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In its Honors Program the Biology Department awards one level of Honors to student research projects. The projects listed below have been defended successfully, and a copy of the thesis deposited in Swem Library.

Key:
  • Student, "Thesis" (Honors level)
    Committee Chair + Other Committee Members
2013-2014
  • Elise Caroline Elwood, "Population Matrix Model for American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) and the Implications for Re-Introduction" (Honors)
    Harmony Dalgleish + Matthias Leu, Guilia Pacini, Drew LaMar
  • Ashley Fidler, "BMP Regulation of Stem Cell Development During Drosophila Testis Formation" (Honors)
    Matthew Wawersik + Mark Forsyth, Shanta Hinton, Douglas Young
  • Sarah Gilliand, "Population Modeling of Diamondback Terrapins" (Honors)
    M. Drew LaMar + Randolph M. Chambers, Harmony J. Dalgleish, Rex K. Kincaid
  • Hwa In Han
  • Wendy Alice Herbst, "The Role of Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels and Spontaneous Calcium Activity in the Developing Nervous System" (Honors)
    Margaret Saha + Lizabeth Allison, Christopher Del Negro, Seth Weinberg
  • Kathrynlynn Wells Jenkins, "Functional Role of an Epifaunal Grazer (Ampithoe valida) in Eelgrass Communities: A Comparative Study Between Native and Invasive Ranges" (Honors)
    Emmett Duffy + Jonathan Allen, Matthias Leu, Harmony Dalgleish
  • Alexander G. McFarland, "The Role fo MK-STYX in the eIF2α Stress Response Pathway" (Honors)
    Shanta Hinton + Lizabeth A. Allison, Randolph Coleman, Oliver Kerscher
  • Christina Susanne Moore, "The Effect of Sub-Lethal Methylmercury Exposure on Corticosterone Hormone and the Glucocorticoid Receptor in the Australian Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)" (Honors)
    Eric Bradley + Margaret Saha, Daniel Cristol, Elizabeth Harbron
  • Kelly Erin O'Toole, "An Environment Up in Smoke?: Evaluating the Effects of Fire Management Practices on Red-Backed Fairy-Wren Habitat Usage" (Honors)
    John Swaddle + Matthias Leu, Dan Cristol, Jennifer Kahn
  • Mohima Sanyal, "Modeling Drosophila Stem Cell Development Through Ex Vivo Live-Cell Imaging Studies" (Honors) 
    Matthew Wawersik + Daniel Cristol, Mark Forsyth, Elizabeth Harbron
  • Ethan S. Winter, "Evolutionary Conservation of a Modified Spermatogenesis Program in Rhabditis Nematodes with Skewed Sex Ratios" (Honors)
    Diane Shakes + Jonathan Scheerer, Shanta Hinton, Oliver Kerscher
2012-2013
2011-2012
2010-2011
2009-2010
2008-2009
2007-2008
2006-2007
  • Stephanie Lynn Byers, "Characterization of selected genes and neurotransmitters of the developing central nervous system in the Xenopus laevis emryo" (Honors)
    Margaret Saha + Mark Forsyth, Matthew Wawersik, Elizabeth Harbron
  • Kenneth William DeFontes, "Effects of Slip-Strand Mutations in the Histidine Kinase arsS of Heliobacter pylori" (Honors)
    Mark Forsyth + Diane Shakes, Beverly Sher, Lisa Landino
  • Alicia Marie Frame, "The Effects of Feather Pigmentation on Bacterial Degradation Rates" (Honors)
    John Swaddle + Mark Forsyth, Dan Cristol, Greg Smith
  • Stefanie Michelle Gera, "Animal size and radula morphetric characters of the carnivorous gastropod Rapana venose (Murcidae) from the Chesapeake Bay" (Honors)
    Julianna Harding + Randy Chambers, Greg Capelli, Roger Mann
  • Natalia Ivanovna Golub, "Specification of Neurotransmitter Phenotypes in Xenopus laevis" (Honors)
    Margaret Saha + Mark Forsyth, Patty Zwollo, David Armstrong
  • John Joseph Seeley, "Analysis of the Tyrosine Hydroxylase Gene and one of its Primary Transcription Factors, Nurr1, in Xenopus laevis" (Honors)
    Margaret Saha + Lizabeth Allison, John Griffin, Rob Hinkle
  • Christopher William Seibert, "A shRNA, Dual Flurorescent Protein Strategy to Determine Hormone Receptor Nuclear Import Mechanisms" (Honors)
    Lizabeth Allison + Diane Shakes, Oliver Kerscher, John Swaddle, M. Melfi
  • Alexandra Sledd, "Genetic Variation within the ArsRS Two-Component Signal Transduction System of Heliobacter pylori Relative to Disease Outcome and Geographic Origin" (Honors)
    Mark Forsyth + Diane Shakes, Paul Heideman, Ismail Abdalla
  • Jamie Elizabeth Underdown, "Molecular charcterization of a fungus infecting the hydrothermal vent mussel Bathymodiolus brevior" (Honors)
    Ryan Carnegie + Cindy Van Dover, Lizabeth Allison, Patty Zwollo
2005-2006
  • Mark Astoria, "Caenorhabditis elegans cell division mutant 1115" (Honors)
    Diane Shakes + Joe Scott, Matt Wawersik, Lisa Landino
  • Benjamin Atkins, "Segregation Defects in APC/C Mutant Caenorhabditis elegans Spermatogenesis" (Honors)
    Diane Shakes + Margaret Saha, Mark Forsyth, Robin Looft-Wilson
  • Jeffrey Burket, "Phase variation in cgtA (HP0217) of Heliobacter pylori and Lewis-antigen expression in lipopolysaccharide"
    Mark Forsyth + John Swaddle, Beverly Sher, Sherree Davis
  • Nicole Cameron, "Nuclear Export of the Thyroid Hormone Receptor" (Honors)
    Lizabeth Allison + Patty Zwollo, Margaret Saha, Clay Clemens
  • Jennifer DeCuir, "Identification of Autoinducer-2 Regulated Genes in Helocobacter pylori" (Honors)
    Mark Forsyth + Misty McPhee, Beverly Sher, Michael Leruth
  • Ryan Fame, "Role of BMP-4, FGF-8b, and Retinoic Acid in the Specifications and Differentiation of GABAergic and Glutamatergic Neural Phenotypes" (Honors)
    Margaret Saha + Paul Heideman, Mark Forsyth, Debbie Bebout
  • Katherine Fisher, "An Analysis of the Early Stages of Neurotransmitter Phenotype Specifications" (Honors)
    Margaret Saha + Lizabeth Allison, Paul Heideman, Sebastian Schreiber
  • Christopher Ford, "Investigating the Role of TCST system jhp0151-0150 in Heliobacter pylori adhesion" (Honors)
    Mark Forsyth + Joe Scott, Matt Wawersik, Lisa Landino
  • Carol Logan, "Comparative Ultrastructure of the Digestive Diverticula in Bathymodiolin Mussels from Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vent and Seep Sites" (Honors)
    Cindy Van Dover + Joe Scott, Diane Shakes, Ryan Carnegie
  • Christopher Muir, "Ecological Speciation in Drosophila" (Honors)
    George Gilchrist + John Swaddle, Donna Folk, Sebastian Schreiber
  • Laura Page, "The Effect of Ambient White Noise on Female Zebra Finch Preference for Extra-Pair Mates" (Honors)
    John Swaddle + Stan Hoegerman, George Gilchrist, Sebastian Schreiber
  • Lamia Wahba, "Cell Cycle Modeling and Chromosome Segregation Defects in Caenorhabditis elegans" (Honors)
    Diane Shakes + Patty Zwollo, George Gilchrist, Sebastian Schreiber
  • Matthew Wester, "The Effects of Early Cell Cycle Cessation on Neurotransmitter Specifications in Xenopus laevis" (Honors)
    Margaret Saha + Matt Wawersik, Diane Shakes, David Armstrong
  • Heather Wiseman, "The Abundance of Cyanolichens in the College Woods, Williamsburg, Virginia" (Honors)
    Martha Case + Stewart Ware, Mark Forsyth, Junping Shi
2004-2005
  • Krishna Dondeti
    Mark Forsyth + Margaret Saha, George Gilchrist, Sebastian Schreiber
  • Megan Evans
    Cindy Van Dover + Joseph Scott, Mark Forsyth, Ryan Carnegie
  • Marion Harris
    Margaret Saha + Paul Heideman, Diane Shakes, Elizabeth Harbron
  • Brendan Hodkinson
    Martha Case + Joseph Scott, Stewart Ware, Brent Owens
  • Lisa McGinnis
    Mark Forsyth + Patty Zwollo, Beverly Sher, Lisa Landino
  • Katie Provost
    George Gilchrist + John Swaddle, Paul Heideman, Sebastian Schreiber
  • William Tarantino
    Stewart Ware + Margaret Saha, Randy Chambers, Anne Reilly
  • Michael Weston
    Eric Bradley + Margaret Saha, Laurie Sanderson, Lisa Landino