Medicine and Health Sciences

A Comparison of HIIT and MICT on Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Obese Individuals

This study compares the effects of high intensity interval training (HIIT) and moderate intensity continuous training (MICT) on blood glucose levels in individuals at high risk for type 2 diabetes. Blood glucose levels were compared between HIIT and MICT groups as well as pre-training and post-training. The results show a potentially more powerful effect of HIIT in individuals whose starting blood glucose levels were above 100 mg/dL.


Creation of an Educational Tool for the Vegetarian and Vegan Athlete’s Plates

This project aims to create an educational tool that can be used to accompany the Vegetarian and Vegan Athlete’s Plate. The Vegetarian and Vegan Athletes Plate functions as a guide for athletes to adjust their nutrition to variable training loads when following a periodized training and competition plan. The accompanying educational handout is a guide to plant-based eating for both athletes and non-athletes.


Cowpea Mosaic Virus (CPMV) Sequence Analysis over the Course of an Infection in Cowpea Plant

This study assesses the diversity of the viral genome of Cowpea Mosaic Virus over the course of infection within the plant species Vigna unguiculata. The overarching goal was to create a new lab protocol for viral genome sequence analysis in the Koudelka Research Lab. Through the utilization of new genome sequencing technology, RNA was successfully extracted from virus, partially sequenced, and computationally analyzed.


Countermovement Jump Height as an Indicator of Sprint Performance in Female Division 2 Track and Field Athletes

This study explores indicators of sprinting ability in Division 2 female Track and Field athletes, while also suggesting a protocol for athlete monitoring within the sport of Track and Field. Statistical analysis resulted in significant use of vertical jump height for predicting 10- and 40-meter sprint performances.


Theses in Biology


This collection consists of theses for the Master of Science in General Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Every Drop Counts: Positive Reinforcement in Increasing Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene compliance has shown to be low in both the healthcare and public setting. This study evaluates the rates of hand hygiene compliance of a regular hand sanitizer dispenser to one with a positive reinforcement visual usage count. Each machine was individually observed for cafeteria visitor's hand hygiene usage or refusal.


The Effect of Live Music as an Intervention on Antepartum Patients

This project examines the effect of playing live, violin music at the bedside of high-risk pregnant patients staying in the Perinatal Special Care Unit at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns. Before and after the music session, blood pressure, heart rate and mean arterial pressure were measured.


Effects of Strength-Based Development on Resilience in Undergraduate Nursing Students

This study focuses on the effects of strength-based interventions on the resilience of sophomore nursing majors at Point Loma Nazarene University. Main emerging themes include positive peer to peer interaction, stress reduction, and fighting burnout.


The Significance of Comprehensive Sex Education in Relation to Sexual Health at a Private Christian University

STIs are increasing in the U.S., particularly among college-age students. One potential factor is the amount of variance among sex education curriculum in the U.S. To combat knowledge gaps and increase awareness related to safe sexual activity among college students, a sex education seminar was offered at PLNU.



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