All master’s theses completed through the Graduate College of Western Michigan University since 2012 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. We are in the process of adding digital copies from earlier years. If you have any questions, please contact maira.bundza@wmich.edu.

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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, Eugene Kojo Opare Ahwireng

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

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

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The Selfie Phenomenon: Exploring the Evolution of the Self-Portrait in the Photography Classroom, Sarah J. 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, Erik Breidinger

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

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

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

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

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Integrating Visual Thinking Strategies into Art Education: A Curriculum for the Middle School Level, Shelley K. 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, Rei Gordon

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

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Thermal Maturation Modeling of the Michigan Basin, Jack H. Hybza

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Police-Community Collaboration in an Upper Midwest City, Samuel Imbody

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Student-Provided Technology in the Classroom, Matthew LaFleur

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Mal_Functions for String Quartet and Live Electronics, Elliott Andrew Lupp

Model Based Development of Enhanced Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator and Effect of Thermoelectric Leg Length on eMMRTG, Swapnil Dnyandev Magdum

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Deep Imprints 20th-Century Media Stereotypes towards East Asian Immigrants and the Development of a Pan-Ethnic East-Asian-American Identity, Christopher Maiytt

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Understanding Individuals’ Perceptions of Oak Wilt and Its Implications for Invasive Species Management, Matthew Morrissey

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Depositional Facies and Sequence Stratigraphic Model for the Silurian Reefs, Michigan Basin, USA, Zaid N. Nadhim

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Virtual Realities in Archaeology: Employing the Oculus Rift for Artifact Visualization and Education, Jeffrey R. Nau

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Bedrock Topography Mapping of the East Leroy and Climax 7.5’ Quadrangles, MI using HVSR and Other Geophysical Methods, Tyler A. Norris

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Cisgender Fragility, Zachariah Graydon Oaster

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Wonder Women in a Superman World: Exploring the Memorable Messages and Communicative Approaches Women Utilize When Navigating the Leader-Member Relationship, Christine M. Packard

Design, Fabrication and Testing of 3D Printed Lab-On-Chip Devices for Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Applications, Piyush Prakash Pokharna

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Model Predictive Control Synthesis for the Innovative Control Effector Tailless Fighter Aircraft, Christopher Proctor

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Emotion Detection through Facial Feature Analysis: Towards Digital Support for Children with Autism, Vaishnavi Raju

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Training Set Density Estimation for Trajectory Predictions Using Artificial Neural Networks, Zachary Reinke

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Petrogenesis of the Eagle East Gabbro in Marquette County, MI, USA, Kevin Rupp

Plastid-Targeted Iron-Sulfur Carrier Proteins in Arabidopsis Thaliana, Manasa Bellur Satyanarayan

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Astrogliosis in the Adult Zebrafish Olfactory Bulb during Repetitive Peripheral Damage, Jackson Scheib

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Control Law Synthesis for Lockheed Martin’s Innovative Control Effectors Aircraft Concept, Cameron James Segard

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Using Remotely Sensed Imagery to Examine Changing Urban Land Cover Across Time and Topography: A Study of Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley, Rajesh Sigdel

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Contemporary Artists of Color and Non-Western Artists in the Middle School Art Curriculum, Katherine L. Stiffler

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An Exploration into the Controls and Extent of Capillary Rise in Fine-Grained Sand, Neal S. Turluck

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A Descriptive Analysis of Restrictive and Intrusive Procedures in Behavior Support Plans, Kelsey Webster

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Recipient Rights Guidelines: Assessment of Practical Interpretation, Patrick Wieszciecinski

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Curtis Otto Bismarck Curtis-Smith, Hollis Claire Wittman

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Habitat Suitability of the Mountain Pine Beetle in Alberta, Canada under Future Climate Scenarios, Nathalie Woloszyn

Theses from 2018

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Punks in the Church: The Relationship Between the Punk Subculture and Church in East Germany, Ruth A. Aardsma Benton

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Establishing Delay-Based Criteria for Installing Traffic Signals at Two-Lane Roundabouts, Oluwaseun Ayomide Adegbaju

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Spatial Effects of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on Poverty Reduction in Colombia: A Mixed Methods Approach, Mayra Alejandra Yat Aguilar

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From Architectural Design to Structural Analysis: A Data-Driven Approach to Study Building Information Modeling (BIM) Interoperability, Mohammed Aldegeily

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On WLAN Fingerprint Indoor Positioning Systems Clustering, and Classification for Enhanced Performance, Haider G. Al Glehawi

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Evaluation of Bike Boxes and Protected Intersections with Bicycle Signal Treatments for Improving Safety and Multimodal Mobility at Urban Signalized Intersections, Odai Al Houz

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Computational Study of the Nature of Tetrel Bond, Yama Aman

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Geologic Mapping of the Bronson North and Bronson South 7.5-Minute Quadrangles, Branch County, Michigan, Karl John Backhaus

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Pyrolysis of Plastic Waste from Medical Services Facilities into Potential Fuel and/or Fuel Additives, Bright Kweku Ansah Baiden

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Stereotypic Repetitive Hand Flapping Movement Detector Children with Autism, Subodh Ashok Bansode

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The Effect of Patterned Sensory Enhancement on Balance and Ambulation in Persons Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Brittany Barko

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The Role of Arts Education in Closing the Achievement Gap in High Poverty Schools, Deanne Basse

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Spectral Discrimination of Phragmites Australis at Different Phenological Stages in Saginaw Bay, Michigan, Trenton Benedict

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A Collection of Three Pieces for Solo Instrument and Electronics, Carolyn Borcherding

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Teaching the Soft Skills through the Arts: A Supplementary Art Curriculum, Brittany Boverhof

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An Evaluation of Domestic Violence Shelter Programs and Research Best Practices, Katherine Brown

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Evaluating the Efficacy of Convolution Neural Networks in Age at Deat Estimation Using 3D Scans of the Pubic Symphyseal Face, Melissa A. Brown

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Application of a Three-Lever Drug Discrimination Method to Differentiate the Interoceptive Stimulus Effects of 3, 4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone and 4-Methylmethcathinone in Male Sprague-Dawley Rats, Trent Bullock

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Limited by Design: Expanding the Boundaries of Schooling Policies from Demanded Passivity to Transformative Practice, Natalia T. Carvalho-Pinto

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Use of Fluorescein Dye for Characterizing Water and Solute Flux Across the Groundwater – Surface Water Interface, Ryan Nicholas Cascarano

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Enabling Robust Distributed Real-Time Hybrid Simulation Method and Expanding Its Applications in Floating Wind Turbine Systems, Mehmet Cinar

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Language Profiles of Children Who Have Experienced Complex Trauma and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Christel G. Ciolino

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College Self-Funding Predicting Deviant Behaviors, Blake A. Darling

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Exploring the Impact of Pretrained Bidirectional Language Models on Protein Secondary Structure Prediction, Dillon G. Daudert

The Effects of Combined Evaluative and Objective Feedback On Performance, Amber Derthick

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Forward-Looking, Velocity-Driven, Powertrain Modeling and Optimal Control for Continuous Variable Transmission, Paresh Deshmukh

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Effect of Social Feedback on Emotions and Preferences in Music, Megan Dillon

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The Passive Effects of Full-Gateway, In-Street Signs on Vehicular Speed, De'Lon Dixon

Immuno-Ligated Single Wall Nanotube-Impregnated Paper Strips for Biosensing, Wesley Exposito

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Liquid-To-Liquid Low Grade Waste Heat Recovery Using a Two-Channel Loop, Waleed Farwana

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The Sunlight Cycle, Michael Flynn

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A Survey of Perceptions and Professional Boundaries Between Music Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology, Jennifer Rose Fromius

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Peer and Self Reflective Evaluations; Benefits and Techniques Used in a Middle School Art Room Setting, Mary Garrod

Extraction of Runoff Sediment-Bound Inorganic Phosphorus Using Low Molecular Weight Organic Acids: Solubilization Kinetics and Speciation Dynamics, Katie Gaviglio

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Application of Handheld ED-XRF for High-Resolution Chemostratigraphy in Texturally Homogeneous Carbonate Mudstones: Salina A-1 Carbonate (Silurian), Michigan Basin, Matthew A. Hemenway

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The Effects of Gateway Width on Driver Yielding to Pedestrians: A Systematic and Parametric Analysis, Jonathan M. Hochmuth

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Professional Preparedness: A Satisfaction Survey for Music Therapists in the United States, Xueyan Hua

Variable Reluctance Virtual Torque Sensor for Automotive Applications, Vivek Iddum

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Maintaining Deck Profile in Steel I-Girder Bridges During Deck Placement, Ali Naif Inceefe

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An Examination of Age Labels in Music Related Dissertations and Theses: 2009-2016, Phillicia Jackson

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Exploring the Relevance of Art Therapy in Public Education, Brandy A. Jarrell

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What Provides for Me as I Provide for Others? A Study of Homeless Shelters Employees Within Kalamazoo, Michigan, Melanie Jezior

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A Structural and Stratigraphic Study of the A-2 Carbonate in Southwest Michigan and Reservoir Characterization of an A-2 Carbonate Gas Storage Field, Clayton Joupperi

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Organocatalyzed Synthesis of Epoxides from Chalcones Utilizing Amino Acids, Sabrina N. Kegeler

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Characterization of Pinitol Catabolism in Sinorhizobium Meliloti and its Role in Nodule Occupancy, Angela Irene Kennedy-Mendez

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Effects of Instability on Core Muscle Activation in a Side Bridge, Erin E. Kishman

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Geochemical and Petrological Investigation of the Prospective Ni-Cu-Pge Mineralization at the Echo Lake Intrusion in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, USA, Alexander J. Koerber

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Interannual Variations of Snowfall in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and Impacts of Local and Remote Meteorological Conditions, Nirjala Koirala

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Design of a Portable Biogas Purification and Storage System, Anilkumar Kosna

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Control-Oriented Automatic Transmission- Based Powertrain Modeling and Simulation with Judder, Harshal B. Kundale

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A Comparison of Alternative Route Alignments for the North Country Trail Through Calhoun County, MI, Whitney K. Lambert