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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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The Social Critic of Metal: A Rhetorical Analysis of Disturbed’s Lyrics on Social Issues, Johnston E. Allinder
Department: Communication

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"None of Us Got a PH.D in Life Coaching": A Qualitative Study of Interpersonal Communication Dynamics in a Modern Undergraduate Mentorship Setting, Jack Berthiaume
Department: Communication

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An Analysis of Female Entrepreneurs: A Focus on Persuasion Techniques and Leadership Tactics To Present Ones Virtual Self Successfully, Alexis Boyd
Department: Communication

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"(Org) I.D. Please?": A Rhetorical Analysis of Organizational Identities and Online Recruitment Strategies of Small Liberal Arts Colleges, Kaitlin P. Bradshaw
Department: Communication

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Let's Talk, An Investigation of Speech Generating Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Lamin K. Cobb
Department: Communication

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An Examination of Family-Centered Care and Parent Training Provided by Speech-Language Pathologists in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to Improve the Discharge Transition, Lindsay S. Dalzell
Department: Communication

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The Perceptions of Accent in a Global Economy: The Effects of Accent Modification on Employment, Elizabeth de la Chapelle
Department: Communication

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"Mama Knows Best": Communicative Strategies Used by Pediatric Home Care Nurses to Negotiate Maternal Identity with the Mothers of Their Patients, Mary Gagliardi
Department: Communication

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Road Work Ahead! An Investigation of the Clinical Effectiveness of a Co-Worker-Implemented Hearing Loss Prevention Program in the Road Construction Industry, Hannah M. Gaul
Department: Communication

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Champion, CEO, or Criminal?: A Feminist Analysis of the Language and News Frames in the New York Times Coverage of the Brock Turner and Roger Ailes Sexual Misconduct Cases, Emily N. Hatcher
Department: Communication

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Beyond an Uncertain Future: Vietnamese Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Needs for Social Support, Khue M. Hoang
Department: Communication

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Huh? What Did You Say? A Follow-Up Study of the Potential Relationship Between Alzheimer's Disease and Hearing Loss, Jenna N. Kendall
Department: Communication

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La Fiebra Telenovela: Audience Perceptions of Telenovelas and their Representation of Economic Disparity, Brenda Khor
Department: Communication

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It’s About Time: Examining Time Awareness Deficits Among Elementary School-Aged Children with Language Impairments, and the Intervention Strategies Used to Treat Them, Theresa Mayhew
Department: Communication

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Oh, Snap! The Uses & Gratifications College Students Recieve From Snapchat, Ariel Miller
Department: Communication

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The Quest: An Analysis of Betty Jean Lifton's Adoption Narrative and Connections to the Adoption Rights Movement, Alexis E. Musselman
Department: Communication; History

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An Investigation of Speech-Language Pathologists' Prevention Methods with Preschoolers From Low-Socioeconomic Status Families During the Process of Emergent Literacy, Kayla O'Connor
Department: Communication

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Locked up by Language: An Investigation on Speech-Language Pathologists's Perceptions of Factors that Influence Services in Public-School Settings and Juvenile Detention Centers, Kerry O'Connor
Department: Communication

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Help! My Technology has a Personality and I Don't Like It: Examining Undergraduate Students' Comfort Levels on Building Interpersonal Relationships with, and the Development of, Emerging Technologies, Jesse D. Phillips
Department: Communication

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Growing Up: American Idiot and the Role Music Plays in Society, Stephen T. Schreiber
Department: Communication

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@RealDonaldTrump in the 2016 Presidential Election: A Rhetorical Analysis of a "Great" Spokesperson for the Paranoid Style, Tyler D. Schuch
Department: Communication

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A Cooperstown Controversy: An Analysis of the Debate Surrounding Alleged Steroid Users' Candidacies for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Jordan E. Shusterman
Department: Communication

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Picture Perfect Communication? Sign Me Up!: An Investigation of Picture Exchange Communication for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anne R. Spector
Department: Communication

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You've Got a Friend in Me: An Analysis of the Social Deficits in Elementary Students With Language Disorders, Heather L. Szymanski
Department: Communication

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The Beautiful Game Turned Ugly: A Rhetorical Analysis of Online Fan Forums Surrounding the Ties Among Racism, Nationalism, and National Identity within English Football, Dan Warren
Department: Communication

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Sorry, What Was That? An Investigation Of Doctor of Audiology Students and Practicing Audiologists with Prelingual Hearing Loss, Avital Westreich
Department: Communication

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Ode To You: A Generative Criticism of the Rhetorical Characteristics Employed By The Twenty One Pilots Fandom To Create and Maintain A Community On Twitter, Bailey A. Williams
Department: Communication

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Why Am I Drinking This Pudding Water? An Investigation of Patients’ Understanding and Opinions of Dysphagia and Dysphagia Treatment, Lanie B. Berk
Department: Communication

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Putting the “Mary” Back in Mary Jane: An Examination of the Roles of Women and Gender Equality Within the Cannabis Industry, Kristen Coffin
Department: Communication

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This Constant Ringing is Driving me Crazy: How Audiologists Serve as both Health Care Providers and Counselors when Treating Adult Patients with Tinnitus, Arjun Cooper
Department: Communication

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“I don’t care what I’m buying, these dogs are hilarious!”: An examination of the effects of humor and cognitive personality traits on critical thinking and information processing towards televised advertisements., Samuel I. Corman Penzel
Department: Communication

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The Political Voice of Tupac Shakur: Lyrical Rhetoric on Black Nationalism, Patrick C. Edson
Department: Communication

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Policies and Clinical Practices Regarding Candidacy and Auditory Treatment for Hispanic Pediatric Patients in Cochlear Implant Centers in the United States, Matthew Ehrenburg
Department: Communication; Spanish

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We All Fall Down, How Do We Get Up? (Re)integration for Patients 18 to 25 Years Old With Traumatic Brain Injury, Flinn Bingham Esselstyn
Department: Communication

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An Analysis of the Motivations Behind Self-Disclosure on Social Networking Sites, Anastasia Etienne
Department: Communication

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Control, Alt, Delete Cyberbullying: A Quantitative Analysis of Bystander Behavior in Cyberbullying Situations, Kasey M. Fiedler
Department: Communication

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Beauty, Brains, But When The Beat Drops...: An Examination Of College Ages Women's Uses and Rationalizations of Misogynistic Rap Music, Nariah Francis
Department: Communication

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Learning Beyond the Screen: Assessing the Impact of Reflective Artificial Intelligence Technology on the Development of Emergent Literacy Skills, Abigail L. Frank
Department: Communication; Education

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Hitting The Mother Lode: Exploring the Traditional Ideals of Motherhood Through a Feminist Narrative Criticism in The Fosters, Katheriner E.S. Gallagher
Department: Communication

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The Presentational Self and Relational Identity in the Age of the Internet: A Quantitative Analysis of Satisfaction's Role in Relational Identity Depiction on Facebook, Maria Kristina Gonzalez
Department: Communication

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A Comparison of Adult Input During Shared Book Reading to Preschool Aged Children While Reading A Traditional Print Book Versus an Electronic Book, Sydney M. Grier
Department: Communication

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A Comparison Among Primary Care Physicians, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Athletic Trainers on the Awareness of the Diagnostic Controversy that Presents Between Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion and Asthma, Lauren K. Hancher
Department: Communication

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To All Who Come to This Happy Place: An Exploration of Hearing Assistive Technology and Accomodations at U.S. Theme Parks, Logan L. Honea
Department: Communication

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Is This Thing On? An Investigation of School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists' Knowledge of Hearing Technology, Marissa M. Kobylas
Department: Communication

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Horses are Worth More Than Riches: Parental Perceptions of the Relationship Between Equine Assisted Activities/Therapy and Listening and Spoken Language, Kelsey M. Large
Department: Communication

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A Modern Family Indeed: An Analysis of the Portrayal of the Same-Gender, Transracial, International Adoption in Modern Family, Madeline S. Lipkin
Department: Communication

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Infrastructure? I Don't Even Know Her: An Investigation of the Contributing Factors to Bicycle Infrastructure Within Cities, Andrew P. Martinek
Department: Communication

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The Rhetorical Characteristics of Newspaper Coverage on the Death of Pat Tillman, John R. McCarthy
Department: Communication

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Inclusive Transition: A Study Evaluating the Perceived Level of Preparedness and Procedures Involved in Children’s Transition from an OPTION School to a Mainstream Classroom, Moira McShane
Department: Communication; Education

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The Influence of Mother-Daughter Communication on Nutrition and Exercise in First-Year Female Students, Hero E. Mikuriya
Department: Communication

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How the Presence of a Therapy Dog Affects the Language Samples of Preschool Children With and Without Language Impairments, Savannah Moore
Department: Communication

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Factors that Influence Device Selection by Parents of Pediatric Cochlear Implant Candidates, Zachary W. Moore
Department: Communication

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Apple's Organizational Identity: A Cluster Analysis of How iPhone Commercials from 2007 to 2013 Depicted Apple's Organizational Identity, Quang Nguyen
Department: Communication

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“Two Ears Are Better Than One”: an Examination of the Decision-making Process of Cochlear Implant Audiologists When Deciding on Bilateral Sequential or Bilateral Simultaneous Cochlear Implants for Their Pediatric Patients, Frayne Poeting
Department: Communication

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No Size Fits All: An Analysis of the Educational Experiences of Students with Dyslexia and Other Language-Based Learning Disabilities, Emily T. Prigg
Department: Communication

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Creating Bridges: Intersectional Activism & Rhetorical Strategies Between the Chicana and LGBTQ Movements, Margaret A. Reiser
Department: Communication

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La Importancia de la Familia: Understanding the Family Communication Styles of Latino Families in the U.S., Andrea Savatt
Department: Communication

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Can Music Therapy be the Next Breakthrough in Therapy for Pediatric Cochlear Implant Recipients? An Analysis of the Integration of Music Therapy into Cochlear Implant Teams, Bridget Slone
Department: Communication

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The Investigation of Concurrent Validity of the Baby SPEAK Measure and Parental Knowledge of Early Language Development, Lena Grace Smith
Department: Communication; Psychology

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Speech-Language Pathologists' Knowledge of Treatments Used to Remediate the Vocal Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease, Angela M. Wiley
Department: Communication

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Idolatry of Ideology: An Ideological Analysis of the Music of Bruce Cockburn, Lucas Behrens
Department: Communication

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The Widespread Appeal and Advocacy of Hayao Miyazaki: A Transnational Feminist Analysis of How Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away Unveil and Dismantle the Gendered Effects of the Nation-State and Globalization, Larissa Branovacki
Department: Communication

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“Pottermania:” The Representations of Female Characters in Harry Potter Films, Berkley E. Brown
Department: Communication

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Going on a [Power] Trip: A Postcolonial Examination of Select Voluntourism Organizations' Rhetorical Strategies, Caroline M. Bybee
Department: Communication

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Vikings and Ogres, Dragons and Donkeys: An Analysis of Protagonists and Antagonists in DreamWorks Films within a Traditional Context of Good and Evil, Katherine Colman
Department: Communication

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The Good, The Bad, and The Evil-ish: A Quantitative Study of Multisensory Emotion Perception in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder, Brittany Ann Cook
Department: Communication

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The Interception of Perceptions: An Analysis of Campus Perceptions of the Varsity Football Team Using Integrated Marketing Communications, Cody L. Daniel
Department: Communication

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It Takes Two to Tango: Understanding Gender Performance and Intimate Self-Disclosure in Male Same-Sex Friendship Dyads of Heterosexual and Homosexual Men, Jason P. Evans
Department: Communication

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Let Us Process: Analysis of the Relationship Between Aberrant Behaviors and Auditory Processing in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emily Faber
Department: Communication

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Pawsitive Pals: Parental Perceptions of the Effect of Autism Assistance Dogs on the Pragmatic Abilities of Their Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Madelaine E. Flynn
Department: Communication

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What Do a Princess, a Caveman, a Vampire, and Fairies Have In Common?: An Investigation of the Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Modern Animated Children's Films, Kaitlyn R.E. Fries
Department: Communication

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The Affordable Care Act as Cancer: An Ideological Analysis of Ted Cruz's 2013 Anti-ObamaCare Speech, John Maxwell Frietch
Department: Communication

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What Are Your Plans For Next Year?: An Assessment of The Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy and Career Maturity of Adolescents With Hearing Loss, Gabriella Gilfoy
Department: Communication

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Words Do Hurt: A Quantitative Analysis of Verbal Abuse in Romantic Relationships, Paige Goldberg
Department: Communication

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Identity, Identification, and Vision: A Study Examining the Recruiting Strategies utilized by NCAA Division III College Coaches, Martin Jalen Goodwin
Department: Communication

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Impact of Asymmetric Information on the Likelihood of Deception: An Experimental Study from a Communication Studies and Economics Perspective:, Benjamin David Grombala
Department: Business Economics; Communication

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Chanel and Dior: A Comparative Analysis of High Fashion Advertisements, Alyssa L. Hullings
Department: Communication

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Identity in Social Networking Sites: The Presentation of Self Through Photographs on Facebook and Instagram, Katherine Bahrs Kalis
Department: Communication

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Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I've Been to the Mountaintop' Speech: A Rhetorical Analysis of his Efforts to Motivate his Audience and to Re-establish his Leadership in the Civil Rights Movement, Nathan R. Lapin
Department: Communication; History

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"But I'd Never Say the N-Word!": White Students' Perceptions of Race, Racism, and White Privilege, Ann Harper Luke
Department: Communication

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Communicating A Healthier Tomorrow: Analyzing Patient and Consumer Health information Seeking and Decision Making Patterns, and The Doctor-Patient Relationship, in The Context of integrative Medicine, Drew E. Maakestad
Department: Communication

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Communicating a Healthier Tomorrow: Analyzing Patient and Consumer Health Information Seeking and Decision Making Patterns, and the Doctor-patient Relationship, in the Context of Integrative Medicine, Drew E. Maakestad
Department: Communication

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Selling the Pill: Elaboration Likelihood Model and Hormonal Birth Control Messages, Sasha D. Maharaj
Department: Communication; Psychology

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Speech-Language Pathologists’ Perceptions of Effective Therapy Techniques For Patients Who Have Primary Progressive Aphasia, Hanna Mascari
Department: Communication

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iLearn: A Quantitative Study of the use of iPads in Early Word Learning, Samantha Lynn Murdock
Department: Communication

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The Gratifications of Playing League of Legends: Exploring the Motivations of Entertainment, Achievement, and Social Interaction, Daniel E. Peppers
Department: Communication

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Are Speech And Singing Equivalent?: The Performance Of Childhood Apraxia Of Speech, Articulation Disorders, And Typical Development On Speech And Musical Tasks, Allison Rapundalo
Department: Communication

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Say “I Don’t” to The Wedding Media: An Analysis of The Role of The Media On The American Bride’s Perception and Construction of The “Perfect Wedding”, Marina Rosales
Department: Communication

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The Healthy Sounds of Music: Vocal Health in College Student Singers, Sarah Roth
Department: Communication

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"A dark nail zips a ready reason": An Examination of Monolingual and Multilingual Listeners' Perceptions of a Spanish-Accented English Speaker's Speech in Semantically Meaningful and Semantically Meaningless Sentences, Julia Satoh
Department: Communication

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“Water” You Waiting For?: A Narrative Analysis of How Charity:Water, Water.org, and Generosity Water Create Organizational Identities on Their Websites, Lauren C. Schoenewald
Department: Communication

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Let's talk about it! An Analysis of the Collaboration among Speech-Language Pathologists and Second through Fourth Grade Teachers who Serve Students with Language Impairments, Carly M. Schoenstein
Department: Communication

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Hearing the Needs of the Developing World: A Study of the Clinical Practices Used by Audiologists when Fitting Hearing Aids in Developing Countries, Hayley Schultz
Department: Communication

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The Effect of Written Message Appeals in Advertisements on Attitudes toward a Weight-Loss Supplement and the Product Advertisement, Caitlin E. Shea
Department: Communication

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Mountains Stacked Against Them: An Investigation Into the Effectiveness of a Short-term Emergent Literacy Intervention for Children Attending Head Start in Rural West Virginia, Kendra Shehy
Department: Communication

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You've Been Greenwashed: A Study of Consumer Perceptions of Environmental Advertisements, Elizabeth M. Somsel
Department: Communication

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A Study of College Students' Family Background and Perceptions of Family Television, Emily Turnbull
Department: Communication

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The Effects of Paternalism and Conditional Giving On Prosocial Behaviors, Stephanie Rachel Woodring
Department: Communication; Economics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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See Spot Read: How the Presence of a Therapy Dog Influences the Reading Skills of Children in the First-Grade, Chelsea Addison
Department: Communication

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The Silent Protest: An Investigation of the 1988 Deaf President Now Movement, Rachel L. Appleton
Department: Communication; History