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 2024

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How Marital Stress May Affect the Onset of Dementia in Older Adults, Khunza Asma

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The Role of Reflection in Writing Transfer for First-Year Multilingual Writers, Lan Anh Dang

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Solutions to the Kaluza-Klein Field Equations, Abel Eshete

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Evaluating the Impacts of Microplastics on the Soil Biochemical Environment and Cherry Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) Productivity, Kenny Famakinwa

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Escape the Planet: Revolutionizing Game Design with Novel OOP Techniques, Qusai Kamal Fannoun

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Religious and Spiritual Struggles among Satanists, Trevor Flick

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A Critical Phenomenological Study of White Educators who Engage in Antiracism, Maria-Renée D. Grigsby

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Preparing Students in Speech-Language Pathology Through a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lens, Jacy Hansen

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The Influence of Ecoregions and Land Use/Land Cover on Fish Assemblages in Southern Minnesota, Masaki Hara

The First Week of October, Emily W. Heinis

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Eficacia de técnicas de introducción de vocabulario para estudiantes de español como segunda lengua, Enzo Hellmeister

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Re-evaluation of lethal radiation dose in Drosophila melanogaster using 350 KeV electrons, Dariia Hozhenko

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Practices to Recruit and Retain Teachers of Color in Rural Minnesota Schools, Eric Hudspith

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Other People, Jenny Hughes

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“Look Good, Act Good”: Tipping, Emotional Labor and the Feminization of Restaurant Work, Ashley Jaxel

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Addressing Aggressive Behaviors in Long Term Care Settings: How Do Caregivers Feel Supported?, Betty Kortey

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Comparative Analysis of Data Augmentation on Sentiment Analysis in Three Distinct Languages, Hyesu Lee

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Changing Careers, Changing Identities: The Role of Strong and Weak Ties on Career Change Decisions, Christopher S. Lienemann

Every Blessing, Annie Lindenberg

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Lexical and Textual Development through Autonomous Engagement with Vocabulary Journal in Multilingual Learners, Emika Ozawa

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Age-Related Microaggressions: A Semi-Replication, Stephanie Patt

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A Phenomenological Study of the Utilization of Student Voice by Midwest Urban Secondary Schools within School Improvement Plan Strategies, Jessica Peifer Busse

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Comparative Study of Robotic and Manual Welding in A Low Volume-High Mix Manufacturing Environment: Case Study of Lift Ring, Sai Sasank Pothamsetti

Side Effects May Very, Abigail Reed

The Dusk Maiden: Benefaction, Logan Roling

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Comparing the Effects of Choice and Performance Feedback on the Writing Fluency Outcomes of Elementary Students, Collin M. Seifert

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Characterizing the effects of melatonin on reproduction in green anoles (Anolis carolinensis)., Nicholas T. Shankey

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Exploring Academic Writing Development through Reflective Reading Response Journals: A Case Study of First-Year Composition Multilingual Students, Kalpana Shrestha

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Virtual classes in the U.S. University: Exploring Zoom fatigue experience based on English competency and course engagement among international students, Esther Son

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Comparative Study of Robotic And Manual Welding In A Low Volume-High Mix Manufacturing Environment: Case Study Of Tail Gate, Aditya Suggula

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Leveraging Machine Learning & Deep Learning Methodologies to Detect Deepfakes, Aniruddha Tiwari

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ENHANCING COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS OF HMONG ADOLESCENTS THROUGH GROUP WORK IN HIGH SCHOOL, Xeev Vang

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A Preliminary Study on Intra-Departmental Abuse in a Central American Police Force, Emily Veroeven

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Centering Students of the Global Majority in United States Community College Critical Internationalization Programming: An Interpretive Phenomenological Study, Jennifer T. Westmoreland

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Environment and Belief: Investigating the Dakota Archeological Record, Anna Kay Wiitanen-Eggen

Documents From 2023

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Fox Lake – Havanoid Interaction: An Analysis of Eleanor Site Pottery, Rahman Abdullayev

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Effect of Decorating Super Paramagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles with Silver Nanoparticles on their Magneto-Photo Thermal Heating Efficiency, Anthony Joseph Afful

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An Exploration of Differences in Perceptions of Gerotranscendent Behaviors Between Younger and Older Adults, Gabrielle E. Anderson

To Capture the Sea, Hannah Anderson

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Production Stage Management for A Christmas Carol, Jenna Atherton

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Stress Levels of Bisexual Individuals in Mixed-Orientation Relationships, Amanda Bartley

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Languishing without a Human Touch: Directing In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play, Sarah Belfrage Honerman

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A Mixed Method Comparison: Instruction in Undergraduate Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Contemporary Dance Classes, Aditi Bheda

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Above and Below, Kristen Brown

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fourpaintingSomedrawingsandaprintbehindapillar, Sam R. Brown

A Long Road, KenDarian Ortae Carter

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Tier II Behavioral Intervention: A Direct Comparison of Two Versions of Class Pass, Madeline Cordle

The Bizzare Fantastic, True Dabill

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Queer Void: Autoethnographic Notes on Queer Melancholy and Transgender Shame, Lake Davis

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Machine-Learning Based Model Predictive Control for a Three-phase Inverter, Arturo De La Cruz

Tales from Respite, OH, Jake Demers

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Developing a Standardized GIS Model Capable of Identifying Areas to Implement Wind Power Generation Infrastructure, Namidu Vishwanath De Silva

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Investigating miRNA Regulation of the Human APOBEC3 Enzymes, William Dietrich

Parcels, Holly N. Dodge

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Neither Fully Queer Nor Somali?: What Queer Somalis' Narratives Reveal About Space, Identity, and Community in Western Diaspora, Dominik Drabent

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Education Based on Graduate Marginalized Perspective, Bryanna Edwards

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Professional Communication During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Corrie Eggimann

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Rechazos del español: Una comparación de mexicanos monolingües, hablantes de herencia y aprendices de español, Maribel Fernández Moctezuma

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Design and Development of Smart Wardrobe Technology, Mikhail Filatov

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Determining the Quality of the Evidence Base for Incremental Rehearsal, Emily K. Fischer

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Examining the Effects of a Behavioral Skills Training Package on the Emotional Regulation Skills of a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Kate Flynn

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Identifying Barriers to Dental Care Among Hispanics in Southwest Minnesota, Lissette Garza

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Life History, Resource Allocation, and Phenology of Diploid Flowering Rush (Butomus umbellatus) Collected from Populations in Ohio and New York, Maxwell G. Gebhart

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Análisis de La Mujer: Revista Mensual de Literatura y Variedades, la primera revista ecuatoriana escrita por mujeres (1905-1906), María Alejandra González Pástor

New Industry: The Town that Owned the Future, Talitha Greaver

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From “The Loss of the Innocents” to “Crisis Actors”: Media Portrayal of Rampage School Shootings From 1998-2021, Justice E. Greene

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The Creation of Choreography for Disney's High School Musical, John Greer

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“Born Again:” Narrating the Mental Health Journeys of Religious Exiters, Fio Haire

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Unlocking User Identity: A Study on Mouse Dynamics in Dual Gaming Environments for Continuous Authentication, Marcho Setiawan Handoko

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Development of a Permanent Magnet Spherical Motor with 3 Degrees of Freedom, Eric T. Hanson

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Seasonal Starch Allocation in Starry Stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) Harvested from Lake Koronis, MN, and Development of Non-Chemical Management Recommendations, Alyssa M. Haram

Demon Off the Trail, Jack Harris

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Utility Lines, Carolyn Hartwell

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Location of the Fibronectin Binding Domain on the Fibronectin Attachment Protein of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis, Chrissy Rose Hattery

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Analysis and Observation of Decomposition of Immature Pigs in the Minnesota Winter/Early Spring, Rachael Herbes

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“My work doesn’t need to be perfect as long as the effort is there”: A Case Study of Multilingual Student Perceptions of Labor-Based Grading Contracts in the First-Year Writing Classroom, Allison M. Hosman

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The Transformation of Kurdish Women from Victimization to Liberation through Learning under Oppression in Turkey: A Phenomenological Study, Ebru Ilhan

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Not Just Women: Trans Representation in Print News Media Following the Overturn of Roe v. Wade, TL Jordan

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Celebrity, Music, and Public Persona: A Case Study of Taylor Swift, Elaina K.M. Junes

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Removing Barriers and Establishing Gender and Sexuality Alliances in Schools: A Qualitative Analysis of GSA Advisor Experiences, Maxwell L. Keller

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Studying and Troubleshooting Lubricity Test on Pressure Wire X Proximal and Distal Coatings, Usama A. Khan

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Family Caregiving of the Elderly in the U.S. and Nepal, Barsha Kharel

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Combining the Word Box Intervention and Syllabication to Support the Acquisition of Advanced Decoding Skills, Elizabeth Kinsey Hawley

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The Phenomenon of Academic Advisor Training at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities: A Quantitative Descriptive Research Study, Sara Leigh

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Detecting Overlapping Gene Regions Using the U-Net Attention Mechanism, Samuel Lemma

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Partisan Selective Exposure on Social Media During the 2020 Presidential Election, Grayce Lemon

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Age-Related Microaggressions: A Follow-Up Descriptive Study, Hannah M. Lewis

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Public Perceptions of Exonerees’ Deservingness of Compensation and Expungement, Elizabeth Jeanne Lopez

Inkblot, Jayden Lopez

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A Comparison of Highly Disturbed Agricultural Soil and Natural Forested Soil as it Affects Decomposition, Haley Madden

A Mexican American Stuck in Egypt: Poems about everyday Chicano expatriate life in the Cradle of Civilization, Thomas Maldonado

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The Role of Insulin-Like Growth Factor I in the Development of the Cerebellum in Euthyroid and Hypothyroid Mice, Prathibha Mangedarage

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Revisiting the Blue Earth Oneota Taxon, Samuel Marcucci

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Novel Amino Acids Dictate Differences in SIVmac239 and HIV-2 ROD9 Vpx Cellular Localization, Hunter D. Mayhew

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Tradiciones, Selena Medellin

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The Application of Interpersonal Concepts to Reframe Instructor Misbehaviors, Jonathan A. Mendoza

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Justice-Impacted Black Males’ Perceptions of How Life Skills Coaching Helped Overcome Barriers to Housing, Healthcare, and Employment, Isreal W. Moses IV

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Above & Below, Kelly N. Munson

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Marketing Ploy or Mental Health Crisis? An Analysis of Fan Responses to Celebrity Narratives, Kayla M. Ostrander

Good People: A Collection of Short Stories and Essays, Cordis Paldano