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 2018

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Examining Social Pragmatic Communication: Evidence from Parent and Professional Questionnaires, Katelyn Adams

Coping Skills, Samantha Blosser

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Adapting "Gregor the Overlander" for the Stage, Wiegand Brian

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An acoustic survey of Fort Drum, New York, for severely declining nocturnal birds, Sydney Brooks

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Mental Illness as Portrayed through Art, Brianna Brown

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The Context for an Undergraduate Research Program at Western Michigan University, Nathan Browning

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The Effectiveness of Memory Aids in People Who Have Had a Traumatic Brain Injury, Bridget Bucaro

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The Changing Geopolitical Dynamics of the Middle East and their Impact on Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts, Daniel Bucksbaum

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Jazz Dance Through a Laban Lens: Integrating Laban Movement Analysis Principles into a College-Level Jazz Dance Course, Julia Burch

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Food: The Musical, Natalie Burdick

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Impacts of Representation on Increasing Flexibility in Understanding Number Composition, Abigail Carr

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Distillation Optimization in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Clayton Carter

Graduating Presentation, Tara Charvat

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Saving the Earth with Behavior Analysis and Gamification!, Ling Ann Chen

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Teaching Body Mapping in the Orchestra Classroom, Gretchen Clemans

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American Muslim Women: Feminism, Equality, and Difference, Amber Coniglio

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Impact of 2001 - 2016 Supreme Court Establishment Clause Cases, Nicole Cumming

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The Rhetoric of Landscape: Through Oil and Water, Alexandrea Davis

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Crafting Fear: The Horror Film Trailer, Courtney Dreyer

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The Criticality of Transactional Cost of Control in Intrastate Conflict, Parker Fleming

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Design of Force Versus Displacement Test Stand, Andrew Fritchley

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Wishing I Was an English Major: A Collection of Creative Writing, Abrahan Garcia

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Vaccine Refusal Dilemmas, Yessica Garcia

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UAVs for Electric Utility Inspections, Sarah Gill

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Comparisons Between Chinese and Japanese Characters, Ahmina Graves

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Optimizing Frosted Mini-Wheats' Finished Food Cooling Process, Jessica Graves

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Drag: The Herstory and Phenomenon, Avery Green

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Structural Reinforcement of Streamline Tubing, Peter Grohs

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The Litmus Initiative - Enabling Teachers to Recognize Domestic Human Trafficking, Bethany Hansen

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Music Keyboard Based on Flexible Hybrid Electronics, Anthony Hanson

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Party Identification at Western Michigan University, Melissa Heinz

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Increasing Waiting and Turn-Taking among Preschool Aged Children with a Verbal-Delay Diagnosis, Alexa Hill

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Meal Kits: A Box to Nowhere?, Lauren Hillsburg

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Analysis of Opioid Hospitalizations in Michigan Counties, Stephanie Hook

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Electromagnetic Radiation Shield for Spacecraft, Oseas Hudy-Velasco

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Effects of Aging & Exercise on Production of Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Protein by Fast & Slow Skeletal Muscle, Maria Jaramillo

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Facilitating Emotional Regulation in Adults with Developmental Disabilities through Person-Centered Play Therapy, Otis Kemutambah

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We The People, Anna Kietzerow

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A Comparison of Frankenbrew and Traditionally Manufactured Brewing Equipment, Daniel King

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Effects of Weak Magnetic Fields on Reactive Oxygen Species Accumulation, Luke Kinsey

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Implications of Theory of Mind, Feelings of Connectedness, Flow State of Mind Through Active and Passive Music Improvisation Experiences, Jessica Kociba

In the Beholding Eye, Rachael Kollins

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Home Run Probability Based on Hit Distance and Direction, Tess Kolp

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Improving the Pack Process, Jennifer Komorowski

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Pack Process Improvement, Anna Konstant

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Guide to Understanding Catalonian Dissent: From Proclamation to Referendum, Andrew Larkin

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CIS 6400: Data Analytics Book, Rachel Larson

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Mechanisms of Sleep and the Brain, Doungbagai Leo

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Implications of Theory of Mind, Feelings of Connectedness, Flow State of Mind Through Active and Passive Music Improvisation Experiences, Rebecca Lint

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Marketing Plan for West Hills Athletic Club, Loai Maddah

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What's Wrong with the Tap? Examining Perceptions of Tap and Bottled Water at Western Michigan University, Lindsey Makos

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School Shootings: A Nexus of Adolescent Masculinity, Bullying, and Homophobia, Jack Marsden

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The Clothed Minded: Socio-Psychological Aspects of Dress Through Non-Verbal Communication, Cesia Martinez-Chavarria

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Optimization of Toaster Pastry Icing Preparation and Application, Rebecca Martus

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The Role of Social Media in Small Museums in Michigan, Kaitlin McGrath

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Do Global Diets Affect the Rate of Type 2 Diabetes?, Demetria Meyer

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The Effect of High Intensity Interval Training vs Resistance-Based Circuit Training, Matthew Monaco

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Business Plan: Consulting Firm focused on Manufacturing Digitalization, Edward Mulford

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An Examination of "Jock Taxes" Levied on National Football League (NFL) Athletes, Charlee Nichols

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Implications of Theory of Mind, Feelings of Connectedness, and a Flow State of Mind Through Active and Passive Music Improvisation Experiences., Megan Nicodem

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Speech Naturalness Before and Following Treatment in Adults Who Stutter, Alexis Novelli

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Comparative Analysis of Impact of Ballistic Stretching and Dynamic Stretching on Power Output in Female Collegiate Dancers, Elisabeth Ohrnberger

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Implications of Theory of Mind, Feelings of Connectedness, and a Flow State of Mind Through Active and Passive Music Improvisation Experiences., Samuel Panicacci

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GDF-15 as a Biomarker for Glaucoma, Caylee Pattison

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Ministry with Community: Analysis of public relations issues and proposed solutions, Sarah Piper

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The Alaskan Experience: Providing Tax Assistance to Rural Alaskan Residents, Kayla Poole

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Effects of Muscle Activation on GDNF Protein Content in Skeletal Muscle, Ramsey Potter

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Design of an Electric Propulsion Thruster Breakout Box System, Ryan Powers

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Land, Air, Sea, Rover (LASR) - Unmanned Vehicle, Gabriel Prescinotti Vivan

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Consumer Perceptions of the Ocean Spray Cranberry Brand, Jill Puckett

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How does a 3-week nutrition course affect the eating behaviors of parents among migrant farmworker families in Michigan?, Keren Reyes

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A Written History of the Western Michigan University Department of Dance, Amy Russell

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The Role of Reactive Oxygen Species in Blastema Formation, Marcos Santiago Figueroa

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Inter-professional Education: A Literature Analysis and Description of PACER Study at Western Michigan University, Kari Scholten

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Do students feel safe on campus? A Policy Evaluation of the Clery Act, Amanda Sidwell

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Mastication's Effect on Middle Ear Muscle Contractions, Madeline Smith

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Where Are We Losing Them? An Exploration of Barriers to Buy-In of Higher Education Responsible Employee Policies, Danielle Snow

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Positive Discipline as a Part of Effective Classroom Management, Allison Stevens

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The Proton Veto Project at WMU/MSU, Justin Swaim

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Compressed Air Systems Evaluation and Improvement, Lukas Swoboda

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The influence of plant modularity on the defense against specialist insect herbivory, Jill Syrotchen

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A Four Year Moment, Hannah Truckenbrod

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An Evaluation of Physical Activity Methods of College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Justin Vagnozzi

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Waxing, Waning, Waking: A collection of poetry and prose, Brook VanBruggen

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Distillation Optimization in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Daniel VanZweden

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Planning a Year End Formal, Anna Volkman

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Optimizing Injection Protocols for a Plant Virus-based Transient Expression System in Tobacco, Stephani Walters

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Lee Honors College Mobile Application, James Ward

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Comparing RNA Interference Methods in Planarians, Gabrielle Watson

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Real-Time Neuron Membrane Voltage Controller, Joshua White

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Intercultural Communication in the U.S. and Japan, Annelise Wilp

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Perennial: An Undergraduate Thesis in Poetry, Austin Wines

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An investigation of the efficacy of corn cob hemicellulose as a gas barrier and dry strength agent on previously uncoated linerboard, Zachary Witherspoon

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Kalamazoo FC Social Media Plan, Brittney Wojcik

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The Implications of State Policies Regarding Funding and Accessibility to Planned Parenthood, Eboni Wooley