Completed MA Theses

 Keni Martinez, Nov. 2021

MA Thesis Title
Tackling Intimate Partner Violence During the COVID-19 Lockdowns: A Qualitative Analysis of the Academic Literature and Popular Media

Committee
Dr. Candan Duran-Aydintug (Chair)
Dr. Maren Scull
Dr. Jenny Vermilya

 Charlie Myers, November 2021

MA Thesis Title
21st Century Sex Work: The Insights of Sex Workers in the Digital Age

Committee
Dr. Candan Duran-Aydintug (Chair)
Dr. Maren Scull
Dr. Edelina Burciaga

 Summer Eberhardt, July 2021

MA Thesis Title
Protecting Childrens' Natural Modesty: A Content Analysis of Opposition to Comprehensive Sex Education

Committee
Dr. Jennifer Reich (Chair)
Dr. Esther Sullivan
Dr. Keith Guzik

 Graham Craig, May 2021

MA Thesis Title
Renegotiating Neurotypical Romance

Committee
Dr. Jennifer Reich (Chair)
Dr. Jenny Vermilya
Dr. Keith Guzik

Beza Taddess, May 2021Photo of Beza Taddess

MA Thesis Title
Stressed and Segregated: Intersectional Occupational Segregation and Stress Among Working Women

Committee
Dr. Adam Lippert (Chair)
Dr. Teresa M. Cooney
Dr. Edelina Burciaga

Courtney Lange, May 2021Photo of Courtney Lange

MA Thesis Title
An Experiment on Interrogation Styles Informed by the Misinformation Effect    

Committee
Dr. Keith Guzik (Chair)
Dr. Kari Alexander
Dr. Sarah Moody

   
Leanne D. Thomas, November 2020

MA Thesis Title
Examining Gender Differences in The Effect
of Parenthood on Engagement in Physical Activity

Committee
Dr. Kari Alexander (Chair)
Dr. Teresa Cooney
Dr. Jenny Vermilya

Kristin Minzenmayer, November 2020

MA Thesis Title
The Value & Reward System of Private-Sector
Stem Companies: Lessons From Female Engineers & IT Professionals

Committee
Dr. Jennifer Reich (Chair)
Dr. Teresa Cooney
Dr. Keith Guzik

Kyle R. Conrad, November 2019

MA Thesis Title
The Perfect Choice: Opportunity, Segregation,
and Achievement in a Racially Divided School District

Committe
Dr. Edelina Burciaga
Dr. Jennifer Reich
Dr. Esther Sullivan

Clayton Buck, April 2020

MA Thesis Title
Associations Among State-Level Structural Stigma,
Prevalence of Prep Use, and Sexual Risk-Taking Behavior Among
Men Who Have Sex with Men

Committee
Dr. Adam Lippert (Chair)
Dr. Jennifer Reich
Dr. Jimi Adams (HBS)

Mais Al-Nima, April 2020

MA Thesis Title
Neither Here Nor Here: Liminal Space and
The Queer Muslim Subject

Committee Members:
Dr. Esther Sullivan (Chair)
Dr. Stacey Bosick
Dr. Jennifer Reich

Evyn Taylor, October 2019

MA Thesis Title
Racial Disparities in Uterine Cancer Mortality

Committee
Dr. Adam Lippert (Chair)
Dr. Kari Alexander
Dr. Edelina Burciaga

Danielle Maestas, October 2019

MA Thesis Title
The Intersection of Race, Gender, and
Work-Family Burden on Diabetes Management Practices

Committee
Dr. Adam Lippert (Chair)
Dr. Kari Alexander
Dr. Edelina Burciaga

 Beth Benn, April 2019 Beth Benn and Thesis Chair Dr. Reich

MA Thesis Title
Growing Pains: Young Adults' Experiences Living
with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Thesis Committee
Dr. Jennifer Reich (Chair)
Dr. Stacey Bosick
Dr. Keith Guzik

 Rebecca Minasian, April 2019Photo of Rebecca Minasian with Thesis Chair Dr. Bosick

MA Thesis Title
Exploring Self-Efficiency Development Among
Paid Undergraduate Research Assistants

Committee
Dr. Stacey Bosick (Chair)
Dr. Edelina Burciaga
Dr. Lindsey Hamilton (Psychology)

Gracie Finnigan-Fox, October 2018

MA Thesis Title
Health at the Intersection of Work and Family
for American Mothers

Committee
Dr. Teresa Cooney
Dr. Adam Lippert (Chair)
Dr. Kari Alexander

 Shara Schroeder, July 2018Photo of Shara Schroeder

MA Thesis Title
Perspectives on Assistance in Home
Health Care

Committee
Dr. Stacey Bosick (Chair)
Dr. Christine Jones
Dr. Jennifer Reich

 Brendon Atkins, May 2018Photo of Brendon Atkins

MA Thesis Title
Minority Stress and Health: The Health
Disparities of Sexual Minorities

Committee
Dr. Edelina Burciaga (Chair)
Dr. Candan Duran-Aydintug
Dr. Kari Alexander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Completed MA Projects

Jeanette Norman presented her MA Project on May 7, 2020

Project Title: “Comparing Student Achievement in Colorado Charter Schools by Charter Authorizer”

Drawing on her internship at the Advocates for Public Education Policy, Jeanette developed a research project that used two years of Colorado Department of Education school-level data to compare outcomes of charter schools based on whether the school was authorized and overseen by the local school board or Colorado’s Charter School Institute.

Project Committee:
Dr. Kari Alexander (Chair)
Dr. Teresa Cooney
Dr. Edelina Burciaga


 

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Lorraine Dixon Jones presented her MA Project on November 21, 2019

Project Title:  “Using Collaborative Networks to Address Wicked Problems: The Case of Colfax Rapid Bus Transit in Denver, Colorado”  

This paper posits that collaborative networks can be an effective way of dealing with wicked problems, such as the implementation of the Colfax Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, particularly when they are formulated in ways that address the risks associated with collaborative inertia.

Project Committee:
Dr. Keith Guzik (Chair)
Dr. Esther Sullivan
Dr. Danielle Varda


 

Patrick Noonan defended his Sociology MA Project on November 19, 2018

Project Title - "Mi Comunidad No Está En Venta: Community Ownership, Not Capital Gains"

Project Committee:
Dr. Esther Sullivan (Chair)
Dr. Keith Guzik
Dr. Kari Alexander


 

Christina Gray presented her Sociology MA Project in the Spring 2018

Project Title - "Generational Sex Work and the Pathways into the Sex Trade"

An internship at a residential treatment program for women exiting the sex trade
provided access to data on their pathways to such work. This project examined
the extent of generational sex work in this facility’s sample, and how the experiences
and histories of generational sex workers differed from those of first-generation sex workers.

Project Committee:
Dr. Stacey Bosick (Chair)
Dr. Candan Duran-Aydintug
Dr. Keith Guzik


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Honors

SPRING 2019 HONORS

Mais Al-Nima - Summa Cum Laude - Project Title - Layer Upon Layer: Non-Heterosexual Identities Intersecting with Being Muslim-Arab


FALL 2018 HONORS

Brian Ball - Magna Cum Laude - Project Title - Social-Emotional Learning Through Skate Boarding: A Gateway to Self-Efficacy

Karim Kazemi - Cum Laude - Project Title - The Prevention Gift I Give to Myself: Individualized Risk and Sexual Autonomy in Medical Discourse of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis