Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Ann Miles

Second Advisor

Dr. Sushi Datta-Sandhu

Third Advisor

Dr. Irma Lopez


The Midwest. Rural America. These words conjure images of old farmhouses with big red barns and aluminum silos in the background. While driving down country roads during the agricultural season the most distinct feature of the rural Midwest is the expanse of green on either side of the road. The fields and orchards, in their patchwork dissection, display every color of green imaginable. Depending on the crop, the green may be pale, or lush, or deep and the plants may tower or creep or sway. Rolling irrigation systems hydrate these expanses, and the occasional crop duster flies low dispersing pesticides.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only