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 2018

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Detector Arrays for Nuclear Security and Safeguards Applications, Jessica Hartman

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Postpartum Maternal Mood among Hadza Foragers, Kristen Herlosky

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Affinity Points in Variable Frequency Drive – Motor Systems, Christophe Hicks

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Clinical Instructors' Cultivation of Pre-Licensure Nursing Students' Pharmacology KSAs, Rieneke Holman

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A Cross-cultural Investigation of the Relationship between Customer Demographics and Hotel Room Price Perception, Jinhua Hong

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Exploring Relations Between Motivation, Metacognition, and Academic Achievement Through Variable-Centered, Person-Centered and Learning Analytic Methodologies, Wonjoon Hong

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"The Only People Who Can Get AIDS-Are People": The AIDS Crisis in Mainstream Crisis, 1981-1995, Franklin Howard

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Telelactation and Breastfeeding Outcomes among Low-Income Mothers in Mississippi: A Retrospective Cohort Study, Aaron Thomas Hunt

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Examination of Mental Health and Family Relationship in Collegiate Athletes, Julia Hussey

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Waiting For Nothing, Jiwoong Hyun

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Change Deafness: A Comprehensive Examinations, Vanessa Claire Irsik

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Leonardo Balada and Surrealism in Music, Ivan Ivanov

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Movement Efficiency Through Autonomy Support, Takehiro Iwatsuki

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Supranational Identity Politics: Sovereignism in the EU, Emilio Jacintho

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Preliminary Investigation of Tensile Strength and Impact Characterization Of Cementitious Composite Incorporating Carbon Nanotubes, Robabeh Jazaei

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Air Pollution Related Asthma Inpatient Hospital Admission in the Las Vegas Valley, Joshua Allen Jensen

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Expression Of Line-1 In Human Somatic Tissues And The Factors Correlated With Line- 1 Expression, G. M. Jonaid

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You're Out! Explaining Non-Criminal Diplomatic Expulsion, Anthony Jordan

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Concurrency in Blockchain Based Smartpool with Transactional Memory, Laxmi Kadariya

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Novice versus Expert Algebraic Problem-Solving Strategies: An Eye Tracking Approach, Krystal Kamekona-Mendoza

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Modeling Impaired Hippocampal Neurogenesis after Radiation Exposure, Kapukotuwa Walawwe Sidath Chathuranga Kapukotuwa

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Morphological and Energy Transport Optimization of Spectrally-Selective Solar Absorber Coatings at Mesoscale, Dale Karas

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Investigating the Role of Liminality in the Cultural Transition of the Late Eighth Millennium BC on Cyprus, Levi Keach

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Effect of BMP Treatment on Periostin Gene Expression in Pre-Osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 Mouse Cells, Vincent Lee Khang

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Reimagining High School Writing: A Multi-Case Examination of the Impact of External Pressures on High School Writing Contexts, Nicole Elizabeth Klimow

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Using Design Science Research to Develop a Conceptual Solution for Improving Knowledge Sharing in a Virtual Workspace, Lata Koneru

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Power and Authority of Royal Queen Mothers: Juxtaposing the French Queen Regent and the Ottoman Validé Sultan During the Early Modern Period, Reneé N. Langlois

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School Bullying: Exploring Juvenile Victimization Trends with the NCVS School Crime Supplement (NCVS-SCS), Matthew Morris Le Claire

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Breaking the Language Barrier: Equitable Assessment in General Chemistry, Eshani Lee

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Design Optimization and Control of a Fully Actuated Hexrotor UAV for Use in Aerial Manipulation Applications, Jameson Yau Sung Lee

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Deep Data Locality on Apache Hadoop, Sungchul Lee

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Fundamental Tradeoffs in Estimation of Finite-State Hidden Markov Models, Justin Le

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Fluid Structure Interaction Study of the Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Surgical Treatment Using Suture-Patch Device on the Patient’s Tongue, Yang Liu

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An Examination of Student-Athlete Stress and Risky Alcohol Use, Travis Albert Loughran

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Promoting Vocabulary Knoweldge In Inclusive Science Classrooms: Comparison Of Instructional Methods, Matthew Love

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Handgrip Fatigue and Forearm Girth in Intermediate Sport Rock Climbers, Grace Antoinette Macdonald

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Fathers’ Caregiving in Fragile Families: Variation by Family Contexts, Gender Ideology, Race and Ethnicity, Rachel Teressa Macfarlane

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Performance Analysis of Blockchain Platforms, Pradip Singh Maharjan

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Biodegradable and Biocompatible Silk Fibroin for Optical Applications, Corey Bryce Malinowski

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Outer Space in a Western Place: How Environmental Perceptions of the American West Shaped the Space Race, William Marino

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Changes in IGF-1 Levels Post Deer Antler Velvet Supplementation, Nicole Alexandra Marmillo

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Working with Constraints: The Merit of Prudence, Matthew Martinez

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Institutional Dissonance and Reserved Cooperation: Theory and Evidence from International Environmental Agreements, Erika Komura Masaki

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Crystallographic Exploration of Fundamental Technetium Species at Nonambient Conditions, Daniel S. Mast

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Cultivating Children: Continuity and Change in African-American Child Labor During the Reconstruction Era, 1863-1877, Alan Mattay

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Rapid Methods for Actinide and Strontium-89,90 Determination in Urban Matrices, Sherrod Maxwell

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How Instruction, Math Anxiety, and Math Achievement Affect Learning a Novel Math Task: Evidence for Better Instruction, Amy Jane Mcauley

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Implementing High-Fidelity Simulation to Meet Undergraduate Clinical Requirements, Tammy Lynn Mccoy

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Design Guidelines and Strategies for Thermal Solar Management of Fenestration in the Desert Climate, David Mccredo

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Larval-Ant Interactions in the Mojave Desert: Communication Brings Us Together, Alicia Mellor

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Variable Transition Time Inverters in a Digital Delay Line with Analog Storage for Processing Fast Signals and Pulses, James Kenton Mellott

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“Everyone Wants That Ring, and I Have It”: A Content Analysis of Identity Expressions from Female Castmembers on the Reality Television Series Wags (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars), Kaitlyn Millican

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Scheduling Two Machines with Dissimilar Costs, Madhurupa Moitra

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Concept Interview Assignment to Foster Intentional Learning in Nursing Students, Sarah Mollman

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High Speed Fast Transient Digitizer Design and Simulation, Eric Clark Monahan

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Effects of Ambient Air Pollution on Asthma-Related Emergency Department Visits within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area, Loiren E. Monardes

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Why Such Constriction of the Moral Sphere? The Importance of Social Coordination in Croatia’s Ethnic Conflict, Michael Arthur Moncrieff

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Digging Biomechanics in Geomyoid Rodents, Alexis Moore Crisp

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Linear and Nonlinear Adaptive Attitude Control of Asteroid-Orbiting Spacecraft Using State Feedback and Output Feedback, Nicholas Moya

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An Evaluation of Alzheimer's Disease-related Pathology in Two Different Models of Diabetes in Immune-challenged Mice, Andrew Scott Murtishaw

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Mental Health Research Productivity of Nasp-Approved School Psychology Programs: 2010-2015, Mala Nash

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Interleukin-1 Beta (IL-1β) Gene Polymorphisms in Pre-Treatment Orthodontic Patients Exhibiting Short Root Anomaly (SRA), Satyaprasad Nayak

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Science Identity and Underrepresented Minority STEM Organizations, Schetema Nealy

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Community College Students’ Perceptions of Their Academic Workload, William Neff

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3-D Upper Airway Comparison between Class I and Class II Adults with Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, Nga Nguyen

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Design and Preliminary Evaluation of a Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Brayton Cycle for Solar Dish Concentrator Clean Energy Production, Danielle Nobles-Lookingbill

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Development of an Evidence-Based Nursing Leadership Fellowship Program Guide, Jennie Noren

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Why Musical Groove Makes Us Move: An Electroencephalographic Investigation, Samantha Reina O'connell

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Memories of Three Rivers, Olufunke Ogundimu

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Fighting For Fellowship: An Ethnographic Exploration of Mixed Martial Arts Culture in Las Vegas, Brian O'hara

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Numerical Study of Biopolymer Implants for Distal Femoral Condyles– Finite Element Simulations, Luke Olsen

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The Design, Modeling, and Optimization of a Biomimetic Soft Robot for Fluid Pumping and Thrust Generation Using Electroactive Polymer Actuators, Zakai Jedidiah Olsen

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Beyond the Melting Pot: An Anthology of Modern Art Song by Immigrant Composers in America, Kathryn Omune

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Assessing the Potential for a Backfire Effect on Citizen Perceptions: A Test of Hot Spot Policing in Las Vegas, Steven Andrew Pace

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Numerical Study of Oxidation in Stainless Steel Alloy Ep-823 by Liquid Lead-Bismuth Eutectic, Rajyalakshmi Palaparty

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The Use of Chemical Element Fingerprints to Investigate the Transformation of Lake Sediments to Land Soils in Drying Lakes: A Case Study at Lake Mead, Nevada, Ji Hye Park

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Human Thermal Comfort in Transition Space, Asawari Anil Pawar

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Miocene-Quaternary Deformation along the Central Maynard Lake Fault, Pahranagat Shear Zone, Nevada, Alexander Peck

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Educating Perinatal Nurses to Promote Bonding Techniques and Increase Support of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Parents, Kandice Perez

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Epistemic Beliefs and the Innovation-Decision Process: A Mixed Methods Analysis of Faculty Classroom Assessment Practice, Sharon G. Peterson

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Evaluation of a Continuous Air Monitoring System on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Measurement of Airborne Radioactive Material, Adam Pfannenstein

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Transcriptional Silencing and Anti-Silencing of Virulence Genes in the Bacterial Pathogen Shigella Flexneri: VIRB, DNA Supercoiling, and the Histone-Like Nucleoid Structuring Protein, Michael Adam Picker

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Community Detection and Ranking in Big Data Graphs, Matin Pirouz Nia

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Machine Learning Applications in Graduation Prediction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Elliott Collin Ploutz

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A Numerical Model of an Axial Wind Turbine, Andrew Liam Poland

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Epidemiology of Love: A Survey, Maegan Poland

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Do I Enact What I Learn?: Examining Novice Science Teachers Approximations of Practice, Helene Pollins

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Nutrition Transition of Hadza Foragers: Implications for Juvenile Behavior, Trevor Pollom

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The Effectiveness of State Ethics Commissions on Curbing Corruption and the Effect of Corruption on State Economic Performance, Anthony J. Prato

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The Future of Construction as it Applies to the Colonization of the Moon and Mars, Julian Prestia

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Petrogenesis of Enriched and Intermediate Poikilitic Shergottites: From Magmatic Source to Emplacement, Rachel Rahib

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A Machine Learning Approach to Predict First-Year Student Retention Rates at University Of Nevada, Las Vegas, Aditya Rajuladevi

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Dissolution Rates of Allophane, Fe-Allophane, and Hisingerite and Implications for Aqueous Alteration on Mars and in Potential Returned Martian Samples, S. J. Ralston

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Boys to Men: Masculinity, Victimization, and Offending, Shon Michael Reed

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A Novel Approach to Analyzing Strain Heterogeneity in Polycrystalline Quartz Specimens Deformed at High Pressure and Temperature, Nolan Ambrose Regis

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The Impacts of Acculturation Patterns and Processes on Immigrants' Success in Higher Education: A Multiple Case Study of 1.25-Generation Third-Wave Iranian Immigrants to the United States, Fereshteh Rezaeian

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Primordial Black Holes in the Cosmological Context and Transient Electromagnetic Signatures from Merging Black Hole Binaries, Jared Robert Rice

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Use of Sodium Bismuthate Chromatography for Separation of Americium from Curium and Other Elements in Spent Nuclear Fuel, Jason Michael Richards

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A Descriptive Exploration of a Self-Directed Professional Development Approach, Derek R. Riddle

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Disastrous Voting, Moritz Peter Rissmann