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    ETDS from 2019

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    A Comparison Between the Efficacy of Traditional Periodization, Undulating Periodization, and Plyometric Training and Their Lasting Effects on Performance Outcomes in Youth Athletes. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Andre McIntyre

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    Students’ Relationships with First-Year Advisors and the Transition to Faculty Advisors: A Qualitative Study of Appreciative Advising and its Effects on College Students., Robert McLean

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    Multi-Step Forecast of the Implied Volatility Surface Using Deep Learning, Nikita Medvedev

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    Younger Millennials and Outdoor Recreation: Understanding Outdoor Recreational Pursuits of Millennial College Students, Jason Mehlhaf

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    Static Load Bolted Joint Elastic Resilience Testing Methodology, Paul Melino

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    Quality Evaluations of Hard Red Spring Wheat Grown in South Dakota, Lance Merrick

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    Understanding Emotional Intelligence and Its Relationship to Clinical Reasoning in Nursing Students: A Mixed Methods Study, Heidi M. Meyer

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    Characterizing Spatiotemporal Patterns of White Mold in Soybean across South Dakota Using Remote Sensing, Confiance L. Mfuka

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    Changes in Vertical Jump Components Utilizing the Myvert Device in Female Collegiate D-1 Volleyball Players, Samantha Modrick

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    Effect of Water Velocity and Temperature on Energy Use, Behavior, and Mortality of Pallid Sturgeon Scaphirhynchus albus Larvae, Joseph Thomas Mrnak

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    A Seed Dormancy Gene-mediated Biotechnology to Mitigate Transgene Flow into Weedy Rice, Luai Nahar Muhammad

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    Consumer Perceptions and Demand for Locally-Grown Vegetables in South Dakota, Richard Mulder

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    Coordinated Smart Home Thermal and Energy Management System Using a Co-simulation Framework, Prateek Munankarmi

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    Effects of Resistant Starch Type 4 on Gut Microbiota Derived Medium and Long Chain Fatty Acids and Bile Acids, Elizabeth Nagel

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    Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of GUNW-3 as a Brain Targeting Agent, Asim Najmi

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    Efficacy of Synthetic and Biopesticides on Bacteria Leaf Streak Management and Influence of Cultivar and Environment on Epiphytic Bacteria Diversity on Wheat Seeds, Marilen Nampijja

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    Understanding the Relationship Between Perfectionism and Health: Mediational Effects Drug Use, Sarah Nelsen

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    Identification and Characterization of Stress Responsive Genes in Soybean and Sunflower, Surendra Neupane

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    Pilot Scale Evaluation of E. Coli Filtration Removal From Stormwater Using Recycled Steel, Jason Neville

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    Augmenting Land Cover/Land Use Classification by Incorporating Information from Land Surface Phenology: An Application to Quantify Recent Cropland Expansion in South Dakota, Lan Hoang Nguyen

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    The Influence of Preovulatory Estradiol on Uterine Transcriptomics and Proteomics Around Maternal Recognition of Pregnancy in Beef Cattle, Emmalee J. Northrop

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    Spirituality, Religiosity, and Perceived Ability to Provide Spiritual Care in Nursing Students, Shannon O'Connell-Persaud

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    Using Maximum Power as a Variable for 1RM Prediction in the Squat and Bench Press, Sean O'Connor

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    Species of Fusarium Causing Root Rot of Soybean in South Dakota: Characterization, Pathogenicity, and Interaction with Heterodera Glycines, Paul Nyawanda Okello

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    Evaluation of Effects of Methods Used for Forage Analysis and Dietary Inclusion of Buffer on Fiber Digestibility and Rumen Fermentation in Diets High in Distillers Grains, Lydia Kehinde Olagunju

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    Parents in Urbanized Areas and Their Perception of 4-H Youth Development Programs, Matthew Ryan Olson

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    A Bioinfomatic Analysis of Luminal and Mucosal Ileal Bacteria Colonizing Nursery Pigs Fed Different Protein Sources, Jamie L. Ortman

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    Application of Analytical Techniques in Food Product Development, Sonali R. Pandey

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    Greater Sage-Grouse Survival, Breeding Ecology, Resource Selection, and West Nile Virus Prevalence on the Eastern Fringe of their Range, Lindsey Anne Parsons

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    Energy Optimization and Coordination Frameworks for Smart Homes Considering Incentives From Discomfort and Market Analysis, Priti Paudyal

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    Reinforcement Learning and Game Theory for Smart Grid Security, Shuva Paul

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    Quantifying the Performance of the Protodune Single Phase Neutrino Detector Using Computational Fluid Dynamics, Dillon Pedersen

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    Repairable Moment-Resisting Steel Buildings, Heath William Pederson

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    The Effects of 3D Printing Parameters and Surface Treatments on Convective Heat Transfer Performance, Lucas N. Pereira

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    Effects of Commercial Feed Additives on the Gut Microbiota of Food Animals, Prakash Poudel

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    Menstrual Cycle and the Vascular Properties of Remote Preconditioning, Shelby Rachel

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    Validation of Candidate Loci for Maize Regrowability and Selection of Near Isogenic Lines for the Loci, Tajbir Raihan

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    Efficiency of Standardized ILEAL Digestible Lysine Utilization for Whole Body Protein Deposition in Pregnant Gilts and Sows during Early, Mid and Late Gestation, Christian Daniel Ramirez-Camba

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    Isolation and Identification of Potential Bioinoculants based on Phosphate Solubilizing and Plant Growth Promoting Benefits, Rachel Raths

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    Empirical Absolute Calibration Model for Multiple Pseudo-Invariant Calibration Sites, Bipin Raut

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    Flexure Properties of 3D Printed Nylon Carbon Fiber Composite and Stiffness of 3D Printed Modified Cuttlefish Bone Structure, Shashikanth Reddy

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    Wellness Policy Awareness Among School Leaders and the Impact on Written Policy Scores, Mariah Reil

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    Winter Snow Depth in Arctic Alaska Results in Complex Changes in Caribou Forage Quality, Jessica C. Richert

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    Our Stigmatized American Heroes: Examining How Veterans with PTSD Communicatively Manage Stigma, Rikki A. Roscoe

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    Stream Flow Analysis of the Big Sioux River Just South of Brookings, South Dakota, Samuel Ruppert

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    Development of Enhanced Weed Detection System with Adaptive Thresholding, K-Means and Support Vector Machine, Dheeman Saha

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    Variability of E. coli in Streambed Sediments and its Implication for Water Quality, Sadia Salam

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    Discovery and Characterization of Novel Substrate Selective Inhibitors of Human MRP1 (ABCC1), Angelina Sampson

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    Diagnosis and Rehabilitation of Multiple Hip Pathologies in a Division I Football Player: A Case Study, Kelsey E. Sanders

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    Alternative Treatment Options for Controlling Anthelmintic-Resistant Haemonchus contortus Populations in South Dakota Sheep Herds, Adam Sarah

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    Rigid Equilibriums of a Rotating String, Teddrick Schaffer

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    Evaluation of Flax Oil Supplementation on Performance of Growing Dairy Heifer Calves and Lactating Cows, Chelsea Rose Schossow

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    Modeling and Study of Thermal Effects on Battery Pack Using Phase Change Materials, Umang Selokar

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    Development and Evaluation of Vaccine Candidates for Senecavirus A, Bishwas Sharma

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    The Impacts of Land Use and Land Cover Change on Water Quality in the Big Sioux River: 2007-2016, Dinesh Shrestha

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    Classification of North Africa for Use as an Extended Pseudo Invariant Calibration Sites (Epics) for Radiometric Calibration and Stability Monitoring of Optical Satellite Sensors, Mahesh Shrestha

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    Effect of Mineral Ions on the Functional Properties of Starch Films, Aliza Sigdel

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    Development and Characterization of Wheat-Thinopyrum Junceiforme Chromosome Addition Lines, Dilkaran Singh

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    Assessing Listeria Risk during Different Stages of Ice Cream Manufacturing and Storage, Neha Singh

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    Modeling Runoff from Small Agricultural Watersheds in Eastern South Dakota, Bryce Siverling

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    Model School Wellness Policies: Opportunities for Improvement, Maty Skinner

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    Organizational Forms for Community Collaboration to Confront Homelessness, Suzanne Smith

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    Impacts of Small Intestinal Enzyme Activity and Varying Corn Grain Processing Types on Feeding Behavior, and Growth Performance of Finishing Beef Steers, Wyatt Smith

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    Assessing the Impact of Interprofessional Education on the Attitudes and Interprofessional Competencies of Health Care Professionals: A Mixed methods Study, Jessica L. Stadick

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    A Study of Several Applications of Parallel Computing in the Sciences Using PETSC, Nicholas Stegmeier

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    Maximizing Ecosystem Services provided to the New Oil Crop Brassica carinata Through Landscape and Arthropod Diversity, Shane Stiles

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    Perceptions of Wyoming Agriculture Teachers about the Importance of SAE’s, Casey Styvar

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    The Economic and Social Values Associated with Small South Dakota Lakes, Aaron Patrick Sundmark

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    Differences in Running Mechanics and Tibial Plateau Dimensions between Overweight/Obese and Healthy Weight Children, Claire Sylvestre

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    Political Connectedness, Firm Performance and Corporate Risk Taking: Are Emerging Markets Different?, Augustine Tarkom

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    A Study of the Effect of Heat Treatment on 3D Printed PLA Impact Strength, Suresh Thota

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    How are Interannual Variations of Land Surface Phenology in the Highland Pastures of Kyrgyzstan Modulated by Terrain, Snow Cover Seasonality, and Climate Oscillations? An Investigation Using Multi-Source Remote Sensing Data, Monika Anna Tomaszewska

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    Novel Approaches to Evaluate and Enhance Neonatal Calf Gastrointestinal Health and Development, Fernanda Trindade da Rosa

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    Preservice Agricultural Education Majors’ Perceptions of Integrating Science into Agriculture, Kasey Trocke

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    Relationship of Weight-Related Eating Behaviors and Weight-Loss of Participants in a Proprietary Weight-Loss Program, Megan Tschakert

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    New Approach for Temporal Stability Evaluation of Pseudo-Invariant Calibration Sites (PICS), Fatima Tuz Zafrin Tuli

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    Reducing the Large Class Code Smell by Applying Design Patterns, Bayan Turkistani

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    The Role of a Community Coach in Rural Food Councils in Six Midwestern States, Kaitlyn Tusha

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    Direct and Indirect Effects of Recent Gizzard Shad Introductions in Four South Dakota Small Impoundments, Brandon Vanderbush

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    Development of Computational Techniques for Identification of Regulatory DNA Motif, Cankun Wang

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    Comparing Gut Microbiome and Virome in the Breast Milk- and Formula-fed Late Preterm Infants, Zyi Wang

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    Identifying Critical Genes for Cholesterol Metabolism in Macrophages Using CRISPR-Cas9 Whole-Genome Screens, Kevin Wanniarachchi

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    Assessing Freshwater Mussel (Bivalvia: Unionidae) Assemblages and Effects of Eutrophication on Pyganodon grandis in Lakes of Eastern South Dakota, Katherine M. Wollman

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    Increasing Accumulation of Glyceollins in Soybeans via Optimization of the Fungal Incubation Process, Stephanie Wootton

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    Effects of a Low Allergenic Soybean Variety on Gut Permeability, Digestibility and Growth Performance in Pigs, Katelyn M. Zeamer

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    The Tortoise (Wildfire) and the Hare (Heavy Winter Grazing) for Promoting Heterogeneity and Improving Ecosystem Services, Lucas W. Zilverberg

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    Improvement of Dried Distillers’ Grains with Solubles Utilizing Pretreatments and Fungal Fermentation, Burgandy Zschetzsche

    ETDS from 2018

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    Urea and rGO Additives to Iodine/Triiodide Electrolyte for Higher Efficiency Dye-sensitized Solar Cells, Salem Abdulkarim

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    Evaluation of the Moisture-Induced Damage Potential of Asphalt Mixes and Asphalt Binder-Aggregate Systems, Rajan Acharya

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    Development of an Odor Management Plan for South Dakota, Suraiya Akter

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    Development of Polylactic Acid (PLA)-Based Nanocomposite Films for Smart Food Packaging Applications, Zeyad Albahr

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    Nutritional and Health Benefits Enhancement of Wheat-Based Food Products Using Chickpea and Distiller’s Dried Grains, Waleed H.M. Alrayyes

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    A Comprehensive Analysis of Aromatic-Proton Mediated Hydrogen Bonds, Mona S. Alshamrani

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    Diversity of Free – Living Nitrogen – Fixing Bacteria in Soil of Sioux Prairie of South Dakota, Nabilah Ali Alshibli

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    Development of a High Performance Liquid Chromatography Method for the Analysis of Next-generation Cyanide Antidote, 3-mercaptopyruvate, in Plasma, Elaf Alzhrani

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    Evaluating E. Coli Particle Attachment and the Impact on Transport During High Flows, Louis Amegbletor

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    Optimization of Heat Sinks in a Range of Configurations., Archibald Allswell Amoako

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    Synthesis, Characterization and Molecular Dynamic Simulations of Aqueous Choline Chloride Deep Eutectic Solvents, Sampson Asare

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    A Study of African Savanna Vegetation Structure, Patterning, and Change, Christoffer R. Axelsson

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    Impacts of Altered Precipitation Frequency, Clipping, and Competition on Perennial Grasses Mediated Through Belowground Bud Bank in Northern Mixed-Grass Prairie, Surendra Bam