First Advisor

Lara Narcisi


Regis College

Degree Name


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

69 pages



This work is a celebration of my four-year journey at Regis University and the people who have made it a memorable experience.

I would like to thank Tom Howe and Lara Narcisi for their guidance throughout the planning and writing processes of this thesis as well as the valuable knowledge and mentorship they have offered during my time in the Regis University Honors Program.

I am grateful for the friendship and mentorship of every single member of the Regis University Physics and Astronomy Department, especially Fred Gray and Evan Tilton. Without them, this thesis wouldn’t be in the form it is in now.

My sincere gratitude also goes to current and former faculty members who participated in this study: Evan Tilton, Fred Gray, Emily Haynes, Quyen Hart, and Jennifer Jarrell.

I would also like to thank all other participants of this study and people who took their time to read various drafts of the thesis. Your inputs are valuable to this study and are essential for the completion of this thesis.

Dat Tran

May 01 2021

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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