CMC gives yearly awards for the best theses. Search on the award title in quotes will result in a list of the award winning theses:

  • Best Senior Thesis in Biological Sciences
  • Best Senior Thesis in Gender Studies
  • Best Senior Thesis in Government
  • Best Senior Thesis in History
  • Best Senior Thesis in International Relations
  • Best Senior Thesis in Literature
  • Best Senior Thesis in Mathematics
  • Best Senior Thesis in Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Best Senior Thesis in Neuroscience
  • Best Senior Thesis in Philosophy
  • Best Senior Thesis in Psychology
  • Best Senior Thesis in Physical Sciences
  • Best Senior Thesis in Religious Studies
  • Robert Day School Prize for Best Senior Thesis in Economics and Finance
  • Robert Day School Prize for Best Senior Thesis in Economics (Accounting) and Finance
  • Fulbright Fellowship

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Senior Theses from 2017

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Short-Termism and Corporate Myopia: The Values Assigned by the Market to Short-Term and Long-Term Firms, Justin Alexander

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Bay Area Real Estate Boom or Bust, Erik Michael Anderson

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The 2016 "White Paper on German Security Policy and the Future of the Bundeswehr": An Analysis of its Positioning, Reception, and Conditions of Implementation, Hunter Lee Ashburn

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Aristotle on the Family: An Analysis of Books I-III of Aristotle’s Politics in reference to Plato’s Republic, Leili F. Azarbarzin

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Negotiating Human Rights Abuses through the Moral Foundations Theory: An Attempt to Understand the Moral Motivations behind the Male Guardianship System in Saudi Arabia, Female Genital Modification, and Child Marriage., Anoush Baghdassarian

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Financial Intermediation and Economic Development in 12 Central and Eastern European Economies, Eric S. Bakar

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Xenophobia, Populism, and the Rise of the Far-Right in France and Germany, Veda Elizabeth Beltran

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The Efficacy of Biofeedback and Its Use Towards ADHD, Darius Witold Bieganski

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Virtual Reality: The Game Changer for Residential Real Estate Staging through Increased Presence, Alexander Julian Brenner

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Sing to Me: the Effects of Sung Vocals and Melody on Memory, Jack M. Brown III

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Mission Barrio Adentro: Venezuela's Virus, Cara Cancelmo

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The Corporate Exploitation of Fundamental Rights: A Nation of Arbitration, Melanie A. Carlson

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Phoenix Reborn: The Revival of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party from 2008-2016, Melody Chang

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Environmental Justice Litigation in California: How Effective is Litigation in Addressing Slow Violence?, Deedee Chao

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Protecting the "Worst of the Worst": The Constitutional Rights of Non-Citizen Enemies in World War II and the War on Terror, Lane Hannah Corrigan

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The Rise of Uber: Economic Effects of Ride Sharing Services on Taxis and the Implications for the Sharing Economy, Olivia Cowley

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The Myth of Persephone: Body Objectification from Ancient to Modern, Melanie Daifotis

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An Empirical Study of Marginal Value Obtained Through Additional Years of College in Professional Basketball Players, Nicholas Kimon Daifotis

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The Differentiating Personal and Tactical Dimensions of Head Coaches in the NFL: Why is Bill Belichick Successful When Others Are Not?, Patrick Dixon

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Factors Effecting Departure Delays in Multi-Airport U.S. Regions, Spencer Drazovich

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The Factors that Affect First-Generation Students’ College Enrollment and Success, Arielle B. Farias

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Determinants of Organ Donor Registration Rates Among Young Americans, Syed Umar Farooq

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Phage display to identify functional resistance mutations to Rigosertib, Nedim Filipovic

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Education in Nazi Germany: Ideology, Hitler Youth, and Elite Schools, Jonathan David Finkelstein

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Qué Tan Lejos Hemos Ido y Qué Tan Lejos Nos Queda: Los Niños Trabajadores y La Erradicación del Trabajo Infantil en Ecuador, Alicia Serna Frausto

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The Impact of Macroeconomic Changes on Restaurant Segment Stock Returns, Jack Gerstenberger

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Paternal Incarceration, Spousal Abuse, Parental Illness, and the Unknown Causes of Childhood Homelessness, Brandon Granaada

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Jeb Bush and Donald Trump: An Analysis of Campaign Finance in the 2016 Presidential Elections, Zachary Robert Grau

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The Relationship of Elderly Health Issues and Intergenerational Financial Transactions, Natalie Green

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Understanding The Impact and Implications of Labor Leverage on Cash Holdings, Matthieu Hafemeister

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The Impact of the Current Disclosure Requirements Surrounding Permanently Reinvested Earnings, Alexa Heydenberk

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Prevention of Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer by Combined Oral Contraceptives: A Demographics Study, Joanna S. Heywood

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Regaining Independence: A Critical Look at the Chicago Housing Authority from 2000 to 2016, Francesca Hidalgo-Wohlleben

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Milwaukee's Black Middle Class and the Struggle for Recognition, Dylan Hoey

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Disillusionment and Disaggregation: Why Did Asian Americans Vote for Trump?, Catalina Huamei Huang

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Manipulating Lipid Spreading Domain Formation with Compositional Gradients and Plasmonic Nanoparticles, Chen-min Hung

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The Giving Tree Academy, David A. Hurdle

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Diversity: Is it worth it?, Christopher jackson

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An Audience Reception Analysis of the Depth and Breadth of Lifestyle Blogging Communities, Sonya Jendoubi

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On "Thinking Outside the Box", Han Jia

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Leveraging Sound, Space and Visual Art in an Installation, Ryan Karle

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A New Frontier: But for Whom? An Analysis of the Micro-Computer and Women’s Declining Participation in Computer Science, Eliana Keinan

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Red Lights, White Hope: Race, Gender, and U.S. Camptown Prostitution in South Korea, Julie Kim

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The Politics of Head Start, the Most Popular Survivor of the War on Poverty, Grace Lee

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Does Fundamental Analysis Lead to a Rudimentary Momentum Strategy for the Inexperienced Investor? Evidence from a Student Investment Fund, Nicholas J. Lillie

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An Analysis of Blame as it Relates to Self-Blame: Within the Scope of Impaired Relations and Reactive Attitudes Theories, Alexandra Renee Lundgren

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The Places that Became Home: a Collection of Short Stories and Memories, Stephanie Ewing Mace

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Tilting at Windmills: The Treatment of China as a Non-Market Economy Under United States Trade Law, Maxwell N. Macey

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? How Land Use Regulation Impacts Housing Choice, Parker Mallchok

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Depression and Music Therapy: A New Therapeutic Method, Oliver Mausner

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Ovid's Metamorphoses: Myth and Religion in Ancient Rome, Emily Grace McKinnon

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Politically Connected Firms: A Novel Channel for the Political Business Cycle in Putin’s Russia, Daniel Morkovine

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The Buck Stops Here: An Examination of the Critical Mass Theory, Nayantara Mullick

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Exploring the physicochemical properties of Gram-negative bacteria and how they affect cell membrane permeability and antibiotic uptake, Kristen Munoz

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An Analysis of Sports Markets: Franchise Relocation, League Expansion, and Fan Bases, Evan Opperman

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The Effects of Recessions and Market Sizes on NBA Player Salary, Lucas M. Owan

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What's the difference? Private Savings Pre and Post Great Recession, Daniel F. Padilla

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Jumping Between Extremes: Economic Policy and Popular Response in Venezuela, Ricardo Pena

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Executive Compensation and Fraud: Trends in Executive Pay Mix and Company's Increased Exposure to Fraud, Juan E. Perez II

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Roles, Race, and Receipts: The Implications of Foreign Racial Preferences For the Supply of U.S. Films, Zoe A. Pinczower

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Restructuring Charges: Do Investors Really Care?, Liberty Nicole Ramsey

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The Changing Meanings of Memory, Space, and Time in Photography, Erica M. Rawles

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A Sectoral Analysis of the 1929 Stock Market Crash, Paul Edward Reynolds III

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The Relation Between a Deferred Tax Valuation Allowance Release and Earnings Growth and External Monitoring, Anthony James Ribal

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Maximum Mass Restraint of Neutron Stars: Quarks, Pion, Kaons, and Hyperons, Garrett Ryan

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The Demandingness of Morality: The Person Confined, Jose Salazar

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Are Oil Prices Important to U.S. Manufacturers?, Austin Perez Schoff

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Beauty in the eye of the beholder: The moral appeal of ISIL to those who join, Helen Seligman

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What Goes Up Must Come Down: The Relationship between the Housing Market Boom and the Subsequent Economic Downturn: Evidence from the MSA Level, Bruce Dale Service

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Assigning Liability in an Autonomous World, Agni Sharma

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Examining the Effectiveness of House Purchasing Policies in China: An Analysis of Shanghai from 2011 to 2016, Chifeng Shen

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Matrix Model Analysis of a Coastal Northern California Subpopulation of the Western Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus), Jaclyn Grace Stewart

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China's Bilateral Ties With Angola and Nigeria: Country Specific or Natural Resources, Ellison Taylor

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The End of the Three Percent Rule: How Structural Changes in the U.S. Economy have Impacted Economic Growth, Maxwell J. Urman

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Don’t Worry, College Doesn’t Make You Successful In the NBA, Cameron E. Van

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Incumbency Advantage in State Legislatures: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis, George John Vojta II

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Does Wall Street Love Federal Reserve?, Yunyi Wang

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No Accounting for Taste: Luxury Counterfeiting in Today's Retail Industry, Amanda Wilson

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Degree Matters: The Impact of a Leader’s Foreign Education on His Country’s Economic Development, Zhongyi Yu

Senior Theses from 2016

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Company Culture: Comparing the Culture in the Silicon Valley and on Wall Street, Avantika Aggarwal

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Unrelenting Force, Christus Ahmanson

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Addressing the Post-Keynesian Critique: Exchange Rate Determination with an Extended Mundell-Fleming Model, Najeer Ahmed

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The Common Core: An Enhancement or Hindrance for the Youth of America?, Haley L. Alderete and Haley L. Alderete

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The Drivers of Success in the NFL: Differences in Factors Affecting the Probability of Winning Based on First Half Performance, Zach Alleva

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The Effects of Macroeconomic Indicators and Event Shocks on Greek Stock and Bond Market Performance, Tejal Angolkar

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The Gender Gap in STEM: Do Conservative Gender Role Attitudes in Adolescent Girls Affect the Likelihood of Working in a STEM Career?, Alexandra N. Arnett

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The 1960 Televised Presidential Debates: A Strategy for Richard Nixon, Harry L. Arnold

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Proximity to Children: A Geospatial Approach to Understanding the Relationship between Fast Food and Schools, Andrew Atwong

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The Price is Book-built: The Decision to Use Book-building Pricing Mechanisms for IPOs in the Philippines, Gabriel A. Ayala

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Desegregating California’s Prisons: When Legal Prescriptions Collide with Institutional Realities, Charlotte Bailey

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The Effect of Mortality Salience on Death Penalty Sentencing Decisions when the Defendant is Severely Mentally Ill., Bryn Bandt-Law

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Can Narrative Fiction Reduce Prejudice Toward the Mentally Ill?, Mara Bandt-Law

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Transformational Leadership in the World of Sales, Dalton R. Barnes

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"A Dish Best Served Cold": Revenge Plots in Neo-Noir Narratives, Evan Barnswell

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Borders and Belonging: Using Oral History to Renegotiate Salvadoran Transnationalism, Jessica Barreno

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NAFTA's Impact on Mexico, the U.S., and Canada's Economies: A Look at Stock Returns, Justin Beck

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Is it all a Game? Gamification and a Restructuring of Values, Katharine M. Beck

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A Critical Examination of Oil Wealth Management Strategies and Their Effects on Economic Growth in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, Caroline J. Belmont

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The Performance of Melancholy: Understanding the Humours through Burton, Jonson, and Shakespeare, Lindsey N. Betts

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The Appetizer and Other Poems, Sam Blomberg