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.

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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

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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