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

Broncode: An Interactive Programming Tutorial Platform, Ahmed Radwan

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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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Development of a Scale for Compassion Fatigue in PICU Nurses, Kara Talbert

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

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Voting Behavior of Pro-Life Voters, 1976-2016, Kaylee Tegethoff

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Air quality and environmental justice: An analysis of county-level data in the United States, Alyssa Tittle

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

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Autonomous Vehicle Interior Design, Nathaniel Torchalski

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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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Relationship of Grip Strength and Quality of Life among Community-Dwelling Older Adults, Melissa Van Omen

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Autonomous Vehicle Interior Design, Luis Vargas

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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

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Emergency Department Triage Process Improvement, Tessa Williams

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

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Effective Teaching Methods for Elementary Students with ADD/ADHD, Jane Bensen

Coping Skills, Samantha Blosser

Wisteria, Alyssa Boone

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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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Analysis of Opioid Hospitalizations in Michigan Counties, Stephanie George

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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

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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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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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Natural Polymer Barrier Coatings for Oil and Grease Resistance, Andrew Kathan

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

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Midwest Realty Ticketing System, Daniel Kiel

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We The People, Anna Kietzerow