This digital archive of Capstone projects and Master's theses gathers the culminating experiences of both undergraduate and graduate students at CSUMB.

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Capstones/Theses from 2017

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250 Words of I don't Understand: Reading Struggles for Freshmen College Students, Alicia Bushey

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Achieving Community Change Through A New Framework: An Evaluation to Measure Engagement and Understanding of Strategy Maps, Veronica Sallaz

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Addressing Social Issues Affecting Vulnerable Populations in San Benito County through Community Events, Lucila Alvarez

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A Discussion Regarding Various Animals' Abilities to Make Music and Move Rhythmically to Songs, Emilie R. Bufford

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Advocate Resource Manual CASA Voices for Children, elvia perez

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A Forgotten Demographic: Low-Income First-Generation College Students, Ryan Joseph-Lee Haynes

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Algebra Tiles Effect on Mathematical Achievement of Students with Learning Disabilities, Suncere Castro

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Almost Home: An Interim Solution to Homelessness, Daleen M. Pearse

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Analyzing the Use of Strategies of Self-Management for High School Students with Disabilities, Lucy Vucina

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And The Beat Goes on: The Story of the Drum Machine, Ismael Medina

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An Investigation of Metacognitive, Bottom-up and Top-down Strategies in L2 Listening, Xibo Henderson

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Art Workshop: Stress Reduction for Chinatown Residents, Daisy Leyba

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Assessment of Patients Who Decline Volunteer Services in VNA Hospice, Vanessa Martinez

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Beyond the Degree: A Post-Secondary Student Success Workshop Series, Brandon Mariano

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Blooming Relationships: Increasing Communication Between Parents and Teachers, Jasmine Negrete

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Breaks in The Elementary Classroom and Their Effect on Student Behavior, Elisabeth Trambley

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Bridging the Literacy Gap: A Critique of Computer-Based Instruction, Savannah Lee Trudeau

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Bright Futures; Teaching Parents the importance of well child checkups, Estefania Lopez

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Building a Bridge: Challenging the Negative Perceptions of School Resource Officers, Angel Estrada

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Bullying Stops Here, Zenayda Torres

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CalFresh: Examining Barriers of Low Participation Rates in Santa Cruz County, Yesenia Sanchez

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Caring for Humanity: Non-Profit Elderly Law, Sierra Samp

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Chinatown Landscape Analysis, Juliana Saldana

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Climate Change: Why Is a Positive School Climate Imperative To Learning?, Lindsay C. Frias

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Coming into Understanding, Myka Menard

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Court Appointed Special Mentor (CASMs) Instructional Manual, Mounia R. Munsinger

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Courtroom Etiquette for Victims of Crime, Stephanie Escamilla

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Creating a more Proficient Food Process Allowing more Teaching Time for Children, Laura P. Pacheco

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Creating a Multiracial Lesson Plan, Clayton Davis

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Creative Outlets Empowering At-Risk Youth: Cultural Expressions through Recording Technology and Multimedia Productions, Gregory Jeffery

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Decreasing Elopement in Individuals with Intellectual Disability Using a Modified Jacobson Method, Michelle Goldstone

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Decreasing First Grade Transition Time Using the Timely Transitions Game, Corinna O. E. Davis

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Decreasing Violence by Increasing Conversations, Guadalupe Martinez

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Developing Leaders for the Future of Alisal, Reyna Alcala

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Domestic Violence, Dating Abuse, Teen Violence, and the Importance of Healthy Relationships, Joey Marie Lopez

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Dream Variations: Fictional Views of the School to Prison Pipeline, Kierstin R. C. Anderson

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Early Education and Parent Involvement, Michelle Espinoza

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Eco-Friendly and Efficient: Redesign of Friends Outside’s Intake System, Nolan Balaam

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Effects of Oceanographic Variability on the Trophic Ecology of Eight Species of Coral Reef Fishes From the Remote Central Pacific, Scott Donald Miller

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Effects of TIPS Homework on Student Learning, Ying Ying K. Chu

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Empowering Families to Achieve Secondary Education, Guadalupe Flemate

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“Encouraging Emotional Expression in At-Risk Adolescent Males in Santa Cruz County”, Amy D. Williams

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Ending Homelessness: Progress in Santa Cruz County, Pilar Marin-Stein

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Engaging Latinos in Literacy, Yeri Rosas

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Engineers Throughout Jazz History, Alex Declet

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English Only? Enrichment of English Language Learner Education, Laura R. Hinton

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Entrepreneurship vs. Unemployment: One Success Story at a Time, Donald Brennan

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ESL and ELL Program Effectiveness: Providing Academic Success for Students, Maria Gonzalez-Herrera

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Examination of the Relative Influence of Vegetation, Distance from Inflow, and Elevation on Sedimentation in a Coastal Californian Wetland, Ryan M. Bassett

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Examining the Effects of Using Picture-Based Summaries in a Flipped Classroom Model, Kacee C. Fujinami

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Factors Driving Demography and Temporal Variability in PH of the Acid Weed, Desmarestia Herbacea, Angela T. Zepp

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Finding the Needs for Filipino Seniors in Salinas, Delna Fenton

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First Arrow Indigenous Gathering: An Event For Healthy Outcomes, Natasha Harbert

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Fitspiration: Social Media's Fitness Culture and its Effect on Body Image, Makenzie Norton

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Fixing a Problem; Serving a Solution, Di Anna M. Alvarez

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Food Transitions: How Food Symbolizes Another Chapter, Josiah Peralta

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Foster The Future, Gabriela Zuno

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Friends Outside New Program Feasibility, Monica Miramontes-Valadez

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Gametophyte Fitness and Costs of Self-Fertilization in the Giant Kelp Macrocystis Pyrifera, Robert A. San Miguel

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Gear Up & Beyond, Stephanie Sanchez

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Gender-Mediated Habitat Associations of Kelp Greenling (Hexagrammos Decagrammus) Along the Central Coast of California, Jessica Flower Moye

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Get Out: Preparing Families for Emergencies, Megan Fletcher

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Get them Moving: Increasing Physical Activity in the Classroom, Elizabeth G. Balcom

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Getting Somewhere: People v. Turner (2016) and the Efficacy of Survivor Narratives, Gheorghe L. Williams

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Growth Mindset and Its Effect on Math Achievement, Jessica L. W. Baker

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Healthy Choices For Healthy Teens, Veronica Leon Vega

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Healthy Lifestyle at Headstart in Monterey County, Leticia Manriquez

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Healthy teeth: Building Dental Health Awareness among Head Start Parents, Marisol Cruz

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IHSS My Source, Daisy Meza

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Increasing Student Perceptions of Teacher Caring Using Class Dojo, Chloe Elliott

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Integrating Ethnic Studies in Social Studies Curriculum, Alyssa Denise Hernández

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Interns Matter: Maximizing Integration of Interns into Community Agencies, Valerie Garcia

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It is a Win-Win for Both: Cross-Age Peer Tutoring, Lisa Cardenas

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It Pays to Behave: Investigating Effective Classroom Management, Rei Massie

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Latino Parents Struggling With Different Barriers With it Came to Engage in their Children Education, Maria Parra

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Legal Discrimination, Jeena D. Tanks

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Let’s Talk: Increasing Communication in the Dual-Immersion Setting, Iliana Izquierdo

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Let's Talk: Increasing Communication With Dual- Immersion Parents, Carmina Tirado

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Life As I Know It: My Story Told Through Poetry, Leah T. Montoya

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Lowering Language Demands: How High-Frequency Word Homework Activities Affect Kindergarten Word Recognition, Katie Marie Meyer

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Media's Impact on Youth, Jessica May

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Metabarcoding Analyses of Gut Microbiome Compositions in Red Abalone (Haliotis Rufescens, Swainson, 1822) Fed Different Macroalgal Diets, Jinchen Guo

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Millennial Communication in the Workplace: A Cautionary Tale about Social Media, Samantha Rangel

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Monterey Bay Charter School, a school worth investing in!, Diana Munoz

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Monterey County Behavioral Health - "Transition To Integrated Care", Jose Francisco Barajas Chavez

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Monterey County's Inequity: An Assessment of South County Needs, omar gutierrez

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Monterey Dance Marathon: For The Kids, Mayra Vivanco

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Music Therapy’s Impact on Substance Abuse Recovery, Justin Bishop-Williams

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Not so “free”: Increasing elementary children’s free time, Annie Santos

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Nutrient Dynamics in Tidally Restricted Regions of the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Maureen M. Wise

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Padres Activos, Ninos Creativos/Active Parents, Creative Children 2017, Judith Aguilera

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PBIS: Moving Beyond a Focus on Behavior to Relationships, Sylvia Chavez

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PBIS: Moving Beyond a Focus on Behavior to Relationships, Flor Gomez

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Physical Factors Influencing Phytoplankton Abundance in Southern Monterey Bay, C. Ryan Manzer

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Physiological Effects of Nitrate, Light, and Intertidal Position on the Red Seaweeds Mazzaella Flaccida and Mazzaella Splendens, Stephan A. Bitterwolf

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Planned Parenthood: Defend or Defund?, Jasmine M. Lopez

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Play it Forward: Cooperative Learning and Structured Play, Mary Rossi and Tyler Elwin

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Play it Forward: Cooperative Learning & Structured Play During Recess, Tyler Elwin and Mary Rossi

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Play it Forward: The Importance of Cooperative Learning & Structured Play During Recess with a Focus in Special Education, Juan Lopez

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Positive Behavior Intervention System and Latino/a High School Student Academic Achievement, Jasmin Ramos McEntire