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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Muscle Activity and Power Output Between Stationary and Outdoor Cycling, Jared Joerger

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Oral Microbial Burden of Periodontal Pathogens among Orthodontic Patients, David Jolley

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The Effects of Orthodontic Appliance Base Plate Material, PMMA, Infused with Silver and a Novel Antibacterial Compound On Biofilm Formation, Ryan D. Jolley

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Investigation of Sequential Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Effect on Run Performance, Max Evan Jones

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A Qualitative Study of Job Competencies for Healthcare Social Work Administrators: An Application of the Short Competency Model Process Used to Identify the Behaviors and Personal Characteristics of Exemplary Performers, Lashonda Jones-Moore

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Investigating Teacher Learning and Change in a Professional Learning Community: Integrating ELA and Social Studies Curriculum, Derek Jordan

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Characterizing Crystal Populations for the Petrogenesis of the Post-Collapse Rhyolites in The Long Valley Caldera, California, William Joseph

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Pansori, Bomi Kang

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Explaining the Dynamics of Civil War: Exposure, Violence, and Consolidation against Civil War, Karim Kardous

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A Study on Automated Process for Extracting White Blood Cellular Data from Microscopic Digital Injured Skeletal Muscle Images, Bibek Karki

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Competencies for the Community College Advisor: A Crucial Job in the Student Success Mission, Shellie Jo Keller

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The Big Band and the Piano: Nikolai Kapustin’s Variations Op. 41, Ryan Kelly

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Inner Experience and Self-Ratings of Inner Speaking, Jason Michael Kelsey

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Development of the K-state (Competence) and Mutagenesis in Stressed Bacillus subtillis Cells, Amanda Kidman

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The Acute Effects of Different Foam Rolling Timing Durations on Hamstring Flexibility, Chloe Marie Kipnis

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Water Balance and Moisture Dynamics of an Arid and Semi-Arid Soil: A Weighing Lysimeter and Field Study, Jeremy E. Koonce

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MCNP6 Computational-Based Sensitivity Propagation Analysis of Continuous Neutron Cross-Sections Using the Godiva (HMF-001) and the Godiver (HMF-004) Benchmark Criticality Study Cases, Lawrence James Lakeotes

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Algorithms for Monotone Paths with Visibility Properties, Bikash Lama Bamjan

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Investigating Inner Experience While Reading an Erotic Short Story, Leiszle Rae Lapping-Carr

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A World of Warning: Exploring U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings and Alerts, Ryan Daniel Larsen

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Food Processing and Cooking Technology of the Mimbres Mogollon (Early Pithouse Period through the Mimbres Classic A.D. 200-1130), Ashley Morgan Lauzon

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Water, Prestige, and Christianity: An Ecocritical Look at Medieval Literature, Cortney Nicole Lechmann

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Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony: An Analytical Exploration and Keys to Interpretation, Phillip Lenberg

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Mouthy Bones, Shaun Leonard

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Effect of Thermal Treatment on High Temperature Deformation of Alloy EP-~823, Martin Milburn Lewis

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Portable High Throughput Digital Microfluidics and On-Chip Bacteria Cultures, Yiyan Li

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Acoustic Detection, Source Separation, and Classification Algorithms for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Wildlife Monitoring and Poaching, Carlo Lopez-Tello

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Solar Energy Storage in Molten Salt Shell Structures, Nathan David Tyrrell Loyd

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The Relationship Between Pediatric Asthma and Obesity in Nevada, Jennifer Anne Lucas

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Stationary Nonimaging Concentrators – A Comprehensive Study and Design Improvements, Srikanth Madala

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Differential CBCT Analysis of Collum Angles in Maxillary and Mandibular Anterior Teeth in Patients with Different Malocclusions, Erin Shane Wan Ma

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A Case Study: Students' Mathematics-Related Beliefs From Integrated STEM Model-Eliciting Activities, Cathrine Maiorca

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A Content Analysis of Gender-Specific Media Coverage of Sport: NCAA Athletic Department Home Webpages, Margo R. Malik

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Assessing the Impact of the SunWise Program on Youth Sun Safety Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors in Clark County, Nevada, Sabina Malik

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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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School Connectedness: Comparing Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders to Their General Education Peers, Robert Jordon Marsh

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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 Gender, Not Math Anxiety, on Working Memory Tasks, Amy J. Mcauley

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Four Sonnets by Pablo Neruda, sets 1 and 2, by Judith Cloud, for High Voice and Piano: A Performer’s Perspective, Sheronda Levonne Mckee

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Interference Effects of Urban Rubble on the Radioanalytical Analysis of Strontium, Derek Roger Mclain

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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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Globalization and the Rise of Militant Islamic Social Movement Organizations: The Case of UAMSHO (Awakening) Group in Zanzibar., Deogratius Mshigeni

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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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Alkali-Activated Natural Pozzolan/Slag Binder for Sustainable Concrete, Meysam Najimi

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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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From Access to Excess: Agribusiness, Federal Water Programs, and the Historical Roots of the California Water Crisis, Tracy Marie Neblina

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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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Assessing a Potential Paleothermal Anomaly near a Salt Wall Using (U-TH)/HE Thermochronology and Silica Cementation Analysis, Onion Creek, Utah, Richard Gregory Ness

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Causes and Impacts of Geotechnical Problems on Bridge and Road Construction Projects, Krishna Prasad Neupane

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Occurrence and Proliferation of Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance in Wastewater Treatment Plants, Majid Neyestani

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

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Novel Non-Blocking Approach for a Concurrent Heap, Rashmi Niyolia

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Radiation Therapy and Dosing Material Transport Methodology, Robert O'brien

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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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Canovas Canyon Rhyolites, Jemez Volcanic Field, New Mexico: Discrete Source Magmas, or a Potential Caldera Forming Magma System?, Penelope Marie Padmore

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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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An Investigation of the Testing Effect on Motor Learning, Aaron Leonard Pauls

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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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Simulation of Online Bin Packing in Practice, Kalpana Rajagopal

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A Case Study on Enterprise Content Management using Agile Methodology, Rohit Raj

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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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Image, Narrative, & Concept of Time in Valerie Capers's Song Cycle Song of the Seasons, Lillian Channelle Roberts

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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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The Intergenerational Effects of Parental Divorce on Young Adult Relationships, Skyler William Roper

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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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Process Development for the Fabrication of Semiconductor Devices and Circuits Using Spin-On Dopant, Richard R. Ryan

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

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An Analysis of Reflective Thinking in Teacher Candidates' ePortfolios, Cristina Salinas-Grandy

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Tearing up the Tallgrass, Brett Salsbury

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Bursting the Backpacker Bubble: Exploring Backpacking Ideology, Practices, and Contradictions, Mark J. Salvaggio

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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