All master’s theses completed and available to us at Western Michigan University since 1941 have been entered into ScholarWorks. Some may be embargoed or restricted by the authors and may be only available from on-campus computers. Print copies from earlier years are available through interlibrary loan. If you have any questions, please contact maira.bundza@wmich.edu.

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Theses from 2020

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Examination of the Impact of Contingent Praise and Monetary Rewards on Intrinsic Motivation and Creative Performance, Merrilyn Akpapuna

Opening Old Bottles in Search of New Wine: The Story of Imperial Modernity in Qatar with Special Reference to Gender Inequality, 1980-1994, Jassim Al-Nasr

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Social and Demographic Drivers Impacting Family Planning and Family Size in Buraydah City, Saudi Arabia, Sami Abdulkarim Alwulayi

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Agritourism Development in Southwest Michigan: Motivations of Agritourists and Operators, Esther Akoto Amoako

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Anacalypsis, Kristopher David Bendrick

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Testing a New Photovoice Model: A Meta-Analysis on Participatory Action Research Methodologies in Geographical Research, Nolan Bergstrom

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Metal Mayhem to Music Theory: The Use of Heavy Metal Music in Collegiate Music Theory Instruction, Weston Michael-Andrew Bernath

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Numerical Performance Evaluation of the Wooden Frame Structures with Adhesive Applied Connection under Wind and Seismic Loading, Sharthak Bhandary

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Counter Stories in Counterpublics: Exploring Documentary as a Form of Activist Media to Counter Reinforced Stereotypes about the Criminalization of Black Men, Tirrea S. Billings

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Singing in Synchrony: A Feasibility Study of Interpersonal Familiarity and Movement Synchrony in Group Singing, Sheridan Rockwell Brown

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Oxidized Phospholipid Regulation of Chronic Inflammation in Endothelial Cells, Cameron Scott Brutsche

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Putative Flagellar Channel-Lining Residues and Their Role in Filament Synthesis, Morphology and Stability, Troy Burtchett

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Field and Numerical Evaluation of Nitrogen Transport from Septic Systems in Surfical Aquifer Systems to Charlotte Harbor, Florida, Tanten T. Buszka

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Lower Limb Force Asymmetries during Landing and Jumping Exercises, Simon Cone

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The Portrayal of the Woman’s Suffrage Movement in High School History Textbooks, Michelle A. DeVries

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Spatial Patterns in Socio-Economic Factors and Rapid Repeat Pregnancies in Kalamazoo County, MI, Dennis Donkor

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Interval Training Using the Lactate Retention Method: A Pilot Study, Tyler M. Dundore

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Those Beyond the Walls: An Archaeological Examination of Michilimackinac’s Extramural Domestic Settlement, 1760-1781, James Cain Dunnigan

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Vehicle Performance Analysis of an Autonomous Electric Shuttle Modified for Wheelchair Accessibility, Johan Fanas Rojas

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Art for All: An Inclusive Curriculum for a Secondary Art Room, Michelle Ann Fuller

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Vehicle Velocity Prediction Using Artificial Neural Networks and Effect of Real-World Signals on Prediction Window, Tushar Dnyaneshwar Gaikwad

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Singing with Strangers: A Feasibility Study Examining the Effect of Interpersonal Familiarity on Social Bonding during Group Singing, Molly Grettenberger

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Distribution and Variability in Sulfur Isotopes within Paleoproterozoic Metasedimentary Strata of the Michigamme Formation, Upper Peninsula, Michigan, Beau J. Haag

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The Urban Morphology of Hyderabad, India: A Historical Geographic Analysis, Kevin B. Haynes

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Using Historical Maps for Contaminated Site Identification and Prediction, and Environmental Justice Implications: A Case Study in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dana Heusinkveld

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Creating a Distribution Model of Invasive Rusty Crayfish (Faxonius Rusticus) in Michigan Streams Using Publically Accessible Data, Robert C. Homan

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The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics for Place Value: Developmentally Appropriate or Not?, Sarah N. Hughey

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Optimized System for On-Route Charging of Battery Electric Buses and High-Fidelity Modelling and Simulation of In-Motion Wireless Power Transfer, Yogesh Bappasaheb Jagdale

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Exploring Song as a Reproductive Isolation Mechanism in a Hybridizing Population of Winged Warblers, Amy E. Janik

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Assessing the Robustness and Versatility of Nanojars for Anion Binding, Mia Lily Ann Jawor

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“Someone’s Got to Look out for the People”: Exploring Donald Trump and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Online Performance of Populism and Immigration Rhetoric, Taylor P. Koopman

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Effect of Implementing a Guaranteed and Viable ELA Curriculum, Christian Manley

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Creating a Transformative Visual Art Curriculum, Alison M. Marchbanks

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Incorporating Fine Arts into Online Education, Tosha Tessen McDonald

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A Framework to Support Automatic Certification for Self-Adaptive Systems, Ioannis Nearchou

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Fatigue Damage Characterization by Surface Roughness and Instrumented Micro – Hardness Measurements, Suraj Sanjay Nikam

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Flexible Capacitive Pressure Sensors and Triboelectric Energy Harvesters Using Laser-Assisted Patterning Process for Flexible Hybrid Electronic Applications, Valliammai Palaniappan

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Boethian Variations: Musical Thought in Sir Orfeo, Troilus and Criseyde, and Robert Henryson’s Orpheus and Eurydice, Joshua T. Parks

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Comparison of Optimal Energy Management Strategies Using Dynamic Programming, Model Predictive Control, and Constant Velocity Prediction, Amol Arvind Patil

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Development of a Finite Element Model of the Stamping Process to Predict the Natural Frequencies of Dimpled Beams, Varad Vasudeo Pendse

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Prediction of Isotropic Strain Hardening Material Properties Using Gradient Boosted Regression Tree Method and Hyperparameter Optimization, Darren R. Promer

Transition to Renewable Energy Generation to Mitigate Climate Change: Implications on Japanese and Indian Energy Policies, Vaibhav S. Pujari

Theoretical and Experimental Study on Thermoelectric Generators Using Liquid-To-Liquid Flow Ducts at a Temperature Range Between 10ºC and 100ºC, Sudarshan Rawale

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Evaluation of Autoreactivity in VH4-34-Containing Antibodies from Human B-1 VS B-2 Cells, Michelle E. Ray

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The Color Line in Communism: The East German Ministry of Culture’s Portrayal of Paul Robeson’s State Visit, Colin J. Rensch

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“College is Mandatory in Our Family”: A Study of Homeschooler Anticipatory Memorable Messages about College, Gina S. Reynolds

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An Analysis of Factors Influencing Chemistry Students’ Choice of Major and Career, Jennifer Marie Ribble

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The Influence of Environment: A Holistic Approach to Middle and Secondary Art Room Design, Leslie Y. Roberts

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Prescribed Freedom, Proscribed Freedom: Compositional and Improvisational Balances in Jazz, Andrew W. Saliba

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A Multiscale Thermomechanical Metal Additive Manufacturing Simulation and the Impact of Geometry on Residual Stress and Distortion, Luis Fernando Silva Velasco

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Can’t Stop: The Effects of High-P Sequencing on Fluency and Retention, Andrew R. Smith

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Changes in Gene Expression Profiles in Müller Glia Following Exposure to an α7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Agonist, Megan L. Stanchfield

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Understanding the Resiliency of the Kalamazoo Mall, Emily Szymanski

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binary, Jared Tubbs

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Cellulose Based Separator for High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries, Akshit Vaidya

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Mission Architecture Analysis: Exploring Long-Period Comets From Multiple Staging Orbits, Gabriel Prescinotti Vivan

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Developing Student Leadership: The Use of Programs and Methods to Build Adolescent Leadership Capacity, Jonathan D. Waldron

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An Analysis of Large Displacement Pneumatic Slug Tests for the Characterization of Aquifer Parameters – Guidelines for an Alternative Field Procedure, Madison E. Wayt

Skin Friction Topology in Junction Flow Affected By Upstream Rod, Bo Ching Wong

Theses from 2019

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Spatial Variation of Low Birth Weight and Its Association with Socioeconomic Status, Housing Types, and Accessibility in Kalamazoo County, Ahwireng

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Potential Implications for Music Therapy on Nursing Assessment of Patients with Dementia in Hospice, Akmuradova

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Chronostratigraphic Correlation of the Burnt Bluff Group across the Michigan Basin, USA, Al-Musawi

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From Mainstream to Fringe Conspiracy: Examining White Supremacist Literature Before and After the Civil-Rights Movement, Andres

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Gearbox Baffle Optimization, Arduin

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The Use of Music Therapy towards Social Development in Children with Disabilities: A Rapid Review, Bai

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The Selfie Phenomenon: Exploring the Evolution of the Self-Portrait in the Photography Classroom, Bentley

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The Use of High and Medium Resolution Imagery to Detect Agricultural Land Cover in Chinese Cities: A Case Study of Nanjing 2000 to 2015, Breidinger

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Planning for a Sustainable Future: Rethinking the Role of Bicycle Parking at Western Michigan University, Carlton

Electrodermal Activity during Dissonant Music in Musicians and Non-Musicians, Chapin

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The Wrongful Conviction Program: A Program Evaluation, Chlebek

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Assessing the Impact of 3D Printed Terrain on Teaching Topography in Introductory Earth Science Labs, Cockrell

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Evaluating the Effects of Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, and Calcium Concentrations on Dolomite Stoichiometry, Cation Ordering, and Reaction Rate, Cohen

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The Effects of Deforestation on Carbon Storage in Khabarovsk Krai, Russia, Cole

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Extending the Capabilities of Von Neumann with a Dataflow Sub-ISA, Cowley

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Postactivation Potentiation Effects from Maximal Isometric Contractions Performed at Different Hip Joint Angles, DeRosia

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Supporting Black Mothers at the Transition: A Collaborative Design Prenatal Coparenting Program, Ebanaya

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Intracellular Electrometer, Essenburg

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Synthesis and Characterization of Ion-Implanted Gold Nanoparticles, Fnu

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Effect of Caffeine Supplementation on Vertical Jump Performance, Heart Rate Variability, and Electromyography, Garner

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An Evaluation of Unmanned Aerial Systems and Structure-From-Motion for Fluvial Large Wood Sensing and Risk Assessment, Gerke

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Integrating Visual Thinking Strategies into Art Education: A Curriculum for the Middle School Level, Gibbs

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Inequality, Patronage, Ethnic Politics and Decentralization in Kenya and Botswana: An Analysis of Factors that Increase the Likelihood of Ethnic Conflict, Gordon

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Estimation of the Fatigue Life of Additively Manufactured Metallic Components Using Modified Strain Life Parameters Based on Surface Roughness, Grohs

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Portable Electrochemical System for Flexible Hybrid Electronics, Hanson

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PCR Analysis on the Effects of Alpha Synuclein Treatment on C6 Rat Glioma Cells, Helmus

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Training Functional Analysis Skills with Instruction with Video Modeling and Video-Self Monitoring, Hughes

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Thermal Maturation Modeling of the Michigan Basin, Hybza

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Police-Community Collaboration in an Upper Midwest City, Imbody

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Optimal Energy Management for Forward-Looking Serial-Parallel Hybrid Electric Vehicle Using Rule-Based Control Strategy, Jadhav

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Reconsidering ‘Soul and Body II’: Who is Culpable for Their Combined Fate?, Jaran

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Aristocratic Women’s Kinship Ties in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Flanders and Champagne, Johnson

Inconel 625 Additive Manufacturing Process Parameter Investigation on an EOS M290, Johnson

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Utilizing Geophysical Attributes to Investigate the Architecture of a Pinnacle Reef Complex, Michigan Basin, USA, Johnson

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An Examination of Flintlock Components at Fort St. Joseph (20BE23), Niles, Michigan, Jones

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The Meaning of the Civil War in Northern Religious Periodicals, 1865-1877, Joslin

Music Improvisation as Treatment for Adolescents with Anxiety: An Integrative Review, Julian

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Modeling and Simulation with Optimal Gear Ratio for a Forward-Looking, Velocity-Driven, Power-Split Hybrid Electric Vehicle, Kanap

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Relationship between One Repetition Maximum Parallel Squat and Jump Squat Peak Power, Klitzke

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A Kingdom of Co-Inherence: Christian Theology and the Laws of King Magnus the Lawmender of Norway, 1261-1281, Knackstedt

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The Boundaries of Modern Jazz Composition: Interaction between Tango and Jazz Music, Kozhevnikova