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Dissertations from 2012

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A Model of an Effective Approach to Studio Voice at the Undergraduate Level: The Vocal Method of Dr. Raquel Cortina, Kathleen Gorman Westfall

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Women's Pathways to the University Presidency: A Qualitative Inquiry into University Women Leaders' Career Paths and Presidential Aspirations, Celeste Andria Wheat

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The Effect of Teachers’ Expectations and Perceptions on Student Achievement in Reading for Third and Fifth Grade Students, Alfreda Ragland Williams

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The Relationship Between Academic Achievement and School-Based Mental Health Services for Middle School Students, Lisa Ogle Williams

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Social Networking Systems as a Vehicle to Promote Sense of Community and Performance in Online Classes, Jonathan Mark Woodward

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The Link Between Co-Teaching and Mathematics Achievement for Students with Disabilities, Lisa Sharble Word

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The Life and Music of Brian Israel with an Emphasis on His Music for Saxophone, David James Wozniak

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A Time Series Analysis Method Using Hidden Variables for Gene Network Reconstruction, Xi Wu

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Clam (Corbicula fluminea) as a Potential Sentinel of Human Norovirus Contamination in Freshwater, Xunyan Ye

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Home-School Collaboration: Concurrent Home and School Reading Interventions Within a Response to Intervention System, Qi Zhou

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Fluorescence and Size Characterization of Dissolved Organic Matter in Riverine and Sea Waters in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Zhengzhen Zhou

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New Dual Initiators for Polyisobutylene-Based Block and Star Polymers, Yaling Zhu

Dissertations from 2011

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Synthesis and Characterization of Acceptor: Donor Block Copolymers for Organic Photovoltaics, Brandon Cory Achord

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Recovering from Hurricane Katrina: Small Business Owners Conquer Katrina: A Mixed Methodology Study, Penny Madonna Adams

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Physical and Electrical Properties of Trimetallic Nitride Template Endohedral Metallofullerenes and their Polymer Nanocomposites, Hanaa Mohammed Ahmed

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Leading Schools to Increased Reading Achievement: An Investigation Into Effective Reading Instruction, Patricia Anne Alford

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Continuity of Operations Planning Preparedness of NCAA Division I Athletic Departments, Brandon Lane Allen

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Understanding the Relationship Between Students' Reading Achievement and Teachers' Self-Regulation Patterns in Grades K-3, Pamela Renee Allen

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Utility of the Inventory of Callous-Unemotional Traits in Adolescent Offenders and Non-Offenders: An Item Response Theory Analysis, Lisa Laurence Ansel

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The Family Environment and Children With an Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Longitudinal Examination of the Relation Between Parental Expressed Emotion and Child Externalizing Behaviors, Stephanie Bader

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Ruthenium-Based Olefin Metathesis Catalysts Bearing pH-Responsive Ligands: External Control of Catalyst Solubility and Activity, Shawna Lynn Balof

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Robert John Bartholomew

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The Relationship Between Situational Leadership and Student Achievement, Hope Owens Beaver

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The Role of Attachment and Language in Analogical Reasoning, Tamra Elizabeth Beckman

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Closing the Gap Between Teacher Perception and Response to Intervention (RTI) Student Achievement, Melissa A. Hyatt Bouchér

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Is There a Relationship Between Positive Behavior Supports and Student Achievement?, Todd Edward Boucher

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That He May Raise, Armond Joseph Boudreaux

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Preparedness Levels of Middle School Teachers, Assistant Principals, and Principals to Respond to Acts of Violence in a Mississippi School District, Judy Ann Boyd

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Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Teachers' Perceptions of Kindergarten Readiness, Joshua Aaron Bressler

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A Historical Perspective of Testing and Assessment Including the Impact of Summative and Formative Assessment on Student Achievement, Carole Sanger Brink

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Relationship Among Teachers' Personality, Leadership Style, and Efficacy of Classroom Management, Michael Clyde Burkett

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Barriers and Enablers of Interdisciplinary Research at Academic Institutions, Leslie Suzanne Thornton Butler

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Race and Justice in Mississippi's Central Piney Woods, 1940-2010, Patricia Michelle Buzard-Boyett

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Outsiders Within: A Framing Analysis of Eight Black and White U.S. Newspapers' Coverage of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1964, Yolanda Denise Campbell

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A Critical Analysis of Job-Embedded Professional Learning Within a Distributed Leadership Framework, Ashley Jimerson Campoli

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The Effects of Sodium Bicarbonate Supplementation on Lower-Body Hypertrophy-Type Resistance Exercise, Benjamin McLean Carr

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Examining Dietary Acculturation in Hispanic Males Residing in South Mississippi, Diana Katherine Cuy Castellanos

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School Leaders' Effect on Technology, Irene Amos Causey

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The Oddity as Commodity: Television and the Modern Day Freak Show, Robin Marie Cecala

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A Critical Analysis of the Effectiveness of Administrative Rules for Gang-Related Activities in Middle and High Schools, David Thomas Chiprany

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The Life and Selected Piano Works of David Burge, Mary Chung

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Design of Covalently Dynamic Films and Coatings: Analysis of Biocatalyzed Kinetic Behavior in Soft Condensed Matter, Pirro Cipi

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The Effects of Facial Expression on Out-Group Discrimination, Charles Brendan Clark

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Bowen Family Systems Theory and its Relationship to Teachers: Does Differentiation of Self Predict Teacher Job Satisfaction?, Noal Baxter Cochran

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Movement Ecology of an Intercontinental Migratory Bird During Spring Stopover, Emily Beth Cohen

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An Investigation of Support, Goals, and Incentives Among Minority and Nonminority National Board Certified Teachers, Melissa Salana Collins

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The Relationship Between Special Education Teachers' Perceptions of Principal Leadership Behaviors and the Achievement of Students with Disabilities, Margaret Elizabeth Constantino

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Son of a Thousand Fathers, Colter Patterson Cruthirds

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Get Me Beautiful, Tiffany Love Curtis

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Causal Attributions of Nontraditional Students in a Developmental Mathematics Course at a Two-Year College, Jacob Dasinger

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Is There a Correlation Between Differentiating Instruction and English Language Learner Achievement?, Melissa Monique DeAngelo

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Real-Time Riverine Particle Image Velocimetry, David William Dobson

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Following the Principles: Case Studies in Operations Other than War, 1945-1999, Kevin Joseph Dougherty

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The Relationship Between Attitude and Anxiety Toward Teaching Science in Pre-Service Elementary Teachers and the Use of Science Olympiad Events, Allison Armstrong Downing

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A Methodology to Develop a Communication Protocol for Visualizing Simulations in a Collaborative Virtual Reality Environment, Lacey Suzanne Duckworth

Curriculum-Based Measurement as a Form of Progress Monitoring in Correlation with Teacher Expectations in Mathematics for Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Judith Mary Emerson

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The Relationship Between Teacher Collaboration and Student Achievement, Sandra Reid Ervin

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Does the Use of a Graphing Calculator Tutorial Affect the Attitudes, Achievement, and Calculator Ability of Non-Mathematics Majors in a Calculus Course?, Kari Michelle Everett

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A Relational Study of Elementary Principals' Leadership Traits, Teacher Morale, and School Performance, Carla Jean Raines Evers

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The Effects of Simplified Schema-Based Instruction on Elementary Students' Mathematical Word Problem Solving Performance, Houbin Lewis Fang

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An Electrophysiological Investigation of the Cognitive Processes Underlying Provoked Aggression in Humans, Jennifer Renee Fanning

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Precision Synthesis of Functional Materials via RAFT Polymerization and Click-Type Chemical Reactions, Joel Diez Flores

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A Quantitative Study of Learning in the School Cafeteria Using Educational Placemats, Keshia Lasha Gaines

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Cloud Shadow Detection and Removal from Aerial Photo Mosaics Using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) Reflectance Images, Glover Eugene George

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Self-Repairable Polymeric Networks: Synthesis and Network Design, Biswajit Ghosh

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The Effect of Instructional Methodology on Pre-Service Educators' Level of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Shannon Haley-Mize

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The Impact of Shrimp Farming on Mangrove Ecosystems and Local Livelihoods Along the Pacific Coast of Ecuador, Stuart Edward Hamilton

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The Relations Among Laterality, Cortisol, and Approach-Avoidance Behavior in Garnett's Bushbaby (Otolemur garnettii), David Burton Hanbury

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Science Teaching Efficacy Beliefs of 5th and 8th Grade Science Teachers, Susan Melony Hanson

Science Teaching Efficacy Beliefs of 5th and 8th Grade Science Teachers, Susan Melony Hanson

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An Exploratory Investigation on the Effects of an Electronic Recording System for Repeated Reading, Seajae Calvin Hartness

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Factors Affecting Private School Choice, John Herman Hartsell Sr.

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The Investigation of Asphaltene-Naphithenic Acid and Asphaltene-Surface Interactions, David Tristan Heaps

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Development and Utilization of Digital Image Correlation Techniques for the Study of Structural Isomerism Effects on Strain Development in Epoxy Network Glasses, Stephen Robert Heinz

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The Impact of the Mississippi Department of Education's Dyslexia Grant Program on Third Grade Achievement, Cena Windham Holifield

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How Do Teacher Qualifications Impact Student Achievement in Relation to the Achievement Model Established by the Mississippi Department of Education?, Timothy Darren Holland

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Teacher Preparedness for Teaching and Assessing Depth of Knowledge, Shelly Rankin Holmes

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A Century of Singing: 100 Years of Choral Music at The University of Southern Mississippi, John Howard

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Factors Influencing International Students' Academic and Sociocultural Transition in an Increasingly Globalized Society, Chung-Hsien Hsu

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Principals’ Perceptions of Readiness for Their Evolving Roles in High-Stakes Environments, Angela Marie Huff

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Teachers' Perceptions Toward Required and Self-Directed Professional Learning, Marla Kay Lambert Hutton

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Development of an Instrument Measuring the Perceived Attributes of Using a Healthy Diet Innovation, Holly Ann Federico Huye

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Legal Discourse, Conceptual Metaphors, and Basic Writing Programming: A Study of Ayers v. Fordice, Joyce Olewski Inman

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Effects of Molecular Architecture on Fluid Ingress Behavior of Glassy Polymer Networks, Matthew Blaine Jackson

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Mentoring During Adolescence and Adult Resilience, Pola Christina Jakacki

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Investments in Leadership and Management Succession Planning at a Department of Defense Organization in the Southeastern United States: A Review of Strategic Implications, Richard Allen Jeffries

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From Juvenile Court to the Adult Criminal Justice System: An Examination of Judicial Waiver, Sheri Lu Jenkins Cruz

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Leadership Practices that Promote Increased Student Achievement in Secondary Schools, Billy Ray Jones

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Free Volume Studies of Various Polymeric Systems Using Positron Annihilation and PVT-EOS Analyses, Mukul Kaushik

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Does the Biofuel Industry, With the Aid of Certification Programs, Contribute to Sustainable Development?, James Michael Kierulff

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The Structure of Equine Personality, Rachel Etta Kristiansen

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The Impact of Rap Music on Audience Values Structure, Janet Mignon Kucia

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Photopolymerized Thiol-ene Networks for Gas Barrier and Membrane Applications, Luke Kwisnek

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Understanding Captive-Takers Motivations, Methods and Targets, Jean Garner Larned

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Comparative Analysis of Factors Related to College Selection by High Academic Ability Students Attending Mississippi's Public Community Colleges in 2003 and 2011, Randall Eugene Lee

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Correlations among School Belonging and Self-Reported Factors Associated with Students' School Success, Stacey Mechelle McGuire Lee

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Differential Reinforcement of Alternative Behavior in Preschool Settings: Evaluation of a Pre-Teaching Component, Matthew William LeGray

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The Computer Ate My Classroom: Assessing Student Interactions, Perceived Learning, and Satisfaction in Online Community College Career Technical Education Courses, Jessica Lindsey Miller Lewis

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Microarray Data Mining and Gene Regulatory Network Analysis, Ying Li

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Attitudes, Knowledge, and Experience with Dropout Prevention Strategies of Mississippi Teachers and Administrators, Harold Kirk Lucky