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 2015

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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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Design of a Tandem Rotor Hovering Vehicle, Brent Kostich

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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., Karina Mariadas

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For the Fund$ of it: Product Development, Josie Marshall

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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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John Jasper: The Creation of a Character, Blake Price

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

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

Medallion Scholarship Tutorial Video, Joseph Starr

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Design of a Tandem Rotor Hovering Vehicle, Nicole St. Louis, Steven Beuerle, Brent Kostich, and Andrew Verstraete

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

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Private Labels Related to Time & Risk Preferences, Darryn Taylor

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Socially Deviant Communities Online: How the Pro-Anorexia Movement Utilizes the Anonymity Provided by the Internet to Thrive, Samantha Thomas

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The Decamillennia Series: Creating a Galaxy, Corey Tremblay

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Experiential avoidance post-trauma: Investigating predictors of traumatic stress and problematic behavior., Elise Trim

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Senior Voice Recital, Amos Warren

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Shared Prosperity Initiative as a Solution to the City of Kalamazoo's Impoverished, Maurice Washington

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The Development of an Autonomous Proximity Operations Demonstration System, Spencer Watza

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Parentification, Alicia Wayne

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The Impact of Globalization on Access for Individuals with Disabilities, Katherine Williamson

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Fiber Polytopes, Joshua Withee

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Preparing and Executing an Effective Sales Call, Mackenzie Wright

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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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A Consideration of Healthcare in Honduras, Joseph Barnett

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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

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Optimization of an Ankle Loading Mechanism for CT Scanning, Krista Fox

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Resisting (and Reproducing) Language Domination in a Bilingual Kindergarten Classroom, Roxana Gamble

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Food-associated calls in wintering Black-Capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapilla) and their possible meanings., Josephine Gingerich

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The Effects of an Academic Values Clarification Exercise on Academic Performance of College Students, Dana Goetz

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Resistance to a Competing Stimulus in Color Sorting Behavior in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Prone to Distractibility, Jeremy Goldman

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Use of a Mirror Box to Improve Arm Function Post Stroke, Justin Goodrich