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 2016

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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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Design of Computerized Surgical Screwdriver, Timothy Ruesink

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Predictors of Employee Engagement in the Workplace, Kylie Rumsey

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Acoustic Correlates of Speech Naturalness in Post-Treatment Adults Who Stutter: Role of Fundamental Frequency, Jacqueline Schmitt

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Roomi Q Mobile Application, Quinn Sheridan

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The Effects of Picture Prompts on the Acquisition of Receptive Language in Children with Autism, Hanna Simons

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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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CubeSAT ADCS Validation and Testing Apparatus, Jacob Stevens

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

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Attitude Determination Control Testing System (Helmholtz Cage and Air Bearing), Nicolas Theoret

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The World of Finance in Russia, Matthew Thomas

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

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We Learn to Walk by Falling: Portraits and Wisdom from Women, Jennifer Townsend

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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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A Five-Year Integration Plan for Syrian Refugees Residing in Italian Refugee Camps, Megan Vander Boon

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Movement in the Classroom to Practice Sight Words, Galina Vander Meer

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

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An Analysis on the Growth of Student Loans and its Implications on the U.S. Economy, Jensine Voon

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A Survey of English Teaching Practices and Goals in Japan, Zachary Waber

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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

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Private vs. Public Healthcare in South Africa, Montgomery Young

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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Stage Management Document Sourcebook, Christy Baumeister

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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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Mud Volleyball Tournament Fundraiser Event Supporting the Water Project, Morgan Deboer

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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

Doublebass Recital, Steven Fernandez

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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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I'm right here., Emily Gadzinski

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Mud Volleyball Tournament Fundraiser Event Supporting the Water Project, Autumn Gammon

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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