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

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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

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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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Reduced Light Availability Diminishes Mycorrhizal Growth Response of Invasive Forb, Regina O'Kelley

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Childbirth Through Time, Quinn Rathkamp

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Victimizing Cap-and-Trade: How Policy Narratives Influence Policy Realities, Alyssa Rehwald

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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

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

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

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

2012

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/ɡizəskɪfi/ (Give Me a Clue) - Linguistic Features of Scottish Accents and Dialects, Sarah Knudsen