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Celebrating undergrad thesis research at Barrett, The Honors College symposium


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Joshua Pardhe, a 2022 ASU honors graduate, will be the keynote speaker at the 22nd annual Barrett, The Honors College Celebrating Honors Thesis Symposium.

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April 05, 2023

Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University will host its 22nd annual Celebrating Honors Thesis Symposium on April 11.

This year’s event, which showcases undergraduate honors research projects, will feature the work of nearly 100 students.

The event will be in a hybrid format, with some projects presented online and others in person in the Great Court at Barrett on ASU's Tempe campus from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Joshua Pardhe, who graduated from Barrett in spring 2022, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Pardhe completed an honors thesis titled “Creative Frameworks: Developing Accessible Technological Frameworks for Creative Expression” and received his undergraduate degree in engineering at the age of 20. He will discuss the value of the thesis process as it relates to his overall experience at ASU and beyond.

Members of the ASU and metro Phoenix communities will be able to see the hard work of Barrett students come to life through the presentations. Students are participating with displays including posters, video projects, built objects, PowerPoint presentations and more highlighting a multitude of academic disciplines.

The projects in the showcase include: 

  • Comparing Human and Non-Human Animal Social Isolation.
  • A Multi-Objective Approach to Community Park Sitting in Maricopa County.
  • Coping, COVID and Depression: The Link in Mexican-American Families.
  • The Effects of Remote vs. In-Person Socializing on Well-Being.
  • The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Fertility of Metro Phoenix Women.
  • Sex Education in Arizona Versus Other States’ Sex Education in the Southwestern United States.

“The Celebrating Honors Thesis Symposium highlights undergraduate research, which is a hallmark of the Barrett, The Honors College student experience. Working closely with faculty mentors, students define and complete a thesis that reflects their own interests and passions. Along the way, students develop research, communication and project-management skills that give them significant advantages in applying for graduate programs, professional schools or jobs,” said Barrett Dean Tara Williams.

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