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Thesis Forum

Honors student Estrellita Longoria and her thesis supervisor

The Honors College holds a Thesis Forum each Fall semester to provide a venue for students to present their honors theses to the academic and University communities.  Along with providing leadership development for students in presentation skills, the Thesis Forum is seen as a celebration of the culmination of students' self-driven academic projects.  Open to all, the Forum acknowledges the academic achievement of the participants and seeks to inspire the spirit of academic curiosity in students, staff, and members of the community.

Fall 2019 Honors Thesis Forum

Thursday, November 21, 2019

& Friday, November 22, 2019

LAMP 407A & LAMP 501

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Schedules of Past Thesis Forums

  • Honors Thesis Forum

    Lampasas 407A

    9:00am-9:20am
    Rios, Reggie
    Addressing Federal Prisoner’s Mental Health and Criminogenic Needs During Community Reentry
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Randall Osborne, Department of Psychology

    9:20am-9:40am
    Tolbert, Desereah
    To Reform or Not to Reform: Cambodian Beliefs and Attitudes Toward Education Reform and Changes to Their National Grade 12 Examination
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Gail Dickinson, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
    Second Reader: Ms. Maureen Lemke, Department of Biology

    9:40am-10:00am
    Black, Melissa & McDonald, Brianna
    Bella and the Balloon
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Karen Smith, Department of Marketing
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Shaunna Smith, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

    Break 10:00am-10:20am

    10:20am-10:40am
    Gonzales, Vanessa
    The Magic Number: A Collection of Short Stories About OCD
    Supervising Professor: Ms. Theresa René LeBlanc, Department of English
    Second Reader: Ms. Robyn Rogers, Department of Psychology


    Break 10:40am-11:00am

    11:00am-11:20am
    Wolfe, Rachel

    Engineering the Disaster: Discussing Trends in Natural Hazard Management Using Case Studies of New Orleans, LA and Galveston Island, TX
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Christi Townsend, Department of Geography

    11:20am-11:40am
    Espinosa, John
    Evaporating Security: An Analysis of Water and Security in the Era of Climate Change
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Ionut Popescu, Department of Political Science

    11:40am-12:00pm
    Lawrence, Mackenzie
    Women in Film Noir: Female Sexuality and Representation in Classic Noir Film
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Victoria Smith, Department of English


    Break 12:00pm-1:00pm

    1:00pm-1:20pm
    Knott, Savannah
    Dropping Out and Stopping Out: Exploring the Barriers to Educational Success Among Former Foster Youth
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Christine Norton, School of Social Work

    1:20pm-1:40pm
    Smith, Kaileigh
    Tadarida brasiliensis Foraging and Echolocation Ecology: Preferential Habitat Use Along the Texas Gulf Coast
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Sarah Fritts, Department of Biology

    1:40pm-2:00pm
    Brockinton, Tyler
    Becoming Hibakusha: Tales of Shame, Pride, Love and Loss
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Peter Siegenthaler, Department of History

    2:00pm-2:20pm
    Malone, Bailey

    A Gully of Vultures
    Supervising Professor: Dr. John Blair, Department of English
    Second Reader: Dr. Cecily Parks, Department of English

    Break 2:20pm-2:40pm

    2:40pm-3:00pm
    Perkins, Adelie
    Helping Without Hurting When Volunteering Abroad: Designing a Mutually Beneficial International Service Learning Program
    Supervising Professor: Ms. Joanna Ellis, Clinical Laboratory Science Program

    Lampasas 501

    3:30pm-3:50pm
    Sanchez, Jeffrey
    The Skeleton and the Rainbow: Understanding the Connection Between the LGBTQ Community and Santa Muerte
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Joseph Laycock, Department of Philosophy

    Break 3:50pm-4:10pm

    4:10-4:30pm
    Lamb, Laurel
    Weight Misperception at Texas State University
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Sylvia Crixell, School of Family and Consumer Sciences

     

    Honors Thesis Forum

    Friday, November 16, 2018

    Lampasas 407A

    9:40am-10:00am
    Graham, Chelsey
    Ladies and GentleThem: The Necessity and Feasibility of Gender Neutral Language in German
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Andrea Golato, The Graduate College

    10:00am-10:20am
    Hale, Lilly
    Death Positive: An Analysis of an Authenticity Movement
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Joseph Kotarba, Department of Sociology


    10:20am-10:40am
    Ienatsch, Zachary
    30 Years of Hazelwood: Revisiting the First Amendment Rights of Minors in the Education System During the Social Media Age
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Gilbert Martinez, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

    10:40am-11:00am
    Jaimes, Maria

    Redefining the Constitution: Applying Europe’s “Right to be Forgotten” to the United States
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Ashleen Bagnulo, Department of Political Science

    11:00am-11:20am
    Byer, Amber
    Effects of Healthy Behavior on Physical and Mental Status
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Son Chae Kim, School of Nursing
    Second Reader: Dr. Barbara Covington, School of Nursing

    11:20am-11:40am
    Archield-Cupit, Hunter

    The Burlap: The Design Document for the Video Game The Burlap
    Supervising Professor: Ms. Anne Winchell, Department of English

    11:40am-12:00pm
    Bell, Jocelyn
    A Misguided Approach to Ending Modern Slavery: An Analysis of the Modern Slavery Act 2015
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Jessica Pliley, Department of History

    Break 12:00pm-1:00pm

    1:00pm-1:20pm
    Hamilton, Christopher
    Better Than Nothing: A Free Will Defense of Theism
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Peter Hutcheson, Department of Philosophy

    1:20pm-1:40pm
    Hanson, Sarah
    From Origin to Habit: Shakespeare’s Use of Alcohol and Morality in Tragedy
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler, Department of English

    1:40pm-2:00pm
    Glassford, Rachel
    Death Objectified, Life Affirmed: Mortality and Materialism in Russian Folktales Featuring Koschei the Deathless
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Teya Rosenberg, Department of English

    Break 2:00pm-2:40pm

    2:40pm-3:00pm
    Al-Rousan, Mohammad
    The Tale of Tribes
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Louie Dean Valencia-García, Department of History
    Second Reader: Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, Department of History

    3:00pm-3:20pm
    Ortiz, Whitney
    Reexamining the Classification of Viruses as Nonliving Based on Their Origins and Evolutionary Patterns
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Kelly Woytek, Department of Biology

    3:20pm-3:40pm
    Hoke, John Michael
    Break of Dawn
    Supervising Professor: Mr. Jordan Morille, Honors College
    Second Reader: Dr. Louie Dean Valencia-García, Department of History


    3:40pm-4:00pm
    Leonard, Kiara
    Cognitive Functions in Young Adults with Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Amitai Abramovitch, Department of Psychology

    4:00pm-4:20pm
    Collett, Elizabeth
    Transit: Ten-Minute Play Collection
    Supervising Professor: Mr. Jordan Morille, Honors College

    4:20pm-4:40pm
    Beronio, Bianca
    A Fortunate Little Fellow: Divine Providence in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Robert Tally, Department of English

     

  • 9:00am-9:20am Adams, Julissa

    Resisting Bullying a Poem at a Time: A Collection of Poems to Defeat Bullying

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Teya Rosenberg, Department of English
    Second Reader: Dr. Roger Jones, Department of English

    Break 9:20am-9:40am

    9:40am-10:00am McRae, Natalie

    Final Conversations from the Millennial Generation

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Maureen Keeley, Department of Communication Studies

    Break 10:00am-11:00am

    11:00am-11:20am Shannon, William

    An Ecological Case Against Development: Remote Sensing Analysis of Ecology and Vegetation Around Spring Lake, Texas, USA

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Andrew Sansom, The Meadows Center for Water and the

    Environment

    11:20am-11:40am Adams, Laura

    Houston Toad Phone: Compression and Transmission of Toad Calls

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Harold Stern, Ingram School of Engineering

    11:40am-12:00pm Garcia, Samantha

    By Tweet and by Speech: An Examination of Values in Donald Trump’s Metaphor

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Amelie Benedikt, Department of Philosophy

    Break 12:00pm-1:40pm

    1:40pm-2:00pm Evans, Clayton

    Spatio-Temporal Variability of Microbial Chitinase Activity in the Narragansett Bay

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Robert McLean, Department of Biology

    Second Reader: Dr. Pia Moisander, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts

    Dartmouth

    2:00pm-2:20pm Jaimez, Daisy

    The Exclusion of Central American Unaccompanied Minor Children (UMC) Under the

    Refugee Regime in the United States

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Sarah Blue, Department of Geography

    2:20pm-2:40pm Guerrero, Juliana

    Music as a Source Memory Enhancer

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Rebecca Deason, Department of Psychology

    2:40pm-3:00pm Barry, Kiley

    Sell Seamlessly to Each Social Style

    Supervising Professor: Dr. A. Wayne Noll, Department of Marketing

    3:00pm-3:20pm  Bintliff, Charles

    An Exploratory Study of Nature Edge Effects

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Shawn McCracken, Department of Biology

    Break 3:20pm-3:40pm

    3:40pm-4:00pm Sprague, Darcy

    The Fight Against SB4: A Look at How the City of San Marcos and Local Activists

    Responded to the Anti-Sanctuary City Law

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Gilbert Martinez, School of Journalism and Mass

    Communication

    9:00am-9:20am Arzola, Emily

    A Theoretical Framework: Effectiveness of Acceptance in Reducing Anxiety in Stuttering

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Farzan Irani, Department of Communication Disorders

    9:20am-9:40am Jones, Kiley

    How to Get the Job? The Role of Innovation and Creativity in the Job Application

    Process

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Linda Nasr, Department of Marketing

    9:40am-10:00am Sneed, Jaysen

    Gender Norms in Horror Slasher Movies

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Marian Houser, Department of Communication Studies

    10:00am-10:20am Rener, Cole

    Plants as Protest: Guerrilla Gardening and Its Role in Urban Environmentalism

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Francis Le Duc, Department of Agriculture

    10:20am-10:40am Heitmann, Austin

    Synergistic Effects of Roundup and Corticosterone on Growth in Incilius nebulifer

    Tadpoles

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Caitlin Gabor, Department of Biology

    Break 10:40am-11:00am

    11:00am-11:20am Schautteet, Anna

    Below the Surface: An Anthropological Discussion About the Deeper Significance of Surface Found Artifacts

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Michael Collins, Department of Anthropology

    11:20am-11:40am Tleimat, Jacquelyn

    The Effects of Vertical Gradients and Forest Types on Beetle Diversity

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Shawn McCracken, Department of Biology

    11:40am-12:00pm Shannon, Mary Kate

    "If I Said No to Sex, It Was My Fault.”: Comparing the Influences of Method Choice on

    Romantic Relationships

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Deborah Harris, Department of Sociology

    Second Reader: Dr. Amy Meeks, Department of Psychology

    Break 12:00pm-1:00pm

    1:00pm-1:20pm Dunn, Emily

    Blue is the New Black: How Popular Culture has been Romanticizing Mental Illness

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Jon Lasser, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult

    Education, and School Psychology

    1:20pm-1:40pm Weaver Lewis, Rikki

    Consumer Preference for Organic and Local Food Purchases: Lessons for Leafy Green

    Vegetable Markets in Greater Austin

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Madan Dey, Department of Agriculture

    1:40pm-2:00pm Boyenga, Sydney

    Next-Level Drama: Advanced Arts Integration in the Standard Classroom

    Supervising Professor: Ms. Vlasta Silhavy, Department of Theatre and Dance

    2:00pm-2:20pm Sohns, Kayla

    They Deserve Better: A Look Into the Lives of the Most Vulnerable Texans

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Rose Pulliam, School of Social Work

    2:20pm-2:40pm Elliott, Tiffani

    ‘Are Involuntary Treatment Laws Protecting the Vulnerable or Violating Civil Rights?’: A

    Content Analysis of Psychiatric Civil Commitment Laws Supervising Professor: Dr. Toni

    Watt, Department of Sociology

    2:40pm-3:00pm Frost, Ashley

    Change in Adaptability and Satisfaction with Life in Students Who Study Abroad

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Sarah Angulo, Department of Psychology

    3:00pm-3:20pm Hellman-Lohr, Aisha

    To Write Press Play: Teaching Creative Writing Basics with Video Games

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Anne Winchell, Department of English

    Second Reader: Dr. Laura Sims, Department of English

    3:20pm-3:40pm Wofford, Nathaniel

    The Effects of a Brief Nap on Stress

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Carmen Westerberg, Department of Psychology

    3:40pm-4:00pm Krell, Judith

    Government and Nongovernment Reproductive Healthcare Organizations: A

    Communication Comparison

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Emily Ehmer, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

  • 9:20am-9:40am                                                        Smothers, Aaron

    Adventure Automata

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Andrew Cousino, Department of Mathematics

    Second Reader:  Dr. Sharon Gronberg, Department of Mathematics

     

    9:40am-10:00am                                                               Lee, Lauren

    Communicative Work and Shifting Illness Trajectories: An Examination of Individuals Coping with Chronic Lyme Disease

    Supervising Professor: Ms. Kristen Farris, Department of Communication Studies

    Second Reader:  Dr. Maureen Keeley, Department of Communication Studies

     

    10:00am-10:20am                                                     Kadous, Victoria

    Regulating Away Sex Trafficking: An Analysis of the Impact of Predominant Prostitution Regulation Techniques on Reducing Sex Trafficking

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Jessica Pliley, Department of History

     

    10:20am-10:40am                                                              Stern, Mark

    Ajzen’s Theory of Planned Behavior: Assessing Mentorship in Student Retention

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Harvey Ginsburg, Department of Psychology

    Second Reader:  Dr. Roque Mendez, Department of Psychology


    10:40am-11:00 am                                                  Lastrapes, Kathryne

    Hikikomori, Exploring the Data Available on Japan’s Most Famous Social Disorder

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Amitai Abramovitch, Department of Psychology

     

    Break 11:00am-11:20am

     

    11:20am-11:40am                                               Testerman, Delaney

    Friedrichs v. California Teachers’ Association: Unions, Free Speech, and a Split Court

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Patricia Pattison, Department of Finance and Economics

     

    11:40am-12:00pm                             Shabankareh Bandari, Alireza

    Anti-Islam Racism: Redefining the Struggle of Muslim Americans

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Bob Price, Department of Sociology

    Second Reader:  Dr. Shawn Patrick, Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling, California State University, San Bernardino

     

    12:00pm-12:20pm                                                  Blizinski, Meghan

    Defeating ISIS in Iraq: An Analysis of the Counterinsurgency Strategy Used to Liberate the City of Tikrit

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, Department of History

     

    Break 12:20pm-1:20pm

     

    1:20pm-1:40pm                                                         Ledet, Anthony

    Synthetic Routes and Methods Towards Achieving a Terminal Borylene

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Todd Hudnall, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

     

    1:40pm-2:00pm                                                           Belcher, Kristi

    Multi-GPU Parallelization of Irregular Algorithms

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Martin Burtscher, Department of Computer Science

     

    2:00pm-2:20pm                                                        Carroll, Valerie

    Fish, Gourds, and Glass Slippers: How Different Cultures Tell the Story of Cinderella

    Supervising Professor: Ms. Diann McCabe, Honors College

     

    Break 2:20pm-2:40pm

     

     

    2:40pm-3:00pm                                                         Meyer, Jennifer

    Exploring the Effect of Gender on Social Capital in World of Warcraft Guilds

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Emily Hanks, Department of Political Science

     

    3:00pm-3:20pm                                                            Treffalls, John

    Can I Eat This? Event-Related Potentials are Modulated by Feedback Regarding Edibility

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Reiko Graham, Department of Psychology

     

    Break 3:20pm-4:40pm

     

    4:40pm-5:00pm                                                               Pescaia, Ryan

    Italian Art Through Mathematics: Engaging Students Through Artistic Exploration

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Alejandra Sorto, Department of Mathematics

    Second Reader: Ms. Shannon Faseler, School of Art and Design

     

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    Lampasas 407A

     

     

    9:20am-9:40am                                                      Bonnette, Aaron

    Men as Fathers: A Content Analysis of Father’s Day Advertisements

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Shirley Ogletree, Department of Psychology

     

    9:40am-10:00am                                                       Schmidt, Lauren

    Spring Comes to Hades and Keeps Coming Back: An Analysis of Historical and Modern Adaptations of the Persephone Myth

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Susan Morrison, Department of English

     

    10:00am-10:20am                                                           Straka, Sarah

    Blazing the Trails: The Personal Branding of Lucille Ball

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Raymond Fisk, Department of Marketing

     

    Break 10:20am-11:20am | Resuming in LAMP 502B

     

    11:20am-11:40am                                                             Elliott, Rachel

    Advancing Storytelling Through the Visual Narrative in the Works of Molly Idle and Shaun Tan

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Teya Rosenberg, Department of English

     

     

    11:40am-12:00pm                                                         Snyder, Kailee

    The Actives: A Writing Journey

    Supervising Professor: Dr. John Blair, Department of English

     

    Break 12:00pm-1:20pm

     

    1:20pm-1:40pm                                                                Lund, Emily

    The Impact of Social Pressures on the Report Behavior of Sports-Related Concussion

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Carmen Westerberg, Department of Psychology

    Second Reader:  Dr. Krista Howard, Department of Psychology

     

    1:40pm-2:00pm                                                                Peña, Marisa

    Multicultural Instruction in the Beginner’s Violin Classroom

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Maneka Brooks, Curriculum and Instruction

     

    2:00pm-2:20pm                                                         Williams, Molly

    The Effects of Bilingualism on Students with Dyslexia

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Peter Golato, Department of Modern Languages

     

    2:20pm-2:40pm                                                     Piotrzkowski, Maxwell

    Exploiting the Sacred: Natural Resource Extraction on Native American Tribal Lands

    Supervising Professor: Dr. F. Kent Reilly, Department of Anthropology

  • Thursday
    November 20, 2014
    LAMP 407A

    11:00 am – 11:20 am
    Guerra, Elijah
    Sartre: Imagination and the Irreal Object
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Nevitt Reesor, Department of Philosophy

    BREAK

    3:00 pm - 3:20 pm
    Tucker, Amanda
    Undeveloped Potential: An Observational Study of the General Populations' Attitudes and Social Treatment Towards Those with Disabilities in Almaty, Kazakhstan
    Supervising Professor:  Mrs. Jessica Dupree, Department of Health & Human Performance
    Second Reader: Ms. Megan Haynes, Department of Health & Human Performance

    3:20 pm - 3:40 pm
    Cook, Haley
    Military PTSD Treatments Differ in Quality of Research Methodology: A Meta Analysis of Pharmacological, Cognitive-behavioral and Non-traditional Therapies
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Harvey Ginsburg, Department of Psychology
    Second Reader: Dr. Natalie Ceballos, Department of Psychology

    3:40 pm - 4:00 pm
    Bovee, Ryan
    Artworld
    Supervising Professor: Mr. John Hood, Honors College

    4:00 pm - 4:20 pm
    Rodriguez, Ashley
    Corruption, Prostitution, & Reform: Policing of the Progressive Era
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Jessica Pliley, Department of History

    4:20 pm - 4:40 pm
    Sanchez, Brittney
    The San Marcos River, A Community River: Threats, Impacts, and Strategies
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Vincent Lopes, Department of Biology
    Second Reader: Dr. Alice LeDuc, Department of Agriculture

     

    Friday
    November 21, 2014
    LAMP 502B

    10:40 am - 11:00 am
    Berkovsky, Randi
    Shepictions: Barriers to Women’s Advancement in the Workplace and the Gender Pay Gap Based on Stereotypes, Myths and Biases
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Kate Peirce, School of Journalism & Mass Communication
    Second Reader: Dr. Shirley Ogletree, Department of Psychology

    11:00 am - 11:20 am
    Galvan, Misti
    Body, Brain, Dance – Cultivating the Connection between Movement and Learning
    Supervising Professor: Ms. LeAnne Smith, Department of Theatre & Dance

    BREAK

    1:00 pm - 1:20 pm
    Bright, Laura
    Awakening the Sleeper: Increasing Access to Study Abroad
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Lucy Harney, Department of Modern Languages
    Second Reader: Ms. Diann McCabe, Honors College

    1:20 pm - 1:40 pm
    Shafiq, Zoha
    A Tale of Squirrels and Nuts:  The Quest for the Perfect Logo
    Supervising Professor: Mr. Barry Underhill, School of Art & Design

    1:40 pm - 2:00 pm
    Williams, Shannon
    The Voice Behind Music Streaming: An Audio Documentary of Blue Collar Musicians in the Digital Age
    Supervising Professor: Mr. Daniel Schumacher, School of Journalism & Mass Communications

    2:00 pm - 2:20 pm
    Reese, Josiah
    Training Master Composters and Analyzing a Model of Bicycle-based Food Scrap Collection in Central Texas
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Tina Cade, Department of Agriculture
    Second Reader: Mr. Mark Carter, Department of Geography

    2:20 pm - 2:40 pm
    Turner, Brett
    Understanding Shinzo Abe's Vision for Japan: A Political Theory Approach
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Peter Siegenthaler, Department of History

    2:40 pm - 3:00 pm
    Jones, Meghan
    Erzähl mir eine Geschicte 
    Supervising Professor: Mr. Jon Marc Smith, Department of English
    Second Reader: Dr. Matthew Michael Conner, Department of Modern Languages

    3:00 pm - 3:20 pm
    Manara, Stephanie
    Ecological Economy: Integrating Beneficial Fungi to our Production Systems
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Kenneth Mix, Department of Agriculture
    Second Reader: Dr. Janet Hale, Department of Finance & Economics

    3:20 pm - 3:40 pm
    Chalupa, Adam
    Characteristics of Bose Glass in a Disordered Optical Lattice
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Byounghak Lee, Department of Physics

    3:40 pm - 4:00 pm
    Moncrieft, Eleni
    Impressions of Saudi Arabia with the Eyes of a European Woman
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Ulrich Bach, Department of Modern Languages
    Second Reader: Dr. Valentina Glajar, Department of Modern Languages

  • Fall 2013 Thesis Forum Schedule

    Friday November 15th, 2013

    Lampasas 502B

     

    10:20 am – 10:40 am                                                   Silvia Clark

    Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management Practices: A Comparison between the United States and Brazil Based on Hofstede’s Cultural Framework

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Robert Konopaske, Department of Management

    Second Reader: Ms. Stephanie Noll, Department of English

     

     

    10:40 am  - 11:00 am                                                      Katelyn Kelly

    An Attempt for Control: The Investigation between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) to Evaluate the Internal and External Struggle of Anxiety.  

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Shirley Ogletree, Department of Psychology

     

     

    11:00 am – 11:20 am                                                    Tiffany Rainey

    Watershed Journals

    Supervising Professor: Mr. John Hood, Honors College

     

     

    11:20 am – 11:40 am                                                    Kelsey Harmon

    Chatting About Khat: Through Popular Media

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Catherine Hawkins, School of Social Work

     

     

    11:40 am – 12:00 pm                                              Alexandra Warner

    For Honor and Country: Understanding the Link Between Football Hooliganism and Nationalism

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Nathan Pino, Department of Sociology

    Second Reader: Dr. Margaret Menninger, Department of History                   

     

     

    12:40 pm -1:00 pm                                                       Michael Tarver

    Rapid Detection of MRS via Immunological Assay

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Shannon Weigum, Department of Biology

     

     

    1:20 pm – 1:40 pm                                                       Rachel Bullock

    Layperson Epistemology: Scientific Knowledge in the Information Age

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Robert Fischer, Department of Philosophy

    Second Reader: Dr. Peter Hutcheson, Department of Philosophy

     

     

    1:40 pm – 2:00 pm                                                      Angelica Riojas

    Characterization of IBR5 Interacting Protein in Arabidopsis.

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Nihal Dharmasiri, Department of Biology

     

  •  

    Thesis Forum Schedule
    Friday, November 30, 2012
    Lampasas 502B

    10:00 AM-10:20 AM
    Gilbert, Fred
    Religious Ritual in the Mixtec Culture: A Holistic Evaluation
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Robert Williams, Department of Anthropology
    Second Reader: Dr. F. Kent Reilly, Department of Anthropology

    10:20 AM-10:40 AM
    Young, Sarah Emily
    Greening the Town Centers of America: An Investigation into the Sustainability of Building Reuse in Relation to the Economy and Environment
    Supervising Professor: Mr. Pax Chagnon, School of Family and Consumer Sciences

    10:40 AM-11:00 AM
    Bell, Michael
    Perceived Competence as a Function of Attire in a Business Context
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Roque Mendez, Department of Psychology

    11:00 AM-11:20 AM
    Brandsma, Elliott
    Sheep, Volcanoes, and International Conflict: Mapping the Twentieth- Century Icelandic Consciousness through Art and Fiction
    Supervising Professor: Mr. John Hood, Honors College

    11:20 AM-11:40 AM
    Smith, William Edward
    A Race for Superiority in the English Channel: Naval Theory, Strategy, and Diplomacy, 1870-1914
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Ellen Tillman, Department of History
    Second Reader: Dr. Margaret Menninger, Department of History

    11:40 AM-12:00 PM
    Kuykendall, Robert
    Improved Ranking of Rated Content Through Linear Prediction
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Dan Tamir, Department of Computer Science

    LUNCH BREAK

    1:00 PM-1:20 PM
    McLean, Nicholas
    English: The Birth Of A World Language
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Matthew Juge, Department of Modern Languages

    1:40 PM-2:00 PM
    Tritsch, Katherine
    Moving Beyond Sustainability at Institutes of Higher Education: The Potential of a Permaculture Initiative
    at Texas State University-San Marcos

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Kenneth Mix, Department of Agriculture
    Second Reader: Dr. Ronald Hagelman, Department of Geography

    2:00 PM-2:20 PM
    Word, Jennifer Lee
    Pet Perks: An Examination and Analysis of the Relationship Between Companion Animals and the Development of Empathy
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Stanley Friedman, Department of Psychology

    2:20 PM-2:40 PM
    Lucio, Mario
    Lexington and Concord: What the Battle Reveals about the State of the British Army in Boston at the Outbreak of the Revolution
    Supervising Professor: Dr. Shannon Duffy, Department of History

    2:40 PM-3:00 PM
    Simchak, Courtney
    Deep Murmur Deep
    Supervising Professor: Ms. Kathleen Peirce, Department of English
    Second Reader: Ms. Katie Geha, School of Art and Design

  • Ahrendt, Hylary Kirsten

    The Role of Cultural Dimensions in International Relations: Findings from Experiential Learning in South India

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Sandhya Rao, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

     

    Alexatos, Andreina M.

    How to Deal with Waste: A Look at Creative Ways to Reinvent Our Neighborhood

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Craig Hanks, Department of Philosophy

    Second Reader: Dr. Joseph Rumbo, Department of Sociology

     

    Bishop, Trista N.

    Competing Values: An Evaluation of SOPA’s Impact on Intellectual Property Rights and Free Speech

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Gilbert D. Martinez, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

     

    Brown, Abigail Michelle

    Beyond the Castle

    Supervising Professor: John Hood, Honors College


    Brown, Mandy A.

    Shattered

    Supervising Professor: Mr. John Hood, Honors College

     

    Clairmont, Todd Logan

    The Effects of Monetary Policy on the Six Major Metropolitan Areas in Texas

    Supervising Professor: Dr. David Beckworth, Department of Finance and Economics

    Second Reader: Dr. James LeSage, Department of Finance and Economics
     

    Degner, Zachary A.

    Deaf Perception: How Brain Plasticity Affects Visual Skills in Deaf Persons

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Michele Oliver, Department of Psychology


    Fedak, Anne Therese

    The Effects of Physical Activity on the Stereotypic Behaviors of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Ting Liu, Department of Health and Human Performance

     


    Fisher, Nicole Renee

    Revolutionary Mode: An Analysis of Communist Rhetoric Surrounding the Disney Corporation

    Supervising Professor: Mr. Jeremy Hutchins, Department of Communication Studies

     

    Frangeskou, Athena

    Spatial Depth Cues in Temporal Reasoning

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Reiko Graham, Department of Psychology


    Gauntner, Ashleigh G.

    Mothers' Knowledge of Communication Development (Fall 2011 SURF Grant Awardee)

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Alisha Richmond, Department of Communication Disorders


    Gray, Daniel Bernard

    Meaning and Materiality: An Investigation into the Meaning of Natural Materials from the Big Bend of Texas (Spring 2011 SURF Grant Awardee)

    Supervising Professor: Thomas Fitzpatrick, School of Art and Design

    Co-Investigator: Billi London-Gray

     

    Hagans, Caitlin

    Image of the 21st Century Vagabond in America

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Craig Hanks, Department of Philosophy

    Second Reader: Mr. John Hood, Honors College

     

    Herrera, Ryan

    Government Evolution and the Democratic Ideal: Applying Pragmatism as a Method for Success

    Supervising Professor: Mr. Wayne Kraemer, Department of Communication Studies


    Holdford, Alexander Scott

    Gender Identification Using Possessive Pronouns in English and Spanish

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Roxane Cuellar Allsup, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

     

    Khatiwada, Sulap

    Barrier and Difficulties of International Students for Higher Studies in the USA

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Ani Yazedjian, School of Family and Consumer Sciences

     

    Horst, Kimberly A.

    The General Education Teacher’s Guidebook to Special Education

    Supervising Professor: Mrs. Laura Judd, Department of Curriculum and Instruction


    Jordan, Brett W.

    Reviving the Renaissance: An Analysis of Nuclear Power’s Future in the Electric Power Market

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Joni Charles, Department of Finance and Economics

    Second Reader: Dr. Vance Lesseig, Department of Finance and Economics

     
    Kite, Kelsey

    Instructing Children in the Use of Computing Technology Through Physical Connections with Digital and Mobile Devices

    Supervising Professor: Mr. Grayson Lawrence, School of Art and Design

     

    Laughlin, Ryan P.

    Magnetic and Structural Properties of Bismuth Ferrite Thin Films Grown on Si Substrates by MBE

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Nikoleta Theodoropoulou, Department of Physics


    Larson, Larissa Faith

    Fashioning the Self: An Exploration of French Women's Construction of Identity through Dress

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Keila Tyner, School of Family and Consumer Sciences



    Laurie, Mandi

    I Tell or You Tell: The Intersection Between Stigmas and Disclosure

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Randall Osborne, Department of

    Psychology


    Martinez, Rhonda

    Chronicles of a Student Teacher

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Rubén Garza, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

    Second Reader: Dr. Terence McCabe, Department of Mathematics

     

    McClung, Christina Lynn

    Characterization of Auxin Responses in Brachypodium Distachyon, a Model Monocot Plant (Fall 2011 SURF Grant Awardee)

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Nihal Dharmasiri, Department of Biology


    Meehan, Kathryn L.

    Immigrants via Popular Culture: A Study of the Portrayal of Various Immigrant Cultures in Vaudeville

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Patricia L. Denton, Department of History

     


    Miller, Joshua M.

    A Whole New Ballgame: Understanding and Adapting to India¹s emerging Middle Class Market

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Chinna Natesan, Department of Marketing


    Moore, Alysha Michele

    Purification and Characterization of DszB using the Substrate Analog Thiourea Dioxide

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Linette Watkins, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

     

    Richardson, Brianne Jayla

    Once Upon a Fairytale Romance

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Federico Subervi, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

    Second Readers: Dr. Roque Mendez, Department of Psychology; Mrs. Olga Wilson, School of Journalism and Mass Communication


    Roark, Sarah Elizabeth

    Investigation of Unexpected Fluorescence in Zebrafish Optic Nerve

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Dana García, Department of Biology

     

    Schnarr, Kelly Danielle

    The Moon and the Origin of Frankenstein

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Donald W. Olson, Department of Physics


    Schultz, Annie Ruth

    Forbidden Love: A Discussion of the Arabic Influence on the Courtly Love Poetry of Medieval Provincial Europe

    Supervising Professors: Ms. JoAnn Labay, Department of English; Dr. Susan Morrison, Department of English

     

    Stanton, Sara Sibel

    SOX Turns 10: Analyzing The Relevance of The Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2012

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Kasey Martin, Department of Accounting

     

    Thompson, Dori Lynne

    A Rather Tall Tale: An Extinct Cretaceous Redwood from the McRae Formation of New Mexico

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Garland Upchurch, Department of Biology


    Vela-Gude, Maria Luisa

    Comparisons of Attractiveness, Weight, and Ideal Body Types Between Hispanic/Latina and White/Anglo College-Aged Women

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Reiko Graham, Department of Psychology

     


    Willis, Briane Rose

    The Weight of Water: Female Empowerment Through Gender Mainstreaming and Integrated Water Resource Management

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Audrey McKinney, Department of Philosophy

    Second Reader: Dr. Brock Brown, Department of Geography


    Watt, Ethan M.

    Effective Incentives: A Proposal of Two Changes to United States Federal Law to Improve Working Conditions in Overseas Factories

    Supervising Professor: Dr. Alexis Stokes, Department of Finance and Economics

  • Abel, Wesley E.
    Sink or Swim: Current Tax Policies Affecting the United States Competitiveness Abroad
     
    Adrian, Anthony C.
    Many Relationships and the Problem of the Many
     
    Barton, Brittany N.
    An Observational Study of Ukranian Mail Order Brides
     
    Berryman, Stephanie J.
    Driven to Learn: A Study on Why ELL Students Lose Interest in Literacy and What Can Be Done about It
     
    Clark, Megan Nicole
    An Assessment of the Quality of Foods Offered on Children’s Menus in San Marcos, Texas
     
    Faurie, Danielle K.
    A Qualitative Analysis of the Perceptions of Iowa Corn Farmers Regarding Alternative Energy Usage and a Proposal for Policy Change
     
    Fuller, Angelika M.
    A Geographic Analysis of Immigrant Detention in the USA: The Distribution and Environmental Contexts of Detention Centers
     
    Gallier, Katelyn B.
    Cloning, Sequencing, and Analysis of the Promoter for the Gene PDCD4A in Xiphophorus Species
     
    Gates, Stephen Thomas
    Characterization of Beta Amyloid Formation and It’s Effect on Alzheimer’s Disease
     
    Gomez, Beatriz
    Giving Voices to the Voiceless: Stories of Undocumented Students of Hispanic Origin at Texas State University
     
    Gordyn, Edgar C.
    Dante’s Ulysses: Damnation and Salvation in the Commedia
     
    Hadley, Sarah E.
    Evaluating the Consumption of Licensed University Apparel and Its Relationship to Pride at Texas State University- San Marcos
     
    Holk, Victor George
    With Words as Strong as Warriors
     
    Howard, Ashleah N.
    Reverse Engineering the Crystal Ball: What Media Portrayals Say about Preparing for a Career in Law
     
    Jackson, Corey S.
    Solving the Musicians’ Diemma: Duplicating the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians in Other Music Cities
     
    Kendrick, Linda P.
    We Have Decided Not to Die: One Woman’s Journey through Dissociative Identity Disorder
     
    Lanning, Emily C.
    Magical Women Who Do Magic Without Being Men: Nontraditional Female Heroes in a World Without Gender Norms
     
    Lindsey, Jon M.
    Dare to Wear
     
    Logan, Gabe C.
    Social and Economic Factors that Affect Emergency Medical Services Call Volume
     
    Lowenstein, Sarah H.
    The Effects of Media Literacy Education on Latino Youth in Austin, Texas
     
    McDowell, Brett Joseph
    Master Limited Partnerships: Valuation Implications of Switching to Corporate Form
     
    Reiter, Karissa M.
    Eating on Purpose: Creating Recipes from the Specific Effects of Food on the Mind and Body
     
    Richey, Jon D.
    Estimates of Atmospheric CO2 for Warm Climates of the Late Cretaceous Using Fossil Lauraceae
     
    Rowell, Melissa N.
    0% More Water: A Geographic Comparison of the Conservation Strategies of San Antonio Water Systems and Colorado Springs Utilities
     
    Sanders, Brian Z.
    Attitudes towards Treatment of Mental Problems and the Effect on Willingness to Seek Treatment

     

    Schramm, Amanda M.
    From Solicitor General to the Supreme Court: Deciphering the Voting Tendencies of Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan

     

    Travina, Anastasiya
    Khipu Language and Cosmology: The Dualism of the Andean Cosmology, Culture and Language as Reflected in the Binary Coding System of the Khipu
  • Aaron, Ragan E.
    Expressive Arts and Anxiety
     
    Ansley, Brenna M.
    Queer Representations of Sadomasochism in Lunacy and The Night Porter
     
    Beebower, Michael M.
    Electrochemical Reduction of Organobromides Catalyzed by Novel Dicobalt Complex Having 2 Salen Units
     
    Blackburn-Rader, Katelyn
    From Email To Twitter: How Social Networking Sites Change Texas Campaigns
     
    Blatzer, Katherine Louise
    Dreams to Reality
     
    Bolfing, Christopher B.
    The Paradigm of the Periphery in Native America
     
    Bugg, Alyssa
    Musicians’ Hearing Loss: Defining Problems and Designing Solutions
     
    Coverly, Chelsea
    Genesis B: Effectively Teaching Old English Literature to High School English Students
     
    Frank, Rebekah Gail
    Cover Your Eyes: Considering Empathetic Response in Reviewing Visual Art Conveying Trauma
     
    Gibbs, Rachel E.
    Mystical Relations: A Study of Feminine Relationships with Christ in the High Middle Ages
     
    Gregory, Allison
    British Dialect for the American Stage
     
    Jackson, Amber
    The Diamond Effect
     
    Jarrard, Jenny K.
    Contagious Disease: The Rise and Fall of Nineteenth Century British Prostitution Regulation
     
    Pickett, Lela
    Azjen’s Theory of Planned Behavior as it Relates to Body Satisfaction and Eating Disorders
     
    Lee, Ji Eun
    Factors that Affect the Difference in Preferences for Using Celebrities in Ads Between So. Korea and the U.S.
     
    Lewis, Deziree
    Mu Suppression, Mirror Neuron Activity, and Empathy

     

    Lormor, Timothy
    Archiving A Dream: The In Your Dreams Collection
     
    Maddox, Carter
    ¡Átame! to Take: Visioning Almodóvar onto the American Stage
     
    McCabe, Samuel
    Crafting a Political Message from a Scientific Survey
     
    Coleman Medina, Naomi R.
    Printed Media and the Imprint It Leaves On Gender Attitudes

     

     

    Narioka, Kosaku
    Searching for the Point of No Return in the Failure of the Oslo Peace Process
     
    Pope, Ava G.

    Astronomical Dating of Edvard Munch’s Summer Sky Paintings

     

    Stamets, Sara E.

    Creating the Journaling Workshop

     

     

    Williams, Sarah A.
    Conceptions of Birth: A Theoretical Analysis of Birth Practices in the US and Mexico
     

     

     

     

     

     

Spring 2017 Thesis Forum