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 .

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Theses from 2022

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RELATING METABOLIC PHENOTYPES TO MOVEMENT BEHAVIOR IN BROOK TROUT, Jacob E. Bowman

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The Social Construction of Language: Identity, Reality, and Trauma in American Composition Courses, Joselyne Campos

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Effects of annual thermal regime on growth trajectories of native age-0 brook trout (Salvelinus Fontinalis), Chase M. Daiek

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INCREASE IN 1RM BACK SQUAT AFTER ABDOMINAL STABILIZING MANEUVERS, Caro Els

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A RAFT THROUGH STORMS (A.R.T.S.), Ronald L. Ferguson

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Quandles that are Knot Quandles, Jason Haskell

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Differences Between First-Generation and Continuing-Generation College Students in Psychological Need Fulfillment, Academic Engagement, and Retention, Cole A. Holt

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Only Underwater Can We Breathe: The Book of Mermaid Contemplations, Jessica Hudson

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Raised In A Shockwave, Haley Hulan

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THE MENTAL NOISE HYPOTHESIS: A RELATION BETWEEN NEUROTICISM AND P3 LATENCY VARIANCE IN A STROOP-STYLE REACTION TIME TASK, Jeremy Lawrence

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A systematic review: The effect of prophylactic braces on reducing risk factors related to ACL injury in athletes, Zak Linczeski

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"What if We're on the Wrong Side?": Police Brutality, Protest, and Player Culpability in Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become Human, Karmann E. Ludwig

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Factors Influencing Attitudes Towards Ex-Offenders, Sydney Mosser

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EXPLORING THE CORRELATION OF THE PRESENCE OF THE ST3GAL3 GENE IN INDIVIDUALS DIAGNOSED WITH ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER USING LOOP MEDIATED ISOTHERMAL AMPLIFICATION WITH COLORIMETRIC DETECTION, Rachael Nelson

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Lies I've Told Myself, Rosalyn R. Roseboro

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The Need For Introspective Analysis During Teaching, Kimberly A. Salter

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The Earth Ball, Elijah Sparkman

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A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY ANALYZING THE CHALLENGES, CONFLICTS, AND PRACTICES OF SUPERINTENDENT-PRINCIPALS IN RURAL UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL DISTRICTS, Alan R. Tulppo

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Varieties of Nonassociative Rings of Bol-Moufang Type, Ronald E. White

Theses from 2021

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VETERAN TEACHERS’ EXPERIENCES IN CONNECTION TO TEACHER EMPOWERMENT WITHIN THE SCHOOL, Jessica Aho

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Skateboard Jesus, Kenley Alligood

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EFFICACY OF ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT TRAINING (ACT) IN A TELE-HEALTH FORMAT TO TREAT INDIVIDUALS WITH AN EATING DISORDER, Morgan Angel

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Human As We All Are: Posthuman Subjectivity in The Paper Menagerie and The Three-Body Problem, Jennifer Baker

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A GUIDEWAY THROUGH THE LAND OF GHOSTS AND OTHER STORIES, Audrey Bauman

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ENGAGING SECONDARY STUDENTS: THE BENEFICIAL INTERSECTION OF YOUNG ADULT AND CLASSIC LITERATURE, Jacob Bonetti

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Calamity Sample: Stories About The Weatherman, Hannah Cajandig

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The Gender Epidemic: Intersecting Disease, Gender, and Sexuality in a Graphic Novel, Autumn Cejer

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Visualizing Geometric Structures on Topological Surfaces, Andrea Clark

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FLUOXETINE AS A NOVEL TREATMENT TO ATTENUATE CISPLATIN-INDUCED COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT, Xochitl Delgado

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THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON TEACHER INTERACTIONS WITH STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, Travis Depuydt

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CEREBELLUM-SEEDED FUNCTIONAL CONNECTIVITY CHANGES IN TRAIT-ANXIOUS INDIVIDUALS UNDERGOING ATTENTION BIAS MODIFICATION TRAINING, Katherine Elwell

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Caregivers’ Understanding Of Early Literature Expectations For Firstborn Children Entering Kindergarten, Kathleen England

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Algebraic Structures and Variations: From Latin Squares to Lie Quasigroups, Erik Flinn

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COLONY COLLAPSE, Greg Gose

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PLUMAGE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LONG-EARED OWL (Asio otus) IN THE VISIBLE AND ULTRAVIOLET SPECTRA OF LIGHT, Emily Griffith

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RESISTANCE TRAINING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CROSS COUNTRY SKIERS TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW, Leo Hipp

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Wolf Selection of Human-Modified Linear Features and Cover Types When Hunting and Killing White-Tailed Deer Fawns, Austin T. Homkes

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A DYNAMIC LANDSCAPE OF FEAR: HUMAN IMPACTS ON CARNIVORE COMMUNITIES, Tru Hubbard

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HOMESCHOOLING DURING COVID-19: A CASE STUDY, Rebecca Z. Johnson

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SENSITIVE AND SPECIFIC DETECTION OF SARS-COV-2 IN SALIVA USING REVERSE TRANSCRIPTASE LOOP-MEDIATED ISOTHERMAL AMPLIFICATION, Casey Juntila

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The Sound a Body Makes : and Other Ruminations on Navigating Roadkill, Olivia Kingery

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COORDINATION VARIABILITY AND INJURY RISK IN EXPERIENCED COLLEGIATE DANCERS, Emily Klinkman

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Evaluating the Undesired Outcomes of Response Interruption and Redirection, Nicole LaFoille

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Assessing the Efficacy of Training Parents via Telehealth to Administer Natural Environment Training, Olivia LaForest

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Hidden Diversity of Madagascan Freshwater Crabs (Brachyura: Potamoidea) Revealed by Morphological and Molecular Studies, Ellen Leever

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The Rusted Gate, Rebecca Matteson

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Amor fati, Ian Maxton

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The Physiological Effects of Therapy Dogs During Exercise for Sedentary Adults, Josie Lynne Mazzone

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MOLECULAR AND MORPHOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES OF POST-GLACIAL CONTACT AMONG LINEAGES OF NORTHERN SHORT-TAILED SHREWS (Blarina brevicauda) IN EASTERN NORTH AMERICA, Ellen Michels

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TROPHIC ECOLOGY OF JUVENILE LEAN AND SISCOWET LAKE TROUT (SALVELINUS NAMAYCHUSH) FROM U.S. WATERS OF LAKE SUPERIOR, Will Otte

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Impression, Storm, Victoria Rego and Victoria Anne Rego

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CHAMELEON BOY: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL LITERARY CRITIQUE OF BIRACIAL SUBJECTS IN A RACIALIZED SOCIETY, David Robinson

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IN SEARCH OF A SIMPLIFIED, OBJECTIVE ATTACHMENT STYLE ASSESSMENT: THE ATTACHMENT IMPLICIT MEASURE, Lisa Savage

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Computable Model Theory on Loops, Josiah Schmidt

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Leadership Styles Present During Change in Secondary Education, Jeanine Sherman

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Taunggyi Dreamer: Exiles, Diasporas, and Pleasures, Singh Kaur Singh

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THE BROWN BEAR GUT MICROBIOME: A NOVEL TOOL FOR CONSERVATION & MANAGEMENT, Sarah M. Trujillo

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Necrobiome Succession in Muscle Tissue as a Potential Indicator of Postmortem Interval, Anna Wacker

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IMPACTS OF BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN INFECTIONS ON BREEDING ECOLOGY AND SUCCESS IN WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS (Zonotrichia albicollis), Rachel Weisbeck

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USING ACOUSTIC TELEMETRY TO ANALYZE THE IMPACTS OF COMMON CARP ON WILD RICE RESTORATION, Franklin Zomer

Theses from 2020

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THE CATASTROPHIC OPEN WOUND: THE APPLICATION OF COMPLEX POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER IN LINDA HOGAN’S SOLAR STORMS AND EDEN ROBINSON’S MONKEY BEACH, Kawther I. Abbas

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INVESTIGATING INDICATOR ASSOCIATIONS AND USABILITY CHARACTERISTICS FOR MEASURING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE RISK FACTORS IN CHILDREN, Abdulrahman I. Alaqil

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INDIVIDUAL VARIATION IN WINTER BROOK TROUT (SALVELINUS FONTINALIS) MOVEMENT IN A SMALL NORTHERN MICHIGAN STREAM, Benjamin Bejcek

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A BLENDED DISPLACEMENT; STORIES FROM THE PERIPHERY, Katherine Belliel

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Plant Medicine: The Use of Medicinal Plants as Green Manures in the Treatment of Streptomyces scabies Infection and Potato Scab Disease, Ben Bolcer

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THE ROLE OF SKELETAL MUSCLE-SYNTHESIZED BRAIN DERIVED NEUROTROPHIC FACTOR IN THE MAINTENANCE OF MOTOR NEURON MITOCHONDRIAL POPULATIONS, Mikel Cawley

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All This Plastic, All This Glass, Randi Clemens

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Development of tolerance as a function of within session reinforcement in a blackjack game, Sarah Dartt

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EVALUATING THE EFFECTS OF ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT TRAINING ON BURNOUT IN BEHAVIOR TECHNICIANS WORKING IN MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES, Mallory DePetro

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EVALUATING THE EFFECTS OF FASTING CONDITIONS IN COMBINATION WITH TEMOZOLOMIDE FOR THE TREATMENT OF GLIOBLASTOMA MULTIFORME, Joseph Duffy

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The Wild Diamond Diaries: Healing Alongside America's Wild Horses, Megan Emily

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THE PHYSIOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF INDOOR VERSUS OUTDOOR AEROBIC EXERCISE IN FEMALE CANCER SURVIVORS: A LITERATURE REVIEW, Emily Ferroni

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TOUCHING THE CENTER THAT BURNS: AN EXORCISM, Maggie Finch

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QUEERING THE CURRICULUM: ESTABLISHING EQUITY FOR LGBTQIA STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS IN MICHIGAN, Miranda Findlay

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A COMPARISON OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE COACHES STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PRACTICES 1997-1998 TO 2018, Corey Fitzgerald

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ELECTROCORTICAL CHANGES OBSERVED IN THE N2 AS AN OUTCOME OF ATTENTION BIAS MODIFICATION TRAINING, Hayley Gilbertson

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THE GUT MICROBIOTA OF A WILD AMERICAN BLACK BEAR (Ursus americanus) POPULATION, Sierra Gillman

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Almost Trued: An Urban Exploration, Madeline Gombis

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The Female Leadership Experience in Pre-Professional and Professional Ballet, Jill Grundstrom

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Former Boy Detective, T Guzman

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T. Hanks for Everything, Anissa Johnson

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Resurgence in Dogs, Monica Jones

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WOODLAND CARIBOU, SOIL CARBON CYCLING AND SOIL FERTILITY ON THE SLATE ISLANDS ARCHIPELAGO IN ONTARIO, CANADA, Melinda Kantola

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Crossroads, Rebecca Keyes

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Effects of NMDA Receptor Antagonists on the Differential-Reinforcement-of-Low-Rate 72 Second (DRL 72) Responding in Rats, Cayla Lynch

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Survivor’s Guilt and the Ethics of Remembering in Isaac Bashevis Singer's The Slave and Cynthia Ozick’s “The Shawl”, Ryne Menhennick

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ONE DISTRICT’S STAKEHOLDERS’ DESCRIPTIONS OF THE SUPPORTS AND BARRIERS IMPACTING THE USE OF A DIGITAL MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM, Andrew R. Mills

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RAPID COLORIMETRIC IDENTIFICATION OF ESCHERICHIA COLI SHIGA TOXINS 1 AND 2, AS WELL AS EAE AND AGGR, USING LOOP MEDIATED ISOTHERMAL AMPLIFICATION FOLLOWED BY PNA/AUNP DETECTION, Rachael Nelson

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Goal Drought, Stephanie Oesch

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Junkballer, Daniel Pobereyko

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EVALUATING SOLUBLE AXL AS A BIOMARKER FOR GLIOBLASTOMA, Daniel Raymond

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Snow Ghost, Joseph Rowles

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GENE REGULATION CONTROLLED BY THE CRBS/R TWO-COMPONENT SYSTEM, Alexzandra Sales

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Ecological Factors Influencing Infection Rates of the Birch Polypore Inonotus obliquus in the Laurentian Mixed Forest Province, Anna R. Slowik

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Serum-based biomarkers and magnetic resonance imaging following mild traumatic brain injury in collegiate athletes post return-to-play, Taylor R. Susa

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THE EFFICACY AND APPLICATION OF A 40-HOUR ONLINE TRAINING PROGRAM TOWARDS THE APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS REGISTERED BEHAVIOR TECHNICIAN™ CREDENTIAL, Kimberly Thompson

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Using Relational Frame Theory to Teach Prepositions to Children with Autism, Alexandra Vacha

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AVAILABILITY AND PERCEIVED EFFECTIVENESS OF HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS, SERVICES, AND APPROACHES TO ADDRESS TRAUMA-RELATED OUTCOMES IN THE UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN, Jaime VanEnkevort

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The Illuminated Empty Spaces, Jane Wagar

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EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PROBABILISTIC REINFORCEMENT, AS A GAMIFICATION ELEMENT, IN A COLLEGE CLASS SETTING, Tiffanie Weeden