Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Honors Senior Theses/Projects

 

Required since 1989, the Senior Thesis/Project is the culmination of an Honors student's four years of undergraduate study. It represents a significant creative, scholarly, pedagogical, or scientific endeavor. Whether applying to graduate schools or to possible employers, Honors students discover their senior thesis or project is a distinctive addition to their professional portfolio.

Upon completion and advisor approval, the thesis is publicly presented to the college community at a ceremony at the end of the graduate's senior year. The final copy is then bound and cataloged in Western Oregon University's Hamersly Library or made available through Digital Commons @ WOU. The students' theses titles are also listed on special pages of the graduation program.

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Theses/Projects from 2016

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Altruism and Well-Being, Leah Fechter

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Antibiotics: A Vital Aspect of Medicine Turned Public Health Concern, Stephanie Torrez

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Caught in the Web: The Importance of Ethical Computing Illustrated via an Exploration of the Online Recruitment of Women and Girls into Sex Trafficking, Ruby Tidwell

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Commuting Pairs in Groups and Associated Probabilities, Tyler McAfee

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Delaying Dementia Through Mental Stimulation: A Service Learning Project, Emily Parker

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Discrimination and Hate Crimes against the Trans Community, Sarah Pettigrew

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Effects of the Asperger Label, Cierra Henderson

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Familiarization, Joshua Steen Leisner

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Female Director Takes Hollywood by Storm: Is She a Beauty or a Visionary?, Courtney Richardson

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Innate Magnetic Directional Preference in Drosophila melanogaster, Natalie Wallace

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Location of Pheromone Production and / or Expression in Red-sided Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis), Molly Geranio

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Logarithmic Spirals and Insects, Kaylee Church

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MEAN Web Application Development with Agile Kanban, Jared Petersen

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People of WOU: A study of the perception of diversity at Western Oregon University, Nathan Tew

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Perceived Task Difficulty and Procrastination in College Students, Max Hebing

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Quantification of Aspartame in Diet Sodas, Alyssa Adams

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Research Based Best Practices for Teaching Mathematics and Improving Math Attitudes, Anny Hope Sheie

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Tax Implications of Recreational Marijuana, Sofia LeVernois

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Technology and Strategy: The War in Vietnam, Isaac Keister

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The Arctic Avengers: Investigating, Developing, and Implementing Community Engagement Strategies for Polar Bear Conservation, Erica Elizabeth Wills

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The Birthing Effect, Shantell Guyton

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The Effects of Color Preference on Word List Recall, Aubrey Fear

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The Evolution of Queer Representation in the Young Adult Genre, John Goldsmith

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Thematic Tension between Trauma and Triumph in Hideaki Anno’s Neon Genesis Evangelion, Vanna Dejeu

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The Nuremberg Laws: Creating the Road to the T-4 Program, Jennifer Hight

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Trend Analysis of Depression and Anxiety in College Students, Katarina Smith

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William Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelites: Artistic Aims, Worldview, and Influence on Nineteenth-Century Culture, Anna Olivia Funk

Theses/Projects from 2015

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2A Delivery, Julian Garcia

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Effective Strategies for Preventing Recidivism Among Juveniles, Amanda McMasters

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Grammatical Madness: A Step Away from Formal Instruction, Olevia McKay

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Increasing Adequate Social Interactions Among People With and Without Disabilities, Meghan Link

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Legendary: Was King Arthur a Living Hero or a Popular Legend?, Emily Walley

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Online Education for K-12, the Growing Job Market: Are Education Majors Ready?, Kathryn Kopel

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Painting With Data, Tristan Knope-Jenkins

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Portfolio Optimization: A Modeling Perspective, Camarie Campfield

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Recognition Algorithms for 2-Tree Probe Interval Graphs, David Avery

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Selection of a Directional Preference in Drosophila melanogaster, Eli Zachary

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Teaching Children to Learn, Not to Test, Mary Rice

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The Effects of Peppermint and Orange Aromas on Mood and Task Performance: A Research Study and Process Narration, Reina Morgan

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The Imposter Phenomenon and Anxiety among Pre-Service TESOL Teachers, Keelie Daquilanto

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Understanding Heroin Addiction from the Life Course Perspective, Kayli Fisher

Theses/Projects from 2014

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Bridging Generation Y: A Commentary on the Financial Development of Young Adults in the New Millennium, Sheridan R. Bailey

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Bullfighting: At What Cost should Culture be Preserved?, Olivia Larene Read

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Cancer Research: A Quest for a Cure, Alyssa Palmer

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Common Core Math: A Guide, Stephanie J. Eaton

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Julius: A Study of Hitchcockian Film, Marissa J. Thompson

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Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13): The Imminent Threat Inside Our Borders and Throughout the Continent, Mary Kathryn (Katy) Barlean

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Medical Botany in the Treatment of HIV and AIDS, Carolee Buck

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More than Human: A Critical Evaluation of the Intersection of Character and Theme in Mike Mignola's Hellboy, Bonnie Wells

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Pedagogy of Teaching History: Comparing the Chronologic and Thematic Approaches, Daniel J. Tew

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Perón: the Ascent and Decline to Power, Annelise N. Marshall

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Playing with Permutations: Examining Mathematics in Children’s Toys, Jillian J. Johnson

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Queer (In)equality: an In-depth Look on Discrimination Towards the LGB Community, Trevor Ross

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Science and Values on the High Desert: Dams and Irrigation on the Deschutes River, Oregon, Zander E. Albertson

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Theatrical Interpreting: An Explanation of the Process, Chloe Hansen

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The Impact of World War I on American Women’s Fashion, Bethany L. Haight

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“There is No Law Here”: Vigilantism, Militarism, and Metropolitanism in Coos County, Oregon 1912-1913, Zachary W. Jones

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There’s No Place like Home: Or is there? Study Abroad Reentry, Kelsey Gray

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Tobacco Use on College Campuses: Should Smoking Be Banned?, Hayley Dickinson

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What's the Subjunctive, Again? Preparing English Speakers for Learning Spanish, Emmy Lou Pearl Olsen

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Why College? Making the Decision, José R. García

Theses/Projects from 2013

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Acquisition of the English Language: An Examination of Deaf Students and Literacy, Kristin Mahoney

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Answering the Question Why: The Theoretical Foundations to Instructional Choices in a Middle School Mathematics Class, Alyssa Schmidt

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Bilingual Physical Education, Macy Bothman

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Celebrating a Centennial: The Design, Implementation and Evaluation of a Multi-Media Public Interest Campaign, Tayleranne Gillespie

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Crime Analysis: The History and Development of a Discipline, Michael Stevenson

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Custom Locks: Counting the Combinations, Christopher Tasner

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Dropping the Lowest Score: A Mathematical Analysis of a Common Grading Practice, Rosie Brown

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Experiential Education: Teaching Elementary Mathematics With a Deweyan Framework, Amy Keithley

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Exploring the Artistry of Stage Management, Joceline Wynn

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Give Me a Break: A Study of the Gap Year, Sophia Wellons

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Highly Mobile Students in the Elementary Classroom, Bailey Hough

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Implementing Multiple Learning Styles into Elementary School Classrooms, Jenae Nelson

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Linear Independence in Function Spaces, Ariel Setniker

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Literacy Support For Children With Autism, Angela Haslam

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Mass Incarceration: How the War on Drugs Created Today’s System of Social Control, Brian Walton

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Pay for Performance on Quality of Health Care Justified Transition?, Trevor Roush

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Pick Me, Pick Me: The Theory and Construction Behind the Conference Proposal, Heidi Ramp

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Possible, but Ethical? A Bioethical Investigation of Medical Manipulation, Emerging Technologies and Moral Consequence, Krista Harrington

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Rediscovering Roots: the South Africa of literature post-colonization, Heidi Wilson

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Second Language Acquisition: An Exploration of Effective Pedagogies, Lisa Rogers

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The Potential Conflict between Forensic Ancestral Identification and Societal Interpretation in America, Jerielle Raibley

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Writing a Novel: The Process and its Implications in Teaching, Merry Fuller

Theses/Projects from 2012

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Community-Based Policing and the Mentally Ill, Nicole Miller

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Creative Synthesis: Collaborative Cross Disciplinary Studies in the Arts, Ermine Todd

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Delving Into Dance and Gender, Nancy Sorensen

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Demystifying the Performance Authentic: Translation, Preference and the New Aesthetic, Christopher McFetridge

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Higher Education, Critical Pedagogy, and Nontraditional Students, Marina Sikora

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Independent Game Development: The Making of Paze, David O'Rourke

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Oregon Grey Wolf Reintroduction, Conservation and Management Evaluation, Karin Traweek

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Sense of Belonging: A Korean American Adoptee’s Return to South Korea, Diedra Cates

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Sharing Stories: Insights on the Holistic Experiences of Latino ELLs, Wendy Bryant

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Super Fish Quest: A Video Game, Melissa Wiener

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Teaching Strategies for the High School Math Classroom, Tabitha McAfee

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The Search for Self: Childhood Interiors and Identity in Contemporary Young Adult Literature, Paige O'Rourke

Theses/Projects from 2011

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A Brief Disquisition on the Ethics Philosophy of Ayn Rand: The Objectivist Theory of Morality — A Discourse on Value, Reality, the Virtue of Egoism, the Immorality of Sacrifice, and the Failure of Subjectivist Ethics, J J Kobzeff

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A Figure of Thought: Conceptual Metaphor in Children’s Preschool Narrative Picture Books, Rebekah Beyer

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A Knight of Fashion: Costuming an Amateur Musical, Maria Hommes

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A Modern Construction of a Corset and a Short Look at Historical and Social Aspects, Sierra Durfee

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Benefits of Foreign Language Instruction, Angelica Strickland