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

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Senior Theses from 2014

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The Human Lever: An Examination of Investments in Human Capital for Profit-Seeking Firms, Malissa M. Gaitan

Senior Theses from 2013

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Can Cities Manage Growth Through Taxation? A Study of Spatial Equilibria in California Cities, Katya A. Abazajian

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Sterilized by the State: A Feminist Analysis of Eugenics, Forced Sterilization, and Reparations in North Carolina, Samantha E. Abril

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Democracy Index Scores & Political Finance Regulations, Walker T. Adams

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Montanita: A Modern Augmented Reality System, Sean Adler

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An Empirical Analysis of Patents Litigation and Innovation, Garrison R. Adomian

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The Impact of the Security Transaction Taxes on Stock Prices and Stock Liquidity; Evidence from the NYSE, Vedika Agarwal

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California Water Management: Establishing a Framework for an Efficient Future, Gordon H. Algermissen

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Accounting for Product Recalls: How to Promote Strong Corporate Governance and Business Ethics, Kevin Amirdjanian

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Unemployment Rates During the Not-So-Great Recovery: How Much is Structural versus Cyclical?, Nicole Appleton

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Why Korean Reunification Will Be Good, Necessary, and Different From Germany, Bernadette O. Asuelime

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Life and Death: Spiritual Philosophy in Anna Karenina, Jillian Avalon

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Jorge Luis Borges y Roberto Arlt: El Mito de Buenos Aires y le Realidad de la Vida Porteña, Brian Baier

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The Role of State Violence in the Escalation of Terrorism: A Comparative Study of Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa, Julia Bard

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State Level Earned Income Tax Credit’s Effects on Race and Age: An Effective Poverty Reduction Policy, Anthony J. Barone

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Rape as a Weapon of War: The Demystification of the German Wehrmacht During the Second World War, Alisse Baumgarten

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THE POLICY AND CONSTITUTIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS V. SEBELIUS, Elizabeth Jean Beckett

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The Declining Natural Fish Stock: A Proposed Solution to Public Fear and Perceptions of Genetically Modified Fish, Morgan Beltz

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Analyzing the Meritocratic and Functional Deficiencies of the American Political System, Maximilian K. Benard

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Determinants of Fuel Choice in New Electric Power Plants, Andrew Bergman

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The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and The Publicity Effect, Jared E. Bernstein

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The Rise and Fall of Record Labels, Ilan Bielas

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Social Piracy in Colonial and Contemporary Southeast Asia, Miles T. Bird

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Grand Strategy in U.S. Foreign Policy: The Carter, Bush, and Obama Doctrines, Sara M. Birkenthal

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Arab-Israelis and the Israeli Defense Force, Catherine K. Blakelock

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Gideon v. Strickland: Ineffective Appointed Counsel and the Right to a Fair Trial, Christopher B. Blomberg

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So Long, and Thanks for All the Gifts: The Assassination of William McKinley and the Death of the Guilded Age Romance with the White House, Greyson Blue

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Divide and Defend: a New Ethical Approach to State Sponsored Terrorism, Mark R. Blumenfeld

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Incipe denuo: The Effect of Restatements on Credit Rating and Credit Default Swap Price, Charles H. Blyzniuk

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Patty Hearst: A Media Heiress Caught in Media Spectacle, Anna E. Bodi

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Creative Writing Thesis: Poetry, Desmond Bonhomme

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Conditional Cash Transfers and Child Health: The Case of Malawi, Ryan F. Boone

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Policy Approaches to Reduce Discrimination Against Minorities in Europe, Bojana Bozic

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Monetary Policy, Business Cycles, and the Behavior of Small Manufacturing Firms, Philip A. Brady

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Software Patents and Litigation Patterns: Does patent hoarding deter or incentivize litigation?, Christina E. Brandt

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'Naked’ CDS Regulation and its Impact On Price Discovery in the Credit Markets, Rodrigo Bravo Beneitez

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THE EFFECT THAT HURRICANES HAVE ON UNEMPLOYMENT IN COASTAL COUNTIES IN THE UNITED STATES, Charles Brown

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Electric Municipalization in the City of Boulder: Successful Greening or Path to Bankruptcy?, Kathryn C. Browning

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Latinos and the California GOP: A Troubled Courtship, Hannah Burak

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The Effect of Excise Taxes on Cigarette Smuggling: An Instrumental Variable Approach, Tim Burke

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Corporate Social Responsibility in South Africa's Mining Industry: Redressing the Legacy of Apartheid, Madeleine Busacca

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The Role of U.S. Infrastructure Investment in Strategic Asset Allocation, Michael A. Cahill

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The Manipulation of Catholicism and Protestantism in Northern Ireland between 1960 and 1988: A look at Violent and Peaceful Ramifications and their Reflection in Art, Shannon E. Casey

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Portfolio Company Selection Criteria: Accelerators vs Venture Capitalists, Cody Chang

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Reforming Affirmative Action for the Future: A Constitutional and Consequentialist Approach, Quinn Chasan

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An Assessment of the Use of Coal in India's Energy Future, Dhruv M. Chopra

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Hong Kong's Economic Freedom and Income Inequality, Emmett Choy

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The 'Grand Bargain' of the 21st Century: Assessing the Adequacies and Inadequacies of the Liberal Intergovernmental Theory of European Integration in Explaining the Treaty of Lisbon, Daniel S. Christensen

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A Global Perspective on Corporate Governance, Franceen T. Chua

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BEAUTY & THE BEAST: THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN COLOURISM AND THE FEMALE ‘BROWN BEAUTY IDEAL’ IN 21ST CENTURY TRINIDAD SOCIETY, Anastasia A. Clarke

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Google Glass and Our Quest for Meaning, Josh Cohen

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The Application of the Charlop-Atwell Scale of Motor Coordination to Children With Autism: An Objective and Subjective Measure of Gross Motor Functioning, Reny A. Colton

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Introducing the Stability Theory in Alliance Politics: The US, Japan, and South Korea, Rachel Cone

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The Effect of Pre-College Activity Participation on College Leadership, Jessica H. Dang

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When Education Matters Less: Estimating the Relative Return to Education for Computer Programmers, Amanda L. daSilva

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The Uncovered Interest Rate Parity at the Turn of the 20th Century, Orlan Davies

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The Silhouettes of Autism, Chloe J. Dobbert

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Sampling from the Hardcore Process, William C. Dodds

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NFL Betting Market: Using Adjusted Statistics to Test Market Efficiency and Build a Betting Model, James P. Donnelly

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Pricing Political Risk in Latin America: A Look inside Presidential Elections, Sovereign Credit Default Swaps and Equity Prices in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico, Zachary Doran

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Omni-Channel Retail and the New Age Consumer: An Empirical Analysis of Direct-to-Consumer Channel Interaction in the Retail Industry, Alec J. Dorman

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A Case Study in the For-Profit Postsecondary School Industry: Market and Student Success, Brian Downs

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The U.S. Corporate Tax System: Shortcomings and Alternatives, Brian Downs

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The Efficiency of Human Capital Allocation In English Professional Soccer Via The Transfer Market System, Harrison C. Doyle

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Leading Agricultural Expansion in Developing Countries: Eradicating Extreme Hunger and Poverty, Sean G. Duncan

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The Relationship Between Comprehensive Budgeting and Party Polarization in the U.S. Congress, Anna Eames

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An Examination of the Breadth of the Coinsurance Effect: The Effect of Labor Leverage on Acquirer Returns, Matthew Ellis

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New Media, An Academic Perspective, Dashiel D. Escrofani

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The Case for Aquaponics: an Environmentally and Economically Superior Method of Food Production, Peter A. Fankuchen

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Where Philosophy Meets the Road: A Case of Los Angeles, Benjamin N. Feldman

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Intangibles: The Most Valuable Unrecorded Asset, Candace L. Filippelli

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Transfer Spending in the English Premier League Transfer Market: Are Elite Premier League Teams Spending Excessively?, Michael C. Franklin

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The Effect of Organized Sports on Academic Achievement and Youth Development, Nicole Franklin

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Googling to Forget: The Cognitive Processing of Internet Search, Elizabeth T. Friede

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Choking Under Pressure on the PGA Tour, Madison Friedman

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National Culture and Internal Control, Rebecca E. Friedman

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Accounting Scandals & Regulations: A Cost-Benefit Analysis, Andres Fuerte

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An Analysis of the Contract Year Phenomenon in the NBA: Do Players Perform Better or Worse, Tyler Gaffaney

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The Change in Impact of Education Debt on Graduates' Home Equity Post 2008 Recession, Zoe Gall

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Exploiting the Gaps in GAAP: A Look at the Principles Versus Rules Debate, Nicholas A. Gillette

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Invisibility: A Mathematical Perspective, Austin G. Gomez

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Impacts and Reform Strategies, Jennifer E. Good

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La Desnuda Rebelde y el Bodegón Subversivo: Una Reinterpretación del Arte de Olga Costa y María Izquierdo, Carly Goodkin

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Modernizing Oregon's Liquor Control Commission, Andrew M. Goodman

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The Synthesizer: Modernist and Technological Transformations in Film Sound and Contemporary Music, Dusin J. Green

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The price discounts of Chinese cross-listed companies and their variation across sectors, Tom Guo

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Facebook and Stereotypes: How Facebook Users Process Stereotype-Consistent and Stereotype-Inconsistent Information with Varying Cognitive Loads, Leslie Hall

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The Philosophy of Sex and the Morality of Homosexual Conduct, Kyle C. Hansen

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Non-farm Rural Employment in Latin America: Help Small Landowners Make the Transition, Isabel Harbaugh

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A DNA Computer for Glioblastoma Multiforme Diagnosis and Drug Delivery, Sumaiya F. Hashmi

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A Machine Learning Approach to Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, Sumaiya F. Hashmi

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Have Federal Sanctions Helped Failing Schools? The Impact of No Child Left Behind in Texas, Ernest W. Hayhurst

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Una Propuesta de Planificación para Afrontar los Efectos del Cambio Climático en el Sector Agrícola de Jalisco, México, Isabelle A. Heilman

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Franchise Relocation in the Four Major Professional Sports Leagues: An Analysis of General Trends, Mary F. Hemmelgarn

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Congressional Insider Trading: An Analysis of Abnormal Returns on Common Stock Purchases of U.S. Senators 1995 - 2012, Stacie K. Hettrick

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The Impact of Prior Performance on Leadership Appointment in a Merger of Equals, David A. Hirsch

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The Role of Leadership in Employee Performance, Joshua Ho

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Determinants of Green Power Purchases: An Analysis of the EPA's Green Power Partnership, Sean C. Houseworth

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Re-evaluating the American Dream for Low-Wage Chinese Workers in Los Angeles, Priscilla Hsu

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Corporate Sustainability Reporting and Profitability: an Empirical Study of the Relationship between Gross Profit Margin and Response to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in the Manufacturing Industry, Alan Hu