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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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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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

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More Than Meets the Eye; Accessibility of Scientific Information Through Art, Rachael Barrows

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The Graph Menagerie: An exploration of the intersection of math, biology, and art, Maggie Barry

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“It’s Love Island, Not Friend Island”: Authenticity and Surveillance in Reality TV, a Literature Review and Content Analysis, Laura Sarie Beaty

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Tracking Our Progress Through the COVID-19 Pandemic, Alexandra Bogacz

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Transcribing Ragtime for Guitar, William Brehm

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Empathy-Based Education in the Modern Zoo, Annika Brinkley

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Insulin: Roles and Functions in Biochemistry and U.S. Healthcare, Mia Brinkley

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The Marine World: Its Misrepresentation in Popular Depictions, Ryan T. Brubaker

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A Morphosyntactic Analysis of Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓: Pronominal Argument Hypothesis, Clitic Behavior, and the Syntactic Representation of Non-Colonizer Languages, Jessalyn Campbell

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Protein Composition: Translating Amino Acid Sequences into Music, Melody Campbell

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Out of the Dark: short fiction - works in progress, Ruthie Carroll

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Running Whidbey: The Physiological and Psychological Impacts of a 60 Mile Ultramarathon, Bree Daigneault

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Orthodoxy and loyalty: An exploration of electoral volatility as experienced by religious political parties in Israel and the Netherlands, Bryant Donner

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Design Portfolio for The Tri-Cities Homestead 2.0: A Second Look at a DOE Solar Decathlon Net Zero Home Design, Talia Dreicer

Long-Term Memory for Associative Conditioning and Glutamate Receptor Expression, Kaitlyn Dybing, Waleed Faruqi, Janie Aguilera, Roma Zakos, Lina Dahlberg, and Jacqueline K. Rose

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College students’ experiences of sexual violence at Western Washington University, Zoë Evans-Agnew

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The Internet never forgets: Student journalists meet the "Right to be Forgotten", Emily R. Feek

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Facial Action Coding System and Induced Compassion, Camille Fogel

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'Where Are You From?': The Asian American PNW University Experience Through Poetry, Veronica Anne Francisco

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Development of a Separation Solution for Braided Polyester/Polyolefin Ropes and Lines, Stefan Fricke and Robbie Huton

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Where, Wheat, When?, Natalie Furness

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Structural Analysis of Protein-Peptide Interactions, Melody Gao

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Radioactive Future, Avery Garritano

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La Résistance: An Original Screenplay, Luke Griffin

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The Mountain and Me: Memories, Expressions, Reflections, Corey Griffis

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Indium Oxide-Based Catalysts for Solar Fuel Generation, Ryan Hagmann

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hello_world: a new, not-quite-animated story (first draft), Jack Harbick

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Reimagining Financial Literacy, Serafima Healy

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Recontextaulizing Literature: A Podcast Project Dedicated to Celebrating and Broadcasting the Voices of Indigenous Authors and Storytellers, Xavier Hickey

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Mulan's Sisters on the Steppes of Inner Asia, Zoe Hoff

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Authentic Representations of Youth Who Stutter: An Analysis of Children's and Adolescent Literature, Claire Elizabeth Howerton

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Estimating the Denitrification Rate in Hood Canal using Water Circulation, Spencer Johnson

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Wonder Women, Zoe O. Johnson

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Speaking My Truth: Voices and Portraits of Honors Students of Color, Leah Kerbs

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Challenging Deficit Discourses: Human Services and Trauma-Informed Practice, Brielle Lamphere

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Whose Water is it Anyway?: The Adjudication of Water Rights in the Nooksack Watershed, Emma Ledsham

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Redox-Active Coordination Complexes for Small Molecule Activation with Environmental Applications, Hanalei Lewine

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Dreams: the phenomenon explored through scientific, spiritual, and subjective perspectives, Hayden A. Mayer

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A Neural Network Approach to Identifying YSOs and Exploring Solar Neighborhood Star-Forming History, Aidan McBride, Ryan Lingg, Marina Kounkel, Kevin Covey, and Brian Hutchinson

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Zooming In on Teletherapy: The Benefits and Challenges of Virtual Speech, Language, and Aural Therapies, Brianne McCaslin

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Personal Reflection on 'Boy Crazy: A Screenplay About Gay Fanfiction, Queerbaiting, and Asexual Identity', Luci Mintiero

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Changing the World One Play at a Time; The Intersectionality of Theatre and Activism, Joe Moore

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Ecuador’s Amazon, Rights of Nature, and the Dilemma of the 2008 Constitution, Olivia Moore

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Voting Your (Home)values: an Empirical Assessment of Homeownership and Voting Patterns in Seattle, Carter Fredrick Morfitt

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Catcher and the Fry: Ecology, Power, and My Life with Salmon, Olivia Mueller

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Contamination in the Upper Columbia: Smelting and Its Impact to the Environment and Human Health, Brenden Murphy

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What you wish your partner knew: A mixed methods study on Western Washington University students' sexual satisfaction, Kess Nelson

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Realization: A Short Story Collection for an Existentially Confused World, Payton Nguyen

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No Strife in Reslife: Creating a survey to measure Resident Advisor stress over time, Isaac Nicholl

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Living With It: A Patient’s and a Biochemist’s Perspective on Kidney Disease; A Historical Review of Alport Syndrome, Jacob Olson

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To Remember Even This, Jessica Oravetz

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Depression Symptoms of College Students During COVID-10 and the Universities’ Response, Anamika Paulay

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Reflections on setting up the Cyber Range Intrusion Detection System, William Pearson

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Multifunctional Polymer-Nanoparticle Composites for Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Applications, Aliandra E. Pierce, Samantha A. Patrick, and Steven R. Emory

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Left to Their Own Devices: A Social Marketing Campaign, Kathryn Poole

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Spike Protein Antibody Interactions Elicited by the SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine, Meghan Quinlan

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Structure of Blood Coagulation Factor VIII in Complex with Anti-C2 Domain Inhibitory Antibody, Estelle K. Ronayne, Shaun C. Peters, Joseph Gish, Celena Wilson, H Trent Spencer, Christopher B. Doering, Pete Lollar, P Clint Spiegel Jr., and Kenneth C. Childers

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Montessori Approach in Public Schools, Sara Ronen

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A Legacy of Lies: Examining Donald Trump’s Record-Breaking Dishonesty, Sophie Sceats

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Wandering Whatcom Falls, Hailey Schmidt

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The Possible Presence of Mycorrhizae in the Chuckanut Marsh Wetland and the Lamentable Absence of Personality in Scientific Communication, Evangeline Schmitt

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Iterative Screen Printing: Finding Tactile Respite Within Remote Collaboration, Mercedes Schrenkeisen, Rae Baitx, and Robin Goodwin

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Not Racist Is Not Enough: Actionable Antiracism for White People, Cora M. Shields

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Devising as Drama Therapy: An Experiment, Erin Smith

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Quasipositive Braids and Ribbon Surfaces, Rachel Snyder

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Environmental Impact Assessment: Nuyakuk River Small Scale Hydroelectric Project, Reed Squire, Amy Owen, Jessica Ngo-Ly, and Tyler Sanderson

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Despite Controversy, #OwnVoices is Here to Make a Difference, Shannon Steffens

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COVID-19 Impact Assessment and Future Strategies, Sarah Thorsteinson, Lina Albernaz, Renee Bailey, Ellis Baril, Miranda Boitano, Caysea Browne, Kaitlyn Browne, Maggie Christie, Antonia Gschwend, Sofie Halverson, Madeline Hazenberg, Sloane Perkins, Savannah Schell, Devon Sherwood, and Derek Simmons

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River Archives: A visual examination of self through personal journal entries along the Deschutes, Wenatchee, and Colorado rivers, Skylar Lynn Tibbetts

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Examining perception of STI and pregnancy risk and prevention among a sample of college students during the COVID-19 pandemic, Emily van Deinse

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(Not) Speaking Spanish: Explicit Pronunciation Instruction in the Online High School Classroom, Brahm vanWoerden

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Mentoring Through Moss: Measuring Air Pollution with High School Youth in the Duwamish Valley, Nichole Vargas

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Utilizing VR for Manufacturing Learning and Training, Jetrin Wichienwidhtaya

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The Secret History: The Statistics and Sociology Behind Fiction, Sam Wick

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History Through Fashion: The 2020 Collection, Alex Wiecking

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Cooperative Hunting Behavior of Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina) in Whatcom Creek, Delaney Adams

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Conformal Geometry of Polygons, Michael Albert

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Educate Me: The Use of Solutions Journalism in The Seattle Times’ Education Lab, Audra Anderson

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Pixel Composition: Converting Images to Music, Eric Anderson

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Current and Historical Estuary Extent in Major River Deltas of the Puget Sound: A Comparison of Estimates, Ashley Arthur

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TheatreTalk: (In)Justice, Meghan Baker

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European Green Crab Mitigation in Whatcom County, Patty Barry; Melissa Browning; Alexis Bryson,; Harrison Fuchs; and Etilet Maipi

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Examining the Role of Local Opioid Prescriptions in Predicting K-12 Educational Outcomes in California, Oregon, and Washington School Districts, Brianna Berkson

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Evaluation of Psychoacoustical Testing with A Portable Device for Individuals with Hearing Impairment, ShengJie Adelaide Bock

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Emotion in Science: The Need for Compassion in Wildlife Conservation, Max Boock

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Emotion in Science: The Need for Compassion in Wildlife Conservation, Max Alexandria Boock

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Cuba en cambio: Shifting ideas of Cuban national identity, Nancy Brill

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Reframing the World Through Embodied Listening, Tyler Bunker

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Myths and Misconceptions of Alternative and Augmentative Communication, Hannah Burch

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Risk of Knee Osteoarthritis Associated with High Heel Use, Emily Carlson

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Social Reckoning? In This Economy?, Madison Carter

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Learning to Fish Together: Imperialism and Hope in International Volunteer Service, Sadie De Luca

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Culture in a Yellow Vest: The Role of Popular Culture in Social Protest, Teresa Derr

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Cownose Ray Movement and Behavior in the Intertidal Zone, Glenna Dyson-Roberts

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Designing for a Pandemic: A Hands-Free Soap Dispenser, Alexis Edgar-Tanzil

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Processing this Pandemic, Dana Ericksen