At Minnesota State University, Mankato, every graduate student completes a capstone for their program. Most programs include a thesis/dissertation or alternative plan paper (APP) option, but many programs provide other capstone opportunities.

This is a collection of Alternative Plan Papers or APPs submitted by graduate students from various programs.

An APP or Alternative Plan Paper critically reviews and evaluates secondary research sources to develop thorough academic solutions to a clearly defined research problem.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Best Practices of Teaching Public Speaking Online, Sally Dufner

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Implementation and Usage of Low-cost Turbines for Power Generation in Water Networks, Luis Javier Ortiz Osornio

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Reading with Joysticks: Video Games in the English Language Arts Classroom, Wesley Wingert

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Safety and Efficacy of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy in Menopause: A Literature Review, Kathryn Akre

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Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care in Heart Failure: A Literature Review, Laura Dack

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The Impact of Social Isolation and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults: A Systematic Literature Review, Jody L. Doll-Wilhelm

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Perspectivas sociolingüísticas y culturales en la conservación lingüística del wayuunaiki, Andrés Gabriel Espejel Fuentes

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Reducing Disease Exacerbation in Women with Confirmed COPD: A Systematic Literature Review, Jill Essay

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Why End-of-Life Discussion Matters: A Systematic Literature Review, Emily Grandson

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Factors Influencing Contraception Use in Sexual Minority Women: A Systematic Literature Review, Grace M. Hudson

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COVID-19 and Work-Family Conflict: A Gendered Lens Required for Developing Organizational Benefits and Programs, Qendresa Isniqi

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Contraceptive Accessibility and Reproductive Outcomes in Adolescents Seeking Care at School-Based Health Centers: A Systematic Review, Jamie Jenkins

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Reducing Polypharmacy in Older Adults at End of Life: The Outcome on Quality of Life, Melissa Jenson

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The After-Visit Summary: An Opportunity for Technical Communicators, Drew Jordan

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Providing Hispanic Immigrant and Migrant Health Care in America: Could NPs be the Answer?, Hamabwe Kabwe

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Cannabis as a Prescription Opioid Substitute for Adults with Chronic Pain: A Systematic Literature Review, Lani Kranz

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Impact of Telemedicine on Heart Failure Readmissions and Mortality: A Literature Review, Stephanie R. Ledvina

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Risk Communication and COVID-19: An Exploration of Best Practices, Allie Martens

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Paternal Postpartum Depression Screening: A Critical Measurement that is Long Overdue, Nicholas C. McClellan

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Exploring the Opportunity and Archievement Gap: The Capacity of Inclusive Outdoor Adventure Programming in Alleviating Youth Educational Inequity, Sarah E. McDonald

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Treatment of Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Systematic Literature Review, Bethanie M. Miller

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Understanding the Implications of HPV Infection: Does Parental Education Impact HPV Vaccination Completion Rates?, Heather A. Pederson

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The Impact of Social Media on Teenage Females Self-Esteem, Amanda C. Perkovich

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The Primary Care Provider’s Role in Screening and Intervening in the Human Trafficking of Adolescents: A Systematic Literature Review, Brittany Schmid

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The Critical Need for a Culturally Sensitive Suicide Risk Assessment Instrument for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth, Courtney E. Shaw

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Effectiveness of Behavior-Based Counseling for Weight Loss Maintenance: A Systematic Literature Review, Jaime V. Stanczyk

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Estrategias para el uso efectivo de la tecnología y la inclusión de la cultura en clases en línea de español como lengua extranjera a nivel universitario en los Estados Unidos, Daniel Tamez

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Perceived Barriers and Facilitators to Cervical Cancer Screening in Asian American Women, Bouathong Thepsombath

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Cannabis Treatment of Autism in Children: A Literature Review, Mai Xiong

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Conflict Communication in Law Enforcement, Don Zheng

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The Impact of a Plant-based Diet on the Prevention and Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Megan E. Ziola

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Choosing Between Medical Surveillance and Preventive Surgical Interventions Among Asymptomatic BRCA Positive Women, Hillary Zupan

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Higher Education and Police Officers: The Effects on Citizen Complaints, Evan D. Brown

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Social Justice Scholarship Informing Visual Communication Practices, Alicia Campbell

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A Systematic Review of the Literature: Defining Child Sex Trafficking, Chelseanne Luella Davidson

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The Impact of Yoga on Symptom Management in Adults with Depression, Laura S. Eggen

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Patient Satisfaction with Telehealth Services Compared to In-Office Visits: A Systematic Literature Review, Crystal L. Fleischhacker

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Using Bourdieu in Communication and Forensics Research, Stephen P. Hagan

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Gröbner Bases and Systems of Polynomial Equations, Rachel Holmes

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Search for the Cause of Vaping Associated Lung Injury in Adolescents, Alexandra E. Krueger

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Coaching Women on the Impact of Alcohol Intake on Mental Well-Being: A Systematic Literature Review, Amy Maloney

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Childhood Anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and/or Pharmacological Treatment, Jennifer S. McCarthy

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Impact of Non-Pharmacological Treatment Methods and Lifestyle Modification on Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms and Progression, Emily Moret

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Compilation of Four Different Papers on Different Gender Issues, Minara Nazmin

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Discrete Morse Theory by Vector Fields: A Survey and New Directions, Matthew Nemitz

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Probiotics and the Prevention of Clostridioides difficile: A Review of Existing Systematic Reviews, Andrea L. Onstad

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Caring for Young Adults with Cancer: A Systematic Review, Sarah M. Pelletier

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Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health: Literature Review, Angela Ristau

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Homeless Tailored Primary Care and Access to Ongoing Primary Care Services, Jessica J. Stoefen

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The Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the Treatment of Adults with Obesity, Hallie M. Tiffany

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Best Youth Education Methods for Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention, Caitlin F. Walchonski

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The Effectiveness of Cannabidiol in Rheumatic Disease Pain: A Systematic Review, Mary C. Wiczek

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Metformin’s Role in the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes in Individuals Diagnosed with Prediabetes: A Systematic Literature Review, Jillian Williamson

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Employing 2-D CFD & LRB Model Around Trees to Improve VAWT Placement, David Chukwuebuka Bassey

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The Importance of Including Interactive Immersive Technology in Instructional Design to Enhance Learner and User Experience, Shawneda Crout

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What Works and What Doesn't: An Analysis of Brand Engagment on Facebook, Laurie Hiebert

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The Relationship of Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring and Hypertension Control, Durga Mishra

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Children During the American Steamboat Era - A Museum Exhibit, Emily Ruoff

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Psychosocial Interventions for Individuals With Infertility, Margaret Bach

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Alton Sterling, My Dad, and Me: an Autoethnographic Exploration of Race Based Trauma, Balencia Crosby

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Work-Related Values, Preferences, and Expectations of Millennials: Implications for Long-Term Care Administrators, Cheryl K. Derynck

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The Role of Exercise for Postpartum Depression and Well-being, Maria Gaz

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Anxiety Reduction in Pregnancy Subsequent to Perinatal Loss, Jessica Lemker

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Chlamydia pneumoniae in Cardiovascular Diseases: Risk Factor or Incidental Finding?, Steven Piroso

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Empathy and Campus Sexual Assault (CSA) Communication: Protecting the Wellbeing and Social Equity of College Women, Kathleen Romero

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Modeling Pre-Settlement Wetlands in Northern Minnesota, Johnathon T. Salfer

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Cemetery Management in a GIS Framework: A Case Study of Woodland Hills Memorial Park, Maureen Schmidt

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Intimate Partner Violence: A Systematic Literature Review, Shailynn Shipley

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Final Internship Report: GIS Research and Analysis at the Center for Homicide Research, Paul Jeffrey Tatting

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Home-based Primary Care: Impact on Cost and Patient Satisfaction, Sarah R. Tupper

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Impact of Caregiver Depression on Health of Family Caregivers of Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease, Poonam Aryal

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Food Insecurity in Higher Education: Awareness and Response, Rudy Correa

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A Content Analysis on Two Different Immigrants’ Stories in California from Two Novels: A Step from Heaven: a Korean Girl and Esperanza Rising: a Mexican Farm Worker, Claudia Guerrero Barrera

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A Comparison of Physical Nursing Home Environment for Older Adults and Their Families, Phatt Thaitrong

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ADHD in Elementary School Students: Impact of Physical Activity on ADHD Symptoms, Jenny Wilcox

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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A Theory of Participation: Joining the Cast of 'Heavy Rain', Matthew Bryan Oliver

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Patient Empathy & Effects on Health Outcomes, Erin Elizabeth Schliesman

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Botswana and Mauritius: A Comparative Analysis of an Economic and Political Success Story in the Most Unlikely Region, Richard Armah

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How Women of Color are Portrayed on the Cover of Magazines: A Content Analysis on the Images of Black/African, Latina, Asian and Native American (BALANA), Connie Johnson

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Goddess of the Savannah: Beatrice as Achebe’s Sensible Solution, Gillian Renee Singler

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Factors that Affect the Decision-Making Process of African American Students, Marcella Genise Dial

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Leadership and the Implementation of Culture Change in Long-Term Care, Alexandra Natasha Garklavs

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Problems in Historiography: The Americanization of German Ethnics, Bradley Jake Hustad

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The Impact of Matrix Notes on Textbook Comprehension in a College-level Introductory Psychology Course, Kathryn Gonier Klopfleisch

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Best Practices For Drug Court: How Drug Court Judges Influence Positive Outcomes, Karen Lynn Stimler

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Teacher Training for LRE Mainstreaming and Diverse Classrooms, Rhonda J. Callanan

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Are there Roles for Technical Communicators in Small Community Food Systems?, Brent William Chisholm

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Integration of Literature into an Online Creative Writing Classroom, Steve Russel Linstrom

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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The Legitimacy of Children's and Young Adult Literature as Literature, Timothy Akers

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An Exploration of Multi-agent Learning Within the Game of Sheephead, Brady Brau

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Best Practices For Collaboration Between ESL And General Education Teachers, Mike Burgess

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Developing Global Literacy: Best Practices for Teaching Technical Communication Internationally, Melanie I. Cashin

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The World Englishes Paradigm and its Implications for International Students' Acquisition of Standard American English for University-Level Studies in the United States, Karen Applequist Clement

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Exploring CALL Options for Teaching EFL in Vietnam, Nhon Thanh Dang

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Implementing Computer-Assisted Language Learning in the Teaching of Second Language Listening Skills, Jesse Gene Greenleaf

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Corporate Speech in the Wake of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Eric Groonwald

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Student Examination Performance Predictors: The Cramming Study Strategy and Examination Format, Andrea Haberman

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Community Down: The Loss of Sergeant Joe Bergeron, John Edward Helcl II

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Implementing a Sheltered Science Course in an Iowa High School, Erin Holt Johnson

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Improving K-12 ELL Students' Comprehension of Academic Text, Peggy Lynn Linsmeier