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Honors Program

Independent Projects and Faculty Sponsors

Projects produced by the most recent graduating year are listed here. To see an archive of previous projects, click here.

Class of 2016

  • Caron Cecilia Byrd, “The Musical History and Significance of the Song We Shall Overcome,” Dr. Mark Schantz, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Karley Danyel Chamblee,Let Nature be Your Teacher:  A Look into Wordsworth’s Poetry and Nature’s Role in Cultivating Creativity,” Professor Joseph Stitt, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Lauren Elizabeth Chisholm, “Manipulating and ‘Destroying’ Film,” Professor Pamela Venz, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Monica Elizabeth Cook, “Photographic Storybook: Storytelling through Still Photography,” Professor Pamela Venz, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Julia Ann Creager, “Drawing Comparisons: Popular Culture References in American Political Cartoons,” Dr. Vince Gawronski, Faculty Sponsor.

  • McKenzie Nora Davies, “Making What’s Old New Again: Adapting Jane Austen for Transmedia,” Dr. Susan K. Hagen, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Howard Russell Day, “Malthusian Belts, Futurama, and Epcot: How Eugenics in Brave New World Enters the Tomorrow Worlds of the 1939 New York World’s Fair and Disney,” Dr. William Hustwit, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Bhakti Kiran Desai, “Dancing with Jane Austen: Translating Text to Film,” Dr. John Tatter, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Jeanna Gabrielle Gover, “The Battles of Reading Music: Transcribing Experimental Math Rock in Non-Standard Notation,” Professor Benjamin Posey, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Dunya Habash, “Documentary Storytelling: The Power of Narrative in Visual Media,” Dr. David Resha, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Amy Elizabeth Heldt, “A Story in Stitches, or Whether a White Woman can Create an African-American Story Quilt,” Professor Steven Cole, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Sean Johnston McCarthy, “The Cocktail Effect: Qualifying the Interactions Between KP1019 and 5-Fluorouracil,” Dr. Pamela Hanson, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Hailey Lynn Morris, “Taglit-Birthright: Exploring the New and Old of an Ancient People,” Dr. Louanne Jacobs, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Jacob Matthew O’Leary, “The Sound Underground: Exploring Music in the New York City Subway,” Dr. Katy Leonard and Dr. David Resha, Faculty Sponsors.

  • Maria Antoin Philip, “Content Analysis of Male Characters and Sexism on Friends,” Dr. Mary Kate Lizotte, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Braxton Scott Pitts, “Cultural Nationalism on Canvas: Albert Bierstadt and the Hudson River School,” Dr. Kathleen Spies, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Kyle Joseph Royalty, “Faith, Community, and Disaster: A Case Study of How a School Community in Freetown, Sierra Leone has Responded to the Ebola Epidemic,” Dr. Vince Gawronski, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Margaret Ann Ward, “Operatic Genius or Trick of the Light?: The Psychological Effect of Lighting Design in Riders to the Sea and The Mother,” Professor Matthew Mielke and Dr. Richard Rector, Faculty Sponsors.

  • Audrey Rachel Williamson, “Books are the Mirror of the Soul (as Evidenced by the Works of Virginia Woolf),” Dr. Jane Archer, Faculty Sponsor.

Class of 2015

  • James Nathan Boldt, "The Evolution of Machismo," Dr. Jane Archer, Dr. Clare Emily Clifford, and Dr. Vincent Gawronski, Faculty Sponsors.

  • Madeline Ann Broming, "The MTV Craze​: A Study of Popular Music in Film and its Role in Marketing," Dr. David Resha, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Rachel Buchan, "Music as the Language of the Soul: How Music Evokes Emotion within Listeners," Dr. Jeff Kensmoe, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Laura Itzzel Carbajal, "What Makes a Cake a Cake?  Tasting Celebrations through Different Cultures," Dr. Michael McInturff, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Margaret Elizabeth Gerker, "Mist: The Use of Photography as a Poetic Compliment," Professor Pamela Venz, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Kate Whitney Glasscock, "Re-Imagining the Deck: Creating a New Tarot for the Deep South," Professor Kevin Shook, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Mary Kathleen Hiller, "An Examination of Vaccines in the Light of the Anti-Vaccine Movement," Dr. Mark Lester and Dr. Wayne Shew, Faculty Sponsors.

  • Hallie Ray Jordan, "If Running Hurts, Why Run?: An Exploration of Humans as Natural Runners and the Current Debate Regarding Injury, Shoes, and Barefoot Running," Dr. Jason Heaton, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Philip Rhys Kelly, "Paws on the Mind: How Animal Assisted Therapy Affects Developing Children," Dr. Heather Meggers-Wright, Faculty Sponsor.

  • William Thomas King, "Trading in Feta Cheese for Fried Chicken: The Culinary Cultural Revolution that Accompanied Greek Immigration to Birmingham, Alabama," Professor Pamela Venz, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Smriti Bharadwaj Krishnan, "Comparing Dances of Power: A Brief Glimpse into Bharatanatyam and Ballet through the Kaleidoscope of Indian and Soviet Politics, 1920-1930," Dr. Mark McClish, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Andrew Garrison Linn, "Clay and Creation: An Examination of the Role of Clay in Creation Narratives, and Why Clay Fulfills this Role so Often," Dr. Michael McInturff, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Anna Catherine Malles, "Deafness in America: Disability or Cultural Phenomenon?," Dr. Richard Rector, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Ava Louise May, "Transformation of a Temari Sphere: The Application of Topology to a Cultural Art Form," Dr. Maria Stadnik, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Sydney Michelle Middleton, "Modern Medievalism: Art Deco Translations of Medieval Stained Glass Windows," Dr. Tim Smith and Professor Pamela Venz, Faculty Sponsors.

  • Faith Nicole Munford, "Strictly Home Made: Discovering the Art of Outsiders," Dr. Kathleen Spies, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Daya La'd Parks-Hogan, "May Day Queens: How Beauty Pageants Exemplify the Characteristics and Values of Southern Belles," Dr. Victoria Ott, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Lauren Elizabeth Patterson, "Arts Education: Fostering Self-Confidence, Self- Expression and Pride through Artistic Expression," Dr. Genell Lewis-Ferrell, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Samuel McPherson Prickett, "Off the Wall: Public Perceptions of Art in the Instagram Age," Dr. Daniel Coyle, Faculty Sponsor

  • Lindsay Claire Sheets, "Breast is Best: An Exploration of the Driving Factors of the Ghanaian Healthcare System's Promotion of Exclusive Breastfeeding," Dr. Amelia Spencer, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Andrew Lloyd Wisecarver, "Exploring the Poetic Documentary Form and Film Production Process through the Creation of a Documentary Short," Dr. David Resha, Faculty Sponsor.

Class of 2014

  • Ian Gregory Adams, "The Tale in the Telling: My Journey to Becoming a Storyteller," Professor Michael Flowers, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Robert Taylor Bain, "It's Getting Hot in Here: The Hedonics of Homemade Hot Sauce," Dr. Lynne Trench, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Thomas Hart Benton, "Fermenting a Revolution: The Role of Home Brewing in America's War for Independence," Dr. Randall Law, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Laura Elizabeth Clontz, "Ancient Glazing: An Exploration of Chemistry in Art," Dr. Scott Dorman, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Christen Leanne Connolly, "Children's Perceptions of Poverty as Perceived in Children's Literature: What Do the Children Think? Discussing Poverty in the Classroom through Picture Books," Dr. Amelia Spencer, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Lauren Victoria Erickson, "May the Odds Be Ever in your Favor: A Look at the Political Commentary Expressed in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction through The Hunger Games," Dr. Kent Andersen, Faculty Sponsor. 

  • Kimberly Ivette Estupinan, "From Nosferatu to Edward Cullen," Professor Matthew Mielke, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Alexandra Elaine Faust, "A Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Whimey Thing: Tracking the Successes and Failures of BBC's Classic and Modern 'Doctor Who' Series through British Television Advertising," Dr. David Resha, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Jerica LaShay Gibson, "Church Music in Transition: A Study in Why Changing Church Music Creates a Tension in the United Methodist Church," Dr. Lester Seigel, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Kaitlyn Nicole Green, "You're Important Now Because We Need You: The Effect of the 1959 Tibetan Exile on the View of Women's Roles in a Refugee Community Today," Dr. Mark McClish, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Bailey Rhea Kimbell, "Bound to Change: A Historical and Practical Study of Bookbinding," Dr. Charlotte Ford, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Kelly Elizabeth Lanier, "Mumford and his Sons: Disciples of a Modern Generation," Dr. Amy Cottrill, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Amanda Hope Lloyd, "Looking at Today's World through the Eyes of Camus: Exploring Current Human Rights Issues with the Voice of Albert Camus," Dr. Bill Myers, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Abigail Ward Morrison, "Fútbol, Violence, Politics, and Corruption in Latin America," Dr. Vince Gawronski, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Ashley Elaine Parsons, "Economies of Ale: The Economic Impact of Craft Breweries in Alabama," Dr. Kathleen Rossmann, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Ross Lane Pearlman, "Shapes and Colors: Exploring Ruth Herzog's Geometric Style," Professor Pamela Venz, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Gabriela Marie Sherrod, "A Rebel in Spanish Cinema: An Exploration of Camp and La Movida Madrileña in Pedro Almodóvar's Film Pepi, Luci, Bom, y Otras Chicas del Montón," Dr. Janie Spencer, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Susan Elizabeth Tuberville, "Human Trafficking, Immigration, and Organized Crime: Trends in the Southeastern United States and Mediterranean Regions," Dr. Vince Gawronski, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Elizabeth Roslyn Wallace, "'Proclaim Liberty throughout the Land': The Economics of the Jubilee Year in Leviticus 25," Dr. Amy Cottrill, Faculty Sponsor.

Class of 2013

  • Andrew Curtiss Clack, “How to Write a Seinfeld Sitcom: An Experiment in Screenwriting for the ‘Show about Nothing’,” Dr. David Resha, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Allyson Alayne Cox, “Don’t strain your neck! My Artistic and Religious Travelogue of Italian Renaissance Ceiling Art,” Dr. Michael McInturff, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Ryan Michael DeMarco, “Walking in Artist’s Shoes: Teaching Myself How to Paint Like an Impressionist,” Professor Steven Cole, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Elizabeth Anne Hagale, “The Art of War ... Famine, Conquest and Death,” Professor Steven Cole, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Abbey Victoria Hester, “Astronomical Mythology: Understanding the Stars through Creative Astronomy," Dr. Mark Rupright, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Kristin Nicole Meyer, “The Linguistics Behind the Logic: How Language Influences the Stigma of Atheism in America,” Dr. Clare Emily Clifford, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Rachel Elizabeth Morgan, “Statelessness and Public Health: A Comparative Study of the Tibetan Community-in-Exile and the Undocumented Hispanic Community in Alabama,” Dr. Robert Slagter, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Nona Ann Nichols, “Is BSC Safe from the American Culture of Fear?: A Study of BSC Students’ Safety Concerns and Avoidance Behaviors,” Dr. Heather Meggers-Wright, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Kelsie Marie Overton, “From the Educator’s Perspective: A Look at why the U.S. Education System is Failing, and what Creative Solutions are Possible,” Dr. Louanne Jacobs, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Magdalena Jeanette Teske, “The History and Sociology of German-American Immigration: A Genealogical Study,” Dr. Judith Cox, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Chelsea Nicole Vance, “Lend Me a Hand Here: How Culture and Hand Morphology Influences Stone Tool Development,” Dr. Jason Heaton, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Savannah Julianne Wallace, “Behind Closed Doors: An Examination of the Disappearance of the Public Execution,” Dr. Vince Gawronski, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Joyanne Therese West, “Representation of Female Serial Killers in the Television Series ‘Deadly Women,’” Dr. Heather Meggers-Wright, Faculty Sponsor.

  • Joshua Jonathon Wilkerson, “The Art of Translation: Rilke in English,” Dr. Anita Huang, Faculty Sponsor.