This electronic archive of Capstone projects and Master's theses is aimed at gathering the culminating experiences of both undergraduate and graduate students. The student authors of these Capstone projects and Master's theses have chosen to make their work publicly available.

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Capstones/Theses from 2014

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Supporting general education teachers in the inclusive classroom with students with autism that display challenging behaviors, Maria Elena Ayala

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Optimized analysis of variable chlorophyll fluorescence in algal physiology under stress conditions : measuring nothing with confidence, Nicole Bobco

Habitat associations and predictive distribution models of commercially important rockfish species along California's Central Coast, Heather Marie Bolton

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The relationship of social, personal, and academic growth between theatre and non-theatre arts students : a comparative study, Kristy Burchard

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The impact of REWARDS on reading skills of students with learning disabilities, Catherine M. Butler

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Importance of including proper education on homework for pre-service educators, Allee Campbell

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The summer trap : the struggle to create affordable educational programs, Chelsey Chapin

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CPR training for students : creating heroes among us, Kyle Steven Costa

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The Effect of High School Athletics On Academics Success For Students From Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Gregory S. Daniels Jr

Evaluating a Proposed Farm Best Management Practice: Nitrous Oxide Emissions, In-Bed Nitrate and Carbon Monitoring, and Hydraulic Retention Times of Denitrifying Woodchip Bioreactors in Monterey County, California, Christina M. David

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Integrating rock music in elementary school education, Andre Firme

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Educator Perceptions: The Impact of Male Elementary School Teachers, Rod Matthew Garcia

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Breaking down classroom walls : increasing the effective use of educational technology, Raeanne Gardner

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Extended range guitars : cultural impact, specifications, and the context of a mix, Victor Gil

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No fooling : using students' time in Avid more wisely, Viviana Gudino-Correa

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Where Art Thou?: Bringing the Arts into Elementary School Classrooms, Sean Hagen

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Modern Recording Studios: Their Evolutions, Designs, and Adaptations in the Music Industry, Gregory W. Hanson Jr.

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Building investigative skills and critical thinking for middle school students through inquiry based science lessons, Kelly L. Hatteberg

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Reimagining the synthesis of Latino youth in the science lab : using Latino cultural identity to teach cellular permeability, Nathalie Iturburua

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Convolution reverb & impulse responses, Sam Kantorik

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Field of dreams : sports equality for children with special needs, Molly Kennedy

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Where art thou? : bringing the arts into elementary school classrooms, Carolina Liemola

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The swell and crash of ska's first wave : a historical analysis of reggae's predecessors in the evolution of Jamaican music, Erik R. Lobo-Gilbert

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Disability awareness : creating a better tomorrow, Marlina Massagli

Limitations on Nitrogen Removal by Treatment Wetlands Under Maritime Climatic Conditions, Gwen Miller

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The Effectiveness of the Critical Friends Model for Teacher Collaboration, Johanna Miller

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Embedding a unit on environmental education into a fourth-grade curriculum, James Mimosa

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Social studies in the elementary grades : a child's right, Aimée Mizuno

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Listening and hearing the voices of parents with children with autism : a phenomenological study, Nicole Perez

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An examination of how SIOP strategies can increase second language acquisition in the secondary science classroom, Kyla Plumlee

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Peer coaching and its effect on teacher efficacy, Edi L. Porter

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Field of dreams : sports equality for children with special needs, Dori Powers

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Promoting understanding of special education procedural safeguards through a parental workshop, Alejandra Revilla-Rico

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Meiofauna community composition at three whale-fall sites in Monterey Bay, California, Gillian Louise Rhett

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Parents and teachers working together to enhance student success in the classroom, Marisela Santana

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The impact of behavior-specific praise on student engagement, Evelyn Soto

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Assessing transitions from elementary to middle school for students with mild to moderate disabilities, Jonathan Stowers

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In search of Willy Loman and the American dream, Ryan Thomason

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Implementing the Hmong Culture into Classrooms, Chee Vang

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Infusing visual arts with elementary school curriculum to promote student equity and academic performance, Celeste Ward

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Developing a program for pre-service teachers interested in teaching young female students in rural areas of developing countries, Tanya M. Zeitler

Capstones/Theses from 2013

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Computer technology in modern music : a study of current tools and how musicians use them, Garrett Bevins

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Yearning to breathe free : the quest for unalienable rights, Layne M. Clifton

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Parents just don't understand, Uziel Diaz

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Cultivating seeds, nourishing minds: : a study of gardening instruction and the impact of student fruit and vegetable intake, Wesley Caleb Ellison

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Wheels on fire : community outreach for therapeutic recreation, Amanda Flores

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Effects of adapted assessment and instructional tools to improve academic success in mild-moderate special education students, Holly Emilia Hollingsworth

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Effects of peer mediated pivotal response training on social skills for children with autism, Josh Kayne

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Adoption awareness in the elementary classroom, Claire LaBerge

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Anytime, anywhere, anyplace : teaching children what to do when everything goes wrong, Emily Louis

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Optimization and characterization of the bulk FDA viability assay to quantify living planktonic biomass, Brian N. Maurer

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Supporting students with learning disabilities in the general education classroom, Vivian Moe Michaele

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Technology use in elementary school classrooms, Jaime Muñoz

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Dyslexic writers : what educators can do to improve writing for dyslexic students, Ann Myers

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Tape vs. tape emulation, Adam Pardee

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Inspire, create, unite : celebrating diversity, Kelsey C. Rowbotham

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Impact of homework on academic achievement of students with severe emotional disabilities in a non public school setting, Reena Sharma

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Broadening horizons : the benefits of multicultural education at the elementary level, Brittney Stane

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Readers theater : effect of fluency, comprehension, and attitudes toward reading in middle school students with mild-to-moderate disabilities, Nancy Ames Swan

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Arts and crafts in elementary school : blending with curriculum, Caitlin Tungate

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Using functional assessment procedures and behavior intervention strategies for students with severe disabilities, Abigail Williams

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The Academic and Motivational Impact of California Gateways and Lexia Reading on English Language Learners with Disabilities, Rebecca Hayley Wilner

Capstones/Theses from 2012

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Seeds of hope : improving the nutritional environment of Seaside Middle School, Emily Abrahams

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Smooth transitions : increasing support for students with disabilities and special needs to meet their post-secondary goals, Traci Lynn Alger

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Using video modeling and role playing activities to teach social skills to middle school students with intellectual disabilities, Alyce Avenell

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Permanence and stability of placement : an assessment of the effectiveness of foster and adoptive parent training, Alexis Boerlage

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Reconstructing comprehensive sex education curriculum from fifth to tenth grade in California : a focus on body image, Kenzie Brand

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Little classroom on the playground : increasing student academic achievement through integrating the playground into academics, Lora Ann Carey

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Using TouchMath to increase math skills of young English language learners with mild to moderate disabilities, Anamaria Covarrubias

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Voices of the electric guitar, Don Curnow

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No parent left behind : exploring parental involvement in schools, Robin Falkenberg

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Power lunch : optimizing extra-curricular reading groups at Oakside High, Sarah M. Figueroa

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Applied policy analysis report : a solar garden for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District: an applied analysis of solar power, Debra Gramespacher

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Students with mild to moderate disabilities perceptions of engagement in general education and self-contained educational settings, Megan Hunt

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Danger in familiarities : sex education and adolescent sexuality in the early 20th century, Sadie Johnson

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Investigating the applicability of the neurodevelopmental framework to enhance learning for all students, especially those with mild to moderate disabilites, Lisa B. Kline

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The Royal Presidio of Monterey : a socio-cultural analysis based on zooarchaeological remains, Jennifer A. Lucido

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Preparing relative and near kin caregivers : evaluation of ROOTS, Betsaida Macias Gonzalez

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Through the looking glass : a trans students' internal and external exploration of CSUMB campus climate, Amanda McMillan

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Don't stop the music : the mission to keep music education in public schools, Chelsea Metreyeon

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Stamp out stigma : putting a face to mental illness : increasing mental health knowledge for local high school students, Danielle Pacheco

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Understanding how social/cultural difference and systematic factors inhibit the formation of partnership between elementary school teachers and families, Vanessa Robinson

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Almost there : a totally awesome study of animated Disney films and the development of American values, Allyson Scott

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Pseudoarchaeology and the ancient astronaut theory : an analysis of a modern belief system, Morgana Sommer

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Building strong women : addressing the needs of at-risk pre-teen girls, Sarah Walton

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Achieving recovery for patients in hospital rehabilitation units through education, Sylvia Zendejas

Capstones/Theses from 2011

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Evaluating the effects of functional communication training for preschool children with autism, Jane Bambrick

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Making it add up : an examination of the preparation of undergraduates to teach mathematics at CSUMB, Erin Barnes

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Senior Capstone Project final research report : raising awareness of child abuse through social marketing, Reginald Bennett

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Hypoxic and low pH water in the nearshore marine environments of Monterey Bay, California : characterizing a decade of oxygen and pH, and drivers of variability, J. Ashley Tomer Booth

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The importance of the arts in schools : do the arts help the learning processes of students with special needs?, Suzanne Dolores Boswell

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Senior Capstone Project final research report : social justice 2.0 -- civil rights, cultural diversity, and equal opportunity at Monterey County Department of Social and Employment Services, Germaine Caldwell

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Awareness : students connecting with the environment, Elizabeth Chagolla

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Participants of the Orchestra for the Youth of Sweepfire speak up, Kenneth L. Cho

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Group work integration for middle school math students, Richard Cromwell

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Physical education for life, Josef Davis

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Confronting the psychological and emotional effects of disability oppression, Ian R. Fagan

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The impact of primary language support on the math skills of English language learners with learning disabilities, Peter Brian Fleming

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Career locker for at-risk youth, Roberto Garcia

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Using video modeling to teach conversational skills to high school students with autism spectrum disorder, Breton R. Gardner