Theses, research projects and dissertations represent the culmination of research, which significantly contributes to existing scholarship within academic fields. Each of these projects consists of a written interpretation of facts and opinions gained through critical reading and independent research. Because a thesis or dissertation is considered a student's original contribution to his or her professional field, it should be written to present meaningful research and ideas to create credible conclusions.
If you are NOT registered for one of the coursess listed below, you DO NOT need to submit the Thesis/Dissertaion forms and your document to The Graduate School.
- Thesis Research course in your flied with course number 700
- MUSC 763
- PSYC 800
- NURS 800
- Dissertation course in your field with course number 900
- CSD 920
- Thesis/Dissertaion Coninuance Courses in your field
Thesis/ Research Project/ Dissertation Committees
All questions concerning the content of the thesis, research project or dissertation and its organization should be resolved with the student's adviser. Students must also provide a list of thesis, research project, or dissertation committee members (via the Committee Approval Form) to The Graduate School to ensure that members have gone through the appropriate Graduate Faculty review process. The Committee Approval Form should be submitted to TGS no later than the second week of the semester in which the student first registers for dissertation or thesis. It is the student’s responsibility to select a graduate faculty member from his/her graduate program to serve as the director of the committee, and with the director’s guidance, select the remaining committee members. The following are guidelines for selecting the committee:
- Each committee must consist of at least three approved members of the JMU graduate faculty. Only full-time graduate faculty in the student’s program may direct or co-direct the committee.
- At least two of the three committee members must routinely participate in the student’s graduate program. The dean of The Graduate School must approve non-graduate faculty members for thesis, research project or dissertation committees.
- Non-graduate faculty members shall make up less than half of the total committee membership and may include persons external to the university.
Format requirements and style guidelines are provided in the Scholarly Document Manual for preparing and submitting a thesis, research project or dissertation to the Graduate School of James Madison University (JMU). These guidelines cannot be superseded by any other style guide unless explicitly required by the graduate or project adviser and approved by the dean of The Graduate School. Most programs specify an acceptable style guide for theses and dissertations and students should consult their program advisers on which style manual or guide to follow. Below are the three forms needed to be turned into The Graduate School and a sample title page you can use.
Committee Approval Form
Sample Approval Page
Embargo Form/ Document Agreement
Sample Title Page
Submission of Thesis, Research Project, or Dissertation
All Theses, Research Projects, and Dissertations are submitted electronically to The Graduate School and the University Libraries, through the JMU Scholarly Commons. In addition, at least one signed copy of the Approval Page and the Embargo Form must be submitted to The Graduate School. Thesis, Research Project, and Dissertation work is not considered complete until properly formatted and approved documents are submitted. Steps for proper submission are found on the JMU Scholarly Commons Submission link below.
JMU Scholarly Commons Submission
Submit your documents to The Graduate School and JMU libraries via the Scholarly Commons.
All doctoral students are required to submit their dissertation/document to ProQuest for publishing in Dissertation Abstracts. Doctoral graduates must complete the Dissertation Publishing Agreement. The publishing agreement and fee, if applicable, are submitted online directly to ProQuest via http://www.etdadmin.com/jmu.
- Following the guidelines for your program, register for the appropriate course(s).
- Choose a graduate faculty member to act as the chair of your committee then form the rest of your committee under the guidance of your chosen committee chair and among approved graduate faculty.
- Submit the Committee Approval form to The Graduate School within two weeks of registering.
- After your research is completed and you are ready to begin writing, refer to the style guide used by your academic unit and The Graduate School formatting requirements (Scholarly Document Manual).
- Prepare a rough draft of your document.
- Consult with your committee for approval of the content of your document.
- OPTIONAL: Attend a formatting workshop scheduled in the semester that you plan to complete your document
- OPTIONAL: submit your document for review of format via email to the appropriate Graduate School staff
- Make any necessary changes in content or format.
- Obtain signatures on approval pages, signed in black ink.
- Submit at least one copy of approval page to The Graduate School, along with the Embargo/Document Agreement (Information on Copyright may be found at http://www.jmu.edu/copyright/etds.shtml).
- Submit your document(s) to the Scholarly Commons electronically.
- For Dissertations, DMA and DNP Documents submit one copy electronically to ProQuest.
Deadlines for filing of thesis or dissertation with The Graduate School and Scholarly Commons:
Fall 2017: November 17
Spring 2018: April 18
Summer 2018: June 29
Embargo and Publishing Policy
JMU Scholarly Commons Submission
Submit your documents to JMU
ProQuest Dissertation Abstracts submission
ProQuest electronic submission website for dissertations
Theses/Dissertations from 2017
Unboxing Magic: An exploratory ethnography of a collectible card game discourse community, Rodolfo Barrett
How Native American rappers communicate and create a modern identity, Hannah J. Berge
The effect of in vivo coaching on therapist behavior management skills, Leslie E. Brittain
Relationship between breakfast and basketball shooting accuracy, Dimitrije Cabarkapa
Inventory of legal knowledge: An examination of psychometric properties in an inpatient psychiatric setting, Kristen T. Campbell
Female color variation and male harassment in the polymorphic damselfly Megalagrion calliphya, Phoebe Cook
Understanding the factors that influence motivation and experiences in high school physical education, Brenna M. Cosgrove
Sleep deprivation and voluntary alcohol consumption in adult rats, Charles M. Cowan II
Exploring rehabilitation adherence and the motivational climate created by athletic trainers: A mixed methods approach, Kaleb W. Cusack
The influences of musical training and spectral centroid on perceptual interactions of pitch and timbre, Heather Daly
Inventing Saladin: The role of the Saladin legend in European culture and identity, Brian C. David
Mitigating munitions: The consequences of using technology during counterinsurgency campaigns, Pake L. Davis
Mouth exposure to carbohydrate prior to exercise possibly impairs the efficacy of carbohydrate mouth rinsing during exercise, Kevin Decker
Assessing morphological deformities in cetaceans: Definition of patterns and quantification with a case study (Madeira Island, NE Atlantic), Erich Dietterle
Teaching hate in the name of good, Constance A. Dorn
Defying civility: Female writers and educators in nineteenth-century America, Tess Evans
Hard times; Hard duties; Hard hearts; The Volksgemeinschaft as an indicator of identity shift, Kaitlin Hampshire
Revealing the current relationship between stream acidification and fish species richness: What is the status after two decades of recovery?, Patrick A. Harmon
Form over function: How the Confederate oligarchy's pretense of conventional military legitimacy abandoned the legitimate American military spirit, Jacob D. Harris
Explaining unintended consequences of differential reinforcement of alternative behavior procedures using behavioral momentum theory, Meghan C. Herr
Impact of pre-exercise feedings with a low or high glycemic index on the ergogenic effects of carbohydrate mouth-rinsing during cycling, Nikolai J. Hladick
Caffeine intake helps maintain 3-km cycling performance the morning following sleep restriction, Erin E. Horil
Tension and complexity in decolonial advocacy: A rhetorical analysis of situated approach in western Shoshone, Bikinian, and Hawaiian resistance to militarized colonialism, Taylor Johnson
Issues of universal design and the relational model of disability in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Mackenzie K. Kelley
The effects of coffee ingestion on the acute testosterone response to exercise, Taylor Landry
The effect of menstrual phase and oral contraceptive steroids on caffeine during cycling performance, Annette M. Lemanski
The effect of cattle management on soil carbon: Implications for climate change, Kelly M. Livernoche
God’s silent witnesses: Protestant chaplains in the Canadian Military, 1939-1945, John M. MacInnis
English learners in Virginia's secondary art classrooms, Alexandra M. Mamatas
The effect of calcium in artificial substrates for oyster restoration: Implications for the mitigation of oyster population decline, Jessie Mandirola
Student learning gains in higher education: A longitudinal analysis with faculty discussion, Catherine E. Mathers
This is herpes: A qualitative investigation of the disclosure patterns of HSV2 individuals, Katrina Miles
Retrospective versus prospective measurement of examinee motivation in low-stakes testing contexts: A moderated mediation model, Aaron J. Myers
The impact of Freedson bout vs. non-Freedson bout physical activity on metabolic syndrome risk in college students, Valerie Olijar
The impact of fertility cues on intrasexual competition and threat perception, Grant Ostrander
The effect of ambient temperature on recovery of surgical stress in Sprague-Dawley rats, Romie D. Powell
Assessing the reliability and accuracy of advocacy group data in hate group research, Mark S. Purington
Forced upon the account: Pirates and the Atlantic World in the Golden Age of Piracy, 1690-1726, Nathan Ray
Material poetics, Ellen G. Reid
No stigma, no shame: Reducing the stigma of mental illness in college freshmen dorms, Ashley R. Reynolds
Impact of Burkholderia phytofirmans strain PsJN on the ex vitro acclimatization and in vitro propagation of tissue cultured Dionaea muscipula (Venus fly trap), Peter L. Riley
The antimicrobial and biofilm disruption activity of novel amphiphiles, Elizabeth A. Rogers
"How do international collegiate athletes perceive the impact of dietary acculturation on current eating patterns?", Cailey Ryan
Examining the type I error and power of 18 common post-hoc comparison tests, Derek Sauder
The role of refugee women narratives in the U.S. resettlement process, Alys N. Sink
Remembering virtual worlds: Painting and video games, Nathaniel M. St. Amour
Feedback delivery timing & behavior skills training: Training university students to perform DTT, Matthew Taylor
The shifting dynamics of midwifery in urban seventeenth-century England, Virginia E. Taylor
Physiological differences in cardiovascular hemodynamics across treadmill and cycle exercise as assessed through impedance cardiography, Daniel S. Valcicak
#Zika #Olympics: The use of dialogue in tweets regarding the Zika virus and the 2016 Rio Olympics, Daniel W. Vieth
"Transitions through a painter's eye", Benjamin M. Wailes IV
Growing process, Mengjiao Wang
The effects of caffeine ingestion on the hemostatic response to simulated firefighting activities, Sierra D. Wassell
Coolidge against the world: Peace, prosperity, and foreign policy in the 1920s, Joel Webster
Playing with others: The community, motivations, and social structures of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham concert band, Sarah E. Wilson
Theses/Dissertations from 2016
Variation in female mating behavior and success in the damselfly, Calopteryx maculata, Suzanne E. Allison
Case study: Provider for program to prevent the revictimization of persons trafficked for sex, Janis G. Arlow
The Inuit vs. the steamboat: Human exhibitionism and popular concerns about the effects of the market revolution in the Early Republic, Ryan Bachman
Interteaching: Types of prep guide questions and their effect on student quiz performance, Verena S. Bethke
Work-family conflict and wellbeing among mothers in higher education, Brittany S. Bilodeau
We need a little Christmas: The shape and significance of Christmas in America, 1945-1950, Ellen D. Blackmon
Vertical movement of the endangered James spinymussel (Pleurobema collina) and the notched rainbow mussel (Villosa constricta) in response to floods at different temperatures and substrates: Implications for conservation and management, Dorottya Boisen
Stonewall on the Potomac: Gay political activism in Washington, DC, 1961-1973, Peter Bonds
The influence of time-of-day consumption and training status on the ergogenic properties of caffeine, James C. Boyett
My body, our illness: Negotiating relational and identity tensions of living with mental illness, Erin E. Casey
A single night of sleep restriction impairs recovery from heavy exercise, John D. Chase
Richmond's urban crisis: Racial transition during the Civil Rights Era, 1960-1977, Marvin T. Chiles
911 Calls in homicide cases: What does the verbal behavior of the caller reveal?, Jon D. Cromer
Management of problem behavior maintained by negative reinforcement, Anna Leigh Cruise
(Re)positioning black: Negotiating racial subjectivities in white discursively constructed spaces, Elisa Davidson
Prescription strength ibuprofen interferes with prophylactic adaptations to heavy exercise, Jessica Ehrbar
A historical study of the VBODA marching festival and its comparison to the national band contests of the 1920s and 1930s, Benjamin J. Frenchak
Using morphometrics to evaluate taxonomic relationships in Eleocharis tenuis (Cyperaceae), Lane D. Gibbons
The effect of the CYP1A2 -163 C>A polymorphism on the metabolism of caffeine and effect on performance, Gabrielle E. Giersch
Using systematic instruction to teach science to students with severe disabilities, Anna E. Greene
A low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet combined with six weeks of crossfit training improves body composition and performance, Rachel M. Gregory
Achoo! Three major US newspapers reporting on the flu before and after H1N1, Philip A. Harris
Old furnace artist residency: Art is a conjunction, Jon William Henry
“Knee high to a grasshopper”: An exploration of Appalachian youth, family communication patterns, and depression, Cori Howard
The effect of technology on work-life balance: Women in higher education, Alexandra G. Hubbard
Are there bad wins and good losses? Outcome effects in sport, Richard Erik Inglis
The effect of cross-cultural differences on team performance within an educational setting: A mixed methods study, Sevinj Iskandarova
Exploring the role of networks and proximity for communication satisfaction in an academic library, Jennifer A. Keach
The effect of stimulus location and initial posture on the kinematics of the nociceptive withdrawal reflex of the tail in intact and unanaesthetized rats, Yulhea Kim
Padded assumptions: A critical discourse analysis of patriarchal menstruation discourse, Kathryn M. Lese
Next-generation sequencing of a multi-drug resistance plasmid captured from stream sediment, Kevin G. Libuit
A 16-week run sprint interval training does not have an effect on cardiovascular risk measured by framingham risk Score on prediabetic women, Joan A. Mandelson
Germany in Afghanistan: The German domestic dispute on military deployment overseas, Nils Martin
The effect of acute aerobic exercise on hemostasis in obstructive sleep apnea patients, Ryan A. Martin
Occurrence, antibiotic resistance, and survival of fecal enterococci in turkey litter, Steven Glynn McBride II
ISIS rhetoric: A war of online videos, Kathryn McDearis
An appointment with Dr. Joseph DeJarnette: An analysis of a leading eugenics advocate and how his legacy has been rewritten, 1906-1943, Brianna Melchione
The effect of anchoring vignettes on factor structures: Student effort as an example, Carolyn A. Miesen
Examining humor as a rheotrical tool: A case study on The Read, Edrees Nawabi
Teaching for artistic behavior: A collective case study, Caroline L. Nesmith
Examining latent change classes: An application of factor mixture modeling to change scores, Thai Q. Ong
Trying to restrict her range: The backlash in response to Ree Drummond, “The Pioneer Woman,” and Drummond’s agency in constructing and profiting from a 21st century pioneering persona, Jennifer R. Oskin
Shift; Explorations in a changing sense of self, Tara J. Ott
The Effects of differentiated instruction on student engagement, student satisfaction, and quality of student artwork in the high school art classroom, Lindsey R. Perrault
The effects of chronic partial sleep deprivation and chronic voluntary alcohol consumption on ΔFos B accumulation, Kristian Ponder