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 2011

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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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The nutritional effects of cognitive behaviors in elementary students : Senior Capstone research paper, Laura Derby

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The supersized generation : the dangers of childhood obesity, Natalie I. Noce

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Thrive Zero to Five : a parent's guide and mentor support understanding ages and stages of child development, Leslie Nelson

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Tobacco Retail License Ordinance, Christine Huerta

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Understanding self and society through the visual arts, Catherine Melendez

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Using Vessel-Based LiDAR to Quantify Coastal Erosion During El Niño and Inter-El Niño Periods in Monterey, CA, Steven Quan

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

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What happens when the music is all played out?, Lauren N. Shacklock

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Where should I teach?, Amanda Kelley

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Where will all the dancers go? : creating more instruction opportunities after high school dance, Erica D. Lewis

Capstones/Theses from 2010

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Academic improvement in elementary school students with movement and no desks, Amanda Bailey

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Access to information for parents of children with autism, Mikaela R. Bozzo

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Advocacy for arts education in public schools, Guinevere Thomason-Powers

A model to evaluate economic effects of fishery management measures : how would a change in total allowable catch for Monterey goundfish affect the local economy?, Monica Galligan

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A Model to Evaluate Economic Effects of Fishery Management Measures: How Would a Change in Total Allowable Catch for Monterey Groundfish Affect the Local Economy?, Monica Galligan

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An integrated surface water-groundwater interaction model for the Carmel River, Jonathan Frame

Annual sediment retention and hydraulic residence time variability in a riverine wetland receiving unregulated inflow from agricultural runoff, Randall W. Holloway

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Annual Sediment Retention and Hydraulic Residence Time Variability in a Riverine Wetland Receiving Unregulated Inflow from Agricultural Runoff, Randall W. Holloway

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A study of storm-induced variations in the littoral sediment transport patterns of central Monterey Bay, Jeremiah J. Brower

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Beyond the grant application process : bridging educator motivations with grant provider expectations, Meghan McFadyen

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Black Elk speaks says so : elders on telling about traditional tribes, James A. Starkewolf

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Bully awareness program, Ester Gonzalez and Jennifer Moreno

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Capstone project : financial literacy, Adam Mitchell

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Capstone project : Zometool : from 0 to the 4th dimension, Michael J. Read

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Children with fetal alcohol syndrome, Sandra Edeza Duje

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Coping with diabetes, Lauren O'Connor

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Education in American prisons : a review of the literature, Ryan McNamara

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Effectiveness of RIVPACS Predictive Models to Evaluate Diatom Response to Nutrient Stress in Coastal California Streams, Charles Ritz

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Engaging English-language learners through hands-on experience, Dustin L. Nelson

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Evaluating the quality of individual transition plans for students receiving special services at the secondary level, Roxana Piña-Donat

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Exploring my identity through art, Sonia Aguayo

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Exploring the impact of a CD ROM on Arabic language learners' acquisition of the Arabic language and culture, Abdelhak Bouhaja

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Factors that affect fathers' participation in parent training for children with autism spectrum disorders, Mark W. Wenzler

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[Formal instrument training programs in elementary schools], Ryan Daniele

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Gangs and intervention programs in middle schools, Filiberto Camacho

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Healing through reading : bibliotherapy, Cierra Van Treese

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Historic genetic diversity of the endangered white abalone (Haliotis sorenseni), Heather L. Hawk

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Immigration through the eyes of a child : a children's book fostering a sense of belonging, Alicia DeWorken, Beatriz Morales, Paul DeWorken, and Daniel Medina

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Improving working relationships between special education teachers and paraprofessionals : development of a quick-reference guide for beginning special educators, Saramae Cutts

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Inclusion of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in non-school programs, Maggie Bowman

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Lunch Worms : a lunchtime book club for elementary school students, Kelly Simonis

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Mainstreaming : are traditional teachers prepared?, Megan Manly

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Making our way : the incorporation of intermediate fluent bilingual students' personal experience and primary language in a mainstream humanities class at the middle school level, Jason Antaya

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Neighborhood re-beautification project, Belen Uribe-Rosales

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Neonatal intensive care parent information : bridging the gap between assurance and the unknown, Stacy Kelly

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Pacific Grove High School : a social norm campaign approach, Nicole Salazar

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Preventing absenteeism for students with disabilities : a handbook for classroom teachers, Cynthia Jean Charfauros

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Readibility of fluency passages : an assessment of thematic fluency tests developed by the Reading Lions Center at the Sacramento County Office of Education, Lacey Cole

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Senior Capstone Project : bullying is a problem!, Claudia Padilla

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Senior Capstone Project : families sharing for a healthier future, Ana Aguado

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Senior Capstone Project : parent education on teen drinking, Greg Malbon

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Senior Capstone Project : parents collaborating towards the future, Maribel Baltazar

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Senior Capstone Project : school based influenza clinic implementation and evaluation, Kyle Rosenlund

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Sensory processing disorder : in the classroom tools to help the SPD student and teacher, Megan Brock

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Social & spatial analysis of Fort Ord architecture : the transformation of the use of army barracks into university residence halls, Erin Benzer

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Socratic seminars : fostering an environment of critical thinking and self-confidence in the classroom, Loretta E. Bernasconi

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Stakeholder perceptions of California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) requirements for students with learning disabilities, Dolores Rodriguez

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Still waters run deep : exploring the impact of teacher support of young shy students in creative dramatics class, Maria L. Dawson

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Strategies for teachers to reduce physical, verbal, and relational bullying in middle schools : a review of the literature, Maritza Turpin

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Strategies to support general education teachers serving students with mild to moderate disabilities, Bruce La Monte Baker

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Stroke & depression : supporting each other, Arturo Coronel

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Teaching with technology : college preparation with AVID, Megan Kauffman

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Test anxiety, Stephanie Bemboom and Stephanie France

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The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) is a requirement for graduation : too many students fail the exam repeatedly, Agostina Mantega

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The digital divide : how access to technology effects education within Title I schools, Heather Carpenter

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The effects of environmental enrichment and problem-solving on the brain and behavior of Octopus rubescens, Erin Kristine Jensen

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[The power of playing : inclusion for special needs youth at the Boys & Girls Club in Monterey County], Angela Kaye Clark

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The power of playing : inclusion for special needs youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, Victor Marinelli

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The power of play : why educators must rethink early childhood education, Krysta Bradley

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[The ups and downs of the teenage years] : [promoting Latino-based parent education in Monterey County], Cristina Cervantes and Isela Villanueva

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Training paraprofessionals to use constant time delay to teach sight word reading to students with autism and other developmental disabilities, Melissa E. Ross

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Training paraprofessionals to use the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) with high school students with moderate to severe disabilities, Tania De León

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Trophic interactions of Bathyraja trachura and sympatric fishes, Mariah Dawson Boyle

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Twenty-Nine Years of Geomorphic Change at Elkhorn Slough, California, Brian James Spear

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Abiotic Factors Related to Accrual of Common Filamentous Macroalgae in California's Central Coast Streams, Lisa Dillon

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Addressing sexual orientation and gender identity harassment in schools through community building, Katherine Gray Asplund

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Adult attachment and cell phone use in romantic relationships, Katie Shearer

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Age, growth and reproduction of the Bering skate, Bathyraja interrupta (Gill & Townsend, 1897), from the eastern Bering Sea and Gulf of Mexico, Shaara Michiko Ainsley

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Analysis of Baseflow Trends Related to Upland Groundwater Pumping for Las Garzas, San Clemente, Potrero, and San Jose Creeks, Zachary Croyle

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A policy evaluation of Hawaii's coral reef management strategies, Jennifer Linney

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A Predictive Habitat Model for Endangered White Abalone Restoration Planning in Southern California, Shinobu Okano

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A project : the collaborative development of a pre-vocational project based curriculum, involving a multiplicity of skills, to serve 6-8th grade at-risk and special needs students, Carrie Frederick

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Artistic integration in the education system, Auna Battistella and Brittany Downing

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Assessment of endangered beach layia (Layia carnosa) on the Monterey Peninsula, Michael E. Johns

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Battered men, Esmeralda M. Rivas

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Bilingual parental involvement in the education of their special-needs children, Cleide Maciel

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Buddhist liberation movements : case study of Myanmar's democracy movement, Jonathan M. White

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[Building moral and ethical behavior through literature], Macall Piana

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Carmel Bay : oceanographic dynamics and nutrient transport in a small embayment of the central California coast, Dustin Carroll

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Changes in cover and use of Zostera marina habitat in Elkhorn Slough, California, Nora Elaine Grant

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Checking in : Adoption and Safe Families Act, permanency, and child well-being, Jazzlynne Allensworth

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Children of immigrants study, Amy E. Bowen

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Cluster munitions warfare in Afghanistan : the public health implications of Operation Enduring Freedom, Elisabeth L. Fagan

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Conflict resolution at the Monterey Bay Charter School, Sharon-Jean Levitt

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Cyber bullying and middle school children, Rosana Rolph

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Decreasing stress and anxiety among students, Jamela Shaban

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Differentiated instruction for gifted students, Melissa Brunow

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Educating parents about the epidemic our society is facing : child obesity, Jesus Narez

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Educational disengagement, Lisa Cargill