The Senior 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.

All the theses listed below have been digitized, but to display the full text in this scholarly repository, we need permission from the authors. We have permissions for the most recent entries, though some may be embargoed for a period of time. The Lee Honors College contacted alumni and we received permissions from some, but the rest will be available only from on campus computers.

If you are an author of one of these theses and would like to make them available outside of WMU, please contact us at wmu-scholarworks@wmich.edu.

Beginning in 2013 we will have students submitting their own theses. To submit your thesis, please follow this link: Submit Thesis

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Theses from 2014

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The Effect of Regional and Seasonal Variability in Wastewater Microbial Community Structure on the Biodegradability of Room Temperature Ionic Liquids, Steven Aiello

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1,10-Phenanthroline amino alcohol derivatives as oxazole precursors, Evan Alkema

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Leadership Reaction Course at Western Michigan University, Talal Almaghlouth

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Language Trends of Spanish/English Dual Language Learners, Cailin Amundsen

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The Effects of Pet Therapy on Undergraduate Nursing Students' Perceived Stress and Exam Performance, Kathleen Bajorek

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Position Tracking Using WiFi, Tyler Bayne

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The Importance of Translational Research: An Analysis of a Naturalistic Probe in a Joint Control Study, Nicole Bell

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Perceived External Factors Leading to the Resumption of Occupations Following Acquired Amputation, Danielle Brown

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Design and Analysis of a Cold Gas Propulsion System for Stabilization and Maneuverability of a High Altitude Research Balloon, Mitchell Brownell

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Business Plan: Queens Glamour Boutique, Heaven Brown

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Subtalar Fusion Fixture Design and Test, Andrew Campbell

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The Supersonic Transport: Development and demise of the future of air travel, Gareth Carter

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Like Sun on a Wet Cobblestone, Renate Childs

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Taboo Topics: Depression, Anxiety, Sexual Assault, and PTSD; the Influence of Stigma on Help Seeking, Kaitlyn Cichocki-Goss

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Position Tracking Using WiFi, Nathan Conrad

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¡Vamos: Es hora de conocer España! Unit Plan for the Life and Culture of Spain, Katheryn Cook

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Environmental Systems and Patterns Applied to Design, Aaron Cooper

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The Efficient Market Hypothesis, Security Analysis, and Portfolio Management, Lance Cowles

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“Additional Analysis of Previously Collected Data: Food Choices in Children with Autism”, Kristin Crinion

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Senior Recital, William Davidson

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Lead Seals from Colonial Fort St. Joseph (20BE23), Cathrine Davis

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Comparative Study of the Effects of Globalization on Literacy Policy in the U.S. Midwest and Senegal, Emily Diekema

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Walk-Training Increases Expression of GDNF in Pectoralis Muscle but not Diaphragm from Mouse, Erin Donovan

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Gradual Guidance and Independent Activity Schedules for Children with Autism, Amanda Driscoll

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A Cross-Cultural Study Exploring Structural Factors of Men's Sheds, Sarah Dryden

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The SHRM Assurance of Learning Assessment and Human Resource Graduates, Alexis Fiocchi

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Project MODA, Emma Forster

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Resisting (and Reproducing) Language Domination in a Bilingual Kindergarten Classroom, Roxana Gamble

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Food-associated calls in wintering Black-Capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapilla) and their possible meanings., Josephine Gingerich

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The Effects of an Academic Values Clarification Exercise on Academic Performance of College Students, Dana Goetz

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Resistance to a Competing Stimulus in Color Sorting Behavior in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Prone to Distractibility, Jeremy Goldman

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Use of a Mirror Box to Improve Arm Function Post Stroke, Justin Goodrich

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Neural stem cells during embryonic Retinal Regeneration in Xenopus Laevis, tadpoles, Billy Gotama

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Visualizing Music, Thomas Grill

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Plant a Seed: Gardening and Nutrition with Elementary School Students, Kaisa Heib

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From Foster Care to Becoming a Family Member, Zachary Henderson

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Correlating Periodontal Disease and Cardiovascular Disease: A Comparative Study of Research Methodology, Alexandra Hensen

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Backyard Archaeology: Informing the Southwest Michigan Community about local archaeological sites and research through the “Evidence Fund” Exhibit, Tabitha Hubbard

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Assessing Nurses' Knowledge of Needle Phobia, Jessica Hurlbut

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WMU Career and Student Employment Services – present practices and future recommendations for employer relations, Amanda Jeppesen

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The Business of Human Trafficking, Elizabeth Kaczmarek

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The Consequence of Freedom: A Sociological Analysis of the Suicide Epidemic in Luthuania, Kyle Kaminski

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The Effects of Trauma on Brain Development in Infancy, Sasha Kellogg

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Aviation Fuels: The Importance and Potential of Unleaded Avgas, Hilary Kerkstra

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Traditional assessment vs non-traditional assessment: What Native American culturally relevant pedagogy looks like in a suburban classroom., Jamie Keyser

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The Effects of a Picture Acitivty Schedule and Functional Communication Training, Sarah J. Lett

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Factors of aggression in diagnosed psychopaths: a comprehensive literature review of biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives., Mirabelle Lindquist

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An Overview of Sensory Processing Disorder, Heather Lonkar

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Framing Identity & Change in the Experience of Interns, Bryleigh Loughlin

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Ariele's Senior Violin Recital, Ariele Macadangdang

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Attitudes Towards Latino Immigrants Expressed in the Online Media, Jordan McClain

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A Cross-Cultural Study Exploring Structural Factors of Men's Sheds, Kaitlyn McGrail

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Reliability of Pure Tone Thresholds, Kara McGregor

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Senior Voice Recital, Sarah Mikulski

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The Relevance of Fraternity New Member Education Programs, Christopher Miller

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The Effectiveness Internal Auditing has to Help Improving Companies, Kelsey Miller

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!Que aproveche! An American Student's Encounter with The Culture and Language of Spanish Food, Amanda Mills

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The NFL: Growing Into its Death, Cole J. Molnar

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The Dynamics of Business Communication: a Look at Social Media Use in the Workplace, Lindsey Munro

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Is a mutation in the homolog of CDC20 causing the zombie mutant phenotype in zebrafish, Damir Musaev

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Two-Way Dual-Immersion Programs, Monica Nealis

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Sexism Across Musical Genres: A Comparison, Sarah Neff

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Influences and Perspectives: Studying Abroad in Germany, Alexandra Nelson

Senior Honors Recital, Mark Niskanen

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Leni Sinclair & Lessons from the 60s/70s Era, Chelsie Noble

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Subtalar Fusion Fixture Design and Test, Nathan Ortiz

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Teratogenic Effects of alcohol on Xenopus Auditory Hindbrain, Stephanie Palazzolo

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Art and Aphasia: A Literary Review and Exhibition, Jessica Parrish

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USG Otsego Paper Lighting Audit, Fernanda Pereira

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The Difference of Alpha Synuclein and Hook3 in Control and Multiple System Atrophy Experimental Patients, Alyssa Peterson

Never Not, Margaret Piellusch

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Labeling of retinal ganglion cells in a rat glaucoma model, Lucia Rodriguez

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Individualized Education Program Complexities for Students with Autism, Jordan Rohraff

"Partita", a 2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduating Presentation, Michele Rosemann

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Teaching Book Arts in the Classroom to Enhance Education, Leah Ruesink

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Emerging Themes in Dystopian Literature: The Development of an Undergraduate Course, Devin Ryan

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The Effects of Child Birth Order and Number of Children on Mother’s Supervision Beliefs and Practices, Alyssa Schramm

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A Series of Paintings Inspired by Italian Statuary, Crystal Shaulis

Is It Because of My Hair?, Pasha Shipp

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Continuous Carotenoid Reaction, Diane Simmons

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A Qualtitative Comparison Examining how the Educational Needs of Students with Disabilities are met in West Africa vs. the United States, Katherine Sniegowski

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Effectiveness of TSA Regulations in General Aviation, Samantha Somers

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Maternal and Neonatal Health Indicators: A Comparison Between Women Receiving Traditional and Centering (Group) Prenatal Care, Leslie Stork

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Undergraduate Students’ Knowledge about Applying to and Attending Graduate School in Speech-Language Pathology: The Effect of a Panel Presentation on the Topics, Chelsea Swadling

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Catholicism and the Crisis of Conversion, Nicole Terranova

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Asymmetric Reaction of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes in Green Solvents, William Thayer

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Contesting Erasure = Progressive Representations of Queer Identities in Adolescent Literature, Andrew Trevarrow

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Protestantism, Liberalism, and Racial Equality, Abraham Uppal

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Catabolism of Inositol Derivatives in Sinorhizobium meliloti, Olivia Walser

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An Analysis and Application of Cultural Standards 2.1 and 2.2 from the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning Based on Firsthand Experiences Abroad, Victoria Ward

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Functional Variants of Metal-Binding Domains 5 and 6 of the Human Wilson Protein, Sandra Weitzner

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A Postmortem on NaNoWriMo: Analyzing the Creative Process of Writing Under Time Constraints, Mary Westveer

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Alexander Hamilton: Slavery, Politics, and Class Status, Sara Weyenberg

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Plasticity of Glomeruli and Olfactory-Mediated behavior in Zebrafish Following Detergent Lesioning of the Olfactory Epithelium, Evan White

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Neuroplasticity and Mindfulness Meditation, Richard Widdett

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Eternal Wisdom Boutique, Anndreisha Williams

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Core Aspects of Curriculum Development: A Literature Review and Development of Program Handbook for Health Informatics and Information Management, Nicole Yon