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 found as separate series in the Graduate Research and Creative Practice collection.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Dosimetric Impact of 4 Degrees of Freedom vs. 6 Degrees of Freedom of the Robotic Treatment Couch in the Treatment of Intermediate to High-Risk Prostate Cancer, Kelly M. Adams

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A volumetric modulated arc therapy retrospective planning study of left sided chest wall treatments with and without bolus, Telly J. Armstrong

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Utilizing Educational Materials to Change Vaccine Compliance in Children Under 24 Months of Age, Kelsey M. Arnold

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The Effectiveness of the Schroth Method in Treating Idiopathic Scoliosis in Pre-Adolescent, Adolescent and Adult Patients: A Retrospective Chart Review, Dave Bancuk, Jacob Nutter, and Jessica Ramos

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Program Evaluation of Parent Engagement Activities in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Cheryl A. Bos

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Fostering a Sense of Belonging in Students who are At-Risk for Suspension or Expulsion: A Small-Group Intervention for Middle School Students, Shayna M. Brooks

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Home Literacy as A Way to Improve Students’ Academic Achievement and Motivation, Foster Strong Familial Relationships, and Bridge the Gap Between Home and School: A Framework for Custom Family Literacy Programs, Julia Marie Brown

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Improving Handover Process for Stroke Patients Transferring from Emergency Department to Interventional Radiology: A Quality Improvement Project, Megan Buchman

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Comparison of Hybrid, IMRT and VMAT techniques for Treating Right Lung Cancer- A Scientific Review, Ana V. Cash

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Effects of Nature Play in Early Childhood Education, Alicia Joy Chaney

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Commissioning of Electron Monte Carlo Dose Calculation Algorithm for Rectangular Shaped Cutouts, Saerom Chang

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Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Community-Based Palliative Care, Mary D. Chenge

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Building Community for Black Women Student Affairs Graduate Students by Creating a Mentor Sister Circle Program, Taijah Monay Claybrook

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Culturally Responsive Classroom Libraries in Middle School and High School English Language Arts Classrooms, Brandy Coleman

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Utilization of Home Blood Pressure Monitoring in Adult Patients with Hypertension, Justin R. Crow

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An Examination of the Role of Total Instructional Alignment and the Impact on Teacher Confidence and Student Success, Catherine Cushway

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Do I Belong? Underrepresented Students Sense of Belonging, Delaney Deisig

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Fostering Preschool Emergent Literacy Development Through Parent Involvement in the Preschool Classroom, Jamie S. DeVries

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Creating a Safe and Supportive School Climate for Transgender Students, Taylor DeWilde

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Evidence-based Recommendations for Assistive Technologies for Safety in Dementia Care, Lee A. Diener

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Improving Adolescent Risk Assessment and Provider Follow-Up in Primary Care, Darby R. Disselkoen

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Improving Orientation for Transfer Students at GVSU, Jamie Dorman

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Improving Teacher Wellbeing Through Administrator Support, Stacy Eding

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Second Language Learning in Elementary Years: Cognitive and Social-Emotional Benefits, Brooke Elenbaas

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A Quantitative Study of Correlations between Patient Load with the Usage of Artificial Intelligence Treatment Planning tools (auto planning, adaptive RT, Clear Check, Deformable Dose, Auto-contouring, EZFluence, etc.) A United States Context, Casey Joy Ervick

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Evaluating Alumni Perceptions of Reciprocity with Their Alma Mater, Courtney Geurink

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Writing as a Vessel for Thinking: Incorporating Self-Regulation, Metacognition, and Formative Assessment in the Middle School ELA Classroom, Alyssha Ginzel

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A Dosimetric Comparison Using Physical and Biological Objectives on Targets and Organs at Risk, Whitnee Hallford

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A Qualitative Dosimetric Comparison of Helical Tomotherapy, Coplanar Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy, and Non-coplanar Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy for Radiotherapy of Centrally Located Brain Tumors, Robert Hayward

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Improving the Screening and Care of Hospitalized Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Through Standardized Workflow Processes, Elizabeth Henschel

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Creating equal opportunities through developmental screening at a rural health clinic, Allison Honderd

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Trauma-Informed Care: An Elementary Perspective, Alexandria Hutchison

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Addressing Student Discipline Discrepancies Through Restorative Justice and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Josh Jackson

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Implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Model: Impacting Perceptions of School Climate, Olivia L. Johnson

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Spirituality in Secular Schools: A Grounded School Counseling Intervention, Alexis P. Joseph

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Literacy Achievement Gap of Elementary English Learners, Bethany Kamps

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Intervention Strategies for Guiding Intercollegiate Student Athletes to a Greater Sense of Career Maturity, Laura Kastler

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Increasing Parental Engagement in Social-Emotional Learning at Home through Incentive Based Program: A Guideline for Implementation, Shawn P. Kiley

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Differentiating Instruction Through One-On-One Literacy Conferences, Rebecca Sue Klenk

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A Look into Transition Programs for First Year Students with Disabilities in Higher Education: How to Create a Transition Program to Support Student Success, Gillian R. Lazzarini

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The Importance of Data-Informed Decision-Making When Analyzing and Selecting Resources for Social-Emotional Learning: A Process for Resource Review and Selection, Taylor S. Lindman

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Reading Enjoyment and Motivation in Grades 3-5: Encouraging an Increase in Reading for Pleasure, Gayle Lotterman

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The Influence of Faith-Based Interest Groups on the Development of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, Samantha K. Lynn

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Cultivating Resilience in LGBTQ+ College Students Through Mindfulness-Based Practices, Luke A. Madden

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Trauma-Informed Care and Student Outcomes: A K-12 Perspective, BrookeAnn Maroney

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Addressing Adolescents’ Needs for Historically and Culturally Responsive English Language Arts Curriculum, Angela McKellar

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The Effects of Student Connectedness on Student Behavior, Lisa Migazzi

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Improving Literacy Homework in the Primary Grades Through Interactive Family Reading, Lisa Mulder

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A Budget Impact Analysis of a Tobacco Control Program in a Community Mental Health Clinic, Thuy-Nhi Nguyen

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A Summer Reading Program for Joy and Growth: Using Free Books, Videos, and Little Free Libraries to Empower Students and Parents to Make the Most of the Summer Months for Reading Growth, Allison Nieboer

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Improving Care Coordination for The Homeless Population Using Systematic Quality Improvement, Rutendo Nyasvisvo

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Engaging Elementary Students of Color in Culturally Relevant Teaching, Hilary S. O'Neill

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Enhancing Medication Adherence Behaviors Among Ambulatory Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Patients: A Quality Improvement Project, Desiree Palmer

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Incorporating Systematic Phonics Instruction Into Daily Reading Curriculum, Rachel Pennock

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Sickle Cell Disease: Development of an Acute Pain Management Program in a Hematology/Oncology Practice, Elizabeth Pohl

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Providing High-Quality, Diverse Literature for Kindergarten Classrooms, Tamara Powell

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Play-Based Learning Beyond Preschool: Implementing Guided-Play into a First Grade Classroom, Jennifer Powers

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Evaluating the Impact of Nurse Server Standardization on Patient Safety, Megan L. Priebe

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Meeting the Unmet Social and Emotional Needs of Children and Adolescents 
by Advocating for the Role of School Counselors in Elementary and Middle Schools, Haley Prins

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A Dosimetric Study on Photon Beam Energies With and Without a Flattening Filter in SBRT Treatments for Prostate Cancer, Alexis F. Puruleski

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Bladder and Rectal Dosimetric Doses Upon Magnetic Resonance Imaging Integrated Into Tandem and Ovoid Brachytherapy Treatment Planning, Courtney Raney

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A comparative study between conventional VMAT-Total Body Irradiation (TBI) and VMAT Simultaneous Integrated Marrow Boost (SIB) TBI to determine dosimetric feasibility in pediatric patients, Candace R. Ray

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A Dosimetric Evaluation of Increasing Scalp Sparing Between Varied Energy Photon Beams and MLC Blocking Techniques Among Whole-Brain Irradiation Patients, Addah Riebschleger

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Dosimetric Evaluation of Fixed Jaw and Jaw Tracking VMAT Treatment Plans for Prostate Cancer with Involved Pelvic Nodes, William Rios

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Rising Student Burnout: A Distributive Leadership Approach to Creating Student Well-Being, Taylor J. Ross

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Dosimetry implications of anatomic versus consensus Nature Reviews Genetics (NRG) Oncology rectum contours among prostate cancer patients, Enoch Sarkodee

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Gender Bias in the Classroom: An In-Service to Create Change, David Schmidt

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A Program Evaluation to Assess Readiness for the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Patient Centered Medical Home Model Application, Alida M. Semrinec

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Developing an Online Orientation Program for Adult Learners at Grand Valley State University, Justin Thomas Sims

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Negative Impacts of Mandatory Standardized Testing on Teachers and Students, Nicole Stefanko

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Building Resilience for Parents and Children Through Community Early Childhood Playgroups, Amanda Stevenson

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Enteral Nutrition Protocol for Pediatric Burn Patients: A Quality Improvement Initiative, Margaret Tepe

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A Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Based, Collaborative Community Approach for the Adverse Childhood Experience Student, Jessica L. Tiefenbach

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A Dosimetric Comparison Study of Whole Brain Volumetric Arc Therapy Hippocampal Sparing Techniques in Radiation Oncology, Taylor Renee Tucker

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Evaluation of a Chewing Gum Protocol for Postoperative Spinal Patients, Lauren E. Vachon

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The Importance of Preschool to Help Close Literacy Achievement Gaps in Kindergarten, Alicia Wagner

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The Importance of Within-class Ability Grouping, Matthew Wagner

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The Effects of Bullying and Solutions to Bullying of LGBTQ+ Students in Schools, Mandy K. Wallstead

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Improving Reading Comprehension in Arabic English Language Learners, Amanda Watson

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Standardized Testing and the call for Alternative Assessment Methods, Rebekah Weiss

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“Warm Handoff” to Increase Enrollment in a Maternal Infant Health Program, Samantha Worthem

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A quantitative investigation of the impact roll has on the percent change in position of breast phantoms of various volumes, Clayton N. Young

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Using multi-tiered systems of support to improve student outcomes, Kevin Daniel Annis

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Improving Blood Pressure Control Among Patients Diagnosed with Hypertension in a Primary Care Setting, Eriko Apriliando

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Analysis of PTV Margins for VMAT Treatment of Rectal Cancers Utilizing Prone Bellyboard Device., Ben Armbuster

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Dosimetric Effect When Treating Multiple Lesion SRS Using VMAT With and Without Jaw Tracking, Mindy Bui

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Developing a Sustainable Group Tobacco Control Program in a Community Mental Health Clinic, Jennifer Burns

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The Air Gap Effect Between a Bolus and the Skin Surface for Chest Wall Irradiation, Marisa Clark

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Creating a Quality Improvement Toolkit to Identify & Address Gaps in the Care of Older Adults with Hip Fracture, Amanda J. Covell

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Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment: A Project Evaluation, Ann L. Cudney

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A Comparison Between Rectal Dose in Prostate Radiotherapy Patients Treated with Spaceoar Hydrogel Present Versus Patients Treated Without Spaceoar Hydrogel., David DeSano

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Elementary College and Career Readiness Curriculum: A School Counselor Intervention, Alexandra Evans

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Irradiating Internal Mammary Nodes in Right Sided Breast Cancer Patients: A Dosimetric Comparison Considering if Deep Inspiration Breath Hold Provides Significant Organ Sparing, Emily Foster

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A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Financial Sustainability of Home-Based Palliative Care Program, Andrea L. Giffel

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Trauma-Informed Schools: A Strategy for Problem Behaviors in the Classroom, Timothy Hall

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A Policy Analysis of Adult Lead Exposure Screening in Michigan, Omoyemi A. Idowu

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Utilization of Patient Toolkit and Discharge Algorithm for Providers to Reduce Readmission due to Repeat Ground Level Fall, Sara Karl

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Using Space OAR to Spare Multiple At-Risk Organs in Prostate RT, Caroline Kendra

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Honoring Patient Do Not Resuscitate Wishes and Reducing Harm During Transitions of Care: A Quality Improvement Project, Emily L. Kraus

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Implementation Strategies to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Adults with Sepsis: A Quality Improvement Project, Erin Kucharek