How Does The Honors Project Work?

During the senior year, Honors Program students design and complete a supervised, interdisciplinary project consisting of a written and oral component. The project gives honors students the unique opportunity to work on an individual basis with a faculty member. A variety of honors projects have been completed over the years and some have even led to publications in academic journals.  Several students have presented work related to their honors projects at professional conferences.

Some Honors Projects and the students who completed them during the past several years include:

  • This is how it happened: The Effect of Authoritarianism and Mortality Salience on Support for Donald Trump – Diamond Allen
  • The Religious Duplicity of American Politics – Stephen Bardswick
  • My greatest Strength and Weakness: Self-enhancing and Self-criticizing Tendencies in Eastern and Western Culture – Michael Bhujel
  • Are Lectures Still an Effective Learning Method – Tyler Biehl
  • Aviation Security: Perceptions in the United States – Sarah Bowyer
  • Examining the Influence of Sox9 on Temperature-Dependent Sex Determination in the Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentine – Caitlin Brabble
  • Bouncing Back: Situational Versus Trait Resilience – Megan Brabble
  • The Correlation between Injury, Goal Orientation, and Athletic Identity of Injured Female Athletes at a Division III College – Ayla Brewer
  • Impact of a Basic Firearm Safety Course on Attitudes toward Gun Ownership and Second Amendment Rights – Vann Brock
  • Rewriting Shakespeare: Contemporary Rewrites of Underrepresented Female Characters – Kate Butler
  • The Cosmic Wimpout Dice Game:  Probabilities and a Markov Chain Model – Elizabeth Cobb
  • Establishing a Honey Bee Hive on NCWC Campus – Carolynn Davern
  • Red Herring: Personality Influences on Food Evaluation – Cody Foley
  • Exploring Vigilantism in Popular Culture and What it Suggests About American Society– Leigh Hales
  • Physical Fitness, Hemodynamic and Affective Responses to Psychosocial Stress in Women– Christina Huber
  • The Relationship Between Ego Identity and Ethnic Identity in a Diverse College Sample – Denya Isabelle
  • A C++ Simulation of Simplified Data Encryption Standard – Bishal Karanjit
  • Some Sports Applications of Two Matrix-Based Ranking Methods – Austin King
  • Restaurant Tipping Based on Server’s Sex and Physical Attractiveness – Jessica Konopka
  • Physical Fitness, Physiological and Sleep Responses to Stress in Women – Abby Leonard
  • Blooming from the Concrete: Black Girl Stereotypes and the Implicit Biases and Barriers These Girls Face in SchoolSidney McCall
  • The Spontaneous Choice of Attractiveness: Evolutionary Strategies and Environmental Influence – David Paffen
  • Soccer & Finance:  An Analysis of Modern Football – Sabina Paudel
  • Goðar and Goaders: Gender Roles in Medieval Iceland – Josh Perry
  • Relationship between Physical Fitness and Cognitive Performance in Women – Julia Rebellon
  • The Relationship between Internet Usage and Social Involvement – Dillon Richardson
  • The Oncogenic Effects of MiR26-a in Glioblastoma Multiforme by Suppression of SOX17 – Monica Salazar Reyes
  • Understanding Neurobiology and Regeneration of Planaria through Stress and Memory Retention processBikash Thapa
  • Analysis of Curves Generated by Intersecting Tangent Lines  – Katie Tyson
  • Camp Butner and the Economy of the South – Daniel Washburn
  • Water Quality in Golf Course and Man-Made Ponds in the City of Rocky Mount – David White
  • Examining Factors of the Rise of Radical Right-Wing Parties in Western Europe – Jacob Wilson
  • Androgyny and Positivity in Romantic Relationships – Megan Zimmerman
It was my pleasure and privilege to work with Mikey Case on her honors thesis. It was especially rewarding for me to see her grow as a scholar and researcher. She is one of the most intelligent and hard-working students I’ve encountered at NCWC, and the research she did for her honors thesis was on the graduate level. As a result of this kind of work, Mikey ended up being accepted at three different graduate programs in psychology.


Fred Sanborn, Associate Professor of Psychology