The Honor Scholar Program is open to DePauw students of any major who show unusual promise and commitment to the development of the life of the mind. Each year a small number of carefully selected first-year students are invited to participate in the program and the special opportunities it presents. During their final year at DePauw, Honor Scholars pursue independent work under the direction of a faculty thesis advisor and a committee of two or more additional faculty members, culminating in an Honors thesis.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Contemporary Challenges Facing Small, Family Farms in America: The Grant Family and Their Maraschino Cherry Farm, Haley Allaben

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Friend or Foe: Chaucer’s Depiction of Women in Troilus and Criseyde, Vanessa Balis

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The Second Wave in Secondary Schools: Textbooks and Standards on the Feminist Movement, Melissa Browning

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Caught in the Middle: Existentialism in a Contemporary Fantasy, Hannah DePauw

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Multi-Ethnic Chronicles: Interrogating My Imposter Syndrome, Maria Flores

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The Domestic and Global Implications of Considering Non-US Origin a Risk Factor for Tuberculosis in the United States, Emma Gile

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The Narrative of Courtship: Literary and Biological Constructions and their Impact on Women, Drew Harris

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Reflections from a Pre-Service Teacher: Finding Equity, Accessibility, and Compassion in Our Schools, Emma Houston

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The Era of Commercialized Genetics: Examining the Intersection of DNA, Identity, and Personal Origin, Joanna Hutchins

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A Revisionist History of Disagreeableness, Jasmeet Kaur

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An Evaluation of Family Planning Initiatives in Developing Nations, Lauren Kaylor

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Project-Based Learning in an Ever-Changing World: Experiential Revelations from the Field, Sarah Kelly

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The Politics of Sports, Sydney Kopp

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From Michigan With Love, Emma Krug

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Spiritual Reclamation: Learning From Frida Kahlo and Entering My Personal Healing Journey, Sandra Laserna Cowal

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Religious Identity and Religious Belief: The Subconscious Religiosity of Chinese University Students, Margot Leiner

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The One Child Policy: A Moral Analysis of China’s Most Extreme Population Policy, Allison C. Lund

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Fort Ancient and Woodland Pottery from the Hahn Site, Hamilton County, Ohio: A Petrographic Analysis of Chronological Changes in Ceramic Temper, Shelby C. Lutz

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Going Beyond Abstinence Only: A Bioethical Analysis on Educating Adolescents on Birth Control and Other Contraceptives, Sam McCarty

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Understanding Abu Ghraib: Accountability, the United States, and the Continuation of Torture, Julia Michaels

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Computer Science without Computers: A Guide to Teaching Concepts of Computer Science without Access to Computers or Other Technological Devices, Anna Nagy

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Virtual Reality of Underwater Nessebar, Caleb O'Brien

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Cyber Security in the Healthcare Industry, Giovanni Ordonez

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Housework for Revolutionaries: Between Theory and Experience, Megha Summer Pappachen

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It’s Not Cuul to JUUL: Nicotine Addiction, the Rise of e-Cigarette Usage, and How Zebrafish Can Help, Anna Pearson