While independent research can often feel like a lonely journey, Honors Thesis students are demonstrating that community matters. It is easy to see right here on campus the connections they are forging. The collaborative nature of their peer researchers and Thesis committees provide the fuel to continue revising drafts and pursue the best sources. The Thesis students are also inspired by the scholars in their field, too, and many of them have earned recognition among their professional counterparts. So far this year, ten Thesis students earned academic conference acceptances--a record for the program. This expansion outward is indicative of the students' intellectual goodwill. The Thesis community itself is tight-knit and one that prioritizes character and relationships. Students are smart and good, embracing a spirit of generosity whether their projects implement direct change or simply spark further thought or dialogue. We are inspired by their collective character, which has resulted in recognition from career professionals. Congratulations to these budding scholars!
2016 Pop Culture Honors Thesis Topics Mary Beth Barksdale- Of Monsters and Men: A Study of Popular Culture’s Monsters and Their Influence on the Social Psyche Elizabeth Binning- Autism is Speaking: Raising Awareness through Film Katherine Brumund- Confidence Gap: Creating a Methodology of Teaching Self-Confidence to Middle School Students" Abby Castine- Sense of Self in the Modern World: A Study of the Effect of Social Media on the Developmental Psychology Theories in Society Alex Dunbar- Mathematics and Music Theory: A Different Approach to Thinking About Art Terrell Haughton- Mechanization, Machine Intelligence, and Society: The Ethics of AI and the Impact of Automation Nick Patty- Saving Minds, Saving Lives: Video GameTechnology and Virtual Realities as a Treatment for Mental Illnesses Megan Stauss- Color Me Successful The Impact of Color on Marketing: Consumer Psychology in America and How to Help Improve Brands, Products, and Advertisement Fiona Tozier- Becoming Unstuck and Heart of Gold: Time and Relative Dimensions in Time-Travel Literature Aimee Claire Whitehurst- In Mickey We Trust: An Argument on the Relationship Between a Lack of Morals in Fairy Tales and an Increase in the Financial Importance