Honors Research Symposium

Highlighting our honors students and their honors thesis research

The completion of an honors thesis is the cornerstone of the O’Neill Undergraduate Honors Program experience. Each student, with a faculty advisor,  has conducted in-depth research on a topic of interest and relevance to public and environmental affairs. The Symposium celebrates their work resulting in research useful to both practitioners and academic scholarship.

Fall 2021 Honors Thesis Symposium Schedule


9:30 AM: Welcome Remarks

R.J. Woodring

  • Associate Dean for Educational Programs
  • Director, Undergraduate Programs Office

9:40 - 10:55 AM: Session One

9:40 AM

Climate Change Communication: An Analysis of Fear Appeals

  • Sydney Akers
  • Faculty advisor: Landon Yoder

9:55 AM

Speaking Through Security or Health? Understanding the Effects of Framing on Climate Change Policy Support

  • Matthew Eitel
  • Faculty advisor: Shahzeen Attari

10:10 AM

Political Polarization in Illinois: How the Rhetoric of Elected Officials Changes Over Time

  • Taylor Longhitano
  • Faculty advisor: Thomas Rabovsky

10:25 AM

Q+A: Discussion for the Full Panel

 

 

9:40 AM

Covid-19 and Remote Work: Cause for Lower Productivity of Employees?

  • Abby Bruno
  • Faculty advisor: Cheryl Hughes

9:55 AM

Applying Career and Technical Education Frameworks to Corporate Workforce Development Programs

  • Sophia Downey
  • Faculty advisor: David Audretsch

10:10 AM

Q+A: Discussion for the Full Panel

 

 

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM: Session Two

11:00 AM

Identifying Areas of Environmental Racism in Indiana Counties

Claire Malone

Faculty advisor: Anthony Liu

11:15 AM

Impacts of Broadband on Educational Outcomes

Maggie Reeves

Faculty advisors: Ashlyn Nelson and Dave Warren

11:30 AM

Emissions and Equity: Examining the Effect of a Carbon Tax on Indiana Households

Emily Grecu

Faculty advisor: David Konisky

11:45 AM

Q+A: Discussion for the Full Panel

 

 

11:00 AM

Variables Affecting Cover Cropping Acreage in Indiana

  • Amanda Chadwell
  • Faculty advisors: Mallory Barnes and Landon Yoder

11:15 AM

Integration and Uncompensated Care: Evidence from System Acquisitions of Nonprofit Hospitals

  • Karunya Surendar
  • Faculty advisor: Seth Freedman

11:30 AM

Changes in Urban Healthcare Accessibility: An Analysis of Health-Related Outcomes Using a Synthetic Control Approach 

  • Riley Melton
  • Faculty advisor: Alex Hollingsworth

11:45 AM

Q+A: Discussion for the Full Panel

 

 


12:15 PM: Closing Remarks

Amanda Rutherford

  • Associate Professor
  • Director, O’Neill Undergraduate Honors Program

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