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Dissertations from 2015

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Determining Whether a Link Exists Between the Academic Performance of Mississippi Public School Districts and School Administrators' Use of Persuasive Communication Techniques and Self-Efficacy in Communication, David Alexander Burris

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The Happiness of Wandering Beings: Stories, Pankaj Challa

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Cure Kinetics, Morphologies, and Mechanical Properties of Thermoplastic/MWCNT Modified Multifunctional Glassy Epoxies Prepared via Continuous Reaction Methods, Xiaole Cheng

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Assessing Awareness, Interest, and Knowledge of Fractal Geometry among Secondary Mathematics Teachers in the United States and China, Suanrong Chen

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Face Recognition with Multi-stage Matching Algorithms, Xianming Chen

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Solution of Nonlinear Time-Dependent PDE Through Componentwise Approximation of Matrix Functions, Alexandru Cibotarica

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Cognitive Function and the Administration of a Writing Strategy Compendium Incorporating Autobiographical Recall and Art, Jonnie Sue Cleveland

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Cybervictimization as a Predictor of Aggression and Cyberbullying among Adolescents: Examination of Potential Risk and Protective Factors, Laura Ashley Cook

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Special Education Teachers' Knowledge of the Discipline Section of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 as it Relates to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans, Tricia Michelle Cox

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External Organizational Identification, Parasocial Relationships, and Social Media Use, Lindsey Webb Dancy

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First Critical Performing Edition of the Zarzuela Maria la O, by Ernesto Lecuona, Orchestrated by Felix Guerrero, Ivan A. del Prado

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Blackletter: Fiction and a Wall of Precedent, Louis Anthony Di Leo

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Identifying Characteristics that Influence First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen Persistence and Exploring Effective and Strategic Retention Initiatives for an At-Risk Student Population, Erin Lambert Dornan

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Aqueous Raft Polymerization of Glycopolymers for Peptide Interaction Studies and Antimicrobial Peptide Mimics for Antimicrobial Activity and Selectivity Studies, Sarah Elizabeth Exley

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Environmental Impacts and Carry-over Effects in Complex Life Cycles: The Role of Different Life History Stages, Nnaemeka F. Ezeakacha

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Mechanochemical Investigation of a Glassy Epoxy-Amine Thermoset Subjected to Fatigue, Stephen Finley Foster

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My Confidant, My Coworker: The Interpersonal Relationship of Work Spouses, Shaunda Marie French

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Running Contradiction: A Negotiated Reading of Encoding Strategies in the Boondocks Animated Series, 2005-2011, Wesley Tyler French

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Assessing Nontraditional Student Dropouts on a Commuter Campus, Mary Theresa Funk

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The Perceptions of Mississippi Secondary School Counselors and School Administrators Regarding the Role of School Counselors in Dropout Prevention, Sherrell Chollottie Gilmore

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An Examination of the Volunteer Coordinator's Influence on Church Volunteers' Intent-to-Continue at the Largest Protestant Churches, Jason Berton Golden

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Protecting Dixie: Southern Girlhood in Children's Literature, 1852-1920, Laura Anne Hakala

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Efficacy of Behavioral Interventions in African-Americans with Type II Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness Analysis, Tangela Nicole Hales

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Teacher Perceptions of the Use of School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports at Reducing the Presence of Bullying in Middle Schools, Kristine Marie Harper

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An Analysis of the Correlation between ACT Scores and One-to-One Computing, Jeffrey Brian Heath

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Trading Identities: National Identity, Loyalty, and Backcountry Merchants in Revolutionary America, 1740-1816, Timothy Charles Hemmis

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How Sports Celebrities Handle Crisis: The Analysis of Social, Traditional and Controlled Media, Nicole Renee Hendricks

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Species Delimitation, Phylogenetics, and Biogeography of the Catfish Genus Rhamdia Bleeker (Heptapteridae) of Central America and the Trans-Andean Region of Colombia, Carmen Liliana Hernández Torres

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Unique and Combined Contributions of Callous-Unemotional Traits and Parental Incarceration on Juvenile Delinquency in an At-Risk Sample, Lacey Loy Herrington

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Overcoming the Loss of Nonverbal Cues Encountered by the Adventitiously Blind: Reconstructing Relationships and Identity, Vernon Floyd Humphrey

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Investigations of the Photocatalytic Activity and Self-Cleaning Properties of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) Containing Titania Thiol-ene Films, LaCrissia Unsonta Jefferson

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What Concerns are Secondary Mathematics Teachers Experiencing with the Implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and Is There a Relationship Between the Concerns and Professional Development Received?, Suzanne Therez Jennings

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Preferred Mentoring Characteristics and Doctoral Students’ Research Self-Efficacy, Ashley Johnston

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Time Integration Methods of Fundamental Solutions and Approximate Fundamental Solutions for Nonlinear Elliptic Partial Differential Equations, Corey Leon Jones

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Assessing Biogeochemical Impacts and Environmental Conditions Associated with Cross-Shelf High Chlorophyll Plumes in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Erin Brooke Jones

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A Study in How Linking Social Capital Functions in Community Development, Julie Burress Jordan

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Improved Monitoring of the Changjiang River Plume in the East China Sea During the Monsoon Season Using Satellite Borne L-Band Radiometers, Bumjun Kil

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The Relationship Between Students’ Applied Mathematics Skills and Students’ Attitudes Towards Mathematics, Taylor Andrew Kilman

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Effects of Expected Service Life Exposures on the Functional Properties and Impact Performance of an American Football Helmet Outer Shell Material, David E. Krzeminski

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On the Selection of a Good Shape Parameter for RBF Approximation and Its Application for Solving PDEs, Lei-Hsin Kuo

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Analysis of Bloggers’ Usage of the Web Space in Kyrgyzstan to Engage Civically and Politically, Bahtiyar Kurambayev

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Relationships Among Self Direction in Learning, Health Promoting Behaviors and Physical Therapy Support for Autonomy in Older Adults, Lisa Gayle Latham

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Measuring a Cognitive Apprenticeship Model of Instruction in Statistics Education, Amanda Dawn Leimer

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Developmental Education at the Community College: An Exploration of Instructional Best Practices and the Relationship between Integration, Student Involvement and Rates of Completion, Beverly Gayle Strickland Lewis

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The Relationship Between Teacher Collaboration and Teachers' Level of Knowledge, Implementation, and Confidence Related to Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subject Areas, Talia Shaunte' Lock

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National Survey on Leadership Capacity and Scaling-up of PBIS Implementation, Julie L. Lowery

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Determining the Academic Achievement of English Language Learners (ELLs) by Using Additional Measures of Growth, Adriana Maria Marin

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The Role of Shared Mental Models in Team Coordination Crew Resource Management Skills of Mutual Performance Monitoring and Backup Behaviors, Alan Reid Martinez

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A Mixed Method Study of the Effectiveness of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Federal Incentive Program in Southern Mississippi Public Secondary Schools, David Micah Maxwell

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The Relationship Between University Employees’ Work Engagement and the Perception of Their Influence on Student Integration and Retention, Janea Sims McDonald

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Use of Dietary and Herbal Supplements in Older Adults with Osteoarthritis, Sharon Denise McDonald

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Encouraging Bipartisanship: Polarization and Civility as Rhetorical Tools for Ameliorating the U.S. Senate’s Partisan Environment, Angela Marie McGowan

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An Evaluation of the Attitudes, Beliefs, and Mental Health Literacy of Young African American College Graduates, Marshae Antoinette McNeal

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A Study Identifying Information Technology Development Strategies for Nursing Professional Development Specialists Practicing in Healthcare Settings, Tammy LaBlanche Baker Means

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GAL: A Stepwise Model for Automated Cloud Shadow Detection in HICO Oceanic Imagery Utilizing Guided Filter, Pixel Assignment, and Geometric Linking, Jennerpher Renee Meyers

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Hybrid Aryl-Ether-Ketone and Hyperbranched Epoxy Networks, John Misasi

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Investigating the Impact of Reflexive Practices on College Students in a Science Laboratory Course, Chandrani Mishra

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Teacher Professional Learning and High School Students' Mississippi Subject Area Test Performance, Christine A. Moseley

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Polyacrylonitrile Copolymers: Effects of Molecular Weight, Polydispersity, Composition, and Sequencing on Thermal Ring-Closing Stabilization, Jeremy D. Moskowitz

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A Jamaican Voice: The Choral Music of Noel Dexter, Desmond A. Moulton

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Identities and Motives of Naturalist Development Program Attendees and Their Relation to Professional Careers, Jennifer A. Mraz

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Development of Dual-Cure Hybrid Polybenzoxazine Thermosets, Jananee Narayanan Sivakami

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Selective Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds Using Metal Oxide Sensor Arrays, Anton Dmitrievich Netchaev

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Direct Training of Teachers in the Use of Praise: Implementation and Generalization, Linda-Mai Thanh Nguyen

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Return to Holy Hill: Louisiana College, Academic Freedom, and The Southern Baptist Convention's Conservative Resurgence, 1995-2006, Joseph Learned Odenwald

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High School Culture, Graduation Rates, and Dropout Rates, Philip L. Pearson

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Novel Bioinformatic Approaches for Analyzing Next-Generation Sequencing Data, Yan Peng

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School Connectedness and Racial-Ethnic Identity Among Alaska Native Students: An Explanatory Sequential Mixed Methods Study, Robert J. Picou

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Predictors of Binge Eating in College Women, Emily E. Prather

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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