The mission of Olivet’s Honors Program is to encourage and nurture academically gifted students, helping them to believe in their possibilities, preparing them to become the Christian scholars and servant leaders they were meant to be.

During your first two years as an honor student, you will take four interdisciplinary, team-taught classes covering an intriguing topic. In your last two years, you will undertake a substantial, faculty-mentored research project. Completed papers are linked from this series in Digital Commons.

Download a list of all Honors projects, by academic area.

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Submissions from 2021

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AC INJURY PREVENTION PARTICIPATION AMONGST COLLEGIATE FEMALE ATHLETES, Natalie Bardwell

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Mothers and Sons: Queen Mothers of Judah and the Religious Trends that Develop During Their Sons' Reign, Brian Bowen

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Restoration of β-Hexosaminidase A deficiency through the use of molecular chaperones, Anthony Fund

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The reliability and validity of the Open Enneagram of Personality Scales, Kayleigh Kastelein

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Hesed: Discovering Redeeming Brokenness in a Retelling of the Biblical Story of Ruth, Elizabeth R. Kijowski

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Gender Roles Reviewed Through Shakespeare's Twelfth Night with 21st Century Applications, Hannah Lewis

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Augustine of Hippo: A Historical Theology Critique, Zachary Monte

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Essential or Optional? Effects of Creative Writing on Expository Skills and Attitude in Middle School Students, Nicole Samuelson

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A Self-Study of FRN Olivet: A student-led food recovery model on a university campus, Madeira Sherwood

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Religiosity and Relational Anxiety: A Cross-Denominational Study, Timothy Steininger

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Measuring the decrement times of volatile anesthetics in Drosophila melanogaster using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, Jason Tolley

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Time to Stop Worrying: A Correlational Study on Individualist Versus Collectivist Time Perspectives and Anxiety, Anna Waldron

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Finding the Balance​ The Effects of α-cyclodextrin, 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin, and cholesterol Bacteroides vulgatus and Clostridium bolteae​, Bethany Weaver

Submissions from 2020

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Personality Traits as Covariates of Rock-Climbing Performance in Novice Rock Climbers, Courtney Gearhart

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Parent Perspectives of Perceived Racial Bias in their Adolescent's Pediatric Healthcare Experience in Emergency Rooms, Ashleigh Godby

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Barriers to Pregnancy Health Care Perceived by the Hispanic Community in the Northern Midwest, Anna King

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Protective Effects of the Novel Phytonutrient Spectra7 Against Intestinal Tight Junction Disruption: Composition Matters, Erin Olson

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Monetary Policy and Income Inequality in the United States and Spain, Brooke Whetstone

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Nutrient Recycling from Aqueous for Nitrogen Supplementation in Algae Growth, Alyssa Young

Submissions from 2019

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Examining the Connections between Target Community Exposure and Language-Related Motivations in University Spanish Students, Allison N. Beecher

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The effects of native and domestic grazers on the health of bumble bee (Bombus spp.) populations in a historical tallgrass prairie ecosystem, McKenna Conforti

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Evaluating the Scalability of the Sonication Method of Graphene Oxide Synthesis, Evan Dexter

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Thermal and Orbital Analysis of DarkNESS CubeSat, Katie Dickey

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Stand location variance as an indicator of disturbance regime in a monotypic Tsuga canadensis forest, Cole J. Doolittle

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The Relationship Between Black Coffee Consumption and Weight Status, Amy Kaczor

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It's not the end of the world: an analysis of the similarities in dystopian literature and their shared refletion of the innate fears of humanity, Marlena G. Kalafut

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The Effect of FLiNaK Molten Salt Corrosion on the Hardness of Hastelloy N, David Kok

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Exploring the effects of protein kinase c-alpha gene knockout on the proliferation of human embryonic kidney cells, Emma J. Kuntz

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Hexavalent Chromium-Induced Cytotoxicity and Mutagenicity: A Study of Protection by Ascorbic Acid and Epigallocatechin Gallate, Timothy P. Mayotte

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Performance analysis of an exhaust heat recovery system utilizing heat pipes, metal foam, and thermoelectric generators, Michael Resciniti

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The relationship between faith maturity and life satisfaction, Amanda L. Roche

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Mental Health First Aid Training: Evaluating a brief training intervention for college students, Erica Sandtorv

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The Japanese Way in America: A comparison of the spiritual beliefs, habits, and ideas of the American Religious ‘Nones’ and Contemporary Japanese Nationals, Jarrett Stalinger

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Study of alpha mangostin as a chemoprotective agent for breast cancer via activation of the p53 pathway, Vanessa Van Oost

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The role of endangered oak (Quercus spp.) savanna characteristics in supporting red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus L.) populations, Kimberly J. Zralka

Submissions from 2018

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The Effects of Heart Medication on the Heart Rates of Drosophila Melanogaster, Felicia A. Baer

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Vocal Processing with Spectral Analysis, Bradley Fitzgerald

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The Effects of Inulin and Galactooligosaccharides on the Production of Reuterin by Lactobacillus Reuteri, Micah Forshee

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The Relationship Between Musicianship, Academic Achievement, Academic Motivation, and Self-Esteem, Ellie Krumsieg

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Noncontact Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Collegiate Female Soccer Players: The Effects of a 4-Week Prevention Program on Landing Kinematics, Tess Marcordes

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Weed and crop discrimination through an offline computer vision algorithm, Phillip Jamison Putney

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Empirical Correlates of Mental Health Stigma, Emily Raduns

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3D Printed Filar Micrometer, Emily Rull

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Evaluation and Revision of BSRI Trait Selection, Valerie Seehafer

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Stigma as a Predictor of Parental Willingness to Seek Mental Health Services for Their Children in Rural America, Reed M. Smith

Submissions from 2017

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Male Body-Satisfaction and Ideal Body Images in the Media: A Positive Intervention, Sarah Allison

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The Political Glass Cliff: Potential Causes of Female Underrepresentation in the U.S. House of Representatives, Erica Browning

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Predictable Politics: Whether Undergraduate Students’ College Majors Relate to their Sociopolitical Views at Olivet Nazarene University, Joshua Dille

Dividing the House: Divorce and the Great Depression in Aurora, Illinois, Lisa Hartman

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Synthesis, Including Microwave Promotion, of Selected Cyclopropyl Derivatives as Stereochemically Rigid Probes of Certain Pharmalogical Receptors, Grace Hohn

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A Mixtape for your Minivan: Writing the Line Between Fiction and Non, Emily Lohr

Constitutional Interpretation in Galloway v. Town of Greece, Ryan Marcotte

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What's More Important: Design or Content? An Analysis of the Impact of Website Design and Argument Quality on Source Credibility, Luke David Salomone

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Partial Preparation of 1-Anilino-8-(Mercaptoamino)-1,8-Octadione as a Potential Therapeutic Agent for the Treatment of Huntington’s Disease and Selected Cancers, Macy Sprunger

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Using α-Mangostin from Garcinia Mangostana to Block Cell Death Caused by Paclitaxel in Proliferating BHK Cells, Andrea Wojciechowski

Submissions from 2016

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Comparing the Effectiveness of Health Curricula in Low Socioeconomic Contexts, Abigail Allen

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A New Definition of Magic Realism: An Analysis of Three Novels as Examples of Magic Realism in a Postcolonial Diaspora, Sarah Anderson

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Beneficial Worship Patterns Within Bilingual SpanishI-English Christian Churches In The United States, Madeline Bloom

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Neurotoxicity of Two Related Organophosphates on Caenorhabditis Elegans, Collin m. Brown

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The Economics of the Political Parties: A Comparison of Economic Performance Under Conservatives and Liberals, Austin Fischer

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Defining Environmental Stresses that Activate the RNA Repair Operon in Salmonella Typhimurium, Caleb M. Gulledge

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Using the Moment of Inertia as a Means of Better Controlling the Speed of Wind Turbines, Garrett L. Muhlstadt

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A Practical Approach to Address Pornography Viewing at Olivet Nazarene University, Jacob Ruetz

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The Changing Nature of Catastrophe: A History of Semantic Shift, Justine Von Arb

Submissions from 2015

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Connections Between the Effects of Various Chemicals on the Development of Drosophila melanogaster and Homo sapiens, Amy J. Brenner

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Tracking Faith: A Statistical Analysis of the Spiritual Profiles of Chicago and Dallas-Ft.Worth Over the Last 15 Years, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald

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Promoting Awareness of Teen Pregnancy Through Multimedia Storytelling: The Case of Elizabeth House in Ecuador, Mary Hall

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Diels-Alder Synthesis of Novel Heterocyclic Compounds, Including Inverse-Electron-Demand and Microwave Promotion, Kristen Richey

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Ranking trails based on natural hazards instead of difficulty: A case study on Starved Rock State Park, Julia Ryherd

Submissions from 2014

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The Collaboration of Faith and Social Work in Creating a Gateway of Helping, Breanne M. Bambrick

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Direct Human Service Experience and its Effect on Volunteers' Self-Perceived Generosity and Meeting Volunteer Expectations, Emily M. Borger

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Effectiveness of Wellness and Life Skills Education for Adolescent Females of Inner-City East St. Louis, Rebecca J. Busler

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Writing a Reading and Language Arts Unit Designed to Motivate Elementary School English Language Learners (ELL) and Students of Poverty, Kaitlin J. Carlson

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Trading Intraday Volatility, Treavor Dodsworth

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Genetic Determination of ABO Genotype from Buccal Cells: Incorporating PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, and ABO Genotyping into Undergraduate Study, Brian M. Ginn

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Implementing Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Through Lesson Study, John Thomas Hall

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Detection Systems for Airbag Deployment, Ryan S. Kee

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A Survey of the Ratio of Melanistic to Gray Squirrels (Sciurus Carolinensis) on Five Midwestern College Campuses, Molly Koleczek

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Relationships between Elements of Leslie Matrices and Future Growth of the Population, Lorisha Lynn Riley

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A Seasonal Quantitative Analysis of Phytoplankton Populations in Freshwater Quarries of North-Eastern Illinois, Daley Schimmelpfennig

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Exploring Cycloaddition Reactions for the Synthesis of Novel Organic Compounds, Including Microwave Promotion, Logan L. Smith

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An Evaluation of Youth In(Vol)Ved: Impact on Participants' Attitudes Toward Volunteerism, Kelsey G. Steines

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An Exploration of the Relationship between Religiousness and Treatment Seeking Trends among College Students, Jessica M. Sturgeon

Submissions from 2013

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His Highest Glory, My Deepest Joy: Discovering Satisfaction at Its Source, Bethany Addington

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Slicing a Puzzle and Finding the Hidden Pieces, Martha Arntson

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Social Giving then and Now: Exploring Philanthropic Activities in the 20th Century through Andrew Carnegie and TOMS, Lauren M. Beatty

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Exploring Children's Literature through Writing, Kelly M. Carey

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Locating the Modifier of Segregation Distorter in Drosophila Melanogaster, Samuel Craven

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Familia E Inmigración: Discovering Biblican Immigration Narratives that Speak to Today's Latin American Immigrant Families in Chicago, McKenzie Fritch

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Teaching Social Justice to Middle School Aged Children, Stacey J. Gerstung

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Meeting the Predeparture and Reentry Needs of ONU Spanish Study Abroad Students, Rachel M. Groters

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Teaching the Northern Ireland Troubles through History and Literature, Sarah Anne Jensen

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Going Public: Writing and Revising the Memoir, Autumn N. Keiss

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Library Selection: The Role of Newbery Winning Titles in Today's Libraries, Erin J. Kennell

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The Relationship between Tax Structure and the Lives of Individuals: Who Wins and Who Loses, David Werner Parker

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The Eden Project: A City Wide Youth Conference and Fashion Show to Increase Body Image and Self-Esteem in Adolescent Girls, Nicole R. Parsons

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Synthesis and Polarographic Analysis of A2E, Elise Rivett

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Advanced Analysis of Curved and Corrugated Titanium Aluminide Metal Intermetallic Laminates Utilizing Multi-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis, Ryan L. Shrout

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Predator Prey Models in Competitive Corporations, Rachel Von Arb

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To What Extent Does Posted Nutrition Information in Fast Food Restaurants Influence Consumer Food Choices?, Kelsey D. Watson