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

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Senior Theses from 2013

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Explaining the “Explained”: An Examination of the Gender-Based Education Gap in India and its Impact on the Wage Gap, Kanupriya Rungta

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Theories of Charter School Action: The Realities Behind the Rhetoric, Anne Rynearson

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Mexico and Brazil: A Study of Political Institutions and Sustainable Economic Development, Victoria R. Santoro

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An Alternative Approach to Development in Today's Least Developed Communities: The Case for the Solidarity Economy, Elizabeth M. Scanlan

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An International Approach to Challenging Violence Against Women in India, Pyper Scharer

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The Lasting Impression of a President on the Supreme Court: FDR’s Judicial Legacy, Courtney K. Searls

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The Drivers of Corporate Headquarter Relocations and the Effects of the Announcements on Stock Market Returns, Daniyal Shahid

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Why do revolutions succeed? The role of rational choice in the Egyptian revolution., Amer Shalan

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The Modern Day Corporation: A Philosophical Analysis of How Corporations Behave and How They Should Behave, Daniel Shane

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On the Relationship Between Misperceptions of Randomness and the Self-Serving Bias, Hye Min Shin

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The Wage Gap and Assimilation Patterns for Immigrants in the Scientific Research, Development and Testing Services Industry, Sonia Singh

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The Impact of Geographic Proximity to Silicon Valley on the Success of New Ventures, Alexandra N. Sloves

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The Relationship of Consumer Personality and Company Branding Among Market Leaders in the Sports News Media Industry, Alex F. Smith

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An Empirical Analysis of Differences in Environmental Transparency Across Firms, Sean Robert Smith

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The Path to Innovation and Efficiency in Higher Education, Jordan Stein

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The Necessity for Increased Regulation of Proxy Advisory Firms, Jack Suster

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The Wrong Solution to Fair Value Accounting: Does the Relaxation of Fair Value Accounting Improve Financial Reporting for Banks?, John C. Suttle Jr.

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Promoting Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of International Rivers: A Study of the Mekong River Basin, Van-Anh Su

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"Read Less, Know More"?: The Effect of News Aggregators on Quality Journalism, Olivia L. Sylvester

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The Irish Goodbye, James David Taylor

Rural Industrialization: Integrated and Sustainable Solutions for Poverty Reduction in Rural China, Igor Tischenko

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Presidential Politics: The Social Media Revolution, Alexandra P. Toohey

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Do the Best Things Really Come To Those Who Wait? An Analysis of Canadian Wait Times and the Decision to Leave, Tenzin Tseky

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Communal Authority and Individual Valorization in Republican Rome, Theodoros Tsirigotis

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China's Soft Power Offensive in the United States: Cultural Diplomacy, Media Campaigning, and Congressional Lobbying, Kalika A. Tullock

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Portfolio Optimization Utilizing Hedge Fund Strategies in Different Market Conditions, Travis Tunnell

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Poetry and Power: The Intersection of Poetry and Transformational Leadership, Wade M. Vaughn

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The Challenge of Police and Judicial Reform in Mexico and the Promise of Civil Engagement, Hector Villanueva

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The Effect of Negative Media on Political Campaigns: Hillary Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Rachel Vinson

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Has Engaging in Party Coalitions Affected BSP Ideology?, Jasjeet S. Virk

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Sunny Side Up: Developing Community Solar Policy in the State of California, India H. Wade

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Will Dodd-Frank and Basel III Prevent Another Recession? Curbing Leverage and Promoting Effective Risk Management Beyond Capital Requirements, Nina A. Walker

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Greed, Excess, and the Evolution of Financial Capitalism: A History of Hedge Funds in the Modern Era, Robert Walters

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Emotions and Entertainment: Finding Private Ryan's Success, Curtis Wang

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NGO Terror: Why Regimes Restrict NGOs, Blake Weber

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Salvation: An Exploration, Kelsey Rose Weber

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the Latino Culture: A Proposed Culturally-Responsive Intervention Program for Latinas, Rochelle N. Welsh

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Simultaneity Bias in Campaign Spending Games, Chloe Whang

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The Expanding Role of Pharmacists: From Autonomous Apothecaries to Patient Care Team Players, Hannah C. Whittemore

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Perfect Sampling of Vervaat Perpetuities, Robert Tristan Williams

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A Double Edged Sword: The Effects of Participation in Sports on the African American Community, Gregory J. Wilson II

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The Structure of Major League Baseball Contracts: A Proposed Change, Scott Witte

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The Charter School Movement: The Impact of School Form on Performance, Jeremy B. Wolff

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Indivisible and Inseparable: The Austro-Hungarian Army and the Question of Decline and Fall, Kyle D. Woods

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Variance Risk Premium in GOLD VIX Market, Guanli Xiao

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The Tricycle Gang, William P. Yandell

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The Future of Chollywood: The Imminent Rise of China's Film Industry, Kathryn S. Yao

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Per Aspera Ad Astra: Wandering To The Stars of British Romanticism, Elizabeth Yeo

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Understanding How Deciding and Relationship Confidence Predict Relationship Satisfaction, Elise M. Yoshida

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Effects of Fundamental Analysis on IPO Valuation in the United States ITS Sector, Cheryl Yu

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Intangibles Related Ratios and their Relationships with Leverage, Larry Zhong

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Tax-exempt Hospitals in the Context of a Transforming Healthcare Industry: A Risk-Based Audit Approach, Steven C. Zima

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Reauthorizing No Child Left Behind: Assessing the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Aubrey A. Zimmerling

Senior Theses from 2012

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Mary’s Dilemma: A Novel Take On Jackson’s Famous Thought Experiment, Noah O. Abolafia-Rosenzweig

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Are Women Impact Players? The Effect of Female Executives on Firm Performance and Capital Structure, Alexandra M. Abramovitz

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Leadership in 21st Century Education Reform: Washington, D.C. and the Case of Michelle Rhee, Crystal Adams

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State Intervention in the Indian Software Industry, Sonia Aggarwal

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City of Mosques: A Collection of Short Stories, Shoaib Alam

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Carbon Affect on European Oil and Steel Companies: An Empirical Analysis on the Second Phase EU ETS, Joseph Anderson

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Mineral Resource Governance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Strategies for Development and Poverty Alleviation, Gabriela Giselle Andrade

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The Effect of Oil Market Developments on Price Volatility and U.S.-Saudi Relations, Daniel Andrew

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Culture and Leadership in Educational Institutions in India and the United States, Meyyammai Annamalai

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The Effects of Juror Need for Cognition: Perceptions of Trustworthiness in Expert Witness Testimony, Matthew Nicholas Armstrong

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Hosting the Olympics: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Economic and Social Effects of the Olympic Games, Jordan Jose Badia-Bellinger

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Preventing Digital Piracy: A Change in the Business Model, Brandon T. Bak

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Albert Camus: A Conscientious Witness, Lauren Ballard

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Peer Leadership: An Analysis of Athlete Captains on Collegiate Sports Teams, Amanda M. Banducci

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Avoiding Intergenerational Discounting on Sustainability Investments, Roxie Bartholomew

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The Effective Application of Microfinance to Alleviate Poverty in the Indigenous Populations of Peru and Bolivia, Alexandra Eleni Bartlett

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The Effect of Corporate Sustainability Reporting on Firm Valuation, Brian D. Bartlett

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A Compensation Comparison: Determinants of Compensation for Chief Executive Officers and University Presidents, Jessica Bartlett

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Measuring Peer Effects in Primary Schools: Lessons Taken from Disadvantaged School Districts Across the Country, Eric L. Bean

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Short-Term Stock Market Response to “Say On Pay” Failed Votes, Drew M. Beckerman

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T.S. Eliot's Anti-Modernism: Poetry and Tradition in the European Waste Land, John Bedecarré

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Auditing the Auditors: The Role of Accounting Firms in the 2008 Financial Crisis, Gabrielle Jamie Beer

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Spectacular Shadows: Djuna Barnes's Styles of Estrangement in Nightwood, Erica Nicole Bellman

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The Disappearing Middle Class: Implications for Politics and Public Policy, Trevor Richard Beltz

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Virtual into Verisimilitude: Videogames' Ability to Induce Empathy, Blake T. Bennett

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Responses to Missionization at Missions San Antonio, San Carlos, and Soledad, Sam A. Bennett

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Impacts and Implementation of the Basel Accords: Contrasting Argentina, Brazil, and Chile, Kristina Bergess

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Crisis in the Eastern Nile Basin: an Examination of the Challenges to Egyptian Hydro-Political Hegemomy and Potential Domestic Solutions, Alexandra Bergonia

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FlipGlobe: Developing an iPhone App That Turns the World Upside Down, Alex Berman

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The Case for Expanded Access to Investigational New Drugs, Meagan Biwer

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Islamophobia, Pluralism, and Multiculturalism: A Comparison between Western Europe and the United States, Thomas J. Boerigter

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An Inevitable Relationship: The Olympic Games & Politics, Katherine M. Bonneau

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Future Naval Conflict: Asymmetric Threats and Commerce Raiding, Joshua D. Bowling

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The Use of Real Options in Biotechnology Capital Budgeting: Theory and Practice, Max Brennan

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Wilde and Wonderful: The Ultimate Aesthete's Redefinition of Individualism, as an Idealist, and then as an Outcast, Anna Brill

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Great Recession Dying, Okun's Law Resurrected, Jane M. Brittingham

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Voting Rights and Wrongs: Philosophical Justification for Universal Suffrage, Michelle Brody

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A New Solution to the Skeptical Puzzle: An Epistemic Account of Limited Polysemy, Katherine S. Broeksmit

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Improving America's Racial Climate by Decreasing the Use of the Race Card, Brandon Brown

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Remembering What It Was to Be Me: a Collection of Analyses of Themes in Joan Didion’s Nonfiction Writing, Kelsey Brown

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Social Network: The Case of Major League Soccer and Facebook Likes, Rachel C. Bunting

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Panic Attack: A Comparative Analysis of United States Bank Panics, Cameron J. Cain

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Dandyism: Creating a Tradition for Consumption in London Society, Heidi Carlson

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The Effect of Executive Compensation on Firm Performance through the Dot-Com Bubble, Maxwell J. Chambers

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From the Halls of Montezuma, Kevin I. Chaney

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The Value of a Statistical Life: How Much Would You Be WIlling To Pay To Reduce Your Risk Of Death?, Inayat Chaudhry

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Should the Estate Tax be Abolished?, Elsa Cheng