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 2016

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Environmental Inequities in U.S. Public Schooling, Jincy Varughese

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Think of the Children: How U.S. Domestic Policy Undermined Good Foreign Policy and Contributed to the 2014 Central American Migration Crisis, Rebekah D. Vermillion

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One Hell of a Drug: Counter Insurgency as a US Anti-Drug Trafficking Strategy in Latin America and its Effect on Democratic Institutions, J. Camilo Vilaseca

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What a Handful! Electrophysiological Characterization of Sensory and Cognitive Biases on Spatial Attention and Visual Processing, Daivik B. Vyas

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Burning Bridges: American Security Assistance and Human Rights in Mauritania, Isabel Wade

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The Randomized Kaczmarz Method with Application on Making Macroeconomic Predictions, Dejun Wan

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The Value of Commerce in The Merchant of Venice, Caroline B. Ward

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Interdependent Self-Construal: A Link to Psychological Resilience, Tyler West

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Contextualizing and Evaluating the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, Jackman Wilson

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Defining the Personality Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs, Jack S. Witte

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John Rawls’ Theory of Justice and Mixed Conception with a Social Minimum Principle, Kevin Wu

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Revisiting the Minimum Wage-Employment Debate Using Univariate Regressions, Bai Xue

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Contagion and Competitive Intra-industry Effects of Default Announcements Evidence from Chinese Bond Market, Zhengyang Xu

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The Effect of Stress Coping Techniques in Sports, Lestter Yeh

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Using Words to Break the Chains of Bondage: Examining the Political Narratives of American Slaves, Bailey Yellen

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Understanding the Behavior of Southeast Asian States vis-à-vis the Rise of China, Shang Xuan Yeo

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Measuring the Effectiveness of China’s Capital Flow Management and Progress on Capital Account Liberalization, Xinying Yow

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From Rainman to Rainmaker: A Presentation of Jim’s Journey and Rapidly Advancing Technologies: Integrating Proven Behavioral Therapies with Emergent Measurement and Testing Advances Will Result in Transformational Progress in Autistic Individuals, Richard Zajac

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San Francisco’s Housing Price Surge: Strained Market Fundamentals or Exaggerated Expectations?, Emily Zhang

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Relationship Between Real Estate Market and Stock Market in China, Shiyu Zhang

Senior Theses from 2015

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M&A in M&E: Acquirer Announcement Effects of Mergers & Acquisitions in the Media and Entertainment Industry, Mohammad Abdul-Rahim

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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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Managing and Organizing an Institutionalized White House Staff: Multiple Advocacy in 21st Century Domestic and Foreign Policymaking, Richard G. Ahne

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Malnutrition Through Constructivism: How International Organizations Succeed in Sustaining Nutrition Interventions in Kenya, Elham Ali

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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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U.S. Foreign Policy in Pakistan: Bringing Pakistan Into Line with American Counterterrorism Interests, Henry E. Appel

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The Political Economy of Environmental Justice: A Comparative Study of New Delhi and Los Angeles, Ratik Asokan

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Acceptance-Rejection Sampling with Hierarchical Models, Christian A. Ayala

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Family Characteristic and Savings Behavior in Malawi, Kyung Tae Bae

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Magic Wood, Nadia Stosija Barulich

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Reporting on Reporting: How Content is Changed by Contexts, Daniel Beer

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Economic Considerations for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Utility-Scale Electricity Generation in California, Cameron R. Bernhardt

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

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IPO Volume and the Hot Market Theory: Accounting for M&A Premiums and VC Activity, Brian A. Bevilacqua

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Understanding the Relationship Between Parenting Styles and Childhood Anxiety, Jacob B. Bishop

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

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Earnings Management in European Football: How Effective is Financial Fair Play?, Alexander J. Brugger

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Public-Private Partnerships in the United States: Charting a New Road, Allison Busacca

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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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Warmth and Competence Perceptions of Female Job Candidates: Who Gets Hired?, Laura E. Campbell

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Too Few To Fail: An Analysis of Ethics in the Audit Industry, Sian H. Chai

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Effects of Perceived Group Level Norms on the Relationship between Leader Characteristics and Motivation to Develop Leadership, Alexander Joshua Chang

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Would You Like It Hot or Cold? An Analysis of U.S.-China Climate Policy, Alice Chang

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The Bilingual Advantage in Cognitive Control and its Consequences for Cognitive Decline in Natural Aging, Kelly J. Chan

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What Fantasy Can Do for Her: A Critical and Creative Exploration of Secondary and Fractured Worlds, Elizabeth Chapin

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A Natural Language Search Interface for Accommodation Queries, Erin Chavanne

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Coming in from the Cold: Recommendations for United States Arctic Policy, Aseem Chipalkatti

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Reducing Subjectivity: Meditation and Implicit Bias, Diana M. Ciuca

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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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The Limitations of the Growth of US Army Special Forces and the Implications for US Policy Makers, Michael Connell

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Managing Environmental Risk in the Oil and Gas Industry, Haley Conner

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An Exploration into the Influence on Share Prices for Publicly Traded Football Clubs, Anthony Contreras

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Simplifying an Infinitely Complex State-Space: Real-Time Strategy Optimization in Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance, Michael Cornell

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

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Moral Relativism: Can One Community Give Another a Reason to Change?, Matthew A. 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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What's in a Name? Effects of the "Mentally Ill" Label on Autonomy, Miriam E. Cruz

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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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American Trade Influence: Across Foreign Markets, Exports to the United States, Not Total Exports, Drive Stock Returns, Kartik Das

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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 Effects of Expert Testimony in Sexual Assault Trials, LillyBelle K. Deer

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

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Tiny Houses: Community and Dwelling, Evan Dion

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A Legacy of Corruption and Politicization: Mexico’s Police Problem, Andrew Dobbs-Kramer

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

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On The Road with the VanLife Community: The Art of Storytelling in the Age of Instagram, Joseph Dorn

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Examining Romantic Partner Preferences: Effects of Gender and Expressed Interest, Jackson Doyle

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Role of Alpha Oscillations in Reweighting Multiple Attributes During Choice, Samuel I. Dunham

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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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Progressive Drug Policies and the Impacts of Supply-Side Control, Michael C. Elhardt

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

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Retributive Theory’s Restorative Corollary, Nadeem U. Farooqi

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Feasibility Analysis and Strategic Measures for Promoting Viable New Urban Development, Elizabeth J. Farr

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Les Jeunes Français Et L’etat Islamique : Bilan Et Strategies Nouvelles, Elaina M. Faust

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Pursuing the Preservation of Place: The Automobile’s Significance to Los Angeles’ Physical Character and the Opportunity for its Continued Existence, Spencer J. Fried

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A Scheme of International Distributive Justice: Exploring the Roles of State Sovereignty, Freedom, and Luck, Reid Furubayashi

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California's Foreign Relations, Christopher Gaarder

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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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Benchmarking Traffic Control Algorithms on a Packet Switched Network, Benjamin Goldberg

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Texas Politics in State and Nation, Claire Goodrich

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

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New Breed Leaders in Indonesian Democracy: A Critical Pluralist Examination of Ganjar Pranowo's Election as Governor of Central Java Province in 2013, Harris K. Gozali

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What Makes a Good Ted Talk?, Jack R. Grodahl

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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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Targeting Illegal Immigration through Development: Case Study of Morocco’s Two-Track Migration, Janice E. Han

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Founding-Family Ownership and Firm Performance: Evidence From Indonesia, Pitra C. Harun

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The Euroskeptic Threat to London's Future as a Financial Center, Sophia C. Heriot

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Abenomics’ First Arrow: The Effects of the Bank of Japan’s Quantitative and Qualitative Monetary Easing On Japan’s Economy, John B. Ho

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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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Home Court Advantage: An Analysis of Discrimination in the NBA, Alvin J. Huang