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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Benefits of Doodling, Olivia Bevacqua

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A Descriptive Analysis of Drug Interaction Effects, Matthew Boss

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

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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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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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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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Determining the Depositional Environment of Amherstburg Formation, Elizabeth Gaines

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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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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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United Families through Interior Design, Marissa Heintz

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

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Stigma Mitigation Through Fine Arts, Kendall Owens

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

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

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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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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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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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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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The Landing, Stephanie Truitt

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

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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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Design of a Thrust Stand for Electric Propulsion, Hannah Watts

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

Theses from 2018

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

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Mirror Therapy, a Pain Management Therapy, Gabriella Andrews

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Conscious Consumerism: A design process for stylish sustainable apparel, Luz Becerra

Senior Showcase, Olivia Belfie

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How To Help Kids Succeed - School-Based Programs and Social Mobility, Theresa Bell

Coping Skills, Samantha Blosser

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Exploring the transmission of different field sparrow (Spizella pusilla) song types, Eric Branch

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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

Wisteria, Alyssa Brutlag

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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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Design of an Advanced Formula SAE Chassis Utilizing Carbon Fiber Laminates, Susanne Crum

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Research-based Music Composition for Anxiety Reduction, Carly Crusius

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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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The Production of the Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. Integrated Marketing Campaign, Olyvea Davis

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Internet Based Interventions for improving mental health on college campuses: A Scoping Review of IBIs, Caceti Dobrowolski

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The effects of Feliway on the stress of cats during veterinary examination, Colleen Doonan

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Crafting Fear: The Horror Film Trailer, Courtney Dreyer

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Nonprofit Leadership: Creating Supply Bags at Universities, Emily Fackler

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17th Edition of The Laureate, Jessie Fales

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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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Investment Casting "In a Box", Kevin Greer

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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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Psychophysiology in relation to music and behavior, Chloe Heintz