Senior Honors Theses Topics

Listed below are some topics that past USP majors have used for their senior honors theses.

Architecture and Urban Design

  • Highland, Kevin - Crime Prevention Through Public Art: An Assessment of Utility Box Art Programs in San Diego County, 2008-2009
  • Mateer, Steven - Growth Politics and National Security: The Case of the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal, 2007-2008
  • Wong, Midori - "Redeveloping Redevelopment": Principal-agent theory and the restructuring of the San Diego Redevelopment Agency, 2007-2008
  • Chee, Morgan - Community Redefined: Examining communities in built and virtual environments, 2006-2007
  • Basi, Heera - Affordable Housing Design for Latinos: how architects approach affordable housing design for a predominantly Latino resident population, 2005-2006
  • Berk, Amanda - The Missing Link: An Inquiry into the Discussion Over Access to Balboa Park From the City of San Diego, 2005-2006
  • Hurlbut, Lincoln - Compromising the Built Environment: Modern and Postmodern Ideology in University Design, 2003-2004
  • Liu, Cindy - Green Architecture an amalgamation of terms An exploration into the role of ideologies on the efficacy of Green Architecture, 2003-2004
  • Clossin, Robert - The New Urbanism: Realizing the Vision, A Case Study of the Otay Ranch Project, 1994-1995

Community and Economic Development

  • Brooks, Whitney - The Workers and Customers of Wal-Mart, 2008-2009
  • Sanchez, Martha Elena - Los Laureles’ Canyon Basin: San Antonio de Los Buenos Wastewater Treatment Plant Evaluation and Comparative Analysis: Catalyst infrastructure impacts and their mitigation strategies in terms of environmental sustainability and ensuring public health, 2006-2007
  • Brown, La Mikia - Double Jeopardy: The tensions that face Christian activists of color as they attempt to navigate their intersecting identities and find a place where their political and religious beliefs do not clash, 2005-2006
  • Martos, Marina Noel - Reality Changers, The Barrio Logan College Institute and PAZZAZ: How three grassroots organizations have mobilized a community in their efforts to increase the educational resources and futures for San Diego's inner city youth, 2005-2006
  • Port, Ian Smith - In Blues We Trust: House of Blues and the Spirituality of Popular Culture, 2005-2006
  • Burson, Julie E. - Sustaining Community Technology Centers: A Detailed Account of Available Support Services in San Diego and Approaches to Performance-Based Measures, 2002-2003
  • Narayan, Santosh - Marketing to Business Tourists: The Story of the San Diego Convention Center, 2000-2001
  • Davison, Susan - Case Study of Community Development Block Grant Spending in the City of San Diego, 1996-1997
  • Dinnebier, Jenny - An Analysis of Community mobilization: A Case Study of Eden Gardens, 1995-1996
  • Ibay, Michael M. - A Study of Community-Based Activism and Grassroots Mobilization in Low Income, Minority Neighborhoods: Latina Political Participation in The Barrio, 1994-1995
  • Blumberg, David - The Empire That Wasn't: A Study of the Roots of San Diego's Cul-De-Sac Status, 1994-1995
  • Cate, Elizabeth - Community Development Block Grant: Success or Failure? 1993-1994
  • Le Veen, Jessica - Enterprise Zones: A Case Study of San Diego's Barrio/Logan Enterprise Zone, 1992-1993


  • Castaneda, Justice Mya - Claiming Concrete: An Introduction to the Garfield Scholar-Warrior Initiative 2009-2010
  • Sharma, Rahul - Funding Inequalities: A Case Study of California's Education Funding System, 2007-2008
  • Tang, Stephanie - The Rise of High School Hispanic Americans: A study of how out-of-school programs & extracurricular activities can positively impact the lives of these students, 2006-2007
  • Mistry, Bahavna - Diminishing the Risk By Reaching Out: A Case Study of At-Risk Students in San Diego City Schools, 1998-1999
  • Bohaboy, Kathleen - Enduring the Institutional Deterrents in Innovative Practice: Institutional Factors that Impede School and Community Collaborations, 1996-1997
  • Charron, Cindy - Primary Intervention of At-Risk Students" Case Study of the STARS programs, 1995-1996
  • Everson, Christina C. - Bilingual Education, The Politics of Choice, 1994-1995 Gawaran, Edmond J. The Study of Mira Mesa High School: Viewing the Academic and Social Climate of a Minority-Dominant Educational Institution, 1994-1995 Cohen, Amy The Comer School Development Program: Implementation at Four San Diego Schools, 1993-1994 Dominguez, Gina Gender Bias or Class Bias in Education, 1992-1993


  • De Leon, Jemma Mae Cordova - Designing Sustainability A Toolkit of Sustainable Design Strategies for San Diego's Urban Parks 2009-2010
  • Hecklau, Dylan Robert - Re-working the Land: The Environmental Justice Stakes of One Formerly Used Defense Site's Reuse as Public Space 2009-2010
  • Intervalo, Jamie - Ecological Concerns on Campus: How Does Student Involvement with Sustainability Issues Affect UCSD Sustainability Policy and Land Use? 2007-2008
  • Norris, Richard - A Tale of Two Cities (or a City and a Nation): An Honors Thesis in Urban Studies and Planning, 2006-2007
  • Behrend, Katrina Andrea - Some People Don't Have the Complexion for Protection: An Analysis of Environmental Justice Advocacy in San Diego, 2002-2003
  • Thompson, Hallie - Only Rain in the Storm Drain: A Study of Innovative Regulation and Public Education in Pollution Prevention Programs, 2002-2003
  • Ferman, Sara - Knowledge Networking and Information Exchange: A Conceptual Framework for Sustainable Development 2000-2001
  • Thurlow, Aaron - Evaluating the Environmental Performance of the University of California, San Diego, 1998-1999
  • Chan, Winnie - Thirsty for Interagency Coordination: An Analysis of Coastal Water Quality Management, 1997-1998
  • Fulton, Orion - Maintaining Habitat Connectivity with Habitat Conservation Plans? 1997-1998
  • Roberts, Stephen - CERES and The Natural Step: Developing Criteria for Environmental Management System Protocol Evaluation, 1997-1998
  • Mau, Ada Getting to 50 Percent – San Diego’s New Integrated Waste management Program, 1996-1997
  • Hoskinson, Andrew Joel - Multiple Species Conservation Program, 1995-1996
  • Hovland, Christina - The Batiquitos Lagoon Enhancement: Scientific Input and Landowner Aesthetics, 1995-1996
  • Khan, Ziad - The Greening of Sony Corporation’s Executivne Sutie’; A Case in Corporate Environmentalism, 1995-1996
  • Antonacci, Kathryn L. - An Analysis of the Group Dynamics Among Members of the Advisory Committee for the City of Carlsbad Habitat Management Plan, 1994-1995
  • Carrales, Catherine - Who's Got the Power? Politics at Work Behind the Scenes of San Diego's Multiple Species Conservation Program, 1994-1995
  • Boardman, Kelly - A Critical Evaluation of the City of San Diego’s Approach to Remediate the Impacts of Nonpoint Source Coastal Contamination, 1992-1993
  • Bowling, John Greening - UCSD: Creating an Ecologically Sustainable Program, 1992-1993

Health Care

  • MacManus, Maureen - The Right to a Nutritious Diet: Examining Food Gaps Through an Environmental Justice Lens 2009-2010
  • Geiger, Tamara - Determining What Factors Impact Community Garden Proliferation in American Cities, 2008-2009
  • Gershon, Rebecca - What's for Lunch? An Analysis of the National School Lunch Program in the San Diego Unified School District and the Berkeley Unified School District, 2008-2009
  • Saladino, Tina - Age Related Macular Degeneration: Patient Knowledge, Disease Severity, Social Function, and Depression, 2007-2008
  • Machado, Teresa - The Effects of Park Proximity on Physical Activity levels and Childhood Obesity: A case study of the City of Santa Ana's Park Space availability, physical activity levels, and rising childhood obesity, 2006-2007
  • Kwei, Julia - Understanding the Role of the Urban Planner in Planning For the Elderly Population, 2005-2006
  • Lieu, Christine - Culturally Competent Communication Strategies for Nurses Interacting with Deaf Patients, 2005-2006
  • Tobar, Maria - Obesity: There Are No Winners in This Game, 2003-2004
  • Nations, Amanda - The Low Birth Weight Paradox: Setting an Example for Improved Community Prenatal Health, 2002-2003
  • Cobb, Elizabeth - Examining State Efforts to Increase Enrollment in the State Children's Health Insurance Plan, 2001-2002
  • Lee, Jennifer - Gauging the Necessity and Sustainability of Ethnic Specific Nonprofit Health Organizations—A case study of Korean Health—1999-2000
  • Rudy, Cheryl - Exploring Access to Health Care Issues for the Filipino-American Population: A case study of National City, California—1999-2000
  • Hampton, Jamie - Building Bridges: Sector Employment Intervention in San Diego County—a health care sector plan—1998-1999
  • Myer, Parvathi Aarthi - Approaching the Vision of the Safe Motherhood Initiative. The Potential of Traditional Birth Attendant in Rural Karnatika, India, 1997-1998
  • Dahlgren, Nels Nathaniel - Informal Caregiver Support Network: Their Impact and Efficacy, 1996-1997
  • Wright, Wendi - Mexican Immigrants in the United States: Efforts at Inclusion through Local Programs of Tuberculosis (TB) Control and Prevention, 1996-1997
  • English, Karla - Barriers to Effective Health Care and HIV/AIDS Epidemic, 1995-1996
  • Stevens, Gregory D. - The Role of Missed Opportunities in the Underimmunization of Two-Year Olds: A Retrospective Review of Patient Records for Immunization and Missed Opportunity Rates in Three South-San Diego Public Clinics, 1994-1995
  • Brennan, Caryl - Changing Demand for Perinatal Care Under the Medi-Cal/OBRA Provision, 1993-1994
  • Oneto, Sarah - Access to Syphilis Treatment in Central and Southeast San Diego County, 1993-1994


  • Franco, Jacqueline - A Cross Examination of Affordable Housing near an Urban and Border Region Historical Influences in Housing and Community Quality 2009-2010
  • Jasmin, Kim - In the Eyes of the Community: Measuring the Impacts of Two Affordable Housing Developments in City Heights Redevelopment Project Area, San Diego, 2008-2009
  • Donald Povieng - The Impact of Proposition 13 on California's Housing Market An analysis of how Proposition 13 has constrained affordable housing opportunities at the local level, 2004-2005
  • Brady, Richard - Post-Proposition 13 Residential Development Patterns in Carlsbad, California 2002-2003
  • DePerio, Genevieve - Ethnic Diversification of the Suburb: A Case Study of Housing Access for Filipino Americans in Mira Mesa, City of San Diego, 1999-2000
  • Volk, Michelle - Chicago Abandoned Property Program: Effective or Missing the Mark? 1996-1997
  • Friess, Daniel L. - A Means of Profitably Supplying Affordable Housing, 1992-1993

Public Service Organization

  • Forest, Greg - Reaching Out: The Transborder Support of Network of Maclovio Rojas, 1996-1997
  • Marcos, Ana - Globalization of Grassroots Politics: A Case Study of GABRIELA NETWORK and its Transnational Networking and Mobilizing Efforts, 1996-1997
  • Walker, Leslie - The San Diego-Tijuana Border Initiative: An Analysis of the Mechanisms Used to Meet the Regional Challenges of Binational Cooperation, 1996-1997
  • Kim, Ellen S. - Asian American Stereotypes: Caricatures of Manipulation, 1994-1995
  • Advani, Shireen - Gender and Ethnic Consciousness among Asian Pacific American Professional Women, 1993-1994
  • Kim, Bob - Social Networks and Single Homeless Men, 1992-1993
  • Seikaly, Sherene - A Black Forum, The Political Expression of Underground Rap, 1992-1993

Social Services and Policy Analysis

  • Button, Galya - Effective Drug Prevention Methods Within The San Diego-Tijuana Region: An Examination of University of California, San Diego Undergraduate students' Perceptions of Drug Consumption and Prevention, 2003-2004
  • Chen, Miya Saika - Domestic Violence, Refugee Women and the Availability of Support Services in the San Diego Region, 2002-2003
  • Welsh, Erin - A Study of San Diego's Social Safety Net: The Lack of A Continuum of Care for Youth Emancipating from Foster Care, 2001-2002
  • Cheng, Katherine K. - The Criminal Justice Sentencing Process, 1998-1999
  • Cohan, Daniel A. - Manipulation of Gender in the Construction of Legal Defense for Women, 1997-1998
  • De la Cruz, Melany - Reconstructing, Redefining, and Reorganizing the History of the American Labor Movement: A Case Study of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, 1997-1998
  • Warren, Kevin - Community Policing in Southeast San Diego: Its Effect on Neighborhood Safety, Security, and Quality of Life, 1995-1996
  • Bennett, Sheri - The Trouble with Transfers Areias Dairy Farms—A Case Study, 1994-1995
  • Budd, Lise - Sociological Dimensions of Increased Punitiveness within the Juvenile Justice System of San Diego County, 1994-1995
  • Kuluva , Rachel - The Struggle That Does Not Exist: The Role of Women on the Kibbutz, 1992-1993

Urban and Regional Planning

  • Couvrette, Michael Stephen - Commuter Rail System Design Methodology: An Evaluation of the San Diego Coaster 2009-2010
  • Minor, Dillon - Rural Transportation Survey Toolkit for the Coordinated Plan SANDAG's 2010 Rural Transportation Survey Design Toolkit for Determining Unmet Transportation Needs of Hard-To-Reach Communities 2009-2010
  • Reed, Emma - Increasing Disaster Awareness at the University of California, San Diego Determining the most effective strategies to educate university students about how to react during large-scale emergencies 2009-2010
  • Lisa Chau - Evaluating Smart Growth Theory vs. Practice: the Hillcrest Uptown District, 2007-2008
  • Trayler, Becky - The Evaluation of Traffic Signal Coordination Techniques and the Implications for San Diego, California, 2007-2008
  • Novin, Iman - Equity in Redevelopment Incentive Policy: A Case Study of Type II Incentives in Downtown San Diego, 2005-2006
  • Christina Burke - Infrastructure as a Medium for Sculpting the Creative Way A study of the emergent collaborative efforts utilizing creative processes to maintain a blueprint for an urban renewal paradigm of today, 2004-2005
  • Ryan Solow - Storm Water Containment Bureaucracy Systems: How does the NPDES Permit functionally create systems that induce public private co-operation? 2004-2005
  • Seeley, Ryan George - The Effects of Intelligent Transportation Systems on Co-Operation Among Transportation and Regional Planners, 2001-2002
  • Rand, Allison - Beyond the Walking City: How Successful is Transportation Demand Management in San Diego County, 1998-1999
  • Sider, Daniel A. - Investigating the Absence of Neotraditional Planning in American Suburbia, 1997-1998
  • Cenzano, Juan Carlos - Uptown District: Land Use Planning as a Transportation Demand Management Strategy, 1993-1994
  • Marker, Glen D. - The Modernist Project in a Campus Community: A Critique of Master Planning at UCSD, 1993-1994
  • Schnitz, Jeffery - California Intra-Municipality Conflict: A Case Study of the Discord Between the City of San Diego and the Community of La Jolla, 1993-1994
  • Griffin, Ian - Local Governmental Issues Concerning Geographic Information System Implementation, 1992-1993

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