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Theses from 2017

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The Effects of the Location of Instruction on Student Engagement., Katherine Burgstrom

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The Impact of Student Completion Requirements Using an LMS (Learning Management System) on Student Achievement and Differentiated Instruction in The Classroom., Laura Burgstrom

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Video Games In Education, Matthew C. Heins

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Bullying in Our Schools: The Impact of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Kaylee Mitchell

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Changing the Mindset: A Look at Current Literacy Practices and How These Are Failing Boys, Rebecca Oliver

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Gamification Through Algebraic Coding, Rachel L. Serpe

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Are You Afraid of Technology? Effects of 1:1 iPads on Standardized Assessment Scores, Michael Vowles

Theses from 2016

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Exploring Urban Student Perspectives on Literacy Achievement, Cara Accorso

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Social Media in the Classroom, Courtney Altenbach

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Strategies to Support Student Argument and Argumentative Writing in a Secondary STEM Classroom, Laura Arnold

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Mitochondrial DNA Stability and Maintenance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Nicole Ashman

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Behavioral phenotype of Vang6 mutant Drosophila melanogaster pertaining to the Olfactory System, Sarah Lynn Austin

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A Culturally Relevant Conceptual Unit Plan for the Engagement of African American Male Adolescents in the Rochester City School District, Quiana D. Beasley

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Accountable Talk as a Strategy to Increase Reading Comprehension for All Children, Kelly A. Bellamy

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Climb into your skin: A Look at Personal Intimacy in Gaga Practice and Performance, Morgan Bernat

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Using Choice to Promote Intrinsic Motivation within Students during their Literacy Activities, Nicole M. Berntsen

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Engaging Struggling Readers in Literacy at the Elementary Level, Cienna C. Bills

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Why Common Core? Educational Standards, the Legislative Process, and Best Practices, with a Unit Design Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, by a Teacher, for Teachers, Daniel Boyd

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This Fearful Slaughter: The Impact of Civil War Deaths on Rochester, New York, Adam T. Bradford

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Uncovering Models and Visualizations in the Chemistry Classroom, an Assessment of Classroom Activities and Lessons, Michael Brooke-Gay

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Arginine Methylation and Enzymatic Activity of TbLpn, a Lipin Homologue from T. Brucei, Andrew R. Bumstead

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The Effects of KU70 on Mitochondrial Stability in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Allyson Burkhart

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Hablantes de Herencia (H.H.) de Español en las Clases de Idiomas Extranjeros en la Escuela Secundaria: Los Maestros y su Preparación, Hercilia I. Cassell

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Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Preference-Based Teaching Approach with Children with Developmental Disabilities, Liam D. Cerveny

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Achieving Conceptual Change Using a Differentiated Instructional Approach, Elena R. Chmielowiec

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Fiction Reader: A Case Study Documenting the Impact Reading Fiction has on One Child’s Literacy, Gregory P. Cost

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Modification of Linguistic Instructional Strategies for Application in Chemistry: Progressing beyond Scientific Literacy to Chemical Fluency, Genevieve Marie Criss

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Psychoeducational Group Counseling to Enhance Self-Control in Middle School Students, Amanda Crowley

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Parental Involvement: Barriers Hispanic Parents Face, Iris M. Cruz

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Prevalent Stressors Found Among Collegiate and Elite Coaches, Kathryn Delaney

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Approaches to Overcoming Barriers to Physical Activity in Urban Areas, Chelsea D. Dimyan

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Response to Intervention Through the Lens of One Middle School, Maribeth L. Doyle

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Contemporary Strategies for the 21st Century Curriculum and Modern Student in English Language Arts, Shannon Ekas

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Going Beyond the Literal, Lindsay M. Falzano

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i-Ready, Are You?, Alicia M. Federico

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The Impact of Inclusion on 2nd Grade Students with Disabilities, Kaitlyn M. Federico

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The Effect of Gaze on Romantic Relationships, Norman D. Field

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Teaching Arithmetic Sequences Using Situated Problem Solving Tasks, Thomas A. Fisher

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Audience Emotion & Experience as a Source for the Development of New Marketing Strategies for Concert Dance, Maurice A. Fraga

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Integrating Social Studies and Literacy through Project-Based Learning, Katie L. French

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A Curriculum Project on the Design and Implementation of Cognitive Load Theory in Mathematics, Kevin D. Gaydorus

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The Impact of Play on Emergent Literacy Development, Ashley Gazza

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Perceived Barriers to African American Male Education Completion, Ebonesha Graham

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The Relationship Between Cyberbullying and Health-Risk Behaviors Among High School Students, Colleen Halbohn

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Special Educator’s Role within the Co-Taught Classroom, Lisa S. Haller

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Response of Typha x glauca to Phosphorus, Hydrology, and Land Use in Lake Ontario Coastal Wetlands, Aaron W. Heminway

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The Effectiveness of Mindfulness Techniques for Decreasing Anxiety Symptoms in Adolescents, Kara M. Hiltz

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Spring Stopover Ecology and Physiology of the White-Throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) in Western New York, Christina Marie Hoh

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Anxious Behaviors Among Elementary Aged Children: Implications for Teachers and Schools, Tara L. Jackson

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Barriers to Treatment and the Connection to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Kelsey James

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Translating Embodiment: A Look at Language and Cognition of Dance Performance from Studio to Stage, Samantha E. Johnson

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Students Thoughts and Beliefs of the Impact of the Educational Opportunity Program on Their Retention and Degree Pursuance, Lisa D. Jones

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Adapted Living Environment Lessons to Support All Students: A toolkit of strategies and scaffolds for teaching science to students with learning disabilities in an inclusive setting, Kristen M. Kimble

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Differentiation in Chemistry for Students With Various Levels of Cognitive Efficiency, Marilyn Laistner

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Metacognition and Student Achievement in Mathematics, Nancy Laistner

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Using Retrospective Miscue Analysis to Nurture Metacognition in Young Children, Angela M. Larmon

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Managing Stress in 8th Grade: CBT and Relaxation Techniques in Small Group Therapy, Amy Levermore

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Arthleticism: Figure Skating and Modern Dance in Parallel, Chiquita Limer

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Who is My Brothers’ Keeper? Stressors that African American Males Encounter during Their College Experience, Charlene Linzy

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Modes of Reading in the Elementary Classroom, Amy B. Long

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Building English Language Learner’s Knowledge of Chemistry Through Inquiry Based Learning, Sarah Maggard

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Addressing Absenteeism through a Positive Reinforcement Intervention, Jillian M. Malley

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Determining the Impact of a Psychoeducational Group on Student-Athlete Identity, Raymond Manioci

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Literacy Strategies to Challenge Advanced Readers, Gabrielle Marianetti

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Sensory Strategies and Literacy Learning, Michelle A. Matteson

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Literacy Becomes “Popular” for a Male Student, Cody J. Miller

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Changes in Society: The Increasing Diversity in Society Results in an Increasingly Diverse ELA Classroom and the Increasing Need for Inclusion in ELA, Amanda Leigh Mills

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The Prevalence of Anxiety and Perfectionism in High School Students, Sarah E. Moore

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Teaching to Think & Read Like a Historian, Erin E. Moses

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Exploring the Literacy Lives of Elementary Male Readers, Kelly N. Muszak

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The Use of Reading Strategy Prompts in Math, Jessica N. Newton

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The Question of Digital Game Based Learning: An Investigation into the Potential Promises and Perils of Education's Golden Goose, Molly E. O'Riley

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Fatty Acid Profiles of Major Prey and Predator Fish in Lake Ontario: Use in Assessing Food Web Interactions, Robert G. Pattridge III

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Dancing as a Tool for Successful Transitioning to Adulthood for Individuals with Disabilities, Edith Mariely Pérez Rodríguez

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The Influence of Osmolytes on Nucleic Acid Helical Conformations, Pakinee Phromsiri

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Physics Inquiry Starters: Labs to Introduce Physics Content, Jason S. Pritchard

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Students with Interrupted Formal Education: Teacher Perspectives, Jennifer Adelia Raponi

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A First Grade Student’s Affect and Self-Perception Regarding Literacy, Jami Saladin

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Solving Systems of Equations and Inequalities: An Algebra Unit Plan Aligned to the New York State Common Core, Nicole Scipione

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The Barriers and Facilitators of After-School Physical Activity Participation for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Nicole Seaver

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The Effects of RAD1 and RAD10 on Mitochondrial Stability in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Christina Seger

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The Importance of the Implementation and Learning of Spanish Language Arts, Adrializ Serrano

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The Effect of a First Year Experience Program on Student Retention in Community College, Jaclyn Singer

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The Changing Nature of Society, its Effect on (ELA) Education, and the need for Adaptability, William W. Smarcz

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Putting the Pieces Together, Jessica Smith

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Rearranging Algebraic Equations Using Electrical Circuit Applications: A Unit Plan Aligned to the New York State Common Core Learning Standards, Susan L. Sommers

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Describing Transformations: A Math 8 Unit Plan Aligned to the New York State Common Core and Learning Standards, Jessica Stam

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The Effects of Self-Assisted Monitoring on Children's Recall Predictions, Gina R. Stephan

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Problem Based Learning and STEM Model design in a Secondary Biology Curriculum, Caleb Stewart

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Graphic Novels as Tools for a Modern English Classroom, Erin St. James

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Delaying School Start time at One High School and its Impact on Attendance, Thomas C. Street

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A Curriculum Project on Expressions and Equations in Mathematics 8 Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Nicole Szatko

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A Magnified View: The Impact of Arts Integration in the ELA and Social Studies Classroom, Alyson M. Tardy

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The Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention on Feelings of Loneliness and Ruminative Thinking, Pradeep A. Thamboo

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Adapted Primary Literature (APL): An Effective Authentic Text Option for the Science Classroom, Lauren C. Thresh

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The Demon Syllabus, Barry Voorhees

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Read Alouds and Their Impact on Students' Literacy Development, Rebecca L. Walch

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Technology Effects on Motivation to Read: A Case Study Through Teacher Candidates, Jessica West

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Parent Involvement in an Urban Head Start Classroom, Stephanie Whitmire

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A Curriculum Study About Trigonometric Applications Aligned with the Common Core State Standards, Timothy F. Wilson