An honors thesis, while required for all students in the Cursus Honorum and Provost Scholars, is an option for all honors students. Writing an honors thesis affords the student an opportunity to explore in detail a topic of interest in his or her major. The honors thesis also helps prepare the student for the rigors and expectations of graduate and professional school.

Recent Submissions

  • The impact of public defense spending and caseload on jury trial rates 

    Travis, Holly (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of Political Science and Public AdministrationJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017-04)
  • Media multitasking in relation to cognition and socioemotional well-being: A literature review 

    May, Kaitlyn (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of Counseling, Educational Psychology and FoundationsJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of EducationHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017-04-05)
    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 ...
  • The seventh party system? Social homophily and the reemergence of culturally-based political coalitions 

    Laudadio, Tony (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of Political Science and Public AdministrationJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017-04-01)
    This thesis explores the growth of polarization in American politics and society as a result of social homophily. In recent years, social scientists have documented the increase in polarization, but their work has tended ...
  • Factors impacting retention among African American students at Mississippi State University 

    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, 2017-05)
    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. ...
  • Acceptance of marginalized couples 

    Hargrove, Shaquela (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of PsychologyJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017)
    Marginalized couples (i.e., those seen as dissimilar from the socialized standard) are still not completely accepted (Lehmiller & Agnew, 2006). Almost 50% of Americans still disapprove of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) ...
  • Suicidality and depression of those raised in kincare 

    Fitchie, Theresa (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of PsychologyJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017-04)
    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 ...
  • Characterization of pyridostatin and its interactions with c-MYC g-quadruplexes 

    Cuny, Zachary G. (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of ChemistryJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017-04)
  • Measurement of material thickness using X-ray attenuation 

    Gaerlan, Oliver Mikhail H. (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of Physics and AstronomyJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016-04)
    The experiment will measure the thickness of a thin aluminum foil by sending a beam of x-rays through the foil. The thickness of the foil is related to the difference in the intensity of x-rays that pass through the aluminum ...
  • Reducing social demands in child eyewitness memory using robot interviewers 

    Buchanan, A. Zachary (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of PsychologyJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017-05-01)
    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 ...
  • Decoding the contents of working memory using EEG provides evidence for the sensory recruitment hypothesis 

    Bruning, Allison L. (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of PsychologyJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017-05)
    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 ...
  • 'The Crisis of 1297': Royal prerogative, the Commonality, and the limitations of the crown 

    Warren, Zachary J. (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of HistoryJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016-06-16)
    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 ...
  • Shakespeare's own Metamorphosis: Transformations in the reception of Ovid in Shakespearean plays 

    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 SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016-05)
  • Test-retest reliability of self-reported lifetime history of aggression: A unique longitudinal assessment over one year using Mechanical Turk 

    Kilgore, Jenna (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of PsychologyJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016-04-01)
  • Cicero and Epicureanism 

    Williams, Ryan (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of Classical and Modern Languages and LiteraturesJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016-04-08)
    Over the course of the last ten years of his life, Cicero devoted much effort to exploring and evaluating the three major philosophical schools prevalent at Rome: Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Skepticism. His critique of ...
  • Impact of single amino acid mutations in the rhomboid protease Pcp1p on Pcp1p catalytic activity, cellular respiration, mitochondrial morphology, and mitochondrial DNA maintenance 

    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 Agriculture and Life SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016-05)
    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 ...
  • Microscopic analysis of Rickettsial co-infection in the Gulf Coast tick, Amblyomma maculatum 

    Harper, Amanda Benton (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 SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016-04)
    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 ...
  • "Why do we laugh when we should cry?...Is it only here in this sad island?": Gender, affect, and empire in Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea and Johnston's Fool's Sanctuary 

    Dennis, Kylie (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of EnglishJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016)
    British colonial literature has produced no shortage of the silent woman: she has surfaced in a variety of disguises as the domestic wife, the colonial woman, and the mysterious, exoticized other. For contemporary women ...
  • The in vitro effects of glucosamine on equine and canine platelet aggregation and thromboxane synthesis 

    Rands, Gabrielle (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Veterinary MedicineHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017-05)
    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 µ/ml (control), 10 µ/ml, and ...
  • Love of the law: The ethical Christology of Southern Baptist rhetoric and language concerning the LGBTQ community 

    Ward, Alexander James (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of Philosophy and ReligionDepartment of EnglishJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016-04-01)
    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 ...
  • "Make Margaret Atwood fiction again": Burke's perspective by incongruity and the shifting image of the Handmaid 

    Hydrick, Morgan (Mississippi State UniversityJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeDepartment of EnglishJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors CollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesHonors Office of Undergraduate Research, 2016)
    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 ...

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