BUA Hosts First Annual Senior Thesis Symposium

This year, BUA introduced a new forum to showcase the high-level research of our seniors. On May 13, 2024, BUA hosted its first annual Senior Thesis Symposium. The 53 members of the senior class presented their work at a poster session in the GSU’s Metcalf Hall, followed by individual thesis presentations. The topics ranged from CRISPR to cowboys, Euripides to the universe, fashion to existential philosophy, white roofs to Elie Wiesel. The Symposium offered a stage on which to celebrate our seniors and their remarkable thesis research, the academic culmination of their BUA experience: identifying a question worth exploring, seeking out mentorship, researching deeply, applying a critical analytical lens, communicating conclusions to a non-expert audience, and fielding questions. Read the complete list of 2024 Senior Thesis titles below – and prepare to be amazed!



Class of 2024 Senior Thesis Titles

The History and Ethics of CRISPR

The Ethical Dilemma of Busing in Massachusetts: Interrogating The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity

Heterosexual Relationships and Existential Freedom

German Romanticism: Music and Poetry

Green Capitalism or Eco-Socialism? Debating Economic Systems and Solutions for Climate Change in the Transportation Sector and Beyond

A Statistical Analysis of the Value of a Stolen BaseForging a Future for Taiwan and its Independence

CRISPR Activation for SynGAP Upregulation in Haploinsufficient Mice

Neuroregenerative Applications of STEM Cell-Loaded Extracellular Vesicles in Biocompatible Hydrogels: Insights from Nonhuman Primate Mode

Cowboys, Reality, Reputation, and Replica

Representations of Urbanization in 19th Century American Art

My Alcestis: Translating Euripides for a Modern Audience

Analysis of experimental data to identify axion-like dark matter spectral signatures

An Analysis of Eastern and Western Foreign Investment with a Focus on the Balkans; The Stall and the Lack of Transparency of the Modern European Union

Patient Sex Drives Differential Transcriptional Regulation in Pancreatic Cancer

Investigating HIV Defective Viruses through CRISPR-Cas9 and Self Inactivating Vectors

Summertime Impact of White Roofs on Building Energy Balance and Air Conditioning Flux

Social Media and Indigenous Language Revitalization 

Molecular gastronomy in the everyday kitchen

Suspiria: Female Bodies and Horror Cinema

The Use of Formal Versus Informal Pronouns In Standard German

Fostering Success for Minority-Owned Businesses

I Buy, Therefore I Am: How Existentialist Philosophies Have Influenced the Modern Marketplace

Modeling the Impacts of Climate Change on Tuberculosis

Dynamics of the PVC Flooring Market: A Comprehensive Analysis of American Sectors

Asian American Silence: Appealing to Whiteness

The Effects of Sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 Inhibitors on Rat Cardiomyocytes

Rethinking the American Dream

Utilizing Machine Learning Methods in Genome Scale Stoichiometric Models of P. simiae with COMETS

Validation of pPDH as a marker for inhibition of serotonergic neurons

Looking Up: Shifting Views in Observational Cosmology from the Classics to the Contemporary Period

Activation of the Complement System in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

The Effect of Fetal and Neonatal Environmental Exposures on Developmental and Degenerative Neurological Disorders

Characterizing Recruitment of CBP Binding Domains

Using Stellar Remnants to Understand How Often Massive Stars Form Planets

Cryopreservation Practices for Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Potential Effects During CpG Stimulation 

Fashion Collection: Resilient Life

Race is a Roadblock, Even in Sports Journalism

A Case Study Analysis of Restorative Justice in Schools

Visual Representations of the Effect of Media on Teenagers’ Mental Health and Well-being

Visualizing Amyloid Fibrils: A Computational Chemistry Study

Developing and Applying an Inclusive Polygenic Risk Score to Alzheimer’s Related Traits

A Philosophical Approach on Realism: An International Relations Story

Nikhil Rich: “Playing Out:” Harmonic Freedom in Jazz Fusion Improvisation

A Brief Introduction to System Dynamics

Understanding Economics through Music Sentiment

Before the Boston Busing Crisis of 1974: Voices from the Freedom Schools

Predicting Oral Drug Elimination Half-life In Humans Using Regression Models

Drugs, Cults, and the Patriarchy: artistic and cultural understanding of the Maenads in late 5th-Century Athens Art

Modeling Rhizobacterial Colonization of Plant Roots in COMETS

Millcaster State

Improving vaccine uptake through machine learning: training and validation of a prediction model for seasonal influenza vaccine uptake

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