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Dissertations from 2015

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Things You Can't See, Alan Ellis Purdie

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Robert Frost’s New Hampshire, Philip Larkin’s England, and Seamus Heaney’s Ireland: Non-Urban Place and Democratic Poetry, Faisal I. Rawashdeh

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Preferences for Intrinsic and Extrinsic Sport Motivators of Mississippi's Public Sschool Teachers, Jason Hugh Rayborn

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How Did the Students Cross the Stage? The Relationship of Demographic Factors on Early Selection of College Major, Christy Riddle

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Teachers' Perceptions of Their Ability to Respond to Active Shooter Incidents, Carole Frances Rider

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Anna Julia Cooper, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Septima Clark as Learning Leaders, Chameka Simmons Robinson

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Psappha by Iannis Xenakis: Developing Multiple Percussion Literacy, Owen Phillip Rockwell

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Quarry: Poems, Christina Ann Rothenbeck

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Moving College Students to a Better Understanding of Substrate Specificity of Enzymes Through Utilizing Multimedia Pre-Training and an Interactive Enzyme Model, Mounir R. Saleh

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Regulation of Vancomycin Resistance and Stress Response by the MSAABCR Operon in Staphylococcus aureus, Dhritiman Samanta

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Phylogenetic Relationships of Samydaceae and Taxonomic Revision of the Species of Casearia in South-Central Asia, Tharangamala Samarakoon

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Olfactory Enrichment in California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus), Mystera M. Samuelson

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Philosopher's Stone: The Faustian Geist of Development, Salikyu Sangtam

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Shakespeare and Boyhood: Early Modern Representations and Contemporary Appropriations, Marvin Tyler Sasser

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Public Relations in Government-Based Public Health: Testing Contingency Theory During H1N1 Response, 2009-2010, Terri Lea Sasser

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Spatial, Temporal and Demographical Analysis of Gulf of Mexico Research Priorities, the Effect of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Stephen Hiller Sempier

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Assessment of Student Knowledge of the Weak and Strong Nuclear Forces, Pramila Shakya

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Macrobenthic Communities in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone: Testing the Pearson-Rosenberg Model, Shivakumar Shivarudrappa

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The Relationship Between Professional Preparedness and Long Term Teacher Retention, Deborah Ann Smith

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Gender Inequity in the Representation of Women as Superintendents in Mississippi Public Schools: The "No Problem Problem", Deidre Joy Seale Smith

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Mississippi Teachers’ Perception of Merit Pay, Diana M. Stephens

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A Study of Prekindergarten Impact on Early Literacy Readiness, Lakeisha Shantae Stokes

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What Will the Neighbors Think? Perceptions of Failure Intolerance on Individual Entrepreneurial Intention in the Rural Midwest, Brock M. Stout

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Race and Ethnicity in the Hiring Process: An Experimental Study of Millennial Undergraduate Attitudes Using Career Electronic Portfolios, Adam C. Swanson

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Hydrogen Bond-Mediated Structural Order in Hydroxylated bis-MPA Dendritic Polymers: Experimental and Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study, Maliha N. Syed

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Generalization and Maintenance of High School Teachers' Use of Behavior Specific Praise Following Direct Behavioral Consultation in Classrooms, Traci Ann Taber

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Novelty or Knowledge? A Study of Using a Student Response System in Non-Major Biology Courses at a Community College, Tasha Herrington Thames

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Measuring Student Growth in K–12 Schools Using Item Response Theory Within Structural Equation Models, Kenneth Lee Thompson

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Looking Back at the Media's Future: A Mixed Method Analysis of Race and Gender Bias During the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary Season, Tim Vance

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Asymmetric Synthesis of Cα-methyl-γ- and δ-Amino Acids From a Common Synthon and Evaluation of Thionyl Chloride Assisted Peptide Esterifications, Emily Rose Vogel

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Relationships of Parental Homeschooling Approaches Including Technology Integration, Letitia Annette Walters

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Perceived Attributes and Factors Influencing Instructors’ Using E-Textbooks in Higher Education, Sirui Wang

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A Measure of Soft Skill Gains Acquisition with Engagement in Baccalaureate Nursing Programs, Wendy J. Williams-Buenzli

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Natural Disasters: Stories, Scott Daniel Wood

Dissertations from 2014

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Labor Force Participation and Wages in Palestine for the Period 2000 to 2011, Issam Abu-Ghallous

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Characterization of the Early Development and Quality of Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) Eggs and Larvae in Aquaculture Conditions, Agnès Bardon Albaret

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A Qualitative Study of African American Female Administrators in the Academy: Identification of Characteristics that Contribute to Their Advancement to Senior Level Positions of Authority, Mary Louise Alexander-Lee

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Principal Emotional Intelligence and Teacher Perceptions of School Climate in Middle Schools, Ashley Dawn Meadows Allred

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Persistence Among African-American Males in the Honors College, Johnell Roxann Anderson Goins

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Clarification of the Systematics of the Haploporoidea (Trematoda) with Descriptions of New Genera and Species, Michael Jay Andres

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Career Decision Status, Career-Related Thinking, and Emotional Distress: A Structural Equation Model, Lindsey Marie Andrews

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Being Nontraditional and Learning Online: Assessing the Psychosocial Learning Environments, Self-Efficacy, and Affective Outcomes Among College Student Groups, Roslyn La'Toya Ashford

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Modeling that Leads to the Prediction of Photocatalytic Coatings Characterization, Biju Bajracharya

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Do Social Communication Skills Mediate the Relation Between ADHD Symptoms and Reltionship Satisfaction?, Erin Clarke Bell

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The Delivery, Speciation, and Fate of Trace Elements in St. Louis Bay, Mississippi, Gopal Bera

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Online Communities of Practice in the Contact Center Environment: Factors that Influence Participation, Jimmie Ray Black Jr.

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Conceptualizing Doctoral Student Mentoring, Flint L. Brent

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Race, Gender, and Faculty Advancement at American Colleges and Universities, James Sharell Bridgeforth

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The Standard Deviation: Attitude Transference and Perceptions of Deviant Behavior, Candace Forbes Bright

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The Relationship Between Wellness Behavior Traits and Organizational Citizenship Behavior Traits, Vicki Yeager Brumfield

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Next Year in Juarez: Stories, Christopher Michael Brunt

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The Influence of Observational Learning on Self-reported Physical Activity, Self-efficacy for Physical Activity, and Health-related Fitness Knowledge for Physical Activity, Charles Gregory Bullock

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The Perception of Distance on a Real Geographic Slope, David Alan Bunch

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Strategic Human Resources in Casino Operations: Revealing the Perceptions of Casino Operators and Human Resource Leaders, Gary Burrus Jr.

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The (Not So) New Normal: A Queer Critique of LGBT Characters and Themes in Primetime Network Television Situational Comedies, Robert Dallas Byrd Jr.

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Influence of Resources, Resource Loss, and Coping Response on Food Management Practices and Food Security, Simone Perette Camel

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Teacher and Administrator Perceptions of the Implementation of the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) Grant in Mississippi Pilot Schools, Albert William Carter

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Federal Aid and College Success of Students in the Community College, Jana Lee Jenkins Causey

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Computational and Experimental Investigation Into Yield Behavior and Cure Rate Dependence of Thermoset Polymers, Christopher Harold Childers

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Wit in the Early Modern Literary Marketplace, Danny Childers

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Examining Potential Moderators of Negative Parenting Practices and Children's Internalizing and Externalizing Behavior, Kristen Lee Coln

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The Role of Exchange Ideology in Coworker Social Support and Work Engagement, Sharon Sawyer Cureton

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Comparing Mississippi's Public University Graduation Rates for Community College Completers and Non-Completers, Andrew Clark Dale

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Relationships Among Job Satisfaction, Professional Efficacy, Student and School Performance, and Teacher Absenteeism, Laura Beckham Dana

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Fundamental Investigations of Clay/Polymer Nanocomposites and Applications in Co-Extruded Microlayered Systems, Jeremy John Decker

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The Natural Resource Curse in Sub-Saharan Africa: Transparency and International Initiatives, Meaza Zerihun Demissie

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Exploring Job Stress Among Drug Court Personnel, Ragan Andrew Downey

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The Sex Life of Seaweed, Fae Antoinette Dremock

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A Policy Framed Analysis of the Valley of Death in U.S. University Technology Transfer, William Ker Ferguson

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Population Genetics and Microbial Communities of the Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus), Daniel Lyle Gaillard

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Fluorine Containing UV-Curable Materials for Advanced Transport Applications, James Thomas Goetz

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Filipino, Too: Compositions on Culture and Identity, Randy Eugene Gonzales

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Interpersonal Needs and Suicide: Strengthening Measurement In an Offender Population, Rose Angeline Gonzalez

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Does Video Game Use Exacerbate the Relation Between Neurophysiological Deficits and ADHD Symptoms in Children and Adolescents?, James Kenneth Goodlad III

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The Impact of Sleep Restriction (Nap Deprivation) On Preschool Children's (Aged 3-5) Emotional Response, Hui-Ya Gail Han

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Relationship Between Teacher Perception of Positive Behavior Interventions Support and the Implementation Process, Janice Marie Hansen

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Making Meaning of the Reel: The Media's Portrayal of Community Colleges, Jena Lee Hawk

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British Brass Band Contest Pieces: A Study in Transcriptions for the American Wind Band Repertoire, Jonathan James Helmick

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Parental Perceptions of Early Childhood Education Programming for Children With and Without Disabilities, Brittany Greer Herrington

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The Application of Contemporary Double Bass Left Hand Techniques Applied in the Orchestra Repertoire, Eric Hilgenstieler

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Normative Feedback, Levels of Narcissism, and Student Evaluations of a Lecture, Shirley Ann Hodges

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Utilization of Aqueous RAFT Prepared Copolymers to Improve Anticancer Drug Efficacy, Andrew Christopher Holley

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Dark Symphony, Christopher Wallace Hornbacker

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A Study of the Teaching Beliefs of the Modern Post Secondary Science Instructor and Implications They May Hold for the Future of Science Education, Michael Charles Howard

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The Effects of Language Complexity on Natural and Emotion Concept Formation in Early Language Learners, Stephanie Eileen Jett

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Divorce and Forgiveness: A Comparison Between Genders, Alison Kathleen Johnson

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Tuning Responsiveness of Polypeptide Based Block Copolymers for Drug Delivery, Ashley J. Johnson

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Judicial Attitudes Regarding Court Records Transparency, Donald Ray Johnson

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Spectroscopy and Gas-Phase Binding of Modified Desferrioxamine B Indicator Displacement-Based Sensors, William Scott Jones

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Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements in the Mixing Zone of the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers and Chemical Distributions as Affected by the Deepwater Horizon Blowout, DongJoo Joung

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Development and Applications of The Expanded Equivalent Fluid Method, Bharath Kumar Kandula

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Continuous Polymer Reactor Design, David Sujay Kingsley

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Reflective Practice in a Coach Education Practicum, Clayton Roth Kuklick

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Evaluating the Use of Tootling for Improving Upper Elementary/Middle School Students' Disruptive and Appropriate Behavior, Abigail Melanie Lambert

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A Conducting Student's Guide to the Solving and Execution of Major Gestural Issues in Beethoven's First Eight Symphonies, Nathanael Thomas Lambert

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Relationship Between Leadership Styles of High School Teachers, Principals, and Assistant Principals and Their Attitudes Toward School Wide Positive Behavior and Support Implementation, Geneva Cosweller Lampton-Holmes

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Elementary Teachers' Sense of Self Efficacy and Professional Development Experiences of Teaching Informational Text, Mary Desiree Lee

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The Relationship Between Frequency and Functionality of Professional Learning Communities to Student Achievement, Jack Linton Jr.

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The Self-Directedness, Metacognitive Awareness, Self-Efficacy Beliefs, and Grammatical Competence of College Students Studying Spanish, Juan Guillermo Loaiza

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Self-Determination Theory as a Pedagogical Foundation for Collegiate Physical Activity Courses, Scot Edward Long