Outstanding Theses and Projects 2021

College of Arts and Humanities

Outstanding Thesis

Hector Manuel Tapía III, English (Literature)

"Lust in Translation: Rethinking Why the Hyena Laughs in Aelian, Aesop, Aristotle, and Others"

College of Health and Human Services

Outstanding Thesis

Brielle Migur, Kinesiology
“Mental Toughness and Attribution of Perceived Failure in Collegiate Athletes”

Outstanding Masters Project

David Imirian, Public Health
“Improving the Prior Authorization Process for Valley Regional Home Health, INC.”

Outstanding Doctoral Project

Ali Samii, Physical Therapy
“Effects of Transfer Education on Low Back Pain and Disability in Nurses: A Meta-Analysis”

College of Science and Mathematics

Outstanding Thesis

Jaeyeong Lee, Physics 

"Minimum Length in Quantum Gravity - Modified Commutator versus Modified Operator"

Outstanding Project

Shirisha Desai, Biotechnology

"Analysis of the Combinatorial Effect of Everolimus and Zoledronic Acid in Breast Cancer"  


College of Social Sciences

Outstanding Thesis
Sarah Garcia, Criminology
"Students' Perceptions of the Role of Law Enforcement,
Police Use of Force, and Defunding the Police"

Outstanding Project
Rebecca Pauline Hiura, History
"Shades of WWI: Teaching a Global History of the Great War"

Craig School of Business


Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology

Outstanding Thesis
Robert Herrell, Viticulture and Enology
"Investigating the Relationship Between Autonomic Responses and Perceptions of Pleasantness and Intensity in Response to Impact Odorants from Wine"

Kremen School of Education and Human Development

Outstanding Thesis
Brandi Loera-Mendiola, HEAL Program

"Serving Sudent Parents in Higher Education: An Exploration of Policy and Practice"

Outstanding Project

Joseph McIntire, Educational Leadership (P-12)

"Effective Math Strategies for English Learners"

Lyles College of Engineering



Graduate Student Ambassadors 2020-2021

Each year the Division of Research and Graduate Studies asks degree program coordinators to nominate one student ambassador from their program. This is a student who might lead through their character, integrity, and ability to inspire others. 

Congratulations to the graduate student ambassadors for the 2020-2021 academic year!




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