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Theses from 2020

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Influence of Reactant Stoichiometry on the Composition of Nanojar Product Mixtures, Ali Al Maamuri

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Organized Caudal Photoreceptors in the Medicinal Leech, Baylee Bancroft

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Effects of Biochar and Remnant Soil as Additives in Prairie Restoration, Jacob Evans

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Sign language usage in teaching Deaf children and student performance on Bahasa Malaysia Examinations, Dahlya Kamarudin

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Comparison of Cardiac Muscle between Male and Female Rats with Exercise and Aging: Analyzing Vitals, GDNF Expression, NGF Expression, RNA Expression, Sympathetic Innervation, Parasympathetic Innervation, and Sensory Innervation, Katelyn Kurrie

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The Effects of Ambient Light on Memory Consolidation., Jonathan Lo

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Understanding STEM Instructors’ Experiences with and Perceptions of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: The First Step towards Increasing Access and Inclusivity, Makayla Long

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Gender and Socioeconomic Disparities in Iatrogenic In-Hospital Torsades de Points, Bradley Reinoehl

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High-Efficiency Transformation of Yeast by Electroporation, Lilly Ruell

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The Correlation Between Increased Social Media Use and Depression with Association to the Behavioral, Psychological, and Physiological Effects of Depression, Reem Shebrain

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An Examination of Barriers and Determinates Impacting the Healthcare of Kalamazoo County's Transgender and Non-binary Young Adult Population, Tyler Signorella

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Glut5 and Fructose Metabolism Inhibition in a Simulated Small Intestine Environment, Isabella Trainor

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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Changes in the Gata3 Gene Regulatory Network Was Necessary for the Evolution of Mammalian Hearing, Paige Blinkiewicz

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Analyses of the Feeding Strategies of Dugesia japonica and Schmidtea mediterranea Planaria, Emily Bolhuis

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The Impact of a Neurofibromin Deficient Breast Microenvironment on Mammary Epithelial Cell Morphology, Megan Callaghan

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

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The Macroevolution of Diadromous and Non-Diadromous Clupeiformes., Lindsey DeHaan

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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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The Experiences of Hispanic/Latinx Graduate Students who Pass as White: Caught Between Two Worlds, Alyssa Proper

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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