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 2024

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Fleet Renewal Proposal, Siba Al Ghailani

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Virtual Reality as an Adjunct to Behavior Therapy: A Systematic Literature Review, Alya AlHarrasi

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Design of Telemetry and Remote-Control System for Electric Propulsion Testing, Logan Alvesteffer

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Veterinarian Perception of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Mortality of Pets, Jason Bainbridge

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A Comparative Study of Monolingual and Multilingual Employees, Megan Baldry

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Senior Recital, Concetta Brehmer

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Narrative Feature Script, Shaun Burk

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A Petrological Characterization of the Iutzi Member of Lucas Formation, Michigan Basin, Moira Burns

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The impact of G-quadruplex DNA on expression of the human PKD1 gene, Seth Byrne

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Impact of SNAP on Food Insecurity: A Michigan and Indiana Case Study, Cecelia Chapleau

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Using Augmented Reality Application to Assist EMS During Emergency Situations, Kim Chheu

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Using Augmented Reality Application to Assist EMS During Emergency Situations, Joshua Chuah

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Hericium erinaceus Effects on Working and Reference Memory in Elder Rats, Dine Claire

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Fear as a Learned Behavior and how that Affects Ecosystem Biodiversity, Sarah Craft

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Energy Recapture in a Soluble Corn Fiber Process, Nicholas Cutrara

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The Rise of Merope, Emily Czerniak

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Shedding Light on Shadow Casts, Kiara Durbin

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Physical Therapy Interventions and Outcomes for Right vs. Left Side Cerebral Vascular Accidents (CVA), Elissa Ferris

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Green Solutions: A Smart Strategy for Recycling Electronics in Ghana, Yodit Fitsum

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Effects of Peer Mentoring on Success and Satisfaction in Undergraduate Nursing Students: A Pilot Study, Rebecca Fraley

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Does Kinesiology taping support lateral ankle sprains and provide stability to the injured ankle?, Lilianna Giacalone

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Female Athletes' Psychological and Emotional Experiences Following Surgery Caused by Sports Injury, Brielle Gomez

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WMU Technical Director for Clue, Fleck Joseph

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A Comparative Analysis of the Gastrocnemius Muscle Fiber Types in Diverse Rat Strains, Byrd Kayla

Theses from 2023

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Implementation of the Probability Hypothetical Purchase Task to Assess Attitudes Towards Bilingualism, Abigale Airo

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Our Journey: Resilience Through Adversity, Julienne Alphonse

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The History of Lee Honors College: The Growth of Honors Education from 1962-1992 at Western Michigan University, Afrida Amin

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Development of an App for the Kalamazoo Nature Center, Ernest Au

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Is the Fair Use Doctrine a viable argument for Generative AI?, Olivia Bainbridge

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Design of a Dynamometer Test Platform for Formula SAE Internal Combustion and Electric Powertrains, Ryan Bare

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Blood flow restriction therapy as a treatment in rehabilitation, Sara Barr

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Effect of Various Binders on Si-anode Performance and Feasibility of Battery Production Plant, Sarah Beasley

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Fundraising in the Theatre: A Reflection of the WMU Theatre Guild President's Performance, Lindsey Beck

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"Interior: Panic" Bringing to Life a World of Psychosis and Hope, Emma Belew

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Loneliness Among College Students, Jaime Benson

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Identification of factors contributing to no-show and appointment cancellation rates in outpatient cardiovascular services., Sarah Bergman

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Senior Recital: Medicine, Grace Betzold

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The Dialectics of Rock Music and Neoliberalism, Derek Block

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The Effect of Cloud-based Platforms on Auditing Standards set by the PCAOB, Quinn Bourland

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A Review of Pre-Clinical Studies on Meth-Induced Gut Microbiome Alterations, Payton Brabant

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Removal of PFAS Contaminants from Water by Sorbent and Filtration Techniques, Aleya Brandon

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Cannabis-Induced Psychotic Disorder and Schizophrenia Diagnostic Comparison, Tyanna Brodhagen

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Sports Facility Business Plan, Greg Budig

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The Influence of Aviation Technology on Human Complacency, Aurora Burton

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Emotional Support Animals on Campus: Relevance, Benefits, and Controversies, Grace Campbell

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Race, Gender and Rawls' "A Theory of Justice.", Robert Carico

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Utilizing Music Therapy to Support Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities: A Scoping Review, Elizabeth Carpentier

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Communication Theory Analysis of CODA Movie, Lindsay Casey

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Computer Organization and Assembly Language Embedded Firmware Overhaul, Elaine Yun Ru Chan

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Rack Tracking System, Esther ZhiKeng Chan

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Inhibiting effects of Methyllycaconitine (MLA) on PNU-282987 induced neurogenesis in blast-exposed mouse retinas, Nastia ZhiYew Chan

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Anti-Microbial Peptide Screen for Crop Protection, Sydney Chen

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Communication Techniques for Nursing Students, Karlee Coddens

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Net Present Value and Payback Period: An Analysis, Ezekiel Cotter

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The Luminous Power of Accretion Disks in Active Galactic Nuclei, Imogen Jade Courtney

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College Students' Perspectives of their Autism, Anna Davidson

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The factors affecting fashion trends have changing over the years by different age groups & the evolution of media., Omnahqiran Dazz

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Approachability and Mask-wearing During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Systematic Literature Review, Lauren DeHaan

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Robotic Exoskeleton for Weightlifting Assistance, Susmita Dey

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Ivermectin: COVID-19 "miracle cure?": A case study on public health communication to combat disinformation, Ashley Dittmar

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District Boundary Map, Cassandra Dolsen

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"The ‘Driving’ Role of Cars in Midwestern Female Adolescence: Young Women’s Transitions in John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down", Ava Dziadzio

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Precipitated Calcium Carbonate – Low Cost Means to Increase Solids, Rowan Edmonds

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Plant Photo Inventory Management System App, Matthew Fackler

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Interprofessional Collaboration between Occupational Therapy and Applied Behavior Analysis, Elizabeth Fairchild

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The Effects of Aging and Exercise on Skeletal Muscle Fiber Type and Neuromuscular Health, Jake Fanizza

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Analysis and Mitigation of Pneumatic Regulator Resonance, Luke Fouch

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Characterization of Shinella 6-hydroxy-(L)-nicotine oxidase (6HLNO-SE), Kaitrin Funckes

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Our Journey: Resilience through Adversity, Abigail Garcia

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Mary Grace Geise BFA Graduating Presentation, Mary Grace Geise

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WALI Helmholtz Cage Power and Control System Design and Implementation, Colin Goldschmidt

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Indeed Campaign, Anna Griggs

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Symbolic Problem Grader, Jiadong Gui

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Graffiti in Berlin: A Transatlantic Journey, Nathan Halder

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Investigations on the Effect of Binders on the Performance of Si-Based Anodes of Lithium-Ion Batteries, Grace Harter

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Recidivism Rates in the United States versus Europe: How and Why are they Different?, Madalyn Hayden

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Conversion of Biomass to Bio-fuel Using Fast Pyrolysis with Companion Coal Gasification, Nicholas Hayes

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The Cut to the Heart of the Matter: Justice, Morality, and Virtue Ethics in Intimate Relationships, Quinn Heiser

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We are the reason we stand still in the face of climate change., Sydney Hemp

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The physiological and psychological benefits of Rock Steady Boxing and their implications for the management of Parkinson’s disease., Riley Hobson

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Removal of PFAS Contaminants from Water by Sorbent and Filtration Techniques, Anamim Horokoski

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COVID-19 as an Industry Accelerant, Betty Huang

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Prevalence and impact of eating disorders within male collegiate athletes., Alicia Huggett

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The Cost Benefit Analysis of College Dropouts Pursuing a Different Career vs. Students That Graduated from College, Brittany Jackson

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Senior Trombone Performance Re, Alyson Johnson

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The Life of Una Estudiante Americana: Here y Allí, Madeline Kastel

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A GIS and Economic Analysis into Solar Electricity Generation Siting within the Greater Kalamazoo Area, Devon Kelly

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Psychological influences on problem-solving following lab-induced learned helplessness, Aqdas Khan

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A New Approach to Financial Literacy Education through an Introductory Business Course, Megan Klein

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Kalamazoo Nature Center Trail App, Xin Yi Koay

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In the Moment, Laura Korn

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Unveiling the Other: A Commentary on Colonialism, Orientalism, and the Mission Civilisatrice, Emily Kostbade

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Shaping the Future of Aviation Training and Outreach with Spatial Computing and NextGen VR Technologies, Nathan Kostka

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Approachability and Mask-wearing During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Systematic Literature Review, Lindsay Kovach

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Veterans Memorial Park in Colon, MI, Madelyn Landry

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The unexpected significance of Myosin A in organization of M-line protein UNC-89/obscurin within striated muscle cells of Caenorhabditis elegans, Kar Men Lee

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Rack Tracking System for Bert R. Hybels, Inc, Ka Kit Leng

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The Public Trust Doctrine: Roman Law Roots and Future in Environmental Litigation, Phoebe Liccardo

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The Trends in the Number of Women in the Financial Industry and the Reason, Jingru Li

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Proposal Workflow Application, Griffen Liszka