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 2014

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Developing An Efficient High-Trust Model Within Audit Teams, Julian James L. Laguisma

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Cooperative Security: The American Strategy for a Rising China, Ethan Landau

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Tax Non-Compliance In Developing Countries: Examining The Effect On Foreign Direct Investment, Infrastructure And Transfer Pricing, Daphni Lappas-Grigoraki

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The Effects of NAFTA and Domestic Reforms on the Development of Mexico’s Agriculture Sector, Aron N. Larson

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Droit de Suite in the United States: The American Royalties Too (ART) Act of 2014, William H. Leach

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Can the Chinese Economy Affect the US Stock Market? The Case of the 2008 Chinese Stimulus Package, Jacqueline M. Lee

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Security Threats in Perspective: Understanding the Failures of American Foreign Policy in Africa, Carolyn S. Lenderts

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The Draw of The Sprawl: Commuting and the Inland Empire, Philip Liao

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Determinants Of Eurozone Bond Yields During The Sovereign Debt Crisis, Steven Limandibhratha

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Teaching an Old Profession New Tricks: An Analysis on the Effects of the Flipped Classroom Model on Student Performance, Theresa K. Lomneth

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Moscow, We Have a Problem: Russia's Inconsistent Approach to the Evolving Concept of Sovereignty in the 21st Century, Hillary E. Lundberg

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Coalitions, Institutions, and Counterinsurgency: The U.S. - NATO Alliance in Afghanistan, Grace Caroline Mahan

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Los bancos del tiempo en España: combatiendo la recesión con la moneda social, Marco Martellini

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The Liberalization Of Shibor And The Economic Fundamentals Of House Price Growth In China, Michael J. Mavredakis

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The Long Arm of the Law: Executive Overreach and the AUMF, Tyler McBrien

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The Grand Strategy: A Study on Hannibal’s Stratagem During the Second Punic War, John T. Medin IV

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The Way Things Were, Kira Mesman-Hallman

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The Right to Digital Privacy: Advancing the Jeffersonian Vision of Adaptive Change, Kerry Moller

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Modern Escapism: A Field Guide OR, How to Get Lost Without Really Trying, John L. Montesi

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Virgil and Numerical Symbolism, Anna Mullan

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LBF: Lightweight Bluetooth Framework: An Extension of the iOS Core Bluetooth LE Framework, Chad W. Newbry

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Samantha: A Social Location-Based Framework for iOS Applications, Joe S. Newbry

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Beyond Bias and Criminalization: Factors Behind Latino Youth Crime Trends, Kimberly Ngai

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Re-Calculating the Strength of Reason Not to Kill When Potentiality is Not Enough, Victoria Nichols

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An Analysis of the Substantive Effectiveness of the National Environmental Policy Act: Lessons from Ivanpah, Stephanie C. Oehler

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The Secret Weapons of World War II: An Analysis of Hitler's Chemical Weapons Policy, Reyn SP Ono

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An Examination of Bid-Ask Spreads: How Do Management Forecasts Affect Information Asymmetry?, Marisa Orozco

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Diagnosing the Determinants of Tort Reform, Shree Pandya

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Al-Qaeda in Syria: implications for Middle Eastern Security and U.S Foreign Policy., Ibrahim Pataudi

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The Deadweight Loss of Equity-Based Compensation, Jessica Pence

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Gun Violence And The Path To Reform For American Citizens, Yevgeny Pereverzin

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Liberation Pop Theology: An Exploration Of The Different Ways Pop Musicians Have Led Individuals To Greater Salvation, Douglas W.L. Peterson

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The Open Economy: An Algebraic Approach, Bernardo Pistorelli

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Colormoo: An Algorithmic Approach to Generating Color Palettes, Joshua Rael

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Explorando el liderazgo femenino en América Latina: Lo que podemos aprender de Michelle Bachelet, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner y Dilma Rousseff, Claudia Raigoza

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The Political Incorporation of Latino Immigrants in California, Adriana Janet Ramos

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Effects of Regulatory Change on Stock Prices and Profitability of Islamic and Conventional Banks in Malaysia, Manasvini Ravishankar Ms.

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The Rainbow Effect: Exploring the Implications of Queer Representation in Film and Television on Social Change, Maya S. Reddy

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An Anti-Bullying Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Catherine Rex

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The Making of Latina Leaders: Leadership Styles, Influences, and Challenges, Alejandra Rivera

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Reforming the International Corporate Tax Code: A Transition to a Territorial Tax System, Katherine J. Rodriguez

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The Effect Of Tax Loss Harvesting On Momentum In The U.S. Stock Market: An Intra Industry Group Study, Josh Rosenberg

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How Insiders and Informational Events Affect Bid-Ask Spreads: A Simulation-Based Approach, Andrew G. Runde

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An Analysis of the Indian Underground Economy, Muskan Sachdeva

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Who is the Customer? Identifying the Initial Adopters of Formal Savings. Field Evidence from Malawi, Karan Saggi

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The Toxic French Education System: La Journée de la jupe and Sexism, Gabriel A. Salerno

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20 Años De Tlcan: Promesas Vs Realidades, Gabriel Sandoval

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The Determinants of Firm Profitability: The Effect of Social Media, Nicholas Schmidt

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Reducing queue wait times at Los Angeles International Airport, Harshit Sedani

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Trade Liberalization in Mexico: An Analysis of the Anti-Export Bias, Daniel J. Serra

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Quand le Réalisme Ne Suffit Pas : Le Mystère et l’Incertitude dans "Le Horla" et "Le Chef-d’œuvre Inconnu", Tess Sewell

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Finding Zeros of Rational Quadratic Forms, John F. Shaughnessy

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Evaluating a Simple Trading Strategy with Dividend Stocks, Shitong Shou

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Judicial Retention Elections and the Bird Court's Legacy, Samuel Stone

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Silicon Valley Startup Companies: A Question of Culture, Nora E. Studholme

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The Un-carrier Revolution: Marketing Trends in U.S. Wireless Telecommunications, Ankit Sud

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The Trouble With Transfer Pricing, and How to Fix It, Justin Sykes

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The Centralization of Bitcoin: The Long-Run Economics of Bitcoin Mining, Matthew Taylor

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The Aristocratic Émigrés Of The French Revolution: Their Struggles, Travels and Search for National Identity, Blair Thomas

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Postcolonial Possibilities and Contexts: Examining Egyptian Female Involvement in Islamic Movements Outside of a Liberal Feminist Framework, Lauren Thomas

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The Super Bowl and Advertising: An Analysis of Firm Enhancement, Joshua M. Thomasson

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The Effectiveness of International Law in Upholding the Rights of Refugees, Wendalyn Tran

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Harnessing the Trajectory of Food Transitions to Better Feed the World, Catherine Tung

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Partisanship: An Analysis of Polarization, Shaundra J. Ullman

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Structuralist Qualia, Lucas Jon Van Houten

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Speaking and Rhetoric in the Community: The Implications of Aristotle's Understanding of Being, Logan C. Vescio

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Differences in Basal Metabolic Rates, Heart Masses, and Hematocrits of Bats, Terrestrial Mammals, and Birds, Brett Kaoru Watanabe

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Womentrepreneurship after the Great Recession: An Empirical Analysis of Female Entrepreneurship Rates in Europe, Anthea J. Weixel

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The Environmental, Social, and Economic Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing, Horizontal Drilling, and Acidization in California, Christina Whalen

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Do Public Pensions Affect City Borrowing Costs? The Impact of Local Government Pension Contributions on Municipal Debt Yield Spreads, Carter J. Wilkinson

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Foreign Military Financing: A Policy Review, Andrew J. Willis

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An Examination of Alcohol Use and Abuse in College Students, Emily Willoughby

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The Cost of Going Bulge: A Comparative Analysis of Bulge Bracket and Non-Bulge Bracket Banks and their Impact on IPO Underpricing, Eric Michael Yee

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Major League Baseball Player Valuations Based on Market Size, Theodore J. Zanias

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Quantifying The Impact Of Temperature And Wind On NFL Passing And Rushing Performance, Max A. Zipperman

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