An Honors Thesis Can be Anything You Want it to Be

Jackie Homan w/ thesis book

Jackie Homan, ’18, used her Crown Award Thesis funding to turn a two-year project into more than an essay: she published a book!  Her work is entitled “On the Record: Notes from 20 Powerful Women in Journalism,” and has a corresponding website, Her writing is aimed at high school and college students who want…

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An Opportunity to Travel the World

Harrison, standing outside first interview site in Germany.

Caitlin Harrison (‘18), received funding to complete her Honors Capstone entitled Refugees Welcome? Why Governments Decide to Accept or Reject Refugees.  She focused on whether or not public opinion plays a role in governments’ decisions to accept or reject refugees. Caitlin used the Syrian refugee crisis as a case study and analyze the responses of…

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Set Apart from the Rest

Anthe Syleniau

Anthe Stylianou used Crown funding to complete her Capstone entitled Characterizing Pitx2 Tooth Morphology and Candidate Genes of Axenfeld- Rieger Syndrome in Zebrafish. Her research focused on Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome (ARS), which is classified as a rare autosomal dominant disorder that includes defects in the eyes, teeth and craniofacial design. Her first goal was to discover…

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Texture of Memory


The definition of memory is “the power or process of reproducing or recalling what has been learned and retained especially through associative mechanisms.” For her research, Amanda used the memory of the site of the Ghetto Nuovo to challenge the notion of memory as an individual’s recollection of a place, but rather the memory of…

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Networking and Innovation

Yejin Lee

Yejin Lee researched how to utilize already explored blockchain potentials as a guide to explore and introduce new potentials in blockchain for supply chain in omni-channels. Her Crown Award funding allowed her to attend two very-exclusive conferences, where only top blockchain researchers and leaders congregated. She was not only able to gain insights and research…

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An Opportunity to Conduct Research that no one else is Doing

Greg Walsh

In his capstone project, A Compact Binary Coalescence Search for Gravitational Wave Counterparts to Fast Radio Burst Events, Greg Walsh used multi-messenger astronomy to probe an astrophysical event known as a Fast Radio Burst, an energetic, millisecond radio pulse of extragalactic origins. His project brought him to the forefront of the field of Physics, conducting…

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A Feeling of Accomplishment

Margaret McCoy

Margaret McCoy’s research project, Control of Meiotic Prophase One Progression in the Perinatal Mouse Ovary, focused on developing an in house method for analyzing meiotic prophase one. Margaret created a timeline of meiotic prophase one mice ages 17.5dpc to PND 4, and analyzed the effect estrogen deficiency and MEK inhibition have on meitoic prophase one…

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A Pyramid for the 21st Century

Max Kronauer

Maximilian Kronauer (Architecture ‘17) completed his capstone project entitled Charon’s Passage: A Pyramid for the 21st Century. Maximilian’s project focuses on the role cemeteries can play in modern day architecture. It postulates whether or not tombs and mausoleums can perform a social role in modern day life. Funding allowed Maximilian to explore cemeteries of Europe…

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Race, Values, and Social Welfare

Christopher Pulliam

“Do not be afraid,” shares Christopher Pulliam, Class of ’17. Pulliam offers this advice to anyone working on their capstone. As he worked on piecing his project, he found it challenging to remain confident in his research. He says it is easy to second guess your ideas and to get lost in the literature, but…

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Going the Distance for Science

Genevieve Pilch

Are you planning your capstone and realizing you might have to do research off campus? Genevieve Pilch ’17 had a similar challenge as she was working on her capstone. Through her capstone, she is researching Mimulus guttatus’, the common monkey flower, genetic composition and its phenotype. Her lab is combining phenotypic observations with genetic data…

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