Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project


Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Prof. Greg Poulin

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks


Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are microscopic creatures that happen to have extreme radiotolerancy. Because of this, they are able to withstand the most extreme conditions. This radiotolerancy has been pinpointed to the d-Sup protein and has thus instigated experimentations into the limits and availability to genetically splice this protein and its functions have been tested. Through analysis and critique of these studies, I have created art pieces to express the scientific research and findings. Each piece varies in scientific data, alongside media and size. This results in an assemblage of works that will successfully express scientific research and findings in a visual mode. It is fair to note that the current global pandemic of Covid-19 has halted some of this artistic expression and presented obstacles that were not always overcome. Because of this, there’s limitation on wholly finished pieces—further explained in the body of this project.