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Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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MITOCHONDRIAL ROLES IN DEVELOPMENTALLY PROGRAMMED HEART DISEASE, Eli John Louwagie

Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Use of Threat Assessment in South Dakota Schools, Damon Alvey

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A Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Participant Perspectives on Return of Individual Research Results, jyoti Angal

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MOLECULAR GENETIC INVESTIGATION OF TWINS, FAMILIES, AND POPULATIONS, Jeffrey John Beck

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ENCOURAGING PERSISTENCE AMONG NATIVE AMERICAN NURSING STUDENTS BY FOSTERING CULTURAL IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT AT A PREDOMINANTLY WHITE UNIVERSITY, Valeriah Rose Big Eagle

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INVESTIGATING THE ROLE OF PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS IN THE TRAINING OF PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION WITH SLP STUDENTS, Jennifer Kay Binkley

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FEMALE SUPERINTENDENTS AND NEGOTIATIONS: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY OF THE INFLUENCE OF GENDER IN THE MIDWEST, Kathryn R. Blaha

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Analyzing the academic achievement of secondary virtual learners during the COVID-19 pandemic: A mixed methods case study, Christina Kaye Board

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Ecological Changes of the Lower Niobrara River Valley and Lewis and Clark Lake Delta from Past to Present, Madalyn Christine Bollig

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Understanding how different personality models can predict non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors, Rachel Chavin

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THE DERIVATION OF GEOLOGIC ECOSYSTEM SERVICES FROM GEODIVERSITY IN THE BLACK HILLS REGION OF SOUTH DAKOTA AND WYOMING, James Campbell Cooke

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Abomination, Anneliese Donstad

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Density Functional Theory of Samarium(II) Reactivity in THF and Water, Parisa Fasihianifard

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DEVELOPMENT OF A TARGETED DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR INTRACRANIAL ATHEROSLEROTIC DISEASE, Kirby Fuglsby

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DEEP FEATURES TO ANALYZE PULMONARY ABNORMALITIES IN CHEST X-RAYS DUE TO COVID-19, Supriti Ghosh

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Challenges to Career as a Source of Meaning and Satisfaction Among Certified Athletic Trainers in the United States of America, Nicole Marie Glasgow

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Semiconducting polymer dots-based ratiometric fluorescent probes for detection of biomarkers, Shuyi He

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INITIAL IMPLEMENTATION OF CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT FOR ANISHINAABE KINDERGARTENERS: STUDENT OUTCOMES AND TEACHER PERCEPTIONS, Dustin Everett Hinckley

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FINES, FEES, RACE, AND SOCIOECONOMIC DISADVANTAGE, Joshua D. Houy

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PHOTOPHYSICAL, ELECTROCHEMICAL, AND CATALYTIC STUDIES OF ANTHRAQUINONE AND PYRIDOXYL-BASED SENSORS AND DEVELOPMENT OF RUTHENIUM PHOTOSENSITIZERS, Anwar Hussain

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User Experience in the Visual Notifications on Smart Devices, Young Ae Kim

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ELECTRON DEFICIENT FLUOROARENES: BRIDGING DEOXYFLUORINATION AND ANION-π INTERACTIONS TO PRODUCE NEW FLUORINATION REAGENTS, Jordan Houston Kramer

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THE IMPACT OF USING POW+ TREE WITH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH ADHD: STORY WRITING AND PERCEPTIONS, Katie Page Kroeze

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IDENTIFYING THE IMPACT OF ONLINE TOOLKIT TRAINING ON PARAPROFESSIONALS IN TWO RURAL STATES, Kyle William Laughlin

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Confined In (Patri)Architecture: How Gothic and Horror Literature Exposes Ongoing Violence and Oppression Against Women, Clara A. MacIlravie Cañas

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Analyzing Cough Sounds for the Evidence of Covid-19 using Deep Learning Models, Muntasir Mamun

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NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN SUPERINTENDENTS’ SELF-EFFICACY BELIEFS DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC, Janet Jeannine Metzger

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Seventh Grade Mathematics Results in a Standards-Based Learning Environment: Examining Teacher Collaboration and Leadership, Demetria C. Moon

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INVESTIGATING SYNTHETIC METHODS FOR TiO2-NaYF4 HYBRID NANOCRYSTALS, Nurul Muttakin

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Effective Mental Health Accommodations for Occupational Therapy Students and Practitioners, Allison Jo Naber

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MEASUREMENT OF (ALPHA, NEUTRON) REACTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT OF ANALYSIS TOOLS WITH THE MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR, Tupendra Kumar Oli

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EXPERIENCES OF CULTURAL DISCONNECTEDNESS AMONG BOSNIAN AMERICAN DIASPORA: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE, Azra Osmancevic

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A BASIC QUALITATIVE INQUIRY ON THE RELATIONSHIPS AND EXPERIENCES OF K-3 TEACHERS: THEIR VALUES OF, USES OF, & FEELINGS TOWARDS THE USE OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, Melissa Marie Ottenbacher

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DEVELOPMENT AND CHARACTERIZATION OF GERMANIUM DETECTORS FOR SEARCHING RARE-EVENT PHYSICS, Rajendra Panth

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NONHEMATOPOIETIC ERYTHROPOIETIN: A STUDY OF SIGNALING, STRUCTURE, AND BEHAVIOR, Nicholas John Pekas

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ATHLETIC TRAINING PRECEPTORS’ EXPERIENCES OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIALIZATION, Megan Jane Pilcher

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FIRST THROUGH THIRD YEAR SECONDARY MATHEMATICS TEACHERS’ MENTORING EXPERIENCES: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY, Jessica Louise Pomerenke

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COMPUTATIONAL STUDY ON THE NUCLEATION OF POLYOXOVANADATE-ALKOXIDE CLUSTERS, S M Gulam Rabbani

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CELL MECHANICS IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND ELECTROSPUN SCAFFOLD FOR VASCULAR TISSUE ENGINEERING, Alex Park Rickel

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Automated Chest X-ray Analysis: Biomedical/Non-biomedical foreign object detection, Shotabdi Roy

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PATTERNS AND PROCESS OF SANDBAR REVEGETATION ON THE MISSOURI NATIONAL RECREATIONAL RIVE, Amena Begum Ruma

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COMPARISON OF PARTICULATE LOAD & CHARACTERIZATION IN DRUG COATED BALLOONS, Ryan Rykhus

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NOVICE TEACHER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION IN SOUTH DAKOTA: AN EXPLORATION OF CONTEXTUAL FACTORS, Nicole Schutter

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RISK FACTORS FOR TRAUMATIC BONDING AND ASSOCIATIONS WITH PTSD SYMPTOMS, Emma Virginia Shaughnessy

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Anhedonia and Impulsivity in College Alcohol Use: A Path Analysis, Sydney N. Stamatovich

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Anti-Counterfeiting Warnings: Do they Influence Consumer Behavior and Perception of Overt Indicators?, Elizabeth K. Sterling

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Computational Study of Quorum Quenching of N-Acyl Homoserine Lactones by Ion Pairing to Cations, Ashen Anuradha Suduweli Kondage

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AN EXPERIENCE SAMPLING STUDY OF SLEEP DISTURBANCE, EMOTIONAL REGULATION AND POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS SYMPTOMS IN PREDICTING ALCOHOL USE AMONG OIF/OEF VETERANS, Renata Jacqueline Surette

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BIODIVERSITY IN RESIDENTIAL YARDS FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN SMALL CITIES: UNDERSTANDING PUBLIC ATTITUDES, OPPORTUNITIES AND LIMITATIONS IN VERMILLION, SD, Rina Thapa

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A NARRATIVE STUDY DESCRIBING THE TRANSITION FROM RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT AS A CHILD: AN ADULT PERSPECTIVE, Alison Marie Vogelsang

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AFFECTIVE DEPENDENCE, SELF-REGULATION, AND ALCOHOL-RELATED PROBLEMS: BETWEEN- AND WITHIN-PERSON ASSOCIATIONS, Kyle James Walters

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COMPUTER ASSISTED DELIVERY OF DISCRETE TRIALS TO TEACH EARLY LITERACY SKILLS TO STUDENTS WITH SIGNIFICANT INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES, Tammi Waltjer-Haverly

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A GROUNDED THEORY APPROACH TO RURAL CARE PROVIDER PERSPECTIVES OF DISABILITY AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE, Blake Elvrum Warner

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A Model of Childhood Maltreatment, PTSD Symptoms, Reinforcement Sensitivity, and Alcohol Outcomes in Young Adults, Logan E. Welker

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BUILDING ADMINISTRATOR PREPARATION AND READINESS TO LEAD INCLUSIVE PRACTICES FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION, Nikki Jo Whiting

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High School Students’ Nature of Science Understandings and Scientific Argumentation Skills in the Context of Socioscientific Issues, John Michael Williams

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SINGLE CELL LINEAGE TRACING REVEALS MECHANISMS OF TUMOR INITIATION AND CHEMORESISTANCE IN SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER, Hannah Wollenzien

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CHARACTERIZATION OF UNDOPED CSI AT CRYOGENIC TEMPERATURES, Yongjin Yang

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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(Quinolin-8-yl) Tin Synthons in Transmetalation Reactions with Transition Metals Yield Multimetallic Organometallic Molecules and Clusters, Arjun Chandra Bhowmick

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Impacts of Environmental and Anthropogenic Stressors on Amphibian Welfare, Diversity, and Distribution in the Upper Missouri River Basin, Kaitlyn Campbell

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THE EFFECTS OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ON CRISIS COMMUNICATION REBUILD STRATEGIES, Rachel Ehlers

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MENTAL FATIGUE ON LANDING PERFORMANCE, Madison Marie Gaffney

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THE EFFECTS OF A CHANGING NEIGHBORHOOD ETHNICITY ON VOTING, Richard Ray Galusha

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A NARRATIVE CRITIQUE OF THE FILM LOVING (2016): HOW NARRATIVES HELP US UNDERSTAND STANDPOINT AND SOCIAL CHANGE, Chesney Jo Garnos

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RESTORATIVE PRACTICE IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS: A CASE STUDY ON LEADERSHIP, IMPLEMENTATION, AND CHALLENGES, Sarah M. Gross

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TEACHERS’ PERCEPTIONS OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: A NARRATIVE INQUIRY EXAMINING INSIGHTS FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS, Julie Hatling

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EXAMINING BEHAVIORAL ENGAGEMENT AND SOCIAL SKILLS AS ACADEMIC ENABLERS OF CHILDREN’S READING AND MATH ACHIEVEMENT, Karissa Marie Jensen

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LOWER EXTREMITY POWER AND MOVEMENT VELOCITY IN COMPETITIVE OLDER ATHLETES, Becca D. Jordre

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RELATION OF EMOTION REGULATION DIFFICULTIES, SELF-COMPASSION, AND POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS SYMPTOMS, Emily Anne Kalantar

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SOLAR GENERATED ELECTRICITY: AN ANALYSIS OF WHAT SECTORS ARE MOST AFFECTED BY RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARDS AND RELATED POLICIES, Logan Knollenberg

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(R)-2,5-Dimethoxy-4-Iodoamphetamine [(R)-Doi] Influences Coping Strategies to an Escapable Social Stress, Kevin Thomas Krupp

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Online Learning in Graduate Health Programs: Andragogy, Lecture Preference, and the Effectiveness of Synchronous and Asynchronous Participation, Adam Ladwig

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MOLECULAR MECHANISMS UNDERLYING THE SUPPRESSION OF CARDIOMYOCYTE NECROPTOSIS BY THE COP9 SIGNALOSOME IN MICE, Megan T. Lewno

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CUE RECOGNITION DEVELOPMENT AMONG UNDERGRADUATE NURSING STUDENTS, Michelle Lynn Lichtenberg

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The Relationship of L2 Proficiency and L1 Reading Academic Performance Prior to Formal L1 Literacy instruction in Foreign Language Immersion Settings, Andrew David McKay Jr

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Supporting Teachers Through Standardized Testing: Elementary Teachers' Perceptions of Administrator Support, Erica Neeves

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SELECTIVE OXIDATION OF ALKENES IN AIR CATALYZED BY Mn3O4 NANOPARTICLES, Brojo Kishor Shachib Dhali

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Respiratory Sound Analysis for the Evidence of Lung Health, Priyanka Sreerama

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Unsettling South Dakota Literature: Countering Lionized Representations of a Frontier Fantasy Space, Lindsay R. Stephens

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Relationship Between the Broad Autism Phenotype, Social Support, Emotion Regulation, and Depression in Parents of Children with Autism, Chelsey VanNess

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RURAL LEADERS’ EXPERIENCES IMPLEMENTING FAPE FOR STUDENTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES, Jessica J. Vogel

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Readiness to Change in Rural Adults at High Risk for Diabetes, Katherine A. Wagner

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THE ROLE OF EMOTIONAL ATTENTION REGULATION IN HIGH PSYCHOPATHY INCARCERATED MALES, Michael K. Webb

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MODULATION OF STRESS-INDUCED BEHAVIORS THROUGH OREXINERGIC SIGNALING IN THE BASOLATERAL AMYGDALA, Jazmine D W Yaeger

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Child Psychological Maltreatment, Alison Boughn