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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2019

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The Best Medicine: An Exploration of Laughter and Dark Comedy, Helen Anderson

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An Investigation of Plastic Ubiquity and the Redundancy of Waste, Barbara Avery

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Seeking Asylum: Immigration Law in the Context of Human Rights, Hannah Blank

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She Is: A Poetry Collection, Emma Braun

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Women in the First Crusade and the Kingdom of Jerusalem, Maria Carriere

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The Next Generation Science Standards: Saving K-12 Science Education, Kaitlin Caylor

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Memes and Metamodernism: An Analysis of a Medium, Epiphanie Couture

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Whose Decision Is It, Anyway? An Analysis of Modern-Day Jury Selection Processes, Macallan F. Craig

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Exploring Trauma, Healing, and Accountability through Music, Mieke Johanna Doezema

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Effects of Finger Taping on Forearm Muscle Activation in Rock Climbers, Brynne Dykes, Julianna Johnson, and Jun G. San Juan

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Robodoc: Ethics of AI in Medicine, Halley Egnew

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Women and Gaming Culture: A Pilot Study on the Experience of Feminine Individuals Entering the Video Game Community, Molly Engelberg

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One Nation Under God: Navigating Tensions Between American Culture, Christianity, and Education, Cassie Engvall

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Framing Feminism: How U.S. and French Media Frame #MeToo and #BalanceTonPorc from a Feminist Perspective, Kira Erickson

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Temporal and Spatial Variability of Carbonate Chemistry in a Tillamook Bay Tributary: Tracing Acidification from the River to the Bay, Abigail Ernest-Beck

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Negotiating the Boundaries of Solarpunk Literature in Environmental Justice, Kenneth Farver

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The Subject(s) of Feminism: Gender Identity, Emotion, and Deconstruction in Contemporary Feminist Politics, Gwen Frost

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Against the Grain: A Philosophical Case for Requiring Service-Learning, Not Volunteer Hours, Among College Students, Daniel Gallegos

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Protein Quality Control at the Endoplasmic Reticulum and Nucleus in Caenorhabditis elegans, Daniel Hassell

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The Birchwood Food Desert, Kate Haworth

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Quick Guide to Plant Families of Western Washington, Maggie Hayward, John D. Tuxill, and James M. Helfield

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Unpaid Arts Internships: A Personal Account on Gaining Experience with Arts Organizations, and Observations of Systemic Inequalities within the Structure of Unpaid Internships, Grace Heller

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Equity in STEM: Utilizing Student Experience to Better Inform Policy and Practice, Natasha Hessami

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The Old Leopold Hotel, Hailey J. Hoffman

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From Adoptees to You, Iris Hubbard and Saige Wilde

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Museums in a Shifting Paradigm: Defining a New “Traditional”, Cejay Johnson

Critical Environmental Theory: Examining the Mainstream Environmental Movement with a Critical Race Theory Analysis, Madeleine Jones

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Preliminary Impacts of Constructed Log Jams on Streambed Topography and Bed Temperature on the South Fork Nooksack River, Sam Kaiser

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Do Men Matter? In Statistics, Probably, Michael Kelly

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Women's Agency in Movements of Collective Violence, Juliet Knowles

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Rising Expenditures on Pets, Rachel Marsh

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Wildfire Education in Washington School Districts, Jessica Martin

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The Microbiome and Medicine: The Relationship between Early-life Colonization and Health Outcomes such as Asthma and Allergies, Madeline May

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Trauma in the Classroom: A Manual for Training University Faculty and Staff in Survivor Support, Laura Meerdink

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A More Sustainable Future: Energy Efficiency Policies in Buildings, Campbell Miller

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Public Meetings: Barriers and Solutions, Pauline Mogilevsky

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The Fuck is Going On? The Grammaticalization of Taboo Words in English, Laura E. Munger

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Diamonds and Toads: An Adaptation of Charles Perrault’s Les Fées, Jessi Pitts

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Tinder Tales: Examining Variations in The Process and Outcomes of Dating, Gracie Rauen

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Sustaining Our Communities Through Care and Action: An Exploration of Indigenous, Feminist Environmental Care Ethics, Kate Rayner Fried

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Friday Night Lights: A Photo Gallery Normalizing the Psychological Struggles Faced by Student Athletes, Sam J. Reardon

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Finance in the Fifth Dimension: Lessons in Logic for the Social Sciences, Dawson J. Sanders

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Understanding Empowerment Through Virtue Theory, Jane Somerville

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The Reason: A Young Adult Novel Exploring Efficiency and Artificial Intelligence, Kira Stussy

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Regional Textile Production: Mapping the Pacific Northwest Fiber Network, Caroline Vogl

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Library Strategic Planning: Impacting Change on a Local Level, Elizabeth Yarbrough

2018

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Persistence of Common Myths and Misconceptions Regarding Dyslexia Among Preservice Teacher Populations, Grace Barr

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Gender Discrepancy in Asexual Identity: The Effect of Hegemonic Gender Norms on Asexual Identification, Tori Bianchi

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Reimagining the Tennant Lake Interpretive Center: Needs Assessment Report for the Tennant Lake Interpretive Center in Ferndale, WA, Kaitlyn Boyd

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Runaway Slave Advertisements from Loyalist Newspapers of the Maritime Colonies, Sarah Elizabeth Chute

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The Construction of Disability through Historical and Modern Perspectives: Literature Review and Personal Reflections, Anna Crow

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Systemic Racism Curriculum Project: Site Mapping, Matthew Ferris

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Lost in Translation: How the Way We Talk about Math and Science isn't Helping Anyone, Jonathan Flynn

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Queer(ed) Monstrous Embodiment, Kyla Hupp Garlid

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Dissolved Organic Carbon Bioreactivity in Stream Environments, Rachel Geiger, Joe Lee-Cullin, Jay Zarnetske, and Tyler Hampton

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Development of a Monodisperse Oligomeric Hemoglobin-Based Oxygen Carrier for Acute Blood Replacement Therapy, Leah Huey

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Exploration of Peptide-Thiophene Hybrids as Self-Assembling Conductive Hydrogels, Ellie I. James

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The Athena Effect: Strong Womxn or Straw Womxn?, Alyssa Kaufman

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Using SEM Micrographs to Examine Hydrothermal Vent Samples, Ceona Koch

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An Analysis of the effects of Mocs1 upregulation on lifespan in Drosophila melanogaster, Michael Lee

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An Examination of Hippotherapy as a Tool to Deliver Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy, Madison Leidig

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On the Outskirts of Europe: Mikhail Glinka and his Spanish Overtures, Natalie Olivia Maeda

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Deblurring Images, Jamie McMullen

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Conceptual Metaphor and its Role in the Composition, Performance, and Consumption of Music, Loren Natario

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The Compatibility of Mindfulness-Based Therapy and Adventure Therapy for Effectuating Change in SUD Populations, Kelly Oberbillig

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Representations of Indigenous Cultures in Today’s Museums and Impacts on Cultural Tourists, Rachel Perkins

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Politics of Reproductive Justice: Planned Parenthood Activism in Shades of Blue, Red, and Pink, Sarah Petry

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The Goal of the Translator: Questioning the Impossibility of a Perfect Translation, Stephanie Payette Piccioni

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Understanding Sexual Consent: Examining Affirmative Sexual Consent and Affirmative Sexual Consent Policies in the College Context, Rachael Redjou

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Pills, Needles, Support: Spiritual Care Can Improve Communication, and Compassion in the Healthcare Industry, Emily Schneider

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Examining the Use of EMI in Primary and Secondary English Classes in Taiwan: Reflections on Participation in the WWU/NTNU Cloud Project, Leah R. Sharaby

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The Fear of Things to Come: Science Fiction Before and After World War II, Scott St. Clair

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Crab Tracker Documentation, Noah Strong, Margot Maxwell, Chloe Yugawa, and Elizabeth Schoen

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Failure to launch: A short history of health care reform in the United States, Claire Talbert

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The Energy Imbalance Market: Environmental Benefits of Regional Market Integration in the West, Kristen E. Tarr

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Family Experiences Related to Early Hearing Intervention Guidelines in Washington State, Rachel Tennant

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Factors Associated with Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting in Japanese Pharmaceutical Companies, Honoka Tsutsui

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Heroics 101: A Game of High Fantasy, Adventure, Intrigue and Schoolwork, Alexander Veneruso

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When Church and State Collide: Examining Belief and Determining Sincerity in Cases of Religious Exemption, Meghan Woods

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This is Not a Brain, Allison Wusterbarth

Musical Training Changes the Brain and Enhances Speech Perception, Anna Marie Yanny

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Cultivating an Inclusive Culture in STEM: Understanding the Role of Scientists in Shaping Diverse and Inclusive Communities, Tian Qing Yen

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Becoming Indigenous: A Story of the Moklen People, Olivia Zimmerman

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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Plebeian Adventures: Documenting Travel via Blogging and Memory Collage, Sara Kate Johnson

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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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Science and Society: A Creative Reflection Centering Perspectives of Emerging Scientists, Kelly Melville