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 2019

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Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Isolated from Michigan Birds - A High School Learning Experience, Cody Benfant

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The effects of anthropogenic noise on the spatial distribution of Field Sparrow song, Kelsey Cushway

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The meaning of song type: exploring behavioral responses of field sparrows to three simple song types, Eliza Foli

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Isolation and characterization of a novel terpenoid from the needles of Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus), and its potential relation to climate change, Samantha Hack

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Optical Density Analysis of Sensory Neuronal Axons in the Olfactory Bulb of Triton-X Treated Zebrafish, Mariam Husain

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Characterization of the Speed bump Mutant in Zebrafish, Kendall Jablonski

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Looking at the Effects of an Activation Loop Knock-Out in the unc-82 Kinase in Caenorhabditis elegans, Matthew Kornas

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Effects of Age and Exercise on Density of Sympathetic Innervation and Localization with Nerve Growth Factor and Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor in Vascular Tissue, Kori Mecklenburg

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The Correlation between the Microbiome and Neurodegenerative Disorders such as Alzheimer Disease, Aurora Mokris

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Mechanisms of Reactive Oxygen Species Signaling During Planarian Regeneration, Marwa Saad

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The Presence Of Photoreceptor Sensilla In The Posterior Sucker Of Medicinal Leeches Inferred Through Functional Visual Response., Claire Spivey

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Distinguishing the Molecular and Cellular Cues for Neuronal Wiring in the Inner Ear, Meskerem Tolossa

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Best Organic Chemistry Practices in the Midwest, Claire Van Der Bosch

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Gender Differences in ADHD, Jillian Vogley

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Alternative Rescue Breather, Brandilyn Wilkinson

Theses from 2018

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Exploring the transmission of different field sparrow (Spizella pusilla) song types, Eric Branch

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An acoustic survey of Fort Drum, New York, for severely declining nocturnal birds, Sydney Brooks

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The effects of Feliway on the stress of cats during veterinary examination, Colleen Doonan

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Analysis of Opioid Hospitalizations in Michigan Counties, Stephanie George

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Effects of Aging & Exercise on Production of Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Protein by Fast & Slow Skeletal Muscle, Maria Jaramillo

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Effects of Weak Magnetic Fields on Reactive Oxygen Species Accumulation, Luke Kinsey

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Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption and Ventricular Function in Heart Failure Rats, Victoria Kras

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Mechanisms of Sleep and the Brain, Doungbagai Leo

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Morphological mechanics: Studying the relationship between bill morphology and song characteristics in Field Sparrows, Annie Lilac

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Tanapox: A potential oncolytic virus for the treatment of cancer, Joel Marty

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The impact of S. meliloti or other sources of nitrogen on alfalfa growth under osmotic or heavy metal stress, Claire Mears

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Do Global Diets Affect the Rate of Type 2 Diabetes?, Demetria Meyer

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The Influence of Predisposing, Enabling and Reinforcing Factors on the Solid Waste Management System. A Case Study on Kampala and Nairobi., Bethel Mwenze

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GDF-15 as a Biomarker for Glaucoma, Caylee Pattison

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Effects of Muscle Activation on GDNF Protein Content in Skeletal Muscle, Ramsey Potter

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Sexual Harassment of Biology and Biomedical Sciences Undergraduates: A Study on the effects of Larry Nassar and William Strampel, Kathleen Ryan

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The Role of Reactive Oxygen Species in Blastema Formation, Marcos Santiago Figueroa

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The Use of Neurologic Music Therapy and Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation as Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease, Shaima Shebrain

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The influence of plant modularity on the defense against specialist insect herbivory, Jill Syrotchen

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Comparing RNA Interference Methods in Planarians, Gabrielle Watson

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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A Consideration of Healthcare in Honduras, Joseph Barnett

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Walk-Training Increases Expression of GDNF in Pectoralis Muscle but not Diaphragm from Mouse, Erin Donovan

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

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

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

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

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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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Reliability of Pure Tone Thresholds, Kara McGregor

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

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

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Derivatives of Hexahydroluplone, Gullan Saeed

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Antibiotic Resistance in Wild Birds, Jordan Teachout

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Catabolism of Inositol Derivatives in Sinorhizobium meliloti, Olivia Walser

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