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 2020

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Retail Merchandising with New Holland Brewery, Samantha McGrath

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The Textile Industry: A Deep Look into the Environmental Impacts of Fast Fashion, Jordan Miller

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Learning by Doing: How Higher Education is Innovating to Adapt to Students' Learning Needs, Megan Miller

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Parker Family Comprehensive Financial Plan, Max Murphy

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Westbound, Genevieve Nicolow

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MAT Capstone: A Visual Novel Entitled Ink Spots, Elijah Olson

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Button Box: An Exploration of Matriarchy and Material, Rozlin Opolka

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Nursing Students’ Bladder Health Behaviors During Clinical Shifts, Peyten Oudekerk

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NCAA Athletes Getting Paid, Cari Padula

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The Evolution of the Slave Trade in South-East Asia, Rosanna Pathmanathan

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The Roles of Teaching Assistive Technology and the Age of a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, Rachel Pavone

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Sustainability trends in higher education: An analysis of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Jessica Poling

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Stimulus Fading on Teaching Receptive Identification, Dennis Pomorski

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A Behavioral Analysis of Intimate Partner Violence Victims, Maryssa Presbitero

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A Behavioral Analysis of Intimate Partner Violence Victims, Maryssa Presbitero

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Gender and Socioeconomic Disparities in Iatrogenic In-Hospital Torsades de Points, Bradley Reinoehl

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Formulated Ataxia, Alexandra Renner

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Veteran Suicide in the United States, Aubrey Reynolds-Erspamer

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Mind to Mirror to Life: Sexual Health from a Body Positive Lens, Kacey Richardson

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Paper Recycling Fiber Recapture, Erin Riley

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Examining the Effects of Time on Antibiotic Resistance Within Prairie Restorations, Haley Ritsema

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Senior Recital, Brody Roland

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Self-Disclosure of Stuttering to Various Social Referent Groups and its Relationships with Psychological Distress, Katrina Rourke

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High-Efficiency Transformation of Yeast by Electroporation, Lilly Ruell

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Worldwide Wonder: The Positive Impact of Academic Travel on the Education Major A Scholarly Personal Narrative, Katherine Rutherford

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Matching-to-Sample Using a Tablet, Karina Salazar-Ponce

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Remote Careers and Entertainment: The Shift from Gaming Console Entertainment to PC Capabilities, Jacob Sanderson

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Housing Prefabrication and Resource Optimization, Megan Scherpereel

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Manufacturing Granola Additives for Ready to Eat Cereal, Trey Schmitz

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Comparison of Pretreatment Methods for the Production of Ethanol, Emily Schulte

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Political Scandal and Party Identification, Michael Sekich

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Conditioned Place Preference with Low Dose Mixtures of α-pyrrolidinoipentiophenone (α-PVP) and 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalreone (MDPV) in Male and Female Sprague-Dawley Rats, Jakob Shaykin

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The Correlation Between Increased Social Media Use and Depression with Association to the Behavioral, Psychological, and Physiological Effects of Depression, Reem Shebrain

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Katie Short's Senior Voice Recital, Katherine Short

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Biological Evaluation of FDA-Approved Drugs as miRNA-31 Inhibitors using Real Time QRT-PCR and a Luciferase Assay, Nicholas Sienkiewicz

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An Examination of Barriers and Determinates Impacting the Healthcare of Kalamazoo County's Transgender and Non-binary Young Adult Population, Tyler Signorella

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Steam Valve Thermo-Performance Analysis, Turner Slaughter

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Extraction of Carbon Dioxide from the Atmosphere, Alison Soares

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Scope: A Senior Exhibition, Emma Somers

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Tale as old as time: research and renderings for tales of Beauty and the Beast, Jillian Stacer

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Global Emergencies: How Do They Affect Supply Chain Management Students?, Alexander Stratton

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“Space For All?”: An Analysis of Race, Gender, and Society in the Cult Classic Doctor Who., Liron Sussman

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Board Gender Diversity, ESG, and Corporate Performance, Novena Sutiono

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The Art of Making Paper, Kristen Theys

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Glut5 and Fructose Metabolism Inhibition in a Simulated Small Intestine Environment, Isabella Trainor

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Pre-Arrest Diversion Programs with a concentration on Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders: A Meta-Analysis, Koren VanderWeele

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Investigation of The Factors Related to Burnout in Foster Parents, Rachel Van Eck

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Design of Outdoor Residential Lighting Fixture, Jenna VanMarter

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Bridging the Gap: An Academic Recital for Solo Voice Featuring the Music of Underrepresented Female Composers throughout History, Keiley Vieau

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Establishing Auditory Discrimination and Echoic Stimulus Control with an Auditory Matching Procedure, Matthew von Holst

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Teaching Echoics to a Student with Autism: Video Model vs Live Model, Dana Waddell

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The Intersections of Art and Activism, Marisa Weller

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I Know It When I See It, Grace Wellman

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Soft Power and Human Development in Central Asia, Cheryl White

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The Senior Recital of Travis Leon Williams, Travis Williams

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Optimization of Cation Exchange Chromatography Purification of a Small Peptide: An Industrial and Practical Approach, Jamin Willoughby

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Mental Health Inpatient Hospitalization: What Nursing Can Learn From "Sensory Rooms.", Haley Wilson

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Music Theatre Performance: New York Senior Showcase, Emma Wineman

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Distribution Center Layout Optimization, Jonathan Worthy

Theses from 2019

Vibrant Statements: LGBTQ+ Multi-Disciplinary Arts Event, Michael Arellano

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Increasing Coated Recycle Board Print Quality, Brennan Augst

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Communication Debugging Platform, Husam Beitello

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Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Isolated from Michigan Birds - A High School Learning Experience, Cody Benfant

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Testing Resilience in Empower Success Participants, Megan Berichon

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Benefits of Doodling, Olivia Bevacqua

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Testing Resilience in Empower Success Participants, Taylor Birgy

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Changes in the Gata3 Gene Regulatory Network Was Necessary for the Evolution of Mammalian Hearing, Paige Blinkiewicz

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Analyses of the Feeding Strategies of Dugesia japonica and Schmidtea mediterranea Planaria, Emily Bolhuis

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A Descriptive Analysis of Drug Interaction Effects, Matthew Boss

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Think Greater than Soccer, Anthony Bowie

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Femicide in the News: How Newspaper Articles Represent the Killing of Women & Girls in Detroit and Ciudad Juárez, Danielle Branch

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Replacement of a Liquid Filling System for Corrosive Materials, William Breining

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A Detailed Documentation of the Design and Production Processes: Western Michigan University's Jesus Christ Superstar, Anna Brockway

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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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A Working Model for Integrating Two Basic Christian Concepts into Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Lauren Brya

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Knowledge Gap: Supply Chain Students and Employers, Kathryn Bules

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The Impact of a Neurofibromin Deficient Breast Microenvironment on Mammary Epithelial Cell Morphology, Megan Callaghan

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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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Financial Literacy: The Argument for Required Coursework Regarding Personal Finance in Schools, Maclain Canfield

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Syrup Process Optimization, Anelis Susana Chiluisa Calvache

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Marketing Plan for the Foundation Scholarship Program, Marissa Chupp

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A Comparative Study of Cryoballoon, Radiofrequency, and Laser Ablations for the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation, Amanda Croft

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Reshaping the United States' Anti-Trafficking Legislation: The Need for Uniform Reporting and Victim Rehabilitation, Bryant Cross

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Formation of Complete IMC Campaign for a National Client, Tatum Culhane

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Analysis of the Demands of a Student Athlete, Jaret Curtis

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The effects of anthropogenic noise on the spatial distribution of Field Sparrow song, Kelsey Cushway

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Food Insecurity on WMU’s Campus: Student Satisfaction of The Invisible Need Project, Ava Daly

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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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Reaching Residents with Rhetoric: Content Management Strategy with Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association, Kylie Davis

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A Case for a Moral Theory of Property: How Digital Copyright Reveals the Insufficiency of Hume's Pragmatic Justification of Ownership, Mattew Davis

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Rain Gardens: The Return of Ecosystem Services, Katie DeHaan

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The Macroevolution of Diadromous and Non-Diadromous Clupeiformes., Lindsey DeHaan

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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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Improving Efficiency of Manufacturing Cells, Conner Deneen

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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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Monkey Mind: Everyday Observations of Mental Illness, Mikhayla Dunaj

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Refugee Camp Education: Hope, Gaps, and Barriers, Allyson Dykstra

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An Examination of Western Michigan University's Financial Statements, Jordan Farrel