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 2018

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A Comparison of Frankenbrew and Traditionally Manufactured Brewing Equipment, Daniel King

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Effects of Weak Magnetic Fields on Reactive Oxygen Species Accumulation, Luke Kinsey

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Senior Recital, Jaron Kirshenbaum

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Implications of Theory of Mind, Feelings of Connectedness, Flow State of Mind Through Active and Passive Music Improvisation Experiences, Jessica Kociba

In the Beholding Eye, Rachael Kollins

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Home Run Probability Based on Hit Distance and Direction, Tess Kolp

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Improving the Pack Process, Jennifer Komorowski

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Pack Process Improvement, Anna Konstant

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Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption and Ventricular Function in Heart Failure Rats, Victoria Kras

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Becoming Your Brand, Blake Kuzma

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Guide to Understanding Catalonian Dissent: From Proclamation to Referendum, Andrew Larkin

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CIS 6400: Data Analytics Book, Rachel Larson

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Mechanisms of Sleep and the Brain, Doungbagai Leo

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Morphological mechanics: Studying the relationship between bill morphology and song characteristics in Field Sparrows, Annie Lilac

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Implications of Theory of Mind, Feelings of Connectedness, Flow State of Mind Through Active and Passive Music Improvisation Experiences, Rebecca Lint

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Marketing Plan for West Hills Athletic Club, Loai Maddah

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What's Wrong with the Tap? Examining Perceptions of Tap and Bottled Water at Western Michigan University, Lindsey Makos

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Stakeholder Theory in Ethical Business Decisions: The Case of Nestle, McKayla Marcola

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School Shootings: A Nexus of Adolescent Masculinity, Bullying, and Homophobia, Jack Marsden

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The Clothed Minded: Socio-Psychological Aspects of Dress Through Non-Verbal Communication, Cesia Martinez-Chavarria

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Optimization of Toaster Pastry Icing Preparation and Application, Rebecca Martus

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Tanapox: A potential oncolytic virus for the treatment of cancer, Joel Marty

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Optimizing Water Usage in a Cooling System, Alexander Maurer

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The Role of Social Media in Small Museums in Michigan, Kaitlin McGrath

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The impact of S. meliloti or other sources of nitrogen on alfalfa growth under osmotic or heavy metal stress, Claire Mears

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Nostalgia and Music-Evoked Autobiographical Memories: Salience and Content in Musicians vs. Non-Musicians, Taylorlyn Mehnert

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Do Global Diets Affect the Rate of Type 2 Diabetes?, Demetria Meyer

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Psychological Effects And Treatment Of An Injury On An Athlete: Suggested Treatment Plan for Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapist, Odell Miller

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The Effect of High Intensity Interval Training vs Resistance-Based Circuit Training, Matthew Monaco

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Business Plan: Consulting Firm focused on Manufacturing Digitalization, Edward Mulford

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Rotating Mount for Complex Fluid Flow Research, Kirsten Murphy

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Rotating Mount for Complex Fluid Flow Research, Kirsten Murphy

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The Influence of Predisposing, Enabling and Reinforcing Factors on the Solid Waste Management System. A Case Study on Kampala and Nairobi., Bethel Mwenze

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An Examination of "Jock Taxes" Levied on National Football League (NFL) Athletes, Charlee Nichols

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Implications of Theory of Mind, Feelings of Connectedness, and a Flow State of Mind Through Active and Passive Music Improvisation Experiences., Megan Nicodem

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Speech Naturalness Before and Following Treatment in Adults Who Stutter, Alexis Novelli

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Comparative Analysis of Impact of Ballistic Stretching and Dynamic Stretching on Power Output in Female Collegiate Dancers, Elisabeth Ohrnberger

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Implications of Theory of Mind, Feelings of Connectedness, and a Flow State of Mind Through Active and Passive Music Improvisation Experiences., Samuel Panicacci

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GDF-15 as a Biomarker for Glaucoma, Caylee Pattison

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Ministry with Community: Analysis of public relations issues and proposed solutions, Sarah Piper

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The Alaskan Experience: Providing Tax Assistance to Rural Alaskan Residents, Kayla Poole

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Effects of Muscle Activation on GDNF Protein Content in Skeletal Muscle, Ramsey Potter

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Design of an Electric Propulsion Thruster Breakout Box System, Ryan Powers

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Land, Air, Sea, Rover (LASR) - Unmanned Vehicle, Gabriel Prescinotti Vivan

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Consumer Perceptions of the Ocean Spray Cranberry Brand, Jill Puckett

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How does a 3-week nutrition course affect the eating behaviors of parents among migrant farmworker families in Michigan?, Keren Reyes

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A Written History of the Western Michigan University Department of Dance, Amy Russell

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Sexual Harassment of Biology and Biomedical Sciences Undergraduates: A Study on the effects of Larry Nassar and William Strampel, Kathleen Ryan

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The Role of Reactive Oxygen Species in Blastema Formation, Marcos Santiago Figueroa

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Affinities and Divergences in Existentialism as Represented in Camus and Sartre's Works, Brendan Sapato

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The Effects of Exercise on the Cognitive Function of Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease, Amanda Savitski

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Inter-professional Education: A Literature Analysis and Description of PACER Study at Western Michigan University, Kari Scholten

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Music Evoked Nostalgia and Mood States, Bailey Schulte

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Experiential Learning in Collegiate Academia: The Silicon Valley Immersion, Kirsten Settle

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The Use of Neurologic Music Therapy and Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation as Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease, Shaima Shebrain

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Do students feel safe on campus? A Policy Evaluation of the Clery Act, Amanda Sidwell

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Mastication's Effect on Middle Ear Muscle Contractions, Madeline Smith

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Where Are We Losing Them? An Exploration of Barriers to Buy-In of Higher Education Responsible Employee Policies, Danielle Snow

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The Importance of Athletic Trainers at the High School Level and Barriers to Hire, Nathan Southerington

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Positive Discipline as a Part of Effective Classroom Management, Allison Stevens

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The Proton Veto Project at WMU/MSU, Justin Swaim

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Compressed Air Systems Evaluation and Improvement, Lukas Swoboda

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The influence of plant modularity on the defense against specialist insect herbivory, Jill Syrotchen

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Discovery from Failure: Understanding Developing Countries' Battles with Poverty and Culturally Appropriate Answers to Them, Daniel Tennant

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A Four Year Moment, Hannah Truckenbrod

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Solid State Light Conversion, Jumana Turkistani

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An Evaluation of Physical Activity Methods of College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Justin Vagnozzi

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Waxing, Waning, Waking: A collection of poetry and prose, Brook VanBruggen

Senior Voice Recital, Brianna Van Houten

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Distillation Optimization in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Daniel VanZweden

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Planning a Year End Formal, Anna Volkman

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Optimizing Injection Protocols for a Plant Virus-based Transient Expression System in Tobacco, Stephani Walters

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Lee Honors College Mobile Application, James Ward

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Comparing RNA Interference Methods in Planarians, Gabrielle Watson

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Real-Time Neuron Membrane Voltage Controller, Joshua White

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Collective Memory and the Argentine Military Dictatorship: A Discourse Analysis, Caitlin Wiley

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Intercultural Communication in the U.S. and Japan, Annelise Wilp

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Perennial: An Undergraduate Thesis in Poetry, Austin Wines

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An investigation of the efficacy of corn cob hemicellulose as a gas barrier and dry strength agent on previously uncoated linerboard, Zachary Witherspoon

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Kalamazoo FC Social Media Plan, Brittney Wojcik

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The Implications of State Policies Regarding Funding and Accessibility to Planned Parenthood, Eboni Wooley

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Insertion of IL-2 Gene into Tanapoxvirus Genome, Helen Woyczesczyk

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An Overpayment and Improved Reconciliation Process, Logan Wright

Theses from 2017

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Implementation of a Biology Summer Bridge Program for First-Year Biology Majors, Madelyn Aittama

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Energy Modeling of Production Line to Produce Baked Snack, Ibrahim Alnaghmoush

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The Laureate; 16th Edition, Nicholas Alti

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An Analysis of Staffing Best Practices with an Emphasis on Small Business, Joshua Angles

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Low-Cost Control Engineering Experiments, Megan Arduin

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Precarious Positions of Femininity in Contemporary Literature: A College Course Creation, Ireland Atkinson

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Teaching Imitation to Children with Autism Using Most-to-Least Prompt Fading in Front of a Mirror, Giulia Avelar

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Relative Rates of Success of Students in Calculus I, Joshua Ayerdi

Bringing Life to a Biology Lab, Harrison Bach

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Going Beyond the Textbook: Revitalizing Culture in the Spanish Classroom, Sarah Basar

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Symptoms, Infectious Pathway, Treatment, and History of Rabies in the United States, Paul Beckman-Ellenwood

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Impulse Graduating Presentation of Erzsi Bernath, Erszebet Bernath

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Low Acuity Pediatric Patients Presenting Uncomplicated Colds and Nonspecific Upper Respiratory Symptoms in U.S. Emergency Departments, Margaret Berry

“Showing the Science and the Success of Music Therapy”, Breanne Bishop

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Amayra Short; Touch of Shadow (Creative Writing, Fictional Short Story), Jessica Blandford

A comparative analysis of regeneration among various planarian species, Marine Bolliet

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Explicit Programming for Icon Rings: Visual-Based Discrimination, Samantha Borowski