The honors thesis is a time-honored tradition in the Lee Honors College. It is an opportunity for students to demonstrate to themselves and others the knowledge and skills they have developed during their undergraduate studies and honors experience. The general purpose of the thesis is to create a capstone work that reflects the expertise they have developed in their major field of study or interest.

Honors theses completed at Western Michigan University are entered into ScholarWorks. Some may be embargoed or restricted by the authors or we have been unable to reach the authors, so the theses may be only available from on-campus computers. If you are an author of an honors thesis and would like to make it available off campus or if you have any questions, please contact maira.bundza@wmich.edu.

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Theses from 2016

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The Role of Physician's Assistants on Limiting the Risk of Surgical Errors, Courtney Adler

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Vertical Take-off and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Payload Delivery Applications, David Ajoku

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Global Paths to Enlightenment: A Foundation Scholar Study Abroad to the Dominican Republic, Tacy Allan

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I-94 Advanced Bridge Replacement, Saleem Alsharari

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Anxiety in the Aisle: A Multi-Channel Study of the Incongruence between Wine Consumption and Wine Shopping, Brianna Amat

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Retinal Ganglion Cell Neuroprotection Induced by Neuropharmacological Agents in an In-vivo Model of Glaucoma, Quinn Ameel

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Structure and Function Studies of Tanapoxvirus Proteins, With a Focus on 57L, Ethan Archer

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Investigating Ocular and Dermal Phototransduction in Planarian Flatworms, Jessica Bacher

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Differences in amphetamine/dextroamphetamine prescriptions in areas with & without large universities, Heather Bacon

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Designing an Accessible Hall Effect Thruster, Matthew Baird

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How Recipient Age Affects Long Term Survivability in Heart Transplantation Patients, Daniel Baker

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Bridging the Gap in Care for Older Adults Through Increased Training of PA-Cs, Stacy Bangert

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Russian Justice on Trial: A Slavophile's Perspective on Judicial Reform in Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov, Michael Beck

Dance and the Deaf Community, Brianna Benvenuti

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Mindfulness and Prevention in Western Medicine: Focus on Physician Assistant, Amber Bernelis

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Implementation of Athletic Trainers in Michigan Youth Travel Hockey, Kelsey Berry

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Campus, Community, Connection: A Public Relations Campaign, Elizabeth Blasko

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Editor-in-Chief of the Laureate, Michael Bodinger

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Extended Gamut Printing in Flexographic Packaging and the Impact of Brand Management, Andrew Bogan

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Human-Assisted Fluid Power Vehicle, Andrew Bonter

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Verification and Quantification of Surface Electromyographic (EMG) Activity of the Masseter Muscle, Kelsey Bowles

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Allied Paper Landfill, a Case Study of Superfund, Kaitlin Braunschweig

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Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines: A Review of Key Planning Optimization Activities and Their Execution During 2015, Justin Bravman

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The Creation of a Video Review Guide for the Free-Response Section of the Advanced Placement Calculus Exam, Jeffrey Brown

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Sensor-Enabled Reduction of Stereotypy, Aaron Brzezinski

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Behavioral sensitization following concurrent exposure to 4-methylmethcathinone (4-MMC) and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) in male Sprague-Dawley rats, Trent Bullock

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Total Bridge Replacement of M-13 Over Cheboyganing Creek, Daniel Burns

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Corporate Social Reponsibility Reporting: Industry Comparisons, Yu Cao

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College Student Development and Emerging Adulthood, Gina Cavanaugh

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EZ Timeout: The Business Plan, Simbarashe Chirara

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Increasing Vocalizations in Children with Autism, Nicholette Christodoulou

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Who is the One Percent?, Christopher Chupp

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An Assessment of Home Energy Efficiency in Kalamazoo, Alexis Coutts

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Hand Assembly Evaluation and Design, Zachary Crawford

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Software Improvements to Parint, a Parallel Integration Software Package, Lawrence Cuneaz

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The Effects of Aging and Estrogen Treatment During Aging on the Rat Epididymis, Kathryn Davis

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The Comparison of Effectiveness between Print Media & Electronic Media in terms of Promotion and Recruitment, Katherine Dayton

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Memory Support for Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease: Applications for Speech-language Pathologists, Laura Dober

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Using Focus Groups to Identify Ways to Reduce Infant Mortality in Kalamazoo, Leah Dries

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The Barriers and Facilitators to becoming a Baby-Friendly Hospital, Bohn Emily

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Solar Tracking and Lighting Design for a Multimedia Sculpture, Alexandra Ferguson

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Math Curriculum (Algebra II) with Focus on Sports, Raychel Figurski

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Optimization of a Sustainable Bicycle Generator, Erika Fojtik

Movements for the Dreamer: An Electronic Audio Experience, Garrett Gagnon

Senior Composition Recital, Nathaniel Haering

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Modeling Product Cooling for Baked and Snack Crackers, Jenna Hagenloch

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The Birth of Development: The Social, Economic and Environmental Advantages to Contraceptive Use on a Global Scale, Linda Hanes

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Injury-Induced Neuronal Turnover with Zinc Sulfate Affects Cilitated Olfactory Sensory Neurons more than Microvillous Olfactory Sensory Neurons in the Adult Zebrafish, James Hentig

CAB Documentary: A Year in the Life of a Student Leader, Cassie Hess

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Using SBIRT as an Intervention for Substance Use in Public Schools, Amanda Higgins

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Creation of Intern Manual for WMU Fall Welcome Program, Valerie Horwath

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Audio Software (VST Plugin) Development with Practical Application, Zachary Hummel

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Human-Assisted Fluid Power Vehicle, Aaron Huntoon

"Come and Go", Izzabella Irwin

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Alcoholism, Domestic Violence, & Mental Illness: As a Graphic Novel, Abigail Jackson

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Recurring Ankle Injuries in Dancers, Alexis Jawny

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Acoustic Correlates of Speech Naturalness in Post-Treatment Adults who Stutter: Role of Speaking Rate, Caylee Jessen

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The Use of Hydrotherapy in Labor to Promote Physiologic Labor, Nicolette Johnson

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Exploring the Impact of Globalization on Linguistic Culture, Autumn Kearney

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Desolventizer Toaster Design Evaluation for Maintenance Reliability, Stephanie Kilbourn

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Marketing Ideas that Could Improve Adoptions and Reduce Return Rates of Dogs in Shelters in the State of Michigan, Bryan Klemett

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Friendly and Economically Viable Alternative to Big Oil, Ryan Kohsel

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In Bad Taste - Art Show, Katherine Kolean

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The Consent Search Warning Argument: Procedural Justice and What a Warning Might do for Police Legitimacy, Alec Kraus

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Closed-Loop Motor Controlled Valve, Aaron Labomascus

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An Analysis of Preflight Inspection Practices in the Collegiate Training Environment, Seth Laws

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The Effect of Wee1 on mitosis in the spb Mutant, David LeRoy

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Role-Based Access Control Filesystem, Scott Linder

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News in Virtual Reality, Samantha Macy

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Historical Corsets Retrospective 1558-1890, Jacquelyn Marks

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“May the odds be never in your favor” – An economic representation of the Hunger Games trilogy, Kaitlin Marshall

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The United States Aviation Industry and the Professional Pilot Training Environment, Andrew Marvin

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Hello Kitty's Long-Standing Cross-Cultural Popularity in the United States and Japan, Melanie Matchette

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Stories from a Millinery, Allie Maynard

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Rising Tension in the South China Sea, Paul McQuaid

"Tones", Sarah Mills

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Bacteriophages that can Lyse Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, Michael Monaco

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Literature Review: The Effects of Islam on Virginity/Modesty, Masturbation, Marriage, and Sexual Acts/Behaviors in Majority Muslim Countries, Savanah Moore

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Certified Child Life Specialists' Role in Creating and Utilizing a Social Story Children's Book to Support Siblings of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Patients, Alexa Morrison

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The Role of Weak Magnetic Fields in Tissue Regeneration, Jacob Morton

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Senegal's Language Problem: A Discourse of Disparity, Monica Naida

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Relationship between Ambulation and Position Changes during Labor and Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, Zoe Nokomis

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Design of Computerized Surgical Screwdriver, Jacob Nye

Vocal Jazz Arranging and Directing, Monica Pabelonio

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The Effect of Bedside Handoffs on Patients’ Perceived Fears, Maija Paldan

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Everything Continues On: Music Inspired by Space, Maria Paterno

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The Clean Power Plan: A Legal Analysis of the E.P.A.'s Final Rule, Robert Paul

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Low: The vocal response of House Wrens, Troglodytes aedon, when exposed to increasing volumes of noise., Monique Pipkin

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Least Cost Analysis for Solar Photovoltaic Maintenance of the WMU Miller Auditorium Array, Kelsey Pitschel

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Optimization of a Sustainable Bicycle Generator, Kelsey Pitschel

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The effects of globalization on English language learning: Perspectives from Senegal and the United States, Anna Poggensee

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Design of Computerized Surgical Screwdriver, Timothy Ruesink

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Predictors of Employee Engagement in the Workplace, Kylie Rumsey

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Acoustic Correlates of Speech Naturalness in Post-Treatment Adults Who Stutter: Role of Fundamental Frequency, Jacqueline Schmitt

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Roomi Q Mobile Application, Quinn Sheridan

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The Effects of Picture Prompts on the Acquisition of Receptive Language in Children with Autism, Hanna Simons

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Improving the State of Health Literacy among American Adults: Why Community Outreach Methods are more effective than Literacy-Level Screenings, Lydia Simpson

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Ethics in the Nonprofit Sector: A Study on the American Red Cross, Emily Smith

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Children of Coalwood, Maria Smith

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CubeSAT ADCS Validation and Testing Apparatus, Jacob Stevens