For more than four decades, the University Honors Program has enjoyed a proud history of success at Northern Illinois University. Its alumni, who span NIU’s six undergraduate colleges and number in the thousands, are engaged in a broad array of exciting professions across the United States and around the world. They remember fondly the Honors Program’s rich and continuing traditions, from the freshmen retreat at NIU’s scenic Lorado Taft Field Campus to the “Honors House” living-learning community to the Honors Day ceremony for graduating seniors.

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Honors Capstones from 2022

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How Social Media Affects Political Beliefs and Movements, Alyssa Anderson

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The Elusive and Complex Parabolic Relationship between Terrorism and GDP per-capita, Kianna Becker

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Novel Mobility Device for Conjoined Twins, Allyson Bowgren

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Popular Music and History: An Interconnected Narrative, Gwendolin Bresnan

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COVID-19 and The Subsequent Change on Buyer Behavior, Chloe J. Chadwick Miss

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Are All High-Potentials Successful Leaders? Exploring the Underlying Effect of Impostor Syndrome and Evaluative Concerns on the Relationship Between HiPo Designation and Leadership Self-Efficacy., Anjishnu Chakrabarti and Lisa M. Finkelstein

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Segmentation of DNA Lesions in Irradiated Mouse Brain Sections, Nicholas Cirone

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Queering LGBTQ, Caleb Flynn

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Manual Material Handling Lift-Assist System for Occupational Exoskeleton, Erik Goes, Daniel Guthrie, and Trevor Ward

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Sexual Relationships During COVID-19, Katherine Hahn-Boisvert

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Patriotism For All Causes: How American Veterans of the Philippine-American War Were Used to Influence Imperial Policies in the Early Twentieth Century, Russell T. Heibel

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Self-Driving Retrofit Kit for Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers, Dominic Heye

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The Spatial Associations between Crime and Economy in Chicago 2015-2020, Hongtao Huang

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How are the Features of Infant Directed Speech Related to Cradling Bias?, Tiffany S. Jacob

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Living A More Sustainable Lifestyle: Brand Recommendations and Product Reviews, Alison L. Kramer

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FaceShield: Using Machine Learning to Prevent Face Touching on a Commercially Available Smartwatch, Rami I. Lake

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The Parent Perspective on Augmentative and Alternative Communication: A Qualitative Study, Alicia LaRouech

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The Northern Illinois University Foundation and Alumni Engagement: Who is “Golden,” and What Leads Alumni to Give to NIU After Graduation, Emma R. McMahon

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Comparative Transcriptomic Study between Cyanobacteria that Contain Chlorophyll d and Those that Lack Chlorophyll d, Fernanda Montoya

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Factors Affecting Time to Recovery: A COVID-19 Survival Analysis, Fernanda Montoya

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Slacking, Dazed and Rocking: A Study of Richard Linklater, Parker D. Otto

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What is Insurance? An Analysis of the Tax Deductibility of Captive Insurance Premiums, John D. Patten

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Adaption, Retention, and Readaptation Strategies for Unfamiliar LEKA (Lower-Extremity Knee Angles), Leea M. Perry

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Don't you want to be happy?, Mario Rocha Rodriguez Jr

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Health Status and Gender Identity among Northern Illinois University Students, Faculty and Staff, Blake E. Rooker

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Grocery Sales and the Pandemic, Joy A. Salentine

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Food Insecurity Among NIU College Students, Hannah Schaumberg

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Crochet as an Allegory, Maeve R. Wallace

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Exploring the Spatial Association between Obesity and Selected Underlying factors among Adults in the United States, Xinyi Ye

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Code-Switching: Patterns and Motivations for Thai American Bilingual Speakers, Holly Young

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JLootBox: An Agent-Based Model of Social Influence and Gambling in Online Video Games, Lila Zayed

Honors Capstones from 2021

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IoT-Based Patient Monitoring Device, Matthew R. Baldwin, Tyler Dieter, and Matthew Lowe

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The True Feminists Were Hidden in Plain Sight: An Analysis of Disney Heroines Through a Fourth-Wave, Intersectional Lens, Alexa Blair

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Raising Dietary Representation, Dottie V. Blanchard

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Connecting Communities During Crisis: A Case Study of Nonprofit Agencies, People with Disabilities and Access to COVID-19 Vaccines, Brittany R.. Blomquist

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Penguin Players Music Director Digital Binder, Nina P. Caliendo

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IRHA Conference Analysis, Marianna R. Carr

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Comparison of Augmented Reality and Visual Supports on the Correct and Independent Completion of Vocational Tasks Among Students with Autism and/or Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Cameron M. Clark

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The Care and Management of a Newborn with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Alexis M. Combs

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Noninvasive, Wireless Chargers for Implantable Devices and Epidermal Electronics, Natalia Dmitruk, James R. Jersey, and Karla E. Perez Lopez

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How COVID-19 Affected the Academic Internship Experience, Jonathan Drilling

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Carbon Fiber Monocoque Chassis Redesign, Todd E. Durham, Lauren M. Bangert, and Matthew L. McCoy

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The Impact of the Night Shift on the Well-being of Nurses and Ways to Mitigate Them, Gareth T. Elkins

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Aerobic Exercise and Cognition, Kristen M. Ernst

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Health Disparities and Pregnancy, Mary K. Ferneau

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A Response to Leibniz's Monadology, DeVonté Fuller

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Deafness in NICU babies, Adrienne N. Gennell

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The Effect of Antibiotic Selective Pressure on MDR1 and ASCT2 Expression in Human Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Isabella G. Guizzetti, Barrie P. Bode, and Paige Jay Bothwell

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Undocumented Students During the Times of COVID-19, Sarah N. Heinz

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How COVID-19 Affects Women During and After Pregnancy, Elizabeth M. Herbert

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The Electoral Success and Representation of Minorities: Different Cost of Voting Scenarios, Shalisha M. Hill

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How COVID-19 Has Changed the Policies, Practices, and Behaviors of the Workplace, Soha Huq

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Website Development: Cosmetics Organization, Amy G. Jakopin

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Vulnerability due to Nocturnal Tornadoes, Kristie N. Kaminski

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Exploring Medicinal Cannabis Use in Pediatric Oncology, Alexandra R. Karnuth

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Shoulder Anatomy & Rehabilitation Processes, Jaclyn A. Kaspzyk

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The Nurse's Role in Neonatal Therapeutic Hypothermia, Kyla P. Kelly

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The Storm Is on Us: Communities and Military Mobilization in Civil War Chicago, Jeremy R. Knoll

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Acoustic Emissions Tree Monitoring System, Theresa Li, Esteban Molina Hoyos, and Charles West

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Carbon Fiber Monocoque Chassis Redesign, Matthew L. McCoy, Todd E. Durham, and Lauren M. Bangert

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Chert formation at IODP Site U1521 as a proxy for variations in marine geochemistry at the onset of the Miocene Climate Optimum, Finlay T. McElmeel

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The Need for Adaptive Sports in Society, Caroline Melsa

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Perceptions of 'Ladylike' Language: Assessing Gender Barriers to Sex Communication, Claire C. Miller

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Exercise and the Brain: What Can FIT-U do For You?, Kaitlin R. Miller

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C-H Bond Activation and Cracking of Cyclohexane Using Mass Spectrometry, Alyssa L. Mohr

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An analysis of the Oak Lawn Tornado of 1967, Jacob Montesano

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Heart of the Cards: The Underlying Social Framework of the Yu-Gi-Oh Community, Kendall S. Nagi

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Catheter-Associated UTI Prevention and the Use of External Catheters, Rachel L. Nagler

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Deadly Dynamics: Studies of an Invasive Parasite of Waterfowl, Chiedu Okonmah, Rebecca Z. Bachtel, and Jennifer A.H. Koop

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Can a Virtual Choir for Dementia Improve Communication and Engagement?, Madelynn A. Parrott

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Vaccine awareness in low socioeconomic, black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities, Nandini.. Patel

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Exploring Artificial Intelligence Through 4 x 4 x 4 Tic-tac-toe, Franziska M. Plagwitz

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Understanding Climate Change: Communicating Topics on Climate Change to Non-experts, Michaela K. Plagwitz

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Impacts of PWI campuses on Black Students Mental Health and Academic Performances, Jeremey Powell

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EHR/EMR/PHR Technology Impact on the Medical Community and Public Opinion, Jason T. Queen

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How Companies Handle Anonymous Complaints: An in Depth Look at the Guidelines and Regulations for Audit Committees and Businesses, Adam Rivas

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Determining minimum sample sizes for IUCN Red List endangered oaks through simulation, Kaylee J. Rosenberger, Emily Schumacher, Holly P. Jones, and Sean Hoban

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Boron Biomolecules for Medical Applications, Guadarrama Samantha

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Cut From a Different Cloth: Middle-Class Women and the Chicago Men's Garment Workers' Strike of 1910-1911, Cameron H. Simpson

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Secondary Success and Beyond, Gabrielle N. Sims

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Safe and Effective Patient Handoffs, Alexis M. Stangle

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Senior Voice Recital, Elena G. Stavropoulos

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Tonic Immobility in Amphibians: A Literature Overview, Lindsay J. Sweckard

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Prospect for Democratization in China, Pheanusa S. Ty

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The Impact of Peer Suicide During Adolescence on Mental Health: An Adult Perspective, Cassandra J. VanZuiden

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Impact of COVID-19 on Informal Caregiver Stress, Emma M. VanZuiden

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Language Acquisition Intervention: A Prototype in Supplemental Children's Education Through Media, Kelly A. Vidovic

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Simulation's Effect on Self-Efficacy in Nursing Students, Brendan A. Williams

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Language Acquisition Intervention: A Prototype in Supplemental Children's Education Through Media, Caitlin N. Yahnke

Honors Capstones from 2020

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Using Mirror Therapy for Stroke Rehabilitation, Mashal S. Adamjee

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Implementing the "Stop the Bleed" Program: The Impact of "Stop the Bleed" on Nursing Students at Northern Illinois University., Julia L. Altemus

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Prevention of Burnout Syndrome in Nurses to Improve Patient Safety and Care, Mallory N. Alton

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Differences in Parent-Child Interaction Using Physical Toys Versus Technology, M. Appleberry

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Acupuncture for Chronic Pain Management, Arianna E. Arden

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Detection of Unauthorized Transmissions in a Frequency Spectrum Using Wireless Sensor Network, Randall J. Barnes, Alexander Bermeo, and Cory J. Packard

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Extinction Monitor Mount Engineering Note, Christopher S. Becker, Ameed Hamdan, and Ryan McManus

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Childhood Obesity Long-term Effects into Adulthood, Alexis Behl

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Advance Directives: Do I Need One?, Abigail M. Bohn

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The Quaternion Algebra and Its Connections to Medical Imaging, Eli Q. Brottman

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Sport Education Model Incorporated in Mathematics, Dylan A. Brown