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 2014

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Investigating Adolescent Bullying Programs: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice, Amanda Waligora

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Catabolism of Inositol Derivatives in Sinorhizobium meliloti, Olivia Walser

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An Analysis and Application of Cultural Standards 2.1 and 2.2 from the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning Based on Firsthand Experiences Abroad, Victoria Ward

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Functional Variants of Metal-Binding Domains 5 and 6 of the Human Wilson Protein, Sandra Weitzner

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A Postmortem on NaNoWriMo: Analyzing the Creative Process of Writing Under Time Constraints, Mary Westveer

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Alexander Hamilton: Slavery, Politics, and Class Status, Sara Weyenberg

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Plasticity of Glomeruli and Olfactory-Mediated behavior in Zebrafish Following Detergent Lesioning of the Olfactory Epithelium, Evan White

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Social Media and Its Impact on International Relations: a Closer Look at the Benghazi Incident of September 11, 2012, Heidi White

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Neuroplasticity and Mindfulness Meditation, Richard Widdett

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Eternal Wisdom Boutique, Anndreisha Williams

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U.S. and Spanish Newspapers and the Coverage of the Land Campaign of Cube in the Spanish-American War: June 7 - July 16, 1898, Tyler Wilson

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"All That Jazz: directing a nonprofit vocal jazz ensemble", Elizabeth Wood

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Energy Efficient Lighting Analysis, Jin Yu Woo

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Sensor Technology for Supporting Independence Among Cognitively Impaired Elders, Kelsey Wright

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Lack of Medicaid Funding for Occupational Therapy Serving the Autism Spectrum Disorder Population Ages 0-5 Years, Nadia Yala

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Core Aspects of Curriculum Development: A Literature Review and Development of Program Handbook for Health Informatics and Information Management, Nicole Yon

Theses from 2013

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"Effects of a Specific Acetylcholine Receptor Agonist in a Rat Glaucoma Model", Maha Alfaidi

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Service Learning and Groundswell, Katherine Baran

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The Effectiveness of the Adult Tutoring Program in Increasing Reading Levels Within the Kalamazoo Literacy Population: a research proposal, Sarah Beu

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Behavioral Training Relations: Transferring behavioral contingencies from shelter to home settings through online enrichment., Alaina Birchmeier

Psychopathy and Ethics in Contemporary Society, Amy Bokros

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Secondary Analysis of Adolescent and Young Adult Sexual Health in Kalamazoo and Jackson Counties, Kayla Bolter

Effects of Phytoestrogens on LH and FSH in Male Rats, Tia Boye

Investigating Microbial Biodegradation of Pyridinium Ionic Liquids, Barbara Buehler

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Prevalence of Pregnancy Folkloric Beliefs Among Nurse-Midwifery Client Populations, Iris Aleece Campbell

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Rapid Test for Determining the Presence of Oleic Acid, Serena Chambers

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The Role of el Cid in Medieval Spanish Culture and Epic Literature, Emily Chaney

Behavioral Awareness Concerning Safety Among First-Year and Returning Residence Hall Students, Brian Church

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Senior Recital on Violin and Viola, Veronica Cieri

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Roman Religion, Medicine, and Disease, Stephanie Clark

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Effective Teaching Practices to Strengthen Outcomes for Students with Emotional Behavior Disorders, Brittnae Cole

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Residential Treatment of Adult Women with Eating Disorders, Chelsea Cook

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When Evil Met Science: Nazi Medicine and Eugenics, Ashley Corey

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Effects of Age on Induced Glaucoma in an In Vivo Rat Model, Robert Cox

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Smart Meter Technology and the Effects on Grocery Retailers, Cara Cremeans

The Effects of a Phytoestrogen Diet on the Presentation of AR and ER-alpha in the Epididymis and Testis of Rats, Katelyn Crim

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Differences Between Healthcare Systems in Costa Rica & the United States and How Those Differences Affect the Overall Quality of Healthcare, Carlie Decker

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The Implication of Patient-Based Interventions Leading to a More Effective Treatment of Anticipatory Nausea & Vomiting in Cancer Patients, Katelyn Delaney

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The Assessment of a Professional Career Development Course Curriculum, Amber DePree

Review and Analysis of Articles Published on Incentives in the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, Amber Derthick

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Entertainment News Production: A Case Study, Ashley Derthick

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Industrial Wireless Communication System for Notification, Jolica Dias, Devin Semrau, and Jumana Abukabbos

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Female Roles and Fan Fiction in Charmed, Supernatural, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Krystalle Double

"Evolution", Bryan Doughty

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Intraocular pressure measurements in a rat glaucoma model, Michael Doyle

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Vive le Proletariat: The 1968 Revolt of French Workers and Students, John Duhan

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The Importance of Anger Management Programs in Elementary Schools, Brittany Esterline

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Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Reactive Oxygen Species in Neurodegeneration, Leah Farina

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The Effects of Preprinted versus Handwritten SAFMEDS on Fluency, Samantha Fodrocy

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Physical Activity in Health Profession Students, Sara Haller

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Closing the Book on Libraries? Challenging the Idea That Libraries are Obsolete and Discovering Why They are More Important Now than Ever Before, Kayla Hampton

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The Effect of Classroom Environment on Student Learning, Ryan Hannah

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Horn Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries (Recital), Mackenzie Harris

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Beginnings and Endings: A Senior Voice Recital, Chelsea Helm

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Glottopoeia: A Case Study in Language Change, Ian Hollenbaugh

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Life in Space: An Introduction to Astrobiology, Sarah Hulbert

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Variations in the Wake: Essays, Kenneth Jakubas

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Physician Assistants: The Rise of a Career from a Missed Opportunity in Nursing, Madeline Jary

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Age-Related Changes in Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF) Content in Skeletal Muscle, Stephanie Jerger

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Early Career Theatre Production Portfolio, Emphasis in Lighting Design, Mara Johnson

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The Forgotten Pandemic: A short history of the 1918-1919 Influenza outbreak & the effect on Kalamazoo and Western State Normal School, Katie Jones

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"Immurare: on the other side of the bars - Cassandra Kaczor's Senior Composition Recital", Cassandra Kaczor

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Phosphorous Removal Process Comparison, Megan Kaiser

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Behavioral Intervention to Reinforce Correct Youth Employee Behavior at a Nonprofit Boy Scout Summer Camp: A Case Study, Joshua Kallen

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Ancient Egypt and the Middle East Unit, Grade Six, Joshua Kaylor

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The Process of Preparing a Historical Exhibit Involving Textiles: Conservation and Mounting Techniques, Emily Kelley

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The Effects of Eutrophication and Salinization on Methane Production in Urban and Rural Lakes, Rebecca Kiekhaefer

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Senior Flute Recital, Jory King

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"Ovar" come the silence for Ovarian Cancer Awareness, Amanda Klage

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Surgical Navigation Camera Calibrating Device, Shannon Kloha

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The Effects of Rating Accuracy on Treatment Fidelity, Joshua LaBeff

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Labor Support and Doula Care, Emily Lathrop

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The Nuclear Triangle: A Case Study in Nuclear Operations Policy, Jordan Lewis

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Impact of adoption of IFRS 8 on Quality of Financial Reporting of Foreign Companies Listed on U.S. Securities Exchanges, Qiqi Li

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Biracial Identity in Texts Read by Secondary Education Students, Jared Madden

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Physical Activity in Health Profession Students, Andrea Mahon

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Cattle Smuggling from India to Bangladesh, Elyse Malnekoff

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Investigations at the Fort St. Joseph Archeological Project Unit N25 W9, Erika Mammen

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Behavior Analysis: A literary comparison of the effective interventions of behavior analysis and traditional medical model shortcomings, Taylor Marks

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On the Margins: Racial Tensions Within Feminist Theory and Practice, Amelia Martin

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Rally Public Relations Marketing Plan, Caitlin Mathews

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Crizotinib: A Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor, Graham McLaren

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A Discussion of Ethics in Relation to Business and Non-Business Students, Casey Mejeur

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Audience Response Clicker Project, Joseph Meyer

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Hans von Seeckt: Reformer of the Reichswehr, Aaron Miller

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The Reaction of Small States to the Advancement of the People's Republic of China in the South China Sea, Michael Miller

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A Woman's Place is On the Stage: Outspoken Women in Jacobean Theater, Kaitlyn Mitchell

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Relations between oral pharyngeal size and kinematic measures of tongue related swallowing movements, Danielle Monast

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Interdisciplinary Health Fair and the Tendencies of Young Adults to Receive Follow-Up Health Care, Kaelyn Monroe

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When All Seems Lost: a Discussion on the Implications of Using Medicine for Scientific Advances, Rebecca Monterusso

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"'More Safe I Sing with Mortal Voice': The Bard, the Reader, and the Problematics of Creation in Paradise Lost", Benjamin Moran

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Secondary Analysis of Adolescent and Young Adult Sexual Health in Kalamazoo and Jackson Counties, Jenna Moreau

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Senior Vocal Recital, Blake Morgan

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What They Wrote for Me: a lecture-recital of commissioned works for solo violin, Charlotte Munn-Wood

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What They Wrote for Me: a lecture-recital of commissioned works for solo violin, Charlotte Munn-Wood

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Noise and Vibration Reduction of a Clothes Dryer, Daniel O'Hare

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"Integration of Math and Music in the Secondary Classroom", Brian O'Neill

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"Communicating Doors and the Actor's Product", Jessica Parsons

"The Living Building Challenge", Nicole Pascaretta

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Overall Nasalance versus Trimmed Selection of Stable Syllable Repetition, Jackson Peebles