Works in this series are the final written component of a masters or doctoral degree program at Grand Valley State University. Culminating Experience Projects demonstrate a student's competence in their discipline while producing original research, investigating a scholarly topic, or producing a creative work.

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Note: in some graduate programs, students may instead create a Thesis or Dissertation. These can be found as separate series in the Graduate Research and Creative Practice collection.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Effective Strategies for Student Employee Retention and Development in Higher Education, Jennifer Abbott

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Improving Cancer Screening Adherence in a Rural Health Clinic, Keith Abraham

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Institutions Implementation of Trauma-Informed Care Practices for Sexual Assault Survivors, Calli Ackels

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A quantitative investigation at dose to tissue when using physical constraints versus biological based constraints in pancreatic carcinoma patients, Kelly R. Alley

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An Evaluation of Methods to Reduce Inframammary Surface Dose in Prone Breast Irradiation, Seth Alvarado

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Promoting Trauma Informed Professional Learning and Practices for Staff and Student Success, Rachel E. Anderson

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Commuter Days: Improving the Quality of Commuter Student Involvement, Thomas Anglim

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The Effects of a Dynamic Warm-up on Low-Dye Taping in Pronated Participants, Trevor Daniel Aukerman

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An Examination of Reducing Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy Rates of Secondary Students, Rebekkah L. Bartle

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Culturally Responsive Teaching As A Way To Narrow The Opportunity Gap for African American Students, Emily Bazini

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The Influence of DASH Diet Education on Knowledge and Adherence in Primary Care: A Quality Improvement Project, Paige Bekker

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A Framework for Interdisciplinary Read Aloud Lessons, Lyndsey M. Bensel

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The Development of the Soft Skills within Social Studies Curriculum, Bradley G. Boven

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A Dosimetric Comparison Using Avoidance Sectors vs Avoidance Structures for Hip Prostheses in Cancer Patients Receiving Pelvic Irradiation, Grace E. Bowhall

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Embracing Familismo within the Latinx Population at Community Colleges, Elle E. Bowman

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Promoting Transfer Student Success through Comprehensive Orientation Programming at GVSU, Berkley E. Bretschneider

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Professional Development through Literacy Coaching: Tools to Assist Literacy Coaches in Self-Reflection to Build Capacity, Rose M. Brooks

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How can Design Thinking Be a Tool for Inspiring Creativity Among Adult Learners, Nicole J. Brower

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Improving Annual Wellness Visit Completion Rates with a Team Approach, Marstie Bunting

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Development of a Care Management Program within an Urban Health Center, April M. Butler

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The Evaluation and Implementation of Financial Literacy Programs for College Students, Morgan Elizabeth Chirillo

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Utilizing Tier 2 PBIS Interventions to Reduce Bullying Behaviors, Becky L. Dale

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The Benefits of Small Group Counseling Sessions in Rural High Schools, Breanne Dru Dalm

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Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Art Room, Katherine Starr Dana

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Student-Athletes and Mental Health Services: Increasing Utilization, Allyson DeGraaf

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Supporting Adult Transfer Students, Ellis Louise Derezinski-Johnson

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Nutrition Education as a Tool of Empowerment, Claire DeVries

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Phonological Awareness Activities for Students with Reading Challenges, Kelsey DeWitt

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Creating Effective Parent-Teacher Partnerships to Positively Impact Student Reading, Ashley A. Durack

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Hip-Hop and Black Queer Defiance, Elyssa Durham

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Developing Teacher Knowledge of the Science of Reading: Phonemic Awareness & Phonics, Megan Erin Dziedzic

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Orthographic Mapping: a Tool for Success in Reading, Vocabulary Word Knowledge, Meaning, and Self Teaching in the Primary Grades, Lauren Eisnor

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Farmers Markets and Social Cohesion in a Post-COVID-19 World, Daniel Falknor

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Boosting Attendance through Relationships, Mia Ferguson

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Supporting Transitions: Success Interventions for Transfer Students, Jessica C. Fillmore

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Perceptions of Accessibility from Museum Visitors who are Visually Impaired: A Case Study, Jennifer Fortuna PhD, OTRL; Claire Harrison; Abigail Eekhoff; Candice Marthaler; Megan Seromik; Stephanie Ogren PhD; and Julia VanderMolen PhD, CHES

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Dosimetric Comparison of Static IMRT and VMAT aPBI Treatment Planning in the Prone Position for Breast Conservation Therapy, Kelly A. Foucher

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Thru-hiker Mentality during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Mental Health, Brooke Fox

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A Descriptive Study Comparing the 95% and 100% Dose Volume Coverage at the Match Line in a Four-Field Monoisocentric Breast Phantom Plan in Eclipse by Opening Different Degrees of MLCs under the Collimator Jaws vs Closed, Tara M. Fry

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Supporting English Learners in the General Classroom, Stephanie L. Gamble

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Muse: A Genetic Algorithm for Musical Chord Progression Generation, Griffin Going

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College Job Portal, Harikrishna Gonuguntla

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3D Right Breast Treatments: A Comparison of Volumetric and Reference Point Normalization Techniques., Stephanie Lyn Graham

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Text Based Discussions: An Approach to Teach Reading Comprehension, Georgeanne R. Green

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Public School Absenteeism and the Impact of COVID-19, Melanie M. Griffore

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Strengthening Executive Function and Self-Regulation in Early Childhood Classroom, Molly Grosvenor

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Impacting Michigan Latino Students’ Perceptions of Higher Education: How to Better Communicate and Promote 4-Year College Degree Opportunities, Michael A. Guerra

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Virtual Reality to Improve Pain Control in Lumbar Fusion Surgical Patients, Jessica L. Ham

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Obtaining and Retaining Men in Higher Education, Shelby Hanselman

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Curriculum is a Map, Not a GPS: Culturally Responsive Reading Instruction in Urban Schools, Danielle Hay

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Teacher Retention: The Causes and an Administrator’s Role in Reducing Attrition, Kate Hedrick

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A Dosimetric Evaluation of Skin Dose in Post Mastectomy Radiation Therapy: A Comparison of Static Field Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy and Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy, Dusti M. Henion

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Managing Mental Health Risks on Short-Term Study Abroad Programs: A Faculty Development Approach, Katherine A. Hoffswell

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New Literacies in the Classroom: An Exploration of the Differences in Reading Comprehension Between New and Traditional Literacies, Brenna A. Holsclaw

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“No One Talks About It”: A First-Year Workshop to Address the Stigmatization of Food Assistance Use for First-Generation College Students, Erika Howard

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Diversity in Educational Resources, Samantha Mae Howe

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Increasing Academic Achievement Through Reading Motivation and Strong Family Partnerships, Megan Hubbard

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Implementation of Standardized Headache Educational Materials to Improve Patient Education and Quality of Care, Julie Hubner

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Feedback to Feed Forward: Creating Formative Feedback to Improve Student Writing, Adam R. Huttenga

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Small Group Interventions for Students from Single Parent Households, Gerrit Immink

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Helping Students Reduce Test Anxiety for Success on Standardized Tests, Nicholas Iveson

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Building a Deep Model for Multi-class Coral Species Discrimination, Hyeong Gyu Jang

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The Influence of Black Identity Development on Academic Achievement of Black College Students at PWIs, Abbey Rae Jerome

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Improving Provider Adherence to ADA Clinical Practice Guidelines: A QI Project in a Patient Centered Medical Home, David H. Kamp

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Improving Academic Experiences of K-12 Students Through Trauma-Informed Practices, Karen E. Knaebel

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The Transfer Equity Program a Plan to Increase Baccalaureate Attainment for Students of Color, Knodel M. Knodel

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Restorative Justice for Fraternity/Sorority Life, Kyley Knudson

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Face Mask Detection Model, Rithwik Sagar Kondala

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Travel Dashboard, Naveen Kumar Lalam

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A Research Based Approach to Implementing and Sustaining School-Wide or District Wide Restorative Practices, Brandon M. Lane

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Engaging Disinterested Adolescent Readers in the Middle School Classroom, Elizabeth M. Lezman

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Conversations About Book Challenges and Bans: Civil Discourse through Talking Frames and Sentence Stems, Alonna Lynn Liabenow

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Effects of EZFluence planning software on dosimetric parameter compliance for early-stage breast cancer, Jackie Loomis

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A Quantitative Investigation of Treating Lung Tumors with Dynamic Conformal Arcs vs. VMAT for Lung SBRT Plans, Shawn Loutos

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Linguistically and Culturally Responsive Teaching for LL in the Mainstream Classroom: Planning Tools and Other Classroom Resources, Emily L. MacArthur

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Notebooks Web Application, Vivekananda Marellali

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Elements of Early Warning Systems: Identifying Students Who Need Support Early Enough to Change Their Trajectory Towards Graduation, Samantha Mayse

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Deep Inspiration and End Exhale Breathhold Evaluation for the Treatment of Locally Advanced Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma using the ViewRay MRIdian LinacTM, Tatum McGlynn

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Dose Comparison of Automatic Feathering Algorithm Versus Traditional Techniques with the Introduction of Setup Uncertainties, Caleb D. McGowan

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When comparing HyperArc and GammaKnife treatment techniques for brain metastasis, which technique offers optimal treatment to achieve the highest Biological Effective Dose (BED)?, Carrie Merfert

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Improving Writing Instruction Through Professional Development, Katherine Irene Miller

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Plan quality comparison between Cyberknife and VMAT lung SBRT after modified Cyberknife treatment times., Lindsey Money

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An Examination of Interventions for Decreasing Academic Failure in Low-Income Students, Amy Elizabeth Mroczek

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Development of a Point-of-Care Ultrasonography Workflow Within a Rural Clinic, Lauren Myers

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Increasing Student Engagement and Comprehension in the Elementary Classroom Through Text-Based Discussions, Lisa Newberry

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Docker Container Image – Vulnerability Scanning, Joseph U. Ohaeche

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A Quantitative Comparison of LINAC vs. Cyberknife for SBRT Prostate Boost: A Retrospective Study, Vicente Miguel Ornelas

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Secondary Science Classrooms Are Not Engaging Enough to Draw Marginalized Students into STEM Courses., Derek Ottenbaker

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Improving Career Readiness and Employability of College Graduates, Megan Packer

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Spine Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT): Using biological objectives in treatment planning a comparative plan study, Joseph E. Pagano

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React E-Commerce Application & Google Cloud DevOps, Hemanth Panditi

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Intentional Data-Driven Instruction Used to Improve Academic Achievement in Urban Schools, Jonandru Pendell

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An Examination of Chronic Absenteeism and the Impacts on Student Success, Rachel Pini

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How Sense of Belonging Impacts Student Retention: Examining the Experience of First-Generation Latino/a/x Students Attending PWIs, Maria R. Raab

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Big Data Analytics of Medical Data, ASHWIN RAJASANKAR

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Re-examining Writer’s Workshop for Emergent Writers in Kindergarten for the Inclusion of Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Taylor C. Randall

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Supporting English Language Learners: Preparing Content Area Teachers to Promote Academic Achievement among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learner Populations., Molly K. Roesler

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Invisible, yet Criminal: Best Practices for Supporting Student Sex Workers throughout Higher Education, Anthony Alan Ruegsegger

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Effectiveness of Regional Alternative Food Systems on Food Inequality, Kirsten M. Rydzewski

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Cultivating Lifelong Readers: A Study of How English Teachers Can Bring Pleasure Back into the Reading Lives of Students, Kaylie Jo Schertzing