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  1. 2016 Thesis Finalist: Audrey Balliette: Are you Syrious: A Critique of the Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

    As a member of the United Nations, the US has a humanitarian responsibility to accept Syrian refugees, who have been affected by the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Refugee camps are breeding grounds for extremism and radicalization– an especially dangerous threat to the Syrian refugee crisis. Refugee camps also create undue burdens on host countries, often exacerbating existing tensions to the point of violence, so leaving Syrian refugees in these situations is irresponsible and counterproductive. Finally, the U.S. current screening process for refugees is extensive, so Syrian refugees do not pose a threat to national security.

  2. 2015 Thesis Finalist Madeleine Broussard - Brawling with Brothels: Combatting the Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States

    Sex trafficking brings a high degree of physical and psychological damage to the victims or women and children who are brought into this terrible industry. In order to successfully eradicate sex slavery in the United States we must change efforts through a holistic three pronged approach, which focuses on humane treatment of trafficked minors, prosecution of their pimps, and the men who buy sex. The trafficked minors need rehabilitation from private organizations and the pimps and Johns need to face consequences of harsh legal repercussions.

  3. 2015 Thesis Finalist: Cole Claunch - Uncle Sam's New Genes: How the United States Should Approach Gene Therapy

    As the field of gene therapy is growing, questions about its safety, efficiency and ethical nature are arising. The solution to these questions is best arrived at through an expansion of the field. The National Institutes of Health, along with private investors should increase funding for gene therapy clinical trials and generate specialized criteria for their approval and oversight in order to better participate in our ethical duties to pursue the chance that incurable diseases will become curable.

  4. 2015 Thesis Finalist: Jaden Haskell - The Legacy of the Nuclear Throne: Enacting Domestic and International Nuclear Power and..

    Nuclear warfare has been the largest threat to humanity since its first use. Today that fear is not on the forefront of everyone’s mind but the proliferation of these weapons is more is the real problem of today. It is imperative that we prevent nuclear proliferation through changes to both domestic and international current strategic and civilian nuclear policy. Primarily by slowing down the rate of existing nuclear weapons disarmament plans, change our nuclear power policy in the direction of thorium, a proliferation-proof method, and ensure an international standard for nuclear storage bases.

  5. 2015 Thesis Winner: Jennie Kuykendall - The Next Genderation: Charting a New Course Between Stereotypes and Social Constructs

    Over the course of history, the pendulum of gender has swung from oppressive to insignificant. I am arguing that because emerging science confirms meaningful sex differences, we can confirm God’s purpose in creating humanity in two distinct ways that affect our relationship with Him and others. There are biological and theological distinctions between men and women that cannot be defined by traditional stereotypes or arbitrary social constructs.

  6. 2015 Thesis Finalist: Morgan Metcalf - Don't Judge the Genre by Its Cover: Defending the Merits of Fanfiction

    Don't Judge the Genre by Its Cover: Defending the Merits of Fanfiction