Beginning in 2009 (for degrees awarded in August, 2009) all theses and dissertations completed at Washington University were required to be submitted in electronic form. Print submissions are no longer accepted. Dissertations are submitted directly in electronic form to UMI / Proquest Dissertation Services. Master’s theses are locally submitted in electronic form directly into the Washington University Open Scholarship Repository. Please contact your academic department document for information on the preparation and formatting requirements of the thesis itself.
Theses/Dissertations from 2017
Essays on Firms and Human Behavior, Nicolas Aguelakakis
Consuming Bodies: Countercultural Citizens of Mexican Capitalism in the 20th Century, Ivan Eusebio Aguirre Darancou
Phenomenal Marks, Ruptured Spaces, Relearning Language, Crossing Cultures, Meelee Ahn
Distraction and Community: The Magic of Playtime, Heather Alfaro
Michelangelo Moving Time, James Philip Anno
A 2-D Analysis of Strains at the Interface Between the Brain and the Skull, Kashyap Arcot
GOD BLESS THE WHOLE WORLD NO EXCEPTIONS, Claire Askew
Prosaic (dis)appearance, Waller H. Austin
Flexible Plasmonic Sensing Substrates and their application in Explosive Sensing, Justin Bae and Srikanth Singamaneni
To Laugh or Cry: Examining Intergroup Attitudes through Humor, Katlin Bentley
Die Verzauberung der Welt - eine Studie zur transgressiven Sakralität an Beispielen der zeitgenössischen Serienkultur, Christine Bernshaus
How Do Environmental Changes and Shared Cultural Experiences Impact the Health of Indigenous Peoples in South Louisiana?, Shanondora M. Billiot
Evolution of Olivine Crystallographic Preferred Orientation in the Upper Mantle -- Implications for the Interpretation of Seismic Anisotropy, Yuval Boneh
Feasibility Testing of a Complex Intervention for Motor and Activity Limitations in Persons with Stroke, Anna Boone
Mitochondrial damage accumulation in oocytes – a potential link between maternal obesity and increased cardiometabolic disease risk in offspring., Anna Louise Boudoures
The Role of RNA Interference in the Control of Leishmania RNA virus 1 Infection, Erin Acino Brettmann
Mitochondrial Dynamics Controls T Cell Fate Through Metabolic Programming, Michael Buck
Satan's Beach Surf Them Webs 666, Shawn Burkard
Contemplation of a Place, Slow and Constant, Colton R. Carter
Crossing Upstream, Rachel Chapman
Bringing Raised Fists to a Gun Fight: Exploring the Strategic Choice & Persistence of Violent Dissent over Civil Resistance, Ambreen Chaudhri
Essays on Development, Growth, and Human Capital, Wan-Jung Cheng
Numerical Simulation of Enhancement in CO2 Sequestration with Various Water Production Schemes under Multiple Well Scenarios, Li Chen
Market Risk Management for Financial Institutions Based on GARCH Family Models, Qiandi Chen
Single-step, Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition of Methylammonium Bismuth Iodide Thin Films, Xiao Chen
Population Genomics of a Baboon Hybrid Zone in Zambia, Kenneth Lyu Chiou
Better Off Dead: Suicide in Plato's Philosophy, Anna Christensen
Folk Epistemology of Factual, Political, and Religious Beliefs, John Christner
Fighting Domestic Terrorism: Art's Role in Social Activism, jonathan cornell
Particle Enrichment in Longitudinal Standing Bulk Acoustic Wave Microfluidics, Mingyang Cui
What is Opposition Good For?, Betul Demirkaya
Numerical Study of the Aerodynamics of DLR-F6 Wing-Body in Unbounded Flow Field and in Ground Effect, NING DENG
Conjoint Audiogram Estimation via Gaussian Process Classification, James DiLorenzo
Whistle While You Hum, Ryan Doyle
The Hierophant and The High Priestess, Sara Duff
Numerical Drag Prediction of NASA Common Research Models Using Different Turbulence Models, Pan Du
Healthcare vs. Hawkishness: The Divergent Effects of Affect on Context-Driven Shifts in Attitudes, Fade Rimon Eadeh
Hepatic Ketogenesis as a Novel Regulator of Liver Metabolism and Injury, Baris Can Ercal
Fatal Books: Dangerous Reading in Victorian England, 1850-1900, Amanda Sydel Farage
Design and Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis of an Idealized Modern Wingsuit, Maria E. Ferguson
Women in Ambiguity: Fictitious Monogamy in Genji monogatari, Anita Fike
Regulation of the Pro-Tumorigenic Senescence-Associated Secretory Phenotype, Kevin Flanagan
the significance that cause and effect might have, Sara Fleenor
VRShape: A Virtual Reality Tool for Shaping Movement Compensation, Matthew Hale Foreman
Contrite Hearts: Lay Clergie in Late Medieval England, Sara Fredman
Aerodynamics and Shock Buffet of a Transonic Airfoil in Ground Effect, Boshun Gao
How Do I Fit? Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to Social Services among Women Involved in Commercial Sexual Exploitation through Identities, Traumas, and Substance Use, Lara B. Gerassi
Locating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Ali Ghubaish
The Technological and Socio-Economic Organization of the Elmenteitan Early Herders in Southern Kenya (3000-1200 BP), Steven Thomas Goldstein
Gospel Writ in Steel: Puritan Genealogies in the Abolitionist Imagination, Kenyon Gradert
ETD Preservation and Access Service: California Digital Library
The California Digital Library provides preservation and access services to the UC campus libraries for stewarding electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) authored by UC students. CDL's ETD service integrates the Merritt preservation solution with the eScholarship access interface, providing long-term curation and preservation as well as enhanced visibility and robust access tools where appropriate.
Because each campus has its own set of policies and procedures for handling ETDs, the CDL ETD service can be customized to best address local needs. Specifically, while all campuses desire preservation for their ETDs, only some require that these culminating projects be made publicly accessible at this point. CDL's ETD service can accommodate both of these scenarios.
The broad steps of the typical workflow are similar across campuses:
- Student submits ETD to ProQuest
- ProQuest processes ETDs and makes metadata and ETD files available for the campus library to download
- Campus library augments metadata (optional)
- Campus library submits ETDs (PDF files, metadata records and any associated supplemental files) to Merritt
- eScholarship automatically harvests non-embargoed ETDs intended for public access
CDL can now receive ETDs directly from Proquest, cutting out steps #2-4 above. In addition, we can receive MARC records from Proquest and augment them with the link to the eScholarship copy, along with any other changes to match local campus cataloging practices. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Currently, the CDL ETD service does not support direct student submissions, though this is a potential future project that could be taken on collaboratively by the campuses and the CDL using Vireo or another similar system. Until then, ETDs are submitted to the CDL after they have been processed by ProQuest.
The CDL ETD service charge is limited to UC3's cost of storage, which is currently $650 per terabyte per year and is expected to decrease over time. Preliminary estimates show that the cost of preserving an ETD in Merritt is on average less than $0.01 per year.
Submitting ETDs to the CDL
All campuses require preservation for their ETDs, therefore use of the CDL ETD service begins with submission to Merritt. CDL can receive ETDs directly from Proquest and submit them to Merritt, simplifying the process. We can provide reports about the ETDs and metadata received from Proquest.
If you'd like to receive and submit ETDs to Merritt, there are several methods for submission, including a simple web form, as well as RESTful APIs and other methods that allow for easy programmatic submission and/or integration into existing content management tools. See the Merritt User Guide for more information, or contact UC3 at email@example.com with any questions about how best to set up an account and submit collections to Merritt.
In addition to the mechanisms of submitting content, some import attributes of the material should also be considered:
- Public Access: As part of establishing your collection in Merritt, you will be asked if the ETDs should be harvested for public display in eScholarship. It is fine to start with only preservation and add in public access at a later date—simply let us know.
- Embargoes: If your ETDs are generally intended for public access but include some embargoed items, please let us know so that we can confirm the embargo system after the first harvest of your content. Note that eScholarship follows the ProQuest embargo periods as encoded in the ETD metadata.
- Versions: Revised versions of an ETD or one of its component files should be submitted to Merritt as a new version of an existing item. For those campuses choosing public access, eScholarship will pick up that new version in its daily automatic harvest.
Providing Public Access
Public access to submitted UC ETDs is provided through eScholarship and many campuses are already taking advantage of this service. In addition to direct end-user access, ETDs on eScholarship are indexed by major search engines alongside other eScholarship content and monthly usages statistic are generated for analysis purposes.
ETDs can be: browsed to as a discrete collection for all campuses, explored as a series for a given campus, found in eScholarship search results and discovered in Google and Google Scholar searches, where all eScholarship content is indexed.
The eScholarship ETD display uses the ProQuest metadata record (or, in the case of UCSD, the UCSD METS ETD profile) to display metadata elements specific to ETDs along with all of the functionality of other eScholarship publications:
- ETD Specific Metadata
- Acceptance date
- Committee members
- Embargo date—embargoed items have a metadata only display that indicates when the embargo expires.
- 0=no embargo
- 1=6 month embargo
- 2=1 year
- 3=2 years
- 4=until date specified. This requires the date be included, eg:
<DISS_sales_restriction code="1" remove="06/13/2019"/>
This element occurs near the bottom of the XML metadata file. The value of the "remove" attibute represents embargo end date, or restriction on sales/publication. Note that when eScholarship sees the "01/01" value in acceptance date for an embargoed item, it automatically adds a year minus one day to the encoded embargo period.
- eScholarship Selected Display Features
- PDF online viewing/reading
- PDF download
- Supplemental file listing and download (files can be of any type)
- Document level metrics
- Sharing via social networks and email
- Citation tools
eScholarship generates monthly data regarding submission activity and end-user requests (views and downloads) for all content published on the site, including ETDs. Administrators wishing to receive an emailed link to these reports (available in HTML and as an Excel spreadsheet) should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, the report for the previous month, which also includes historical data, can be downloaded at anytime directly from eScholarship:
Preservation related questions should be sent to email@example.com.
Access related questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.