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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Capstones from 2017

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Decreasing Check-In to Discharge Time in the PTC, Grant Nonnemacher, Shekinah Bergmann, and Natalie A. Sheehan

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Building the Winning Percentage Model to Predict Regular Season Results of NBA Teams Based on Regression and Time Series Analysis of Common Basketball Statistics, Sinong Ou

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Designing and Prototyping a Light Flicker Detector, Brent P. Rinchiuso, Corey E. Roys, and Jonathan D. Harvell

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Barriers to Healthcare in the Hispanic Population of DeKalb County: A Healthcare Provider Perspective, Brittany L. Rios

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Psychological Risk Factors Associated with Cardiovascular Disease, Cynthia E. Sanchez Vazquez

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Cracking Down: A Longitudinal Study of the Judiciary's Changing War on Drugs, Jennifer P. Schrauth

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Authentication of Images, Dhwani A. Shah

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Home Control and Monitoring, Sagar V. Shah

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Improving warehouse picking efficiency using product families, Xiaoyue Shan

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Decreasing Check-In to Discharge Time in the PTC, Natalie A. Sheehan, Shekinah Bergmann, and Grant Nonnemacher

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Constituency Size and the Percentage of Women in State Legistlature, Jennifer S. Sienko

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Impact of Motivational Workshops on Lifestyle Modification to Increase Physical Activity, Gagandeep Singh

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Examining Major Depressive Disorder and Autobiographical Memory, Courtney L. Tanzillo

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Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy: An Overview of the Therapeutic Use of the Horse in Mental Health Settings, Mollie E.. Wang

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How Do Universities Prepare Students for a Data-driven Business Environment?, Ziwei Wei

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Automatic Salve Cap Removal, Collin A. Wicks

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Improving Speech and Speaker Recognition For Multi-Speaker Conversations, Eric R. Youngberg

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Percentage of Women in State Legislatures Effects on K-12 Per Pupil Expenditures, Alexandra Zdunek

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Nurses' Perceptions of Inmate Health Problems in Correctional Facilities: A Qualitative Study, Katrina M. Zubi

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The Synthesis of Carborane-Appended Dopamine and L-Dopa for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy, L. Zuidema

Capstones from 2016

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Digital Automated Motor Current Analyzing Test System, Cristina Alvarez Moreno

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Member background: implications for incivility in the U.S. Congress, Aimee C. Arvayo

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Dietary Effects on Behavior and Performance for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Jacqueline A. Bartolai

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Persuasion and Resistance: The American Public and the Mass Media, Emily C. Beebe

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Effects of Transient Noise Reduction Algorithms on Speech Intelligibility and Perceived Sound Quality, Anna A. Benson

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The Box of Marvels, Bethany M. Bijonowski

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Illustrations by Rebecca Bootz, Rebecca M. Bootz

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Determination of the Effects of Cognitive Activity on Postural Sway, Sarah J. Boyd

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University Policies on the Dangers of Spyware Apps, Julia L. Boyle

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The New Radicals: How Wage Labor, Physical Abuse and an Agrarian Crisis Shaped Women's Participation in the Zapatista Rebellion, Patrick E. Brady

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Anatomical Survey: Observation of Physical and Functional Changes due to Congestive Heart Failure, Ronald W. Carpenter

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Shyness mindset beliefs and attentional bias: an experimental study, Amber M. Chamberlain

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The Roles of Churches in Reducing the Crime Rate: An Analysis of Pilsen, Chicago, María Thalía Colompos

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Causes and Consequences of the Greek Current Account Crisis and Estimates of the Current Account Balance, Zachary J. Derrera

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Performance in Morphological Awareness: Children with Language Learning Disabilities versus Typical Language, M.L. DeVlieger

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Bach's Works and Twentieth-Century Organ Literature, Matthew J. Doran

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J.R.R. Tolkien: The Founder of Modern Day Fantasy World Building, Shayne A. Dwyer

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Nursing Interventions that support Families affected by Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, Katelyn M. Einck

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The Effects of Consensual Pain: A Look at Psychological and Physiological Changes of Giving and Receiving Tattoos, Jennifer M. Erickson

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Sexual Education: Abstinence-Only vs. Comprehensive Education, Alex C. Filippini

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Food Insecurity in Northern Illinois, Mary L. Graham

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Other Techniques to Reduce Acute Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Parents with Neonates in Intensive Care Settings, Jeanette M. Gulczynski

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Automated barrel cleaner, Brian C. Gumino

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Woodward Material Replenishment Loop Implementation, Peyton J. Gunnison

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Mothers' Management of Adolescent Peer Relationships and Adolescents' Social Adjustment, Veronica Gutierrez

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Barriers and Facilitators to Service Utilization for People with Dementia and Their Caregivers, Sana M. Hasan

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Cumulative Effects of Concussions on Auditory Processing, Tyler Q. Henry

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Video Games and Its Effect on Crime, Rogelio. Herrera Jr

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The Warburg Effect and Glutamine: Targeting the Deregulation of Metabolism in Human Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cells, Zachary Howard

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Rhetorical Criticism of use of Kritik in Parliamentary Debate, Alex C. Huber

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News Representations of Black Men, Post Black Lives Matter, Alexandria D. Isom

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Making the Classroom More Student-Centered, Alyssa R. Johnson

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Investigating the Effects of Environmental Treatment on Social Stress, Depression and Anxiety, Blessy Johnson

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Working with Families and Children Affected by Child Abuse and Neglect: A Resource Guide for Professionals, Shawna L. Johnson

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Selling NIU: Attracting and Retaining High Achieving Students to NIU, Jeffrey A. Kamholz

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The Effects of an Uncompleted Suicide Attempt: A Parent's Perspective, Kendal T. Klein

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BikeBot: A Study in Reinforcement Learning, April L. Kutz, Kristen A. Brennan, Jeremy Dixon, and Nathan Bogdonas

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Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Fluorescein-Tagged Carborane for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT), Lucas A. Kuzmanic

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A Systematic Review of the Prevalence and History of Eating Disorders in College Students: A Comparison of Western and Nonwestern Countries, Ashley J. Kyle

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Linking Colege Football to Changes in Applications, Eric Lavin

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Teacher Perceptions of and Experiences with the Common Core, Dana A. Lebrecht

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Sound Levels at Bars and Restaurants, Samantha C. Liszewska

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Connecting Mothers and Infants in the NICU, O.N. Lloyd

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Effects of the Great Recession on Non-Metropolitan Illinois and the Midwest, Rachel L. Martin

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Missing You -- A Student Short Film, Alexandra K. Meyer

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Elucidating Host-Symbiont Interactions in Coral Bleaching by Symbiont Transfer, Therese A. Millet

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Montesquieu: An Examination of the Respective Advantages (and/or Consequences) of Commerce Between States, Charles C. Moore

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Synthesis, characterization, and purification of boron nitride nanotubes intercalated with magnesium, Roxana J. Moraga

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Synthesis, Characterization and Application of Lithium intercalated boron nitride nanotubes, Roxana J. Moraga and Narayan S. Hosmane

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Lost in Language Structure: Adolescent Binge Drinking is Associated with Disruptions in Deep Cohesion, Makenna R. Moscinski

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Philosophy of Early and Special Education, Anna S.. O'Halloran

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Speech and Language Developmental Trends of English-Spanish Bilingual Toddlers: Implications for Clinical Intervention, Lorena Orizaba

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What are Classmates Thinking When it Comes to Post-Secondary Educational Accommodations for Students with Disabilities?, Adabel Ortega

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Power of Play: Effects of a Parent/Toddler Interdisciplinary Play Group, Jennifer Panasewicz

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The Effects of Neutron and Gamma Rays on CRV Deadtime in the Mu2e Experiment at Fermilab, Alison M. Peisker

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Harsh Parenting Beliefs as Related to Demographic Factors, Melanie J. Phelps

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Morphological Comparisons of Five Species of Tamarins in Peru, Leila M. Porter and Tyler D. Kotowski

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Behavioral approach and fear moderates the relationship between insensitive/intrusive parenting and early language development, C.J. Richier

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Motivation in Mathematics, Andre J. Richmond

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Non-Invasive Lifestyle Modifications that Mitigate the Non-Modifiable Risks of Breast Cancer in Potential High Risk Patients, Angelica Rosinski

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Advocating for Justice: The role of U.S. policy & non-profit organizations in ending child sex trafficking, Jessica M. Sandlund

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The effect of RNA2 mutation DR7 on recombination of Brome mosaic virus RNA3, Matthew K. Schnizlein

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From Abandoned to Self-Actualized: Dalila as an Empowered Woman in Milton's Samson Agonistes, Timothy J. Schultz

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Putting Cello at the Center: Cello and Contemporary Music of the Last 15 Years, Iris Sidikman

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Fluid Flow Analysis of a Compressible Gas Tubing Network, Adam N. Springer

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The Effects of Video Games on the Rate of Violent Crime, James T. Stacey

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Here and There: Code Switching and the Politics of Spanish-Language Identity in Latina Women's Writing, Marilou. Terrones

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Sustained Release Liposomal Drug Delivery for Treating Ocular Angiogenesis, Alexander G. Thomas

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Superficial Muscular Stimulating Sleep Cycle Analyzer, Laura Thompson, Joseph Hines, Emily. Clampitt, and Colin Konicki

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Factors Affecting Four-Year National University Retention, Franz L. Varga

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Young Adult Literature in the Classroom: What it is and Why it Should be There, Cady E. Wakitsch

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The Effects of State & Local Taxes on NBA Athletes, Alexander T. Weier

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Systematically Developing Assessments Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards for Middle School Students, Ansley J. Wells

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Autism Moves: A Review of Motor Proficiency in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Daniel L. Wheeler

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Combating Misdiagnoses In the Field of Speech Language Pathology, Jezzica E.. Zimmermann

Capstones from 2015

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Relations between on-line speech processing measures and Index of Productive Syntax scores in preschool children, Delaney M. Anderson

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Joint attention and joint engagement among minimally verbal children with autism: a review of JASPER and EMT for preschoolers, Courtney D. Benson

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Moral education in public schools and the church: building bridges, Scot R.L. Bishop

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Credit bureaus give MFIs the ability to scale, Nicole C. Dietz

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One diagram does not fit all: How undergraduate students interpret geologic rock patterns., Alecia C. Eschenbrenner