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.

Beginning in 2009, graduate students at Minnesota State University, Mankato could elect to have their alternative plan paper, thesis, dissertation or other capstone project made available online through a digital collection platform provided by Library Services. In 2014, these electronic submissions or ETDs were transferred into the Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects collection in Cornerstone, the University's new institutional repository.

The development of this collection is ongoing as graduate students continue to elect to provide digital copies of their graduate theses, dissertations or other capstone projects to Cornerstone. If you are a former Minnesota State University, Mankato graduate student and wish to include your work in Cornerstone, please contact us .

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Documents From 2022

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Investigating the Effectiveness of the Positive Reinforcement Components of Tootling, Kennedi J. Alstead

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A Socio-Historical Analysis of the Dynamics of Genocide in Bosnia 1992-1995: Forces Contributing to the Continuation of Genocide, Lejla Alvarez

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Functional Trade-Offs Between Terrestrial and Aquatic Locomotion in the Amphibious Fish Kryptolebias marmoratus, Erik Axlid

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Perceptions of Faculty and Administration on the Value of Service-Learning in the Tenure and Promotion Process at a Public Midwestern University, Odbayar Batsaikhan

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Mapping Log Pd/Cu Ratios in Vulcan and Investigation into the Origin of the Magenta Zone in the NorthMet Deposit: Hoyt Lakes Minnesota, USA, Paige M. C. M. Bauer

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Decolonizing the Map: Indigenous Maps and GIS, Henry Osborne Beimers

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Creating the Role of Myra Arundel in Hay Fever, Morgan Benson

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Important Aspects to Women’s Re-Integration: Positive Influences on Women’s Reentry Experience After Being Released from Prison, Sarah A. Benson

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Pathways Towards an Engineering Baccalaureate Degree - Critical Incidents and Factors Leading Students to Choose Community College: A Phenomenological Study, Joan Zitur Carter

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Employee Satisfaction and Perceptions of Organizational Leadership Accountability, Caroline M. Clancy

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The Assessment of Emergency Preparedness Among University Students, Arliah Cox

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Examining the Effects of an Online Social Skills Program Targeting Emotional Regulation Skills for a Young Adult with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Single Case Study., Danielle Curtis

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Satanists’ Sexual Self-Concept, Samuel Danielson

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Tangible Transformation: Change in Intangible Times, Rhonda R. Dass

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Navigating Culture in the Home, Church, School, and Community: Norwegian American Youth in Norman County, Minnesota, 1870-1925, Brianna Rose DeValk

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Stress Coping Responses of Undergraduate University Students Prior to & Since the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Kaylee Diefenderfer

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The Expression of Satanist Identity: Does Visible Identification of Satanism Predict Discrimination and Depression?, Allyson Dudley

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Best Practices of Teaching Public Speaking Online, Sally Dufner

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Geographic Trends of Terrorist Attacks and Active Shooter Scenarios Perpetrated Inside U.S. Military Installations and Facilities, 1970-2019, Aaron James Ebbenga

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Effects of Daily Spaced Versus Massed Practice on Spelling Word Retention Among Struggling Spellers, Melissa Engel

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Fidelity Afire: British Observations & Theatrical Interpretations of Sati, 1650-1830, Abigail Fer

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Age-Related Microaggressions: A Descriptive Study, Luke J. Gietzen

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Examining Jealousy in Mixed-Orientation Relationships: An Experimental Vignette Study, Madison Marie Glende

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Grade Point Average (GPA) as a Criterion for Admission to Two-Year Nursing Programs: The Impact of GPA Use on Student Learning, How GPA Informs Program Admission Decisions, and What Ethical Frameworks Support Admission Decisions, Luke Green

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“Seeing Everything About a Student”: Proactive Advising & Coaching as Intersectional Student Support Systems and Services, Corrin Helget

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Perceptions of Well-Being Among College Majors, Baylee Jahraus

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Optimal Speed Control of Electric Vehicles in Traffic with Wireless Charging, Amina Jemi

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The Sound Design for H.M.S. Pinafore, Kyle W. Jensen

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Death Anxiety: A Quantitative Exploration of Professional Counselors Experiences, Kaitlyn Judith Kaus

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“I Save Me”: Gender, Agency, and Power in Better Call Saul, Stephanie Kocer

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Cover-Copy-Compare as a Math Fact Fluency Intervention for Students in an Alternative Special Education Program, RaeLynn J. Lamminen

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Learning About Others in Multiculturalist Social Service's Curriculum in Finland: Transnational Feminism, Anti-Racist Pedagogy, and Politics of Othering in the Curriculum, Jenni Lampinen

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Recognizing Capital: A Study of Cultural Wealth, Grit, and Student Success, Jessica Lauritsen

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Exploring the Effects of Creativity and Student Success on Community College STEM Students Taking Fine Arts Courses, Jimmy LeDuc

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Verification of Electron Beam Production for Radiation Dosimetry Experimentation, Henri J. LeMieux

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What Rural Middle School Students Who Have Been Bullied Can Teach Us About Bullying: A Phenomenological Study, Sarah Lendt

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Family Involvement in Charter Elementary Schools: A Case Study Using the Family Involvement Questionnaire-Elementary Version (FIQ-E), Dorothy M. Lipski

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A Quantitative Assessment and Comparison of the Undergraduate Curriculum Prerequisite Structures for the Universities in the Minnesota State System with Particular Emphasis on Mathematics Courses, Erik Loge

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Impact of Formative Childhood and Adolescent Experiences in Latinx Children of Immigrants Adulthood: Analysis of Educational, Health, and Social Implications, Alma P. Lopez

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Improved Warehouse for SMT Material Management Using Modern Technology Retrieval System and Better Traceability, Ferdinand Mabeya

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Precision Machining of Polymer Matrix Composites, Victor Martinez Polanco

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Identity Dynamics of Minority College Students, Nabil A. Mohamed

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Investigating Anxiety-Like Behavior as a Non-Motor Side Effect of Deep Brain Stimulation of the Subthalamic Nucleus in a Parkinsonian Rat Model, Carter Mulder

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Printed Circuit Board Defect Detection Using Image Processing, Nandeera Kamalaja De Silva Munaweera Tanthirige

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Assessing the Appropriateness of the Cultural Formulation Interview in Conceptualizing Reverse Culture Shock, Katja Nielsen

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Accustomly Intermarried: Racial/National Intermarriages and Their Negotiation of Family Celebrations, Jori Adrianna Nkwenti

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Increasing Above and Beyond Behavior Through Social Emotional Learning, Lars Olson

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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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An Unspoken Story of Education: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Racism in Education, Elisa A. Perez-Garcia

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Examining the Effects of an Online Group Social Skills Program on Emotion Regulation Skills for Adolescents and Young Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Breanna Perron

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Effects of Perchlorate Exposure on Swimming Performance of Zebrafish (Danio rerio) and Organ Development of Mice (Mus musculus), Quentin Phillips

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Pain & Glory, Wardah Sabrie

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Fundamental Factors for Success: Engineering Faculty and Industry Partners, Molly F. Schaefer

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Feasibility Study on Emission Line Spectroscopy Between 350 Nm and 750 Nm Of Runaway Star Bow Shocks in the Milky Way Using Currently Operating Observatories with Open Submission Policies, John Scheele

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The Ability of DIBELS to Predict Proficiency on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment and the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs, Katherine Schultz

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Virtues and Values: A Transcendental Phenomenological Examination of Professional Coach Trainers' Use of Virtue Ethics as a Tool in Their Practice, Julianne Schwietz

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The Portrayal of Female Athletes on the Covers of The New Yorker 1925-2016, Olena Shchur

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Technical Direction of Shakespeare in Love, Jared A. Shofstall

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Reconstructing Regional Paleoenvironments and Geomorphic History of High Plains Playa-Lunette Systems, Alyssa E. Sims

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No Peace for Afghanistan: A Case-Study of the Failure of Peace-Building Process in Afghanistan from a Transnational Feminist Standpoint, Tahmina Sobat

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An Investigation of the Perception of Elderspeak Among Community Dwelling Older Adults, Abby L. Teply

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Assimilating Antiquated Attachments, Brittney Wegener

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Romantic and Sexual Intimacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Brooke E. Weinmann

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

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Power Decoupling Control and Optimization for a Photovoltaic Inverter in D-Q Rotation Frame, Zhaoxia Yang

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Women Dancers of Color Decolonizing Knowledge Production Through Performance, Mio Yoshizaki

Documents From 2021

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Standing Between the Past and the Future, How Defense Attorneys Use Stigma Management Techniques in Presenting Their Closing Arguments in Capital Sentencing Procedures: A Content Analysis, AbdulRahmane Abdul-Aziz

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No Future for Academic Crips: An Autoethnographic Crippling of Academic Futurity, A. Adams

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Identity Change Strategies: How People Exit Stigmatized Identities, Mercy N. Adams

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The Relationship Between Organizations' Response to Customer Complaints, Customer Trust, and Loyalty, Abimbola Ajibola

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

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Student-Parenting During a Global Pandemic: A Phenomenological Exploration of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Experience of Community College Student-Parents, Malinde Althaus

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Analyzing the Use of a Montessori-Based Activity & Its Effect on Engagement & Affect in Persons with Dementia: A Replication Study, Emilee J. Andersen

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A Brief Zoom-Facilitated Mindful and Intuitive Eating Intervention to Decrease Disordered Eating, Jenna K. Anderson

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A Survey of and Site Treatment Plan for the Belle Creek Mounds Archeological Site, 21GD0072, in Goodhue County, Minnesota, Alexander T. Anton

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Political Satire and Its Effects: Resistance without Protest in Russia, Maria Ardanova

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A Methodology for Detecting Credit Card Fraud, Kayode Ayorinde

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Investigation of Fermentation Efficiency in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Through Telomere Integrity and Maltase Expression, Dana Bennett

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Sexual Assault in the News, Sydney Blair

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The Impact of Professional Perspectives on Team Participation and Satisfaction on Intent to Implement Interventions Determined by Multidisciplinary Teams, Julieanna Bowen

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The Kiwanis Site: A Multi-Method Geophysical Approach to Investigating Mound Features, Luke Burds

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Supporting Resilience in Reserve Component Spouses During Deployment: The Impact of Family Life Cycle Phase and Deployment History on Social Support Needs, Jennifer L. Ceminsky

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Academic Writing Challenges Experienced by International Students in a Midwest U.S. University: A Phenomenological Inquiry, Padam B. Chauhan

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

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Reclaim, Harris Benjamin Deno

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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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Understanding How Experienced World History Teachers in Minnesota Choose Course Content: A Mixed Methods Study, Kathleen Ferrero

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Women in Combat Boots: U.S. Servicewomen’s Collective Self-esteem and Adherence to Weight Regulations, Latavia Monét Ford

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Caregiver Knowledge and Perceptions of Dementia-Specific Nutritional Approaches, Danielle Freitag

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Socioeconomic and Other Dynamics in the Geographical Distribution of Success in the English F.A. Cup, Edward Genereux

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Replicant, John Grabko

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

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Peoples’ Experiences with Birth Doulas, Emily A. Gunderson

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Creating the Role of Lady Macduff in Macbeth, Ashley D'Lyn Gunn

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The Effects of Therapist Expertise and Concerns of Involuntary Hospitalization on the Disclosure of Suicidal Ideations and Behavior, Zane Hensel

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Classification of Chess Games: An Exploration of Classifiers for Anomaly Detection in Chess, Masudul Hoque

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

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The Creation of the Role of Edward Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility, Ty Hudson