Senior Honors Thesis

Westover Honors group 2014
Westover Honors Senior Class 2014: Back: Thomas Rodenhouse, Paige Gadsby, Hannah Frank, Ashley Brewer, Patrick Cobb, Garrett Corless, Matthew Anderson, Taylor Dalton. Middle: Julia Rosa, Salvatore Onofrio, Rachel Matney, Patrice Gibson, Rebecca Brummett, Claire Nadolski, Kelsey Cute, Sarah Hurst. Front: Chrissy Yates, Mariam Oweiss, Melanie Tenney, Samantha Chapman, Judith Gallegos, Ashley Rynard, Emma Kinsey, Paige Hammock.

The Senior Honors Thesis gives you the opportunity to build on the knowledge acquired in your major (or minor) and to explore in depth an issue, question, or creative challenge of special interest to you.

Your research project can be presented in these formats:

  • A written thesis
  • A play
  • A musical recital
  • An artistic presentation

You will present your project before your faculty committee and other students.

Your project will demonstrate your:

  • understanding of the tools (methods, theories, and models) of your discipline and your ability to use these tools;
  • ability to develop an informed, well-reasoned, and creative response to a question or problem; and
  • ability to effectively communicate the results of the project, both orally and in writing.

Honors Thesis Examples

Winner of the Directors Award for Best Thesis in 2014 was Hannah Frank, “Counting and the Padovan Sequence.”

Other 2014 theses:

Matt Anderson, “Student Perceptions of Security at FBS Football Games”

Ashley Brewer, “The Effect of Cell-Signaling Inhibitors on Human Breast Tumor Cell Proliferation and Apoptosis”

Becca Brummett, “The Value of Survival: An Analysis of Inmate Ethics in the Holocaust Concentration Camps”

Sammie Chapman, ”The Drama of Silence: Pauses in Joshua’s Mikel’s Lillian Likes It”

Patrick Cobb, “Florida Orange Production: A Grower’s Dilemma” (Dr. Alina Klein, Assistant Professor of Economics)

Garrett Corless, “Modeling Surfactant Absorption of Mixed Cationic and Zwitterionic Surfactant Systems on an Anionic Surface”

Kelsey Cute, “Development Spending and Happiness Indices: Moving Governmental Policy towards a Collaboration of Resources”

Taylor Dalton, “Exploring Putative Chemical Signals in Fishing Spider (Dolomedes scriptus and Dolomedes triton)”

Paige Gadsby, “Wheaties: The Breakfast of Champions and Hegemonic Masculinity”

Judith Gallegos, “The War on Drugs: Unaccompanied Child Immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala”

Patrice Gibson, “Dating Violence on the College Campus: Exploring Student Perception and Awareness”

Paige Hammock, “Dancing Bears and Good Omens: An Argument for the Further Exploration of Early Modern Masques”

Sarah Hurst, “Starting a Theatre: A Business Plan for a New Professional Theatre”

Emma Kinsey, “To be, or not to be”: Existentialism in Shakespeare’s HamletSymptomatic of Religious Skepticism Produced by the English Protestant Reformation”

Rachel Matney, “Evaluating Foreign Aid in Latin America: The Impact of the Peace Corps Program in the Recipient Country”

Claire Nadolski, “Evaluating Forcible Humanitarian Intervention in the Case of Genocide”

Salvatore Onofrio, “The Relationship between New Housing Permits and Average Homeowners Insurance Premiums”

Mariam Oweis, “Functional Movement Screening in Division III Private College Track and Field and Basketball Athletes”

Chelsea Reeve, “Media Overload: How Radio and Television Affect Academic Performance”

Thomas Rodenhouse, “Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase Inhibition in MDA-MB-453 Breast Cancer Cells”

Julia Rosa, “Effects of Urban Zoning on Nutrient Concentrations of Storm-water Runoff”

Ashley Rynard, “Southern Society’s Evil in William Faulkner’s Absalom! Absalom! and Sanctuary”

Melanie Tenney, “The Pursuit of Identity in Post-War Dystopian Fiction: A Journey through Technologic Conformity”

Chrissy Yate, “Brief Mindfulness: Training and Short-term Memory”