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 2018

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Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: A Case for Meaningful Involvement, Bailey S. Albright

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The Cost-Effectiveness of Immunotherapy in Treating Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Review of Previous Analyses and Graphical Model, Danyon Anderson

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Modern Supreme Court Jurisprudence Through the Lens of the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist Papers, and Obergefell v. Hodges, Nolan Anderson

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Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and the Search for Justice: A Comparative Study of Chile, Argentina and Guatemala, Pastor Jose Arroyo

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The Effect of Fast Food Restaurants on Type 2 Diabetes Rates, Grace Bailey

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Profligate or Prudent: The Efficacy of Development Expenditures in Indian States, Anna Balderston

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The Effect of Chinese Capital Control Liberalizations on Shanghai Stock Market Integration, Emily Bassett

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A History of United States and North Korean Relations with Strategies for a new era of Bilateral Cooperation, James Bilko Jr.

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Strength Through Diplomacy: A Fundamental Review of the Relationship between North Korea and the United States, Benjamin D. Blackstone

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IPO Underpricing and Insider Wealth Maximization in Internet firms, Bhavika Booragadda

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Investor Assessment of Reputational Penalties for Environmental Violations: A Replication and Extension Study of U.S. Firms from 1980-2016, Jacob Brady

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The Mortgage Interest Deduction and Implications of Its Limitation in Tax Reform, Cara Brinster

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The Effects of the Correspondent Banking Network on the Real Economy, Jack Brown

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Proposed Study of Landscape Behavior in Claremont, CA, Lindsay Brown

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Planting the Seeds of Sustainable Development: Lessons from the Green Belt Movement on Multisectoral Cooperation and Grassroots Expansion, Aiyanna E. Cameron-Lewis

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The Glass Ceiling’s Missing Pieces: Female Migrant Domestic Workers Navigating Neoliberal Globalization in Latin America, Roselyn Cantu

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A New Strategy for Climate Change Litigation: Recovering the Rising Costs of Rising Sea Levels, Elizabeth Marie Carrade

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Conserving the San Gabriels: A Historical Analysis of the Management of the San Gabriel Mountains, Jack Carroll

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TERMS: A Short Film, Alexandra Cheng

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The New Retail Industry: How Retailers Can Adapt for Success in an Ever-Changing Consumer World, Caroline Chmiel

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The Politics of the Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell: Analyzing the Impact of the Little Sisters on the 2016 Presidential Election, Rebecca Chong

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A Link Between Gut Microbes & Depression: Microbial Activation of the Human Kynurenine Pathway, Christina Cobb

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Evaluating the Effects of Nutritional Intake During Adolescence on Educational Attainment and Labor Market Earnings as an Adult, Mikaela Connell

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The Effect of Bat Predation on Crop Yield in Thailand and the Winter Garden Region of South-Central Texas, Jackson Cooney

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Binding and expression analysis for identification of an antibody specific to T1, an RTK target, Daniel Cui

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Comparison of the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Cap-and-Trade Policies in the United States, Chris Cziesla

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Mental Health in U.S. Prisons: How Our System Is Set Up For Failure, Katherine Daifotis

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Are Volatility Expectations in Different Countries Interdependent? A Data-Driven Solution to Structural VAR Identification for Implied Equity Volatility Indices, Timothy H. de Silva

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The Effects of Recreational Marijuana Legislation on the Opioid Epidemic in Washington State, Steven Dickerson

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Cartesian Dualism and the Feminist Challenge, Klaudia Dziewulski

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Education as Democratic Persuasion: Addressing Systemic Inequalities in Brettschneider's Value Democracy, Kyla L. Eastling

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Can Problematic Cellphone Usage Be Considered Addictive Behavior?, Chase Eller

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The Last Mile Solution: E-commerce and Metropolitan Industrial Rent Growth, Daniel Douglas Enzminger

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Kierkegaard’s Solution to the Problem of Nihilism: Inwardness and The Paradox of Faith, Devon Fox

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Hyperthermia as a Cancer Treatment- From Theory to Practice, Graham Fullerton

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The Benefits of Nutritional Treatments for Very Early Onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease (VEO-IBD) Patients, Jessica Gaffney

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The Need for Enhanced Physical Infrastructure in the United States, Tanvi Gandham

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Fetal Rights Regarding Prenatal Substance Abuse, Lizzette Gazca

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The Mall Ain’t Dead Yet! An Aristotelian argument for the continuation of physical retail space with the rise of modern technology, Tarah Gilbreth

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Looking Beyond Shostakovich's Thirteenth Symphony, Juana Granados

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The Pursuit of Innovation: An Analysis of International Competitive Advantage in a Globalized Knowledge Economy, Tanay Gupte

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The Effects of Positive and Negative Environmental Responsibility on Financial Performance, Anna Gurr

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Revenue Recognition for Retailers: An Accounting Standard Overhaul that Could Impact Profits by Millions, Lorea Gwo

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Production of a Cost-Effective, TMV-Based Rabies Vaccine through Recombinant DNA Technology, Briana Halle

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Job Susceptibility to Computerization by Demographic Characteristics: An Empirical Exploration, Elizabeth Harder

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Dissecting The Grandfather Paradox, Ishan Jawa

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The Politics of Biosimilars: Understanding Stakeholder Influence Over Complex Policy Problems, Micaela Laber

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Quantifying Pathophysiology in Visual Snow: A Comparison of the N170 and P300 Components, Daniel Lai

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Evaluating NFL Player Performance and Draft Efficiency: Where is the Best Value in the NFL Draft?, Justin Lee

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‘The Spirit—The Faith of America’: The Role of Religious Rhetoric in Presidential Inaugural Addresses from George Washington to Donald Trump, Ellen Lempres

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China Buys Up the World? Analyzing the Impact of the One Belt One Road Initiative on China's Outward Foreign Direct Investment, Shengyue Li

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Domestic Violence: The Psychology Behind Male Battery and the Future of Batterer Intervention Programs, Lauren Livingston

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Is Avocado Toast the Reason I'm Still Living with My Parents?, Brendan MacDonald

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The Effects of U.S and UK Quantitative Easing on the U.S and UK Commercial Real Estate Markets, Clara Madsen

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A Smart Beta Approach to Fama-French and Profitability, Joseph Malgesini

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It's Always Children Left Behind: An Economic Study of the Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on U.S. Foster Care, Evelyn Mittler

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Geo-Political Risk-Augmented Capital Asset Pricing Model and the Effect on Long-Term Stock Market Returns, Arya Nakhjavani

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Determining Factors of Risk Tolerance: Evidence from Fantasy Football Snake Drafts, Nicholas Obrand

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"Do as I say, not as I Do": An Examination of the Impact the United States has on Nuclear Weapons Norms, Alex Kenchi Ohlendorf

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Spatial and Temporal Employment Relationships: Southern California as a Case Study, Samuel Peterson

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Tolled You So: Freeways, California, and Congestion, Patrick Quarberg

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Dilemmas From Disagreement, Andrew Reed

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Functional Neutralizing Monoclonal Antibodies F-2-1 Against gp42 Ameliorates Disease Progression in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis, Phillip Reid

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Jocks for Justice: How Sports Media Reflects and Propagates Societal Narratives, Laura Kathryn Reifsnyder

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The Psychological Impact of Architectural Design, Natali Ricci

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Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Platinum Ligand Complex ((κ-N,C,N- 2,6-bis(diethylaminomethyl)phenyl)(4- tert-butylphenyl) platinum(II)), Carly Roleder

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The Impact of Regulation on Industry Abnormal Returns Following the 1933 Bank Holiday, Lauren Rosenberger

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Culture and Subjective Well-Being: A Cross-Cultural Evaluation of Methods, Indira Sanchez

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The Political Economy of Participation in the Euro: A Case Study of Italy and Germany, Thomas Schalke

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Examining U.S. Drug Policy and Recidivism Rates, Julia Seacat

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Illinois’s Shift to the Left: How a Bellwether State Diverged from National Trends, Jack Segal

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The Micellization of Tetrabenazine as a Nanomedicine for Huntington's Disease, Kailee Severt

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Determinants of Retaining a PGA TOUR Card, Matthew Shuman

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Israel's Absentee Property Law: When is Democratic Failure Necessary?, Bria Smith

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Approaches to Natural Language Processing, Sydney Smith

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Going Undrafted: Survival of Undrafted Free Agents and Seventh Round Draft Picks in the NFL, Trey Smith

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The Convergence Pattern in the Latter Economic Development: Evidence from 1959-2016 U.S. Counties, Yiliu Song

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The Digital Puppetmaster, Ryan Sung

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Decoding Book Barcode Images, Yizhou Tao

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The Hookup Culture: Effects on Dating, Relationships, and Love Among College Students in The United States, Rachelle Trimarchi

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CCL11 as a Biomarker for the In Vivo Diagnosis of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, Robert Weissenfels

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Model Specification for Bank Failure: A Retrospective Look at Banks in Missouri during the Great Depression, Peter Welch

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Owning Our Implicit Attitudes: Responsibility, Resentment, and the Whole Self, Wesley Whitaker

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Nationalizing Nature: A Critique of the English National Trust Interpretation of Stowe Landscape Garden, Sarah Whitney

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Cryptocurrencies and Cybercrime: The Effects of Ransom Events on the Evolution of Bitcoin, Jacob Wilson

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The Cultural Legacy of Communism in Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurial Perceptions and Activity in Central and Eastern Europe, Amy Wu

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Examining the Cross-Cultural Differences in Affect Valuation: Whites, East Asians, and Third Culture Kids, Joey Yamada

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Success Factors of First Time Fund in Venture Capital, Zihan Ye

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Measuring the Impossible Trinity: Lessons for Developing Countries, Zheng Ying

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Democracy At Stake in the Digital Age: Engaging in the Net Neutrality Debate for the Preservation of Free Speech and the Redemption of Public Interest, Christina (Sung Min) Yoh

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Change in Transient Institutional Ownership and its Effect on Return on Net Operating Assets, Bracebridge Young III

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Empowered or Impaired? The California Parent Empowerment Act vs. Palm Lane Elementary, Camille J. Zelinger

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A Comparison of Historic Preservation and Project Planning: Suzhou and Pasadena, Yijing Zhang

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Twisted Virtual Bikeigebras and Twisted Virtual Handlebody-Knots, Yuqi Zhao

Senior Theses from 2017

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Is Silence The Answer?, Gator Adams

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An Evolution of the Kurdish Issue in Turkey: Beyond a State-Centric Perspective, Jack Adolfson

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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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Ask Your Doctor if Psychedelics are Right for You: A Closer Look at the Clinical Uses of Psychedelics, Haya Al-Hejailan

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Optimizing Urbanization in South Asia, Aleena Ali

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Welfare Economics and Public Policy in Early 20th Century Great Britain, Mohammad Alsabah