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Attend the Honors Thesis Symposium on Friday

The event will be hosted through Teams and livestreamed via YouTube.

By Lindsey Coulter

May 4, 2020

 Honors Thesis Symposium poster with event details.The Metropolitan State University of Denver community is invited to support graduating honors students by attending the virtual Honors Thesis Symposium. The symposium will be hosted on Teams and will be available via livestream on YouTube, and organizers are striving to make the event as accessible as possible. 


Events hosted from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Attendees will be invited to participate in panel sessions by submitting questions to the chat on Teams or on the YouTube livestream. Attendees are encouraged to engage with the presenting students during the Q&A portion to maintain the event’s tradition of rich dialogue and idea-sharing. Organizers request that attendees keep their microphones muted unless they are participating during the panel Q&As.

At 11:30 a.m., the Honors Program will also host an online celebration to honor graduates and their advisors.

“This group of students has done a great job continuing to pursue their projects in spite of the pandemic,” said Megan Hughes-Zarzo, Ph.D., director, Honors Program. “I’m excited to recognize and celebrate their hard work on these projects and give them the best send-off possible in the current situation.”

Honors Thesis Symposium Program:

9-10 a.m. 

Panel 1: Exploring Public Health: Mosquitos, Melanoma and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Panelist: Kaylee Mackenzie

Using a Two-port Olfactometer to Determine the Ideal Attractants for Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti Mosquito Species

Advisor: Robert Hancock, Ph.D., professor, Biology


Panelist: Deisy Rosales

Traditional Chinese Medicine as an Alternative to Treating Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis in Children

Advisor: James Gilchrist, N.D., Integrative Health Care


Panelist: Sophia Nem

Early Detection of Acral and Subungual Melanoma: A Proposal on Education Protocols for Increasing Awareness and Referral Patterns in Nail Salons

Primary Advisor: Rachel Sinley, Ph.D., assistant professor, Nutrition

Second Reader: Doug Petcoff, Ph.D., professor, Biology


10:15-11:15 a.m.

Panel 2: Reclaiming Heritage: Interracial Adoption, Mayan Linguistics and Indigenous Literature

Panelist: Liam Price

Vowels and Culture: A Sociophonetic Analysis of Ch’orti’ Mayan

Advisor: Andrew Pantos, Ph.D., associate professor, English

Second Readers: Rebecca Forgash, Ph.D., associate director, Honors Program, professor, Sociology and Anthropology; Richard Sandoval, Ph.D., assistant professor, Sociology and Anthropology


Panelist: Shayla Bischoff

Go Smudge Yourself: Empowering Indigenous Youth Through Young Adult Literature

Primary Advisor: Ella Marie Ray, Ph.D., associate professor, African American Studies

Second Readers: David Heska Wanbli Weiden, J.D., Ph.D., associate professor, Political Science; James Aubrey, Ph.D., English


Panelist: Jeancasia Nolen

An Analysis of the Consequences of Interracial Adoption in America

Reader: Megan Hughes-Zarzo, Ph.D., director, Honors Program



11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Celebration Ceremony and break for lunch


1:15-2 p.m.

Panel 3: A Beginner’s Guide to Designing a Library: What Rhetoric and the Creation of the Universe Have in Common

Panelist: Anna Erickson

Spatial Rhetoric in Relation to Industrial and Interior Design

Advisor: Amy Kern, assistant professor, Industrial Design


Panelist: Colton Lee

The Infinite Predicate of God


2:15-3 p.m.

Panel 4: It’s a Dirty World: Who’s Going to Clean it Up?

Panelist: Sara Dahabreh

A Program Analysis to Assess the Effectiveness of the Paris Climate Agreement: Comparing Outcomes and Processes of Two Case Studies, China and Ethiopia

Advisor: Andrew Thangasamy, Ph.D., associate director, Political Science


Panelist: Nick Sundstrom

Can Golf Lessons Help Save the Environment?

Advisor: Sarah Schliemann, Ph.D., lecturer, Environmental Science


3:15-4 p.m.

Panel 5: The Profit Motive, Deregulation and their Impacts on Aviation and Private Prisons

Panelist: JayAnn Villalobos

Inmates for Profit

Primary Advisor: Andrea Borrego, Ph.D., assistant professor, Criminal Justice and Criminology

Second Reader: Barbara Koehler, J.D., senior lecturer, Criminal Justice and Criminology


Panelist: Steven Luu

Re-Regulate the Deregulated Aviation Era?

Advisor: James Simmons, Ph.D., J.D., professor, Aviation and Aerospace Science

Topics: Academics, Events, Excellence, Honors Program, Save the date

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