The Commonwealth Honors Program at Framingham State University is designed to provide academically talented students with the opportunity to enrich their educational experience with courses both within and outside of their major program of study.

The capstone experience of the Honors Program is the directed study Senior Honors Thesis conducted under the supervision of a faculty member in the student's major department.

Historically, the final copy of the honors thesis has been submitted in bound form to the Framingham State University Archives and Special Collections. Students are given the option to deposit their theses in the Framingham State Digital Repository starting in 2018.


Theses/Dissertations from 2017

The Academic Wizard, Olivia Buonopane

Choice as a Thematic Motivator in Middle Grade Reading, Jaclyn Carlson

Contemporary Irish Poetry: Elegies for Northern Ireland by Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley and Frank Ormbsy, Hadley Cook

Who are we? Engaging communities through design for social change, Brittany Cormier

The Non-Genomic Effects of 17β-Estradiol on Mouse Skeletal Muscles, Jessica Danahy

Gender Gap in STEM Occupations: An Analysis of the Educational Timeline of Student Perceptions of Mathematics and Science, Danielle DiNardo

Attitudes toward Military: Personality and Environmental Factors, Laura DiRaffaele

The Entrepreneur Innovation Center at Framingham State University: The financial foundation and business evolution of a state university hybrid co-working space, Nicholas Dubuque

America's Responsibility, Christine Duggan

Is Profitability Driving the Severity of Punishment of Professional Athletes?, Michael Ferris

The Effects of Non-Nutritive Sweeteners on the Human Body, Kourosh Ghamary

The Achievement Gap in Mathematics between Students of Various Levels of Income, Elizabeth Golden

Disability as Strain: Examining Relationships between Ability Status and IPV, Amy Hanas

The Rise of Authoritarian Populism in Europe: A Comparative Analysis, Logan Hennessy

A Comparison of American and British Television Advertising, Molly C. Kelley

The Paleolithic Diet: A Systematic Review of Its Applications and Most Suitable Implementations, Steve Kheboian

Developing Adaptive Wear for People with Parkinson’s, Emily LaRosa

Visualization of thyroid hormone receptors in Xenopus laevis tadpoles via antibody staining, Valerie Leger

Psychopath or Media Archetype?, Sarah Morgan

Incidence of ‘Text Neck’ and Improper Mobile Device Use on a University Campus, Joshua Morin

Evaluation of Total Phenolic Contents and Antioxidant Activities of Skin and Pulp for Four Squash Varieties, Samantha Morin

Feminine Strength: Hilda Doolittle and Adrienne Rich Rebel against the Masculine Stereotype through Twentieth Century Poetry, Karley Newton

The Effects of Growing up in a Bilingual-Bicultural Environment on One's Identity, Michaela Seaman

Social Media as a Marketing Tool, Katelyn Sifuentes

The Effect of phytochemical Extracts on the Expression of Sirtuin-1 that Prevents the Development of a Pre-diabetic State to a Diabetic One Using a C.elegans Model, Catherine Soliman

Are College Students Green?, Charlotte Speigel

Art and the Environment, Megan St. Laurent

Education: “Great Equalizer” or Promoter of Inequality?, Shaina Wales

Applying the EKB and TAM Theories to Consumer Behavior Found in People with Parkinson’s Disease, Lucy White

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

Feminine Strength: Hilda Doolittle and Adrienne Rich Rebel against the Masculine Stereotype through Twentieth Century Poetry, Nikki Beauregard

The Diverse Young Adult: Diversity and Cultural Identity in Young Adult Literature, Nora Chan

Canonical Literature and Young Adult Literature: Bridging the Gaps, Sarah Cowdell

Elementary and Early Childhood Pre-service Teachers' Self-Reported Mathematics Confidence in Relation to Mathematics Skill, Knowledge, and Concepts, Emily Crocker

Sexually Deviant Pornography: Effects of Prolonged Exposure and the Presence of Sadistic and Psychopathic Traits, Stephanie Fales

College Students’ Perceptions of Learning Disabilities and Treatments of Learning Disabilities in Children and Adolescents, Allison Ferrigno

Modern Myths of Biological Constants: Sex and Race in Body Identification, Megan Fuller

Perception of Culpability as a Function of Participant Age, Race and Defendant Race, Taylor Garnes

Private Public Spaces: The Impact of Technological Advances on People's Comfort Levels for Conversations, Jessica Geary

Isolation and the Victorian Female Artist: The Double Edge of Necessary Solitude, Isabella Guyton

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: Wives in North America, 1750-1800, Chelsea Hathaway

Biological and Ethical Considerations of Subsistence Harvest, Emma Hazen

Performance as a Function of the Testing Effect and Test Expectancy, Krista Homich

History and Technology: Traditional Meets Current Methods, Colleen Jenkins

Can Genistein Treatment Affect Skeletal Muscle Recovery After Injury Post-menopause?, Kourtney Kacian

Examining the Relationship between Self-Esteem and Negative Judgments toward Feminists, Emily Kattau

The Effects of Gender and Age on College Students’ Perceptions of Level of Depression, Level of Concern, and Need for Intervention, Kayleigh Laughlin

Reaction Development of Pd-Catalyzed Allylation of Aromatic Imidates, Bailey McLernon

The Effect of Children's Clothing on College Students' Reaction Time, Jessica Nardi

Regional and Social Effects of Police Use of Force, John O'Connor

Effect of Licensure Exams on Pre-Service Teacher Self-Efficacy, Lucy Pendergast

Child Maltreatment: A Function of Class?, Linsey Rettew

Experiential GIS: Investigating Computer Applications in Subject-Centered Archaeology, Robert Rice

Nonverbal Communication: Job Interview Skills and the Challenges Faced by the Millennial Generation, Valerie Rodgers

Sweatshop Labor, Mega-Suppliers, and Human Trafficking: Empowering Consumer Action through Knowledge, Persuasive Technology, and Pending Legislation, Colleen Schroth

Prison Animal Programs through a Criminological Lens, Mary Taintor

Clothing Styles of Women and Sexual Objectification, Callie Wilhelmi