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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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 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

2013

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Student Attitude Toward Mathematics At the Middle and High School Level, Anna Berglund

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Economic Simulus: Online Economies, Virtual Currencies, and Their Relevancy to the Real World, Eli Greenfield

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Teaching Students "At-Risk", Elie Hartman

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Off-Campus Student Life Survey, Heather Rees

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Toxicity of Herbicide Mixtures: Atrazine and Roundup® Toxicity to Daphnia Magna, Jennifer A. Stiles

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A Novel Depletion Technique for Studying the Role of Protein L12 in the Activation of Ribosome-Dependent GTPases, Michelle E. Wuerth

2012

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Rapid Molecular Species Identification of a Morphologically Cryptic Apple Pest., Emily Green

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Event Marketing in Bellingham, Lauren Hager

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Learning to Protect and Restore: Interning at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Sarah Idczak

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

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Environmental Education Plan for the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, Hillary Landers

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Magmatic Origins of Plutonic Rocks of the Cooke City Area, Montana, Skyler Mavor

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Lummi Youth Riparian Education Program, Kirsten Moore

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The Four Color Theorem, Patrick Turner

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Rhetorical Strategies for Audience-Specific Science Communication: Professional Writing Portfolio, Michelle Wallace

2009

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Culturing Our Community: A Memoir of Life Experiences in Costa Rica, Jennifer Beckmeyer

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Sense and Sensibility: Recognition of Female Power Through the Divided Self, Chelsea Elise Brandon

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Shifting Baselines in the Fishing Industry of the Lummi Nation: A Study of Declining Expectations, Alyssa A. Cudmore

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European Union Integration Theories: Historical Significance and Future Development, Bradley Pederson

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Environmental Citizenship and Carbon Intensity; Evaluating the Carbon Masters Educational Program, Andrea Jean Thomas

2008

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Funding Higher Education: Preventing the Marginalization of Students in an Under-Funded and Extremely Competitive World, Paul Edgeman

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Puritanism in America: Image versus Reality, Kaitlin C. Gratton

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Smart Stimulation: Zoo Conservation for 21st Century Zoos, Lauren Retallack

2007

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Academics and Outdoor Skills: Integrating Outdoor Skills and Academic Content in Classroom and Small Group Settings, Melissa Boyer

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The Effects of Added Nutrients on the Growth and Consumption of Ulvoid Algae by Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis, Alexandra M. Nicely

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The Effect of Sculpin Presence on Benthic Macroinvertebrate Abundances in Chuckanut Creek, Washington, Sam Stoner

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The Effects of Watching Television on Students who do not Primarily Speak English at Home, Jordan Storey

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Central Auditory Processing Disorders: An Overview, Amberly Thiemens

2006

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Finding My Breathing Space, Laurie Ann Ballew

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Response of Coleoptera Communities to Mammalian Pest Eradication at Maungataurari, New Zealand, Tracy H. Durnell

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Ornamental Education and its Relationship to Marriage: The Connections Between Women and Slaves, Megan Farwell

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Encouraging the Returner: Maximizing Benefits from Training Investments in High Turnover Industry, Karl R. Geisler

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The Failure to Move: The Role of Participant Beliefs in Social Movement Success, Mimi Gentry

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Direct Democracy: Actually Democratic? An Evaluation of Initiatives Based on the Fundamental Principles of Democracy, Darcey Julia Goelz

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Oracy to Literacy: How Can Speech-Language Pathologists in the Schools Collaborate with Teachers Regarding Literacy?, Victoria L. (Victoria Louise) Goodall

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Oracy to Literacy: How can speech-language pathologists in the schools collaborate with teachers regarding literacy?, Victoria L. (Victoria Louise) Goodall

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Bones N' Things (a short book of poetry), Tristan D. Hanson

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The Chinese Government’s Role in Controlling the Yellow River during the 19th Century, Eri Higashi

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Evolution and Intelligent Design in Biology Curricula: Secular Science in a Multicultural Public Education System, Morgan Leona Hopson

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The Impact of Digitization on Research and Libraries’ Roles, Kristin N. Kohles

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Democracy in Senegal: A Case Study of Democratic Success in Africa, Rachael Lambert

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Jane Austen and Marianne Dashwood: Learning Sensibility, Unlearning Tradition, Johanna Landis

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Illegal Immigration in the United States: An Economic, Social and Political Overview of the Current Debate, Robin Colleen Ledbetter

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Survival First: The Role of Switzerland in the Second World War, Tommy Lingbloom

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MoneySense, Angela Martin

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A DFT Study of Iron-Oxide Nanoparticle Ground-State Geometries, Danielle McDermott

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Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones, but Words Can Mold My Society: How metaphors influence the immigration debate in Spain, Nicole Miller

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Environmental Injustice in Ecuador: Endangered Indigenous Populations and Environmental Degradation, Clover AnnEire Muters

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Misspent Youth: An Analysis of the Youth Vote in America, Stacy Pederson

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Life as an Intern: Working at the Juvenile Public Defenders Office, Kelly Szymborski

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A New Vision of Art Education, Sharon Naomi Wherland

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My Experiences with Obstinate Autoanalyzers while doing Water Quality Analysis, Deborah Wilson

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Characterization of Sputtered Fe Thin Films, Cedar S. Wolf

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Why are the Homeless without Homes?, Nathaniel V. C. Young

2005

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Odes Book IV & Carmen Saeculare Quintus Horatius Flaccus: Translated, Rachel Fisher

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Income Distribution and Economic Growth, Mike Freimuth

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Stasis and Change in Federal Policy, Regional Texts, and Curriculum: Moving Forward, Annie Loranger

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‘Unassimilable to Orthodoxy’: Mapping Bulgakov’s Anti-Soviet Allegory, Jack Meischen

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Environmental Policy in Australia: A Photojournal, Bridgette Portman

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The Complicated Art Of Successful Grant-Writing, Kate Seabury

2004

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Sur la rue qui mene chez Musa, Lauren Beven

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A Reanalysis of Double Object Constructions: Varying Approaches with Varying Results, Adam Bollen

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Characterization of sine oculis, eyes absent and dachshund Mutant Phenotypes and the Search for Novel Regulators, Loralyn Cozy

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The Structure of Coordination, Laurel G. (Laurel G.) Evans

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Race, Deindustrialization, and Homicide: Exploring the Relationship between Deindustrialization and Racial Homicide Victimization, Nicholas R. (Nicholas Ryan) Filer

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Asian and Asian American Representations in American Film, Laura (Laura Renee) Johnson

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Combating Violence in Juarez, Mexico: Political Opportunities for Women to Resist Gender. Class, and Labor Oppression, Dana (Dana Marie) Kelly

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Effects of Relative Abundance on Sexual Isolation and Hybridization Risk in a Naturally Occurring Hybrid Zone of Chrysochus Leaf Beetles, Jessica Mendoza and Jabin Green

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Rethinking the Electoral College: Processes, Historical Foundations, and Current Debates, Jocelyn Redel

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Implications of the Fast Food Lawsuits: A Test of Implicit and Explicit Attitudes toward Obese People, H. Eileen (Heather Eileen) Rosman

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The Realism of James Joyce: Autobiography, Intertextuality, and Genius, Andrew Shanafelt

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Viking Union Marketing Internship, Rebekah Short

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Science by Accident: Poems Inspired by Science, Ambert Stover

2003

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An Investigation of Variables that Affect Foraging In the Leaf-Cutting Ant, Atta cephalotes (Formicidae), Kati Buckingham

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Urban Hydrologic Design: Water Balance Analysis, Conservation Techniques, and Feasibility Study of Rainwater Harvesting at Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham, Washington, Kerri Cook and Alasia Heinritz

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Aquatic and Riparian Effectiveness Monitoring Program, Johanna Gillham

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Graphic Design as Environmental Advocate: A Project on Graphic Design and Electronic Waste, Kelsi Giswold

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700 Inches on the Media, Leanne Josephson

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Banking Services for Low-Income Consumers: Is Everyone Receiving their Fair Share?, Cristin Koegen

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Suicidal Weasel.com: A Website Redesign, Darren Kovalchik

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Increasing Expression Yields of Circularly-Permuted Myoglobins, Casey Kulla

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Photojournalism Portfolio: Featuring images from Klipsun, The Planet and more!, Katie Kulla

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Motives and the Psychological Contract: Relationships with Job Satisfaction and Self-Esteem, Trista J. (Trista Jean) Sandberg

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Taking a Stand: Criticisms to British Policy by European Dissidents and the Settler Responses in Kenya during the Mau Mau Crisis, Courtney Scheskie

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The Work of the People: A Liturgy for the Church, Taylor Swedberg

2002

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What Now?: Students' Reactions to the Attacks of September 11, 2001, Lara Banjanin and Marc Eaton

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What Happened to All the Affordable Housing?, Renee Barut

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"Especiallly the Mulato Ones Like to Dance” Cuban Films and Discourses of Ethnic Difference, Shannon N. (Shannon Nicole) Budelman

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Freie Meinungsäußerung und Rechtsextremisten in Deutschland, Carol Ebbert

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On Police Use of Deadly Force and the Southwest Phenomenon, Zach Hays

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A Pilot Study on Job Satisfaction and Conflict Resolution of Female Employees Working for Female Employers, Keanan B. (Keanan Breanne) Jacobson

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Congress’s Goal of the Protection of Civil Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Facing the Challenge of a Narrowing Supreme Court, Amy M. (Amy Michelle) Kalman