Since it became required in 1989, the Senior Thesis/Project has been the culmination of each Honors student’s course of undergraduate study. It represents a significant individual endeavor that can be either creative, scholarly, pedagogical, scientific, or service-oriented.
Whether applying to graduate schools or to possible employers, Honors students discover that their senior project is a distinctive addition to their professional portfolios.
The students’ theses titles are listed on special pages of the graduation program and also, with their permission, digitally published on the WOU Honors Digital Commons webpage, available online.
Joshua W. Nelson — Understanding the Reading Wars: The Incorporation of Phonics in the Elementary Classroom
Camille E. Rickis — Effective ESOL Practices: Are ESOL Teaching Strategies Accessible to Non-ESOL Endorsed Teachers?
Jenny N. Rooper — Interpretative Works of the d-Sup Protein within the Tardigrade Genome
Cheyan Swan — Salem: The City of Fog (a novel)
Erin Worley — Twitter as Consciousness-Raising: An Analysis of the 2017 #MeToo Movement
Eva Zhou Ying Batenhorst — A Dancer’s View: Analysis and Prevention of Common Dance Injuries
Rachel Bayly — Anyone Can Lead: A Workshop for Individualized Leadership Discovery
Kaiana E. Bradley — Literature: A Window to Understanding — Using Children’s Books to Process Loss
McKenzie Brendle — Years In Honors: A Personal Reflection of My Time Spent in the Honors Program and How it Influenced My Life
Jessica N. Brenner — Blasphemy: A Romantic Comic about the Devil Himself
Susannah M Doepken — Becoming Stardust
Elizabeth Dunn — A Dance of Life and Death: How cancer works and why it makes a great source of choreographic inspiration
Whitley Harrel — Video Game Music and Task Performance: Experiment and review
Caitlin Healy and Mikaela Wong — Through Her Eyes, Into Her Story: A musical album
Schaefer Jones — Alexa, is my home network safe?
Natalie R. Legras — A Path to Graduation: An Evaluation of Degree Planning Resources at Western Oregon University
Avery M. Lucas — Perception of Mobile Mental Health Apps: Examining the Functionality and Perception of Mental Health Apps
Darynn S. Lung — Food Allergies and Identity Construction in Young Adults
Ellen M. Moore — Empathy and Environmental Education: The Role of Zoos in Conservation
Jade M. Mong — “The Ties That Bind Us”: The Creation of a Dance Film
Selena Lee Ausmann Moreno — How to Create an Accent Without Really Trying
JulieAnne Ohashi-Sides — Ethical Standard for Stockbrokers in the United States: An Ethical Analysis of the Suitability and Fiduciary Standards
Jennifer Romadka — 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
Lindsey R. Spear — Devising A Show From the Ground Up: Things We (never) Learned in Sex Ed
Sean R. Tellvik — Glass People: Backwards — A Novel of Discovery
Morgan Williams — Examining the History of Forest and Fire Management: A deeper look at how the Milli fire effected the Sisters Oregon community
Mikaela Wong and Caitlin Healy — Through Her Eyes, Into Her Story: A musical album
Daniel Woolf — Teaching Loving Math