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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2020

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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

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Assessing Impacts of Rising pCO2 on Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Swimming Mechanics, Darby Finnegan

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Mixed Up, Julia Furukawa

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Finding Your Story: A Podcast Series for Citizen Journalists, Media Enthusiasts and Those Alike, Ray Garcia

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Competing Semantic and Phonological Constraints in Novel Binomials, Eli George

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i am still holding your hand, Sophie Glessner

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Sharp Power: How Foreign Election Interference is Changing the Global Balance of Power, Ethan Greene

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Bramble Senior Project, Lara Haines

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From Fruit Flies to the Frontline: Slow Science in a Demanding Medical Climate, Riley Haner

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Fostering Resilience: Connecting Children with Dance and Movement, Emma Harbison

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Multicultural Education in Secondary Science Classrooms, Kasey Hebert

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The Syntax of Guaraní: A Pronominal Argument Analysis of a Noteworthy Indigenous Language, Emily Hillman

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Fundraising for Families: A strategic communications campaign for Give Hope 2 Kids in Honduras, Emily Jackson

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Sorting Out Sortases: Designing a Better Enzyme and Synthesizing Trapping Peptides Towards Capturing a Bound-State Structure, Katherine Johnston

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Storytelling Through Comics: An Animated Reflection, Skylar Kaster

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Gender Separate Effects of Human Capital on Economic Growth, Jordan King

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Patterns and potential mechanisms of thermal preference in E. muscae-infected Drosophila melanogaster, Aundrea Koger, Carolyn Elya Ph.D., Jamilla Akhund-Zade Ph.D.​, and Benjamin de Bivort Ph.D.

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Developing Accounting Student Resources: How to improve student engagement in campus recruiting and offer the resources they need to be successful, Ina LaGrandeur

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Crisis State: Locating Populism's Conceptual Core, Noah Latsch

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The Political Economy of Nuclear Energy: Why there is not broad public support for nuclear policy & why there should be, Willa Grace Mei Lee

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Oswald of Northumbria: Pagan Hero, Christian Saint, Caleb Lyon

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Chalk Drawings: A Series, Sophia Marble

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Is the Risk Worth It?, Porter McMichael

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Inventing America: National Politics in the New Republic, Stuart Medalen

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What If Society Changed?: A Collection of Dystopian Stories, Mara Miller

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Daju Dar Daju, Ruth Myers

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Speaking the Unspeakable: Intellectual Virtues of Unconventional Communication, Mac Neaville

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An Emergent Literary Theory: The Darker Haptic Counterpart, Micala Nitz

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Robust and Simple Synthesis of CIS/ZnS Refined for High Luminescence in the Near-IR, Maya Noesen

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Evaluating Impacts of Nanopesticides and Microplastics in an Agricultural Rhizosphere, Emma Nordlund and Manuel Montaño

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Consider the Ravens: An Exploration of Anxiety, Mckenzie Oliver

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NimbleKnow User Documentation, Camille Estee Ottaway

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Birdsong at Sunrise, Sarah Packard

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Blogging Politics: How elementary students can use technology and critical analysis to learn about history and culture, Andrew Painter

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An Overview of Hypotheses and Supporting Evidence Regarding Drivers of Insect Gigantism in the Permo-Carboniferous, Ryssa Parks

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Red or Green? Gentrification in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Michael Patterson

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Happiness Across Cultures: A Review of Subjective Well-Being in Asian Americans, Hannah R. Proctor

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The Modular Table: A Potential Clue for the Future Dilemmas Concerning Bioethics in Human Genome Applications of CRISPR, Alina J. Purcell

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Give Me a Mic and a Stage: A Case for Slam Poetry, Identity, and Socio-Emotional Learning in the High School Classroom, Cristina V. Ramirez

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Good Heavens! A play in two acts, Daniel Repp

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Technological Bodies, Serena Riley

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A Republic in its Own Time: The Re-Imagining of Republican Theory in the Federalist Papers, Jonah Rink

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H(u)ina, Hokulani Rivera

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Painting Ecological Change in Pacific Northwest Bird Populations, Rachel Rothberg

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“We Know We Are Forgotten”: Re-Centering Women in the Study of Economic Sanctions on Iraq, 1990-2003, Samia Saliba

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Understanding the Spectral Properties of Rock Weathering on Mars, Isabella Seppi

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The Gendered Political Economy of Africa: How the Empowerment of Women in Smallholder Farms Can Spearhead Economic Growth, Mayzie Shaver

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Original Environmental Education Lessons and Curriculum, Waverly Shreffler

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COVID-19: Isolation and Vaccinations, Jesika Smith

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The Effects of Different String Positions of the Bow on Right Scapular Kinematics in Experienced Violin Players, Shannon Stein, Jun San Juan, Sarah Pine, and Stephanie Hall

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Taste of Place and Provenance, Alison Stevens

Investigating the effects of glutamate trafficking and receptor mutations on the unfolded protein response (UPR) in C. elegans, Savanna Takasaki

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Creating an Inclusive Culture in Cycling: The Story of Spoke Folx, Chuck Tookey

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Call of the Chorus Frog: An Undergraduate Experience in Field Research in the Elwha River Basin, Nicole VandePutte

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The Secret Life of Objects, Tessa Vroom

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Seasonal Differences in the Optical Properties of Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter at Hoag’s Pond, WA, Kimberly Wallace

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Controversial Speakers - What a University Ought to Do, Elizabeth Webb

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Knitting Math: Geometric Shapes, Cynthia Wright

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An Investigation into Morocco's Water Crisis, Elliese Wright

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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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Acting is Reacting; Acting is Coping?, Oceana Marie Dunsire

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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: a Neighborhood's Fight for Food Justice, Kate Haworth