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 2019

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Communication Barriers Faced by Female College Students (18-24) During Business Internships, Gail Foldenauer

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The meaning of song type: exploring behavioral responses of field sparrows to three simple song types, Eliza Foli

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Critique of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019, Katherine Fournier

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Facing Addiction in College: The Effects on Alcohol, Drugs, and Academics, Alexis Frazier

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Determining the Depositional Environment of Amherstburg Formation, Elizabeth Gaines

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Re-purposing a Dead Mall into an Art and Innovation Center, Veronika Gaska

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Property Management Software, Mariam Ghali

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Implementation Considerations for the Digital Bronco ID, Bryan Gilginas

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Business Plan for Southwest Michigan Trolley, Cynthia Glass

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The Effects of Attachment Anxiety on Trait Anxiety and Borderline Personality Symptoms through Specific Pathways of Emotion Regulation, Jessica Good

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Formation of a Complete IMC Campaign for a National Client, Caitlyn Gordon

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Childhood Trauma and Early Adult Engagement in Deviant Behavior: A Measure of Experiential Avoidance and Impulsivity Association, Angelene Green

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Isolation and characterization of a novel terpenoid from the needles of Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus), and its potential relation to climate change, Samantha Hack

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A Performance of Classical Trombone, Benjamin Hahn

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The Peaceful Transition of Spain: How Authoritarianism Became Democracy, Emma Haiser

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Effects of Stuttering Frequency, Speaking Rate and Treatment on Speech Naturalness in Adults Who Stutter, Emily Hausman

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Lightweight Racing Suspension, Colin Haynes

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United Families through Interior Design, Marissa Heintz

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“An investigation of the differences and similarities in purchasing behavior between the online and offline shopper”, Erika Hejl

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RN to APN Role Transition, Bethney Hernandez

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Speech-Language Pathologist Preferences for Treatment Types for Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Meeghan Hoose

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Optical Density Analysis of Sensory Neuronal Axons in the Olfactory Bulb of Triton-X Treated Zebrafish, Mariam Husain

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Trends in the Study of Indirect Procurement, Daniel Israel

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Characterization of the Speed bump Mutant in Zebrafish, Kendall Jablonski

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Generalization of Language to Everyday Conversations: An Aphasia Treatment Study, Anika Johns

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Food Justice: Growing Children through Growing Gardens, Lauren Johnson

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Comparing Prompting Methods for Teaching Receptive Identification, Laurel Jungblut

Graduating Presentations 2019 Dance Concert: Labyrinth We See Only Fragments, Katherine Kennedy

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Methodology of Topology Optimization, Naziha Khandoker

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Cross Cultural Volunteering: A Best Practices Guide for Aspiras USA, Lindsey King

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Virtual Hand Drum, Ross Kmet

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The Use of Nature as a Treatment Modality in Occupational Therapy, Lauren Koch

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An Analysis of the Developmental Enrichment of the Seattle Children's PlayGarden, Caitlin Koob

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Looking at the Effects of an Activation Loop Knock-Out in the unc-82 Kinase in Caenorhabditis elegans, Matthew Kornas

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Cloud Tectonics: A Footlight 2 Production, Cal Kreiner

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How do Israelis and Palestinians interpret their own histories as evidence that they have claim over Israeli held territory?, Jacob Kubiak

An Intimate Death Sentence, Arden Lapin

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Exploring a Child’s History for Optimal Treatment of Food Selectivity., Briana Lear

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Maternal Mortality in Southwest Michigan, Alissa Legacy

Maintenance Management System, Kristina Maki

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Modernization of API Production at Pfizer, Zachary Marentette

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Analyzing the Effects on Muscle in an Inactivated Catalytic Domain of UNC-82, Wenceslao Martinez Navarrete

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The Use of Life Story Interventions Between Older Adult with Dementia and Caregivers: A State of the Science, Katelyn Mater

Cross-mixing two historic techniques into one modern day couture dress design, Allison Mauriello

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accessibility at Drive-Through Restaurants, Regina McLeod

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Effects of Age and Exercise on Density of Sympathetic Innervation and Localization with Nerve Growth Factor and Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor in Vascular Tissue, Kori Mecklenburg

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The Correlation between the Microbiome and Neurodegenerative Disorders such as Alzheimer Disease, Aurora Mokris

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The Urban Development of Bronson Circle, Matthew Moulton

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Requirement Elicitation, Cameron Myers

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Renewable Energy-Solar Photovoltaic Business Plan, Brock Notter

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Generational Differences in Remote Work, Lauren Nowakowski

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Communication in Stormwater Utility Fees Across Michigan, Hailey Olson

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The Relationship between Individual Differences and Academic Achievement in Language Learning., Sofia Ovalle

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Stigma Mitigation Through Fine Arts, Kendall Owens

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Bones, Holly Palmer

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Separation and Disposal of Waste Rejects from Old Corrugated Cardboard, Bailey Papes

Rompiendo Paredes - We're here to stay: A film uncovering the struggles undocumented students face, Stephania Pardo-Juarez

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The effects of different types of virtual reality display on perception of a virtual presenter, Ferran Poage

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The Experiences of Hispanic/Latinx Graduate Students who Pass as White: Caught Between Two Worlds, Alyssa Proper

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The Effects of the H2-A Program on Southwest Michigan Farmers, Marisol Quiroz

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