A culminating publication such as a thesis, dissertation, professional paper or capstone project often marks the end and apex of graduate work in the many graduate programs offered at UNLV. These publications are public testimony of student scholarship and the vehicle used to make a contribution to a specific body of knowledge.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Efficient Algorithms for Clustering Polygonal Obstacles, Sabbir Kumar Manandhar

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Creating A Dynamic, Multi-Purpose Correction for Multiple Geometries and Field Sizes to Account for Off-Axis and Asymmetric Backscatter With Varian Portal Dosimetry, Remy Manigold

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Mr. Universe Wants To Live Forever, Oksana Marafioti

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Considerations For a Hotel Investment, Stephen Blake Marriott

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Ozonation in Water Reuse: Formation and Mitigation of N-~nitrosodimethylamine, Erica J. Marti

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Characterization of Impact Properties of Forged, Layered, and Additive Manufactured Titanium Alloy, Melissa Kathryn Matthes

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The Effect of Gluten on Puberty Onset and Glycemic Response in Female Rats, Bethaney Mclaughlin

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Understanding the Preparation and Support Needed for Undergraduate Clinical Faculty, Sara Mcpherson

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Incomplete Denitrification in Thermus Species, Chrisabelle Mefferd

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A​ Program Evaluation of Outside Las Vegas’ YMCA Education Program, Robin Mendoza, Kevin Schmidt, Arcelia Barajas, and Branson Chun

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Novel Pathways to High-Efficiency Chalcopyrite Photovoltaic Devices: A Spectroscopic Investigation of Alternative Buffer Layers and Alkali-Treated Absorbers, Michelle Mezher

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Reader Engagement with Data Journalism: Comparing the Guardian and Washington Post's Coverage of People Killed by Police, Dan Michalski

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Of Wolves & Thieves: A Love Story, Kayla Miller

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Structural Behavior of NbSexTe2-x Superconductors Under High Pressure, Vahe Mkrtchyan

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The Effects of Psychopathic Traits on Social Support Networks, Stephanie Marie Molina

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The Effect of Attachment Placement and Location on Rotational Control of Conical Teeth Using Clear Aligner Therapy, Pouya Momtaz

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Connection or Competence: Emotional Labor Versus Service Quality as Antecedents to Customer Loyalty, Andrew Moreo

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Neutron-Gamma Discrimination in Elpasolite Scintillator Detector, Brittany Morgan

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Structural Evolution of the Maynard Lake Fault Within the Left-Lateral Pahranagat Shear Zone, Nevada, USA, Mahmud Mustafa Muhammad

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Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite Actuators Based on Nafion Blends with Functional Polymers, Jungsoo Nam

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Perceiving Hierarchical Musical Structure in Auditory and Visual Modalities, Jessica Erin Nave-Blodgett

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Development of Solar Experiments with Remote Laboratory Capability for Engineering Education of the Future, Otto Kyle Neidert

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Secondary Preservice Teacher Expectations of the Principal's Role in New Teacher Induction, Matthew C. Nishimoto

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A Comparison of the Effects of Peer Networks and Peer Video Modeling on Positive Social Interactions Performed By Young Children With Developmental Disabilities, Conrad Oh-Young

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Developing Registered Nurse Competency in Diabetes Care, Elizabeth Ortiz

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Effectiveness of Commercially-Available Cosmetic Cleaners on Cosmetics and Cosmetic Brushes, Vanessa Ortiz

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An Examination of Sagebrush Rebellion Communications Using Narrative Policy Framework, Amber Overholser

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Clark County Department of Family Services, Parenting Project, Julie Owens, Natalie Grajeda, Stephanie Thelen, David L. Olivieri, and Fredric Jackson

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Delirium Education Program for Critical Care Nurses: A Mixed Methods Study, Meredith Padilla Padilla

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Rhinestones in the Desert: The Rise and Fall of the Las Vegas Showgirl and the Productions That Shaped Her, Diane Marie Palm

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Using Generalizability Theory to Investigate Sources of Variance of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 with Trainees, Dorothy Rita Parriott

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Analysis of Power-Down Systems with Five States, Govind Pathak

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The Relationship Between Clinical Teaching Models and Perceived Clinical Self-Efficacy and Attitude Toward Team Process, Christina H. Plemmons

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The Role of Mfd in Stationary-Phase Oxidative Damage Repair in Bacillus subtilis, Katelyn E. Porter

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Identifying Learning Acquired During Debriefing, Shelly J. Reed

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Hypoxic Stress in Athletes With Sickle Cell Trait, Samantha Elizabeth Reynolds

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Heaven on Their Minds, Rebecca Kate Robison

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Persuasion of Online Crowdfunding Videos, Matthew Roe

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Identifying Maltreated Youth at High Risk for Posttraumatic Symptom Clusters Using Nonparametric Modeling, Emma H. Ross

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Design, Fabrication and Testing of Monolithic Low-Power Passive Sigma-Delta Analog-to-Digital Converters, Angsuman Roy

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Evaluating the Impact of a Smoking Ban in Las Vegas Casino Resorts, Emi K. Sakevich

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Tearing up the Tallgrass, Brett Salsbury

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The Role of School Boards in Addressing Opportunity and Equity for English Learners in the U.S. Mountain West, Carrie Sampson

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"Nobody Can #DragMeDown": An Analysis of the One Direction Fandom's Ability to Influence and Dominate Worldwide Twitter Trends, Nicole Kelsey Santero

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Changes in Teachers' Constructivist Beliefs and Practices from Preservice to Inservice Teaching: A Mixed Methods Approach, Christina Joan Santoyo

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Growing Together? Community, Culture, and Gardening in Downtown Las Vegas, Tyler S. Schafer

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Yiddish Diction in Singing, Carrie Suzanne Schuster-Wachsberger

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"Mother, I will": Female Subjectivity and Religious Vision in the Brontës Novels, Amanda Scott

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Leadership Competencies at Concordia University System Institutions, Samuel Joseph Seefeld

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Keep Moving: Stories, Syed Haider Shahbaz

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Laboratory Evaluation of Geogrid-Reinforced Flexible Pavements, Mohammadreza Sharbaf

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A Web-Based Solution for Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Traffic Management, Monetta Angelique Shaw

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Interrelationships among Teacher Self-Efficacy, Collective Teacher Efficacy, and Teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Qingmin Shi

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Parallel Static Object Detection, Tirambad Shiwakoti

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Vision-Based Intersection Monitoring: Behavior Analysis & Safety Issues, Mohammad Shokrolah Shirazi

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The JVMCSP Runtime and Code Generator for ProcessJ in Java, Cabel Dhoj Shrestha

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A Web Based User Interface for Machine Learning Analysis of Health and Education Data, Chandani Shrestha

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Causes of Change Orders and Its Impact on Road Maintenance Contracts, Kabindra Kumar Shrestha

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Framework of Performance-Based Contracting for Chip Seal and Striping Maintenance Activities, Kishor Shrestha

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Perchlorate Bioremediation: Controlling Media Loss in Ex-Situ Fluidized Bed Reactors and In-Situ Biological Reduction by Slow-Release Electron Donor, Sichu Shrestha

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Development and Testing of an Assessment to Measure Spatial Thinking about Enhanced Greenhouse Effect, Heather Jean Skaza

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Cultural Competence of Nurse Practitioners: Providing Care for Gay and Lesbian Clients, Paul Steven Smith

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Impedance Spectroscopy Studies of Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Under Extreme Conditions, Quinlan Blaine Smith

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Forcing Cesium into Higher Oxidation States via Useful Hard X-ray Induced Chemistry at Extreme Conditions, Daniel Thomas Sneed

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Examining the Effects of Body Weight Support and Speed on Physiological Measures and Lower Leg Muscular Activity, Michael Thomas Soucy

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Synthesis and Characterization of Graphene, Ashok Em Sudhakar

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Mining Unstructured Log Messages for Security Threat Detection, Candace Suh-Lee

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Hunger Games: The Effects of Alternate Day Fasting on Food Intake, Body Weight, and Leptin and Ghrelin in Rats, Debra Kirsty Mortel Tacad

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Evaluating the Risk to Ostomy Patients Working With Uranium Using the ICRP Biokinetic Model for the Gastrointestinal Tract, Sara Taylor

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Measurement of Neutron Activation from a High Energy Varian Linear Accelerator, Timothy Thatcher

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The Effect of Moderate Consumption of Non-Nutritive Sweeteners on Glucose Tolerance and Body Composition in Rats, Ashley Power Tovar

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Impacts to Phytoplankton After The Establishment of Quagga Mussels in Lake Mead, Nevada, Warren Bruce Turkett

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An Empirical Study on The Impact of C++ Lambdas And Programmer Experience, Phillip Merlin Uesbeck

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A Natural History of Teasing: British Women Writers and the Shakespearean Courtship Narrative, 1677-~1818, Mary Vance

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Building Categories to Guide Behavior: How Humans Build and Use Auditory Category Knowledge Throughout the Lifespan, Christina M. Vanden Bosch Der Nederlanden

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Kimmo Hakola's Diamond Street and Loco: A Performance Guide, Erin Elizabeth Vander Wyst

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Student Motivation, Stressors, and Intent to Leave a Nursing PhD or DNP Program: A National Study Using Path Analysis, Delene Renee Volkert

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Water Source Partitioning for Shrubland Transpiration in a Mixed Phreatophytic Plant Community, Amanda Jean Wagner

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Eight Steps to Weight Loss: Development of an Evidence-Based Collaborative Provider-Patient Workbook for Overweight or Obese Adults, Katherine Ann Wagner

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The Hopf Fibration and Encoding Torus Knots in Light Fields, John Vincent Waite

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Agentic Engagement, Teacher Support, and Classmate Relatedness— A Reciprocal Path to Student Achievement, Curt Ryan Wakefield

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Consanguinity Protocols, Kinship and Incest in Literature of the Anglo-Saxon through Early Renaissance Periods, Richard J. Warren

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A Bioinformatics Approach to Addressing the Responses of Rice Aleurone Cells to Hormones Abscisic Acid and Gibberellic Acid, Kenneth Arthur Watanabe

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Developing Therapeutic Communication Skills: Integration of Standardized Client Simulation in an Associate Degree Nursing Program, Kristine Weber and Timothy Farrell

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Human Touch: Perceptions of Self-Efficacy From a Non-Pharmacology Treatment for Individuals Living With HIV/AIDS, Anne Elizabeth Weisman

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Association between Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention during Routine Check-~Ups and Alcohol Consumption among Adults Living in California, Gene Kilian Wells

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The Concordance of Caregiver-Teacher Perspectives on the Behavior of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Allison Werlinger

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Gendered Self-Presentation on Social Media: A content analysis of Tweets from UNLV Men's and Women's Athletic Teams, Alexandra Nicole White

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Is Being Green, White? A Critical Ethnographic Study of Social Norms in Conservation, Heather Whitesides

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The Proof Is in the Pots: Residue Analysis of Virgin Branch Puebloan Ceramics, Brenna Lynn Wilkerson

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Biogeochemistry of a Saline, Alkaline, Terminal Lake Ecosystem in Transition; Walker Lake, Nevada, Katherine Lynn Willever

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Microbial Contamination of Ice at Food Establishments in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jerry Wills

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The Impact of Successful NCAA Division I Athletics Programs on the Social Capital of Urban Communities, Paul Woody

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The Revolution Will Be Computed: Fantasy, Apple Computer, and the Ethos of Silicon Valley, Misti Yang

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Effects of Human Maternal Placentophagy on Postpartum Maternal Affect, Health, and Recovery, Sharon Marie Young

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Strategic Molecular Design to Engineer the Electron Affinity of Self-Assembling Organic Semiconductors, Kelly Nicole Zaugg

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Investigating How Restaurant Week's Price Promotion Affects Diners' Online Perceptions, Jian Zhao

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Innovative Fiber Optic/Thin Film Photovoltaic Systems: Adequately Distributing Daylight While Harvesting Energy, Sean Steven Zurko