Honors Thesis Spotlight: The Effect of Public Renewable Energy Spending on Economic Growth in the EU

            Climate change, pollution, greenhouse gasses, and other environmental factors of fossil fuels have led to research about renewable energy and its viability. Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy has become increasingly innovative and efficient within the past couple of decades. The European Union is one of the leading advocates, which this study aims…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Accommodation, to Competition, to Rivalry: An Evaluation of U.S.-China Relations in the Obama & Trump Administrations

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, public opinion has changed regarding the PRC in the populations of the United States and others, while showing the hazardous Chinese behavior has to the international community (1). Steven Richards’s thesis explores the US-China relations and identifies major events and trends within their history. In addition, the research will explore the…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Will the Demographic Dividend Affect South Asia?

As fertility rates drop, it is evident that there are major economic and demographic consequences across the world. According to the researcher Melissa Pregasen, the replacement level of fertility at which the population will become stable is 2.1 children per woman given typical contemporary mortality levels. In other words, the average amount of births is…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: The Role of Education in Improving Human Development in Central America: A Comparative Analysis of Guatemala and Costa Rica

Costa Rica and Guatemala are two comparable countries in Central America that share similar geographic and cultural characteristics, yet maintain noticeably different levels of human development. Additionally, both countries are not considered economically wealthy (2). Regardless, Costa Rica is ranked first out of 140 countries and territories on the Happy Planet Index. The Happy Planet…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Cultural Capital, Social Capital, and Horizontal Stratification among University

Relative inequality (average disproportion of income) can either be reduced or extended by the abundance of cultural and social capital. Cultural capital comes from one’s knowledge and academic credential, while social capital is obtained through the connections one has (e.g. clubs or social networks). Previous research has concentrated on how social and cultural capital functions…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Investigating Humeral Retroversion in Archaic Populations

Based on prior research, the standard degree of humeral retroversion (the rotation of the head relative to the distal articulation) has been agreed to be between 25°- 35°, and increased retroversion is potentially correlated with several factors. Madison Hubbart’s research evaluates retroversion angles among adult male and female humeri from the Windover population to test…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Right-Wing Political Violence in Modern Colombia (1970-1990): The State Legitimacy

The period from 1970 to 1990 in Colombia is characterized by internal conflict. Beginning in the 1960s, left-wing guerilla groups emerged, spurred by Marxist-Lennonist ideology. About two decades later, in response to the left-wing insurgents, paramilitary groups were formed and fueled by politically conservative and anti-communist ideology. These right-wing groups were backed by the Colombian…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: The Jewish Civilization Samuel P. Huntington: A Critique of “Judeo-Christian” Civilizational Values

Samuel P Huntington describes the term Judeo-Christian in his paper titled Clash of Civilization, wherein he groups together Judaism and Christianity and classifies Israel as a western country due to the assumed commonalities the two religions share. However, the commonalities they share lack evidence of actually being similar. This thesis suggests that Harrington inaccurately groups…