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 2013

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Relations between oral pharyngeal size and kinematic measures of tongue related swallowing movements, Danielle Monast

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Interdisciplinary Health Fair and the Tendencies of Young Adults to Receive Follow-Up Health Care, Kaelyn Monroe

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When All Seems Lost: a Discussion on the Implications of Using Medicine for Scientific Advances, Rebecca Monterusso

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"'More Safe I Sing with Mortal Voice': The Bard, the Reader, and the Problematics of Creation in Paradise Lost", Benjamin Moran

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Secondary Analysis of Adolescent and Young Adult Sexual Health in Kalamazoo and Jackson Counties, Jenna Moreau

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Senior Vocal Recital, Blake Morgan

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What They Wrote for Me: a lecture-recital of commissioned works for solo violin, Charlotte Munn-Wood

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What They Wrote for Me: a lecture-recital of commissioned works for solo violin, Charlotte Munn-Wood

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Noise and Vibration Reduction of a Clothes Dryer, Daniel O'Hare

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"Integration of Math and Music in the Secondary Classroom", Brian O'Neill

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"Communicating Doors and the Actor's Product", Jessica Parsons

"The Living Building Challenge", Nicole Pascaretta

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Overall Nasalance versus Trimmed Selection of Stable Syllable Repetition, Jackson Peebles

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Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV) Component Pre-Heater, Ria Pereira

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Teaching Grammar in Context, Katie Pingle

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Fashion adoption behaviors of women in Manhattan related to spring 2012 apparel fashion trends, Nicole Powell

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The Confessional Model and Sectarian Politics: Lessons from Lebanon and the Future of Iraq, Scott Preston

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How the Media Covers Lawmaking: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Savannah Priebe

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Leadership: Learning to surf into a wave of change, Zachary Putnam

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Youyang Qu's Violin Recital, Youyang Qu

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Choosing the Nominee: How Presidential Primaries Came To Be and Their Future in American Politics, Ryan Rainey

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Creating a Revised Curriculum for the Biomedical Sciences Major, Margaret Remynse

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With Eye-Light and Love and Other Stories, Michelle Repke

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"The Living Building Challenge", Giovanni Roberto

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God Only Knows: Family in the films of Paul Thomas Anderson, Jordan Rossio

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A Holistic Approach to Therapy and Management of Lower Back Pain, Lauren Ross

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Warning Signs: A Study in the Proximate Causes of Genocide, Bradley Ryktarsyk

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Interdisciplinary Health Fair and the Tendencies of Young Adults to Receive Follow-Up Health Care, Alexandra Scheidt

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On the Shoulders of Giants: Jack Shales' Senior Jazz Voice Recital, John Shales

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An Intervention to Increase IOA and Objectivity in Supervisors at WoodsEdge Learning Center, Karli Silverman

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Continuums: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Leadership Program, Jacob Smallegan

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Tendencies of Young Adults to Receive Follow-Up Care, Abby Smith

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Body Image and the Health of America:Where Do We Go From Here?, Kristen Smith

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The Heart of the Lower Story: Thesis Exhibition, Cassandra Stagner

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BFA in Dance Graduating Presentations: "From Where We Stand", Hanna Stangebye

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The Effect of an Exercise Regimen on the Psychological Health of Parkinson's Disease Patients, Alexander Stephens

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OBM Thesis Project: Composing an Undergraduate Thesis Manual, William Strong

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Viola Senior Recital, Sara Sulecki

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What is your informatics skill level? The reliability of an informatics competency measurement tool developed from Kaminski's assessment tool., Xiaomeng Sun

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A Comparison of Caregiver and Speech-Language Pathologist's Ratings of Speech Outcome in Oral Cleft Clinic, Emily Swain

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Treatment of Food Selectivity in Children with Autism: A Review of Literature and Introduction to Holistic Treatment Approach, Tara Swodzinski

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Senior Voice Recital, Sara Tipton

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Co and Cr Adsorption on Maghemite, Quartz, and Maghemite-Quartz Mixtures, Amy Troy

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Examining the Effects of a Mirror on Imitation in Children with Autism, Chelsea VanderWoude

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Identity and Gender Constructs in "Written on the Body", Paige Van De Winkle

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Webmail Crisis 2012: A Case Study Analysis of the Western Michigan University Webmail Plus Failure, Matthew Vargo

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Editor-in-Chief of the Laureate, Andrea Walker

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Portraying Sense of Community through Communication: How to maximize the benefit of social media for a community agency, Julia Walter

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Determination of Trace Metals, Volatile Organic Compounds, and Other Water Standards in WMU Drinking Water, Tyler Walter

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Sisters of the Spirit: Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement, Terra Warren

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Cultural Conflict in Medicine: A Moral Debate Between Paternalism and Patient Autonomy, Hannah Webb

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Antimicrobial Studies with Derivatives of 1,10-Phenanthroline, Jackson Whitcomb

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iSat: Self-Esteem Among the Trees. A Preadolescent Curriculum, Stacy Young

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The Gluten-Free Diet: An Effective Treatment for Autistic Spectrum Disorders?, Susanna Zammit

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"Improvisational Gestures", Molly Zebell

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Welcome to the Zoo, Sarah Zegree

Theses from 2012

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The History and Evolution of Athletic Uniforms and Equipment 1800s - Present: Basketball, Baseball, Football, and Hockey, Emily Anderson

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A Beginning Education in the Anatomy and Function of the Human Visual Apparatus for Grades 2-4, Evan Andrews

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Incorporating Hispanic Culture into a Secondary Instrumental Classroom, Alexander Armstead

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"So God-damned Far Away": Soldiers' Experiences in the Vietnam War, Tara M. Bell

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Identification of a Furnish and Properties of aLayflat Poly-Extrusion Base Paper, Elizabeth Bishop

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Mock Fashion Magazine titled "MAK", Heidi Bodell

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Using TAG to Increase Play Skills, Melissa A. Boggs

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Labyrinthesis: the Exploration and Construction of a labyrinth at Western Michigan University, Nathan D. Boyt

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Spirit Link: Decorated Objects in Taino Shamanism, Morgan Butts

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Simplifying Scholar Access - the Modernization of the Lee Honors College Website, Sean E. Chiplock and Jeremy B. Conley

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Deriving Significance from the Capstone Experience, Christina G. Clark

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Analysis of Commercial Wear-out, Kate L. Coombs

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1.4L Turbo CAC and AC Condensor System, Matthew Cutler

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The Physician Assistant Profession: A Handbook for Students, Jami L. Cynecki

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Competitive Balance in Division 1 College Hockey: An Economic Analysis, Christopher DeCarlo

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A Flexible Home Design For A Comfortable Lifestyle: A Case Study of the Effect of Universal Design, Meghann Balmer DeHaan

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The Effects of Climate Change and Overexploitation on Birds and Mammals: Phenological shifts, range shifts, and population changes, Rachel Denny

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Incite, In Mind, Ashley M. Deran

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Reconstruction of I-94 and I-69 Interchange, Andrew Dobbs

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The Laureate Eleventh Edition, Bridget Dooley

W.W.A.D.D.? What Would Andy Dufresne Do? The Idea of Life After Death in the Shawshank Redemption, Nathan Andrew Edwards

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Community Involvement as a Tool for International Policy: Realizing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, Michael D. Eriksen Jr.

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The Creation and Implementation of a Free Day Camp for Children, Kayla Ernst

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Economic Effects of a LIFO Reserve Rollover, Michael Eubanks

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College Admissions Use of Social Media in Recruitment Marketing: A Literature Review & Strategic Plan for Western Michigan University's Office of Admissions, Natalie Faculak

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Student Attitudes Toward Older Adults, Anna Feenstra

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Cost Accounting Applied to Farming in Southwest Michigan, Toni Fisher

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Chester's Place, Kendra Flournoy

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Carsharing Vendor Analysis, Amani Gaillard

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The Health Care Debate and Health Care Coverage in the U.S. A. Today, Antonio Giraldi

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The Roof With No Ceiling: Couch Surfing and the New Vagabond's Trek Through Nation-States, Cyberspace, and Global Consciousness, Kathryn Giroux

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Nursing Informatics Competencies: Implications for Safe and Effective Practice, Hayes Greer

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Free Verse: A Collaborative Honors Thesis Voice Recital, Stephanie Gregoire

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Teaching, Writing, Writing Teaching: Reflective Journal Responses from Teaching ENGL 1000, Christine Hamman

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In the Garage, Christopher James Hart

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Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle HVAC Optimization, Jessica Hartl

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Disability Determination Services and the State of Michigan Media Project, Eric Hartstein

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Perceptions of Insufficient Milk Supply in Low-Income WIC Women, Rebecca Heidarisafa

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RPE and Mode of Exercise, Victoria Helmus

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Theatre: My Undergraduate Experience, Erin Hemming

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Media's Adverse Impact on Body Image in Girls and Ways to Promote Healthy Self-Image, Sarah L. Hepner

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Graeco-Roman Bioi and the Gospels, Matthew L. Hillman

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The Circumstances & Consequences of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 1939, Tiffany J. Holland

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Revolution and Democratization: Can Egypt Transition to a Modern Day Democracy?, Kristin M. Horitski