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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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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Benefits of Doodling, Olivia Bevacqua

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A Descriptive Analysis of Drug Interaction Effects, Matthew Boss

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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Maternal Mortality in Southwest Michigan, Alissa Legacy

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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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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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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

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An Exploration of Resources Available to Deaf Children Attending Public and Deaf Community Schools, Katelyn Reid

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The Standards Project, Dustin Robbins

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Exploring a Connection between Learning and Student Perception of Place, Katelyn Roberts

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Western Michigan University Stallions Club Hockey Business Plan, Zachary Roberts

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Thermal Adaptation of a Vacuum Chamber, Jacob Russell

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The Laureate, Hannah Ryder

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Mechanisms of Reactive Oxygen Species Signaling During Planarian Regeneration, Marwa Saad

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Strategic Continuity Plan, Margaret Scannell

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LGBTQ+ Student Safety on Western Michigan University's Campus, Kaitlyn Sedorchuk

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WMU Musical Theatre Performance Class of 2019 Senior Showcase, Margaret Snyder

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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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3D Printing Robotic Arm on Linear Rails, Thomas T. Steele

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Increasing Political Behaviors in Local Communities, Bionca Stewart

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The Caregiver: A Play Script to Raise Awareness of the Caregivers of Alzheimer's Patients, Sarah Stiner

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Poster, Expanded, Lynnae Strait

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“Evaluating Knowledge and Perspectives of Behavior Analytic Language Strategies in the Clinical Practice of Speech-Language Pathology”, Mackenzie Sturman

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Effectiveness of a brief online mindfulness intervention on first-year college students’ perceived stress., Danielle Stuut

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How the NCAA Can Better Distribute Their Earnings to Further Benefit Student-Athletes, Jack Szott

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Radiative double electron capture by ions in collisions with gas targets, Charles Taylor

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Distinguishing the Molecular and Cellular Cues for Neuronal Wiring in the Inner Ear, Meskerem Tolossa

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The Landing, Stephanie Truitt

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Best Organic Chemistry Practices in the Midwest, Claire Van Der Bosch

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Sparring Stigmas: A Photography Series, Audrey VanEssen

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Preparing college graduates for Work Success in a rapid changing modern-day business landscape., Benito Vavra

2019 Graduating Presentation "The Lights Have Vanished", Kylie Vinitski

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Gender Differences in ADHD, Jillian Vogley

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Design of a Thrust Stand for Electric Propulsion, Hannah Watts

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Culture Without Borders: Intercultural Awareness Through Interviews and Images from International Asian Students, Zhi Xin Wee

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Runway Safety and Runway Incursions at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Kevin Whelan

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Point of Contact, Melina Wilcox

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Collaborative Referencing in Wernicke's Aphasia: A Case Study, Rachel Wilgenhof

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Alternative Rescue Breather, Brandilyn Wilkinson