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Dissertations from 2010

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Student's Attitudes Toward High-Stakes Testing and its Effect on Educational Decisions, Aldo Alfredo Moran

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Investigation of Novel Quasiliving Polyisobutylene Chain-end Functionalization (Quenching) Methods, David Lee Morgan

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Exploring the Accuracy of Highly Positive Self-Evaluations: A Bogus Pipeline Examination of Fragile Self-Esteem, Erin Michele Myers

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The Use of a Timeout Intervention With and Without Escape Extinction for Treatment of Escape-Maintained Noncompliance in a Classroom Setting, Joshua Loren Needelman

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Shock Rhetoric, David Robert Nelson

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Information Acquisition and Sociality Among Migratory Birds, Zoltán Németh

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The Holiness and Other Stories, Leslie Michelle Nichols

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An Analysis of the Career and Solo Style of Jazz Trombonist Carl Fontana, John Wesley Parker

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Geological and Ichthyological Investigations into Palaeodrainage Hypothesis for the Tennessee River, Andrea Karen Persons

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Bullying and Gender: The Social/Emotional, Psychological, and Physical Effects on Middle School Students in South Mississippi, Cassundra Peyton-Brown

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Ten Short Stories, Andrew Simpson Plattner

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Impact of Golf Video Games on Teaching Golf in Physical Education, Ann Pohira-Vieth

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Examining the Effectiveness of Dropout Prevention Practices and Their Implications for Intervention with Public School Students, Louisa Pollack

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The Effects of Early Intervention on the Cognitive and Social Development of Kindergarteners, Jennifer Foster Pope

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Toxicogenomics Analysis of Non-Model Transcriptomes Using Next-Generation Sequencing and Microarray, Arun Rawat

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Elementary Teachers’ Perceptions of Grade Retention, Latrice Shontae Richardson

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The Relationship Between Leader Decision Making and Student Achievement at K-3 Title I and Reading First Elementary Schools, Emily Kathleen Richmond

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Emotional Maturity of Adolescents and Adults in GED Programs, Billy Joe Riffle

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Outsourcing the American Dream: An Analysis of the Re-Employment Potential of U.S.-Based Call Center Workers Within the Context of Globalization, Wendell Allen Robbins III

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Examining the Effect of a Year of Service in AmeriCorps on Members' Attitudes Toward Attending College, Jessica Lucky Roberts

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Stereo Matching Using a Modified Efficient Belief Propagation in a Level Set Framework, Stephen Goyer Rogers

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Frederick Douglass: An American Adult Educator, Jerry Paul Ross

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Regulation of Biofilm and Antibiotic-Resistance by the Modulator of SarA (MSA) in Staphylococcus aureus, Antony Schwartz

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The Relative Value of Online Learning Environments As Perceived by High School Teachers, Daryl Joe Scoggin

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Conservation and Ecology of the Yellow-Blotched Sawback (Graptemys flavmaculata), William Winsyl Selman II

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Self-Assembly and Gold Nanoparticle Cross-Linking of Stimuliresponsive Block Copolymers Synthesized bt Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer Polymerization, Adam Eugene Smith

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A Longitudinal Study of Block Scheduling Versus Traditional Scheduling in Mississippi Schools: Utilizing the Mississippi Student Assessment System and Administrators’ Perceptions, Linda Oettiker Smith

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The Relationship Among Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematical Self-Efficacy, Mathematical Teaching Self-Efficacy, and the Instructional Practices of Elementary School Teachers, Lydia Joan Smith

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Relationships Between Particle Properties and Scattering in Coastal Waters of the Northern Gulf of Mexico Influenced by the Mississippi River, Bruce Alan Spiering

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The Italian Emigration of Modern Times: Relations Between Italy and the United States Concerning Emigration Policy, Diplomacy, and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment, 1870-1927, Patrizia Fama Stahle

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Investigation of Network Architecture Development and Properties in Thermoset Matrices, Jeremy Owen Swanson

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Design, Synthesis, and Polymerization of Novel Heterocyclic Monomers as Precursors for Functional Polyester, Poly(ester Amide)s and Polyamides, Eylem Tarkin-Tas

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Structure-Property Correlation in Cyclopolymerization of New Acrylate-Based Functional Monomers, Huseyin Tas

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Professional Development in College Science Teaching, Aimee Kathryn Thomas

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Study of 3,3' vs. 4,4' DDS Isomer Curatives on Physical Properties and Phenyl Ring Motions of DGEBA Epoxy via Molecular Dynamics, Deuterium NMR, and Dielectric Spectroscopy, Samuel James Tucker

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Cryptid, Phillip Jarett Underwood

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An Examination of Hurricane Emergency Preparedness Planning at Institutions of Higher Learning of the Gulf South Region Post Hurricane Katrina, Caterina Gulli Ventura

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A Critical Analysis of the Implementation of Depth of Knowledge and Preliminary Findings Regarding Its Effectiveness in Language Arts Achievement, Carol Elizabeth Ferguson Viator

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A Study of the Effective Interfacial Tension Between Miscible Fluids by Spinning Drop Tensiometer and Microfluidics, Gloria Dollie Viner

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A Graphophonic Investigation of Beginning Level Texts, Kevin Clark Walker

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The Nightingale of Austerlitz, Lindsay Marianna Walker

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Developing a Biosensor for the Detection of Bacteria: A Comparison of Methods for Isolating Bacteria-Specific Antibodies, Scott Allen Walper

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Towards Multiplexed Electrogenerated Chemiluminescent Detection, Shijun Wang

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Differences in Student Misbehavior After Completing In-School Suspension Between Rural High School and Suburban High School Students, Martin Ervind Welch

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Relativistic Studies of the Charmonium and Bottomonium Systems Using the Sucher Equation, Charles Martin Werneth

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The Natural Provenance: Ecoliteracy in Higher Education in Mississippi, Sarah Elizabeth Wheeless

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Development of Representative Species-Level Molecular Markers and Morphological Character Analysis of Leucothoid Amphipods (Crustacea: Amphipoda), Kristine Nicolle White

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The Son's Return, Gary Charles Wilkens

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If and to What Extent Spirituality Impacts the Leadership Practices of Four African American Superintendents, Christopher James Williams Sr.

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Assessing the Need for Community College Baccalaureate Degree Programs in Mississippi, Johannah Bell Williams

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Technical Writing Redesign and Assessment: A Pilot Study, Gaye Bush Winter

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The Secret Identity of Race: Exploring Ethnic and Racial Portrayals in Superhero Comic Books, Lowery Anderson Woodall III

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Determining the Relationship of Human Enteric Viruses in Clinical, Wastewater, and Environmental Samples Utilizing Molecular and Cell Culture Techniques, Jacquelina Susann Williams Woods

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Local Radial Basis Function Methods for Solving Partial Differential Equations, Guangming Yao

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Assessing the Impact of a Computer-Based College Algebra Course, Ningjun Ye

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Synthesis of Functional Copolymers via Aqueous RAFT Polymerization for Bioconjugation and Targeted Delivery of Small Interfering RNA, Adam Wesley York

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Rational Design of Self-Assembled Nanostructures Based on Polymers Synthesized via Aqueous Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer Polymerization, Stacey Kirkland York

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Nanomaterials From Biologically Active Molecules: Self-Assembly and Molecular Recognition, Min Yu

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Folate Receptor-Targeted Delivery of Small Interfering RNA to Cancer Cells, Yilin Zhang

Dissertations from 2009

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Sport as a Vehicle for Socialization and Maintenance of Cultural Identity: International Students Attending American Universities, James Taylor Allen

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Intimate Strangers and Estranged Intimates: An Investigation of the Impact of Instant Messaging and Short Message Service on the Size and Strength of Social Networks in Kuwait, Bashaiar Al-Sanaa

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"The Mirror Turn Lamp": Natural-Supernatural in Yeats, Cleston Lee Armstrong III

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The Physical Educator's Perception of the Adequate Implementation and Overall Impact of the Healthy Students Act of Mississippi, Carol Johnson Barnes

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Adult Student Satisfaction in an Accelerated LPN-RN Nursing Program, Kathy French Batton

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Form Blindness Testing: Assessing the Ability to Perform Latent Print Examination by Traditional Versus Nontraditional Students, Dean James Bertram

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Understanding the Change Styles of Teachers to Improve Student Achievement, Arlene May Green Bigby

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Stories, Ethics and the Interpretation of Meaning: Bearing Witness to Mothers' Stories of Their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Experience, Angela Chisum Blackburn

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For the Stadium Vendor, Richard Andrew Boada

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Attitudes of Faculty and Students Toward Traditional and Nontraditional Students and the Intergenerational Postsecondary Classroom, Susan Walters Bourland

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Source-Message-Receiver in Integrated Marketing Communication: A Study of U.S. Institutional Advancement, Sharee LeBlanc Broussard

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Attachment Anxiety and Avoidance: Relationship to Body Image and Exercise Behavior, Kathryn Louise Brown

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Transcript Analysis of the CSO Operon and Characterization of Two Sets of Conserved Bacterial Microcompartment Genes in the Model Organism Halothiobacillus neapolitanus, Fei Cai

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Determinants of Resident Assistant Job Satisfaction in Privatized University Housing, Jennifer Lynn Casey

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Leo Brouwer's Estudios Sencillos for Guitar: Afro-Cuban Elements and Pedagogical Devices, Carlos Isaac Castilla Penaranda

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Investigation of Novel Thiol "Click" Reactions, Justin William Chan

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Predictors and Influences of Graduation Rates in Mississippi Public Schools, Donna Rebekah Holden Chiasson

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Impact of Preschool Education on Reading Achievement of Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Students, Melissa Harvey Clark

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In Quest of Walter Smith: The Past, Present, and Future Impact of Visual Art in Adult Education, Meredith Amanda Cole

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Reactor R&D: Synthesis and Optimization of Metallic Nitride Fullerenes and the Introduction of Two New Classes of Endohedral Metallofullerenes, Metallic Nitride Azafullerenes and Oxo-metallic Fullerenes, Curtis Earl Coumbe

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Companionship Through Standard Question and Answer Routines, Ryan Saxon Davidson

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Answer Me That, Catherine Davis

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Gender, Mathematics, Reading Comprehension and Science Reasoning as Predictors of Science Achievement Among African-American Students at a Historical Black College or University, Consuella Artiemese Davis

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A Psychometric Evaluation of the Revised Optimism-Pessimism Scale of the MMPI-2, Ginger Burge DeBrule

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Posttraumatic Spiritual Growth: A Phenomenological Study of Cancer Survivors, Ryan Myles Denney

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Functional Characterization and Assembly Studies of Carboxysomes in Halothiobacillus neapolitanus, Zhicheng Dou

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African-American College Student Attitudes Toward Physics and Their Effect on Achievement, Carl Timothy Drake

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Conservation Genetics and Systematics of Several Turtles Species in the Southeastern United States, Joshua Robert Ennen

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A Longitudinal Examination of Outcomes Related to Emotional Abuse in Children, Lauren Seale Fryer

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Motivated by Money: Students With Academic Scholarships Versus Those Without and Their Emotional Intelligence, Elizabeth Marie Elbert Giroir

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An Investigation of the Persuasive Effects of Rhetorical Questions, Message Framing, and the ELM in Promoting Responsible Cell Phone Usage, Robert James Glenn III

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Integration of the BSCS 5E Instructional Method and Technology in an Anatomy and Physiology Lab, Tamilselvi Gopal

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Teaching Science in Light of World View: The Effect of Contextualized Instruction on the Scientific Compatibility of Religious College Students' World Views, Paula Rae Gossard

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Interpersonal Perception of Narcissism in an At-Risk Adolescent Sample: A Social Relations Analysis, Sarah June Grafeman

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Comparative Analysis of Representative Marimba Works by Nebojsa Jo Van Zivkovic, Jefferson Lavelle Grant III

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Journalism Students, Web 2.0 and the Digital Divide, Mary Elizabeth Green

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A Cross-Cultural Study of Intergenerational Communication in Workplace, Yan Guan

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Reverse Engineering of Gene Regulatory Networks for Discovery of Novel Interactions in Pathways Using Gene Expression Data, Tanwir Habib

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The 2008 United States Senate Elections: A Typology of Negative Themes on Candidate-Sponsored Websites, Erin Brining Hammond

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Mathematics Achievement of Regular Education Students by Placement in Inclusion and Non-Inclusion Classrooms and Their Principals' Perceptions of Inclusion, Loretta Rodgers Hartfield

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The Relation Among Sleep, Routines, and Behavior in Children With an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Jill Angelique Henderson