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

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

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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

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The Importance of Self-Care for ASL/English Interpreters, Rachel Gordon

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The Music Experience: Phenomenology in Music Education, Aleisha Douthitt

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The Physical Space of the Classroom and its Impact on Creativity, Samantha Gallagher

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Therapeutic and Health Benefits of Horse-Human Interactions, Chelsea Wiley

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Understanding the Syrian Revolution Through Nontraditional Art, Julie Wallace

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Using Children’s Books to Teach Mathematics, Laura White

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Whitewashing of the Stonewall Riots, Sam Stageman

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Whole Foods: Making a case for real nutrition, Alexandra Vandenberghe

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Young People Are Always On Their Phones: A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Texting, Sydney Culpepper

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