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.

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.

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Theses from 2016

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

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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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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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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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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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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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An Assessment of Home Energy Efficiency in Kalamazoo, Alexis Coutts

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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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Organization 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

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

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

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

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News in Virtual Reality, Samantha Macy

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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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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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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

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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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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Roomi Q Mobile Application, Quinn Sheridan

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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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Can a student write a novel in a month?, Julia Tanner

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Discriminative Stimulus Properties of 3.0 mg/kg Mephedrone in Rats, Nathyn Thompson

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The Greek Campaign, Victor Tran

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Nicole VandenBosch's Senior Horn Recital: "Water", Nicole Vanden Bosch

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Characteristics of Patients who Experience Fear During Hospitalization, Marlena Vande Streek

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Effects of Creatine, Leucine, and Ethanol on Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor in C2C12 Skeletal Muscle Cells, Daniel Waters

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Bioinformatics and Laboratory Study of Tanapox Viral Protein 91L, Kurt Wendland

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Study in the States: Making an Impact on Honors Education, Hayley Weston

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A Guided Inquiry to the Bromination of Alkenes: An Effort to Foster Student Understanding of Thin Layer Chromatography in the Organic Chemistry Laboratory, Casey Wright

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"Patterns in the Abundance of Benthic Algae in Streams", Courtney Wright

Theses from 2015

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Importance of Preserving History: A Conservation of an Edwardian Wedding Dress, Brittany Aris

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Design of a Quick Connect Coupler for a Surgical Drill, Alexander Auer

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Learning from the Past: a comparative analysis of the influences of the Great Depression on the recent financial crisis., Shirish Bade Shrestha

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The Insights of Hannah Arendt and Virtue Ethics on Education, Benjamin Bellinger

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Technology and Nutrition: Interactive Strategies for Children to Learn Nutrition, Nicole Bogden

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The Age of the Caudillos: Power Structures, Masculinity, & Neglect in the Argentine National Period, Tyler Bos

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The Effects of Adderall on Maternal and Fetal Health, Alyson Brady

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A Behavior Analytic Conceptualization of the Assessment and Treatment of Delusional Speech, Rebecca Braginton

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Horses: How Saddle Style Defines a Culture and the Skeletal System, Elizabeth Brandon

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From the Aztecs Towards Modernity: a Thesis on the Early History of Mexican Surgical Practice, Julia Buck

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The Elements of Healing and Wellness Post Diagnosis of Cancer: A Review of the Literature and a Personal Account, Tiffany Bystra

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Paper Mill Water Streams, Abigail Cameron

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An Analysis of Free-Will, Matthew Campbell

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Devoile ou Degage: An Examination of the Debates Surrounding Female Islamic Dress in France, Kristen Canavan

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Bridget Cappel: Senior Recital, Opera and Art Song, Bridget Cappel

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The effect of exercise training on skeletal muscle GDNF content and neuromuscular physiology in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis., Nicole Carpp

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Physical Therapy Treatments for Diseases Involving Cerebellar Ataxia, Rachel Carpp

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Karafuto 1945: An examination of the Japanese under Soviet rule and their subsequent expulsion, Cameron Carson

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"Aiding in the Transition: An Analysis of WMU's First-Year Experience Programs", Courtney Conrad

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Competing in the International Collegiate Sales Competition, Christina Cook

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Cross-examining the United States and Germany's Education and Employee Treatments in Relation to the Unemployment Rate, Natalie Cook