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 2020

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A Dancer’s View: Analysis and Prevention of Common Dance Injuries, Eva Zhou Ying Batenhorst

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ADHD Study Utopia, Morgan Montoya

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Alexa, is my home network safe?, Schaefer Jones

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Anyone Can Lead: A Workshop for Individualized Leadership Discovery, Rachel Bayly

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Anything is Pawsable: The Connection Between Breed and People's Perception of Service Dogs, Francesca Holborn

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A Path to Graduation: An Evaluation of Degree Planning Resources at Western Oregon University, Natalie R. Legras

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Becoming Stardust, Susannah M. Doepken

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Blasphemy: A Romantic Comic about the Devil Himself, Jessica N. Brenner

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Coding in the Classroom, Sierra J. Fresh

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Devising A Show From the Ground Up: Things We (never) Learned in Sex Ed, Lindsay R. Spear

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Empathy and Environmental Education: The Role of Zoos in Conservation, Ellen M. Moore

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Ethical Standard for Stockbrokers in the United States: An Ethical Analysis of the Suitability and Fiduciary Standards, JulieAnne Ohashi-Sides

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Examining the History of Forest and Fire Management: A deeper look at how the Milli fire affected the Sisters Oregon community, Morgan Williams

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Food Allergies and Identity Construction in Young Adults, Darynn S. Lung

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Glass People: Backwards, A Novel of Discovery, Sean R. Tellvik

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How to Create an Accent Without Really Trying, Selena Lee Ausmann Moreno

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Literature, A Window to Understanding: Using Children’s Books to Process Loss, Kaiana E. Bradley

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Mental Health in Collegiate Student Athletes Post-Injury: Triangulating Services at Western Oregon University, Grace V. Knapp

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Perception of Mobile Mental Health Apps: Examining the Functionality and Perception of Mental Health Apps, Avery M. Lucas

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Representation in Children’s Literature: An Analysis of Disability in Picturebooks, Rebecca J. Tew

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Running Efficiency Program for the Recreational Runner, Brennan Noonan

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Teaching Loving Math, Daniel Woolf

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The Linguistics of Sexual Assault: How the Dissonance of Individuals’ Perpetrator Expectations and The Ordering of Information Effects Perceptions of Sexual Assault, Magen Boegli

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Through Her Eyes, Into Her Story: A musical album, Caitlin Healy and Mikaela Wong

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Tissue Engineering: Proposed Graft for Aortic Aneurysms, D-Dré Déani Wright

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Unsustainable and Unsupported: Connecting "Islands" of Federal Title IX Guidance, Campus Adjudication, and the Need for Holistic Care and Hope in an Era of Rape Culture, Jennifer Romadka

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Video Game Music and Task Performance: Experiment and Review, Whitley Harrel

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What’s in an Essay: A Study of International Student Writing Growth over Two Terms, Amber Rynearson

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Years In Honors: A Personal Reflection of My Time Spent in the Honors Program and How it Influenced My Life, McKenzie Brendle

Theses/Projects from 2019

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A Film Analysis of Makoto Shinkai’s Garden of Words, 5cm per Second, and Your Name, AJ Holmberg

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A Guidebook to a Bilingual Education System from a Firsthand Perspective, Grace Livengood

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An Examination of Sex-Differences in Emotion Identification as Influenced by BDSM Negotiations, Kaylee DeBolt

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Application of the Dynamic Systems Theory to the Elder Population, Arden Murakami

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Blood of the Iron Woods: A Graphic Novel Exploration of the Modern Gothic Horror Experience, Lauren Sundvall

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Combating Comprehensive School Garden Program Implementation Barriers in High Need Areas, BillyAnn Stempel

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D&D 5E Mass Combat Simulation, Aidan Ohnemus

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Exploring Interiority in Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice, Bailey Thompson

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Health Risks Involved with Prolonged Sitting: Spreading Awareness to College Students, Jordyn Watanabe

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Initiating and Improving Business Relations in Serbia: Analysis and Recommendations, Natasha Bogdanovic

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Learning About Language: A Teacher’s Guide, Erin Roan

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Newton’s Method and Chaotic Behavior, Aubrey Manculich

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Polyploidy and Water: Relations Traits in Rubus, Tori Crumrine

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Priority Registration for Student-Athletes at Western Oregon University, Antoinette Gowen

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Shattered Green: A Novel, Kaitlin Weider

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“Shit Show” or Everyone That Needs to go to the Bathroom Should Go Now: Personal Experiences No One Thinks They Need to Know, Meghan Doerfler

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Shock and Awe: Surprising Revelations on Cognition, Jacob Martin

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Spokesmen for Speechless Sufferers: An Analysis of Trauma and Division in World War I Poetry and Vietnam War Protest Music, Nicole Caldwell

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Super-size to Super-small: McMansions, Tiny Houses, and applied New Materialism, Brianne Moodie

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The Effects of Rhythm Versus Visual Images on Working Memory Recall, Sarah Hughes

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“The Show Must Go On!” But Where?: The Use of American Sign Language Interpretation in the Theater, Nicole Bolstad

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Why Art Matters in an Increasingly Analytical World: Artistic Means of Communicating Scientific Concepts, Kayla Baker

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[ working title ]: A Screenplay, Mindy A. Mawhirter

Theses/Projects from 2018

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Achieving Immersive Gameplay: Interpreters and Video Game Accessibility, Rebekah Cheeley

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A Study of Talc-Containing Cosmetics and Their Potential Asbestos Contamination, Jessica Donahue

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A Visual Mover: Dance and Movement Therapy for Autism Spectrum, Mikaela Gabrielle C. Mendoza

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Black, Red, and Gold, Amanda Clarke

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Blindfolded for Science: An Integration of Dance as Therapy for Visually Impaired or Blind Individuals, Karisa Merrill

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Changes in the Willamette Valley: The Creation of a Preliminary GIS of Oregon's River Water Quality, Aaron Orr

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Chronic Pain: Physiological Foundations, Psychological Effects, Common Treatments, and New Directions, Janel Chandler

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Compassion versus Criminalization: Is Portland Setting an Example of How to Help the Homeless?, Olivia DeJanvier

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Emmanuel Ringelblum's Warsaw Ghetto Archive and the Uprising of 1943, Sara Madden

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"Face Your Fears?" Exploring the Complexities of the Human Mind through Visual Storytelling, Elissa Sorenson

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Hispanic Advertising and Higher Education: Using Advertising to Encourage Hispanic Enrollment at WOU, Leslie Martinez

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Initiating and Improving Business Relations in Serbia: Analysis and Recommendations, Natasha R. Bogdanovic

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Listening In: The Work We Do Now - A Conversation Analysis of Power Dynamics Between Podcast Hosts, Kristin Norman

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Lived Experiences of Disability: Two Life Stories, Madison Adrian

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Luminance, Ella Young

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On the Issue of Reproducibility in Psychology and a Model Replication Study, Taylar Boyer

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Persuasion in the Millennial Era: A Case Study of KONY 2012, Lauren Hebing

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Quality of Life Among Jamaican Women: Trends Over the Past Two Decades, Amanda Lehman

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Religious Roots for the Puritan Morality Laws During the Interregnum, Carter Craig

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Safe Routes to Monmouth Elementary School, Rachel Schneider

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Student Veteran's Perceptions of Campus Support, Ashley Heeter

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Taking Offense: An Exploration of Racist, Misleading, and Problematic Language in Textbooks, Hevin N. Robertson

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The Distribution and Abundance of Aquatic of Macrophytes Between Nearshore and Farshore Transects at the Harriman State Park of Idaho Trumpeter Swan Wintering Ground, 1988-2015, Jessica L. Freeman

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The Effects of Multiple Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries and Task Difficulty on Cognitive Function, Josephina Losco

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The Impact of Artist Fame and Viewer Socioeconomic Status on Art Likeability, Christina Ayers

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Vietnamese Water Puppetry: The Practical Development of the Structure and Form, Amanda Vander Hyde

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"Well, Watson, what do you make of it?": An In-Depth Look at Sherlock Holmes as a Hero, Kalli Ramsey

Theses/Projects from 2017

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A Cognitive Linguistic Approach to Phrasal Verbs: A Teacher's Guide, Daniel Thom

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A Polynomial in A of the Diagonalizable and Nilpotent Parts of A, Kathryn Wilson

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A Tenacious Tiger in the World: Saving all that Remains (a novel), Erika Fitzpatrick

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Building a Cast of Clones: Examining Stanislavski’s Theories in the Context of Maslany’s Performances in Orphan Black, Sarah Cotter

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Chicano English in Children’s Literature, Katie Nance

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College Students’ Feelings and Sex Differences When Having Children with Disabilities, Austin Gehrett

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Developing Open Source Alternatives to Proprietary Software, Howard Passmore

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Eating and Emotions: The Effect of Dark Chocolate and Apples on Mood Levels, Clarissa Toplar

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Elementary Education in Finland and the United States, Julia Grabhorn

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Felt with the Heart: A Domestic Student’s Journey with International Students, Jethna S. Korecki

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Health Effects on Women from Systematic and Organized Violence in the Middle East: How Humanitarian Organizations ca, Richelle Nicole McDaniel

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Interactive Whiteboards in the Elementary Classroom: Efficacy and Funding, Audrey Hebing

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Keep in Touch: A Comparative Analysis of Visual and ProTactile American Sign Language, Alissa McAlpine

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Kinesthetic Teaching Strategies for Adults in a Lecture Setting, Rowan Cheney

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Knitting in 21st Century America: The Culture and Ideology of Knitting Groups in Rural Oregon, Robin Roemer

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Light: Emotion in Painting, Elaina Glasscock

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Oral History, Women, and Institutional Space in Twentieth Century America, Brianna Williford

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Physical Activity in The Elementary Classroom, Ashley Templeton and McKenzie Stepper

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Signed Language Interpreting in Healthcare Settings: Who is qualified?, Patricia Desrosiers

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The Authenticity of Hula in Japan, Gianne Shelby Pabustan

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The Effect of Labels Related to Hearing Loss on Implicit Attitudes toward Deafness, Sarah Lundquist