Northern Michigan University Master's Theses

This is an electronic repository of the intellectual output of Northern Michigan University Master's graduates and provides an organized way to preserve theses in a digital format .

Graduate students can submit their thesis by clicking on the Submit Research button on the left hand side of the screen, filling out the required form and attaching their document.   Before submitting please review the Policies and Submission Guidelines pages.  In addition, make sure your thesis follows the formatting requirements specified in The Northern Michigan University Guide to the Preparation of Theses.

For information regarding NMU Theses, please contact thesis@nmu.edu.

For your convenience, the NMU Theses collection has also been organized into departmental collections. You may browse these sub-collections by clicking the links below:

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Theses from 2016

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The Trash Birder's Guide, Ashely Adams

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A MARRIAGE SEWN TOGETHER, Marie E. Curran

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THE ROLE OF SKELETAL MUSCLE-SYNTHESIZED BRAIN-DERIVED NEUROTROPHIC FACTOR IN RETROGRADE TRANSPORT ALONG MOTORNEURON AXONS, Rebecca L. Dangremond

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Check the Box Marked Other: Exploring Gender in Family Life, Serenity E. Dougherty

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"That Hateful Prairie Wind": Violence and Ecophobia in Twentieth Century American Gothic, Jessica Duncan

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7-WEEKS OF YOGA TRAINING AND ITS EFFECTS ON FLEXIBILITY, RATE OF FORCE DEVELOPMENT, AND JUMP HEIGHT IN OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTERS, Andrew Ernst

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Dredge, Molly M. Fox

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Kingdom Come: Stories of Modern Appalachia, A. Paige Frazier

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The Cranberry Club, Michael Giddings

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Classical Masculinity in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, Timothy N. Grams

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DIET ANALYSIS OF NATIVE AND NON-NATIVE JUVENILE SALMONIDS IN A LAKE SUPERIOR TRIBUTARY, Alexis C. Growe-Raney

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The Highlands, Amy Elisabeth Hansen

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REMAIN, Johanna M. Hardy

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Personality and Longevity in the Profession of Athletic Training, Tyler Harris

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A Novel and Rapid Staphylococcus aureus Bacterial Identification Method Utilizing ImmunoMagnetic Beads and Single Cell Laser-Light Scattering, Kaylagh Hollen

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WHALES AND OTHER MAMMALS: ESSAYS, Ryan Wesley Kauffman

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THE HISTORY OF THE DISEASE CONCEPT OF SUBSTANCE DEPENDENCY, Brooke A. Lewis

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EXPATRIATES OF "GOOD" MOTHERHOOD: BEARING WITNESS, GUILT, AND BURDENS OF TRANSGRESSIVE MOTHERHOOD, Kelsey Nicole Lueptow

Engine, Robin C. McCarthy

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EXAMINATION OF CD133 AND CD147 AS CANCER STEM CELL MARKERS, Christopher McMahon

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The Fire in the Firefly: The Unspoken (Speaks), Ania S. Payne

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USING A VIRTUAL WORLD FOR SCIENCE INSTRUCTION WITH FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE STUDENTS, Amy Eileen Pihlainen

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Molecular evolutionary analysis of the American pika (Ochotona princeps), Andrew Michael Rankin

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EFFECTS OF OPTOGENETIC ACTIVATION AND PHARMACOLOGICAL MODULATION OF DOPAMINE NEURONS, Remington J. Rice

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ASSESSMENT OF NEUROTENSIN RECEPTOR AGONIST EFFECTS ON FEAR-POTENTIATED STARTLE, Mark Aaron Vanden Avond

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ANALYSIS OF TUMOR SPECIFIC PROTEIN EXPRESSION IN GLIOBLASTOMA MULTIFORME (GBMs) TUMORS THROUGH IMMUNOHISTOCHEMISTRY, Amanda M. Wigand

Theses from 2015

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The Effects of High Intensity Intermittent Exercise in Normobaric Hypoxia on Aerobic Capacity and Body Composition in Overweight and Obese Sedentary Adults, Max W. Adolphs

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16-Bit Ghouls: A Novella, Alyssa M. Bersine

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HABITAT CHARACTERISTICS AND DEMOGRAPHY OF CALYPSO BULBOSA AND CYPRIPEDIUM ARIETINUM IN THE GRAND SABLE DUNES, MICHIGAN, Adrienne L. Bozic

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Yardbirds, Joshua A. Brewer

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WHITE SPRUCE (PICEA GLAUCA), MOOSE (ALCES ALCES) AND THE ORIGIN OF A ZOOTIC DISCLIMAX COMMUNITY ON ISLE ROYALE, Stephen C. Caird

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A COHORT STUDY INVESTIGATING AUTOANTIBODY LEVELS DURING AND AFTER INFECTION WITH INFLUENZA A VIRUS, Michelle Collins

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Return and Recovery: The Influence of Place on Blues Murder Ballads and Laguna Ceremony Cycles, Tyler J. Dettloff

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The Effect of Yoga on Growth Hormone Secretion in Young Men and Women, Aaron Eastham

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STOMACH CONTENT ANALYSIS OF BOTULISM-AFFECTED BIRDS IN LAKE MICHIGAN, David A. Essian

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Finding Tuwaqachi, and Other Essays, Cory G. Ferrer

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A SURVEY OF THE COMMON LOON (Gavia immer) GENOME REVEALS PATTERNS OF NATURAL SELECTION, Zach G. Gayk

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EVALUATION AND APPLICATION OF POPULATION SIZE ESTIMATORS TO ASSESS BROOK TROUT (SALVELINUS FONTINALIS) RESPONSE TO A NON-NATIVE SALMONID REMOVAL IN A SMALL MICHIGAN COLDWATER STREAM, Joseph P. Gerbyshak

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PEDAGOGICAL PRAXIS IN AN AGE OF PRIVATIZATION: THE CONTRADICTION OF CHARTER SCHOOLS, Tracy D. Haack

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If I Disappear, Sofie Ellen Harsha

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RAPE PERCEPTION BASED ON RELIGIOUS ORIENTATION, GENDER, AND LENGTH OF RELATIONSHIP, Julie A. Herweyer

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HABITAT USE BY SPRUCE GROUSE IN A FRAGMENTED SYSTEM, Laurel A. Hill

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Assessing and Reporting Normative Data and Correlations in Adolescent Non-Professional Dancers, Alexandrea Holley

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Gene Regulation by a Novel Two-Component System Conserved Among Gammaproteobacteria, Kristin M. Jacob

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With the Light Caught Between, Albert M. Jacoby

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IMPACTS OF RIVER INFLUENCE AND WAVE EXPOSURE ON THE EPIPSAMMIC DIATOMS OF THE LAKE SUPERIOR WAVE ZONE, Leon R. Katona

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THE EFFECT OF MAGNESIUM CARBONATE (CHALK) ON GEOMETRIC ENTROPY, FORCE AND EMG DURING ROCK CLIMBING, Matt A. Kilgas

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The Effect of Isolation by Waterfalls and Dams on Stream Fish Morphology, Kayla M. Knoll

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All Feathers and Attitude, Virginia MacDonald

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EMERGENT THEMES SURROUNDING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS FOR MATHEMATICS FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES IN MATHEMATICS, Andrew R. Mills

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The Tumor-Suppressive Properties of Neural Stem Cells, Ryan Passino

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Not One Without Water, Rebecca A. Pelky

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Exercise Intensity and Performance Aspects of Snow Biking through the Use of a Fat Bike, Kevin C. Phillips

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AN ANALYSIS OF THE DIFFERENTIAL METHYLATION AND EXPRESSION OF IMPRINTED GENES IN M. M. MUSCULUS, M. M. DOMESTICUS, AND THEIR HYBRIDS, Anna P. Rice

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Altering the Movement: Learning Effects in Beginning and Well-Practiced Flute Players, Andrea Savord

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IMPACTS OF PROMOTING FAMILY LITERACY KNOWLEDGE: A KINDERGARTEN TEACHER’S UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO CONTINUE PROMOTING FAMILY LITERACY, Trish Sippola

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Use of Preponderance of Evidence in Campus Adjudication of Sexual Misconduct, Elizabeth Sommer

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INTRACRANIAL INFUSIONS OF NEUROTENSIN AGONISTS PRODUCE AN ANXIOLYTIC PROFILE IN A RAT ULTRASONIC VOCALIZATION MODEL, Floyd F. Steele III

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Past the Edge of the Forest, Emily M. Suess

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PREFRONTAL CORTEX ACTIVITY DURING ATTENTIONAL BIAS CONDITIONING WITH FEARFUL FACES: A NEAR-INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY ANALYSIS, Robert D. Torrence

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Not So Magical: Issues with Racism, Classism, and Ideology in Harry Potter, Tiffany L. Walters

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"Compulsion": The Fictionalization of the Leopold-Loeb Case and the Struggle for Creative Control of "The Crime of the Century", Maria L. Zambrana

Theses from 2014

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THE EFFECT OF NALTREXONE ON NICOTINE-INDUCED CONDITIONED PLACE PREFERENCE IN RATS, Jonathan M. Adams

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VISUAL CUES EFFECTS ON TEMPERATURE PERCEPTION, Carrie Anne Balcer

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The Perceived Demands of CrossFit, Bryanne N. Bellovary

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ANTIDEPRESSANT EFFECTS OF THE NTS1 AGONIST PD149163 IN THE FORCED SWIM TEST, Lawrence Carey IV

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EFFECTS OF LEPTIN ON ESTABLISHED GLIOBLASTOMA CELL LINES, Nicholas J. Cook

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To Soar Above the Apple Grove: Stories, Emily V. Doseck

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ACUTE EFFECTS OF LONG DISTANCE RUNNING ON C-REACTIVE PROTEIN AND ARTERIAL STIFFNESS, Bridget E. Durocher

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HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN APPLIED TO PERCEPTUAL PARADIGMS, Jonathan T. Fancher

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Seasonal Roads, Lynn K. Fay

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Framing Identity: Repudiating the Ideal in Chicana Literature, Michael A. Flores

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THE EFFECT OF WINTER VERSUS SUMMER RUNNING ON LOWER EXTREMITY MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURY RATE IN RECREATIONAL RUNNERS, Elizabeth Frieseke

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SHIFTING SPACES IN DIGITAL RHETORIC: EPHEMERA IN THE AGE OF INFINITE MEMORY, Geoffrey Gimse

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Endophytic Actinomycetes as potential agents to control common scab of potatoes, Alaxandra A. Goodman

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Libraries in Battle: An Analysis of the Image of the Library in Texts by Swift, Borges, and Sloan, Elyssa M. Gould

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LEAVING NORMAL, Genean Anne Granger

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War and Return, Alexander Gubbins

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CHARACTERIZATION OF VARYING LOCAL WINTER STREAM HABITAT AND ITS IMPACT ON COLDWATER FISHES, Jesse J. Haavisto

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Diet Analysis of Burbot from Eastern Lake Michigan: 1999-2012, Casey J. Hares

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This Is the Dream-Freeze, Timothy B. Johnston

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Trends in Juvenile Delinquency, David L. Jones Mr.

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THE EFFECTS OF INDIVIDUALIZED, STUDENT-SELECTED SPELLING LISTS ON ELEMENTARY STUDENT LEARNING AND MOTIVATION, Andrea N. Kleinpaste

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"Why don't you speak ordinary English?" she said coldly: Linguistic Rebellion in "The Prussian Officer" and Lady Chatterley's Lover, Nicole R. Koroch

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IDENTIFICATION OF HCMV UL97 IN GBM CELL LINES AND A POSSIBLE ROLE FOR GANCICLOVIR, Thomas McFall

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Around the Table, Rachel E. Mills

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Her Body Breathes Into Mine, Zarah C. Moeggenberg

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MOVEMENT BREAKS: THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PHYSICAL MOVEMENT ON KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS’ RECALL OF ADDITION FACTS, Erika L. Morrison

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SOMEWHERE AMONGST THE ASHES, Keith Rebec

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Plant Community Development of Isle Royale's Moose-Spruce Savannas, Michael C. Rotter

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DISASTER SALSA, Linda A. H. Sirois

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EBBINGHAUS ILLUSION IN TOUCH AS EVIDENCE FOR THE TWO STREAM PERCEPTION-ACTION HYPOTHESIS, Erin R. Smith

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SEED BANK DYNAMICS WITHIN A METAPOPULATION FRAMEWORK: A STUDY OF AN ANT-DISPERSED SPECIES, Emily E. Sprengelmeyer

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A PHYLOGENETIC REEVALUATION OF THE GENUS GAVIA (AVES: GAVIIFORMES) USING NEXT-GENERATION SEQUENCING, Quentin D. Sprengelmeyer

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PERCEPTIONS OF OPEN-ENDED ART BY FOURTH-GRADE STUDENTS AND THEIR TEACHER, Amanda M. Swanson

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CHARACTERIZATION OF HCMV-ENCODED CHEMOKINE RECEPTOR US28 TRANSDUCED MSU1.1 HUMAN FIBROBLAST CELLS, Danielle R. VanBeckum

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HAPTIC AND EXOSKELETON DEVICES FOR NEUROREHABILITATION OF UPPER LIMB PARALYSIS: A STATE OF ART AND A NIGHT LANDING TASK, Samantha Renee Wagner

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In a Relative Way, Gabriel W. Waskiewicz

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Where I Belong, Joy E. Weitzel