Theses and Dissertations

The following are just a few examples of students who leveraged Bass Connections participation for their thesis or dissertation.

The information below each name includes major/program, the thesis or dissertation title, Bass Connections project.

Danielle Colson

Mechanical Engineering
Solar Hydrogen Production

Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation (2014-2015)

Mark Cullen

Evolutionary Anthropology
Look Out! A Study of Vision in Human Running

Look Before You Leap! Using Eye Tracking to Understand the Evolution of Locomotor Decision-making (2015-2016)

Kathy Dai

Genomic Instability in Alzheimer's Disease: TOMM40 Poly-T Variations

Brain-immune Interactions in Neurodegenerative Disease (2016-2017)

John D’Angelo

Biomedical Engineering
Baseline Drift Removal with an Electrooculography Headset

Oculomotor Response as an Objective Assessment for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the Pediatric Population (2016-2017)

Luke Farrell and Jake Shulman

Computer Science
Detecting Partisan Gerrymandering: Stratified Sampling the Space of Possible North Carolina Congressional Redistrictings

Gerrymandering and the Extent of Democracy in America (2018-2019)

Jonathon Free, Ph.D.

Redistributing Risk: The Political Ecology of Coal in Late-Twentieth Century Appalachia

Regulatory Disaster Scene Investigation (2014-2015)

Sonal Gagrani

The Effect of a TOMM40 Poly-T Variant on Mitochondrial Stress Responses in Alzheimer’s Disease

Brain-immune Interactions in Neurodegenerative Disease (2014-2015)

Jacqueline Gerson, Ph.D.

The Fate and Transport of Mercury and Selenium across Mining-impacted Landscapes

Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America: Impacts of Artisanal Gold Mining in the Peruvian Amazon (2018-2019)

Elizabeth Griffin

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Environmental Justice and Groundwater Impacts of Hog Farms in Eastern North Carolina

ACRE-Duke Partnership to Improve Sanitation Access in Lowndes County, Alabama (2018-2019)

Joshua Grubbs

Evaluation of a Dietary Intervention for Chronic Methylmercury Exposure Among Communities in Madre de Dios, Peru

Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America: Research and Policy Development to Reduce Chemical Exposures (2016-2017)

Jordan Hashemi, Ph.D.

Electrical & Computer Engineering
Automatic Behavioral Analysis from Faces and Applications to Risk Marker Quantification for Autism

Information, Child Mental Health and Society (2014-2015)

Connor Hile

Utilizing a Multi-methodological Approach to Examine the Effects of Subconcussive Loading in American Football

Oculomotor Response as an Objective Assessment for Mild TBI in the Pediatric Population (2017-2018)

Anna Johns Hrom, Ph.D.

Between Fraud Heaven and Tort Hell: The Business, Politics, and Law of Lawsuits

Reviewing Retrospective Regulatory Review (2015-2016)

Lauren Kane

Honors thesis on white matter alterations and methionine cycle dysregulations in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease

Brain-immune Interactions in Neurodegenerative Disease (2014-2015)

Julia Kaufman

Global Health and International Comparative Studies
Understanding Community-Based Practices Used by Lay Counselors in a Family Therapy Intervention in Eldoret, Kenya

Global Mental Health Program (2017-2018)
Responding to the Educational and Psychological Needs of Children and Families in Durham's Transitional Housing (2015-2016)