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 2009

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Educators! : physically challenged students want to have fun, Juan Gonzales-Medina

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Effective motivation and instructional strategies for 9th grade Latino students, Theresa Gonzales

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Embracing diversities in elementary schools : stepping outside the classroom, Tera Yoder

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Environmental-based education, Cassidy Blu Bennett

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Fighting health issues through nutrition education for mentally disabled adults, Kristin Bean

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Foods and fables, Kaori Watanabe

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Function-based behavior support for automatically reinforced self-stimulatory and self-injurious behavior, Reina Cabigting

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Gender differences in learning a second language related to a social context, Yaser Rezk

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Great expectations : a study of how collaborative action research influences teacher philosophies and pedagogy for stimulating intrinsic motivation, Jordana D. Henry

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Helping veterans help themselves, Rachelle Reynoso

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Identifying high school practices that impact post-secondary employment outcomes for students with mild-to-moderate learning disabilities, Cynthia Deetz

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Identity & learning : a zine project, Dorrie Coman

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Inclusion : development of a manual to guide an inclusion model program, Susan Schreuder Sonnthal

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Incorporating gardening in the classroom, Michael Sifferman

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Increasing initiations and social responding during play for children with autism, Kristyne Ruth Jolly

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Increasing student participation and motivation in a whole new way, Jessica LeClere

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Instruction in a clinical phlebotomy class using a problem-based learning approach, Karen Carmon

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Kid's Community Corner : a project to demonstrate how educational television can be made better, Jennifer Flores

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Latino Family Literacy Project : a means to parent empowerment, Cristin Martinez

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Life history of two Bering Sea slope skates : Bathyraja lindbergi and B. maculata, Jasmine Rae Fry Maurer

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Manipulative and visual model based activities for the Algebra One curriculum, Sara Valancy

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Nutrition education class to promote healthful children, Sarah K. Ford

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People dealing with pica : capstone project, Berenice Del Rosario Amaya-González

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Perceptions of general educators regarding the inclusion of students with severe disabilities, Jasona Prowse

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Perceptions of students with learning disabilities participating in a classroom-based token economy, Will Cobley

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Second language learners : incorporating culture and heritage in effective early childhood education practices, Karen Rossi

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Self-study of teaching practice : metacognitive strategies that enhance student learning, Julia A. Turner

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Self-study of teaching practice : using the arts to teach English language users, Dora A. Yuga

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Senior Capstone final research project : Celebration of Life benefit concert, Christy Gentry

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Senior Capstone Project final report : food for thought story time bin, Gail Challis

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Senior Capstone Project final report : helping stop the intergenerational cycle of violence, Carlos Anaya

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Senior Capstone Project final research report : gaining domestic violence victims' trust in Monterey County law enforcement, Brooke Ashley

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S.M.A.R.T. (Skills. Mastery. And. Resistance. Training) Girls Program at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County, Vania Alvarez

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Storage and abiotic regulation of investment in vegetative vs. sexual reproduction in the clonal kelp, Laminaria sinclairii, Kyle William Glenn

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Supplemental support packet for English language learners : liberal studies senior capstone, Melisa Tena

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SURVIVOR program, Janice Lizaso

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Teacher education for undergraduates, Alicia Leger

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Teaching physical education through cooperative games, Marlena Kaiser and Megan Sherrick

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Teaching the unifying theory of biology : a curriculum unit on evolution, Nell Blankfort

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The culminating capstone experience : an examination of language brokering and the research process, Destiny Troxell

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The effectiveness of two-way bilingual immersion education programs, Nadia I. Ruiz-Ramos

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The effects of human activities on the conservation of endangered sea turtles in Mexico : a GIS and ethnographic analysis, José Rolando Pantoja

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The effects of the media on adolescents' and teens' body image, Katrina Lira

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The prospects and challenges of bringing physical therapy to the physically disabled population in developing countries, Sherrie Flory

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The role of culture in foreign language curriculum design and teaching as a tool for promoting cultural awareness, Arwa Ghazi Alghusain

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[The truth about Tourette's : an informative booklet for teachers], Jennifer Vosti

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Transitioning first grade students to academia : California State University Monterey Bay, Kristi Abraham and Mallori Holm

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Trends in abundance surveys of nearshore rocky reef fishes in central California 1959-2007, Thomas Wadsworth

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Understanding the different learning styles and their benefits for elementary school children, Juana Gallegos

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Using multicultural children's literature as a tool to benefit elementary school children, Alma Garcia

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What factors influence teachers' decisions to stay or leave the teaching profession? : a study of a cohort graduated from a single subjects teaching credential program in central California, Paige O. Newbury

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Working together for a better solution : Capstone paper, Susanna Arevalo

Capstones/Theses from 2008

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Access to mammograms to Latinas woman with disabilities, Araceli Marquez

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Advance care plan : end of life issues, Sean Becker

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Age, growth, and reproduction of the Aleutian skate, Bathyraja aleutica, from Alaskan waters, Diane Lee Haas

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A literature review on the relationship between school funding and childhood obesity, Casey Hardwick

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Amahoro and God : peace through Christianity and ritual in Burundi, Whitney Popp

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American Cancer Society : recruitment of the underserved Latino population in the Monterey County area, Louie Rios

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An accessible adventure : a treasure hunt for students with special needs through the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Lauren Foote

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A review of literature on how fast food affects the physical health of school age children, Justin Kerrick

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A review of the literature on physical education and its correlations on academic achievement in grades kindergarten through six, Kristen Carlyle

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A review of the literature on the benefits of the Migrant Education Program and its contribution on the education system, Elsie Castro

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A review of the literature on the benefits of the visual and performing arts for elementary school children, Melissa Pasa

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A self examination of coaching practices for middle school children, Jamie Weiler

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A series of trainings for paraprofessionals : instructional strategies for supporting students with autism spectrum disorder, Alison M. Hoff

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Assertive discipline : an effective classroom management technique, Alisa Caggiano

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Attaining permanence : securing legal aid for relative caregivers, Janie Parra

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Attention deficit hyper-activity disorder (ADHD) in K-12 students : managing the implications of behavior therapy before resorting to clinical treatment, Rebecca Spicer

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A world current of plastic waste in the marine environment and solutions to the problem, Diana L. Halliday

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Best approaches to teach students with learning disabilities at the college level, Kathleen Steingrube

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Biogeochemical characteristics of internal wave driven sediment and nutrient resuspension in Monterey Bay : implications for global new production, Lauren Murray Sassoubre

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Campus Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA), Morgan Levell

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Capstone Project : evaluation and recommendations of three programs for recidivism rates in the Monterey County Probation Department (Youth Center), Jesus Rocha

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Changing the world ... one school at a time : promoting environmental awareness education school-wide, Jenna Beer

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Characterizing dispersal patterns of marbled murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus) with genetic population assignments, Laurie Anne Hall

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COâ‚‚ effects on marine phytoplankton : inhibition of photosynthetic processes, Matthew Peter Huber

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Communities of excellence in nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention (CX³) : a local needs assessment of Monterey County neighborhoods, Jessica McKillip

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Creating economic sustainability for Latinos in East Salinas, Lisette Arredondo

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Cueing procedures in combination with self-monitoring procedures for use with learning disabled students who exhibit attention deficit hyperactivity disorder behavioral symptoms, Renee Granier Keasey

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Deconstructing the construct : the development of college level curriculum, which explores the educational history of African Americans, Terry T. Simon

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Direct service provider comprehensive orientation, Michelle Neil

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Effects of media on United States perception : a case study of propaganda, persuasion and orientalism, Amira Dweik

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Evaluating River Restoration Success Using the California Rapid Assessment Method, Cara Clark

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Exploring environmental education, Christina Ann Biondini

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Final capstone research report : Watsonville High School promoters of healthy lifestyles : a teen diabetes support group, Isabel Lopez

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From Soviet woman to global sex slave, Natalja Silver

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Gang culture within the classroom, Susan Peoples

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Homeless children and their struggle to succeed in their academics, Jessica Martinez

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Incorporating effective classroom management style for middle school teachers, Maria Elena Ayala

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Initial Assessment of the Department of Water Resources Urban Streams Restoration Program, Jason Maas-Baldwin

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Integrating visual art into reading in underperforming elementary schools, John Muratet

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[Learning from lessons!], Leanne Rocha

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Liberal Studies Senior Capstone research paper : effects of nutrition from school meals on elementary children's cognitive development, Naomi Morrill

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Life history, abundance, and distribution of the spotted ratfish, Hydrolagus colliei, Lewis Abraham Kamuela Barnett

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Literacy for L.I.F.E., Marco Camarena

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Literature review : effective teaching strategies for students with ADHD, Lauren Roche

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Literature review : what are the best classroom methods to use in assisting elementary students with Tourette Syndrome in reaching academic success?, Brittany Stellin

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Malaria in Sudan : an analysis and discussion of policy options, Erin Brennan Heatley

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Miss school! Miss out! : a review of the literature surrounding high school dropouts, Colleen Titus Martin

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Monitoring seasonal surface water quality variability in the Carmel River, Monterey County, Trevor Weidner-Holland