Works in this series are the final written component of a masters degree program at Grand Valley State University.

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

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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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"Wrens Make Prey Where Eagles Dare Not Perch": Poisonous Masculinity and Incel Ideology in The Tragedy of King Richard III, Joshua Thomas Aldrich

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Princes, Moms, and Warriors: A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis of Toxic Depictions in Film, Brittany Bahl

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"The Missus has paid for your life.": Preconstituted Third-World Women in Chris Cleave's Little Bee, Jeanette P. Barry and Jeanette Parry Barry

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Genetic Structure of Urban White-Tailed Deer in West Michigan, Jacob David Brand

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Microbial Experience Increases Cytotoxicity of Tumor-Infiltrating CD8+ T Cells and Controls Tumor Growth, Nicholas Aaron Bunda

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Comparative Anatomical Study of the Brachial Plexus of Primates, Alison Leann Camero

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Using Plot Photographs to Estimate Tundra Vegetation Cover in Northern Alaska, Hana Christoffersen

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BTS & ARMY: A South Korean Music Group and their Fandom Create a New Grassroots Movement for Social Change, Ye Ram Chung

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The Spatial Ecology and Habitat Selection of a Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) Population in Southwest Michigan, Michela Coury

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Running out of oxygen: Revealing the interannual and intra-annual dynamics of bottom water hypoxia in a Great Lakes estuary using time-series observations, experiments, and analyses, Nate M. Dugener

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A Case Study of Organizational Mobilization Best Practices for Natural Disasters, Jaclyn Ermoyan

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“The Ugly Truth”: Examining War Trauma and Therapeutic Storytelling through the Works of Tim O’Brien, Meredith Ivy Fedewa

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Neuroprotective Effect of Cannabidiol During an Ischemic Event, Analis Floyd

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Relationships Among Age, Relative Telomere Length, and DNA Methylation in Pteropus Bats, Erika E. Forest

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ELL Cultural Inclusion Initiative, Julia L. Gidley

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An Examination of the Underutilization of Mental Health Resources in Collegiate Student-Athletes, Kathleen Olivia Glover

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Recovery posture post HIIT exercise in the active population, Sydney Goll

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Financial Literacy: A Case Study on Current Practices, Briana Lee Hammontree

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Amendment 4: A Movement to Reduce Ex-Felon Disenfranchisement in Florida, Hunter L. Harding

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Impact of Gamification on an Online Middle School Classroom, Jeremy R. Hein

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“Where do we fit in?”: Exploring a Sense of Belonging Among Fat College Students, Kyle Loyd Holcomb

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Blood Flow Restriction and Various Intensity Exercise in the Upper Extremity, Noelle Ashlyn Kaminski and Andrew Lowe

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

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The Effects of Deleting LRB E3 Ligase Region 2 on Red Light Responses in Arabidopsis thaliana, Sabina Liskey

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An Examination of Mental Health in First-Year College Students, Emily Jolin Luettke

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EFFECTS OF ESTROGEN TREATMENT ON REPRODUCTION IN AGING MALE RATS, Kuhelika Mali

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Burned Out and Unappreciated: Exploring Emotional Support for Certified Nursing Assistants in Skilled Nursing Facilities, Andrea H. Miller

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Post-COVID-19 Teaching with Technology Support in Higher Education, Landon Nalepinski

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Building Stronger Student-Teacher Relationships Through a Mentorship Program to Increase Student Reading Achievement, Emily Nicholas

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Developing Coping Strategies for Early Elementary Students in Relation to Anxiety, Kayle M. Ogrodzinski

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Resiliency in the Shadows of the Ivory Tower: Examining the Strategies Utilized by Undocumented Students to Succeed in Higher Education, Estefany Paniagua-Pardo M.Ed

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Addressing Disengagement in Text Through An Increase in Autonomy, Access, and Relevant Text Selection, Amanda L. Saffian

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The Impact of Learner & Instructor Expectations on L2 Online Motivation, Sara Kate Simon

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Pediatric mTBI: Perceptions of Michigan General Education Teachers, Kayleigh Smith, Delaney Eckstein, Alyson Peters, and Tanveer Mangat

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Beyond All Worlds: George MacDonald, the Pre-Tolkienians, and the Forgotten Possibilities of Fantasy, Ethan Patrick Stevens

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Defining Regenerative Business Through the Context of Place: A Case Study West Michigan Businesses, Aislinn Teachout and Aislinn Teachout

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The Concrete Ceiling of Nonprofit Leadership, Leodis William Aaron Turner

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Multimodal Vocabulary Instruction: An Approach for Supporting Reading Comprehension, Mary K. Van Singel

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Potential Impacts of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Infestation on Forest Overstory and Avian Assemblages in West Michigan, USA, Nathaniel SQ Wagner

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Increasing Phonological and Phonemic Awareness to Support Literacy in Children in Grades K-2: Activities for Early Elementary Teachers and Parents, Tiffany Ward

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The Use of Occupational Therapy Services in Outpatient Mental Health, Kelsey A. Wasik, Matt T. Valois, Kaylee M. Essenberg, and Kelcie P. Beck

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Using Occupancy Modeling to Estimate American Marten Distribution in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, Maria N. Weston

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Inclusion of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Cultural Competence in Higher Education Healthcare Programs: A Scoping Review, Kristin Willey OTD, OTR/L; Jennifer K. Fortuna PhD, OTR/L; Jessica Guerra; Amanda Gross; Samantha Turner; Tara Grant; and Betsy Williams MS, LIS

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Community Organizing: Leadership in Rural and Under Supported Latino Community, Juan Paulo Arangure

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Assessing the Short-Term Effects of Translocation on Freshwater Mussels: Is Habitat or Water Quality More Important?, Joshua D. Arnold

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Quantum Simulation Using High-Performance Computing, Collin Beaudoin, Christian Trefftz, and Zachary Kurmas

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Effects of AM Fungi from Conventional and No-till Michigan Crop Fields on Plant and Soil Health, Derek Bennett

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Spatial and demographic patterns of two threatened turtle species in an urban environment, Carly E. Brouwers

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The Hyperinvisibility of Queer Black Women in Higher Education, Jeffery J. Brown

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A Study on the Beliefs of Juvenile Justice Practitioners on Youth Behavior and Treatment, Chase S. Christenson

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ELs in a Michigan 9-12 School: Educators’ Perceptions and Cultural Considerations, Melissa Lynn Dean

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Comparing Macroinvertebrate Total Abundance and Total Biomass on Five Substrate Types from Upstream to Downstream on the North Branch of the Au Sable River, Paul David Dingman

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Hardware Acceleration in Image Stitching: GPU vs FPGA, Joshua David Edgcombe

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Adult Persistent Post-Concussion Syndrome: Occupational Therapy Practitioners’ Current State of Practice, Megan Eisses, Megan Hicks, Megan Mitchell, and Sabrina Vanderklipp

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Pedigree and Molecular Assessment of Relatedness in a Captive Chimpanzee Population, Francesca Golus

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Recovery Effects on the Performance of Athletic Shoes, Erich B. Hagen

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Best Practice in Dementia Communication: Determining the effectiveness of pre-recorded, presentation-based learning for CNAs working in residential care facilities, Mary Kate Hoeve

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Use of imaging flow cytometry to assess the hematology of eastern massasauga rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus), Jennifer H. Kovach

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“Am I Wrong to Want Justice?”: How J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace Forces Readers to Think through the Problem of Law, Nicholas Langenberg

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Evaluation of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) spawning success on an artificial reef constructed in the Kalamazoo River, Michigan, Jason P. Lorenz

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CFD Analysis of Subcutaneous Deposition and Dispersion of Insulin in Adipose Tissue, Ryan C. Lubbers

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Effects of shoreline and watershed development on eastern Lake Michigan drowned river mouth ecology, Megan M. Mader and Carl R. Ruetz III

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Strategies for Raising Low Test Scores of Minority Students, Shanika Y. Mcclendon

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Gendered Pronouns and Rape Myth Acceptance, Cassandra M. Merritt

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The growth of starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa), an aquatic invasive species, in two Michigan Lakes, and its suitable habitats in the Midwest and Northeast United States, Emily Neuman

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A Phenomenological Study of the Lived-Experiences of Families Transitioning to Permanent Housing, Ellie Olsen, Samantha Ruhe, Ellen Brown, and Courtney Zanni

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Developing Novel Molecular Detection Techniques for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae), Meg Sanders

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Immune Cell Profile in the Epididymis of Leptin and Leptin Receptor Knockout Mice, Hilary Skalski

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Fecal Findings: Investigating Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Diet Using DNA Metabarcoding, Alyssa Swinehart

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Does EPA Cause A Decrease in Inflammation of bEnd.3 Cells Through FFAR4?, Clay J. Weidenhamer

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A Parametric Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Study of In-Line Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines (HAWTs) with Yaw, North Alyster Yates

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Impacts of Racial Bias on Student Conduct Processes in Higher Education, Kaylin M. Zocharski

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A Descriptive Study of Serial Killers and the Presence of Macdonald Triad Symptoms, Vivian A. Zuniga

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Passive and Active Battery Balancing Methods Implemented on Second Use Lithium-ion Batteries, Walter Bartek

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The Analysis of Trauma-Informed Risk Assessments Within a Juvenile Justice System in a Midwest State, Kayla M. Bates

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Variation in Tundra Plant Traits Across a Latitudinal Gradient, Katlyn Rose Betway

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A CFD Study of Operation Room Air Conditioning: Air Curtain Performance, Spencer Lee Boer

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Modeling the Torque of Ferrite Nano-Particles as a Ferrofluid Suspended in Liquid to Determine the Electromagnetic Response to Angular Displacement, Jackson Tyler Brennecke

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An Examination of Religious Institution Involvement in Trauma Recovery, Caitlin M. Brown

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How Do Food Shopping Behaviors Differ Between High-income and Low-income Shoppers in the Grand Rapids Metropolitan Area?, Alison M. Cooney

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Examining How White College Women Make Meaning of Their Identities and Experiences After Studying Abroad in a Non-European Country, Damaris Renee Crocker De Ruiter

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An investigation into the development of a low cost, easy to use seizure analysis tool., Cody Dean

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Meta-analysis of the Association between Acute Particulate Matter Exposure and Cardiovascular Disease, Issa El-Kildani

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Competitive Interactions: Spatial and temporal niche partitioning between Brook and Brown Trout in southwest Michigan, Frederick J. Glassen

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Microbial experience influences tumor- infiltrating T lymphocytes, Hanna Groeber

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Analysis of seasonal changes in thermal stress resilience and innate immunity in the temperate coral, Astrangia poculata, from future climate impacts, Tyler Eugene Harman

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Drivers of decadal vegetation change in Northern Alaska, Jacob Allen Harris

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Carbon Sequestration in a Restored West Michigan Oak Savanna: Implications for Management Practices, Jeffrey A. Heise

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Recidivism, gender, and race: An analysis of the Los Angeles County Probation Department’s Risk and Needs Assessment Instruments, Robert V. Howard

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Numerical Investigation of Leading-Edge Modifications of a NACA Airfoil, Anisur Rahman Ikram

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Investigation of Selective Laser Melting Fabricated Internal Cooling Channels, Colin Jack

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Confronting Wicked Crypto: Wicked Problems, Encryption Policy, and Exceptional Access Technology, Kevin Nicholas Kredit

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Emily Dickinson, the Tyrant, and the Daemon: A Critique of Societal Oppression, and the Significance of Artistic Truth, Debra Kue

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Bloom or bust: Search for phytoplankton community drivers using long-term time-series observations and field measurements in a model Great Lakes estuary, Jasmine Mancuso

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The Impact of Microbial Experience on the Murine Innate Immune Response, Cody Thomas Morrison

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Hormonal Responses to Seasonal Thermal and Ecological Stressors in Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata), Lilianne Nelson