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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The Struggle for Self-Determination: A Comparative Analysis of East Timor and Western Sahara, Emma Baratta

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IOT Greenhouse Monitoring System, Raj Basnet

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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 Beyene

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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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Charge tracing for determining electrical facility effects on electric spacecraft propulsion systems., Tyler Bye

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Should Universities Teach Students Basic Medical Skills, Pierce Cahill

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A Multiple Linear Regression Model to Predict Money Earned on the PGA Tour, Skylar Carleton

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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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Eyewitness Identification, Alley Chan

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Surface Reconstruction Library, Jhye Tim Chi

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An investigation of chronic pain as a much-neglected symptom of Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Sydney Collins

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The Exploration of Various Literary Genres through Short Story Writing, Abigail Cowan

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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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Effects of Maternal Diet and Psychological Health on Fetal Cognitive Development, Humna Ejaz

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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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The Significance of the Physical Body in Religious Self-Mortification: A Comparative Analysis of Buddhism and Christianity from 1200-1700 CE, Hannah Garrod

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Velocity Electric Mobility Platform, Austin Gilbert

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Facility Design for Local Growing Candle Company, Doni Graham

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

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Increased incidence of substance use and substance use disorders among Mexicans that have migrated to the United States, Emily Hock

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Versatile Home Workspace Environment, Kayli Holmes

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Mythos, Hana Holmgren

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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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Optimum Double Rhombic Flap Design for Z-Plasty, Abdullah Khan

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"Incorporating behavior analysis to address risk factors for obesity", Fawzia Khan

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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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Barriers of Bronson School of Nursing Program, Karla Kline

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Synchronous Drones for Autonomous Package Delivery, Ryan Kruegel

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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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E. coli-based Cell-Free Protein Synthesis Protocol Comparison and Optimization, Andrea Laurin

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

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Evaluation of state-of-the-art NLP deep learning architectures on commonsense reasoning task, Guo Rui (Justin) Lee

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COVID-19: Coping Strategies Predicting Mental Health Outcomes, Crystal Lim

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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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Fiber Web Rewetting Modeling via Lattice-Boltzmann Method, Andrew McCabe

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World Changers: Social Justice at the Heart of Middle School Language Arts Curriculum, Mackenzie McClain

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The Vitality of Monty Python’s Form and Message, Preston McKale

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The Impact of Trauma on Parenting Experiences of Refugees, Mili Menon-Perez

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Long-Term Venus Lander, Scott Miller

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Development of a National Advertising Campaign for Tinder, Alexis Morris

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The establishment and success of white wild indigo based on present soil bacterial communities, Megan Nippa

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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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Environmental Justice Analysis of Drinking Water Policies in Michigan Cities, Annika Paldan

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Anti-Police Movement Survey, Julia Peisker

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A Project to Improve Rates of Vaccination against the Flu among Western Michigan University Students, Rohini Perera

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Decision making and Covid-19 Attitudes, Noelia Perez

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A Literature Review of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Research, Brindlea Peterson

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MindState: A Capstone Project, Kyle Petronio

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Analysis of the application of principles of motivational psychology in the modern workplace, Nathaniel Pfeiffer

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

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Increasing Diverse Literature in Classrooms: How Representation in Pedagogy Matters, Heather Price

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

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Class scheduling Web App, Anubhav Rawal

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Long-Duration Venus Explorer, Ethan Reid

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Media, Marketing, and More – How Social Technology is Changing the Face of Small Business, Lily Reynolds

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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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Senior Recital, Clarinet, Jennifer Rogers

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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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Design of a Lubrication System for a CAViDS High-Speed Test Stand, Sachin Sharma

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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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Should NCAA Athletes Profit off Name, Image, and Likeness?, Sydney Stefanick

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NSAC Reflection, Lauren Sterling

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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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Reducing Stigma Associated with Mental Health at Western Michigan University, Erika Tuller