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Outstanding Thesis/Project Award Winners


2021-2022 Outstanding Thesis/Project Award Recipients:

We are proud to announce our 2021-2022 Outstanding Thesis/Project Award recipients:

  • Diana Ramirez, Master of Social Work, for her project, Barriers to the Use of Palliative and Hospice Care among the Latino Population
  • Chelsea Schweer. Mathematics, for her thesis, Verifying Sudoku Puzzles

Graduate Studies extends its hardy congratulations to our most recent winners!


More information on our 2021-2022 awardees is coming soon! Read about our previous winners by clicking on their names below. 

Graduate theses, projects, and dissertations are available online at CSUSB ScholarWorks



Jolon Koppmann

Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology
Overcoming the Challenges of Big Data Analytics Adoption for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in the Manufacturing Industry

Randy Lucio

Master of Arts in English Composition
Applied Linguistics and TESL, Randy Lucio’s thesis, Critical Period Controversies for Second Language Acquisition: Implications for Language Teaching


Evan Snyder

Master of Arts in Mathematics
Minimal Surfaces and The Weierstrass-Enneper Representation

Rebecca Waring-Crane

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art
Stories I'm Telling Myself


Bryan Castillo

Master of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ages of Prehistoric Earthquakes on the Banning Strand of the San Andreas Fault, Near North Palm Springs, California

Alana Muller

Master of Arts in Psychological Science
Neurological Correlates of the Dunning-Kruger Effect


Jason Jung

Master of Science in Biology
Redescription and Phylogenetic Analysis of the Materials Assigned to the Taxon “Captorhinikos” chozaensis

Dorris Kamiya Stewart

Master of Arts in Psychology
Losing Control: The Consequences of Individual- and Group- Based Social Exclusion on Latina Women’s Self-Regulation of Unhealthy Eating


D'Angelo Bridges 

Master of Arts in English Composition
Revising Rhetorical Theory in My Bondage and My Freedom: Narrativizing and Theorizing a Rhetoric of Blackness 

Nelson Membreno 

Master of Science in Biology
Effects of Eggshell Removal on Embryonic Skeletal Development in the American Alligator (Alligator Mississippiensis)


Alicia Davis 

Master of Science in Biology
Characterization of Influenza Nucleoprotein Body Domain as Antiviral Target

Daniel Gray 

Master of Arts in Education: Holistic and Integrative Education
The Creative Warrior, A Holistic Approach to Health and Longevity


Stacy Nerkowski 

Master of Science in Biology
Microsatellite Analysis of Population Structure in the Santa Ana Speckled Dace

Susan VanAllen

Master of Social Work
Overcoming Barriers to Mental Health Service Utilization among Justice Involved Youth 


Rosyli Reveron 

Master of Science in Biology
Gliobastoma Multiforme Utilizes System Xc¯ for Survival under Oxidative Stress and Promotes Chemoresistance

Stacy Bush 

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
Drone Effects: Structural Change in Al Qa’ida Communications


Stephen Anderson 

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
International Cocaine and Heroin Drug Trafficking: A Social Network Approach

Jennifer Wacan 

Master of Arts in General Experimental Psychology
Backward and Forward Continuity as a Predictor of Wellbeing
among Mexican American Respondents: Scale Development


Laughing Bear Torrez Dulgeroff
Master of Science in Biology
Elucidating the Role of Bone Morphogenetic Proteins and B-Lymphocyte Maturation
Protein 1 During Primordial Germ Cell Specification

Matthew Tracy
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
Identity Theft; A Problem of Complex Systems or Moral Panic?


Bronson Lim
Master of Arts in Mathematics
Symmetric Generation of M22


Heather Fickas
Master of Social Work
Outcome Evaluation of HIV/AIDS Outreach Project at Malmesbury
Prison in South Africa


Ken Noriega
Master of Science in Biology
Digital Reconstruction of a Ceratopsid PES


Adam Huttenlocker
Master of Science in Biology
Comparative Osteohistology of Hyperelongate Neural Spines in Basal Synapsids
(Vertebrata, Amniota): Growth and Mechanical Considerations


Keri Maher
Master of Science in Biology
A Geographically Constrained Molecular Phylogeny of Panamanian Aechmea Species (Bromeliaceae, subfamily Bromelioideae)


Michael Davidson
Master of Public Administration
Institutional Structures for Equitable and Sustainable
Water Resource Management in the Middle East


Lucy Jun
Master of Science in Biology
Thyroid Hormone-Regulated Skeletal Muscle GLUT4 Glucose Transporter Trafficking
During Fasting in Diet-Induced Obesity and Insulin Resistance


Frank Marfai's
Master of Arts in Mathematics
Hyperbolic Transformations on Cubics in H2


Kimberly Belvedere
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
Why do They Resist?:
Exploring Dynamics of Police-Citizen Violence During Arrest Encounters


Dwayne Clarke
Master of Arts in Mathematics
The Cyclic Cutwidth of Mesh Cubes


Anshumala Ram
Master of Social Work
Effects of Head Start Participation on Cognitive and Social Functioning
of Children in the United States