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 2017

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The Art of Borrowing: Intertextuality in the French Motet of the Late Middle Ages, Eleanor Price

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Locked Up then Locked Out: Reentry Programming and Women’s Post-Carceral Success, Mary Reising

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The Congregation of Heroes: A Skyrim Representation, Richard Smith

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Explorations of Quantum Entanglement, John Stanton

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Bilingual Children’s Literature: Bridging the Gap Between Language and Identity = Literatura infantil bilingüe: Cerrando la brecha entre el idioma y la identidad, Amanda Weber

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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The Worst Place in the World to be a Woman?: Women's Conflict Experiences in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Megan Bailey

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Muscle Memory: Stories, Hannah N. Bradley

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In the Light of Evolution: Human Nature, Political Behavior, and Making Sense of Our Social Identity, Corby F. Burger

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Age-Related Hearing Loss: Inhibition--Excitation Balance in the Rat Inferior Colliculus, Sydney Cason

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Pseudonymous Disguises: Are Pen Names An Escape From the Gender Bias in Publishing?, Nettie Finn

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Where Does That Flower Bloom, Conner Gordon

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Deceleration of droplets that glide along the free surface of a bath, Jacob Hale and Caleb Akers

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Love and Marriage: a Narrative Exploration, Emily Hancock

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The Method of Madness: a Brief Biography of Schizophrenia, Riley Hawkins

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Keeping Up Appearances: Perfectionism and Perfectionistic Self-Presentation on Social Media, Emily Hellmann

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Towards Sustainable Rural Japan: a Case Study on Urban-Rural Migration Motives, Lisa Kanai

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Collective Action and Decision Making: An Analysis of Economic Modeling and Environmental Free-Riding, Thomas Miller

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Bitcoin's Global Potential: Examining the Obstacles to Becoming a Legitimate Financial Tool, Nicholas J. Moorman

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Our GMO Labeling Debate: Human Health, the Environment, and the Precautionary Principle, Kate Porfilio

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Deep Silences in the Long Night: Meditations on Zapatismo, Coloniality, and the Global Ecological Crisis, Burke Stanton

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The Allure of Music: Implications for Academically Gifted Students, Erin Tolar

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Crusaders in Khaki: Britain, the Crusades, and the First World War, Rhys Weber

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Consuming Culture: Effects of Globalization in American Japanese Restaurants, Danielle Wenning

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Genetic Analysis and the Ethics of Secondary Findings, Jacob Zieba

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Christianity and Communicative Technologies: A Focus on Cyber-Catholicism’s Influence on Political Activism in the US, Brandon Bekkering