Undergraduate thesis biographically examining the lives, deaths, and works of Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath, including their roles as daughters, wives, mothers, and female writers. This thesis has implications for the relevancy and pertinence of Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath to literary, gender, and even political studies today as evident in their being namesakes of their crafts, hallmarks of the literary periods in which they wrote, and some of the most recognized and referenced literary names in popular culture.
Undergraduate thesis examining the causes of geno-/politicides and the potential correlation between colonial legacy and the increased likelihood of seeing geno-/politicide across all newly independent states post-WWII from 1945-2012. This study reviews colonialism through an anthropological and sociological lens and applies it to state-structure's impact on political violence.
Undergraduate thesis that is a collection of short stories preceded by critical preface. The preface, which is divided into two sections, contextualizes the function and presence of the modular narrative. The first section explores the criticism of the form and the second section provides contextual examples of contemporary stories which more or less exhibit elements of the modular. This collection entitled "We Were Once All Gentle Creatures" employs the many conventions and elements of the modular story as means to show how the modular replicates the atemporal qualities of human experience.
Undergraduate thesis examining the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in the United States and its ethics. The authors' study provides that in states where, by legislation, physicians can aid a patient by prescribing a lethal dose which the patient can choose to ingest, the benefits well surpass any risk feared by opponents of physician-assisted suicide.
Undergraduate thesis studying the relationship between self-esteem and relationship quality in college students, while also investigating the mediational role of perceptions of infidelity on that relation. The study uses three different measures in order to understand college students and the dynamics of their romantic relationships. Results indicate that there are possible associations between self esteem, relationship quality, and perceptions of infidelity.
Undergraduate thesis studying the cause of hypoxic induced bradycardia. The author used western blots analysis to determine the concentration of the cardiac sodium channel, Nav1.5 within embryonic American alligators at 70% and 90% development when incubation occurred in hypoxic conditions (10% O₂) and normoxic conditions (21% O₂).
Undergraduate thesis presenting a framework for a united African continent. The current international system has left Africa largely behind and a massive portion of Africa's issues such as territorial disputes are the result of Western influence and intervention. A philosophical normative idea is presented whereby those affected by its implementation can develop the methodologies and intricacies such a program requires and no claim should be made by an outside influence.
Undergraduate thesis exploring the Christian tradition of the Eucharist. Throughout the history of the Church, many ideas have been circulated and debated regarding the Eucharist. The author centers on the question "Why a command to eat?" with the goal to provide a supplemental perspective on this ambiguous Christian ritual.
Undergraduate thesis studying anxiety and substance use disorders (SUD) by examining the prevalence of anxiety-SUD comorbidity in an outpatient psychology training clinic and assessing how it affects psychotherapy outcomes. Results revealed that anxiety and SUD is more highly comorbid compared to when anxiety is paired with another disorder and the presence of a comorbid SUD was associated with worse therapy outcomes at the beginning and end of therapy. However, the comorbid SUD did not affect the rate of recovery in patients. Both groups benefited equally from therapy.
Undergraduate thesis exploring feral cat management. In many urban areas, feral cat (Felis catus) populations are so large that they have become a nuisance. The goal of this thesis is to understand student perception of the University of North Texas Feral Cat Rescue Group (FCRG) program, a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program on campus. In particular, the author focuses on the role that ecological information has in shaping student opinions about cats and conservation.
Undergraduate thesis studying student debt decision-making skills. The lack of general knowledge among the student demographic is displayed considering several factors such as: confidence of making short and long-term financial decisions, attitude towards debt, categorical socioeconomics, attitude towards money, political self-efficacy, and political ideology. These nine factors are used to understand the metaphysics of debt using PLS and A priori power Data Analysis.
Undergraduate thesis exploring psychosocial factors of type II diabetes in older married adults of the Hispanic American population. It is proposed that social support mitigates the effect of psychosocial problems on self-care behavior and posited that greater social support in the form of familial and spousal relationships is related to better health outcomes, specifically better self-reported disease self-management of type II diabetes in married Hispanics.
Undergraduate thesis examining the relationship between religious beliefs and an antisocial behavior outcome (revenge-seeking behaviors). The researchers hypothesized that those who are religiously committed would be less likely to act in an antisocial manner by declining the opportunity to take revenge against an ostensible offender.
Undergraduate research thesis studying nanoparticles as a therapeutic approach in cancer-targeting drugs and their effects on mammals. The author hypothesizes that nanoparticles can make cancer-targeting drugs more effective. This thesis also includes the PowerPoint slides presented at UNT Scholar's Day.
Undergraduate thesis studying preparedness policies and mechanisms in place for the special population of juvenile delinquents housed in facilities during disasters. The author examines day-to-day functioning and assesses gaps in resources arising during and after a disaster by interviewing emergency managers, a representative from a major school district, and key personnel from a facility housing juvenile delinquents. Results suggest a lack of research regarding this population and the need for closer examination of the unique needs of juvenile delinquent populations during disasters and how agencies can work collaboratively to address them.
Undergraduate thesis exploring Fyodor Dostoevsky's portrayal of grief in his work, "The Idiot". When examining a work of art, it is crucial to look at the context surrounding the composition. "The Idiot" presents a fascinating example, in that Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote this novel immediately following the death of his five-month-old daughter, Sofya. This thesis examines the historical background, grief in Russian society, religious grief and guilt, grief in the characterization, and cyclical grief.
Undergraduate thesis exploring how the economic collapse of Zimbabwe from 2000 to 2009 has been expressed in literature by Zimbabwean writers. It seeks to establish a connection between the strong-government controls of information in the media and the politicized nature of fiction during this period. It examines the nationalist narrative created by the Zimbabwean government and shows how the works of fiction of writers like Brian Chikwava and Petina Gappah have undermined this narrative by revealing parallel narratives that reveal the spin the government has put on society.
Undergraduate thesis expanding exploring the 1836 captivity narrative "An Authentic Narrative of the Seminole War; and the Miraculous Escape of Mrs. Mary Godfrey, and Her Four Female Children." Unlike Mary Rowlandson's "The Sovereignty and Goodness of God," the anonymously-authored "An Authentic Narrative" is almost certainly fabricated. There are no records of a Mrs. Mary Godfrey being captured and redeemed, or even existing at all. However, like Rowlandson's captivity narrative, it attempts to use a woman's experience of captivity to defend and stabilize a national male identity. "An Authentic Narrative" is a variation on the captivity genre that indicates a shift toward the white fraternal national identity described by Dana E. Nelson, even as the female captive's rescue by an escaped slave and the deaths of the white, male rescuers point to the fundamental incoherence of this national identity.
Undergraduate thesis psychoanalyzing the composer Don Carlo Gesualdo. It focuses on the relationship between the composer and mastery of the musical task. The author examines the life and work of Don Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, who was commonly referred to as both musician and murderer.
Undergraduate thesis examining the Syrian conflict and the international community's struggle to find an appropriate response. This thesis reviews the conflicts that occurred in Bosnia and Rwanda, the interventions that took place within these states, and how a resolution to these conflicts was created. From this information, the author determines what conflict management strategies had the most success and what types of outside interventions were failures and the similarities of these instances to the Syrian conflict. Further intervention strategies and reasonings are presented that could be applied in Syria.
Undergraduate thesis investigating the rate of vertical transmission that takes place in wild Culex quinquefasciatus populations by testing samples of emergent Culex quinquefasciatus adults to see what number of mosquitos test positive for West Nile Virus (WNv) throughout the summer and fall, and thus estimate the rate of vertical transmission of the virus in wild mosquitos.
Undergraduate thesis with the initial attempt to validate the Attention Network Test (ANT) by comparing it to a thoroughly validated measure, the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metric (ANAM) battery. The author examines the validity of the ANT in order to confirm its use in both clinical and normal populations.
Undergraduate thesis exploring the effects of growing up with parental chronic illness on emerging adults. The current study utilizes self-reported questionnaire data on the psychosocial functioning of 635 students from UNT to increase understanding of how parental chronic illness affects university students' life satisfaction, psychological distress, and compulsive self-reliance. In an attempt to identify potential protective factors, the moderating effects of attachment and resiliency on the link between parental chronic illness and the psychosocial wellness variables were examined.