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 2017

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Using Video Modeling to Teach Functional Direction Following, Breanna Burns

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Enzyme Characterization of SABATH Family Members, Troy Burtchett

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Substitute Salvation: An Online Classroom Resource, Rachel Callaly

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Therapeutic Benefits of Certified Canines for Veterans with War-Related Trauma Disorders, Erin Caspers

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Extraction Studies of Toxic Multiply Charged Oxoanions from Aqueous Media Using Nanojars, Hartman Christian

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The Culture of Destiny: A Community Culture, Thomas Clinkenbeard

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Cultivating Cultural Exchange: Improving University Study Abroad Programs, Katherine Crawford

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The Benefits of Immersion in Learning a Foreign Language, Cassidy Crouch

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Hockey Data Analytics, Travis Culhane

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Next Generation Modular Oven Accessory Development, Samuel Dayton

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Cross Cultural Study of Food and CPG Products in a New Market: Case Study in the United States vs Thailand, Mariel Dehn

Dance Cross Training Benefits for Football Athletes, Tenille Dellinger

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A Comparative Study of International Airlines in the Middle East and the United States, Diogene De Souza

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A Collection of Short Fiction by Andew J. Draper, Andrew Draper

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Dog Breed Discrimination in Criminology and Public Knowledge, Megan Ekkert

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Feed the Birds, Haley Ellis

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Comparison of Internships in the United States and Germany, Kelsey Ennis

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MAT Capstone Project: Big Band Album, Alexander Ensing

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What roles does food Sovereignty play in exposing the consequences of globalization, and in conveying solutions to the consequences of globalization pertaining to food access in West Africa and U.S. Midwest?, Nia Evans

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Cross Cultural Study of Food and Consumer Packaged Good Products in a New Market: Case Study in Thailand, Savanna Everett

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A Study on the Order Fulfillment Process in Relation to the e-Commerce Industry, Joel Eyrich

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Toilet-Training a Child with Autism in a School Setting, Kristianna Ferrier

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Wild Freedom, Elizabeth Field

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Perceived Sources of Academic Stress in the Nursing Program, Iana Fontanilla

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How Autonomous Vehicles Are Driving the Future, Savannah Fragosos

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Gender Bias in Sports Media, Leia Fuller

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Social Media Marketing for Habitat for Humanity, Jordan Gallant

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Torsion Element Test Bench Design, Trevor Gick

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Delving into Multicultural Literature with Inquiry, Juan Gonzalez

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The Impact of Higher Education on Linguistic Culture in Senegal and the Midwest United States, Kelsey Gough

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Women Leaders in Marketing: Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling, Hallie Green

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Permissions between Creators and Users: An Investigation of Particulars in Privacy Policies for Mobile Apps, Abbigail Griffith

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Impact of Men's Shed on Social Participation and Health Outcomes, Joshua Grimmer

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I Was Taught to Yell Fire, Marina Gutierrez

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Sum-Defined Colorings in Graphs, James Hallas

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Food Selectivity: A Guide for Parents, Taylor Hall

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Effects of Deafferentation on the Expression of the Activity Marker c-Fos in the Zebrafish Olfactory Bulb, Natalie Hamilton

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Western Michigan University’s Department of Dance Marketing Plan, Cassandra Hartline

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Reach for the Stars, Jill Heilborn

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Type 1a Supernova Models and Galactic Chemical Evolution, Spencer Henning

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Design of a CubeSat Separation Mechanism, Ross Hiller

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Improving Access to Communication for Adults with Aphasia using "Aphasia-Friendly" Accommodations, Chandler Hodgkin

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Kalamazoo Wings Student Participation Campaign, Kelly Hughes

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Analyzing the Legislative Productivity of Congress During the Obama Administration, Zachary Hunkins

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Health Benefits of a Plant-based Diet, Jenna Jackson

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The Black Athlete, Venezia Jones

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Indoor Guided Rock Climbing as a Modality for Children with Sensory-Based Motor Disorder: An Analysis Based on Measures of Clinical Observations and Treatment Fidelity, Emily Kaczmarski

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ScrimmageSIM & Stryker: Utilizing Simulations for Improved Supply Planning, Laura Karlen

Pingalwara: In Letter & Spirit, Manvir Kaur

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Healthcare Resources for the Deaf Community: A Study of Kalamazoo Area Hospitals, Rachel Kellogg

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Trends in U.S. Tea Imports: 1991-2015, Evan Kennedy

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Children in Nature: An Exploration, Alice Kinney

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Alternate Therapies for Veterans with PTSD, Jamie Kish

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Smart Shot - Advanced Firearms Training, Conner Knepley

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Influence of Nanoparticle Composition on the Function of Antibiotics at their Surface, Maryam Kok

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The Importance of Joining the Marrow Registry: The Biology behind how a Donor can Cure Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Alisa Kraft

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Growing with Autism: Services and Opportunities Offered Following Secondary Education, Nicole Langlois

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Therapeutic Benefits of Certified Canines for Veterans with War-Related Trauma Disorders, Smith Lauren

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The Importance of Impact Investing in African Developing Economies, Emmanuel Machena

An Evaluation of the Variety and Availability of Continuing Education Opportunities for Occupational Therapists, Rachel Marquardt

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Haunted Houses: A Directorial Exploration of Expressionism, Jose Martinez-Chavarria

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Tales from the "Bad RAs", Narisse Martin

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The Effectiveness of Music Therapy to Reduce Agitation among Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease, Caroline Mazon

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The New Merchants of Death: A Look into the Advertising of Tobacco in Third World Countries, Kraig McAllister

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Statistical Analysis of Paper Machine Productivity, Lance McCauley

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Litvo Business Plan, Aaron McClendon

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Western Michigan University Bronco Marching Band: Proposed Fundraising Plan, Elizabeth Mena

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The role of the serine biosynthesis pathway on the growth and proliferation of EML4-ALK driven lung cancer cells, Salma Mumuni

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Biogas Separator and Storage Tank, Brandon Nimtz

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Potassium Chloride as a Salt Substitute in Bread, Andrea Noud

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Millennial Attraction to Southwest Michigan – Retaining and Attracting Millennial Talent to Our Region’s Companies, Robert Nyhuis

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A qualitative study of occupational therapy student experiences with faculty mentorship during didactic undergraduate coursework at Western Michigan University: A pilot study, Tara Nykiel

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Shopping with Strangers: Grocery Shopping Behaviors of Generation Z, Madelyn Olsen

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Culture of Gentleness: A Behavioral Approach, Stevie Parcell

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Addressing Common Mental Health Issues Prevalent Among Honors College Students, Steven Pham

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Identity Development in Korean-American Adoptees: A Content Analysis of Personal Reflections, Charles Rachor

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Pacing Strategy During the Last Two Minutes of a Self-Paced VO2mat Test: Aggressive vs. Conservative, Carter Reid

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The Effects of Increased Cycling on Local & Global Green House Gas Emissions, Trevor Roberts

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A Scholarly Fictional Narrative Portraying the Stigma that Surrounds Mental Illness and Its Place in Literature, Adrianna Robinson

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A Training Module on How to Effectively Speak with Older Adults with Hearing Loss, Valerie Rubley

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Social Media in Big Business: An Autoethnography, Anna Rudisill

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Reifying Digital Histories, Ed Ryan

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Redesigning High School Mathematics Curriculum to Enhance College Readiness, Alicia Sanfillippo

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The Reader and the Web: Web Companions to Literature, Heather Sanford

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Event Planning for a Million People: A Reflection of an Internship at Palace Sports & Entertainment, Juliet Sanford

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Camping for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Emily Scannell

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Helping Children Understand: Using Picture Books to Age – Appropriately Explain Dance-Movement Therapy and Childhood Cancer, Megan Schaefer

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Boat-Lift Design and Analysis, Nathan Schick

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Occupational Therapy Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures: Best Practices, Erika Schleis

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Studying the Effects of High School Athletics Social Media, Justin Scott

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Site Access Checkpoint Application, Cameron Simon

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Extreme Major Makeover: A Plan for Marketing Improvements to the Electronic Business Marketing Major, Erin Sionkowski

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Importance of Play in Child's Development During Hospitalization, Hannah Slupka

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A Comparative Analysis of Professional Pilot Jobs, Ryan Snoeyink

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CEAS Student Center Expansion, Turner Solterman

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Self Management: Overcoming Barriers to Success, Jazmyn Souryamat

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The Regularity Lemma and its Applications, Elizabeth Sprangel

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Examining Atmospheric Microbial Communities, Allison Spring

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New Work Center Optimization, Clarissa Stanton

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Interpreted Fashions of the Yoruba Tribe, Ramea Starling