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Graduate student's work among top 25 most accessed worldwide

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JOHNSON CITY (Dec. 18, 2014) — ProQuest, has announced that East Tennessee State University graduate student alumnus Phillip Wyrick’s study, “Police Militarization: Attitudes Toward the Militarization of the American Police,” was among the 25 most-accessed theses during November.

Wyrick earned a master’s degree in criminal justice and criminology from ETSU in May 2013. His thesis committee was chaired by Dr. John Whitehead and included Dr. Larry Miller and Dr. Greg Rocheleau.

ProQuest, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, disseminates more than 110,000 new dissertations and masters theses each year. Wyrick’s thesis is among the 3.8 million graduate works accessed by more than 3,000 institutions around the world.

Because ProQuest is recognized as an official digital repository by the U.S. Library of Congress, the research it disseminates appears alongside the work of other authors as part of the scholarly record.

According to Dr. Cecilia McIntosh, dean of ETSU’s School of Graduate Studies, ETSU was one of the first few universities to begin using electronic thesis and dissertation submission, beginning in 2000.

She says, “We have a wide variety of graduate programs and our graduate student research is of interest to a diverse audience. It is exciting to learn that one of our students wrote one of the most-accessed theses in the world during November.”

For further information, contact McIntosh at 423-439-4221 or

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