The Honors Program curriculum emphasizes enriched learning experiences incorporating service learning, leadership opportunities, multicultural experiences, community-based research, and study abroad. Our close-knit honors student community is rooted in the Dominican pillars of study, reflection, community and service while emphasizing our values as shaped by our Dominican heritage and Californian identity. The work presented here represent the culminating theses of our honors students.

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Theses/Capstones from 2018

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Authoritarian Pedagogical Practices in Dance Teaching and Choreography, Charlotte Carmichael

Conviction Moves Us, Erin McKay

Cultivating the Whole: The Development of Critical Acuity Through Poetry Programs, Jenae Casalnuovo

Cyclooxygenase-2 dimerization activity may be influenced by its monomers’ glycosylation at Asn580, Jelaine M. Cunanan

docile bodies: A Study on Women and Docility, Bri Wilson

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Do People Who are More Aggressive Sustain More Injuries Than Their Less Aggressive Counterparts: A Study of Participants of Medieval Combat Games in the United States?, Christopher Sanchez

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Hospice Nurses' Perceptions of Family Education and Dying Support Best Practices, Vivian Le

Mindfulness Meditation and the Reduction of Stress in Nursing Students, Jeanie Gee

Mujeres in Action: Analyzing the effects female-led civil society organizations have on Policy change in El Salvador, Samantha Hunt

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Nurses’ Perception of the Relationship between Socioeconomic Status, Incidence Rates and Complications of a Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis in the Adult Population, Malia McDowell

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Play the Game or Change It? A study of capitalism, control and college students, Jacqueline Streur

Screening Possible Scar-Collagen Inhibitors on TGF-β1 Treated Dermal Fibroblasts, Janelle DeJong

Soy Barack Obama, y Yo Apruebo Este Mensaje: The Obama Presidential Campaigns and the Latino Electorate, Sayra Trejo

The Known Behaviors and Functions of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Bone Regeneration, George Brownridge

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The Marginalization and Stereotyping of Asians in American Film, Isabel Paner

These Children Are In Your Classroom: How Teachers Can Integrate Social-Emotional Learning to Support Children who have Adverse Childhood Experiences, Danielle O'Reilly

Theses/Capstones from 2017

Developing and Testing an Ocean Acidification Case Study, Vanessa Mendoza

Effects of Chronic Cadmium Exposure on Antioxidant Capacity in Breast Cancer Cells, Maurice Brady

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Investigating the Effects of Decreased pH on the Intertidal Shore Crab, Hemigrapsus nudus, Avni Gandhi

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Lacuna: Transcendence of the Human Body through the Space Between, Anica Bottom

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Linking Key Factors of Quality Dementia Care: Knowledge and Self-Efficacy, Sophie E. Miller

McCune-Albright Syndrome and Tamoxifen: How Traditional Breast Cancer Medications are Being Used to Treat the Symptoms Associated with Precocious Puberty, Geneva Jump

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Misleading Information in Social Media News: How Bias Affects Perceptions, Amber Jackson

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Pine Needle Pyrolysis: Bio-waste into Biofuel, Alexandra Fuentes

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Psychological and Physiological Ramifications of Inadequate Pain Management for the Pediatric Population: Influences of professional nursing preparation, Genica-Jade Ocampo

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Reported Interventions for Reducing Anxiety and Distress in Adult Oncology Patients throughout their Cancer Experience: A Review of the Literature and an Analysis of Adults in Remission, Katie Gomez

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Scattered Swirls: Understanding a Fragmented Past Through Embodied Knowledge, Maxine Patronik

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Silence on the Endemic Suicides in Lithuania: Background, Causes, and Prospective Solutions, Monika Barta

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Sonder: Locating the Unessentialized Self in Movement Practices, Joel Walsham

The Effects of Artificial Shading on Coral Bleaching Due to Thermal Stress on the Endangered Coral Species Orbicella faveolata, Laura Contreras

The Effects of Varying Thermal Stress and Light intensity on the Growth of Orbicella faveolata, Allex L. Llenos

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The Efficacy of Narcotic Contracts in Preventing Drug-Seeking Behaviors in Adolescents Experiencing Chronic Pain Related to Sickle Cell Anemia, Haley Russotti

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The Magic Behind the Magic: Discovering why The Walt Disney Company is so Successful, Chloe Becker

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The Relationship Between Parenting Style and Self-Regulation in Early Childhood, Madeline Newman

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The Sustainable Future of the Modern Fashion Industry, Zhanna Kutsenkova

Tomorrows Ghosts: Implications of Art, Alisha Ragon

Towards the Synthesis of Eryvarin H, Victor Chan

You Could Say It's on Love, Isabella Rosen

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Zoe: Notes from a Millennial, Melanie Carlson