Senior Thesis

A culminating experience for all BUA students, the Senior Thesis is an independent research project that provides students with the opportunity to follow an intellectual passion in depth with the guidance of a university professor.

The year-long project is designed to demonstrate students’ ability to read closely, research thoroughly, think analytically, and write coherently in a scholarly fashion. Papers are expected to be between 4,000-6,000 words in length and written in accordance with generally accepted University standards. All students present their research to the BUA community prior to graduation.

Thesis topics run the gamut of academic fields and disciplines, and reflect the many and varied interests and passions of BUA students.

Senior Thesis Topics, Class of 2019

  • Power Dynamics in Ovid’s Medea

  • The Effect of Travel Distance on Survival in Patients with Recurrent or Progressive Glioblastoma

  • Operatic Evolution: The Stylistic Changes and Historical Context of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, and Le Nozze di Figaro

  • Floating Bottled Water Production: Desalination as a Moral and Environmentally Conscious Company

  • The Effect of Symbiotic State on Nitrogen Cycling and Protein Content in the Temperate Scleractinian Coral Astrangia Poculata

  • Borderline Personality Disorder: A Path to Improved Treatment and Prevention

  • Leaving Plato’s Cave: Crises of Meaning in Tolstoy

  • Working on Mineralized Tissue Using Tissue Engineering and Zebrafish in Order to Regenerate Teeth

  • An Analysis of the Catilinarian Conspiracy: Investigating the Inconsistencies and Effects of Cicero’s Widespread Influence

  • Narrating Consciousness in Modernist Fiction

  • Human Energy in the Columbian Exchange

  • Max Weber and Groups in America

  • Epiphanies of Paralysis in Joyce’s Dubliners

  • Applied Type System: Functional Programming, Data Types, and Increased Productivity in Programming

  • Philosophical Childhoods: The Convergence of Ideological Family Dynamics Across Chinese and American Societies

  • Pop Music’s Value Crisis: The Effect of Streaming on Economic and Compositional Changes in Global Pop Music

  • An Exploration of Perfect Numbers

  • Racial Disparities in Medicine: Addressing Clinical Trial Enrollment

  • Characterizing Cavitation In Small-Scale Conical Nozzles

  • The Invisible Epidemic: Violence Against Native American Women on Reservations

  • Toward Meaningful Football Analysis: The Wide Receiver vs. Cornerback Matchup

  • Dirichlet’s Theorem on Arithmetic Progressions

  • Exploring Life’s Origins: An Evaluation of the RNA World Hypothesis

  • A History of Depressive Disorders in the DSM

  • Long-term Effects of Conformity

  • Toward Doubly Efficient PIR

  • Designing an Interface for a Minimally Invasive Bimanual Concentric Tube Robot

  • The Synthesis and Characterization of New Heterobimetallic Lantern Complexes and Investigation of Their Magnetic Properties

  • Veiling and Accretion in Protoplanetary Disks

  • An Investigation into Acupuncture as an Adjunctive Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus (DM)

  • An Analysis of the Health Burden of Obstetric Fistulas in Kenya

  • AntagoNATs as a Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease (PD) on Rats with Rotenone Induced PD

  • A Coterie of Communicative Dance Pioneers: The Repudiation of Artificial Restrictions and the Reliance on the Grace of Natural Movement

  • Confirming Parasite-resistance to Ivomec and Testing the Efficacy of Alternative Anti-parasitic Drugs as a Treatment for Haemonchus Contortus in Herd-oriented Ruminants

  • Fiducial Detection for Indoor Localization and Mapping

  • Multiple Modes of Latency Investigated through Cell Lines

  • Unbiased Classification of Airway Epithelial Cells Using High-Resolution 3D Microscopy