An Honors Senior Project is required for graduation through the WWU Honors Program. The Senior Project serves as a “capstone” experience, synthesizing what students have done in their entire education, including but not limited to their work in the major and in Honors.

The term, Senior Project, is vague, and for a reason. The term “Senior Thesis” is easily available, but it is one the WWU Honors Program deliberately has avoided. While the project must be “product oriented,” i.e., there must be something tangible at the end of the process, it may be a long paper, that is a thesis, but it may also take several other forms, e.g., a recital, a painting, an album, a bound book, all of which have been quite successful senior projects.

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Submissions from 2016

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Operation Innovators: A Systematic Review of Experienctial Learning Opportunities Within the Western Washington University Honors Program, Elise Aylward

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Study of the Effect of Hip Flexibility on Maximal Oxygen Consumption and Stride Lenghth During an Incremental Treadmill Test in College-Aged Individuals, Kailey Barnette

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Soil Conditions and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungal Spore Abundance and Distribution in Dewatered Reservoir Sediments after Dam Removal, Kari Clausen

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Cultural Sensitivity Education Offered by Western Washington University for Global Southern Study Abroad Programs, Danielle Crow

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The Economic Impacts of Cross-Border Retailing, Daniel Edgel

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Fish Abundance and Habitat Recommendations of the Lake Whatcom Tributaries, Ariel Edwards

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Why English? A Defense of the Humanities in the Midst of STEM Promotion, Madison Elmenhurst

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Honors Senior Project: Painted Portraits, Justice Fox-Hille

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Altruism and You: Demographic Predictors and Practical Application, Margaret E. Herbert

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Sehome Hill Arboretum Trail Decommissioning Follow Up, Calvin Heslop

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Spanish News Framing of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Ariana Hoyer

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Curriculum Development, Courtney Knox

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Effects of Microfinance Penetration Rates on Education Participation, Samuel W. Martinez

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Nickel Phosphide on Boron-Doped Alumina: New Catalysts for Heteroatom Removal Reactions, Catherine E. Miles

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Reworking the Structure of Sexual Education Sessions at Western Washington University, Isabella Ramos Miller

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Malignant Gliomas: A Case Study, Bonnie R. Sullivan

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HNRS 400: Implementing a Capstone Research Course for the Western Washington University Honors Program, Courtney Telloian

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Summer Climate and Western Spruce Budworm Outbreaks in the Pacific Northwest, Melinda Vickers

Submissions from 2015

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Fiberglass Composite Repairs Presentation, Brad Fenbert and Ian Saksa

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Attunement in the Estuary, Ian Ferris

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A Theory of Luck or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Make My Own Career, Cole Paramore

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The World Before Calculus: Historical Approaches to the Tangent Line Problem, Lindsay Skinner

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Cochlear Implants: A Multi-perspective Look at a Powerful Controversy, Ruth Tag

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Music and Medicine, Thomas Zink

Submissions from 2014

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Jodie Dallas Has Left the Closet: Television’s First Regularly Occurring Gay Male Character and What He Had to Say About His Time, Brittnie Bigelow

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The Gender Wage Gap and Child Poverty: A Statistical Analysis, Kristine Farwell

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A Political History of the Kingdom of Jerusalem 1099 to 1187 C.E., Tobias Osterhaug

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Toe Running: The Good, The Fad, and The Ugly, Molly Quinn-Shea

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A Work in Progress: Auto-Ethnography, Subversize Discourse, and Fandom, Sarah Reif

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A Comparison of Two Statistical Tests for Interaction in Genetic Data, Clair Smith

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Stuttering Therapy Via Telepractice in Kenya: An Overview, Michaela D. Stevenson

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Mechanical Testing of Artificial Muscles, Maggie Walsh

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The World As Seen Through Award-Winning Photos: How Photojournalism Contests Contribute to Geographical Stereotypes, Brooke Warren

Submissions from 2012

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/ɡizəskɪfi/ (Give Me a Clue) - Linguistic Features of Scottish Accents and Dialects, Sarah Knudsen