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Theses from 2021

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Matching Equation: Teacher Rates of Praise and Reprimands, Meleah Ackley

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A Deep Learning-Based Automatic Object Detection Method for Autonomous Driving Ships, Ojonoka Erika Atawodi

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A Modified Preconditioned Conjugate Gradient Method for Approximating the Scattering Amplitude, Samson Ayo

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The Effects of Using Behavioral Skills Training in Teaching Non-ABA Professionals to Implement Discrete Trial Training: A Meta-Analysis, Lindsey Bernard

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The Effects of Parent-Implemented Demanded Eye Contact as a Component of EID on Child Compliance, Halley Claire Blanchard

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Determining Subgroups That Exist Among US Firearm Owners, Allison Eileen Bond

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Exploring the Influence of Diurnal Forcing on Tidal Inlet Exchange and the Impact on the movement of Oxygen Depleted Waters in the Mississippi Sound and Bight Region, Courtney Bouchard

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An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Music Theory Resources for the Middle and High School Choral Classroom with Alignment to Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards, Amanda M. Brandon

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Acquaintances and Other Stories, Morgan E. Brewer

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Effects of Religiosity and Self-Control on At-Risk Adolescent Substance Use and Delinquency, Lauren Burns

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Population Parameter Estimation and Stable Isotope Analysis of Gulf Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi) in the Pascagoula River, Alfonso Cohuo

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An Analysis of Nobuo Uematsu’s Linear Structures: The Score of Final Fantasy VI’s Opera, Daniel Comeaux

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Underrepresentation of Women in American Politics, Lindsey Crane

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Different Class: The Creation of the Premier League and the Commercialization of English Football, Colin Damms

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The Effects of Vertical Diel Thermocline Movement on the Settling of Marine Snow in a River Influenced Marine Environment, Nadine Doiron

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Mitigating Negative Perceptions Due to Gender Norm Violation Through Adherence to Another Prevalent Gender Norm, Kelsey Drea

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Haunted and Hunted: The Gothic and the Ghostly in The Light and Asylum, Adam Dunnells

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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and the Microbiomes of Two Benthic Species, Samantha Ells

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A Collection of Misfits, Kayla Gates

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Trophic Ecology of Mesopelagic Fish Larvae and Juveniles in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Emily Gipson

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Spatial and Seasonal Patterns of Above- and Belowground Vegetation Biomass and Potential Drivers in the Pascagoula River Delta, MS, Evan Grimes

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Structural Re-orientation of Magmatic Fabrics and Layering in the Lower Oceanic Crust: Hole GT1, Wadi Tayin Massif, Samail Ophiolite, Justin Guillot

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Small-Scale Resuspension and Redistribution of Surface Sediments in the Northeast Gulf of Mexico, Austin Harris

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“Man-Cub They Call Me”: Mowgli’s Constructed Childhood in Kipling’s Jungle Books, David Hii

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Women Under Colonial Coverture: Divorce, Property Rights, and Inheritance in Early Massachusetts, Sarah Anne Hogue

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Comparison of Supported Liquid Extraction and Solid Phase Extraction of Methamphetamine from Urine and Method Validation by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, Taylor Hood

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“Precios perle wythouten spotte”: Accepting the Unknowable in Pearl, Jana Ishee

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Of Metal, Paper and Light: Stories, Joseph Labernik

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An Evaluation of Activity in a Colonial Maya Cemetery Using Femoral Cross-Sectional Analysis, Casey LeJeune

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Mass Analysis and Raw Material Sourcing as Metrics of Poverty Point's Socio-Political Organization, Jeffrey Lewis, Jr.

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The Effects of Sexual Surrogacy on Satisfaction, Happiness, and Well-Being, Ryan Liu-Pham

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Blind Walking, Corley Longmire

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Paradoxes of the Heart and Mind: Three Case Studies in White Identity, Southern Reality, and the Silenced Memories of Mississippi Confederate Dissent, 1860-1979, Billy Loper

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Comparing the Efficacy of Two Affirmation Interventions to Reduce Stereotype Threat Effects on Women’s Math Performance, Alicia Macchione

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Evaluating Marsh Restoration Success Using Structural and Trophic Metrics on Deer Island, MS, Emelia Marshall

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Helping the Shoe to Fit, Amber Martin

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The Shortcomings of Maize: Using Tipu to Assess Maize Consumption and its Impact on Stature and Limb Proportions Among the Maya, Peter Mercier

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Depressive Symptoms and Marijuana Outcomes in College Students: The Mediating Role of Protective Behavioral Strategies for Marijuana, Nicholas Militello

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“I’ll Make a Captain Among Ye, and Do Somewhat to be Talk of Forever After”: Female Civic Agency in Sir Thomas More’s Staged Insurrection, Heather Miller

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How Historic Shipwrecks Influence Dispersal of Deep-Sea Microbiomes, Rachel Moseley

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Little Bodies, Little People: Conflating the Child and the Dwarf in The History of Sir Thomas Thumb, Hannah Mummert

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The Effects of Segmenting Worksheets on Independent Seatwork with Elementary Students Delivered in a Remote Manner Using Parents as Interventionists, Lauren Peak

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Assessing the Rates of Post-Depositional Change Within 2004 Indian Ocean Sediments: Implications for Long-Term Records of Paleotsunamis, Lillian Pearson

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When Time Shall Surrender: Disability, Crip Time, and John Clare's Language of Annihilation, Ian Pittman

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On a Stochastic Model of Epidemics, Rachel Prather

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Storms and Stories, Ryan Price

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Contextualizing a Crisis: Examining Michigan State University Press Releases and the Larry Nassar Scandal, Courtney Robinson

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Analyzing the Consistency of Scoring Porotic Hyperostosis From 3D Scans, Carson Rouse

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Characterization of the Bacterial Microbiome of Exotic Tick Species Collected from Migratory Birds, Raima Sen

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Effects of Adolescent Motivation and Personality on Adherence and Success in a Voluntary Residential Bootcamp Program, Lydia Sigurdson

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No More Shade: Deforestation and Rural-Urban Migration in Nigeria, Kambre Sims

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Recognizing Race: The Impact of Twentieth-Century Feminist Movements on Race Relations in West Germany, Lindsey Stobaugh

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Jokes from the Gallows, Josh Stricklin

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Subadult Cortical Bone Analysis As An Indicator of Childhood Health Status Among the Tipu Maya Population, Jaime Thomas

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Sedimentology and Shallow Groundwater Responses of a Coastal Marsh Along a Salinity Gradient: A Case Study In Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mississippi, James Thompson

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“My Bruises Are Inward:” A Study of Mental Trauma in the American Civil War, Cody Turnbaugh

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The Gods of Women and Their Mothers: Stories, Brooke Turner

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Proposed Subtypes of Anger Rumination: Brooding and Reflection and Their Associations with Aggression, Fayth Walbridge

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A Meta-Analysis of Check-In/Check-Out: Effectiveness, Social Validity, and Design Standards, Caitlyn Weaver

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Women as Party Leaders: Are the Barriers Partisan?, Amanda B. Yates

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Application of Machine Learning Techniques to Forecast Harmful Algal Blooms in Gulf of Mexico, Bala Tripura Sundari Yerrapothu

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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Navigating Hate: The Public Deliberation of Matthew Shepard and Hate Crime Legislation, Abigail Barnes

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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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Sedimentary Dynamics and Water Quality in Floodplains of the Lower Mississippi River near Natchez, Mississippi, during the 2018 and 2019 Floods, Jansen Costello

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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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Determining the Trophic Role of Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) in Mississippi State Waters Using Stomach Content and Stable Isotope Analysis, Branden Kohler

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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