partons is very pressing in the study of nuclear structure. As of yet, there has been no experimental method able ...
  • Test-Retest Reliability of Self-Reported Lifetime History of Aggression: A Unique Longitudinal Assessment Over One Year Using Mechanical Turk 

    Harper, Amanda Benton; Kilgore, Jenna (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of PsychologyJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesOffice of Undergraduate ResearchHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016)
  • Removing Aflatoxin M1 from Milk using Activated Carbon and its Effects on Protein Concentration 

    Dennis, Kylie; Cheney, Kaylin (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant PathologyJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Agriculture and Life SciencesOffice of Undergraduate ResearchHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016)
  • Shakespeare's Own Metamorphosis: Transformations in the Reception of Ovid in Shakespearean Plays 

    Warren, Zachary J.; Van Geel, Lien (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of Classical and Modern Languages and LiteraturesDepartment of EnglishJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesOffice of Undergraduate ResearchHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016)
  • Suicidality and Depression of those Raised in Kincare 

    White, Sally J.; Fitchie, Theresa (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of PsychologyJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesOffice of Undergraduate ResearchHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016)
    The rate of children who are raised in kincare (that is, by a non-parental relative), has steadily been on the rise. Past studies have indicated that this group of individuals are at an increased risk of mental health ...
  • Reducing Social Demands in Child Eyewitness Memory Using Robot Interviewers 

    Ward, Alexander James; Buchanan, A. Zachary (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeOffice of Undergraduate ResearchHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016)
    A recent study showed that children's memory for a witnessed event was not impaired when misleading post-event information was presented by a robot interviewer. However, their memory was impaired when the misleading ...
  • "The Crisis of 1297:" Royal Prerogative, the Commonality, and the Limitations of the Crown 

    Hydrick, Morgan; Warren, Zachary J. (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of HistoryJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesOffice of Undergraduate ResearchHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 4/23/2018)
    Modern economic scholarship does not take into consideration institutional examinations of legal power, which affected the three estates: nobility, clergy, and the commons. Additionally, scholars have not studied a correlation ...
  • Love of the Law: The Ethical Christology of Southern Baptist Rhetoric and Language Concerning the LGBTQ Community 

    Molly Beckwith; Ward, Alexander James (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of Philosophy and ReligionJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesOffice of Undergraduate ResearchHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016)
    The connection between society and a group is a complex and often tangled relationship. The division between the two can be blurred in many cases and therefore the movement of individuals within a particular group within ...

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