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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Chain Reactions: Mapping the Iranian Nuclear Program from 2002 to 2009, lauren k. callahan

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Analysis of Character Translations in Film Adaptations of Popular Literature, Emmanuel Camarillo

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Metropolitan Immigration: A Case Study Analysis of Local Immigration Policies in Los Angeles and Dallas, Sabrina Canela

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The History of Indigenous Southern Californian Political Sovereignty and the Impact of Tribal Gaming, Felipe Cardenas

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Scalable Collaborative Filtering Recommendation Algorithms on Apache Spark, Walker Evan Casey

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Pilfering Patrimony: Nazi-Looted Art and its Continuing Effect on International Relations, Monica Cason

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Africa Rising: Corruption & Foreign Direct Investment Inflows, Kunaal A. Chande

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Holes in the Historical Record: The Politics of Torture in Great Britain, the United States, and Argentina, 1869-1977, Lynsey Chediak

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Russian Foreign Policy in the Middle East: A Case Study of Syria, Hikmat Chehabi

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Constructing Historical Truth: An Examination of the Chinese Art Market As A Reflection of China’s Concerted but Conflicted Contemporary Reconciliation with its Problematic Past, Karen Y. Chen

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The Influence of Gossip Frequency and Gossip Type on Perceptions of Gossipers, Kelly E. Chen

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The Development Of Personal Status Law In Jordan & Iraq, Kelsey Cherland

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Google Bus or Google Ferry: Determinants of Commuting from Greater San Francisco to Silicon Valley, Hye Won Chung

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The Paths to Power in the Chinese Communist Party, Philip Chun

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Conditioning Soldiers to Kill, Rebecca F. Ciszewski

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Federalism: The Struggle for Constitutional Authority, Alexandra Cooke

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Marching Toward Inefficiency: The Common Law Efficiency Hypothesis' Software Exception, Eli Coon

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What Makes a Nation? The Kurdish Self-Determination Claim in Turkey and Iraq, Pieter B. Cornel

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A Better Future for Egyptian Women, Mackenzie Dallas

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Tax Return Preparer Liability: A New Approach to Accountability, Jasmine DiLucci

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The Circuit: An Original Television Series, Grace T. Ding

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Asian American Stereotyping in the Media and Its Negative Impact on the Asian American Community, Han Dinh

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Women and Economic Development in Latin America: A Comparative Study of the Gender-Differentiated Outcomes of ISI, Structural Adjustment, and the Agroexport Model, Abigayle G. Dolmseth

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The Redeemer, Chelsea A. Durgin

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The Redeemer, Chelsea A. Durgin

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Taking Back America: The Republican Freshmen of the 104th & 112th Congresses, Aidan S. Fahnestock

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Policy Uncertainty and Irreversible Investment in the United States, Nathan R. Falk

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A Look into the Latino Experience: The Process of Identity Formation for Latinos in the United States, Angelica M. Ferreira

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Trains, Trolley Cars, and Lifeboats: A Solution to Agent-Centered Restrictions and Tragic Questions through the Application of Middle Theory, Eric Christopher Ferrer

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From Math Men to Mad Men: Digital Media & the New Ad Strategy, John M. Flannery

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The Race Of Academic Achievement: An Analysis Of Racial Heterogeneity And Scholastic Performance At The State Level, Merriel P. Foster

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The Balanced Scorecard: A Look at Financial & Non-Financial Measures, Patrick B. Fujieki

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

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Un Análisis Comparativo Sobre las Políticas Migratorias de Alemania, Argentina y los Estados Unidos, Jessica O. Garcia

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An Accounting Solution to The Public Pension Crisis, Roberto C. Garcia

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Foundations of a Political Identity: An Inquiry into Indian Swaraj (Self-Rule), Shantanu Garg

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Fictional Emotions: Genuineness of Emotions in Fictions, Lorien Giles

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It's Hard to Be Sant in the City: How Bhindranwale and the Sikh Militants Invoked the Sikh Past to Rationalize Violence in Post-Partition Punjab, Hannah Elizabeth Goldberg-Morse

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Rhetorical Tales Of Jerusalem And Constantinople: Cities And Strategies Of The Crusades, Kyle Gosselin

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The Replicator And Scheffler’s Distributive Hybrid: Deriving Moral Obligations From Ability To Aid, Adam Griffith

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Going Out: Successes and Failures of Chinese State-owned Enterprises in Foreign Markets, Ian AH Gulliver

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"Embers" and "Crossing Paths:" A Creative Writing Thesis, Marina Gutierrez-Jones

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Pieces of a Mosaic: Revised Identities of the Almoravid Dynasty and Almohad Caliphate and al-Bayan al-mugrib, Rolando J. Gutierrez

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A Look into the Industry of Video Games Past, Present, and Yet to Come, Chad Hadzinsky

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Mergers & Abenomics: The Determinants of M&A in Japan's New Economy, Ethan S. Hallberg

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The Effectiveness of State Policy in Combating Prescription Drug Abuse and Overdose, Madeline Hall

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Transformational Leadership Applied to Nursing, Kelsey Hamano

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Entrepreneurship Policy in Latin America: Are Science and Technology Innovation Overemphasized?, Faith Emily Hanna

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Changing The Climate Narrative: How A Long-Term Climate Change Might Save Our Lives, Natalie P. Harreld

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Sustainability: Is Capitalism Really at Fault?, Hilary A. Haskell

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Policies for Employment Enhancement and Environmental Protection: The Integration of Waste Management Systems in Argentina and India, Chloe R. Hauenstein

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Say Goodbye to Hollywood: The Performance Discrepancy of Franchise Films between the Domestic and Foreign Box Office, James H. Havlicek

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A Critical Analysis of Video Games and Their Correlation to Violence, Mary A. Hayley

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A Paradox in Development: Exploring the Obesity Pandemic in Latin America, Laila G. Heid

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Crime and Punishment Through the Lens of Professional Sports: An Empirical Study of Racial Stereotyping, Jonathan Hendel

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The Hard Hat Riot: The Decline of New York City's White Working-Class and the Origins of the Reagan Democrat, Nicholas Herzeca

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Bitcoin: Is Cryptocurrency Viable?, Austin Hill

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Hearts of Stone, Marcel S. Hite

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Determinants of Public Funding for Professional Athletic Venues, John K. Holland

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Cyberbullying in Schools: What's Happening and What Can be Done, Tyler W. Holland

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Reforming the Egyptian Economy In Light of Political Instability, Sirah N. Hosni

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Rabindranath Tagore, John Dewey, and the Unity of Mind and Culture, James L. Houghteling

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Situational Context, Philosophical Belief, and Moral Constructs: The Multifaceted Nature of Moral Judgment, Jessie Huang

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Idealized, Inspirational, and Intellectual Leaders in the Social Sector: Transformational Leadership and the Kravis Prize, Tawney A. Hughes

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The Need for Interrogation Reform in the United States, Nick H. Hwang

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The Simple Truths of Safety at Sea for Alaskan Tender Vessels: Feasible Regulatory Changes to Prevent Vessel Casualties in the 17th Coast Guard District Tender Fleet, Olivia Jacobs

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Short-Term Effects of Announcements and Performance of Athletes on their Respective Sponsoring Companies, Vedant V. Jaitha

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College Students' Perceptions of Sexual Assault Reporting and Proceedings, McKenzie Javorka

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Illuminating Rural Poverty: Invisible Communities of the Eastern Coachella Valley, Noah Jay

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The Effect of Perceived Intentions to Harm and Implicit Theories of Personality on Moral Judgments of Favoritism and Discrimination, Annika Jessen

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Islamic Nationalism: Tracing Paradoxes in the Evolution of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Henry Johnson

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Victory's Catalyst: Alice Paul and the Woman Suffrage Procession of 1913, Leah N. Johnson

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Gender Differences in Attentional Bias and Sensory-Specific Satiation, Sibinee D. Jokela

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British Imperialism Of The Ottoman Empire Gender, Nationalism, And Cultural Changes, Morgan T. Joscelyn

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Goodwill Impairments: Why Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions Fail, Tara Jotwani

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The Effect of Natural Disasters on Volunteerism, Alexander P. Kalish

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The Role of Early Intervention Programs on Reducing the Negative Effects of Poverty, Jenna Kanegawa

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The Impact of Fitness Technology on Health Outcomes, Megan C. Kelley

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Built to Succeed: An Econometric Study of NBA Roster Composition and Playoff Success, Nicholas B. Kennedy

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Open Source and Electronic Voting: A New Strategy Toward Technical Procurement for Voting Systems, Andor Kesselman

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Gender Differences in Academic Self-Efficacy in the Subjects of Mathematics/Science and English, Niharika Khemka

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The Rise of Private Equity in China: A Case Study of Successful and Failed Foreign Private Equity Investments, June Kim

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The Effects of Climate Change on the Geographical Range of Lyme Disease in the United States as Determined by Changing Tick Distributions, Sarah D. King

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The Deontological and Utilitarian Cases for Rectifying Structural Injustice in Sweatshop Labor Ethics: A Critical Assessment, Clark J. Kissiah

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The Efficacy of Long-Term Kinesio Tape on Grip Strength in a Healthy Population, Neel Kotrappa

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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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A Sentiment Analysis of Twitter Data in Relation to Major Stock Indices, Stephen Langdon

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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