Archive for March, 2016

Microfinance: Sustainability and Potential Practical Applications in Esfuerzo de Paraiso

By • Mar 31st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Microfinance (sometimes known as microcredit) is the use of loans on a small scale in order to allow people in underdeveloped communities to start small businesses or simply to help them improve their quality of life by giving them the ability to afford basic necessities. In many cases, loan recipients are expected to pay the […]



The Great Moderation: A Perspective after the 2007-8 Financial Crisis

By • Mar 31st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The Great Moderation, a period of decreased market volatility in the 1980s, is a commonly used term in macroeconomics. Beginning in that time period, real GDP growth, employment, and inflation were relatively stable, leading some to announce the end of the business cycle. Economists have cited structural changes in the economy, good luck, and improved […]



If Walls Could Talk – A Historical Look at Coastal North Carolina Architecture

By • Mar 31st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Frequently architecture is viewed based on today’s standards. Design, layout, size and appeal are considered in terms of our current society. Through my research project I’m looking at the past — not from a current perspective looking back — but at historical buildings in the context of the society at the time they were built . I’m […]



Abstract- Material Manifestations of Death in the Lives of 17th and 18th Century Children of the Chesapeake

By • Mar 31st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

First of all, I apologize for the incredibly wordy title!  It’s definitely still in the works.  To start off this abstract, I want to explain why I am interested in researching a topic that many find slightly morbid/creepy, or at the very least, pretty odd. This image is of a doll in a coffin from Welcome […]



Choral Interpretation of Tolkien’s Elvish Verse

By • Mar 31st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The Lord of the Rings is perhaps the most well-known – and indeed one of the very first – literary fantasy series ever written. What many people fail to realize, however, is that J. R. R. Tolkien is not just a masterful storyteller – he is also a linguistic and poetic genius. He poured his […]



Abstract: Comparing Political Culture and Political Activity in US and Argentine College Students

By • Mar 31st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Do young people care about politics? Some do and some do not. How we engage depends, because we have  many different issues that we care about, from those relating to race, gender, sexuality, the environment, education, religion, and all kinds of rights and freedoms. Some issues, for example abortion, have already been widely politicized, but […]



Abstract- The Effect of Anthropogenic Noise on Avian Vocalization Frequency

By • Mar 31st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Environmental soundscapes have been altered as human habitation has expanded into new ecosystems. Anthropogenic noise is any noise caused by humans. This form of noise pollution affects avian populations because bird vocalizations are typically in the same low frequency range as the anthropogenic noise. The noise can mask avian vocalizations, making it difficult for birds […]



Examining the Connection between the Physics of Standing Waves and Tonal Theory through the Piano

By • Mar 31st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Although an innumerable amount of people try their hand at the piano, very few understand the mechanisms inside that make the pleasant sounds we’ve grown to love. My aim is to understand the physics behind a piece of music, specifically, the connection between standing waves and tonal theory. Each piano is composed of various strings […]



Abstract: Who is Young Adult? The Ever-Expanding Genre

By • Mar 31st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Within the past twenty years alone, the Young Adult book market has experienced revolutionary success, garnering movie deals, media attention, and readership like never before. Yet antithetical to its massive worldwide audience is the market’s name, which appears to cater only to a limited few. The term “Young Adult” far from encompasses the range of […]



Abstract: Ebola Epidemic Preparedness: A Virginia Hospital’s Approach

By • Mar 31st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic had a worldwide impact. The threat of Ebola spreading outside of the West African countries that were mainly affected necessitated that all US hospitals be prepared should an Ebola patient enter their hospital. As evidenced by the spread of Ebola in the Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas Hospital, not all hospitals and […]