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.

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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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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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Technology and Nutrition: Interactive Strategies for Children to Learn Nutrition, Nicole L. 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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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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Karafto 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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Cross-examining the United States and Germany's Education and Employee Treatments in Relation to the Unemployment Rate, Natalie Cook

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

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

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Design of Novel Respiratory Equipment, Stephen John

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Unrealized Disconnections in Opioid Analgesic Design, Jorden Kegeler

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

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Western Client: A Business Plan, Connor Makowski

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Inventory Management/Warehouse Re-Design, Brian McClure

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Horses: How Saddle Style Defines a Culture and the Skeletal System, Brandy 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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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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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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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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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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The Trickster and Queen, Jagjit Sidhu

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

WIDR FM's Constitution: Restatement, Revision, and Analysis of Genre, Joseph Starr

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A Call for Hearing Loss Prevention Programs in College Music Education Programs, Jason Taurins

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The Decamillennia Series: Creating a Galaxy, Corey Tremblay

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Medicare: Program, Procedures and Recommendations, Sarah Wyman

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Bioinformatics Investigation of the Tanapox Virus Proteome, Chad Yee

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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1,10-Phenanthroline amino alcohol derivatives as oxazole precursors, Evan Alkema

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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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Tax Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Individuals and Small Businesses, Lindsey Atteberry

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The Effects of Pet Therapy on Undergraduate Nursing Students' Perceived Stress and Exam Performance, Kathleen Bajorek

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One Man's Fakelore is Another Man's Treasure: A Case Study of Paul Bunyan and the Legend of the Sleeping Bear, and the Value of Fakelore in an Interconnected World., Kalani Bates

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Position Tracking Using WiFi, Tyler Bayne

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Sailing as a Therapy Modality for Occupational Therapy; Requirements Prior to Participation, Carrie Bell

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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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Business Plan: Queens Glamour Boutique, Heaven Brown

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The Laureate, Nicole Burchette

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Simple Visual Discrimination Training for a Child with Autism and Exceptional Learning Difficulties, Rachel Burroughs

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Stacy Busch Senior Honors Recital: Composer, Stacy Busch

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Subtalar Fusion Fixture Design and Test, Andrew Campbell

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The Supersonic Transport: Development and demise of the future of air travel, Gareth Carter

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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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Potential Effects of Elevated CO2 on Pitcher Plant Nectar Composition, Prey Capture, and Inquiline Communities, Deirdre Courtney

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The Efficient Market Hypothesis, Security Analysis, and Portfolio Management, Lance Cowles

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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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Developing Gifts In-Kind Support for Nonprofit Organizations: Case Study on Pretty Lake Vacation Camp, Erin Denay

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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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Walk-Training Increases Expression of GDNF in Pectoralis Muscle but not Diaphragm from Mouse, Erin Donovan

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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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Law 101 and Minority Languages in Quebec, Rebecca Dubord

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Total Team vs Designated Food Runner, Danielle Failla

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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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Aviation Internship Toolkit: Helping Employers Reach the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP), James Fox