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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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

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1984: Book Arts as a Driver of Thought Expansion, Kelly Brandon

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RePrinter, Christian Brower

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Teaching a Scanning Response to a Child with Autism, Katherine Burnham

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Using Video Modeling to Teach Functional Direction Following, Breanna Burns

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Enzyme Characterization of SABATH Family Members, Troy Burtchett

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Substitute Salvation: An Online Classroom Resource, Rachel Callaly

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Therapeutic Benefits of Certified Canines for Veterans with War-Related Trauma Disorders, Erin Caspers

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Extraction Studies of Toxic Multiply Charged Oxoanions from Aqueous Media Using Nanojars, Hartman Christian

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The Culture of Destiny: A Community Culture, Thomas Clinkenbeard

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Summer Bash 2017 Fundraiser Event, Tyler Connors

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Cultivating Cultural Exchange: Improving University Study Abroad Programs, Katherine Crawford

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The Benefits of Immersion in Learning a Foreign Language, Cassidy Crouch

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Hockey Data Analytics, Travis Culhane

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Next Generation Modular Oven Accessory Development, Samuel Dayton

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Cross Cultural Study of Food and CPG Products in a New Market: Case Study in the United States vs Thailand, Mariel Dehn

Dance Cross Training Benefits for Football Athletes, Tenille Dellinger

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A Comparative Study of International Airlines in the Middle East and the United States, Diogene De Souza

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A Collection of Short Fiction by Andew J. Draper, Andrew Draper

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Marketing through Social Media: Reaching Generation Z, America Edwards

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Dog Breed Discrimination in Criminology and Public Knowledge, Megan Ekkert

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Feed the Birds, Haley Ellis

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Comparison of Internships in the United States and Germany, Kelsey Ennis

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MAT Capstone Project: Big Band Album, Alexander Ensing

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Increasing Shared Attention in Children with Developmental Delays, Shelby Esman

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What roles does food Sovereignty play in exposing the consequences of globalization, and in conveying solutions to the consequences of globalization pertaining to food access in West Africa and U.S. Midwest?, Nia Evans

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Cross Cultural Study of Food and Consumer Packaged Good Products in a New Market: Case Study in Thailand, Savanna Everett

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A Study on the Order Fulfillment Process in Relation to the e-Commerce Industry, Joel Eyrich

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Toilet-Training a Child with Autism in a School Setting, Kristianna Ferrier

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Wild Freedom, Elizabeth Field

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Perceived Sources of Academic Stress in the Nursing Program, Iana Fontanilla

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How Autonomous Vehicles Are Driving the Future, Savannah Fragosos

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Gender Bias in Sports Media, Leia Fuller

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Social Media Marketing for Habitat for Humanity, Jordan Gallant

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Torsion Element Test Bench Design, Trevor Gick

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Delving into Multicultural Literature with Inquiry, Juan Gonzalez

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The Impact of Higher Education on Linguistic Culture in Senegal and the Midwest United States, Kelsey Gough

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Women Leaders in Marketing: Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling, Hallie Green

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Permissions between Creators and Users: An Investigation of Particulars in Privacy Policies for Mobile Apps, Abbigail Griffith

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Impact of Men's Shed on Social Participation and Health Outcomes, Joshua Grimmer

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I Was Taught to Yell Fire, Marina Gutierrez