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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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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From Legally Confidential to Financially Confident: Resolving the Tension between Lawyers and Auditors over Contingent Liability Disclosure, Samantha Nicole Kunz

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The Influence of Content and Context Motivation on Advertisement Effectiveness Online, Sung Mo Ku

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Time for Women to Shine: Gender Equality and the Japanese Legal System, Jasmine Lai

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Suspicious Minds: An Analysis of Insanity and Legal Accountability in American Criminal Law, Jessica O. Laird

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

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Crafting a Compelling Action Hero Movie: A Psychological Inquiry into the Identification of Key Elements in Successful Storytelling through Film, Adrian Sai Hay Lam

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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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Against the Grain: The IMF, Bread Riots, and Altered State Development in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, David M. Leathers

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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 Power of Media in the Criminal Justice System: How Celebrity Culture has Affected the Prosecution of Professional Athletes, Isabel T. Lester

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Singing the Blues Away: Songwriting as a Coping Mechanism for Depression, Andrew Levihn-Coon

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Exploring Algorithmic Musical Key Recognition, Nathan J. Levine

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Understanding the Dynamics of Misperceptions in Southeast Asia, Tsu-Yuan Lin

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A Global Ranking of Political Science and Public Administration Journals, Peilun Liu

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Policy Recommendations to Improve Health Care in China, Xinzhu Li

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Democratic Transition: An Authoritarian Leader's Perspective, Zheyuan Li

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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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Coastal Environmental Policies and Water: Environmental Values in Ghana and Senegal, Molly R. Loftus

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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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Just Housing: An Examination of Inequality in John Rawls’ Theory of Justice as Fairness, Julian E. Mackie

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

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Chladni Figures through Vibrating Plates, Samuel A. Malagon

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The Balanced Scorecard and its Application to the Marketing Function, Karan Malik

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Examining the Relationship Between Received Remittances and Education in Malawi, Kasvi Malik

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Working on the Troubles in Northern Ireland: The Role of International Funding Bodies in the Peace Process, Brianna Masciel

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The Path to Social Innovation in the United States, Kyra McAndrews

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Deconstructing the Third Rail: An Analysis of the Issue of Poverty in the United States Through the Lens of Social Security, Nikita Mehandru

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

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An Analysis of the Determinants of Intercollegiate Athletic Success Among NCAA Division I and Division III Institutions, Samuel P. Meyers

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

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Deterring Nuclear Attacks on Japan: An Examination of the U.S.-Japan Relationship and Nuclear Modernization, Alyssa M. Minamide

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The Effects of El Nino and La Nina Weather Events on Corn Futures Prices, Christian Mkpado

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

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Examining The Effect Of Income Inequality On Academic Achievement, Sara Mostatabi

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Drought Measures and The Coffee Girl: A Creative Writing Thesis, Regina O. Mullen

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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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The Emiratization of Shari'a: Islam, Modernization and the Legal System of the United Arab Emirates, Christian C. Neumeister

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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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One-Bit Compressive Sensing with Partial Support Information, Phillip North

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Production Deduction, What’s Your Function?: Analyzing the Effectiveness of the Domestic Production Activities Deduction, Keerthana Nunna

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

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Differences Between Ind AS and IFRS: Can Full Convergence Ever Occur Between the Two?, Shoubhik Pal

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Promoting Bold Investment in Renewable Energy Research and Development, Melanie C. Paty

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Legacy of the Bear: How Contemporary Russia-NATO Tensions Have Been Shaped by Soviet Politico- Military Security Considerations and the Fall of the Soviet Union, Samuel Victor Perrella

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Exploring How J. David Velleman’s Theory of Mutual Interpretability Affects Our Personal Identity and Self-Understanding, Felipe A.Z. Peterson

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Nixon’s Jaded Teenagers: Measuring the Cohort Effects of Watergate, Samuel F. Pitcavage

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Presidential Power in an Era of Congressional Deference: How Congress and the American People Are Failing Each Other, Kosta Psaltis

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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 Impact of Motorcycles on Air Quality and Climate Change: a Study on the Potential of Two-Wheeled Electric Vehicles, Chad Redman

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

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Combating Sexual Assault on Campus: What Secular Schools Can Learn from Religious Ones, Brad K. Richardson

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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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Proyectos de desarrollo sostenible basados en la comunidad: una empresa de ecoturismo en El Topo, Ecuador, Erin Ristig

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The Resource Curse and Economic Freedom: A Bayesian Perspective, Daniel M. Roberts

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Dueling with Distrust and Dual Loyalty: Palestinian Identity in Jordan from 1988 to 1994, Rebecca L. Rosenthal

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Do Internal Funds play an important role in Financing Decisions for Constrained Firms?, Barun Roychowdhury

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

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Palestinian Memory and Identity, McClatchy Jack Ruskin

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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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La Paradoja Hispana Epidemiológica: Investigando las preconcepciones y generalizaciones, Maya H. Sandalow

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County Level Economic Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections, Martin R. Sartorius

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The Obstacles to and Solutions of Female Characters' Speech: Beatrice in Dante's Vita Nuova and Purgatorio and Susan in J. M. Coetzee's Foe, Tamara Savage

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The Prevalence of Eating Disorders Among Athletes, Kimberly Scamman

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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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Effective Regional Development: A State-Wise Analysis of India, Anshu Shah

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The Changing Relationship between Fertility and Female Emplyment, Viraj Shastri

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ArchiTECHture: Rebuilding the Traditional University for the 21st Century, Sarah E. Shearer

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Electrifying Development: Identifying Key Policy Tools For Facilitating Rural Electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa, Jacob Shimkus

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Stochastically Equivalent Sequential Auctions with Multi-Unit Demands, Tongjia Shi

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The Effects of Political Games on Fiscal Cyclicality, Patrick J. Shultz

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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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The Role of Japan's National Memorials and Museums in the Rise and Decline of Japanese Pacifism, Evan A. Soll

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A Promise is a Promise: The Ethical Implications for CEO’s Acting Socially Responsible within a Corporation, Alexandra Sonett

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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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Who Says What the Law Is: How Barack Obama’s Legal Philosophy is Reflected by His Judicial Appointees, Colin J. Spence

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Japan's Push to Rearm: Neo-Militarism or Self-Preservation, Stephen C. Spencer

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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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Differences in Risk-Taking, Communication and Leadership Styles between Male and Female Entrepreneurs, Mallika Srinivasan

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Elliptic Curves and The Congruent Number Problem, Jonathan Star

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A Philosophical Analysis of California Determinate Sentencing, Three Strikes, and Realignment, Madeline Stein

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

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A Case for International Funding of Women's Education and Family Planning in Developing Nations on the Basis of Climate Change Mitigation, Timothy T. Storer

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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 Best of Both Retail Worlds: Analyzing the Clicks-and-Bricks Retail Model, Philip T. Suzukawa-Tseng

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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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Auditor Independence in the United States and the Efficacy of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Isaac L. Thomas