According to our research, over 15,000 graduate dissertations and theses were published last January. Was all of that academic effort well spent?

After perusing many of these scholarly works, we must admit that we can’t answer that question, largely because we don’t even understand the titles.

Here’s a sampling of some recent degree-achieving masterworks from today’s scholars. We hope the authors found their investigations worthwhile, and we also hope their extreme specializations have led to rewarding careers. If not, there’s always postdoctoral fellowships!

    1. Ubuntugogy as Contextualized Instructional Design for Adult Leadership Development within the Swaziland Leadership Academy (Fuller Theological Seminary)
    2. Apomixis, Hybridization, and Biodiversity in Ferns: Insights from Genera Phegopteris and Polystichum (The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College)
    3. How to Make a Mouth: Oral Epithelia Require Locoregional Mitotic Diversity in Morphogenesis and in Maintenance (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
    4. Design and Synthesis of Triazabutadiene-Based Fluorogenic Probes for Tyrosine Specific Labeling of Proteins (The University of Arizona)
    5. Exploring Factors That Predict Kuwaiti Preservice Kindergarten Teachers’ Intentions to Use Web 2.0 Technologies in Their Future Kindergarten Classrooms Using the Decomposed Theory of Planned Behavior (The University of Alabama at Birmingham)
    6. To Evaluate Hot Melt Extruder as a Novel Technique to Dry Nanosuspension and Develop a Mechanistic Understanding of Polymeric Factors Influencing the Stabilization of Nanosuspension (Long Island University)
    7. Constrained Maximum Entropy Models for Selecting Genotype Interactions Associated with Interval-Censored Failure Times and Methods for Power Calculation in a Three-Arm Four-Step Clinical Bioequivalence Study (The George Washington University)
    8. Examining Differences Among Member Satisfaction Within a Self-Organized Virtual Community of Professionals: A Model of Satisfaction Based on the Self-Selection Process Participants Engage in and Their Ability to Fulfill Their Basic Psychological Needs (University of California, Santa Barbara)
    9. Aging-dependent Sirt1-mediated Deacetylation of Foxa2 Regulates Mitochondrial Oxidative Stress and Dopaminergic Neuron Degeneration (Northwestern University)
    10. Insights in Leveraging IT Strategies: The Importance of Identity in Adaptive Personalization Systems in Online Retailing and the Impact of Open Source Software Production and Management Team’s Knowledge on Software Startups’ Success (The University of Memphis)