An Honors Senior Project is required for graduation through the WWU Honors College. 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 College 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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A Field Guide to Jezero Crater, Mars, Lee Adair

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Learning by Trowel and Error, Kayla Alvarado-Hogan

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Gifted Genes: An Investigation of College Student Perceptions of Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Kits, Kate Amos

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'Wokespeak' Woes, Natalie Anderson

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Wrestling with Restoration: How We Can Restore an Ever-Changing Planet, Anna Arensmeyer

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Dark Patterns: How Interaction Design Turned to Deception, Ian Bansenauer

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Travel in Southeast Asia, Adah Barenburg

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Connections: Youth Suicide Prevention and Awareness, Catherine Baxter

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Exploring Methods of Collecting Accessibility Feedback, Selah Bellscheidt

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Why Art and Design Matters, Leah J. Berkowitz

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Questioning Complacency: An Analysis of Sustainability to Foster Innovation, Alexandra M. Bierman

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The Vampire Tapes, Emily Bishop

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Kingdom of Fear: A Dark Fantasy Novel, Katie Borley

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The Cross and the Coat Hanger: Catholics for a Free Choice and the Rise of a Religious Movement, Claire Elizabeth Brady

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Western Washington University Students’ Relationships, Sexual Behaviors, and Experiences of Intimacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Avia Breiter

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The Utopian Range - Short Climate Fiction, Kai Broach

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The Myth of Meritocracy: Factors Explaining Belief in Meritocracy Within the United States, Kaley Burg

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WHAT IS POLITICAL SCIENCE? What a Disciplinary Archipelago Says about Political Scholarship and Academia as a Whole, Warren Burroughs

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Buenvivir - The Politics of Living Well, Jeremy Caldeira

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The Author's Gauntlets: The Writing, Editing, and Publishing Process of a Novel, Robert Clifton

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Effects of orthographic silent ‘l’ on preceding vowel duration, Sylvia Cohen

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The Mountain In Our Backyard, Jordan Craft and Nathan Knoch

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Holocaust Distortion and the COVID-19 Pandemic, Lyric Crane

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The Secret Life of Diatoms: An Exploration of the Fascinating World of Diatoms through the Art of Printmaking, Zofia Danielson

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10-50: Addiction and Confinement in Whatcom County, Kaitlyn Davidson

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Measuring mtDNA in Drosophila, Lola Demurger

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The Evolution of 'Homo'-nity: An A to Z from Erectus to Sapiens, Hailee Desrosier

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Dust, Asher Didier

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Honors Pathways and Curriculum Structure, Sebastian Doll

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Bootstrapping the Likelihood Ratio Test To Determine Change Points, Lili Donovan

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Paper Butterflies, Cali Dorszynski

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Advancing Technology & Digital Lifestyles: Facilitating a Group Independent Study, Kailey Droz

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The Interdisciplinary Study of Genetically Modified Salmon and Their Effects on the Environment and Indigenous Communities, Victoria Fair and Kaydee Mittleider

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Adapting to Challenges: K-12 Education in the time of COVID, Connor Farrand

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Untitled Novel on Indoctrination and Mentorship, Jacquelyn Ferris

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Whump, A+ Parenting and Fantasy Racism: Trauma Narratives in Marvel Fanfiction, Sadie Fick

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An Honest Man: Short Fiction, Hannah Fraley

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Don't Judge Me: Declining Judicial Independence in Hungary and Poland, Jonathan Freeberg

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Audience Accessibility- A Study into PAC Infrastructure Renovation, Ariana Gant

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Terribly Timely Tariffs, Calvin Golliver

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Fair Folk, Jamie M. Good

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Dungeons and Disorders: Destigmatizing the Mental Health Conversation, Wren Hart

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Pursuing Faith in Good Science: A Neuroscience Student's Argument for Including Science in Spirituality, Savannah A. Hastings

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Reflections on a Qualitative Public Health Study: The Experience of College Students with Type 1 Diabetes During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Isaac Heiman

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Breeding Sweet Corn for Vitamin A, Sam Herr and Dan Pollard

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Fragments of a Soul, Angelina Hinojosa

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Synthetic Development of Carbodiimide-Containing Polymers as Precursors to Guanidine-Based Covalent Adaptable Networks, Hayden Houck

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VULNERABILITY, Tee Ing

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Dean Winchester's Borderlands, Megan Jenkins

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The effect of polyunsaturated aldehydes on zebrafish larvae heart rate and mortality, Soraya Jessa

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Cannabigerol causes a CB1 receptor-dependent reduction in food consumption and weight gain, Jack Jones and Josh Kaplan

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To Remember You By, Tesla Kawakami

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White Lies Matter: The Evolution, Persistence, and Impact of Scientific Racism, Kim Keay

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Physical properties of Brackett Emitters in the APOGEE DR17 Catalog, Elliott Khilfeh, Hunter Campbell, Kevin R. Covey, Marina Kounkel, and Richard Ballentyne

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King of Swords, Hannah Kimble

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Trouble Sitting Still Disorder: ADHD Through the Social Model of Disability, Rey Kistler

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Software as a Tool not a Master, Dalton Leif Lange

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Honors Peer Mentorship: A Guide to Sustaining Community in the Institution, Silvia Leija Rosas

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Characterization of Carbon Fiber PEKK Thermoplastic Prepreg for Process Modeling, Tanner M. Leo

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Extraction and Interpretation of Fatty Alcohols in the Chuckanut Formation, Ellis Lower

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Blood Coagulation Factor IX: Purification, Isolation, Activation, Alex MacNeil

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Indel Mapping, Lilu Martin

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You, Me, and the Rise of the American Serial Killer, Keyana Marie McCain

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Chemical and Physical Tailoring of Guanidine-based Covalent Adaptable Networks, Kate A. McConnell and Michael B. Larsen

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Stonewalls and Statues: A Personal Exploration of Memorialization Culture within the United States, Petra McDonnell-Ingoglia

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Audio Engineering, Sound Production, and Cultural Documentation Portfolio, Christian Michael McGovern

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Queering The Birth Experience: Documenting Queer Individuals' Labor & Delivery Experiences, Caitlin Laura Jessica Millard

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Tacoma and Health? An honors capstone project exploring the social stratification impacts on the health and well-being of Tacoma communities, Natalie Miller

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Disrupting Social Order: Proposed Mechanisms to Altering Societal Perceptions on the Outcomes of Trauma in Veterans Diagnosed with PTSD, Clairiz Nel

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It’s Awe-Fully Familiar: The Effect of Awe on Familiarity with Virtual Reality, Cassidy Ochadleus, Charissa Kirby, and Christie Scollon

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Khahir: A Constructed Language, Kate Panza

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It's the Holiday Rom-Com Season, Mariah Perez

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Unmasking Climate Change: How the Impacts of Global Warming Alter Disease Spread and Discovery, Ellie Potts, Andy Bunn, and Adam Wright

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Growing Through Climate Change: Food and Farm Resiliency Post-Disaster, Sarah Quenemoen

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Coach Otto: Creating a Program to Program Weightlifting, Haylee Rawdin

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Moira: A Star Wars Story, Sheila I. Richardson

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Making Upper-Level Math Accessible to a Younger Audience, Allyson Roller

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Improving Student Outcomes in Introductory Formal Logic, Bryce Rosenwald

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The Influence of Intergenerational Trauma on Epigenetics and Obesity in Indigenous Populations: A Systematic Literature Review, Krista Schafte

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All Creatures Great and Small: The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Veterinary Medicine, Amelia Schlemmer

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Aramark and the Prison Industrial Complex, Katie Jayne HengQin Scoles

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In the Flowers: A Novella in Progress, Rachel Seick

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Can Women Science?: A Climate Survey to Address Gender Inequity in WWU’s Geology and Physics/Astronomy Departments, Raina Shaw

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Alga of My Eye, Determining the Ability of Palmaria palmata to Bioaccumulate Metals, Cameron Smith

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Family, War, and Identity, Claire E. Smith

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The Evil Genius of the Brassica Genus: an investigation of the chemical cross-talk between Aspergillus nidulans and non-host seeds, Emma Smith

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The Student Spect-Actor: Embodying Community Through Theatre, Aidyn Stevens

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Cupid’s Arrow: A Tale of a Complex and Dynamic Protein, Nadine Tietz

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No Place Like Homeskillet, Kai Uyehara

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Video Games, Theatre, and the Modern Oral Tradition, Madeline Virtue

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About the Dark Times: Poetry for the Miocene, Nadine Waggoner

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The History, Drivers, and Social Issues of the Cottagecore Movement, Mason M. Waller

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Christians and the Irreligious: What is Associated with Religious Bias Between Groups?, Lucas Wall

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Gender Through Time and Culture, Kate Wick

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Kerameikos: Death, Life, and the Vessel, Allison Rebecca Yarbrough

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Raising Canes: Crafting Disability Narratives, Charlotta Abernathy

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Everybody Watched and Watched: Illustrations for a Preschool Journal, Sylvie Spencer Ackroyd

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Trade Bait: Season 3, Ben Bagley

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The Joy of Cooking with OTs: A Visual Guide, Sarah Baker

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Building Better Business: Creating Socially, Environmentally, and Economically Sustainable Businesses, William Barror