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2021 Honors Thesis Forum

Congratulations to all of this year's Honors Thesis writers on their excellent research and projects!

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Tuesday, April 20 Virtual Presentations


6:00-6:10 PM CST: Introduction by Dean Lee Skinner

6:15-7:10 PM CST: "New Orleans and the Gulf Coast" Panel with Kate Rose (Political Economy), Caroline Camus (Environmental Biology), Rory Davis (History), and Samantha Hilburn (Geology). Moderated by Dr. Cynthia Ebinger, Marshall-Heape Chair Professor in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences.

7:15-7:40 PM CST: Factors Influencing Brood Reduction in African Hornbills by Melanie Smith (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)

7:45-8:10 PM CST: The Protective Effect of Sestrin2 Overexpression in Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells by Jared Imber (Cell & Molecular Biology)

8:15-8:40 PM CST: Healthcare Access for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in the U.S. and Canada by Paige Montfort (Public Health and Political Science)

Wednesday, April 21 Virtual Presentations

6:00-6:55 PM CST:  "Coming Together, Coming Apart: International Perspectives" Panel with Yael Pasumansky (Political Science and Philosophy), Meghan Crowley (Political Science and German), Emily Cohen (Political Science and Spanish), and Callie Belback (History). Moderated by Dr. Christina Kiel, Professor of Practice in the Department of Political Science. 

7:00-7:25 PM CST: Social Media Censorship: The Impact Filtering Information Has on the Well-Being of Users and Businesses by Katherine Chapin (Business: Marketing)

7:30-7:55 PM CST: Creating a Score for an Imaginary Film by Maddie Grills (Music Composition)

8:00-8:25 PM CST: It's Not What You Know: Youth Unemployment in Urban Uganda by Kyla Denwood (Political Science: International Development)

Thursday, April 22 Virtual Presentations

6:00-6:55 PM CST: "Topics in American Politics" Panel with Kate Kushner (Political Science), Miranda Sinsheimer (Political Science), Carrigan English (Political Science and Communications), and Emily Ross (Political Science). Moderated by Dr. Brian Brox, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. 

7:00-7:25 PM CST: Characterizing the Flow Regime and Evolving Intermittency Patterns of Ephemeral Streams in the Southwestern U.S. by Olivia Boraiko (Environmental Earth Science)

7:30-7:55 PM CST: The Effect of Judicial Selection Method on Juvenile Incarceration by Grace Slapak (Economics and Social Policy & Practice)

8:00-8:25 PM CST: Prime divisibility of the Catalan Numbers and Related Sequences by Adriana Duncan (Mathematics)

Sunday, April 25 In-Person Presentations (Qatar Ballroom, LBC)

*In-person attendees MUST RSVP via WaveSync using the links below. Attendees must wear masks and follow current COVID safety guidelines.

9:00-9:25 AM CST: Diet Culture & The Beauty Industry: A Contemporary Manifestation of the American Freak Show by Julia Hark (Gender & Sexuality Studies) 

9:30-9:55 AM CST: The Intersection of Medicine and Ritual in "Liber Medicinalis" by Sarena Matriano Lim (Latin) 

11:00-11:25 AM CST: Theorizing Feminism, Justice, and ISIS Women by Abby Bean (Political Science) 

11:30-11:55 AM CST: Biotic & Abiotic Factors Mediating Coastal Elevation by Caraline Miller (Environmental Biology) 

12:00-12:55 PM CST: Lunch: Box lunches available in Kendall Cram for presenters and attendees, including vegan and gluten free options. 

2:00-2:25 PM CST: Inequality and Mass Migration by Jonathan Ogawa (Economics) 

2:30-2:55 PM CST: National Catholicism and the Cult of Death: Hagiographical Pamphlets from 1937-1957 Spain by Alexandra Tighe (History and Spanish) 

Sunday, April 25 Virtual Presentations

9:00-9:25 AM CST: Politics Versus Markets: How American Schools Responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic by Evan Bennett (Economics)

9:30-9:55 AM CST: Portable and Cost-Efficient All-Dielectric Metasurface Based Refractive Index Sensor and Biomarker Detector by Brittany Simone (Physics and Engineering Physics)

10:00-10:55 AM CST: "Creativity and Identity" Panel with Lydia Woolley (English), Rachel Kirkwood (English), Lindsay Hardy (Art History), Sophie Lieber (Anthropology), and Timothy Wang (Music). Moderated by Isa Murdock-Hinrichs, Professor of Practice in the Department of English.  

11:00-11:25 AM CST: Development of an Agent-Based Model of SARS-CoV-2-Induced Lung Damage by Mary Pwint (Biomedical Engineering)

11:30-11:55 AM CST: Differentiating Between Diffusive Movement Patterns in Single Particle Tracking Experiments by Riley Juenemann (Mathematics)

12:00-12:55 PM CST: Lunch

1:00-1:55 PM CST: "The Body and the Brain: From Policy to the Personal" Panel with Brooke Benjamin (Political Science), Janna Mangasep (Political Economy), Christina McCarthy (Sociology), and Emma Brick-Hezeau (Economics and Linguistics). Moderated by Dr. Patrick Button, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics. 

2:00-2:25 PM CST: Reactions in Yocto-Liter Spaces by Kaiyu Wang (Chemistry)

2:30-2:55 PM CST: Death is only the Beginning: Gender Identity and Personhood in Pre- and Protopalatial (3000-1700 BCE) Minoan Mortuary Landscapes by Renee Trepagnier (Classical Studies and Anthropology)

3:00-3:25 PM CST: The Role of microRNA24 in Ocular Fibrosis by Katherine Byrnes (Cell & Molecular Biology)


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