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ThesisWu, YueJiaObjectives. 1. To determine the presence of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) in rat embryo limb buds and adult rat knee joints. 2. To determine the pharmacological effects of recombinant human GDF5 (rhGDF5) on rat MSCs. 3. To determine the effect of rhG . . .

ThesisDanielson, RachelHigher education personnel face a myriad of tasks in the course of their professional duties. The timing and priority of these tasks are sometimes controlled by the staff themselves, but are often determined by campus or external constituents. Five en . . .

ThesisWest, PhilipIf one imagines the Gaussian primes to be lily pads in the pond of complex numbers, could a frog hop from the origin to infinity with jumps of bounded size? If the frog was confined to the real number line, the answer is no. Good heuristic arguments e . . .

ThesisGehani, RohitThe existence of cancer stem cells (CSC) postulates that tumors are organized as a cellular hierarchy and that tumor initiation, growth and cellular heterogeneity are driven by a subset of cells with stem cell like properties. The CSCs are endowed wit . . .

ThesisFard, RoxanaBone graft substitutes are commonly used as an alloplastic source for complex bone repair. Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) have become an idealistic source for bone repair and regeneration due to their potential to differentiate into osteogenic p . . .


ThesisCochran, DanaWe examine properties of the Blum Medial Axis (BMA) to improve its effectiveness for automated shape understanding. The BMA has been used to represent objects since the 1960s. Here we examine measurements on the BMA including shape tubularity (ST), er . . .

ThesisRuiz, MichaelThe study of prime numbers has been an area of interest in mathematics since antiquity. One natural question one may ask is "How many primes are there less than or equal to some positive integer?" The first attempts to answering this were in the l . . .


ThesisSahagun, Mayra Emperatriz


ThesisSuarez, RicardoClifford algebras were originally introduced to generalize the set of quaternions to higher dimensions. Since these algebras are vector spaces, we can apply methods from Linear Algebra to better understand them. In particular, we can view its elements . . .

ThesisAnanda, DevLet d(u,v) denote the distance between two vertices u and v on a graph G and let diam(G) denote the diameter of such a graph G. A connected graph G has a radio labeling f if, for all vertices u, v of G, d(u,v) + ƒ(u)  ƒ(v) ≥ diam(G) + 1 . . .

ThesisRomero, AlbaThe moon landing in 1969, achieved despite of the complexity and the lack of computer power at the time, raises questions about various computational aspects of the mission. We present a model of the lunar docking problem, in which the optimal rendezv . . .

ThesisMorrisRivera, MarcThe attributable risk is the fraction of outcomes in the population that would be reduced if the probability for a (higher probability) group were reduced to the probability for another (lower probability) group (Fleiss, et. al). We will use methods o . . .

ThesisAhmed, NausheenThe two different language based projects were designed to introduce the concepts of parabolas and integrals. Integration was introduced to college students, and eighth grade students worked with parabolas. We incorporated a story and acting exercises . . .

ThesisKoressa, MarcelAs computer and Internet technologies evolve, they play an increasingly significant role in our lives, especially in education. In particular, more students are using computers to attend online classes or to do computer based homework. Various online . . .

ThesisKerissa, HodaTutoring Centers are designed to assist students in becoming independent learners with study skills and strategies that will help them succeed in classes across the curriculum. Those are not intended to replace direct instructions classroom, but to en . . .

ThesisVader, Bryan E.Alcohol biosensor devices have the prospect to positively impact medicine and law enforcement by giving a noninvasive method to acquire continuous alcohol readings. We propose to develop a nonparametric estimation algorithm that estimates the joint mi . . .

ThesisLaGrange, Thomas L.Markov Chains are a category of stochastic processes with an associated dependence structure. Their inception resulted from A. A. Markov’s desire to disprove a rival’s assertion concerning the application of the Law of Large Numbers (LLN) to dependent . . .

ThesisCosta, MatthewDerivations of wave equations, various presentations of their solutions and MATLAB models are presented. Thereafter, basic ocean wave forecasting will be discussed along with it’s applications.

ThesisZechlin, Mollie J.Public key cryptography, is the basis of m odem cryptography, allows us to send and receive messages over public channels secretly, without requiring a meeting beforehand. Most public key cryptosystems, such as the Diffie Hellman Key Exchange, rely o . . .


ThesisLee, SeungjuPackaging/repackaging is essential to ensure pharmaceutical product’s stability (i.e. efficacy and safety). Before processing to package/repackage products into container/closures, there must be evidence to verify its stability. The most common verifi . . .


ThesisChen, Vickie V.Recent progress has been made toward understanding the density that k integers are Gwise relatively prime as a limiting form of a uniform distribution motivate this work. Fix a positive integer k and let G be a simple graph with k vertices that are a . . .

ThesisFerguson, VincentExploring the Effects of Wolbachiainfected Mosquitoes on the Spread of the Zika Virus by Vincent Ferguson Recent efforts to stop the spread of Zika, a vectorborne disease, through pesticides and insecticides have not been successful. Research ha . . .

ThesisLieberman, David A.This paper aims to generalize results on single variable polynomial rings over commutative rings with zerodivisors to the case of polynomial rings in arbitrarily many variables. Given a commutative ring R, we give necessary and sufficient conditions f . . .



ThesisVo, DonThis thesis is an attempt to develop mathematically consistent procedures to perform ThreeDimensional (3D) matrix math. 3D matrix operations for Rightmultiplication, Leftmultiplication, LeftIdentity, RightIdentity, LeftInverse, RightInverse, . . .

ThesisWalden, GeorgeTortuosity is an intuitive term used to describe paths on the plane that exhibit multiple twists and turns. It is used in a variety of applications as a measure of how much a path deviates from a straight line, especially to analyze images. However, u . . .

ThesisStafford, EmeryIn this paper, we introduce the reader to the graph labeling question in the setting of quantum mechanics. We formally define an edge weight of a graph G and use it to develop the general labeling number. We derive some elementary results about this . . .

ThesisSilva, Jennifer AnnTeaching Algebraic Manipulations to Students with Disabilities A nonsymbolic methodology was designed, and field tested for solving algebra and geometry problems within a special education high school mathematics classroom and then compared to the . . .

ThesisMurphy, Donna E.


ThesisBennett, DavidParaffin wax tea light candles and ethanolfuel candles are ignited within an enclosed, plexiglass and glass environment in an attempt to create a model of burn time before selfextinction of various candles regardless of type, size, and the volume an . . .

ThesisTran, ChinhA tiling is a covering of the plane with nonoverlapping figures that have no holes between them. For centuries, civilizations have incorporated both the complexity as well as aesthetic properties of tilings into their art and everyday lives. No matte . . .

ThesisTopolinski, KatrinaThere are many components in the movement of horses that can be mathematically modeled. In this research we have classified footprint patterns of various strides and found an analytical family of curves describing simple jumps. This approach is differ . . .

ThesisYi, CoryAn unproven claim is that all trees may be gracefully labeled. However there are some special classes of trees that are proven to have graceful labelings. A path is the simplest form of a tree, and it has been proven that all paths can be gracefully l . . .

ThesisGrzegorczyk, IvonaThere are many areas of mathematics that are difficult for students to learn. My extensive teaching experience tells me that students have difficulty finding the Least Common Denominator (LCD). For this reason many students don't like fractions and co . . .

ThesisMilne, SusanOur paper summarizes a study that used gamebased learning activities (GBLA) That we designed to teach underprepared university algebra students how to simplify polynomials. The activities were designed to visually, verbally and kinetically reinforce . . .

ThesisPerkins, ElisabethFor this Master's Thesis Project, I created a website that educates people about nine different population models. I wrote several Java applets that allow users to explore both single population and multiple population models. Additionally, I explaine . . .

ThesisJones, MattieIn this thesis, we researched various methods leading to recognition of a person's face by ways of statistical and mathematical analysis and comparisons of facial features to that of a known person. Many approaches to overcome inherent face recognitio . . .

ThesisTerzian, TammyIn 2002 Manindra Agrawal, Neeraj Kayal, and Nitin Saxena discovered an algorithm to test a number for primality that is both deterministic and runs in polynomial time. The AKS algorithm hinges on a calculated value they call r, which is defined for a . . .

ThesisGautreau, RebeccaGraph pebbling is a mathematical game in which pebbles are placed on the vertices of a graph. The game is made up of a series of pebbling steps that consist of removing two pebbles from one vertex, discarding a pebble, and placing the other on an adja . . .

ThesisDahme, MarissaThe overall goal of this thesis is to provide a glimpse into the inner life of music that can be seen through the use of mathematics. Chapter 1 provides the reader with some background knowledge needed including necessary definitions for intervals and . . .

ThesisBlack, LorreneMany students arrive in college thinking of mathematics as a set of procedures to memorize and apply. This is in direct opposition to mathematicians‟ conviction that mathematical learning consists of developing an understanding of mathematical concept . . .

ThesisTa, Jacquelyne LanThe Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellitebased navigation system made up of a network of 24 satellites placed into orbit by the United States Department of Defense (DOD) and managed by the United States Air Force 50th Space Wing. GPS was or . . .

ThesisPolito, Rabindranath M.There are many things in life that we take for granted. Take for example, the mystery of a folding sunshade. What forces cause the sunshade to fold into a smaller circle and lock? There is actually a mathematical model for that process. Or consider a . . .

ThesisDetgen, Jonathan G.The focus of this paper is to find properties inherent to constructible families of subsets. From a family of subsets U = {A1,A2,...}, U1 is defined to be U∪ {(Ai)c,Am ∪ An,Am ∩ An : Ai,Am,An ∈ U}. From U1, U2 can be defined as U1 ∪{(Ai)c,Am ∪ An,Am ∩ . . .

ThesisBundy, Janine P.Algebra students have a difficult time learning abstract concepts such as exponents and logarithms. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the success of teaching exponential and logarithmic concepts to algebra students using specially designed . . .

ThesisContreras, Larisa V.A.V. Skorokhod introduced four ways to evaluate distances now known respectively as J1, J2, M1, and M2 on cadlag space D in 1956. The most commonly used today Skorokhod metric, J1, will be discussed in details. The aim of this paper is to overcome the . . .

ThesisZuñigaOlea, Juan ApolinarIn the 1950s, scientists predicted it would take ten years to develop robots capable of performing most human tasks. Today, 50 years later, scientists are still predicting it will take ten years. The primary obstacle to building such robots is the pr . . .

ThesisMoreno Martinez, Victor ManuelThe objective of this thesis is to create a concrete statement about the existence of rational points in the unit square. We will use the following definition for a rational point: A rational point is defined as a point whose distances to the vertice . . .

ThesisLong, JarrodAll bettors, including the ”House,” experience losing streaks and winning streaks. The House typically has a ”bankroll” that is orders of magnitude larger than that of any individual bettor, and so can survive losing streaks without going bankrupt, th . . .

ThesisBonsangue, JenniferA cubic surface is defined as the set of zeroes of a homogeneous polynomial f of degree three in threedimensional real projective space given by S = {(x : y : z : w) ∈ P³(R) f (x, y, z, w) = 0}. The geometric classification of these objects remains . . .

ThesisMayorga, David M.Support Vector Machines (SVMs) are used to linearly separate & classify data. If our data is not linearly separable, we use a kernel function to map data to a suitable space where linear classification is possible. We apply this idea to the aftermarke . . .

ThesisMcDonough, James M.Using techniques of commutative algebra and padic analysis, we classify all integral domains arising as quotient rings of Z[[x]].

ThesisDiehl, NathanDevelopmental mathematics courses are historically difficult classes for community college students. The failure rate of these courses is alarmingly high. Supplemental Instruction (SI) was developed to assist students in mastering the concepts and as . . .


ThesisMorrison, JaimeeRecent studies suggest that many preservice and inservice elementary school teachers are not equipped with the adequate content knowledge required to teach elementary mathematics. This research study compared 3 sections of Mathematics for Elementary . . .

ThesisEnrigue, CindyIn this research we explored how to enrich current California curriculum in algebra. There are four components of this study. The first part focused on understanding Mayan mathematics in modern context of moduli arithmetic. The second included design . . .

ThesisStukes, RobertTechnology is continuously advancing and impacting all areas of modern life. Mathematics students come to classrooms familiar with various electronic devices and ways to apply them to find and utilize information. Educators should embrace these skills . . .

ThesisSnyder, PatrickWhen it comes to graphs, there have always been questions about different ways to label the vertices and edges, and the properties that a given method will have. These questions have led to many different results regarding a myriad of different types . . .

ThesisSitlington, ClaudiaNavigating the university system given the various policies, procedures, and expectations can create anxiety and confusion for some students. These experiences will affect a student’s overall academic performance and success while in attendance at un . . .

ThesisCruz Bautista, KarinaIn 2013, only 16% of Latino students held a bachelor degree while the rate for White students was 24% (McGlynn, 2014). Thus, the disparity of Latino/a representation in higher education requires additional investigation. This study investigates suppo . . .

ThesisSmith, SuzanThis participative action research study examines the gap between available information for preparing a comprehensive school emergency plan and the practical application within a school. The relationship of selfefficacy of school personnel and emerge . . .

ThesisHathaway, RebeccaSeveral factors are contributing to the growing number of challenges teachers face in 21st century education. According to the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of public school students in the Unit . . .

ThesisMurphy, ChrisThe study of parental involvement, its effects on student academic achievement, along with the associated data has grown in the last several years. In general, an overall positive relationship between parent involvement and a child’s academic achieve . . .

ThesisThe Effects of Student Behavior on Career and Technical Education Teacher's Senses of Self EfficacyMiddleton, JohnSocial cognitive theory (Bandura, 1986) establishes how the relationship between environmental factors and individual selfperception of outcome influences individual action. Due to contextual features within American schools, the experiences of Caree . . .



ThesisOcampo, MonicaThe purpose of this qualitative research was to explore barriers that Latino/s undocumented student’s face when pursing a college degree. The complexities these students experience from applying to college, receiving aid to fund their education, and . . .

ThesisOrtiz, Beatriz "Betty"The purpose of this study is to examine sociocultural factors that affect transfer Latino males attending fouryear institutions and to answer the following questions: What are the common sociocultural factors that Latino males face while transferring . . .

ThesisMagañaLaureano, VivianaDeveloping a Plan for Evaluating English Language Arts in Transitional Kindergarten Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is an opportunity given to children in California who were born in the fall to be enrolled in a twoyear kindergarten program. Specific . . .

ThesisChávez, RocíoHigh school counselors are one of the most important resources to support students’ academic success. When students enroll in high school, they are referred to the counseling office not just for a schedule of classes, but to be guided in their academi . . .

ThesisConmay, JenniferAbstract The purpose of this project was to study how a systematic approach to intervention impacts students who have been identified as not meeting reading benchmarks and/or identified as atrisk in the area of reading. This action research project . . .

ThesisFoutz, IanChapter 1 Statement of Problem Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) recently spent over $1 billion to put iPads in the hands of all 600,000+ of its students. This program quickly came under fire when many students were able to bypass the scho . . .

ThesisGreenwood, KatyCHAPTER 1 Introduction “In 2014, the United States will take the bold step toward improving the learning of all students: 46 states and the District of Columbia will begin to implement the Common Core State Standards, the rigorous new benchmarks aime . . .

ThesisMorrow, MelanieChapter 1 Statement of Problem Many children entering school are not physically able to write, cut and glue. These skills are necessary for any child entering elementary school. Currently, only 60% of California four year olds are being taken to a ch . . .

ThesisReinholdt, KimberlyChapter 1 Statement of Problem Through the years of research on infant and toddlers development, we have learned ‘the first three years of life are critical because children develop many of the basic learning patterns and abilities that they will bu . . .

ThesisSarto, HarrietCurrently, I am a Special Education Support Teacher, formerly titled Inclusion Specialist, with Moorpark Unified School District. I have held this position since September 1997. I have mostly case management responsibilities; ensuring that students’ I . . .

ThesisSides, MonicaChapter 1 Statement of Problem Some days when I am studying at local coffee shops, I see young children sitting next to their parents. As parents are drinking coffee and working, children are playing contently on some variation of electronic device.

ThesisMoshayedi, SaharSchools, parents and the public are increasingly viewing bullying as a concern that should be dealt with compassionately and aggressively on school campuses around the country. In this paper, we examine the Olweus programs and the implementation desig . . .

ThesisOrtega, ClaudiaIn response to mass school shootings, most schools in the country have implemented and reinforced a variety of school safety measures, the most common being practice of lockdown procedures, increased security on school campuses, and active shooter tra . . .

ThesisQuigley, YasminConsiderable global attention has been placed on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs and professions crucial to solving global problems (Bianchini, 2013; Singer, 2011; Walker, 2015). Therefore, an increased importance has . . .

ThesisEscamilla, Jennifer T.This research study examined teachers’ communication practices with families of children who are dual language learners (DLL). Effective ways of communicating with families of DLL is essential to promoting participation in their child’s education and . . .

ThesisSánchez, Amanda M.Media is in our lives daily and what we see or hear tends to stick with us (Appel & Weber, 2017). However, when anecdotal commentary cast generalizations across all members of a community it becomes problematic (Ortiz & Thompson, 2019). Greek life is . . .

ThesisClaus, MackinzeeIn the 1990s, the use of cognitive stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin, increased significantly across college campuses in the United States (Cassidy et al., 2015). Many students have claimed that the used nonmedical prescription ADHDstimulants . . .

ThesisDanielson, RachelHigher education personnel face a myriad of tasks in the course of their professional duties. The timing and priority of these tasks are sometimes controlled by the staff themselves, but are often determined by campus or external constituents. Five en . . .

ThesisMejia, NidiaThis thesis aims to address the following question: What is the impact of growthmindset developing strategies on the perceptions of math selfefficacy among Hispanic students from low socioeconomic status (SES) background in a seventhgrade math c . . .

ThesisTrainor, MichaelThe purpose of this Master’s thesis research study was to gain an understanding of the level of knowledge higher education students have in relation to free speech and social media. Previous studies have indicated that over 80% of students ages 18 to . . .

ThesisOchoaTafoya, RachelThe firstyear of college has been identified as the most critical year of a student’s higher education experience, in that it determines how students will interact and integrate within academic and social circles that contribute to their college expe . . .

ThesisHunt, SebastiánAcademic libraries play a critical role at colleges and universities in the advancement of student success. As more underrepresented students continue to make their way into higher education, librarians and library staff must ensure that their servic . . .

ThesisBeairsto, Tabitha P.Previous studies have shown that positive interactions with students have strong influences on student social emotional development and achievement. Yet, there appears to be a need for more information about what differentiates the beliefs of staff to . . .
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