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.

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Theses from 2014

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

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Protestantism, Liberalism, and Racial Equality, Abraham Uppal

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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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

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Review and Analysis of Articles Published on Incentives in the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, Amber Derthick

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Entertainment News Production: A Case Study, Ashley Derthick

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Industrial Wireless Communication System for Notification, Jolica Dias, Devin Semrau, and Jumana Abukabbos

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Female Roles and Fan Fiction in Charmed, Supernatural, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Krystalle Double

"Evolution", Bryan Doughty

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Intraocular pressure measurements in a rat glaucoma model, Michael Doyle

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Vive le Proletariat: The 1968 Revolt of French Workers and Students, John Duhan

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The Importance of Anger Management Programs in Elementary Schools, Brittany Esterline

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Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Reactive Oxygen Species in Neurodegeneration, Leah Farina

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The Effects of Preprinted versus Handwritten SAFMEDS on Fluency, Samantha Fodrocy

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Physical Activity in Health Profession Students, Sara Haller

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Closing the Book on Libraries? Challenging the Idea That Libraries are Obsolete and Discovering Why They are More Important Now than Ever Before, Kayla Hampton

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The Effect of Classroom Environment on Student Learning, Ryan Hannah

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Horn Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries (Recital), Mackenzie Harris

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Beginnings and Endings: A Senior Voice Recital, Chelsea Helm

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Glottopoeia: A Case Study in Language Change, Ian Hollenbaugh

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Life in Space: An Introduction to Astrobiology, Sarah Hulbert

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Variations in the Wake: Essays, Kenneth Jakubas

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Physician Assistants: The Rise of a Career from a Missed Opportunity in Nursing, Madeline Jary

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Age-Related Changes in Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF) Content in Skeletal Muscle, Stephanie Jerger

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The Forgotten Pandemic: A short history of the 1918-1919 Influenza outbreak & the effect on Kalamazoo and Western State Normal School, Katie Jones

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"Immurare: on the other side of the bars - Cassandra Kaczor's Senior Composition Recital", Cassandra Kaczor

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Phosphorous Removal Process Comparison, Megan Kaiser

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Behavioral Intervention to Reinforce Correct Youth Employee Behavior at a Nonprofit Boy Scout Summer Camp: A Case Study, Joshua Kallen

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Ancient Egypt and the Middle East Unit, Grade Six, Joshua Kaylor

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The Process of Preparing a Historical Exhibit Involving Textiles: Conservation and Mounting Techniques, Emily Kelley

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The Effects of Eutrophication and Salinization on Methane Production in Urban and Rural Lakes, Rebecca Kiekhaefer

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Senior Flute Recital, Jory King

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"Ovar" come the silence for Ovarian Cancer Awareness, Amanda Klage

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Surgical Navigation Camera Calibrating Device, Shannon Kloha

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The Effects of Rating Accuracy on Treatment Fidelity, Joshua LaBeff

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The Nuclear Triangle: A Case Study in Nuclear Operations Policy, Jordan Lewis

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Impact of adoption of IFRS 8 on Quality of Financial Reporting of Foreign Companies Listed on U.S. Securities Exchanges, Qiqi Li

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Physical Activity in Health Profession Students, Andrea Mahon

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Cattle Smuggling from India to Bangladesh, Elyse Malnekoff

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Investigations at the Fort St. Joseph Archeological Project Unit N25 W9, Erika Mammen

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Behavior Analysis: A literary comparison of the effective interventions of behavior analysis and traditional medical model shortcomings, Taylor Marks

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On the Margins: Racial Tensions Within Feminist Theory and Practice, Amelia Martin

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Rally Public Relations Marketing Plan, Caitlin Mathews

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Crizotinib: A Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor, Graham McLaren

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A Discussion of Ethics in Relation to Business and Non-Business Students, Casey Mejeur

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Audience Response Clicker Project, Joseph Meyer

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Hans von Seeckt: Reformer of the Reichswehr, Aaron Miller

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The Reaction of Small States to the Advancement of the People's Republic of China in the South China Sea, Michael Miller

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A Woman's Place is On the Stage: Outspoken Women in Jacobean Theater, Kaitlyn Mitchell

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Relations between oral pharyngeal size and kinematic measures of tongue related swallowing movements, Danielle Monast

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Interdisciplinary Health Fair and the Tendencies of Young Adults to Receive Follow-Up Health Care, Kaelyn Monroe

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When All Seems Lost: a Discussion on the Implications of Using Medicine for Scientific Advances, Rebecca Monterusso

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"'More Safe I Sing with Mortal Voice': The Bard, the Reader, and the Problematics of Creation in Paradise Lost", Benjamin Moran

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Secondary Analysis of Adolescent and Young Adult Sexual Health in Kalamazoo and Jackson Counties, Jenna Moreau

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Senior Vocal Recital, Blake Morgan

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What They Wrote for Me: a lecture-recital of commissioned works for solo violin, Charlotte Munn-Wood

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What They Wrote for Me: a lecture-recital of commissioned works for solo violin, Charlotte Munn-Wood

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Noise and Vibration Reduction of a Clothes Dryer, Daniel O'Hare

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"Integration of Math and Music in the Secondary Classroom", Brian O'Neill

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"Communicating Doors and the Actor's Product", Jessica Parsons

"The Living Building Challenge", Nicole Pascaretta

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Overall Nasalance versus Trimmed Selection of Stable Syllable Repetition, Jackson Peebles

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Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV) Component Pre-Heater, Ria Pereira

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Teaching Grammar in Context, Katie Pingle

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Fashion adoption behaviors of women in Manhattan related to spring 2012 apparel fashion trends, Nicole Powell

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The Confessional Model and Sectarian Politics: Lessons from Lebanon and the Future of Iraq, Scott Preston

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How the Media Covers Lawmaking: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Savannah Priebe

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Leadership: Learning to surf into a wave of change, Zachary Putnam

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Youyang Qu's Violin Recital, Youyang Qu

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Choosing the Nominee: How Presidential Primaries Came To Be and Their Future in American Politics, Ryan Rainey

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Creating a Revised Curriculum for the Biomedical Sciences Major, Margaret Remynse

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With Eye-Light and Love and Other Stories, Michelle Repke

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"The Living Building Challenge", Giovanni Roberto

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God Only Knows: Family in the films of Paul Thomas Anderson, Jordan Rossio

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A Holistic Approach to Therapy and Management of Lower Back Pain, Lauren Ross

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Warning Signs: A Study in the Proximate Causes of Genocide, Bradley Ryktarsyk

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Interdisciplinary Health Fair and the Tendencies of Young Adults to Receive Follow-Up Health Care, Alexandra Scheidt

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On the Shoulders of Giants: Jack Shales' Senior Jazz Voice Recital, John Shales

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An Intervention to Increase IOA and Objectivity in Supervisors at WoodsEdge Learning Center, Karli Silverman

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Continuums: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Leadership Program, Jacob Smallegan

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Tendencies of Young Adults to Receive Follow-Up Care, Abby Smith