Outstanding Thesis Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2019 Outstanding Thesis Award winners!

May your achievement inspire all upcoming thesis authors!


Anna von Haumeder, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling - Thesis: Resilience Among Syrian Refugees in Germany: The Relationships Between Demographic, Trauma Coping Self-Efficacy, and Environmental and Cultural Factors in Association with PTSD and Resilience in a Community-Based Sample

Alaina Coffey, Family and Consumer Sciences- Thesis: Implementation of a Nutrition Education Curriculum to Optimize Carbohydrate and Energy Intake Among Male and Female Adolescent Distance Runners

Angelica Prince, Social Work- Thesis: Supporting Transgender Students Curriculum for Middle School and High School Personnel

Maria Tobar, School of Criminolgy, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management- Project: Central California Health Care Coalition
Subcommittee Development Project: A Disaster Preparedness Partnership Between Fresno, Kings, Madera And Tulare Counties

Darielle Watkins, Kinesiology- Thesis: Examining the Relationship Between Self-Efficacy and Quality of Life in Ocean Lifeguards

Nicole Buehlmaier, History- Thesis: Vanguards and Violence: “Representations of Female Armed Resistance and the Search for Radical Legitimacy, 1968-1975”

Zara Raheem, English- Thesis: The Intersection

Siobanth Cruz, Biochemistry- Thesis: Oxidative Stress and Apolipoprotein E in Brain Endothelial Cells

Kirsten E. Faulkner, Geology- Thesis: A Recharge Analysis of the Indian Wells Basin, California Using Geochemical Analysis of Tritium and Radiocarbon

Raphael Reynolds Monroy, Physics- Thesis: Non-Radial Oscillation Modes of Superfluid Neutron Stars

Kelly Allison Porter, Science Education- Thesis: Developing Ecological Identities in High School Students Through a Place-Based Science Elective

Hannah Patricia Walker, Biology- Thesis: Ecological causes of intraspecific variation in the aposematic patterning of the striped skunk Mephitis mephitis

Crystal Ferrer, Art- Thesis: Deaccessioning: Analyzing the Limits of Ethical and Legal Guidelines

2018 Outstanding Thesis Award Winners

Macey W. Lachman, Educational Leadership- Thesis: A Problematic Yet Necessary Effort: White Women in Student Affairs and Anti-Racist Allyship

Camille Bulaclac, Social Work- Project: An Adolescent Dating Abuse Prevention Program: A Grant Proposal

Allison M. Quigley, School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management- Thesis: Establishing Police Legitimacy: The Influence of Procedural Justice in a Local Jurisdiction

Mark Riddlebarger, School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management- Project: A Flexible, Scalable Incident Action Planning Tool for Orange Coast District—CA State Parks

Makenzie M. Stade, Kinesiology- Thesis: The Physiological Effects of Wearing a Compression Garment During Resistance Exercise

Saleem Mohammed Alfaife, Linguistics- Thesis: A Grammar of Faifi

Rebecca L. Jacobs, Geography- Thesis: Determinants of Fire Intensity in a Mesic West Africa Savanna: A Statistical Analysis of Fire Characteristics

Brendan K. Chan, Physics- Thesis: Hyperboloid-Parameterized Description of Diffusive Superconducting-Magnetic Hybrid Systems

Skylar Chuang, Biochemistry- Thesis: Apolipoprotein E3 Mediated Targeted Brain Delivery of Reconstituted High Density Lipoprotein Bearing 3, 10, and 17 nm Hydrophobic Core Gold Nanoparticles

Leslie G. Hellman, Science Education- Thesis: Lab Aliens, Legendary Fossils, and Deadly Science Potions: Views of Science and Scientists From Fifth Graders in a Free-Choice Creative Writing Program

Ryan M. Weller, Geology- Thesis: Compositional and Diagenetic Controls of Hardness in Siliceous Mudstones of the Monterey Formation, Belridge Oil Field, CA: Implications for Fracture Development

Ashley Wong, Biology- Thesis: Complement C1q and Macrophage Programmed Responses in Atherosclerosis

Marielos C. Kluck, School of Art- Thesis: You Are What You Read: Participation and Emancipation Problematized in Habacuc's Exposición #1

2017 Outstanding Thesis Award Winners

Melissa Mahoney, Educational Leadership- Thesis: Moving Toward an Anti-Deficit Perspective: African American Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)

Dewi Ariani, Health Care Administration- Project: Amerindo International Nurse Recruitment Agency

Noelle Bringmann, Family and Consumer Sciences- Project: Transportation Program for Members of the Long Beach Village

Jennifer Campbell, Health Science- Thesis: Evaluation of the Pathway Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Type 2 Diabetes in Adulthood

Donna De Loera, Social Work- Thesis: Experiences of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors: A Qualitative Study of Their Written Journals

Brittany Goodwin, Speech-Language Pathology- Thesis: Parent’s Experiences Accessing Speech-Language Services Across Socioeconomic Levels Within Private Practice Settings

Michael Haswell, Kinesiology- Project: East Los Angeles Soccer Club: Elite Playing Opportunities for Underserved Student-Athletes with a Focus on Academic and Leadership Growth

Jesus Limon, Social Work- Project: Impact of Parental Incarceration on Family Reunification: California Welfare and Institution Code 361.5: A Policy Analysis

Stephan Moore, Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management- Project: Fundamentals of Emergency Management for Law Enforcement: A California P.O.S.T. Course for Rural Officers

Sarah Ottone, Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management- Thesis: A Qualitative Examination of Pretrial Decision-Making in Two California Counties

John Sassone, Family and Consumer Sciences- Thesis: Prevalence and Predictors of High Risk Supplement Use Among Collegiate Athletes  

Chelsea Soued and Michelle Wynne, Physical Therapy- Project: Functional Dorsiflexion Range of Motion Measurements in Individuals after CVA: A Pilot Study

Christina Tolentino-Baldridge, Nursing- Thesis: HIV Stigma: Beliefs and Attitudes of Nursing Students

Heather C. Barone, Communication Studies- Thesis: Bad Boss, What Are You Going to Do? An Investigation of Supervisor Misbehaviors

Marissa A. Jenrich, History- Thesis: “To Treat Her as a Woman”: African American Woman and Respectability in New York, 1860-1890

Manuel Romero, Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures- Thesis: Chronicling the Encounter: Wilderness and “Civilized” Spaces in Filippo Salvatore Gilij’s Essay on American History

Gilbert Arias, Physics- Thesis: Fabrication of Josephson Junctions by Nanosphere Lithography

Cristal J. Burkhart, Science Education- Thesis: How High School Students Define and Classify Marine Animals

Rachel Ellena, Chemistry- Antimicrobia and Lipid Binding Properties of the C-Terminal Domain of Apolipoprotein A-I Determined Using a Novel Apolipophorin III/Apolipoprtein A-I (179-243) Chimera

Andrew C. Farris, Geology- Thesis: Quantifying Late Quaternary Deformation in the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California

David Michael Lizárraga, Biology- Thesis:  Effects of Large Inedible Particles on the Feeding Performance of Echinoderm Larvae

Jared Roger Sutton, Mathematics- Thesis: An Explicit Construction of the Character Table for Aut(S6) Representations of Aut(S6)

Sinead Finnerty, Art History- Thesis: Outward and Boundless: Painting in the Age of Expansion

Full text versions of these manuscripts can be accessed through ProQuest PQDT Open Access database.

The Thesis and Dissertation Office is not involved in determining the winners of the Outstanding Thesis Award. If you are interested in the process of nominating a manuscript for the award, contact the graduate advisor of your department or your thesis committee chair.