Honors Theses

Honors Theses

2018

Adaptive N-of-1 Trials
Mehmet Alkan
Concentration Advisor: Hongjie Dong
Primary Advisor:  Neil Sarkar, BioMed

Effect of Climate Change on Distribution of Malaria
Nikolas Baya
Concentration Advisor:  Bjorn Sandstede
Primary Advisor:  Martin Maxey

Properties of multisensory Integration in Xenopus Laevis Tadpoles
Julia Bleier
Concentration Advisor:  Katerin Smith, Bio
Primary Advisor:  Carlos Aizenman, BioMed

Universally Energy Minimizing Point Configurations on Spheres
Collin Cademartori
Concentration Advisor:  Richard Schwartz, Mathematics
Primary Advisor: Govind Menon

The Mathematics of Rowing
Albert Richard Caputo
Concentration Advisor: Bjorn Sandsede
Primary Advisor:  Bjorn Sandstede

Using Lapatinib to Increase Taxol Sensitivity in Triple Negative Breast Center: Does Promoting Cell Division Enhance Therapeutic Response
Elizabeth Clifton
Concentration Advisor:  Bjorn Sandstede
Primary Advisor:  Michelle Dawson (Molecular Pharmacology)

Fast Simulation for Option Pricing
Violet Davis
Concentration Advisor: Bjorn Sandstede
Primary Advisor: Hui Wang

Leveraging Crowds in Crowdfunding with Social Epidemics
Alexandra Djorno
Concentration Advisor:  Bjorn Sandstede
Primary Advisor: Anastasios Matzavinos

Long-time Integration of Reactive Transport in Biochemical Processes and Application in Coagulation Kinetics
Duncan William Martinson
Concentration Advisor: Bjorn Sandstede
Primary Advisor: Martin Maxey

Ensuring Efficient Convergence to a Given Stationary Distribution
Kenneth M. Peluso
Concentration Advisor:  Bjorn Sandstede
Primary Advisor: Bjorn Sandstede

Function Minimization Using Infinite Swapping
Jacob Ruth
Concentration Advisor: Bjorn Sandstede
Primary Advisor: Paul Dupuis

Bayesian Generative Model for Identifying Cancer Genes
Zheng Shi
Concentration Advisor: Hongjie Dong
Primary Advisor: Charles Lawrence

Correspondence Between Heart Rate and Affect in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typically Developing Children
Jessica Simon
Concentration Advisor: Bjorn Sandstede
Primary Advisor: Stephen J. Sheinkopf (BioMed Psy & Human Behavior)

Stochastic Epidemic Models with Non-Exponential Infection Periods
Hwai-Ray Tung
Concentration Advisor: Hongjie Dong
Primary Advisor:  Kavita Ramanan

A Study of Some Interacting Particle Systems:  Simulations and Asymptotics
Mitchell Wortsman
Concentration Advisor:  Bjorn Sandstede
Primary Advisor:  Kavita Ramanan

2017

Resolving Missing Data Problems Using Machine Learning
Sadhana Bala
Concentration Advisor: Bjorn Sandstede
Main Advisor:  Mark Howison

Quantifying Synchronicity and Rhythmicity in the SCN
Ali Noel Gunesch
Concentration Advisor:  Anastasios Matzavinos
Main Advisor:  Anastasios Matzavinos

Dissecting High-Order Epistatic Relationships Using Walsh Transforms
Jacob Jaffe
Concentration Advisor:  Sohini Ramachandran
​Main Advisor:  Daniel Weinreich

Modeling Evacuation Dynamics in Crowded Room
Ekaterina Kryuchkova
Concentration Advisor: Bjorn Sandstede
​Main Advisor:  Bjorn Sandstede

Volatility Smiles and Their Implicit Volatility Implications
Jaime Lavilla
Concentration Advisor:  Bjorn Sandstede
​Main Advisor:  Nicolas Garcia Trillos

The Cross-Entropy Method for Portfolio Credit Risk
Shiying Luo
Concentration Advisor:   Bjorn Sandstede
​Main Advisor: Hui Wang

A Longitudinal Analysis of Self-Reported Health Among Women in Cebu, Philippines
Monica-Ann Mendoza
Concentration Advisor: Sohini Ramachandran
Main Advisor:  Adam Sullivan

Stochastic Mesh Methods For Pricing American Options
Stefan Minic
Concentration Advisor:  Martin Maxey
Main Advisor:  Hui Wang

Evolutionary Stabilization of Mutation Rates in Variable Environments
Chibuikem Nwizu
Concentration Advisor:  Hongjie Dong
Main Advisor: Daniel Weinreich

Childcare Programs: The Examination of the Effects of Providers’ Demographic Backgrounds and their Position During Mealtime on Their Abilities to Promote Healthy Eating Habits and Manners in Children
Kristina Park
Concentration Advisor:  Martin Maxey
Main Advisor: Patricia Risica

Random Matrix Theory and Quantum Gravity
Mansheej Paul
Concentration Advisor:  Bjorn Sandstede
​Main Advisor:  Antal Jevicki

Modeling the Evolution of Anti-Malarial Drug Resistance
Sovijja Pou
Concentration Advisor:  Bjorn Sandstede
​Main Advisor:  Daniel Weinreich

On Waves in Intracellular Calcium Cycling
Kimberly Truong
Concentration Advisor:  Bjorn Sandstede
​Main Advisor:  Bjorn Sandstede

Indirect Mutational Pathways to Drug Resistance
Amanda Zajac
Concentration Advisor:  Sohini Ramachandran
​Main Advisor:  Daniel Weinreich

2016

The Spread of Infections Diseases over Dynamic Networks
Ragna M. Eide
Advisor:  John Gemmer
Reader:  Bjorn Sandstede

Cardio-Respiratory Responses in 12-month old Infants with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Arushi Jauhair
Thesis Advisor and First Reader:  Dr. Stephen Sheinkopf, Ph.D., Department of Human Behavior and Department of Pediatrics
Second Reader:  Dr. Martin Maxey, Division of Applied Mathematics

Random Colored Line Hierarchy Task (RCLHT): Parallel and Serial Accumulation of Information in Decision Making
Ji Sun (Julia) Kim
Primary Advisor:  Michael Frank
Secondary Advisor:  Matt Harrison

Investigating the Effects of Traffic-Related Air Pollution on Neurodevelopment and Myelination in Children
Justin Juan
Advisor:  Professor Sean Deoni

Machine Learning Approaches to Prediction of Type 2 Diabetes
Ian Pan
Advisor:  Xi Luo
Reader:  Anastasios Matzavinos

Gait Dynamics in Anolis Lizards Across Speeds and Inclines
Noel Park
Primary Advisor:  Thomas Roberts, BioMed Ecology and Environmental Biology
Secondary Advisor:  Vladimir Dobrushki

Discriminatively-Specified Nonlinear Kalman Filters
Shawn Tsutsui
Primary Advisor:  Matthew Harrison
Secondary Advisor:  John Gemmer

2015

The role of muscular beta oscillations in tactile detection
Uday Agrawal
Primary Reader: Stephanie Jones
Secondary Reader: Catherine Kerr

TeachWithGlass: Improving the Teaching Experience through Google Glass
David Correa Orozco
Primary Reader: Tim Kraska
Secondary Reader:  Anastasios Matzavinos

Mathematical Modeling and Estimation of Axonal Transport Rate in vivo using Manganese-enhanced MRI in Alzheimer’s Mice
Chloe Cross
Primary Advisor:  Dr. Satoshi Minoshima, M. D., Ph.D., Chair of Radiology, University of Utah
Secondary Advisor: Professor Matthew Harrison, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University

Creating a CLAMP null in vitro and in vivo using the CRISPR/Cas9 System
Caroline Doherty
Primary Advisor:  Jennifer Johnson
Secondary Reader: Charles Lawrence, Professor of Applied Mathematics

A Deep Belief Network Approach to Learning Depth From Optical Flow
Reuben Feinman
Primary Reader: Thomas Serre
Secondary Reader: Stuart Geman

Mathematical Modeling of Oceanic Phytoplankton Blooms in Chaotic Flows
Mara Freilich
Primary Reader: Bjorn Sandstede
Secondary Reader:  Baylor Fox-Kemper 

Packing Geometry Influences Leaf Shape
Eric Kalosa-Kenyon
Primary Reader: Govind Menon 
Secondary Reader: Erika Edwards

Probabilistic Inference on the Source and the Sequence of the Transposon Insertions
Taesoo Kim
Primary Reader:  Charles Lawrence
Second Reader:   William Thompson and Robert Reinan

Statistical methods to distinguish classic selective sweeps from bottlenecks in genome-wide data 
Maya Ramchandran
Primary Reader:  Sohini Ramchandran
Second Reader: Daniel Weinreich

A Cross Entropy Simulation Scheme for the Double Exponential Jump-Diffusion Process
Rebecca Rieke
Primary Reader:  Hui Wang
Second Reader: Hongjie Dong

Methods and software for detecting contaminated samples genotyped with SNPs
Elena N. Venable
Primary Reader:  Anastasios Matzavinos
Secondary Reader:  Bjorn Sandstede

2014

Spatial Modeling for Financial Contagion.
Clarence Ho 

Implementation Analysis of Haze Protocol.
John Boreiko 

Education and Social Mobility in Rural India.
Kamna Kathuria  

Load Balancing in Stochastic Networks: Algorithms, Analysis, and Game Theory.
Katrina Kardassakis 

The Mechanism of Beta (15-29 Hz) Oscillations in Human Cortex: A Combined Computational and Electrophysiological Investigation.
Maxwell Sherman 

Preeclampsia
Rachel Occhiogrosso 

Analyzing the Behavior of Cells of the Nervous System in Three Dimensional Culture Platforms A 
Ryan Din 

2013

Koushiki Bose, AM/Econ, Class of 2013
The Lottery as an Occupancy Process: Large Deviations Approximations and Importance Sampling.
Thesis advisor/Readers:  Paul Dupuis, Adam McCloskey

Chishio Furukawa, AM/Econ, Class of 2013
Do Solar Lamps Help Children Study? Contrary Evidence From a Pilot Study in Uganda.
Thesis Advisor/Readers:  Andrew Foster

Yawei Ge, AM/Bio, Class of 2013
Time Course of Mito-Nuclear Genetic Response to Hypoxia In Drosophila Melanogaster.
Thesis Advisor/Readers:  David Rand

Daniel Gitelman,AM,  Class of 2013
A Study of Erdos-Renyi Random Graphs.
Thesis Advisor/Readers:  Kavita Ramanan

Ryan Handoko, AM/Bio, Class of 2013
Mechanics and Motility of Activated Neutrophils
Thesis Advisor/Readers:  Jay Tang, Jonathan Reichner

Abigail Kerson, AM/Bio, Class of 2013
Revealing Interactions Between Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Mutant Alleles of VCP and SODI via Drosophila Melanogaster Models Using Endogenous Gene Targeting.
Thesis Advisor/Readers: Robert Reenan, Charles Lawrence
 

Wookun Kim, AM/Econ, Class of 2013
Will Pronatalist Policy Work? The Case of South Korea
Thesis Advisor/Readers:  Andrew Foster

Qiaohan Li, AM/Econ, Class of 2013
Rebalancing Growth in China: Cross-Province Evidence
Thesis Advisor/Readers: Louis Putterman, Kenneth Chay, Frank Kleibergen

Austen Mack-Grane, AM/Econ, Class of 2013
Management of a Cooperative Fishery With Cyclic Environmental Shocks.
Thesis Advisor/Readers:  Sriniketh Nagavarapu

Ethan Richman, AM/Bio, Class of 2013
A Synthetic Biological System for Transsynaptic Manipulation of Neural Circuits.
Thesis Advisor/Readers: Gilad Barnea

Olivia Ruggiero, AM/Bio, Class of 2013
The Effects of Neonatal Serotonin Levels on Infant Sleep.
Thesis Advisor/Readers: Amy Salisbury,  Marion Young

Elias Scheer, AM/Bio, Class of 2013
Assaying Functional Identity of Developing Mouse Olfactory Sensory Neurons with Fine Temporal Control. 
Thesis Advisor/Readers:  Gilad Barnea

Tanayott Thaweethai, AM/Econ, Class of 2013
Evolutionary Opportunities for Horizontal Transmission of Antibiotic Resistance Across Bacterial Species.
Thesis Advisor/Readers: Daniel Weinreich, Jeremy Rich

John Thickstun, AM, Class of 2013
Statistical Inference on Music with Applications to the Transcription Problem.
Thesis Advisor/Readers:  Eugene Charniak, Hui Wang

Lixian Wang, AM/Econ, Class of 2013
Evaluating Prospects of Internationalization of Chinese RMB.
Thesis Advisor/Readers:  George Borts, David Wyss, Hongjie Dong, Kenneth Char

Chi Zhang, AM/Econ, Class of 2013
Public Goods Game with Group Competition and Efficiency Redistribution
Thesis Advisor/Readers:  Louis Putterman
 

Shaopeng Zhang, AM/Econ, Class of 2013
Economic Growth Ccross Provinces in China from 197 to 2010.
Thesis Advisor/Readers:  Louis Putterman, Constantine Dafermos 
 

2012

Frankie Camacho, Class of 2012
Compressed Sensing and its applications to MRI's
Thesis Advisor:  Professor Jan Hesthaven

Nadejda Drenska, Class of 2012
Numerical Approximation of Spectra for Localized Oscillatory Structures
Thesis advisor:  Professor Bjorn Sandstede

Ozge Can Gencler, Class of 2012
Modeling the resilience of marine communities in the Galapagos Marine Reserve
Thesis Advisor:  Professor Jon Witman

Jason Kaye, Class of 2012
The Interpolation of Gravitational Waveforms
Thesis advisor:  Professor Jan Hesthaven

Jiacui Li, Class of 2012
Approximating equilibria in multistage Bayesian games - with applications to sequential auctions
Thesis Advisor:  Professor Amy Greenwald

2011

Allison Wentz, AM, Class of 2011
Matrix Population Models With an Application to the Fish Species Lutjanus peru.
Thesis Advisor/Readers:  Professor Martin Maxey

Zuhal Zeynep Yildirim, AM/Econ, Class of 2011
Assessing the Effect of Education on Income and Fertility in China.
Thesis Advisor/Readers:  Oded Galor