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 2014

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Neural stem cells during embryonic Retinal Regeneration in Xenopus Laevis, tadpoles, Billy Gotama

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Visualizing Music, Thomas Grill

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Tenor Trombone Recital, Rebecca Haines

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Western at War: Western Michigan College During World War II, Patrick Hargis

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Sales Across Cultural Context, Luke Hatfield

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Plant a Seed: Gardening and Nutrition with Elementary School Students, Kaisa Heib

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From Foster Care to Becoming a Family Member, Zachary Henderson

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Correlating Periodontal Disease and Cardiovascular Disease: A Comparative Study of Research Methodology, Alexandra Hensen

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Backyard Archaeology: Informing the Southwest Michigan Community about local archaeological sites and research through the “Evidence Fund” Exhibit, Tabitha Hubbard

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The Combined Effects of Picture Activity Schedules and Extinction Plus Differential Reinforcement on Problem Behavior During Transitions, Jessica Hurdelbrink

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Assessing Nurses' Knowledge of Needle Phobia, Jessica Hurlbut

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A Critical Analysis of Infant Mortality in Kalamazoo County, Audrey Jensen

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WMU Career and Student Employment Services – present practices and future recommendations for employer relations, Amanda Jeppesen

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The Business of Human Trafficking, Elizabeth Kaczmarek

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Neuroprotective effects of Retinal Ganglion cells by specific alpha 7 nicotine acetylcholine receptor agonists and an acetylcholineesterase inhibitor, Sara Kaliszak

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The Consequence of Freedom: A Sociological Analysis of the Suicide Epidemic in Luthuania, Kyle Kaminski

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The Effects of Trauma on Brain Development in Infancy, Sasha Kellogg

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Aviation Fuels: The Importance and Potential of Unleaded Avgas, Hilary Kerkstra

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Traditional assessment vs non-traditional assessment: What Native American culturally relevant pedagogy looks like in a suburban classroom., Jamie Keyser

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Each Moment a Poem, Sarah Kidd

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The Effects of a Picture Acitivty Schedule and Functional Communication Training, Sarah J. Lett

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Dynamically Reconfigurable Miniature Golf Course, James Lind

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Factors of aggression in diagnosed psychopaths: a comprehensive literature review of biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives., Mirabelle Lindquist

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An Overview of Sensory Processing Disorder, Heather Lonkar

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Framing Identity & Change in the Experience of Interns, Bryleigh Loughlin

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Stimulating the Brain with Creative Movement in the Classroom, Theresa Lytwyn

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Ariele's Senior Violin Recital, Ariele Macadangdang

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Attitudes Towards Latino Immigrants Expressed in the Online Media, Jordan McClain

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A Cross-Cultural Study Exploring Structural Factors of Men's Sheds, Kaitlyn McGrail

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Reliability of Pure Tone Thresholds, Kara McGregor

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Senior Voice Recital, Sarah Mikulski

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The Relevance of Fraternity New Member Education Programs, Christopher Miller

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The Effectiveness Internal Auditing has to Help Improving Companies, Kelsey Miller

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!Que aproveche! An American Student's Encounter with The Culture and Language of Spanish Food, Amanda Mills

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The NFL: Growing Into its Death, Cole J. Molnar

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The Dynamics of Business Communication: a Look at Social Media Use in the Workplace, Lindsey Munro

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The Impact of Prenatal Stress on the Development of Limbic System Structures, Alyssa Murray

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Is a mutation in the homolog of CDC20 causing the zombie mutant phenotype in zebrafish, Damir Musaev

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Two-Way Dual-Immersion Programs, Monica Nealis

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Sexism Across Musical Genres: A Comparison, Sarah Neff

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Influences and Perspectives: Studying Abroad in Germany, Alexandra Nelson

Senior Honors Recital, Mark Niskanen

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Leni Sinclair & Lessons from the 60s/70s Era, Chelsie Noble

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Lack of Medicaid Funding for Occupational Therapy Serving the Autism Spectrum Disorder Population Ages 0-5 Years, Mary O'Donohue

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Rationale & Literature Review of Vocational Training Tools & Skill Implementation in Mental Health Populations, Matthew R. Olivier

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Subtalar Fusion Fixture Design and Test, Nathan Ortiz

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Teratogenic Effects of alcohol on Xenopus Auditory Hindbrain, Stephanie Palazzolo

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The Adventures of Ophelia: Using Children's Literature in the Math Curriculum, Rachel Palgut

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Art and Aphasia: A Literary Review and Exhibition, Jessica Parrish

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USG Otsego Paper Lighting Audit, Fernanda Pereira

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The Difference of Alpha Synuclein and Hook3 in Control and Multiple System Atrophy Experimental Patients, Alyssa Peterson

Never Not, Margaret Piellusch

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ParWeb: a front-end interface for cluster computing., Jacob Potter

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Development of Long Endurance Small Unmanned Aerial System, Andreas Quainoo

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Teacher Guidebook for ESL Students, Ashley Ramo

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An Examination of the Mental Health Services Provided to Students at Western Michigan University, Melissa Rex

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Labeling of retinal ganglion cells in a rat glaucoma model, Lucia Rodriguez

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Individualized Education Program Complexities for Students with Autism, Jordan Rohraff

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Autism Project: Case Study Evaluating Behavioral Interventions for the Self-Injurious Behavior of Biting, Brittani Rohrig

"Partita", a 2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduating Presentation, Michele Rosemann

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Teaching Book Arts in the Classroom to Enhance Education, Leah Ruesink

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Emerging Themes in Dystopian Literature: The Development of an Undergraduate Course, Devin Ryan

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Derivatives of Hexahydroluplone, Gullan Saeed

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The Effects of Child Birth Order and Number of Children on Mother’s Supervision Beliefs and Practices, Alyssa Schramm

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Use of Mobility Devices in Developing Countries; A comparative literature review introducing the contextual factors surrounding accessibility and use of mobility devices in Ghana, Bangladesh, and Guatemala., Bethany Shadel

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A Series of Paintings Inspired by Italian Statuary, Crystal Shaulis

Is It Because of My Hair?, Pasha Shipp

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Continuous Carotenoid Reaction, Diane Simmons

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Mandatory Arrest Policy Implications and Domestic Violence, Stephanie Smith

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A Qualtitative Comparison Examining how the Educational Needs of Students with Disabilities are met in West Africa vs. the United States, Katherine Sniegowski

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Effectiveness of TSA Regulations in General Aviation, Samantha Somers

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Maternal and Neonatal Health Indicators: A Comparison Between Women Receiving Traditional and Centering (Group) Prenatal Care, Leslie Stork

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Undergraduate Students’ Knowledge about Applying to and Attending Graduate School in Speech-Language Pathology: The Effect of a Panel Presentation on the Topics, Chelsea Swadling

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Promoting Literacy in the Elementary Art Classroom, Michelle Tabachki

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Antibiotic Resistance in Wild Birds, Jordan Teachout

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Catholicism and the Crisis of Conversion, Nicole Terranova

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Asymmetric Reaction of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes in Green Solvents, William Thayer

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The Importance of Creative Movement in the Elementary School Classroom, Leah Thibaudeau

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Contesting Erasure = Progressive Representations of Queer Identities in Adolescent Literature, Andrew Trevarrow

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Protestantism, Liberalism, and Racial Equality, Abraham Uppal

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Investigating Adolescent Bullying Programs: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice, Amanda Waligora

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Catabolism of Inositol Derivatives in Sinorhizobium meliloti, Olivia Walser

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An Analysis and Application of Cultural Standards 2.1 and 2.2 from the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning Based on Firsthand Experiences Abroad, Victoria Ward

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Functional Variants of Metal-Binding Domains 5 and 6 of the Human Wilson Protein, Sandra Weitzner

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A Postmortem on NaNoWriMo: Analyzing the Creative Process of Writing Under Time Constraints, Mary Westveer

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Alexander Hamilton: Slavery, Politics, and Class Status, Sara Weyenberg

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Plasticity of Glomeruli and Olfactory-Mediated behavior in Zebrafish Following Detergent Lesioning of the Olfactory Epithelium, Evan White

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Social Media and Its Impact on International Relations: a Closer Look at the Benghazi Incident of September 11, 2012, Heidi White

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Neuroplasticity and Mindfulness Meditation, Richard Widdett

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Eternal Wisdom Boutique, Anndreisha Williams

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U.S. and Spanish Newspapers and the Coverage of the Land Campaign of Cube in the Spanish-American War: June 7 - July 16, 1898, Tyler Wilson

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"All That Jazz: directing a nonprofit vocal jazz ensemble", Elizabeth Wood

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Energy Efficient Lighting Analysis, Jin Yu Woo

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Sensor Technology for Supporting Independence Among Cognitively Impaired Elders, Kelsey Wright

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Lack of Medicaid Funding for Occupational Therapy Serving the Autism Spectrum Disorder Population Ages 0-5 Years, Nadia Yala

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Core Aspects of Curriculum Development: A Literature Review and Development of Program Handbook for Health Informatics and Information Management, Nicole Yon