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Theses from 2020

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The Development and Exploration of a Twelve-Factor Model of Motivations for Using Substances, Taylor Altenberger

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My Child’s Keeper: Child Vulnerability and Quality of Life on Parental Stress and Grit, Abigail Armstrong

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A Change in Fish Assemblages in the Pascagoula River, MS, Sara Barrett

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State-Level Fiscal Policy and Economic Growth: Assessing Recovery from the 2007 Recession, Nathan Barron

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The Role of Potential for Interaction in Parasocial Relationships, Aaron Bermond

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Nutrition at Tipu: A Comparative Analysis of Juvenile Health in Maya Populations, Sydnie A. Bianchi

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The Wakefield Phenomenon: A Rhetorical Examination of the Resurgence of the Anti-Vaccination Movement in the 20th & 21st Century, Karen Boger

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Effect of Unilateral Lower-Limb Amputation on Intact Limb Biomechanics: A Systematic Review, Amanda Boyd

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Korngold's Dream States: An Analysis of Transitional Passages in Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Opera "Die tote Stadt", Tyler Brandon

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The Effects of Optimism on Anti-Natalism, Faith L. Brown

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Malaria Risk on Ancient Roman Roads: A Study and Application to Assessing Travel Decisions in Asia Minor by the Apostle Paul, Daniel C. Browning Jr

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Effects of Perceived Poverty and Chaotic Living Conditions on Externalizing Problems in At-Risk Adolescents, Margaret Bullerjahn

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Containing the Blemmye: Anxiety Towards Congenital Difference in the Old English Wonders of the East, Jessica L. Carrell

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Exploring Dissociation as a Facilitator of Suicide Risk Using Virtual Reality, Nicole Caulfield

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An Adaptive Approach to Gibbs’ Phenomenon, Jannatul Ferdous Chhoa

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Oh, My Stars: A New Map of the Universe in Paradise Lost, Michael R. Coats

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“You Must Live, and Show to the World What They Have Been Doing Here”: The Survival of the “Rabbits” of Ravensbrück, Regina Coffey

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Willingness to Seek Professional Help for Suicidal Thoughts: The Role of Masculine Norms and Self-Stigma in Service Members, Samantha E. Daruwala

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Does Race Matter? An Examination of Defendant Race on Legal Decision Making in the Context of Actuarial Risk Assessments, Riley Davis

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Characterizing ERAD and Antioxidant Response in Ixodes scapularis ISE6 Cells during Borrelia Infection, Latoyia Downs

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Maturation Spawning and Larviculture of Atlantic Croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) at Low Salinity, Edithrose Fairweather

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ASSESSMENT OF GENETIC DIVERSITY IN LARGETOOTH SAWFISH, PRISTIS PRISTIS, POPULATIONS OVER THE 20TH CENTURY, Ann Fearing

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Hate Speech, Habitus, and Identity Signaling on 4chan’s Politically Incorrect Board, Jonathon Geiger

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“Never nearer to the goal”: Wordsworth, Sympathy, and the Wandering Jew, Matthew Germenis

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Finding Identity Through Survival: The Impact of the Hurricanes in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones, Crystal F. Giles

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An Assessment of the use of Photogrammetry in Cranial Metric and Non-Metric Studies, Amy Hair

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The Burning of Restoran and Other Stories, Nicole Holtzman

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“Making The World A Better Place To Live In”: Hattiesburg Women’s Literary Organizations and the Formation of a Progressive Southern City, 1884-1945, Daniella Kawa

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THE IMPACT OF A CASVE-CQ ENHANCED INTERVENTION ON GROUP CAREER COUNSELING OUTCOMES, Kendall L. Klumpp

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Investigation on the Morphology of Charge-Transfer Complexes in Low Density Polyethylene, Wade Korf

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The Effect of Constant Relative Growth Rate Versus Constant Specific Growth Rate on Oocystis SP, Rachel Kriner

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Barriers to Health: Understanding the Barriers Faced by Community Intervention Projects, Vera Landrum

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DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL DNA TOOL TO MONITOR RECOVERY OF THE CRITICALLY ENDANGERED SMALLTOOTH SAWFISH, PRISTIS PECTINATA, IN THE NORTHWEST ATLANTIC, Ryan N. Lehman

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Microplastic Abundance, Distribution and Impacts on Sargassum-Associated Juvenile Fishes in the Gulf of Mexico, Olivia Lestrade

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Helmand: The U.S. Marines and Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan, 2010-2012, Taylor L. Lewis

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Historical and Contemporary Variables Affecting the Range and Distribution of Aedes Aegypti, The Yellow Fever Mosquito, in The United States, Nicole Mackey

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The Unknown War: Army of the Republic of Vietnam Combat Operations 1962-1963, Justin Major

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Sustainable Wastewater Treatment in the American South, Caroline Miles

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Assessing the recalibration interval for nearshore sediment assemblages after Hurricane Irma: implications for developing long-term records of overwash deposits, Stephen Mitchell

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Musical Forces in the Serial Music of Igor Stravinsky, Adam Moffett

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Vegetative Community and Health Assessment of a Constructed Juncus-Dominated Salt Marsh in The Northern Gulf Of Mexico, Nickolas R. Murphy

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A Call to Arms: A Comparative Study of Mississippi and Kentucky Citizens During the Secession Crisis, 1859-1861, Amy Myers

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Do Mosquito Pesticides Harm Their Natural Enemies? Ecological Impacts and Non-Target Effects of Larvicides on Mosquito Predators, Joseph Nelsen

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​BURNED OUT BUT BARELY BEGUN: A QUALITATIVE STUDY ON NEWER CLERGY AND COMMUNICATION SURROUNDING EMOTIONAL LABOR AND PERSONAL WELL-BEING IN SOUTH MISSISSIPPI, Lauren Noll

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A Time Integration Method of Approximate Particular Solutions for Nonlinear Ordinary Differential Equations, Cyril Ocloo

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SEDIMENT PROVENANCE OF TSUNAMI DEPOSITS: IMPLICATIONS FOR ASSESSING THE RELATIVE INTENSITY OF PALEOTSUNAMIS FROM THE SENDAI COASTLINE OF JAPAN, Tiffany Otai

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Elucidating the Molecular Pathways Involved in the Fitness and Water Stress Response of Pseudomonas synxantha 2-79 in the Plant Rhizosphere, Clint Henry D. Pablo

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Interrelationships Among Monorchiid Trematodes with Special Emphasis on Some Northwestern Atlantic Genera, Apryle Panyi

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Using Modern Portfolio Theory to Analyze Virgil's Aeneid (or Any Other Poem), David Patterson

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Homotopy Analysis Method For Nonlinear Ordinary Eigenvalue Problems, Subagya Perera

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Anger, Relational Victimization, and Vengeance in the Context of Relational Aggression, Alison Poor

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An Analysis of Dredge Efficiency for Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Commercial Dredges, Leanne Poussard

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Mental Healthcare Providers' Personality and Its Relation to Preferences of Client Personality, Taylor R. Rodriguez

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Investigating the timing of initial Louann Salt Flow and its relationship with the Gilbertown Fault Zone, Southwest Alabama, Avery Rosenbalm

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DNA Methylation Analysis for Tissue and Age Determination for Forensic Human Identification, Lauren Satcher

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Freshwater Endmembers Impacting Carbonate Chemistry in the Mississippi Sound, Allison Savoie

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Mosquito Communities and Insect-Specific Viruses in a Heterogenous, Urban Landscape in Puerto Rico, Nicole Scavo

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Non-Religious Employee's Perceptions of Microaggressions and Their Relationship with Job Satisfaction as Moderated by Calling, Jessica Schultz

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Of Filth, Joseph Sigurdson

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Nearshore Sedimentology of Eroding Microtidal Estuaries: Bon Secour Bay, Alabama and Perdido Bay, Florida, Jennifer Simpson

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Marketing to the New Generations of LGBTQ+ Tourists, George Smith

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Effects of infection of the protist parasite, Dermomycoides sp., in dusky gopher frog tadpoles, Jaime Smith

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Measuring Implicit and Explicit Attitudes Toward Transracial Adoption, Lillian Spadgenske

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Contribution of Submarine Groundwater Discharge to Select Biogeochemical Fluxes in St. Louis Bay, Mississippi, Haley Spaid

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Assessing the Nursery-Role Function of Pelagic Sargassum for Juvenile Fishes in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Courtney Stachowiak

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Identification of Saliva Using DNA Methylation Analysis for Forensic Use, Elizabeth Staples

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Development of an Attenuated Zika Virus by Editing the 5’ Untranslated Region, E. Ashley Thompson

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Creative Expression Through the Gift of God: The Intertwining of Creativity and Religion of the Poor Clares in New Orleans, Louisiana, Maureen Tierney

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Rapid Implicit Diagonalization of Variable-Coefficient Differential Operators Using the Uncertainty Principle, Carley Walker

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Online and Offline Identity Gaps: Cross-Contextual Predictors and Psychological Outcome, Ningyang Wang

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Tonal Expectations Defining Narrative Archetypes, Seth Weesner

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Thiol-Ene Click Chemistry for Solid State Triplet-Triplet Annihilation Upconversion and Parts-Per-Billion Pyrophosphate Sensing in Artificial Seawater, Abagail K. Williams

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Diagonalization of 1-D Schrodinger Operators with Piecewise Constant Potentials, Sarah Wright

Theses from 2019

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Localized Method Of Approximate Particular Solutions For Solving Optimal Control Problems Governed By PDES, Kwesi Acheampong

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Localized Method of Approximate Particular Solutions for Solving Fourth-Order PDEs, Lionel Amuzu

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A Machine Learning Approach to Network Intrusion Detection System Using K Nearest Neighbor and Random Forest, Ilemona S. Atawodi

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Discrepant Self-Perceptions as Predictors of Rule Violating Behavior Among Juvenile Offenders, Kimberly Barajas

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The Ecology and Evolution of the Freshwater Turtles of Southern Mississippi, Gabrielle Berry

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Investigating Diel Periodicity in Export Flux in the Gulf of Mexico Using a Particulate Imaging System, Justin Edward Blancher

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Effects of Light and Macroinvertebrate Consumers on Detrital Microbial Biofilms in Streams, Cheyenne M. Brady

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The Effect of Historic Shipwrecks on Sediment Microbiomes in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Melissa Brock

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Attenuated Responses To Inflammatory Cytokines In Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells: Biological Implications And The Molecular Basis, Bohan Chen

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A Comparison of Social Learning in Domestic Canines, Beatrice Chenkin

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Distribution, Abundance, and Trophic Ecology of Anguilliform Leptocephali in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Lillian Collins

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Involuntary Signal-Based Grounding of Civilian Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in Civilian Airspace, Keith Conley

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Extended-Range Oscillations and the First Sharp Diffraction Peak in Amorphous Silicon: A Systematic Study, Devilal Dahal

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Is the Written Component of Tootling Effective? A Comparison of the Group Contingency to a Comparison Writing Procedure, James Derieux

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The Variability of High-Frequency Motions and Their Interactions with the Mesoscale on the Mississippi Shelf, Jordan Earls

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Acting Black: An Analysis of Blackness and Criminality in Film, Blake Edwards

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Horses, Culture, and Trade: The Impact of the Horse on Southeastern Native Nations, 1650-1830, Jacob Featherling

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Emotion Reactivity, Emotion Dysregulation, and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury among At-Risk Adolescents: A Multiple Mediation Analysis, Paula N. Floyd

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Using Refuse Disposal Patterning Methods to Discern Site Structure on an Antebellum Backwoods Plantation’s Big House Site in Mississippi’s Pine Hills, Brian A. Flynt

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The Effects of Salinity on Zootechnical Performance of Spotted Seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems, Eric Gigli

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Changes in Antarctic Bottom Water Formation During Interglacial Periods, Samuel Glasscock

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Response and Recovery of Horn and Petit Bois Islands, Mississippi, USA to Tropical Cyclone Impacts: 2004 – 2016, Shara Gremillion

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Multiple Species of Distinctiveness in Memory: Separating Task Distinctiveness from Statistical Distinctiveness, Matthew Robert Gretz

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Estimating Body Mass through Bone Mineral Density Studies Using Dexa (Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry), Kaitlin Harstine

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Archaeobotanical Analyses of the Winterville Mounds Site (22ws500) and Other Southeastern Ceremonial Complexes, Dana Hauffe

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Krylov Subspace Spectral Methods with Non-homogenous Boundary Conditions, Abbie Hendley

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The Evolutionary Diversity and Biological Function of Phenazine Metabolite Biosynthesis in Burkholderia SPP, Samuel Hendry