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Theses from 2020

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Variations in Stream Sediment Microbial Communities Across a Natural Climate Gradient in Eastern Puerto Rico, Victoria Kaptein

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WELCOMING OUR IMMIGRANT STUDENTS: Using Folklore to Bridge the Gap in Multicultural Classrooms, Amy L. Powers

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Multiple Intelligences in the Mathematics Classroom: A Curriculum Project on Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable, Angelina Rocchio

Theses from 2019

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You CAN Handle the Truth: How to Create a Caring Classroom Culture in which to Address Uncomfortable Topics, Delia Andalora

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Effective ways of teaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Inclusive Physical Education Setting, Ruben Arroyo

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The Impact of Performance Anxiety on Female Athletes, Nina Barbero

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White-tailed deer herbivory impacts on plant community composition and recruitment in western New York deciduous forests, Kira Broz

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Rethinking Mathematical Proofs and the Opportunity to Learn, Robert Burgett

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Creating a Discourse-Rich Classroom Culture to Enhance Academic Discussions Across Content Areas, Briana Cammarata

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Parent’s Perspectives of Physical Activity Recreational Programs for Their Children with Disabilities, SCOTT CARACCI

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Improving Depth of Student Understanding of Physics Content Using Standards Based Grading, Elizabeth Carbone

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The Impact of Increased Physical Activity on Academic Achievement, John Conner

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The Impact of Increased Physical Activity on Academic Achievement, John Conner

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Seasonal habitat use and survival of brown trout (Salmo trutta) in Oatka Creek, Monroe County, New York, Kevin E. Corser Jr

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What is the Impact of Stretching on Injury Prevention During Physical Activity?, Sabrina DeBellis

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Fostering Motivation with an Authentic Task Based Unit on Linear Modeling, Brandon Derue

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Implementing Comprehensible Input in the World Language Classroom, Anna DiSabatino

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Is sport specialization worth the risk? Myths vs. reality, Justin Dueppengiesser

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How Does Pressure to be Perfect Impact Pre-Collegiate Gymnasts?, Caitlin J. Elsadek

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Does Sports Build Positive Youth Development?, Mark Federico

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Factors to Consider in Preparing Adapted Physical Education Teachers to Teach in Urban Settings, Joanessa Fequiere

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Equity and Democracy: A Push Towards Social Justice in the ELA Classroom, Sean Formato

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The Benefits of Physical Activity and Sport on Mental Health and Well-Being in School-Aged Children, Ian Gilhousen

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Research-Based Instructional Strategies to Support Newcomers in the Mainstream Classroom, Melissa Gonzalez

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Investigation of how vegetation, small mammal interactions, and land-use determine blacklegged tick abundance, Claire Hartl

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Two Common Issues In Sports Officiaitng: Recruitment and Retention, Dylan Hill

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Reaction Rates in Chemistry: A Learning Segment Using the 5E/GRC Instructional Model, Corey Hollister

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The Effects of Peer Tutoring on School-Aged Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities in Physical Education, Abbey Hume

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Wild West in Upstate New York: Native American Culture, Performances, and Public Debates about Indian Affairs, 1880s-1930s, Alexander Indovina

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Physical Activity Patterns of Students from Low-Socioeconomic Status, Elizabeth Johnson

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Implementing Digital Tools in Assessments for Algebra, Brandon M. Kapcinski

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Does Physical Activity Improve Cognitive Functioning? A Synthesis of the Research Literature, Nathan Klos

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Experimental Evaluation of Self-directed Versus Instructor-assisted Online Applied Behavior Analysis Training: Examination of Post-Knowledge and Application Assessments with Minority Students, Laker Kwamogi

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Parents' Understanding of the Impact on Sport Specialization, Samuel LaCelle

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Parental Perspectives on Physical Education Services for Children with CHARGE Syndrome, Kristi Jo Lane

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Women Who Wear the Breeches: The REpresentation of Female Civil War Soldiers in Mid-Nineteenth Century Newspapers, Danni Leone-Poe

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Strategies to Retain High School Athletic Coaches, Kevon London-Hill

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Concussion Assessment Management in High School and Collegiate Athletics, Erin McNeely

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A Spiraling Curriculum Project on Factoring for Grade 7-Algebra 2, Marissa Meehan

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The Effects Socioeconomic Status, Nutrition, and Physical Activity Have on the Youth, Felix Morales

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The Truth Still Matters: Teaching Information Literacy to Combat Fake News and Alternative Facts, Alexander Mulroy

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Behavioral problems and solutions for children with intellectual disabilities in physical activity settings - A review of the literature, Robyn Owens

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Curriculum to Support the Flipped Classroom in 8th Grade Mathematics, Haley Parker

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The Impact of Extrinsic Motivation on Athletic Performance, Timothy Petranchuk Jr.

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High School Chemistry Curricular Redesign: The Spiral Curriculum, John Posillico

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Using Multicultural Literature to Enhance the Reading Skills of Youth of Color, Jessica Rapp

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Background Music: The Effects of Lyrics and Tempo on Reading Comprehension and Speed, Amanda Reed

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The Effect of Media Coverage of Female Athletes and the Impact on How These Athletes View Their Body, Hannah Rehbaum

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Literature Healing, Courtney Robinson

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Developing Phenomena-Based Storylines for Middle School Next Generation Science Standard Units, Kelly Russo

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Science Concepts Visualization and Classroom Engagement Through Technology and Simulations, Kaylee Santos

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The Achievement Gap Between African American Athletes and Their White Counterparts in Higher Education, Hamed Shamseldin

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Developing a Curriculum for the ELA Inclusive Classroom That Meets the Shifts in the CCSS, Allison Sharpe

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The Effects of Physical Activity on Inappropriate Behaviors of School-Aged Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Rachel Sherman

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Should College Athletes Receive Compensation?, Abdoulaye Sow

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Character Development in Youth Athletes, Nicholas S. Stenzel

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The Factors Affecting Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears in Female Athletes A Synthesis of the Research Literature, Courtney L. Szczesniak

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How Impactful are Recreation Center Offerings on Youth Development?, Dillon Thompson

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The Effects of a Non-traditional High School Physical Education Curriculum on the Development of Lifelong Engagement in Physical Activity, Meghan Trimer

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The Barriers to Physical Activity for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Strategies for Overcoming these Barriers, Bridgette Varin

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Barriers to Physical Activity in Adolescents, Nicole Vojtisek

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The Purposeful Position of PhET Simulations in a 5E Model: A Rationale for PhET Integration in the Explore (Introduction), Explain (Core Instruction) and Elaborate (Assessment) Phases of NYS Chemistry Units, Zackary D. Waild

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Investigating the ecology of native and non-native lianas in Central and Western New York, Scott Ward

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The Impact of Integrated Co-Teaching on Special Education Students in the High School English Language Arts Classroom, Emily Werner

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Biogeochemical cycling in restored and unrestored coastal wetlands of Lake Ontario, Cassandra Wolfanger

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Positive Relationship Physical Activity Has on Cognitive Function in High School Students, nicholas zaccarella

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Implementing Technology in a Geometry Curriculum, Stephanie Zimmerman

Theses from 2018

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A Focus on Mathematical Literacy to Increase Student Understanding and Performance, Rachel Alvarez

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A Focus on Scientific Inquiry in CTE Through a Green Space, Emily Anderson

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Opioid Alternatives for Athletes, Robert Battaglia

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Investigating the ecology of a threatened ecosystem: Alpine snowbank communities of Mt. Washington, NH, Kevin M. Berend

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A Project Based Learning Approach to Teaching Geometry in a 7th Grade Classroom, Jamie Bish

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Factors that Impact the Successful Recruitment of Student-Athletes in Collegiate Athletics: A Synthesis of the Research Literature, Stephen Bobarakis

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The Role of Social Media in Intercollegiate Athletics: A Synthesis of the Research Literature, William B. Burns III

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Mental Health Issues in College Athletes, Ashley Capone

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Comparing Independent and Interdependent Group Contingencies with Non-contingent Reinforcement on College Students’ Academic Performance, Stacey L. Caron

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Effects of Athletics on Character and Moral Development of Collegiate Athletes, Jenna Clarke

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Autonomy, Education, Virtue, Seamus Clarkin

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Key Factors to Consider in Sport Specialization for Youth: A Review of the Literature, Corey Craig

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The Impact of Septic Tank Systems on the Water Quality of Stream Reaches in the Oak Orchard Watershed, Nicole DeRose

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David Gordon: Exploring All Sides, Matthew Frazier-Smith

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Causes and Impacts of Thiamine Deficiency Complex in Lake Ontario Salmonines, Matt Futia

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The Importance of Developing Classroom Community, Heather Geller

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The Effect of Psychological Response on Recovery of Sport Injury: A Review of the Literature, Travis Grant

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The Effect of Team Sports On Mental Health In Adolescents, Jhon Guarin

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Alternative Assessments: Moving Learning Forward in a Geometry Classroom, Lindsey Hadzima

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Using Haptic Virtual Reality to Increase Learning Gains and Construct Knowledge of Unobservable Phenomena, Devin Hagendorn

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The Development and Integration of Nearpod Materials into a High School Biology Curriculum, Matthew Halloran

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Coping with Being Cut from the Team: Examining Grit, Resilience and Optimism in Response to Failure in College Athletes, Dorian Hayden

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The Effect of Mindfulness and Meditation in Sports Performance, Christopher Heckman

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What are Preferred Leadership Styles of Athletes from Their Coaches, Sean Heil

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Experiential Learning in the Middle School Living Environment Classroom, Andrea G. Heinlein

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Exploring the Links Between Coaching Burnout and Work Addiction in Athletics, Kristopher Horn

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Factors that Affect Retention of Sport Officials, Ryan Ilardi

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Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices for Educators of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, Tyler Jarosinski

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The Benefits of Participation in Yoga for Students with Disabilities, Micah Joseph

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Preparing New Teachers to Manage the Modern Classroom, Cody Kaminska

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Interpreting Predator – Prey Interactions in Cayuga Lake Fishes Using Fatty Acid Signature Analysis, Jeremy Kraus

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Obligate Grassland Breeding Bird Ecology on Islands and Mainland Habitats in the St. Lawrence River Corridor, Gregory Lawrence

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Media Coverage for Female Sports: A Review of Literature, Hsu Zen Lim