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 2017

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Comparing Education and Policy Outcomes in Brazil, India, and South Africa, Sarah Allen

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Interlude: Pursuit of the Present, Emily Bartlett

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“Did It Change Your Life?”: An Evaluation of Student Growth on Western Washington University International Service-Learning Programs, Tess Bentley and Elizabeth Mogford

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Lipid Binding Studies of Blood Coagulation Factor VIII C1 and C2 Domains, Rachel L. Blazevic

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Effects of Contact Interactions in Molecular Bose-Einstein Condensates, Devin Crowley, Ryan M. Wilson, Seth Rittenhouse, and Brandon M. Peden

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Constrained Sequence Alignment, Kyle Daling

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Characterization of an Unmanned Aerial System for Detection of Wetland Methane Emission Hotspots, Andrew D. Falabella, John A. Lund, and David O. Wallin

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The Policy of Torches: Chapter I, Evan Frazier

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Exploring the Differences between Human and Machine Translation, Connor Freitas and Yudong Liu

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Postcolonial Citizenship and Identity in the Netherlands and France, Claire Harris

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Life and Death, Joan Houser

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Coal Trains and Home Values: the Effect of the Gateway Pacific Terminal Project on Housing Prices in Bellingham, Washington, Rose G. Howe

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The Effect of Electoral Competitiveness on Voter Turnout, Joel Jordan

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Unfinished Beliefs: Three Stories and an Essay, Adam Kane

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Theatre Makers and Social Issues: How Art Imitates Life, Marlena McHenry

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U.S. - Canadian Border Traffic Prediction, Colin Middleton

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Post-concussion Services in Speech-language Pathology: Awareness, attitudes, and training in concussion for currently practicing SLPs, Colin Misich and Michael Fraas

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The Impact of MNC Involvement on the Lives of Workers in Developing Economies of Latin America, Gabriel Moss

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The Albigensian Crusade: The Intersection of Religious and Political Authority in Languedoc (1209-1218), Alexis Nunn

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Childbirth Through Time, Quinn Rathkamp

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Magnum Opus: A Satirical Rock Opera, Alynn Sobolik

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Keep Calm and Learn O-Chem, Hope Spargo

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Increasing Sustainability in Global Supply Chains, Daniel Stuesse

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Gyno Girl: Power, Practice, Podcasting, Rosa Tobin

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Crime Blindness: The Impact of Inattentional Blindness on Eyewitness Description Accuracy, Claire Tyler

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Midwifery in the United States, Gwen Welch

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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Limbic Entrainment for Normalizing Gait in Individuals with a Recent History of Ankle Injury, Shawna Troupe

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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