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.

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Theses from 2022

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Pragmatic Analysis of "Moushiagete-oku", Sarah Aartila

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Perceptions of Trauma-Informed Care in an Intimate Partner Violence Resource Center, Kailyn Alderman

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What is the purpose of an innovation center and what makes it successful., Rima Alkhudhuri

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Litigating Reproductive Rights: The Evolving Support Structure in the United States, Allison Anker

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FSAE Vehicle Instrumentation and Validation, Alexander Anthony

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Gear Spool Side Table, Everett Austerman

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The Importance of Public Space During the COVID-19 Pandemic with a Case Study of the City of Kalamazoo’s Kik Pool, Natalie Baker

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coex., Sylvan Benton

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An analysis of the extent to which responsible technology is taught in R1 and R2 research Universities in Michigan., Maisie Blaukamp

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Human Resource Management Practices of the American Auto Industry, Connor Bradley

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Exercise Education of Western Michigan University Students who use the University Recreation Center, Rachael Brewer

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Cost Efficient 3D Printed Mold for Thermoforming, Julianna Buck

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AAF's National Student Advertising Competition, Katherine Caldwell

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Second Life Solutions, Maria Catenacci

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Android App for Tour Guides, Jia Yu Chan

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A National IMC Campaign for Meta Quest 2, Gianna Chlada

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From Racial Theory to Genocide: The Origins and Implementation of the Hunger Plan, Andrew Cochran

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Crossing the Border: A novel mouse line using Fgf10-Cre to drive Gata3 overexpression in nonsensory transcriptional context, Lucas Cunha

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Business Financing: Bonds, Joshua Davis

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The Effect of Foam-Rolling on Vertical Jump and Range of Motion of the Hip and Ankle, Katie Davis

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Subdivision Site Design in Antwerp Township, Alec DenBraber

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Refuge: Seeking Solace Amidst Chaos, Andrew Deur

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Sound for the Cinema: A Senior Composition Recital by Lindsay Dills, Lindsay Dills

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Cost Model of Aluminum Extrusion and Processing, Robert Doran

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Do College Baseball Players Want to See the Implementation of the Strike Zone?, Gavin Doyle

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COVID-19 impact on the hospitalization rates for eating disorders, Jennifer Ess

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Comparison of Bio-mass to Bio-oil Reactor Systems: Direct Conversion vs. Companion Coal Gasification, Luci Evans

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What are the essential elements of the customer journey experience for food delivery?, Benjamin Famiano

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Synthesis and Characterization of Functionalized Nanojars as Templates for Macrocyclization, John Getson

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Kleinstuck Preserve: A Valuable Migratory Bird Stopover in Kalamazoo, MI, Kelly Giles

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Implications of Facial Coverings on Communication, Katherine Giustino

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German Loanwords in Japanese: Introduction to and Presence in Modern Japanese Society, Jillian Glasser

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Effects of Acute and Chronic Tramadol Administration on Radial Arm Maze Performance in Rats, Jennifer Graeber

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Western Michigan University Main Campus Parking Garage, Brendan Graham

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I am because you are, Avree Gundersen

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Campaigning in the Digital Age: How Social Media Changed the Framework of Elections, Faith Hamelin

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Design, Optimization, and Construction of Flexure, Optical, Damping, and Leveling Systems for Electric Propulsion Thrust Stand, Logan Hefferan

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Study of Deexcitation Intensities to the K-Shell in Iron 55, Eric Helgemo

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Business Plan: Airbnb Host, Madison Jonkman

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Contact Card Cleanup, Dominic Kares

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Literature Review on Outer Hair Cell Regeneration and Potential Hearing Restoration, Serena Karlov

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Is the Zebrafish speed bump Mutant a Mutation in wee1? And Is It a Complete Loss of Function?, Nathania Karyadi

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Android App for Tour Guides, Muhammad Salman Khan

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“A Short History of an Overlooked Genre: How and Why Horror can be an Effective Tool in a Classroom and for Creating Social Change”, Hunter King

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Comparing Behavioral Activation with and Without a Values Component: A Systematic Review, Natalie Komoll

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MKTG 4810 IMC Campaigns course - AAF National Advertising Competition, Hannah Korbel

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Stories in Song, Lauren Kowal

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Thermal & Efficiency Analysis for a High-Speed Gearbox, Reid Larson

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The Rebrand of SheaMoisture, Anna LeChard

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Influences: Eight Songs/Artists That Impacted My Musical Journey, Ava Lynch

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Empower! A Poetry Curriculum for the 21st Century Learner, Misty Maina

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Patient Knowledge of Family History of Cardiac Events and Risk Factors: Potential for Increase in Preventative Care of Cardiovascular Diseases, Joseph Marentette

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The Effects of COVID-19 on Well-Being of Healthcare Workers, Hannah Meissner

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Tropical Cyclone Translation Speeds in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, Marybeth Melcher

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A History of Skydiving in West Michigan, Garrett Mohney

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Identifying the interface between nicotine oxidoreductase and its cytochrome c binding partner, Elizabeth Mumby

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Impacts of Psychoeducation Programs and Moderators on Effectiveness for Depression: A Systematic Review, Marina Myers

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NSAC, Maggie Neuman

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Composting during winter versus summer: a microbial analysis, Madison Ochs

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Roundabout Design at Clare Ave and US 127, Clare, MI, Elise Olson

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Walking for Connectedness, Annaka Oudekerk

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Thermal & Efficiency Analysis for a High-Speed Gearbox, Austin Owen

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Age as a Moderator in the Relationship Between Coping Strategies and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Hailey Owens

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A Walk Through Western Michigan University's History, Melissa Paduk

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Ethical Monetization for Social Media Companies, Leo Phillips

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Teaching Language Variation in K-12 Schools, Samantha Phillips

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AAF'S Student Case, Charles W. Poole III

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Evaluation of the Economic Repurpose of Grit and Cake Waste in a Precipitated Calcium Carbonate Plant, Matthew Reeves

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The Effect of a Toilet Training Seminar on Classroom Staff's Knowledge of Evidence-Based Toileting Practices, Madeline Ritter

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Investigation on the Effect of Binders on the Performance of Si-based Anodes of Lithium-ion Batteries, Christopher Rohen

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A National IMC Campaign for Meta Quest 2, Sydney Schramm

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Teaching Kids About Media and Digital Literacy, Lauren Schuster

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Electromagnetically Propelled Garage Door, Connor Seifert

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Intrusion Detection System for IOT Devices, Alvaro Serrano Rivas

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Subdivision Site Design in Antwerp Township, Peyton Smith

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Sexual Assault: Disclosure, Healthcare Barriers and Facilitators, and Interventions, Meghan Stepnitz

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Portage Community Center Marketing Plan, Alyssa Thompson

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The Gibbs House: Visual Storytelling through Brand Identity and Placemaking, Elizabeth Tran

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How has COVID-19 Affected Student’s Motivation?, Jack Trauger

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Racial Health and Productivity Inequalities in the United States, Elissia Vecere

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The Effect of Estrogen on GDNF Production of Skeletal Muscle In Vitro, Hope Welter

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Take Care, Nicole Wetzel

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"Contemporary Audio Software Designs and Applications", Jacob Wolfe

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Industry 4.0 Manufacturing System, Mey Wong