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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Evaluation of Electron Donors for Perchlorate and Nitrate Biodegradation in Contaminated Groundwater Applications, Mayra Alejandra Sarria Cortes

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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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Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and the Populist Tradition in Presidential Rhetoric, Sarah Beth 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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Shakespeare's Dowry: Subjectivity and Resistance in The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, and The Merchant of Venice, Homer Lee Simms

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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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Ionic Electroactive Polymer Devices: Physics-Based Modeling with Experimental Investigation and Verification, Tyler Paul Stalbaum

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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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The Effect of Blackboard Tools on the Community of Inquiry and Learner Satisfaction with Learning Management System-Enabled Courses, Alice Swift

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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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Analyses of Streamflow Change Patterns and Correlation of These Changes with Sea-Surface Temperature Fluctuations, Kazi Ali Tamaddun

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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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Pendulum Based Impact Testing of Athletic Helmets Using the NOCSAE Headform, Bradley Thorne

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The Effects of Cryopreservation on Human Dental Pulp-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Allison Elaine Tomlin

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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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George Crumb’s Personal Response to the Golden Age of Social Activism: Night of the Four Moons, Black Angels, and Vox Balaenae, Yi Ling Tsai

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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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Enhancing the Draft Assembly with Minhash, Saju Varghese

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A Business Intelligence Framework for Network-level Traffic Safety Analyses, Naveen Kumar Veeramisti

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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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Thinking about those who value you based on how smart you are: Effects on effort and test anxiety, Lucie Vosicka

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The Effects of an Inclined and Declined Slope on Backward Locomotion: A Kinematic and Electromyographic Analysis of Retrowalking, Song Dan Vo

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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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Behavioral Reactions to Emotional and Physical Infidelity: An Evolutionary Perspective, Mandy Walsh Walsh

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Stay Brave My Hercules, Ernie Wang

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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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Testing a Comprehensive Model of Body Image, Anxiety, and Eating Pathology Among College Men, Emily Katherine 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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Statistical Inference of Genetic Forces Using a Poisson Random Field Model with Non-Constant Population Size, Jianbo Xu

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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

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Kinematics and timing of the Miocene-Quaternary deformation in Nellis Dunes Recreational Area, Nevada, Shaimaa Abdelhaleem

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Nurse Managers' Hiring Selection of Newly Licensed RNs: A Grounded Theory Approach, Susan Adamek

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A Study of Elementary Teachers’ Conceptions of Nature of Science and Their Beliefs about the Developmental Appropriateness and Importance of Nature of Science throughout a Professional Development Program, Elif Adibelli

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Inverse Problem for Non-viscous Mean Field Control: Example From Traffic, Shaurya Agarwal

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Robust Observability, Control, & Economics of Complex Cyber-Physical Networks, Shaurya Agarwal

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Sound Attenuation of Fiberglass Lined Ventilation Ducts, Jacob Albright

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Television Consumption and Child Obesity: Linking Children's Contemporary Television Use, Physical Activity, and Advertising to Putnam's Displacement Hypothesis, Brittany L. Altamirano

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Paenibacillus larvae spore germination and American Foulbrood disease development in honey bee larvae, Israel Alvarado

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High Pressure X-~Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Studies of Heavy-~Fermion Cerium and Uranium Compounds, Daniel Antonio

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The Influence of Iron on Arctic Thule Migration Patterns, Alina T. Aquino

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Nevada Legal Services: The Legal Services Corporation Restrictions and the Diminishing Capacity of Access to Justice for the Poor, William Todd Ashmore

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Models for Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98: A Stylistic Analysis, William George August Mccullough

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Six Feet from Fame: Exploring Dark Tourism Motivation at Marilyn Monroe's Grave, Surjeet Baidwan

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Testing Established Models of Hydrothermal Fluid Distribution Around Porphyry Deposits: The Application of Fluid Inclusion Research to Porphyry Deposit Exploration, Wyatt Moyer Bain

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Rewetting of Artificially Desiccated Soils: Effect of Gravity on Vapor-Phase Diffusion, Taylor Arland Ball

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Structure and Optical properties of Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDs) – MX2 (M = Mo, W & X = S, Se) under High Pressure and High Temperature conditions, Nirup Reddy Bandaru

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Changes in sprint kinetics or kinematics following static or dynamic stretching, Kristyne Bartel

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Four Weeks of Minimalist Style Running Training Reduced Lumbar Paraspinal Muscle Activation during Shod Running, Stephanie Barton, David Brown, and Talia Joyce

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Alaska Natives And The Power Of Perseverance: The Fight For Sovereignty And Land Claims In Southeast Alaska, 1912-1947, Bridget Lee Baumgarte

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The Bioarchaeology of Social Order: Cooperation and Conflict Among the Mimbres (AD 550-1300), Kathryn Mary Baustian

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The Design, Build, And Validation Of A Hybrid Tower Used To Conduct Helmet Impact Tests, Darren Benn

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A Performer's Guide to Dean Gronemeier's Nature Alley, Lonny James Benoit

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Too Drunk to Gamble? Dram Shop Liability for Gaming Debts., Jeffery Benson

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The Economic and Social Effects of Casino Development in Macau, Christopher Benton

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Community Advanced Data and Research Analysis: A Mixed Methods Capstone Project, Michael Bernarndo, Brandie Green, Amber Konold, and Kathryn Weavil

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Increasing Comfort With End-of-Life Discussions, Theresa Catherine Berton

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Object Detection and Tracking in Wide Area Surveillance Using Thermal Imagery, Santosh Bhusal

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Prevalence and Risk Factors for Neck and Shoulder Musculoskeletal Symptoms in Users of Touch-Screen Tablet Computers, Betina Blair, Mariana Gama, and Marissa Toberman

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Generalized Catalan Numbers and Some Divisibility Properties, Jacob Bobrowski

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The Painted Motifs of Cypriot Ceramic Art: A Study of Iconography & Identity, Paige Bockman