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 2019

Vibrant Statements: LGBTQ+ Multi-Disciplinary Arts Event, Michael Arellano

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Increasing Coated Recycle Board Print Quality, Brennan Augst

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Communication Debugging Platform, Husam Beitello

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

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Testing Resilience in Empower Success Participants, Megan Berichon

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Benefits of Doodling, Olivia Bevacqua

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Testing Resilience in Empower Success Participants, Taylor Birgy

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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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A Descriptive Analysis of Drug Interaction Effects, Matthew Boss

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Think Greater than Soccer, Anthony Bowie

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Femicide in the News: How Newspaper Articles Represent the Killing of Women & Girls in Detroit and Ciudad Juárez, Danielle Branch

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Replacement of a Liquid Filling System for Corrosive Materials, William Breining

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A Detailed Documentation of the Design and Production Processes: Western Michigan University's Jesus Christ Superstar, Anna Brockway

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Assessing the Effectiveness of the Collegiate Aviation Safety Reporting System (CASRS) at Western Michigan University's College of Aviation, Logan Brown

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A Working Model for Integrating Two Basic Christian Concepts into Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Lauren Brya

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Knowledge Gap: Supply Chain Students and Employers, Kathryn Bules

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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 QR Code Prompts Posted to a Solar Charging Bench on Website Visibility, Sage Campbell

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Financial Literacy: The Argument for Required Coursework Regarding Personal Finance in Schools, Maclain Canfield

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Syrup Process Optimization, Anelis Susana Chiluisa Calvache

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Marketing Plan for the Foundation Scholarship Program, Marissa Chupp

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A Comparative Study of Cryoballoon, Radiofrequency, and Laser Ablations for the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation, Amanda Croft

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Reshaping the United States' Anti-Trafficking Legislation: The Need for Uniform Reporting and Victim Rehabilitation, Bryant Cross

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Formation of Complete IMC Campaign for a National Client, Tatum Culhane

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Analysis of the Demands of a Student Athlete, Jaret Curtis

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

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Screaming, Humming: A Look into Student Theatrical Direction and the Importance of Queer Narratives on Stage and in the Rehearsal Room, Kropveld Danielle

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Reaching Residents with Rhetoric: Content Management Strategy with Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association, Kylie Davis

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A Case for a Moral Theory of Property: How Digital Copyright Reveals the Insufficiency of Hume's Pragmatic Justification of Ownership, Mattew Davis

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Rain Gardens: The Return of Ecosystem Services, Katie DeHaan

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

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The Effects of Climate Change and Forest Disturbances on Terpene Production of White Pine (Pinus strobus) and Red Pine (Pinus resinosa) in Northern Michigan, Troy deHagen

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Improving Efficiency of Manufacturing Cells, Conner Deneen

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Found Family, Julianna Drachman

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Modular Water Modeling for Manufacturing, Tyler Drobnik

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The relationship between droughts and the tourism industry: A case study on Cape Town, South Africa, Katelyn Drummond

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Monkey Mind: Everyday Observations of Mental Illness, Mikhayla Dunaj

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Refugee Camp Education: Hope, Gaps, and Barriers, Allyson Dykstra

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An Examination of Western Michigan University's Financial Statements, Jordan Farrel

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Communication Barriers Faced by Female College Students (18-24) During Business Internships, Gail Foldenauer

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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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Critique of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019, Katherine Fournier

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Facing Addiction in College: The Effects on Alcohol, Drugs, and Academics, Alexis Frazier

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Determining the Depositional Environment of Amherstburg Formation, Elizabeth Gaines

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Re-purposing a Dead Mall into an Art and Innovation Center, Veronika Gaska

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Property Management Software, Mariam Ghali

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Implementation Considerations for the Digital Bronco ID, Bryan Gilginas

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Business Plan for Southwest Michigan Trolley, Cynthia Glass

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The Effects of Attachment Anxiety on Trait Anxiety and Borderline Personality Symptoms through Specific Pathways of Emotion Regulation, Jessica Good

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Formation of a Complete IMC Campaign for a National Client, Caitlyn Gordon

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Childhood Trauma and Early Adult Engagement in Deviant Behavior: A Measure of Experiential Avoidance and Impulsivity Association, Angelene Green

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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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The Peaceful Transition of Spain: How Authoritarianism Became Democracy, Emma Haiser

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Effects of Stuttering Frequency, Speaking Rate and Treatment on Speech Naturalness in Adults Who Stutter, Emily Hausman

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Lightweight Racing Suspension, Colin Haynes

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United Families through Interior Design, Marissa Heintz

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“An investigation of the differences and similarities in purchasing behavior between the online and offline shopper”, Erika Hejl

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RN to APN Role Transition, Bethney Hernandez

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Speech-Language Pathologist Preferences for Treatment Types for Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Meeghan Hoose

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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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Trends in the Study of Indirect Procurement, Daniel Israel

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Characterization of the Speed bump Mutant in Zebrafish, Kendall Jablonski

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Generalization of Language to Everyday Conversations: An Aphasia Treatment Study, Anika Johns

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Food Justice: Growing Children through Growing Gardens, Lauren Johnson

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Comparing Prompting Methods for Teaching Receptive Identification, Laurel Jungblut

Graduating Presentations 2019 Dance Concert: Labyrinth We See Only Fragments, Katherine Kennedy

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Methodology of Topology Optimization, Naziha Khandoker

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Cross Cultural Volunteering: A Best Practices Guide for Aspiras USA, Lindsey King

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Virtual Hand Drum, Ross Kmet

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The Use of Nature as a Treatment Modality in Occupational Therapy, Lauren Koch

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An Analysis of the Developmental Enrichment of the Seattle Children's PlayGarden, Caitlin Koob

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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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Cloud Tectonics: A Footlight 2 Production, Cal Kreiner

An Intimate Death Sentence, Arden Lapin

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Exploring a Child’s History for Optimal Treatment of Food Selectivity., Briana Lear

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Maternal Mortality in Southwest Michigan, Alissa Legacy

Maintenance Management System, Kristina Maki

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Modernization of API Production at Pfizer, Zachary Marentette

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Analyzing the Effects on Muscle in an Inactivated Catalytic Domain of UNC-82, Wenceslao Martinez Navarrete

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The Use of Life Story Interventions Between Older Adult with Dementia and Caregivers: A State of the Science, Katelyn Mater

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accessibility at Drive-Through Restaurants, Regina McLeod

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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 Urban Development of Bronson Circle, Matthew Moulton

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Requirement Elicitation, Cameron Myers

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Renewable Energy-Solar Photovoltaic Business Plan, Brock Notter

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Generational Differences in Remote Work, Lauren Nowakowski

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Communication in Stormwater Utility Fees Across Michigan, Hailey Olson

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The Relationship between Individual Differences and Academic Achievement in Language Learning., Sofia Ovalle

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Stigma Mitigation Through Fine Arts, Kendall Owens

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Separation and Disposal of Waste Rejects from Old Corrugated Cardboard, Bailey Papes

Rompiendo Paredes - We're here to stay: A film uncovering the struggles undocumented students face, Stephania Pardo-Juarez

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The effects of different types of virtual reality display on perception of a virtual presenter, Ferran Poage

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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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The Effects of the H2-A Program on Southwest Michigan Farmers, Marisol Quiroz

Broncode: An Interactive Programming Tutorial Platform, Ahmed Radwan

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Increasing the Frequency of Tutors' Reinforcement of Compliance Behaviors, Sruthi Rameshkumar

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The Importance of Cultural Humility in Occupational Therapy, Jessika Reberg

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Young Adult Climate Fiction in Schools: As We Know It, Madeline Reeves