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

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

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

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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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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

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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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