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 2020

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Influence of Reactant Stoichiometry on the Composition of Nanojar Product Mixtures, Ali Al Maamuri

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The Impact of First Child on Salaries of Women: A Comparative Analysis. (The gender pay-gap in Saudi Arabia, partly caused by women's greater social role in caring for children, can be improved by creating unbiased system such as equal compensation schemes wherein the human resource management would initiate what is effective to level the playing field and be fair to everyone regardless of their gender.), Khadejah Al Muhaisin

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Using a Progressive Time Delay to Increase Mands in a Child with Autism, Brielle Babcock

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Organized Caudal Photoreceptors in the Medicinal Leech, Baylee Bancroft

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Intervention Approaches and Potential Impacts of Nutrition Education in Youth Ages 3-14, Lauren Barnhard

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Atlantic Abolition in the Borderlands: the interesting narrative of Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua, Alexandra Bicknell

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Field Research Exploring Female Leadership Roles and Challenges in the Workplace, Grace Biddinger

Graduating Presentations 2020: Six Point Convergence - "The Neapolitan Regional Lady Swimmers", Will Brighton

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Interdisciplinary and Standards Based Curriculum Plan to the Theme of Fairy Tales, Alyssa Brouwer

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Aerodynamics of Wind Loading on Buildings, Kayla Burch

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Design of a Carbon Fiber Composite Monocoque Chassis for a Formula-Style Vehicle, Alexander Carline

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Graduating Presentations 2020: Six Point Convergence - Inner Workings, Jasmine Clark

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Adverse Childhood Experience Scores of Social Work Students vs. Non-Social Work Students at Western Michigan University, Grace Conrad

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Paper Recycling Fiber Recapture, Abigail Cortright

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The impact of vaccine coverage and exemptions on the resurgence of vaccine preventable disease: A review of the literature, Kara Costantino

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Development of a Flexible Printed Paper-Based Battery, JustOne Crosby

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The effects of involvement in religious practices on recovering substance users., Taylor Currier

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A Comparative Study of Security Systems at O'Hare International Airport and JFK International Airport, Violet Dagadu

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Periscopes: A Play Exploring Neurodiversity and Family, Noa Dahan

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Analysis of Diet Quality of Pregnant Women in the WIC Program Using the Healthy Eating Index, Taylor Dale

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The Effect of Pre-workout Supplementation on Fitness Assessment Tests, Kassidy Davis

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Senior Viola Recital, Kennedy Dixon

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Electron Repulsion Corrections to the Energy for the Ground State of Helium., Conor Doig

Pringles Chip Cooling, Austin Dosh

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An Analysis of the Potential Impacts of a Points Based Immigration System on Specific Markets, Claire Dziewicki

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Comparison of Pretreatment Methods for Cellulosic Ethanol, Michael Eaton

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Steam Valve Thermo-Performance Analysis, Benjamin Evans

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Effects of Biochar and Remnant Soil as Additives in Prairie Restoration, Jacob Evans

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Social Work Students' Attitudes Towards Using Yoga, Alexis Freed

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A comparison of traditional methods of osteological cutmark analysis versus the implementation of new-age technology in the field of anthropology, Kayla Genord

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The Effects of Music and Music Therapy on Inmate Behavior, Virgil Glew

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Fundamentals of Business - Introduction to Information Technology, Joy Goldschmidt

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Strategic Analysis of Knowledge Management Practices, Mason Gordon

Production of a Life-Saving Pharmaceutical, Lindsay Gubow

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ECE Senior Design Project - Cost-Effective DIY Electrometer, Benjamin Hahn

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The Effect of the Working Environment and Job Factors on the Western Michigan University Resident Assistant Position, Holly Harmon

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Understanding Individual Color Perceptions within Print and Digital Media, Morgan Haskins

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Bio-mass to Bio-oil: Direct Conversion vs Companion Coal Gasification, Gabriel Hayes

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Adobe Advertising Campaign Capstone, Ariana Hempfling

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Perspectives of Health Care Providers in the Dominican Republic towards Pregnant Haitian Women, Diana Hernandez

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Paper Recycling Fiber Recapture, William Hettel

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Design of a Carbon Fiber Composite Monocoque Chassis for a Formula Style Vehicle, Mitchell Hiller

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Student Loan Debt, Lauren Howley

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Reading a Literary Passage: Anticipation, Emotion, and Comprehension, Jacob Hurwitz

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Prevalence of Sexual Harassment among Nursing Students, Emily M. Johnson

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Cost-Effective DIY Electrometer, Emily R. Johnson

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Reinventing the Adtech Market: A Look into Corporate Awareness Campaigns, Leyanna Jordan-Brown

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Sign language usage in teaching Deaf children and student performance on Bahasa Malaysia Examinations, Dahlya Kamarudin

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Examining the Prevalence of Loneliness and Social Support of Undergraduates in Western Michigan University's Sociology Department, Michael Kemme

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Crude Oil Spill Response in the Great Lakes Region: Before and After the 2010 Kalamazoo River Enbridge Oil Spill, Marshall Kim

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White Supremacy Culture and Capitalism as Co-dependent Systems of Oppression, Allegra Kistler Ellis

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Tiny Homes as a Method to Increase Equitable Housing: Tiny Homes Detroit and Kalamazoo, Katie Kozlowski

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A Comparison Study of Naming, Kassidi Krzykwa

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Sunseeker Display and Driver Controller, Alec Kwapis

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International News from Differing National Perspectives: Spanish-speaking Newspaper Coverage of the 2019 Venezuelan Presidential Crisis Protests, Lauren LaLonde

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Manufacturing Facility for a Biopharmaceutical: Monoclonal Antibody, Allison Lemons

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The Effects of Ambient Light on Memory Consolidation., Jonathan Lo

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Understanding STEM Instructors’ Experiences with and Perceptions of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: The First Step towards Increasing Access and Inclusivity, Makayla Long

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Collegiate Dance Club Marketing Plan, Aubrie Malhoit

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The Rhetorical Functions of Levantine Burial Practices during the Chalcolithic Period: Form, Function, and Symbolism as a Pedagogical Tool, Moline Mallamo

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The Effects of AI on Children’s Use of Politeness, Pooja Mandagere

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Effects of Maternal Chemotherapy on Fetal and Childhood Development, Payton May

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Sunseeker Solar Car Display and Driver Unit, Conner McCarthy

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An Analysis of the Potential Impacts of a Points Based Immigration System on Specific Markets, Dakota McCracken

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Retail Merchandising with New Holland Brewery, Samantha McGrath

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Learning by Doing: How Higher Education is Innovating to Adapt to Students' Learning Needs, Megan Miller

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Parker Family Comprehensive Financial Plan, Max Murphy

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NCAA Athletes Getting Paid, Cari Padula

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The Evolution of the Slave Trade in South-East Asia, Rosanna Pathmanathan

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Sustainability trends in higher education: An analysis of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Jessica Poling

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Stimulus Fading on Teaching Receptive Identification, Dennis Pomorski

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A Behavioral Analysis of Intimate Partner Violence Victims, Maryssa Presbitero

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A Behavioral Analysis of Intimate Partner Violence Victims, Maryssa Presbitero

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Gender and Socioeconomic Disparities in Iatrogenic In-Hospital Torsades de Points, Bradley Reinoehl

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Formulated Ataxia, Alexandra Renner

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Mind to Mirror to Life: Sexual Health from a Body Positive Lens, Kacey Richardson

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Examining the Effects of Time on Antibiotic Resistance Within Prairie Restorations, Haley Ritsema

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Self-Disclosure of Stuttering to Various Social Referent Groups and its Relationships with Psychological Distress, Katrina Rourke

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High-Efficiency Transformation of Yeast by Electroporation, Lilly Ruell

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Worldwide Wonder: The Positive Impact of Academic Travel on the Education Major A Scholarly Personal Narrative, Katherine Rutherford

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Manufacturing Granola Additives for Ready to Eat Cereal, Trey Schmitz

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Comparison of Pretreatment Methods for the Production of Ethanol, Emily Schulte

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Conditioned Place Preference with Low Dose Mixtures of α-pyrrolidinoipentiophenone (α-PVP) and 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalreone (MDPV) in Male and Female Sprague-Dawley Rats, Jakob Shaykin

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The Correlation Between Increased Social Media Use and Depression with Association to the Behavioral, Psychological, and Physiological Effects of Depression, Reem Shebrain

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Katie Short's Senior Voice Recital, Katherine Short

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Biological Evaluation of FDA-Approved Drugs as miRNA-31 Inhibitors using Real Time QRT-PCR and a Luciferase Assay, Nicholas Sienkiewicz

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Steam Valve Thermo-Performance Analysis, Turner Slaughter

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Extraction of Carbon Dioxide from the Atmosphere, Alison Soares

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Scope: A Senior Exhibition, Emma Somers

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Tale as old as time: research and renderings for tales of Beauty and the Beast, Jillian Stacer

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Board Gender Diversity, ESG, and Corporate Performance, Novena Sutiono

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The Art of Making Paper, Kristen Theys

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Glut5 and Fructose Metabolism Inhibition in a Simulated Small Intestine Environment, Isabella Trainor

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Bridging the Gap: An Academic Recital for Solo Voice Featuring the Music of Underrepresented Female Composers throughout History, Keiley Vieau

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The Intersections of Art and Activism, Marisa Weller

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I Know It When I See It, Grace Wellman

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The Senior Recital of Travis Leon Williams, Travis Williams

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Mental Health Inpatient Hospitalization: What Nursing Can Learn From "Sensory Rooms.", Haley Wilson

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Music Theatre Performance: New York Senior Showcase, Emma Wineman

Theses from 2019

Vibrant Statements: LGBTQ+ Multi-Disciplinary Arts Event, Michael Arellano