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 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

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Incidental Phonological Awareness Instruction in Early Childhood Education: The Development of an Observational Tool, Emma Cooper

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Managing the Credibility of a Nonprofit Organization in the Face of Unexpected Publicity, Regan Crowell

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Design and Fabrication of an Instrumented Cane for the Blind, Aaron Dean

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Multi-Rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Jacob Dean, James Mixter, and Jordan Barr

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Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Laureate, DJ Delong

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The Waste Land, Mariesa DeSantis

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Influence of Road Salt Deicers on Anaerobic Respiration and Metal Speciation in Soils, Danielle Dupuis

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The Social World of Drug Forums: Knowledge Exchange and Application on the Margins of Science and Medicine, Scott Duxbury

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Expressive Identification of Pictures, Jordyn Elliott

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The Historical Evolution of Endoscopy, Sarah Ellison

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

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Bitter Bonds: A Graduating Presentation, Amanda Fitzpatrick

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Autism and its Effects on Students, Shane Fitzsimmons

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The Effects of Colorimetry and Spectroscopy Using the ISO M0, M1 and M2 Modes, Kaylee Flannery

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Habitat Suitability Study of Parcel in Gourdneck State Game Area for Downy Woodpeckers, Emma Fojtik

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Outline Plan for a Student-Involved Fitness Assessment Program at Western Michigan University, Joanna Gangwisch

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Increasing Capacity of a Hydraulic Rebuild Center, Matthew Garvin

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Effects of Cane Tip on Winter Travel for Blind Pedestrians, Eleni Gaves

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Local Response to Climate Change: A Case Study Approach, Nora Gimpel

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Chemosensory Receptors: Conditioned or Not? And Effect on Consumer Taste Perception, Kimberley Gira

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"Bachelorette": A Footlight Production, Tamsen Glaser

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Integration of Resistant Starch in Homemade Pasta, Anja Grommons

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"Standing on the Shoulders of Giants", Lasse Grunewald

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Quality of Life in Adolescents with Cancer, Alexis Guastella

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Joseph Harkins' Senior Recital: An Exploration of Jazz and Popular Music, Joseph Harkins

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Unsteady Nasalance Traces Among Sustained Vowels in Typical Adult Speakers: Prevalence & Potential Causes, Catherine Hearit

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Black Butterfly: An English Translation of a Short Story by Yoshimoto Banana, Kathryn Hemmen

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Saving OurSelves (S.O.S.): A spoken anthology of State-on-Black violence, Ryeasha Hester

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Cross-Cultural Comparison for Treatments of Autism Between Germany and the United States, Jenna Hicken

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Living in the Shadow of ISIS, Alexis Hickey

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Making and Breaking Men: Michigan Colleges, Manliness, and the Civil War, Christopher Hickey

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Gender inclusive and gender specific language in English and Spanish, Elyse Hogan

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A Comparison of Gastrointestinal Bacterial Population Between Indoor Cats and Outdoor Cats, Farhana Binti Ikmal Hisham

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Fueling performance: Determining the efficacy of low-carbohydrate diet models for athletic populations, Chelsea Jackle

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"Sacred Symbols: A Critical Discussion of Modern Worship and Designs for the Series of Advent", Jenna Johnson

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Design of Novel Respiratory Equipment, Stephen John

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Is the zebrafish zombie mutant caused by a mutation in CDC20?, Peyton Johnston

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Access to Healthcare: Understanding Disparities among LGBT & Black Communities, Taylor Jones

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The Difference Between the On Premise and Off Premise Craft Beer Experience: Implications for the Craft Beer Category, Karen Kalinski

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The Effects of Tourism in Jamaica, Natalie Kearns

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Comparison of Shareholder value between Full-Service Airlines (FSAs) and Low-Cost Carriers (LCCs)., William Kee

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Unrealized Disconnections in Opioid Analgesic Design, Jorden Kegeler

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Family Centered Care in ICU Settings, Victoria Kingsinger

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Effects of minimum wage changes on the development and use of the student employee pay rate structure at Western Michigan University, Kristin Kinney

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Recommendations for the Development of New Hospital Guidelines Due to the Effects of Antibiotics on Clostridium difficile Colitis, Megan Kohsel

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Making Marriages Work: Common Factors of Marriage Theories, Jilynn Leeuw

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: A case study of Mikey, Gabrielle Lober

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Electronic Medical Record for Patients with Autism, Julia Maassen

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Western Client: A Business Plan, Connor Makowski

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Genetic and Morphological Study of the Role of UNC-82 and UNC-89 Kinases in Thick Filament Assembly, Emily Manzon

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Preferential methods used by CELCIS students to enhance conversational skills., Katrina Mariadas

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Art as Work: Value in Vulnerable Populations, Ann Marta

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Economic Impacts of the FIFA World Cup in Developing Countries, Mirele Matsuoka De Aragao

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Substantiate Percent Yield Within Aerosol Personal Care Plant, Gregory Maxwell

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Inventory Management/Warehouse Re-Design, Brian McClure

Film, Video & Media Studies, Luke McCrary

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The Laureate Collection, Samantha McVeigh

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Horses: How Saddle Style Defines a Culture and the Skeletal System, Brandy Morgan

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GigaPan Education, Marissa Morgan

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Are there shared characteristics among children with autism who develop speech while training with the Picture Exchange Communication System?, Katherine Neidhart

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Potential Cellular Mechanisms of Estrogen's Effects on Maintaining Sperm Production in Aging Rats, Matthew Pate

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Family Planning, Pregnancy, and Birth in Guatemala: Maya Women and Modern Healthcare, Kelsay Payton

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Motivations and Methods of Income Smoothing, Mark Pula

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Site Development at the Corner of Drake and Stadium, Ahmad Sear Rahimi

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Bridging Theories of Phonological Awareness for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children: Perspectives from Verbotonal Specialists in the United States, Jazmin Rambeau

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The FIAT-Q's Normalization and Appliance to Daily Life Behavior, Rebecca Rausch

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System Dimension Ramifications on Human-Robot Negotiation, Adam Reid

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Memories Bridal and Evening Wear Selection Process, Kaitlyn Riddell

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Redesign of Cartek's Portable Alignment Stands, Karl Riggs

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Training tutors to use a time delay procedure to increase vocal manding in children with autism, Chelsea Roberts

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"Existing on a Continuum of Intensity" Original Dance, Sarah Rot

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Does social media help create brand loyalty?, Ali Russo

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Quality of Life in Adolescents with Cancer, Molly Ryan

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Many Politicians, One Party: Coordinating the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators' 2014 National Issues Forum, Jasmine Scott

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A case study of professional coach-client communication., Scott Shank

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Student nurse behaviors and barriers to successful completion of the traditonal Bachelor's in Science of Nursing (BSN) program., Carri Shaw

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The Trickster and Queen, Jagjit Sidhu

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Gay Marriage Laws in Europe Compared to the United States, Megan Stamm

Medallion Scholarship Tutorial Video, Joseph Starr