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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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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Subtalar Fusion Fixture Design and Test, Andrew Campbell

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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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“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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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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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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Visualizing Music, Thomas Grill

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

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

Theses from 2013

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"Effects of a Specific Acetylcholine Receptor Agonist in a Rat Glaucoma Model", Maha Alfaidi

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Service Learning and Groundswell, Katherine Baran

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The Effectiveness of the Adult Tutoring Program in Increasing Reading Levels Within the Kalamazoo Literacy Population: a research proposal, Sarah Beu

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Behavioral Training Relations: Transferring behavioral contingencies from shelter to home settings through online enrichment., Alaina Birchmeier

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Psychopathy and Ethics in Contemporary Society, Amy Bokros

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Secondary Analysis of Adolescent and Young Adult Sexual Health in Kalamazoo and Jackson Counties, Kayla Bolter

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Effects of Phytoestrogens on LH and FSH in Male Rats, Tia Boye

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Investigating Microbial Biodegradation of Pyridinium Ionic Liquids, Barbara Buehler

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Prevalence of Pregnancy Folkloric Beliefs Among Nurse-Midwifery Client Populations, Iris Aleece Campbell

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Rapid Test for Determining the Presence of Oleic Acid, Serena Chambers

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The Role of el Cid in Medieval Spanish Culture and Epic Literature, Emily Chaney

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Behavioral Awareness Concerning Safety Among First-Year and Returning Residence Hall Students, Brian Church

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Senior Recital on Violin and Viola, Veronica Cieri

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Roman Religion, Medicine, and Disease, Stephanie Clark

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Residential Treatment of Adult Women with Eating Disorders, Chelsea Cook

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When Evil Met Science: Nazi Medicine and Eugenics, Ashley Corey

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Effects of Age on Induced Glaucoma in an In Vivo Rat Model, Robert Cox

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Smart Meter Technology and the Effects on Grocery Retailers, Cara Cremeans

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The effects of a phytoestrogen diet on the presentation of AR and ER-alpha in the epididymis and testis of rats., Katelyn Crim

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Differences Between Healthcare Systems in Costa Rica & the United States and How Those Differences Affect the Overall Quality of Healthcare, Carlie Decker

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The Implication of Patient-Based Interventions Leading to a More Effective Treatment of Anticipatory Nausea & Vomiting in Cancer Patients, Katelyn Delaney

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The Assessment of a Professional Career Development Course Curriculum, Amber DePree