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Capstone Poster Session Showcases Multidisciplinary Interests and Creativity

Capstone Poster Session Showcases Multidisciplinary Interests and Creativity

One of the unique features of the Moody College Honors Program is the senior capstone experience, which offers three options: thesis, project, and a reflection essay. On April 28, the fruits of our multidisciplinary capstone were on vivid display in the main lobby of Dealey Center for New Media, as seniors showcased their research and projects at our first-annual capstone poster session.

Guan Soon Khoo, Associate Professor of Instruction, who leads the capstone classes for Honors Thesis and Honors Project, helped guide student work throughout the semester and prepare them for the poster session. He also helped select two awards for outstanding work on a thesis and independent project.

For her autobiographical video essay called “Inside Out, Outside In,” Jennifer Xia was awarded the Honors Project of Distinction. "This work displays a sophisticated self-awareness and maturity along with an understanding of social/cultural issues. Jennifer shows that making a video essay can be a form of healing,” wrote Khoo. 

Winner of the Honors Thesis of Distinction was Reagan Fuller. “Reagan’s thesis is a well-conceived study on speech pathologists' perceptions of the federal child referral program called ChildFind,” said Khoo. “With Dr. Lugo-Neris, Reagan collected data from speech pathologists across Texas and will be analyzing their data and reporting their findings.”

In total, 12 students presented their work at the poster session. Below is a list of students and the titles of  their projects, which ranged from research papers and film scripts to blogs, videos and practical guidebooks. Photos of students and their posters appear below the list. More information about the thesis, project and reflection options for students in the honors program can be found on the honors curriculum page.

  • Jordyn Anders - "Let's Talk About It... Website and Forum"
  • Faith Avery - "Black Student Protest: A Vehicle for Social and Political Change Across Decades - An Assessment of the Progression of the Black Student Protest Movement in the United States, 1910-1970"
  • Emma Bittner - "Finishing Touches" (A Humans of NY-style Blog)
  • Reagan Fuller - "Exploring the Child Find Referral Process in Texas" 
  • Oriana Garcia - "Let's Talk: Producing 4 Undergrads" (A TikTok Series)
  • Ligianel Martinez - “Refresh Your Reach: A Growing Nonprofit's Guide to TikTok”
  • Joseph Mayang - "Some Neat Place (An AAPI Community Event)"
  • Divine Nwokoye - "Semi-Reformed Fangirl: Socially Responsible Media Criticism"
  • Macey Pieterse - "Bubble" (A Zine) 
  • Joseph Punske - "Bottomfeeder" (A Screenplay Outline)
  • Jennifer Xia - "Inside Out, Outside In" (A Video Essay)
  • Marissa Xiong - "Culture in Comics" 
emma at honors poster session
Emma Bittner presents her Honors Capstone Project "Finishing Touches," a blog about identity. 


jojo with honors poster
Joseph Mayang presents his Honors Capstone Project "Some Neat Place," a creative showcase event meant to spread kindness through the arts.


divine at poster session
Divine Nwokoye presents her Honors Capstone Project "Semi-Reformed Fangirl," a blog of media criticism 


marissa at poster session
Marissa Xiong presents her Honors Capstone Project "Culture in Comics," which explores the capabilities of visual communication and education through social media.


reagan with honors thesis
Reagan Fuller presents the findings of her two semester Honors Thesis "Exploring the Child Find Referral Process in Texas."