Graduate Theses and Dissertations is a collection of completed and approved graduate works. These works are collected through the Graduate School submission process and are approved by the faculty, student and the University of South Dakota. For more information please contact: grad@usd.edu and visit usd.edu/grad

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Theses/Dissertations from 2024

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MYOKINE PROBDNF-P75NTR SIGNALING IN SKELETAL MUSCLE INJURY AND STERILE INFLAMMATION, Katherine Aby

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The role of UCHL1 in skeletal muscle development and regeneration, Ryan Antony

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Educational Attainment: American Indians/Alaska Natives Phenomenological Study of a Northeast Nebraska Indian Reservation, Stacy Brasch

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POLITICAL IDEOLOGY AS DETERMINATIVE OF HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING: EXPLORING THE DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY FUNDING UNDER DIFFERING POLITICAL REGIMES, Paul Brown

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AN EXAMINATION OF THE KNOWLEDGE, UTILIZATION, AND ATTITUDES OF CURRICULUM DIRECTORS OF LARGE SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE UPPER MIDWEST REGARDING RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE-BASED READING PROGRAMS, Jill Hansen

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CO-OPTING ALLIANCE WITH EFFICIENT GREASE THEORY: AN OBSERVATIONAL DESCRIPTIVE STUDY OF CORRUPTION AND TRUST NEXUS IN POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS IN WEST AFRICA, Yarh Komolo

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BACKGROUNDS STUDY AND AI-POWERED WAVEFORM PROCESSING FOR LEGEND EXPERIMENT, Laxman Paudel

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American Eyes, Heather Phillips

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CHILDHOOD BETRAYAL TRAUMA AND INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE PERPETRATION AND VICTIMIZATION: THE ROLE OF ATTACHMENT INSECURITY AND AFFECTIVE INSTABILITY, Emma Shaughnessy

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Critical Thinking Skills in Pre-Service Teachers and Their Coursework: Investigating the Preparation of Teachers in the Rural Midwest with Humans, AI, and Cyborg Researchers, Tiffany Shonerd

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ASSESSING THE UTILITY OF BREAST CANCER POLYGENIC RISK SCORES AND ASSOCIATION WITH CLINICAL FACTORS IN A POPULATION OF BREAST CANCER PATIENTS, John L. Slunecka

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ADVANCING ANTI-COUNTERFEITING APPROACH VIA THE DEVELOPMENT OF FUNCTIONAL OPTICAL MATERIALS, Zishen Yang

Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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DATA-DRIVEN BIOMEDICINE INVESTIGATION OF GENETIC AND INFECTIOUS-BASED DISEASES USING OMICS DATA AND DATA SCIENCE METHODOLOGIES., Diing Agany

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Drug Delivering Properties of Novel Materials for Dentinal Desensitization, Abu Ahammadullah

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Things Left Behind, Aqeel Ahmad

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APPLICATION OF HIERARCHICAL SPECIES DISTRIBUTION MODELS TO AVIAN SPECIES OF SOUTH DAKOTA AND THE UPPER MISSOURI RIVER BASIN, Reza Goljani Amirkhiz

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UNRAVELING THE REGULATORY BASIS OF THE DESICCATION TOLERANCE TRAIT IN Selaginella lepidophylla, Madhavi Anuradha Ariyarathne Hewa Babarandhage

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MULTIMODAL EMOTION ANALYSIS WITH FOCUSED ATTENTION, Siddhi Kiran Bajracharya

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MICRO CREDENTIALING FOR TEACHERS: A CASE STUDY IN PERSONALIZED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Brad John Berens

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DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED GERMANIUM DETECTORS FOR RARE EVENT PHYSICS, Sanjay Bhattarai

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ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE AND MOLECULAR GEOMETRIES OF METAL COMPLEXES WITH DFT AND MULTIREFERENCE METHOD, Rina Bhowmick

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CROSSING THE GOALLINE: IDENTIFYING THE SUCCESS OF BLACK FOOTBALL PLAYERS AT A PREDOMINANTLY WHITE INSTITUTION, Mark Blackburn

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A COMPARISON OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND RESILIENCE BETWEEN BACHELOR’S DEGREE AND ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING STUDENTS, Natalie Board

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The Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore: The Portrayal of Corinthian Gender Ideologies in Ritual Landscape, Kaia C. Brose

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Perceived Neuroscience Knowledge and Counselor Self-Efficacy, Cristina Buus

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DESIGNING METAL-ORGANIC SUPERCONTAINERS FOR FUNCTIONAL APPLICATIONS: FROM SELECTIVE ANION BINDING TO SURFACE ENHANCED RAMAN SCATTERING, Kriti Chitrakar

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Water and Brain Function: Effects of Hydration Status on Neurostimulation and Neurorecording, Sam Critzer

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Research Model Applications in the Investigation of Vascular Disease Treatments, Alex Anthony Dangler

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"An Infinite Advantage": A Kierkegaardian Analysis of Anxiety and Despair in Post-War American Literature, Jeremiah Davis

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STRUCTURAL AND FUNCTIONAL MODULATION OF METAL-ORGANIC SUPERCONTAINERS (MOSCs) AND THEIR APPLICATIONS IN SUPRAMOLECULAR CATALYSIS, Shrijana DC

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Voter Influencing in State Trial Court Judicial Elections in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston, Myanna Dellinger

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“IT'S NOT PASSION, IT'S SHEER SURVIVAL”: THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENTS OF COLOR DURING THE YEARS 2020-2022, Yodit Denu

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IDENTIFYING BARRIERS TO THE LONGEVITY OF ATHLETIC COACHING: A CASE STUDY OF A NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE, Ross Douma

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HYTPLANKTON AND CHLOROPHYLL DYNAMICS ACROSS VARIOUS AQUATIC SYSTEM TYPES IN THE MIDDLE MISSOURI RIVBER BASIN, Ryan Alan Dunbeck

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Little Mexico in the Black Hills: A Study of Mexican Migration and Settlement From 1970-1990s, Sabrina Escalante

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EXPLORING FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT EXPERIENCES WITHIN THE GREEK LIFE SYSTEM, Clare Fiore

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Imagining Change: Metatheatre, Empathy, and Action on Stage and in the Classroom, Jayna Gearhart Fitzsimmons

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A Qualitative Exploration Of The Lived Experiences Of Graduate Students With Histories Of Mental Health Diagnoses Navigating Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs, Hannah Flanery

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In Whitman's Wake, Kacie Megan Fodness

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HANDWRITING: A QUALITATIVE STUDY EXPLORING ELEMENTARY TEACHERS’ BELIEFS, KNOWLEDGE, PREPARATION, PRACTICE AND INFLUENCING FACTORS IN HANDWRITING INSTRUCTION, Lori Beth Fox

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Student Privacy and Learning Analytics: Investigating the Application of Privacy within a Student Success Information System in Higher Education, Mary Francis

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CHEMISTRY OF FLUORINATED FUNCTIONAL GROUPS: IMPACT ON MOLECULAR PACKING, OPTOELECTRONIC PROPERTIES, ELECTROCHEMICAL POLYMERIZATION, PHOTOCHEMISTRY, AND REAGENT DEVELOPMENT, Shankar Gairhe

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IMPACTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL STRESSORS ON NATIVE SOUTH DAKOTA AMPHIBIAN PHYSIOLOGY AND SURVIVAL, Danielle Jean Galvin

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COP9 SIGNALOSOME PROMOTES NEOINTIMAL HYPERPLASIA VIA DENEDDYALTION AND CSN5-MEDIATED NUCLEAR EXPORT, Samiksha Giri

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SURFACE-ENGINEERED MINERAL PARTICLES FOR GATED DRUG DELIVERY, GENE TRANSFER AND SUNSCREEN FORMULATIONS, Mahadi Hasan

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THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN PSYCHOLOGICAL MALTREATMENT AND VIDEO GAME ENGAGEMENT: THE ROLE OF DISTRESS TOLERANCE, Mason Lee Hatwan

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A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY OF FLEXIBLE BLENDED LEARNING IN A FOURTH GRADE CLASSROOM, Betsy Kim Henn

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EXAMINING ELEMENTARY TEACHERS’ SELF-EFFICACY TO TEACH ENGINEERING: THE IMPACT OF PROJECT LEAD THE WAY LAUNCH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Branden Robert Hoefert

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The Impact of Immersive VR verses Desktop VR Technologies on Learning Attainment and Sense of Presence, Haley Renee Hoffman

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Proteostasis & Neuroinflammation in Alzheimer's Disease, Christa C. Huber

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CONNECTED GOVERNMENT: AN EXPLORATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND KING AND STIVER’S THEORY OF CONNECTED GOVERNMENT, Lilia Iokhvidov

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OF TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR AND TRANSFORMATION: ELUCIDATING GENE FUNCTION IN THE COMMON ICE PLANT, Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum, Chinenye Lilian Izuegbunam

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Closing the Digital Divide: Understanding Organizational Approaches to Digital Accessibility in Higher Education, Angela Kae Jackson

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Stories of Midwest Higher Education Public Safety Administrators, The Clery Act, and Keeping Campuses Safe, Bryant Jackson

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Reading Utopian Pedagogies: Discovering the Practical Here and Now of Utopian Thinking, Carter Johnke

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EVALUATING THE EFFECTS OF A SOCIAL SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN WITH ASD GENERALIZED TO A P.E. SETTING, Anissa Johns

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MOLECULAR INVESTIGATION OF MINOR GENOMIC POPULATIONS AND BIOLOGICAL EXPOSURES IN HUMAN HEALTH, Brandon Ned Johnson

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Trauma and the American Dream: Frictions of the Dominant Fiction in Steinbeck and Smith, Mary Johnson

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The Effects of Anthropogenic Modification To the Landscape on Turtle Distribution and Health in South Dakota, Anna C. Kase

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“I am Still Dakota”: Assimilation, Education, and Survival on the Lake Traverse Reservation, Katherine Victoria Kemp

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A STUDY OF VERBAL RUMINATION, RELATIONSHIPS, STRESS AND IDENTITY ON HEALTH COMMUNICATION IN COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS, Landon Mary Ellen Kemp

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FROM MORTARS TO MORTARBOARDS: MILITARY VETERANS TRANSITIONING FROM ACTIVE DUTY TO HIGHER EDUCATION, Joseph Alan Knoer

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Investigation of bacterial infection and immunity in the body louse, Lauren Mae Kress

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Promoting Well-Being Among Intercollegiate Student-Athletes: A Gratitude Intervention Using Positive Psychology, Laura Kruger

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MONITORING MOVEMENT AND RANGE EXPANSION OF SILVER AND BIGHEAD CARP (HYPOPHTHALMICHTHYS MOLITRIX, H. NOBILIS) IN SOUTH DAKOTA TRIBUTARIES OF THE MISSOURI RIVER, Lindsey Ann Pearl LaBrie

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INTENTIONAL MISDIAGNOSIS AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS OF MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS WORKING WITH MANAGED CARE, Emily Lake

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Toward a Typology of Internationalization Strategy: The Intersection of External Environments with Universities’ Structures and Cultures, Eric D. Leise

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Deadly Emotions: The Argument for Tempered Feeling in British and American Literature of Sentiment, Miranda Anne Liebsack

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FUNCTIONALIZING METAL-ORGANIC SUPER-CONTAINERS (MOSCs) FOR SELECTIVE ANION RECOGNITION, Hanying Li

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MITOCHONDRIAL ROLES IN DEVELOPMENTALLY PROGRAMMED HEART DISEASE, Eli John Louwagie

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Molecular Biofilm Inhibitors on Noble Metal Surfaces, Mahamadu Tiah Mahama

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Mathematical Analysis of Convolutional Neural Networks, Daniel McCarter

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WORKING MEMORY PERFORMANCE: IS SUBJECTIVE MEASUREMENT A BETTER PREDICTOR THAN COGNITIVE LOAD?, Megan McCray

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WORKING MEMORY PERFORMANCE: IS SUBJECTIVE MEASUREMENT A BETTER PREDICTOR THAN COGNITIVE LOAD?, Megan McCray

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The Impact of Resilience and Professional Practice Demographics on the Professional Quality of Life of Recreational Therapists, Kelley McCubbin

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ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND THEOLOGICAL COMMITMENTS IN ATS ACCREDITED INSTITUTIONS, Leon Miles

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Explorations of a Topology Constructed on the Maximal Ideals of a Boolean Algebra, Abbigal Moos

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DON’T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET: INCREASING SURVIVORSHIP IN A HEADSTARTING PROGRAM FOR THE ENDANGERED HINE’S EMERALD DRAGONFLY (SOMATOCHLORA HINEANA), Lauren Michelle Morris

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MENTORING DEEP LEARNING MODELS FOR MASS SCREENING WITH LIMITED DATA, Suprim Nakarmi

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THE EDUCATOR’S EXPERIENCE INCORPORATING BLENDED LEARNING IN A SECONDARY CLASSROOM, Kiki Nelsen

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TEACHER RETENTION: PERCEPTIONS OF TEACHERS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION IN RURAL SCHOOLS IN NEBRASKA, Andrew Offner

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Growing up Ghanaian: The Well-being of Ghanaian Children in the United States and Ghana, Akua Bemma Opoku

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ACADEMIC ADVISORS’ PERCEPTIONS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ATTITUDES TOWARD WORKING WITH STUDENTS EXPERIENCING SUBSTANCE USE CONCERNS, Amy Orr

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Adaptation to Sport Retirement in Division I Student-Athletes, Andrea Cota Powell

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ANALYZING PULMONARY ABNORMALITY WITH SUPERPIXEL BASED GRAPH NEURAL NETWORKS IN CHEST X-RAY, Ronaj Pradhan

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Redeeming Femininity: A Steinian Catholic Feminist Reading of Flannery O'Connor's Short Fiction, Amanda Pugh

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Correlation of Motivations to view Facebook Video Advertisements with Willingness to View Future Advertisements, Mokhlisur Rahman

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DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL HPGe DETECTOR FOR RARE EVENT PHYSICS, Mathbar Singh Raut

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FACTORS INFLUENCING HARD RUNNING DISTANCES IN NCAA DIVISION I FEMALE SOCCER PLAYERS, Isaac A. Sam

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Integrated STEM Learning Activity: Effect on Student Engagement and Learning, Leslie Deitrich Sauder

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Teacher Retention: Retaining Teachers in High-Needs, Urban Secondary Schools in a Midwest State Post-Pandemic, Christopher Kenneth Schmit

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Inkjet Printing of SERS-based Inks for Covert Anti-Counterfeiting Labels, Erin E. Schnetzer

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The Victorian Crisis of Faith: Uncertainty, Pessimism, Morality, and Monsters. A Look at Nineteenth-Century British Gothic Horror and the Unassailable Unknown, Jay Schroeder

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POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION AND SUPPORTS (PBIS): IMPROVING STAFF BUY-IN WITH PBIS IN A RURAL DISTRICT IN THE MIDWEST, Christena Schultz

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INDUCTION AND MENTORING PROGRAMS: PATHWAYS TO NEW TEACHER RETENTION AND SUCCESS, Valerie Kim Seales

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An examination of Pell grant recipient graduation rates and institutional expenditures at public baccalaureate institutions, Lamont Alphonso Sellers

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Background Discrimination of a Neutrino Detector with Dense Neural Networks, Perry Siehien

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DYNAMIC LUMINESCENCE OF LEAD DOPED CALCIUM ZINC GERMANATE FOR ANTI-COUNTERFEITING, Levi Spencer

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECURITY CONCERNS FOR UNIVERSITY WORKFORCE AND SUPPORTING INFRASTRUCTURE DURING A PANDEMIC, Garrett Stevens

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RESEARCHING MEDICAL TREATMENT ASSESSMENTS FROM UNITED STATES MILITARY VETERANS DIAGNOSED WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER, AND DETERMINING INTEREST IN THE MATRIX MODEL OF TREATMENT FOR POTENTIAL APPLICATION IN THEIR TREATMENT PROGRAMS, Christopher R. Strunk