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 2017

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Implementation of a Biology Summer Bridge Program for First-Year Biology Majors, Madelyn Aittama

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Energy Modeling of Production Line to Produce Baked Snack, Ibrahim Alnaghmoush

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The Laureate; 16th Edition, Nicholas Alti

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An Analysis of Staffing Best Practices with an Emphasis on Small Business, Joshua Angles

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Precarious Positions of Femininity in Contemporary Literature: A College Course Creation, Ireland Atkinson

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Teaching Imitation to Children with Autism Using Most-to-Least Prompt Fading in Front of a Mirror, Giulia Avelar

Bringing Life to a Biology Lab, Harrison Bach

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Impulse Graduating Presentation of Erzsi Bernath, Erszebet Bernath

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Low Acuity Pediatric Patients Presenting Uncomplicated Colds and Nonspecific Upper Respiratory Symptoms in U.S. Emergency Departments, Margaret Berry

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Amayra Short; Touch of Shadow (Creative Writing, Fictional Short Story), Jessica Blandford

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A comparative analysis of regeneration among various planarian species, Marine Bolliet

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1984: Book Arts as a Driver of Thought Expansion, Kelly Brandon

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RePrinter, Christian Brower

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Teaching a Scanning Response to a Child with Autism, Katherine Burnham

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Using Video Modeling to Teach Functional Direction Following, Breanna Burns

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Enzyme Characterization of SABATH Family Members, Troy Burtchett

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Therapeutic Benefits of Certified Canines for Veterans with War-Related Trauma Disorders, Erin Caspers

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Extraction Studies of Toxic Multiply Charged Oxoanions from Aqueous Media Using Nanojars, Hartman Christian

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Hockey Data Analytics, Travis Culhane

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Cross Cultural Study of Food and CPG Products in a New Market: Case Study in the United States vs Thailand, Mariel Dehn

Dance Cross Training Benefits for Football Athletes, Tenille Dellinger

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A Comparative Study of International Airlines in the Middle East and the United States, Diogene De Souza

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A Collection of Short Fiction by Andew J. Draper, Andrew Draper

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Dog Breed Discrimination in Criminology and Public Knowledge, Megan Ekkert

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Feed the Birds, Haley Ellis

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What roles does food Sovereignty play in exposing the consequences of globalization, and in conveying solutions to the consequences of globalization pertaining to food access in West Africa and U.S. Midwest?, Nia Evans

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Cross Cultural Study of Food and Consumer Packaged Good Products in a New Market: Case Study in Thailand, Savanna Everett

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A Study on the Order Fulfillment Process in Relation to the e-Commerce Industry, Joel Eyrich

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Toilet-Training a Child with Autism in a School Setting, Kristianna Ferrier

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Wild Freedom, Elizabeth Field

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Perceived Sources of Academic Stress in the Nursing Program, Iana Fontanilla

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Gender Bias in Sports Media, Leia Fuller

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Social Media Marketing for Habitat for Humanity, Jordan Gallant

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Torsion Element Test Bench Design, Trevor Gick

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Delving into Multicultural Literature with Inquiry, Juan Gonzalez

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The Impact of Higher Education on Linguistic Culture in Senegal and the Midwest United States, Kelsey Gough

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Women Leaders in Marketing: Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling, Hallie Green

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Permissions between Creators and Users: An Investigation of Particulars in Privacy Policies for Mobile Apps, Abbigail Griffith

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Sum-Defined Colorings in Graphs, James Hallas

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Effects of Deafferentation on the Expression of the Activity Marker c-Fos in the Zebrafish Olfactory Bulb, Natalie Hamilton

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Western Michigan University’s Department of Dance Marketing Plan, Cassandra Hartline

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Reach for the Stars, Jill Heilborn

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Type 1a Supernova Models and Galactic Chemical Evolution, Spencer Henning

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Design of a CubeSat Separation Mechanism, Ross Hiller

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Improving Access to Communication for Adults with Aphasia using "Aphasia-Friendly" Accommodations, Chandler Hodgkin

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Kalamazoo Wings Student Participation Campaign, Kelly Hughes

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The Black Athlete, Venezia Jones

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Indoor Guided Rock Climbing as a Modality for Children with Sensory-Based Motor Disorder: An Analysis Based on Measures of Clinical Observations and Treatment Fidelity, Emily Kaczmarski

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ScrimmageSIM & Stryker: Utilizing Simulations for Improved Supply Planning, Laura Karlen

Pingalwara: In Letter & Spirit, Manvir Kaur

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Healthcare Resources for the Deaf Community: A Study of Kalamazoo Area Hospitals, Rachel Kellogg

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Trends in U.S. Tea Imports: 1991-2015, Evan Kennedy

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Children in Nature: An Exploration, Alice Kinney

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Alternate Therapies for Veterans with PTSD, Jamie Kish

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Influence of Nanoparticle Composition on the Function of Antibiotics at their Surface, Maryam Kok

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The Importance of Joining the Marrow Registry: The Biology behind how a Donor can Cure Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Alisa Kraft

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Growing with Autism: Services and Opportunities Offered Following Secondary Education, Nicole Langlois

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Therapeutic Benefits of Certified Canines for Veterans with War-Related Trauma Disorders, Smith Lauren

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Haunted Houses: A Directorial Exploration of Expressionism, Jose Martinez-Chavarria

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Tales from the "Bad RAs", Narisse Martin

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The New Merchants of Death: A Look into the Advertising of Tobacco in Third World Countries, Kraig McAllister

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Statistical Analysis of Paper Machine Productivity, Lance McCauley

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The role of the serine biosynthesis pathway on the growth and proliferation of EML4-ALK driven lung cancer cells, Salma Mumuni

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Biogas Separator and Storage Tank, Brandon Nimtz

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Potassium Chloride as a Salt Substitute in Bread, Andrea Noud

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Millennial Attraction to Southwest Michigan – Retaining and Attracting Millennial Talent to Our Region’s Companies, Robert Nyhuis

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A qualitative study of occupational therapy student experiences with faculty mentorship during didactic undergraduate coursework at Western Michigan University: A pilot study, Tara Nykiel

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Culture of Gentleness: A Behavioral Approach, Stevie Parcell

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Identity Development in Korean-American Adoptees: A Content Analysis of Personal Reflections, Charles Rachor

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Pacing Strategy During the Last Two Minutes of a Self-Paced VO2mat Test: Aggressive vs. Conservative, Carter Reid

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The Effects of Increased Cycling on Local & Global Green House Gas Emissions, Trevor Roberts

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A Scholarly Fictional Narrative Portraying the Stigma that Surrounds Mental Illness and Its Place in Literature, Adrianna Robinson

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Event Planning for a Million People: A Reflection of an Internship at Palace Sports & Entertainment, Juliet Sanford

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Camping for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Emily Scannell

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Site Access Checkpoint Application, Cameron Simon

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Extreme Major Makeover: A Plan for Marketing Improvements to the Electronic Business Marketing Major, Erin Sionkowski

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CEAS Student Center Expansion, Turner Solterman

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Self Management: Overcoming Barriers to Success, Jazmyn Souryamat

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The Regularity Lemma and its Applications, Elizabeth Sprangel

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Examining Atmospheric Microbial Communities, Allison Spring

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New Work Center Optimization, Slarissa Stanton

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Effects of Light and Noise Pollution on the Dawn Chorus of House Wrens, Carley Stuart

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The Current State of Management Science and Operations Research in the Top Undergraduate Business Schools, Emma Stuba

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Karst Sub-basin Delineation via Dye Trace Study near Turnhole Bend, Mammoth Cave National Park, Jake Tholen

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Encore Dance Costume Rental: A Business Plan, Aubrey Utting

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Treat Transparency, Amanda Van Giesen

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The Technological Revolution and Data Science, Leslie Walcott

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Teaching Two Children Diagnosed with Autism to Tolerate Physical Contact, Kelsey Webster

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How to Plan, Budget, Write, and Implement a Student Sustainability Grant, Annalisa Wilder

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Bilingual Language Assessment, Carmen Wittkopp

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Alzheimer's: Advancements through research, Taylor Wrozek

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Increasing Vocalization and Echoic Stimulus Control, Logan Wurster

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Sensory Interfaces: Intelligent Surgical Box Trainer, Krystal York

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Taino Revival, Carla Sofia Zorrilla Baquero