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Theses from 2023

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Higher Spanier Groups, Johnny Aceti

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The King and The Chariot, Krista Antenucci

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Plurality and Epistemic Injustice: A Neo-Arendtian Reading of Miranda Fricker's Epistemic Injustice, David Casciola

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College Students' Emotional Response to Social Distancing Measures During the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Diary Study, Jaycie Clerico

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Arendt and Christianity: On Love and the World, Logan Andrew Daly

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True Crime in Short Stories: A New Era in the Fiction Genre, Diana M. Dopheide

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Philadelphia Before I-95: Uncovering the Lost Wealth and Neighborhoods Destroyed by the Delaware Expressway, Don Edmonds

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Parent Anger Relates to Cortisol Elevations for Children Attending Head Start Preschool, Jamie Gensbauer

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A Case for Critical Pedagogical Study for Developing Music Educators, Kelly Gumble

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Delineating a Stream Network at Gale Crater, Mars, on ArcGIS Pro: A Geographic Information Systems Approach, Elpidio Guzman De La Cruz

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The Perceptions, Barriers, and Facilitators to Seeking Mental Health Help in College Student-Athletes (PBaS-MH and PFaS-MH): A Mixed-Methods Pilot Study, Margaret Hunt

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Facing Eco-Anxiety in Education: Empowering Educators with Collective Action, Emotionality, and Transformative Pedagogical Practices, Tessa Jackson

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The Effects of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Sarah Johnson

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Critical Latino Studies: Combatting the (Mis)Education of Latino Students in U.S. Public Schools, Heidi Kern

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Does Encouraging Use of Self-testing in an Introductory Psychology Course Increase Effective Study Behaviors?, James Koppenhofer

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N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, And The American Imagination: Medieval Myth In 19th- And 20th- Century Children’s Literature, Alyssa Kowalick

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Trauma Exposure Relates to Cortisol Levels for Children Attending Head Start Preschool, Alyssa Michniewicz

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The Effects of Repeated Sub-Concussive Impacts on Reaction Time Across a Football Season, Theodore Mostellar

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Tales by Hearthlight, Ronald Pizzini

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Linguistically Diverse Writers and the Shaping of a Scholarly Ethos: Rhetorical Listening as a Strategy in Composition Pedagogy, Ashlynn T. Rader

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The Effect of Continuity on Team Performance in the NFL, Tyler Sarge

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Educating the Whole Child: Using a Holistic Education Approach and Mindfulness in the Classroom, JULIE STRITTMATTER

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Transformative Social Emotional Learning: A Call to Heal the Effects of Racial Trauma on Identity and Self-Efficacy, Elizabeth Trostle

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Thriller on Canvas, Devon West

Theses from 2022

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Empowering Silenced Voices: Implementing Critical Pedagogy to Move Toward Decolonizing Music Education, Alexis Adams

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Orgasm is Impossible without Go Rams: The Need for Comprehensive, Inclusive, Accessible, & Trauma-Informed Sexual Health Education Among College Students, Jai-La M. Aponte

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The Goat: Rescoring a Buster Keaton Classic, Shannon Bradley

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More than Just a Seat at the Table: Shared Governance for Graduate Student Mentorship, Katherine Canazzi

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Cultivating Community Stewards: Wellbeing, Belonging, and the Campus Garden, Katherine Clay

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Nauseated, Anguished and Ashamed: Where Did Sartre Go Wrong?, Douglas Contri

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Evaluation of OASL and HERC5’s role in the non-lytic clearance of influenza A virus from club cells, Steve Crisafulli

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Culture/Capital A Speculative Consideration of James Joyce's Ulysses, Audrey del Grosso

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Grades Do Not Define You: Mindfulness-Based Intervention Effects on College Students' Self-Efficacy, Health, and Wellbeing, Jayla Godfrey

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The Status of Women: Female Gender Associations in West Chester University’s School of Music Archive, Katharine Godfrey

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Finding the Yellow Brick Road: Bridging the Gap Between African American Foster Care Youth and Higher Education., Chyna Hart

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Evaluation of Psychiatric Disorders in College Students at West Chester University: Underlying Genetics and the Effect of COVID-19, Madison James

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Well, What Are You Going To Do With That?: Combating the Corporatized University Through Transformative, Holistic Career Education, Alexandra Karlesses

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The Jacobiad: Extracts from a Queer Fantasy Novel, Donald "Ian" Kertis

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Using Survival Analysis Techniques to Examine the Relationship Between Personality Facets and Employee Turnover, Devon Kinsey

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PROMOTING EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH PLACE-BASED EDUCATION: A STUDENT LED AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM, Briana LaFratte

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Psalm Cycle, Andrew Lenko

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Filling in the Gaps: The Hidden Supervision Curriculum, Gianna Machado

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Improving Perceptions of On-Campus Activism: Preparing Student Affairs Professionals to Support Student Activists, Kathryn Melvin

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Analysis of Pelvic Alignment Patterns Utilizing the Postural Restoration Institution Approach, Marisa Mills

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Sweat rate and Sweat Electrolyte Concentrations in Football Players During Exercise in Cool versus Warm Environmental Conditions: A Cross Over Study, Nicholas Mobile

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Unique Lifting to a Functor, Mark Myers

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The Effect of Ethanol on Cellular Movements and Development in C. elegans, Caitlin N. O'Connor

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Investigating the development of alcohol tolerance by the opportunistic pathogen Staphylococcus aureus, Vaughn Perveiler

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The Relationship between Mentoring and Leadership, Amanda Pickett

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Resisting Neoliberal Policy and the Intensification of Racial Capitalism Through Fostering Critical Awareness: A Series of Educational Workshops to Occur within Social Justice Unions, Chloe Polentes

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Emerging understory dominants in Eastern deciduous forests: quantifying photosynthetic induction and sunfleck responses, Sarah Polohovich

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Utilizing the Arts as a Tool for Re-Humanization within a Neoliberal University: A Call to Student Affairs Practitioners, Catherine Purcell

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"Don't Let Your Schooling Interfere with Your Education:" A Comprehensive Look at Co-Curricular Involvement and Advising, MaryClare Rae

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An Evaluation of Student Government: Diminishing the Disconnect between Student Government Organizations and their Constituencies, Elizabeth Roberts

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Creating Connections to Enhance International Student Sense of Belonging, Emily Quinn Rooney

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A GIS Analysis of Potential Wetland Mitigation Opportunities in the Brandywine Creek Watershed, Chester County, Pennsylvania, Shannon Ryan

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Effect of Metal-containing Nanoparticles on Bacterial Biofilms and on the Microbiome of Girardia tigrina, Azar Saikali

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Development of Hemic Neoplasia in the Soft-Shell Clam (Mya arenaria) Along the East Coast of the United States, Nicole B. Seitz

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Comparison of Landing Biomechanics Between Different Competitive Levels of Irish Dance, Jade Shields

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The Provis Lotteries, Sara Skipp

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Visual Arts Activities Relate to Cortisol and Observed Interest for Preschool Children, Suzanne Varnell

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A Comparison of Fruticose Ground Lichen Composition, Morphology, and Photosynthetic Properties from Open and Closed Pinus Rigida Stands in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, April Wallace

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Maternal Drivers of Reproductive Output in the Lizard Family Scincidae: A Phylogenetic Comparative Approach, William Zang

Theses from 2021

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Growth Mindset Scholars: A Growth Mindset Community Intervention for a First-Year Experience, Robert Anderson

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Where are the New Detectives?: Unraveling Murder Mystery Conventions, Janet Zinser Arey

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Inclusive Campus Recreation: Creating a Space Where All Belong, Emelia Bebee

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Responding To Campus Bias And Hate: A Proactive Way To Protect Marginalized Students From Race-Based Trauma, Lezlie Blair

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Money is Not Enough: Additional Support for Students from Low Socioeconomic Backgrounds, Jordan Burick

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Gaining an Upper Hand: How Gesture Usage During Conflict Resolution Predicts Family Cohesion During the Transition to College, Martha Chan

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Reciprocity, Ambiguity, and Conversion: Towards a New Ecofeminism, Elizabeth Cook

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Severing Ties with Traditional Service-Learning in a Neoliberal Society: Implementing Transformational Service through Moral Reasoning, Feminist Ethics Pedagogy, and Critical Consciousness, Abigail Demcher

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About Automorphisms of Some Finite Groups, Sarah Emery

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POLARIS: Guiding Students on their Journey to Global Citizenship, Tanna Frank

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The Effects of Repeated Sub-Concussive Impacts on Reaction Time Across Football Seasons, Kate Gaglias

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Moustradamus, Jeremiah Glass

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SOAR: A Holistic Approach to Supporting Survivors, Sabrina Glass

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Learning While Black: Creating Access to Graduate School for Black Students, Hassan Gomes

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Making Mindful Moments: Encouraging Self-Care Practices with Resident Assistants, Michael Herbison

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The Biomechanical Energetics of Terrestrial Locomotion in California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus): Efficiency of Quadrupedal Galloping, Sarah Kerr

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Playing Pong Using Q-Learning, Akash Kumar

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We Belong Together, Selene Lacayo

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Exodus, Klaudellsh Larieux

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Restoring Self-Efficacy in Learning: A Critical Examination of the Modern Test-Centric Educational Environment and its Impact on the Psychology of Underachieving Students, Scott Liacouras

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Viewing the Whole Student: Creating Access by Incorporating a Holistic Review Method in Higher Education Admissions, Delaney Logan

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Stranger Down the Hall, Annie Lowenthal

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A Community of Friends: A Proposal for a Supportive Living Learning Community Centered on Body, Mind, and Soul, Stefan Martyniak

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First to Finish: Supporting First-Generation Students of Color, Allena McCloud

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Housing 365: A Response Rooted in Supporting Students During Academic Breaks, Abigail McCourt

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“But everyone does it!”: A Look into the Psychosexual Outcomes of Pornography Use in College-aged Men and Women, Rose-Sienna Medina

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Shared Tensions: High Modernist Poetry as the Precursor of Extreme Metal Artists’ Cultural Engagement and Critique, Jacob Mensinger

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Institutional Continuity: The Impact of Crisis Preparedness and Technology on Marginalized Students, Heather Mitchell

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Effects of Artificial Enrichment on Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) Activity Budgets, Angela Perretti

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Interrupting the Urgency of the Undecided Student: An Intentional Advising Approach, Nicole Phillips

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The Black Feminist Scholar Collective: Empowering Black Women in Higher Education, Mariama Quist

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Restructuring Enrollment Management Policies at HBCUs: The Next 184 Year Initiative, Kathleen Rzucidlo

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A Process Conception of Nature: A Comparative Study of Hua-Yen Buddhism and Whiteheadian Thought, Kia Shahideh

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Simulation of a Rat Muscle-Tendon Unit with Hill-Type Model Dynamics and the Study of Viscoelasticity in a Collagen Molecule via Molecular Dynamics, Veronica Siko

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Getting Ahead of the Game: Financial Fundamentals for Prospective College Students, Dia Taliaferro

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Black Men Can: Change the Narrative of Black Male Students, Levi Tucker II

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“Which of the people here would suspect that so much is going on in the mind of a teenage girl?”: Adolescent resilience in the Holocaust diaries of Anne Frank and Renia Spiegel, Jenna Marie Walmer