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Dissertations from 2021

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The Power of Presentation: How Attire, Cosmetics, and Posture Impact the Source Credibility of the Female Expert Witness, Alexandra Repke

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Workplace Microaggressions Experienced by Sexual Minorities: Relationships to Workplace Attitudes, Mental Health, and the Role of Emotional Distress Tolerance, Dylan Richard

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Social and Individual-Level Identities and College Male Alcohol Use Behaviors: Examining the Utility of Protective Behavioral Strategies, Robert Bearden Whitley

Dissertations from 2020

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Predicting Political Development after United States Military Assistance: Evidence from Case Study Analysis, Susan Rae Alaniz

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Microcelebrity Endorsement of Public Relations Campaigns for Nonprofit Organizations: A Study of Snapchat in Saudi Arabia, Sami Altuwayjiri

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Before the Snakes Came, Garrett Ashley

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An Analysis and Stylistic Comparison of Five Works for Unaccompanied Tuba by John Stevens, Tracy Bedgood

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Impulsivity as a Trait Predictor in Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Jennifer Bertucci

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International Trade in Health Services: Assessing the Patterns of Trade in Global Healthcare Delivery, Tawnya Bosko

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Core Subject Integration in the K-6 Music Classroom, Rose Bowe

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The Principal and Teacher Evaluation: A Study of Influencing Pressures, Andy Brock

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The Ecology and Evolutionary History of Two Musk Turtles in the Southeastern United States, Grover Brown

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The Effects of Culturally Competent Messaging on Willingness to Engage in Firearm Means Safety, Sarah E. Butterworth

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Boystown: Stories, Justin Carmickle

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Instructor Perspectives and Jazz-Related Courses for Undergraduate Music Majors at NASM Accredited Colleges and Universities, David Carter

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Bulk Properties Correlated to the Hydrogen Bond Organization in Dendrimers, Hyperbranched Polymers, and Linear Polymers, Beibei Chen

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Agonistic Grooming in Multiple Lemur Species, Jennie L. Christopher

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Self-Regulated Learning Instruction’s Relationships with Teacher Subject Area, Teacher Beliefs, and Teacher Efficacy, Jeffrey Coggin

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A Survey of Modern Companion Pieces Outlining Specific Compositional Similarities Between Ralph Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem and Mack Wilberg's Requiem Aeternam and Let Peace Then Still the Strife, Joel Dunlap

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Using Two Reinforcement Contingencies to Alter Teachers' Rates of Praise, Ashleigh Eaves

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Nadia Boulanger’s Fantaisie Variée Pour Piano Et Orchestre a Study of a Significant Unpublished Piece, sarah elias

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An Examination of Parental Locus of Control, Stress, Social Support, and Depression Among Parents of Children and Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities, Brandi Ellis

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Examining Preservice Teachers’ Attitudes, Self-Efficacy, and Differentiating Instruction for Educating Gifted Learners, Marla Freitag

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A Post Implementation Review of Transformational Change Initiatives in Higher Education, Allison Gillespie

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A Narrative Case Study of Transfer Students in Instrumental Music Education, Ashley Glenn

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Discipline-Culture and Instructional Practices: An Integrated Leader's Role, Joe L. Griffin

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A View From Above: Alternative Perspectives on Smallholder Livelihoods and Agrobiodiversity Conservation in Northern Ecuador, Chris Hair

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The Roles of Violence Exposure and Gender on the Relationship Between Adolescent Psychopathic and Conduct Disorder Traits and the Capability for Suicide, Tiffany Harrop

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A Study of Information Bots and Knowledge Bots, Amartya Hatua

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The Face of Intervention: Military Humanitarianism During the 1965 Dominican Crisis, Wesley Hazzard

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Memories of Emotions of First Consensual Sexual Encounters, Mario Herrera

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Romantic Relational Aggression Among College Students: A Moderated Mediation Study of Attachment Style, Romantic Jealousy, Mate Value, and Relationship Investment, Skylar Hicks

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Non-Traditional Church Involvement as a Life-Course Turning Point: Qualitative Interviews with Religious Offenders, William Hunter Holt

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The Role of Masculinity in the Development of Capability for Suicide, Claire Houtsma

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Student-Athlete Success: An Examination of Parenting, Grit, Academic Success, and Mental Health Outcomes, Jackson Howard

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Open-Shell Donor–Acceptor Conjugated Polymers with Intrinsic Electrical Conductivity, Lifeng Huang

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Machine Learning Approaches for Improving Prediction Performance of Structure-Activity Relationship Models, Gabriel Idakwo

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An Investigation of the Impacts of Traditional, Virtual, and Hybrid Biological Laboratories on College Students’ Achievement and Motivation to Learn Biology, Shavonda Jackson

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The Role of Acculturation and Acculturative Stress in the Association Between Generational Status and Factors Related to Suicide Among South Koreans in the United States, Hyejin Jin

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Praying in Bedlam, David Johnson

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A Performance Guide to Wallace Stevens' Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird as Set by Louise Talma, Meredith Melvin Johnson

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The Influence of Emotional Intelligence Training on College Student Employee Workforce Readiness, Wynde Jones

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Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms and Alcohol Outcomes: The Mediating Role of Drinking Motives and Protective Behavioral Strategies, Hallie R. Jordan

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Work-Life Balance: Perceived Differences of Teleworkers and Non-Teleworkers, Christian Paul Lagarde

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Reaction on the Right: Conservative Forces in American Higher Education in the Era of the New Left, 1967-1970, Lauren Lassabe

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Framing Death and Suffering: An Examination of Photographs of Dead and Dying during the U. S. Civil War, World War II, and the Vietnam War, Richard Anthony Lewis

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A Study of Select World-Federated International Piano Competitions: Influential Factors in Performer Repertoire Choices, Yuan-Hung Lin

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Establishing Electronic Structure Control in Open-Shell Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Polymers, Alex London

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Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Head Start Teachers Behavior Specific Praise, Elizabeth Lown

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Exploring the Maladaptive Cognitions of Moral Injury, Rachel L. Martin

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Watching Disability: A Discourse Analysis of Representations of Disabled Characters in Scripted Television Programs, Wilbur Martin

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A Parametric Analysis of Opportunities to Respond on Academically Engaged Behavior, Morgan G. McCargo

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Developing a Systematic Approach for Teaching Beginning Improvisation Using the Concert Percussion Ensemble, Ian McClaflin

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Teacher Beliefs and the Intent and Current Use of Movement as it Influences Students With and Without ADHD, Kimberly McQuagge

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Teacher Training, Beliefs, and Use of a Constructivist Learning Environment Supported by Instructional Technology, Rachel Mercer

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A Dynamic F5 Algorithm, Candice Mitchell

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Empirical Studies of Deep Learning on Information Diffusion on Social Networks and Collective Task Learning for Swarm Robotics, Trung T. Nguyen

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Political Public Relations Agenda-Building: A Content Analysis of the US 2016 Presidential Campaign Speeches, Tweets and News Stories, Emmanuel Nwachukwu

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Effect of Selfsame Microparticles on Epoxide Amine Network Formation and Matrix Mechanics, Travis Palmer

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Variable Compact Multi-Point Upscaling Schemes for Anisotropic Diffusion Problems in Three-Dimensions, James Quinlan

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Woman on Canvas, Jessica Ramer

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An Examination of the Relationship Between Sports Participation and Financial Accessibility for First-Generation African-American Students at Selected Mississippi Colleges and Universities, Theresa Rash

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Agoreography, Jonathan Riccio

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Brief Intervention with Holland’s Theory and Vocational Calling: Three Conditions with Pre-Existing Calling status as a Covariate, Nathan Ross

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An Atomistic Study of the Effects on Mechanical Properties and Bonding Interactions of Carbon Nanofillers in Nylon 6 Nanocomposites, Michael Roth

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The Construction of Childhood in Late Eighteenth-Century and Early Nineteenth-Century American Fairy Tale Chapbooks, Jennifer Roy

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Experiences of Implementing Developmental Education Redesign in Mississippi Community Colleges: An Administrators’ and Faculty’s Perspective, James Rush

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Chemoenzymatic Study of CoA-Linked RNA in Bacteria, Krishna Sapkota

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The Mediating Effects of Drinking Refusal Self-Efficacy on the Associations between Alcohol Protective Behavioral Strategies and Alcohol Use Outcomes, Kray Scully

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Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, Antibiotic Resistance Genes and Potential Drivers in the Aquatic Environments, Shuo Shen

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An Econometric Analysis of Bilateral Import Demand in South Africa, Christopher Smith

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Merging Two Scales: A Comprehensive Measure of Physical Appearance-Related Social Anxieties, Kimberly Smith

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A Performance Guide to Keith Gates's Song Cycle, The Barren One, Analynn Sober

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The Disappearance of Fat Youth in YA Literature, Mary Stephens

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A 3D Image-Guided System to Improve Myocardial Revascularization Decision-Making for Patients with Coronary Artery Disease, Haipeng Tang

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GED Participants’ Beliefs and Experiences of Play as a Multi-Domain Approach to Increasing Adults’ Success in the State of Mississippi, Latisha Taylor

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Natural Disasters and Attachment Quality: The Mediating Roles of Self-Compassion and Positive Mental Health, Alexandra Teller

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Technology Effectiveness in Teaching Statistics: Best-Evidence Meta-Analysis, Zita Tiamuh

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Globalization, Immigration, and Cultural Change: Conditions that Predict Shifts in Nationalistic Attitudes, Kelly Trail

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Establishing Design Guidelines for Conjugated Polymer-Based Sensing Technologies for Environmental Monitoring, Joshua Tropp

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Analysis of a Research-Based Show Choir Competition Adjudication Rubric: Reliability and User Perceptions, LaDona Tyson

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The Economics of Ale and John Skelton’s Early Modern Literary Reputation, Gregory J. Underwood

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Regional Differences in Wild North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis) Behavior and Communication, Sarah Walkley

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Synthesis of Alpha-Methylselenocysteine, Its Relevant Analogues, and an Unnatural Glutathione Disulfide Core, Robert J. Wehrle

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Dual-Cure Benzoxazine Networks for Additive Manufacturing, Jeremy Weigand

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The Relationship Between the Perceived Value of Professional Development, Job Satisfaction, and Intent to Leave, Wendy Marie Wells

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Evaluating the Effects of Behavior Bingo on Students' Academically Engaged Behaviors, Kristi White

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Geochemical Tracers of Arctic Ocean Processes: A Study of Gallium, Barium, and Vanadium, Laura M. Whitmore

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Transgender College Students in the English Composition Classroom in the Rocky Mountains, Tracey Williams

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COMPARISON OF RETENTION RATES BETWEEN TRADITIONAL ON-GROUND AND ONLINE BIOLOGY LABORATORY COURSES IN THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SETTING, Megan Winborne

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Huisgen 1,3-Dipolar Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition “Click” Reaction in Polymer Synthesis and Curing, Jie Wu

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Reconstructing Single-Cell 3D Genome Structures Based on Lennard-Jones Potential, mengsheng zha

Dissertations from 2019

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The Antimicrobial Activity and Cellular Targets of Plant Derived Aldehydes and Degradable Pro-Antimicrobial Networks in Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Yetunde Adewunmi

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Developing a Computational Framework for a Construction Scheduling Decision Support Web Based Expert System, Feroz Ahmed

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The Alternative Voice: A Content Analysis of Twitter News Accounts in Kuwait, Yousef Aldaihani

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Social Media, Journalism and Crisis: Twitter Representation of #SyrianRefugees in Western News Media, Ahmad Khaled AlShallal

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Soft Skills in Mississippi Community Colleges' Online Career and Technical Programs, Joanna Sue Alston

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A Study of Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) Vocal Ontogeny, Audra Elizabeth Ames

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The Impact of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Read 180 Next Generation Program on Middle School Students with Disabilities, Katherine Arnold

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Winning Public Hearts and Minds: Security and Development Aid in the 21st Century, Mohammad Ashraf