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Honors Thesis Symposium Schedule

The 2024 Honors Thesis Symposium schedule will be available on April 1, 2024. The 2023 Thesis Symposium is below. 


Symposium Check-in/Information  |  8:30 am - 3:00 pm  |  Russell House 3rd Floor

Opening Session  |  9:00 am – 9:30 am  |  Russell House Room 303

Welcome: Dean Steven Lynn
Reflections on the Afterlife of the Senior Thesis: Angela Shoulders, South Carolina Honors College, Class of 2019

Thesis Presentations Session One  |  9:45 am - 10:30 am

  • Protein and Human Disease Response
  • Patient Education and Health

Morning Break  |  10:30 am - 11:00 am  |  Russell House Room 305

Thesis Presentations Session Two  |  10:45 am - 11:30 am

  • Retellings: Novel Approaches to History and Culture
  • The Role of Data in Understanding Disease
  • Designing Solutions to Vexing Problems

Thesis Presentations Session Three  |  11:45 am - 12:30 pm

  • Exploring Maternal Health
  • Educational Initiatives for Emerging Adult Populations

Thesis Presentations Session Four   |  2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

  • Climate Change, Habitats and Species Viability 
  • The Costs of Sports Participation for High School and College Athletes
  • Adapting Practice

Thesis Presentations Session Five   |  3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

  • (Mis)representation and Erasure in Popular Culture
  • Social Influence and Contraceptive Use
  • Understanding and Treating Common Cancers

Closing Reception   |  4:00 pm - 4:45 pm  |  Russell House Room 305



Thesis Presentations Session One (9:45 am - 10:30 am)

Impact of Conserved Cysteine Residues on Plant and Mite Profilins

Avery Carriuolo, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Thesis Director: Dr. Caryn Outten

Second Reader: Dr. Maksymilian Chruszcz

Disrupted Axonal mRNA Transport Links Mitochondrial Function to CMT4J

Mary McElveen, BARSC-MD

Thesis Director: Dr. Jeff Twiss

Second Reader: Irene Dalla Costa

Evaluating the Understandability, Actionability and Suitability of Hormonal Therapy Patient Education Materials

Moji Awe, Pharmacy

Thesis Director: Dr. Tisha Felder

Time-Restricted Eating for Low-Income Patients with Metabolic Syndrome

Annalise Miller, Public Health

Thesis Director: Dr. Sudha Xirasagar

Second Reader: Zixiao Nan


Thesis Presentations Session Two (10:45 am - 11:30 am)

Ollie's Saber: A Story of the Haitian Revolution

Karen Bernstein, Middle Level Education

Thesis Director: Dr. Anne Gulick

Second Reader: Dr. Gretchen Woertendyke

Grimm Reality: Baba Yaga and the Dark Fantasy Fairytale Retelling

Kat Favre, Classics

Thesis Director: Dr. Catherine Keyser

Second Reader: Dr. Diane Johnson-Feelings

Octavian as Villain in Popular Media

Skylar Wittenborn, History

Thesis Director: Dr. Jason Osborne

Second Readers: Dr. Hunter Gardner and Dr. Adam Schor

Mapping Risk Factors for Dementia Across the United States

Abby Kiesow, Psychology

Thesis Director: Dr. Jean Neils-Strunjas

Second Reader: Dr. Matthew Lohman

Moral Injury to Inform Analysis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Amanda Manea, Mathematics | Biological Sciences

Thesis Director: Dr. George Khushf

Second Reader: Dr. Yi Sun

Templates to Transition: Making Solar-Generated Electricity Accessible for Lagos Residents

Adeola Adebajo, Public Health

Thesis Director: Dr. Ona Egbue

Second Reader: Dr. Conor Harrison


Thesis Presentations Session Three (11:45 am - 12:30 pm)

The Intersectionality of Race and Rurality in Polysubstance Use During Pregnancy in the United States: A Mixed-Method Study

Sophia Tavakol, Public Health

Thesis Director: Dr. Peiyin Hung

Second Reader: Dr. Sara Corwin

Hospital Birth Environment Effects on Birth and Maternal Experience

Gianna Torinese, Nursing

Thesis Director: Dr. Rhonda Johnson

Second Reader: Dr. Deborah Billings

Safe Piercing: An Infographic for Prospective Piercees

Sullivan Lant, Management | Marketing

Thesis Director: Dr. Mindi Spencer

Second Reader: Dr. Ebony Toussaint

The Building Blocks of Financial Literacy

Sanjana Kondapali, Finance | Risk Management & Insurance

Thesis Director: Dr. Eric Powers

Second Reader: Dr. Robert Hartwig


Thesis Presentations Session Four (2:00 pm - 2:45 pm)

Living on the Edge: Do Mud Crabs or Biophysical Factors Differ Across an Oyster Reef Landscape?

Lillian Doll, Environmental Science

Thesis Director: Dr. Robert Dunn

Second Reader: Dr. Matt Kimball

Spatial Distribution and Community Structure of Rays in West Florida

Julian Gatch, Biological Sciences

Thesis Director: Dr. Matt Kimball

Second Reader: Dr. Robert Dunn

Tracking Changes in Montane Butterfly Populations Through the Lens of Climate Change

Nimue Shive, Environmental Science

Thesis Director: Dr. Carol Boggs

Second Reader: Dr. Eric LoPresti

A Cost-Effective Analysis of Modern Football Helmets at the High School Level

Gregory Shaffer, Finance

Thesis Director: Dr. Susan Yeargin

Second Reader: Courtney Meyer

An Assessment of Quality of Life of USC Student Athletes and Contributing Factors

Catherine Barry, Chemistry

Thesis Director: Dr. Michael McCall

Second Reader: Stephanie Rosehart

Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in Education for Newcomer Youth: A Conceptual Analysis for Social Workers

Isabelle Crowe, Social Work

Thesis Director: Dr. Ben Roth

Second Reader: Patrice Penney

The Role of Art in Communication: Exploring Artistic Representations of Air Pollution and Their Impacts on the Perception of Scientific Information

Allyson Halbach, BARSC-MD

Thesis Director: Dr. Joseph Pearson

Second Reader: Wyatt Geist


Thesis Presentations Session Five (3:00 pm - 3:45 pm)

Criminalizing Transgender Characters in Films in Relation to the American Criminal Justice System

Alex Lingle, Criminal Justice & Criminology

Thesis Director: Dr. Julia Elliott

Second Reader: Dr. John Burrow

The New Woman: Erotic Plight in Black American Feminism

Briashmel Bell, Political Science

Thesis Director: Nikky Finney

Second Reader: Dr. Alyssa Collins

Social Influences on College Students’ Contraceptive Use Post-Roe: Implications for Contraceptive Autonomy

Jessica McLennan, Public Health

Thesis Director: Dr. Emily Mann

Second Reader: Dr. Kathleen Broussard

A Social Media Sentiment Analysis on Female Contraceptive Options

Bridgette Ravindra, Marketing

Thesis Director: Dr. Brooke McKeever

Second Reader: Dr. Deborah Billings

Role of a Novel Long Non-Coding RNA in Myeloid Leukemia

Ella Postich, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Thesis Director: Dr. David Reisman

Second Reader: Dr. Shannon Davis

Developing an Adoptive Cell Transfer Model for HER2+ Breast Cancer

Grace Atkinson, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Thesis Director: Dr. Hexin Chen

Second Reader: Manikanda Raja

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