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 2015

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Native American Gaming Jurisprudence: An Analysis of the Supreme Court's Tribal Gaming Decisions and Their Effects on Tribal Sovereignty, C.W. Lucas Agnew

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Does Tanking Work? Evidence from the NBA, Scott E. Anderson

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Finding Truth in Literature, Antonia Ivo Antonova

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Family Characteristic and Savings Behavior in Malawi, Kyung Tae Bae

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The Impact of Credit Default Swap Introduction on Firm Systematic Risk, Elan M. Bernstein

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Personality and Identity Formation in the Context of Family and Loss, Marie E. Bradvica

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Let's Talk About Sex: The Failure of Abstinence-Only Policies in America's Public Schools, Sloan Caldwell

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A Psychological Analysis of Behavioral Consumerism: Advertising, Decision-Making, and its Implications for Retailers, Grace V. Coburn

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Untangling the Role of Brand Affect and Brand Trust in Marketing Research, Megan K. Coleman

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Employee Engagement: Restoring Viability to a Corporate Cliché, Madeline G. Crawford

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Reverse Line Movements in NFL Gambling: Parallels to Financial Market Biases and the Imitation of Informed Bettor Strategies, Philip S. Crawford

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The Impact of Tenants Default Risk and Transactional Variables on Value: An Empirical Model of Single Tenant Net Leased Retail Assets, Braden R. Crockett

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The Invisible Wall: An Analysis of Metropolitan Procurement Regulations in the United States, Kenneth M. Cunanan

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Better Measurement of Governments through the Application of Accrual Accounting for Government-Wide Financial Statements, Caleb D. Cunha

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The World According to Frank Underwood: Politics and Power in "House of Cards", Lindsey E. Davidson

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The Effect of CEO Gender, Age, and Salary On Firm Value, Brandon H. D'Ewart

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Examining The Impact of Florida's Non-Economic Damage Cap on Elderly Populations, Andrew W. Dodds

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Perspectives on Insider Trading Regulation: Examining Economic and Ethical Implications, Louisa Dunwiddie

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Gender and Politics: Why More Women Do Not Seek Candidacy, Elizabeth Eggert

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"Death is Different" Jurisprudence and LWOP: Rethinking Life Without Parole in American Criminal Justice, Amelia Evrigenis

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Building Organizational Culture and Selecting Employees Based on Values Congruence Person-Organization Fit: A Two Step Process for Lowering Employee Turnover Rates, Sophie Galant

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Fair Equality of Opportunity: Reconceiving Affirmative Action through a Rawlsian Lens, Janelle Garcelon

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Leveraging Diaspora Potential: A Comparative Analysis of India and China’s Diaspora Engagement Strategies in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Malaysia, Aman Ghose

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State Authority versus Citizens’ Rights: An Analysis of Police Use of Deadly Force Regulations and their Implications for Ferguson, Dana M. Gibson

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Increasing the High School Graduation Rate of Native American Students in Public Schools, Sierra M. Gibson

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Corporate Inversions: Realigning Tax Incentives to Keep Corporations in the United States, Michael A. Gose

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From Building Blocks to Cell Blocks: An Analysis of the Effect of Public School Funding on Juvenile Delinquency, Chandrika Gupta

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An Analysis Of Water Rates And Home Prices: A Case Study, Valerie Ho

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Obligation vs. Economy: The Morality and Economic Complications of Capital Punishment, Christian Conor Hoxsie

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It's Worse Than We Think: Why It Matters That We Underestimate Depression, Tess Hubbeling

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The Effect of Culture and Islam on the Use of International Financial Reporting Standards: Case of the Middle East, Hashim M. Jamil

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South Korean Men and the Military: The Influence of Conscription on the Political Behavior of South Korean Males, Hyo Sung Joo

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A Comparative Analysis of Indicators for Female Labor Force Participation across Developed and Developing Countries, Julia A. Keinan

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Not Our Fight Alone: An Analysis of the US Strategy Combating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, James E. Kelly

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Money Craving in China and Korea: Football Club Performance and the Share Prices of Owning Corporations, MJ Min Jun Kim

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Friends in High Places: Measuring the Effects of Compensation Committee Characteristics on CEO Pay Packages in 2013, Danielle M. Knott

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Juvenile Transfer to Adult Criminal Court: Why Transfer is Not the Best Method in Addressing Juvenile Delinquency, Sarah E.S. Kukino

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Whose Identity? An Argument for Granting Authority of Identity to the Individual, Demetrius A. Lalanne

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Why does the U.S. Continue to Use GAAP and Will it Ever Converge to IFRS?, Hester Lam

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An Exposition and Calibration of the Ho-Lee Model of Interest Rates, Benjamin I. Lawson

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Bidding Wars and the Efficiency of Market Announcement Effects, Edward K J Leathers

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The Religion of Sport, Maarten K. Lefor

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The Effect of Institutional Shareholding on the Informational Efficiency of Stock Prices: Evidence from the Hang Seng Index, Chun Yin Lo

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The Effect of Climate Change on Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa, Shelby K. Long

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Shelby County v. Holder: An Analysis on the Continued Need for Preclearance, Elena Lopez

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A Framework for the Pursuit of Happiness: Personality as It Relates to Subjective Well-being, Emma B. Ludlum

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The Effect of Increasing Information in the Major League Baseball Trade Market, Andrew H. MacPhail

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Legal and Social Implications of the 3D Printing Revolution, Alexander J. Mendoza

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Brand Obama: How Barack Obama Revolutionized Political Campaign Marketing in the 2008 Presidential Election, Abigail MIchaelsen

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The State Business Incentives Arms Race: Which States Participate?, Charlie Montgomery

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Why Corporations Avoid Taxes Through Inversions: How To Fix the United States Tax System, Joshua Naon

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Effect of Gender on Bystander Intervention, Nicholas B. Nasse

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A Critique of the American Presidency: Crisis Management Successes and Failures, Mark Nietzel

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The Effects of Tablets on Learning: Does Studying from a Tablet Computer Affect Student Learning Differently Across Educational Levels, Devin M. Nishizaki

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Virtue, Politics, and Republican Heroes: A Comparison of George Washington and Cato the Younger, Kayla A. Nonn

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From Both Sides of the Desk: The Understanding and Application of Individual Learning Styles, Gabriela Ozer

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Examining Gains in Operational Efficiency in Public-to-Private and Private-to-Private Transactions, Dante Quazzo

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Executive Prerogative: The Constitutionality and Future Implications of President Barack Obama's 2014 Executive Order regarding Immigration Law in the United States of America, Christopher J. Rama

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The Practicality of Statistics: Why Money as Expected Value Does Not Make Statistics Practical, Sean Reimer

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Perceptions of Public Land Usage in the Eastern Sierra Nevada and the Effect of Environmental Regulation, Cameron C. Ridley

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Shared Leadership: The Framework of a New Theory and Its Practical Application, Alexandra J. Ruark

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Stable Out of School, Success in School: Improving Education of Low-Income K-12 Students in Denver through Affordable Housing and Afterschool Programs, Michelle L. Saipe

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Rapid Urbanization in Istanbul: Sustainable Neoliberal Growth or Authoritarian Consolidations of Power?, Talia Segal

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Dark Journeys: Robert Frost's Dantean Inspiration, Elena Segarra

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Inter-Service Rivalry in Mexico’s Armed Forces, Sarah Servin

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The Effects of Forestry Regulations on Rural Communities and the Urban-Rural Divide in Oregon, Jennifer Sitton

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Objectivity and the Role of Journalism in Democratic Societies, Tyler Sonnemaker

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The Quest for Female Sexual Agency: An Analysis and Application of Beyoncé Knowles’s Career, Haley Lillian Sparks

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Matching Observations Found in Texas Department of Insurance’s Medical Malpractice Claim Data and the National Practitioners Database, Chris Squitieri

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A Comparative Analysis of Bicycle Cultures in the United States and the Netherlands, Sydney Stephenson

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The Efficacy Of Online Advertising Modalities: A Prescriptive Model, Marissa Suehiro

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On the Characterization of Prime Sets of Polynomials by Congruence Conditions, Arvind Suresh

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How Female Leaders Affect Attitudes Towards Women in Nicaragua and Brazil, Christina Sutherland

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The Impact of Ability Grouping on Teachers and Students: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of the United States and Singapore, Olivia Tay

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A Capabilities Approach to the Non-Identity Problem, Jared S. R. Thomas

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The Value of Luxury Brand Names in the Fashion Industry, Tricia Wang

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Personal Identity and Survival in a Post-Upload World, Kyle D. Weiss

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Dynamic Bargaining Agreements Between Three Players, Nicholas Weiss

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Markowitz and Marriage: Finding the Optimal Risky Spouse, Cameron Whiting

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Player Compensation and Team Performance: Salary Cap Allocation Strategies across the NFL, Max Winsberg

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Credit Ratings and Firm Litigation Risk, Huixian Xie

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Determinants of a Firm’s Return to the Market Post IPO Withdrawal, Nikki Yea

Senior Theses from 2014

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Turkey's Unraveling Democracy: Reversing Course from Democratic Consolidation to Democratic Backsliding, Julie Soo Jung Ahn

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Climate Change Leaders and Laggards: An Analysis of Initiatives in China, the United States, and California, and Their Potential for Collaboration, Taryn Akiyama

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Estimating The Size Of The Pharmaceutical Patent Cliff, Christopher J. Albanese

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Digital Currency in the Digital Age: Portfolio Diversification Using Bitcoin and Litecoin, Matthew J. Allan

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Financial Performance in the Consumer and Nonconsumer Sectors, Lauren Allen

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La violencia en el fútbol: el caso de América Latina, Corey X. Argumosa

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Violence in Contemporary Mexico and the Role of the United States, Lizett Arredondo

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Summiting in the Last Wilderness: A Cultural and Environmental History of Mountaineering in Alaska, Allison M. Barnwell

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The Emergence of Leadership in Children: The Role of Play, Athletics, and School, Shelby K. Barthold

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Joint Attention in the Child with Autism: An Appropriate Play Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Taylor P. Basso

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Ecotourism Enterprises: The Case for Indigenous Community-Owned Tourism in Ecuador, Simone A. Berkovitz

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Islamophobia in Public Policy: The Rise of Right Wing Populism in Denmark, Laura Bloom

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Opportunistic Behavior in Major League Baseball: The Contract Year Phenomenon and The Shirking Effect, Colin Briskman

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Block Kaczmarz Method with Inequalities, Jonathan Briskman

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Reforming Foster Care in California, Aja Brofferio

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Incongruent Premodern and Modern Beauty Ideals: A Case Study of South Korea and India's Reconciliation of Current Beauty Trends With Foundational Religious Ideals, Minger Bropleh

Incongruent Premodern and Modern Beauty Ideals: A Case Study of South Korea and India's Reconciliation of Current Beauty Trends With Foundational Religious Ideals, Minger Bropleh

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An Analysis of Bitcoin Market Efficiency Through Measures of Short-Horizon Return Predictability and Market Liquidity, William L. Brown