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.

Honors theses completed at Western Michigan University are entered into ScholarWorks. Some may be embargoed or restricted by the authors or we have been unable to reach the authors, so the theses may be only available from on-campus computers. If you are an author of an honors thesis and would like to make it available off campus or if you have any questions, please contact maira.bundza@wmich.edu.

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Theses from 2017

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Camping for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Emily Scannell

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Helping Children Understand: Using Picture Books to Age – Appropriately Explain Dance-Movement Therapy and Childhood Cancer, Megan Schaefer

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Boat-Lift Design and Analysis, Nathan Schick

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Occupational Therapy Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures: Best Practices, Erika Schleis

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Studying the Effects of High School Athletics Social Media, Justin Scott

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Site Access Checkpoint Application, Cameron Simon

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Extreme Major Makeover: A Plan for Marketing Improvements to the Electronic Business Marketing Major, Erin Sionkowski

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Importance of Play in Child's Development During Hospitalization, Hannah Slupka

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A Comparative Analysis of Professional Pilot Jobs, Ryan Snoeyink

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CEAS Student Center Expansion, Turner Solterman

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Self Management: Overcoming Barriers to Success, Jazmyn Souryamat

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The Regularity Lemma and its Applications, Elizabeth Sprangel

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Examining Atmospheric Microbial Communities, Allison Spring

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New Work Center Optimization, Slarissa Stanton

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Interpreted Fashions of the Yoruba Tribe, Ramea Starling

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Effects of Light and Noise Pollution on the Dawn Chorus of House Wrens, Carley Stuart

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The Current State of Management Science and Operations Research in the Top Undergraduate Business Schools, Emma Stuba

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Karst Sub-basin Delineation via Dye Trace Study near Turnhole Bend, Mammoth Cave National Park, Jake Tholen

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Self-Reported Professional Competencies of RN-to-BSN Students, Nicole Thompson

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Encore Dance Costume Rental: A Business Plan, Aubrey Utting

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The Effects of Repealing the Estate Tax and Reducing the Corporate Tax Rate Coupled with a Repatriation Act, Trenton Vanderlende

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Treat Transparency, Amanda Van Giesen

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A look into Japanese Translation, Benjamin Villar

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Biodiversity of Larval and Adult Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Interdunal Wetlands at Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area, Devon Volz

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The Technological Revolution and Data Science, Leslie Walcott

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Teaching Two Children Diagnosed with Autism to Tolerate Physical Contact, Kelsey Webster

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The Abrahamics on Depression, Rhyan Wengorovious

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A Necessary Evil?, Jessica Wetzel

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How to Plan, Budget, Write, and Implement a Student Sustainability Grant, Annalisa Wilder

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Physiological Effect of Urbanization on Resident Bird Species in Southwest Michigan, Joseph Willner

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Bilingual Language Assessment, Carmen Wittkopp

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The Stigma Against Tattoos in the Workplace: San Francisco versus Kalamazoo Area, Sarah Wroblewski

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Alzheimer's: Advancements through research, Taylor Wrozek

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Increasing Vocalization and Echoic Stimulus Control, Logan Wurster

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Sensory Interfaces: Intelligent Surgical Box Trainer, Krystal York

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Taino Revival, Carla Sofia Zorrilla Baquero

Theses from 2016

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The Role of Physician's Assistants on Limiting the Risk of Surgical Errors, Courtney Adler

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Vertical Take-off and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Payload Delivery Applications, David Ajoku

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

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I-94 Advanced Bridge Replacement, Saleem Alsharari

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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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Retinal Ganglion Cell Neuroprotection Induced by Neuropharmacological Agents in an In-vivo Model of Glaucoma, Quinn Ameel

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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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Differences in amphetamine/dextroamphetamine prescriptions in areas with & without large universities, Heather Bacon

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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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Implementation of Athletic Trainers in Michigan Youth Travel Hockey, Kelsey Berry

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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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Total Bridge Replacement of M-13 Over Cheboyganing Creek, Daniel Burns

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Corporate Social Reponsibility Reporting: Industry Comparisons, Yu Cao

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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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Who is the One Percent?, Christopher Chupp

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An Assessment of Home Energy Efficiency in Kalamazoo, Alexis Coutts

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Hand Assembly Evaluation and Design, Zachary Crawford

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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

Undergraduate Recital, Noah Dyer

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The Barriers and Facilitators to becoming a Baby-Friendly Hospital, Bohn Emily

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Transitioning Children with Autism from a Discrete Trial Classroom to a Group Classroom, Alexandra Ennis

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Solar Tracking and Lighting Design for a Multimedia Sculpture, Alexandra Ferguson

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Math Curriculum (Algebra II) with Focus on Sports, Raychel Figurski

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Optimization of a Sustainable Bicycle Generator, Erika Fojtik

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Curiosity Beyond the Classroom: Developing Engaging Education Programming at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Sara Forman

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

CAB Documentary: A Year in the Life of a Student Leader, Cassie Hess

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

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Creation of Intern Manual for WMU Fall Welcome Program, Valerie Horwath

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Idealizing Patriarchy: Patterns of Hierarchy and Patriarchal Values in English Household Literature, 1520-1600, Conor Howard

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From Love Canal to the Flint Water Crisis: Government, Public Opinion, and Environmental Crises, Sarah Hughey

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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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Recurring Ankle Injuries in Dancers, Alexis Jawny

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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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The Use of Hydrotherapy in Labor to Promote Physiologic Labor, Nicolette Johnson

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Exploring the Impact of Globalization on Linguistic Culture, Autumn Kearney