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 wmu-scholarworks@wmich.edu.

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Theses from 2021

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How Gata3 Affects Neuronal Survival in the Inner Ear, Hiba Ahmad

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Charge tracing for determining electrical facility effects on electric spacecraft propulsion systems., Joseph Backe

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Graduating Presentation, Erin Bates

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Pain Response of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation to Different grades of Knee Osteoarthritis, Emily Beer

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Flexible Wireless ECG Monitoring Device, Yonatan Beyenne

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Beta Analysis for MLB Run Generation Models, Tyler Boes

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A Screen Printed Sensor to Detect Estrogen Levels in Liquids, Marie Bridges

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Projecting Effects of Stress and Anxiety in Out-of-State Students, Bryar Brooks

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Use of a Simulation to Promote Improved Care for Transgender Patients, Eboni Brown

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Should Universities Teach Students Basic Medical Skills, Pierce Cahill

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Medical Service Facility Site Development, Sabrina Carvajal

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Integrated Marketing Campaign for Tinder, Cassidy Chalut

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Automated Form-Fill-Seal Loader, Amara Crosby

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Understanding bird-inspired solo flute music using ornithological techniques, Madeline Deanne

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Graduating Presentation: Stones Beneath a River, Lauren DeSmedt

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Regulatory Entreprenuership: The Simultaneuos Evolution of Business and Law, Olivia Dillaha

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Comparative Analysis of the Feeding Strategies of Phagocata morgani, Phagocata gracilis, Schmidtea mediterranea and Dugesia japonica Planaria., Tashifa Fayyaz

National Student Advertising Competition Case Study, Lucy Forster

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Velocity Electric Mobility Platform, Austin Gilbert

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“Police Perceptions Amid the Black Lives Matter Movement”, Eadoin Grim

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Versatile Home Workspace Environment, Kayli Holmes

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Crayfish and Climate Change: How the Growing Acidity of Freshwater Lakes, Streams, And Ponds Negatively Impact the Nervous System of Crayfish, Lauren Irmen

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Xenophobia in the COVID-19 Era, Joanne Jeya

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Prebiotic and probiotic knowledge and consumption in collegiate athletes, Hannah Kahn

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A Review of the Effects of Virtual Communication on Performance and Satisfaction across the Last Ten Years of Research Published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Muhammad Romail Khan

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EDMMS Temperature Controller, Anthony Kirkland

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GIS Based Analysis of Neighborhood Transit Characteristics: A Case Study of The Vine in Kalamazoo, MI, Shealyn Lach

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An Unaccompanied Solo Cello Performance, with corresponding Program Notes and Analysis of Antonín Dvořák's Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, Conor Large

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Exploring the Lived Experience of Adolescent Caregivers, Abbigale Laurentius

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A Guide to Injury Prevention for the Intermediate to Advanced Dancer, Sydney Leatherberry

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Racial Representation for Faculty in Higher Education, Joo Ning Lim

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How Has the Impact of COVID-19 Affected Clothing Brands Marketing Strategies?, Aspen Locker

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The Effects of Cotton Demand policy in Uzbekistan, Molly Manguse

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The Effects of Virtual Feedback and Virtual Environment on Productivity, Sadie Martin

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Long-Term Venus Lander, Scott Miller

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The role of the M-line protein UNC-97/PINCH in myosin A attachment to the M-line using ectopic myosin A accumulations in striated muscle of Caenorhabditis elegans, Humayra Oishi

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Anti-Police Movement Survey, Julia Peisker

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MindState: A Capstone Project, Kyle Petronio

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Omi: Centering Trans Identities in Children's Literature, Hannah Powless

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Boundaries and Pleasure in Ovid's Metamorphoses: A Critique of Augustan Marriage Legislation, Nicholas Pryor

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Long-Duration Venus Explorer, Ethan Reid

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Mental Health and Well-Being of College Students of Color, Raquel Rice

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Changes in Food Shopping and Consumption Behavior as a Result of the Global COVID-19 Pandemic, Erin Richter

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OIT Web App, Stanley Ritsema

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Hinging, Propping, and Latching Mechanisms for Sunseeker Solar Car, Zachary Ruppenthal

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Design of a Full-Scale Plant for Plastic Pyrolysis, Hannah Sargent

Rotary Joint Sealing Surface Manufacturing Variability, Jonathan Scare

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Development of a Questionnaire Focusing on Varying Perspectives about Autism, Sabrina Schafer

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Comparing acoustic and kinematic measures of variability in adults who do and do not stutter., Olivia Scheel

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Ethics of Neurocognitive Disorders, Jenna Schneider

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Flexible EEG Sensors, Adam Schuhknecht

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Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on CHHS Students, Macey Seal

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Autonomous Vehicle Camera Mount Application, Yuan Sheng Sit

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Accounting and Sustainability: Cost and Benefit, Emma Smith

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“Graduating Presentation: sunday”, Lauren Smith

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Zero Waste Design Exploration, Rosemarie Soma

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Temperature Scale Influence on Perceptions of Climate Risk, Chelsea Spaman

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"Woodburn, Texas: A Study in Southern Gothic", Katherine Stone

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Potential for Transformative Change: Displaced Women and the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda, Ava Strasser

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Senior Recital, Alexis Terrian

Alternative Suppliers of Radio Frequency (RF) Ovens for Crackers, Company Sponsor: Kellogg, Kaetlynne Teunessen

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Intentionally Inducing Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, Nolan Tews

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The Impact of COVID - 19 on the Student Experience: A WMU Student Survey and Study, Henry Thiry

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Investigating RF Oven Use in Kellogg's, Eliza VanZweden

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Measuring Uncertainty Within the Sunk Cost Effect, Dylan Veenkant

Rotary Joint Sealing Surface Manufacturing Improvements, Amanda Vella

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Exploring the perception of sponsored posts on Instagram, Mahek Verma

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Integrated Marketing Campaign for Tinder, Sarah Whitton

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The Impacts of Occupational Therapy and Assistive Technology in the Lives of Alzheimer's Patients, Hannah Wilson

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Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on CHHS Students, Linnea Wood

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Musical Theatre Showcase: A performance journey and reflection, Alyssa Zamora

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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The Impact of First Child on Salaries of Women: A Comparative Analysis. (The gender pay-gap in Saudi Arabia, partly caused by women's greater social role in caring for children, can be improved by creating unbiased system such as equal compensation schemes wherein the human resource management would initiate what is effective to level the playing field and be fair to everyone regardless of their gender.), Khadejah Al Muhaisin

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Using a Progressive Time Delay to Increase Mands in a Child with Autism, Brielle Babcock

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Organized Caudal Photoreceptors in the Medicinal Leech, Baylee Bancroft

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Intervention Approaches and Potential Impacts of Nutrition Education in Youth Ages 3-14, Lauren Barnhard

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Implementing AskMe3 Approach to Adult Learning Through the Kalamazoo Literacy Council, Hailey Beyer

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Atlantic Abolition in the Borderlands: the interesting narrative of Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua, Alexandra Bicknell

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Field Research Exploring Female Leadership Roles and Challenges in the Workplace, Grace Biddinger

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Increasing the Echoic Repertoire of a Child with Autism Using an Imitation and Echoic Sequence, Rose Bridges

Graduating Presentations 2020: Six Point Convergence - "The Neapolitan Regional Lady Swimmers", Will Brighton

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Interdisciplinary and Standards Based Curriculum Plan to the Theme of Fairy Tales, Alyssa Brouwer

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Aerodynamics of Wind Loading on Buildings, Kayla Burch

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STEM Teacher Database, Veronica Buss

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Design of a Carbon Fiber Composite Monocoque Chassis for a Formula-Style Vehicle, Alexander Carline

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Graduating Presentations 2020: Six Point Convergence - Inner Workings, Jasmine Clark

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Adverse Childhood Experience Scores of Social Work Students vs. Non-Social Work Students at Western Michigan University, Grace Conrad

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Anxiogenic Effects of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide in Adult Sprague-Dawley Rats, Catherine Conway

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Paper Recycling Fiber Recapture, Abigail Cortright

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The impact of vaccine coverage and exemptions on the resurgence of vaccine preventable disease: A review of the literature, Kara Costantino

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Development of a Flexible Printed Paper-Based Battery, JustOne Crosby

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The effects of involvement in religious practices on recovering substance users., Taylor Currier

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A Comparative Study of Security Systems at O'Hare International Airport and JFK International Airport, Violet Dagadu

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Periscopes: A Play Exploring Neurodiversity and Family, Noa Dahan

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Analysis of Diet Quality of Pregnant Women in the WIC Program Using the Healthy Eating Index, Taylor Dale

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The Effect of Pre-workout Supplementation on Fitness Assessment Tests, Kassidy Davis

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Senior Viola Recital, Kennedy Dixon

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Electron Repulsion Corrections to the Energy for the Ground State of Helium., Conor Doig

Pringles Chip Cooling, Austin Dosh

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Housing Pre-Fabrication and Resource Optimization, Emma Dubensky