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USD Graduate Students Works Among Proquest's Top 25 Accessed Dissertations and Theses

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Master’s thesis works of two University of South Dakota graduate students were among the top 25 most-accessed dissertations and theses downloaded from Proquest in recent months. Matthew Zeller, ‘16 Master of Music, and Ryan Los, ‘14 Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychology in Education with a specialization in Human Development and Educational Psychology, were the authors. Proquest contains the world’s largest collection of dissertations and archives over 90,000 new graduate works yearly.

Matthew Zeller’s work was titled “The violin-family designs of Andrea Amati: Reconstructing the original outlines of the "King" cello and "Propugnaculo" viola.” Analyzing the designs of these instruments in the collection of USD’s National Music Museum, Zeller hypothesizes they were based on certain unit measures in the Cremonese system of that time period.

Ryan Los’ thesis was titled “The effects of self-regulation and self-efficacy on academic outcome.” It explores the relationship between self-regulation and academic achievement and suggests resource management is the most important self-regulation learning strategy.


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Hanna DeLange
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