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 2013

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Gideon v. Strickland: Ineffective Appointed Counsel and the Right to a Fair Trial, Christopher B. Blomberg

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So Long, and Thanks for All the Gifts: The Assassination of William McKinley and the Death of the Guilded Age Romance with the White House, Greyson Blue

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Divide and Defend: a New Ethical Approach to State Sponsored Terrorism, Mark R. Blumenfeld

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Incipe denuo: The Effect of Restatements on Credit Rating and Credit Default Swap Price, Charles H. Blyzniuk

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Patty Hearst: A Media Heiress Caught in Media Spectacle, Anna E. Bodi

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Creative Writing Thesis: Poetry, Desmond Bonhomme

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Conditional Cash Transfers and Child Health: The Case of Malawi, Ryan F. Boone

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Policy Approaches to Reduce Discrimination Against Minorities in Europe, Bojana Bozic

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Monetary Policy, Business Cycles, and the Behavior of Small Manufacturing Firms, Philip A. Brady

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Software Patents and Litigation Patterns: Does patent hoarding deter or incentivize litigation?, Christina E. Brandt

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'Naked’ CDS Regulation and its Impact On Price Discovery in the Credit Markets, Rodrigo Bravo Beneitez

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THE EFFECT THAT HURRICANES HAVE ON UNEMPLOYMENT IN COASTAL COUNTIES IN THE UNITED STATES, Charles Brown

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Electric Municipalization in the City of Boulder: Successful Greening or Path to Bankruptcy?, Kathryn C. Browning

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Latinos and the California GOP: A Troubled Courtship, Hannah Burak

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The Effect of Excise Taxes on Cigarette Smuggling: An Instrumental Variable Approach, Tim Burke

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Corporate Social Responsibility in South Africa's Mining Industry: Redressing the Legacy of Apartheid, Madeleine Busacca

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The Role of U.S. Infrastructure Investment in Strategic Asset Allocation, Michael A. Cahill

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The Manipulation of Catholicism and Protestantism in Northern Ireland between 1960 and 1988: A look at Violent and Peaceful Ramifications and their Reflection in Art, Shannon E. Casey

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Portfolio Company Selection Criteria: Accelerators vs Venture Capitalists, Cody Chang

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Reforming Affirmative Action for the Future: A Constitutional and Consequentialist Approach, Quinn Chasan

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An Assessment of the Use of Coal in India's Energy Future, Dhruv M. Chopra

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Hong Kong's Economic Freedom and Income Inequality, Emmett Choy

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The 'Grand Bargain' of the 21st Century: Assessing the Adequacies and Inadequacies of the Liberal Intergovernmental Theory of European Integration in Explaining the Treaty of Lisbon, Daniel S. Christensen

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A Global Perspective on Corporate Governance, Franceen T. Chua

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BEAUTY & THE BEAST: THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN COLOURISM AND THE FEMALE ‘BROWN BEAUTY IDEAL’ IN 21ST CENTURY TRINIDAD SOCIETY, Anastasia A. Clarke

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Google Glass and Our Quest for Meaning, Josh Cohen

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The Application of the Charlop-Atwell Scale of Motor Coordination to Children With Autism: An Objective and Subjective Measure of Gross Motor Functioning, Reny A. Colton

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Introducing the Stability Theory in Alliance Politics: The US, Japan, and South Korea, Rachel Cone

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The Effect of Pre-College Activity Participation on College Leadership, Jessica H. Dang

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When Education Matters Less: Estimating the Relative Return to Education for Computer Programmers, Amanda L. daSilva

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The Uncovered Interest Rate Parity at the Turn of the 20th Century, Orlan Davies

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The Silhouettes of Autism, Chloe J. Dobbert

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Sampling from the Hardcore Process, William C. Dodds

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NFL Betting Market: Using Adjusted Statistics to Test Market Efficiency and Build a Betting Model, James P. Donnelly

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Pricing Political Risk in Latin America: A Look inside Presidential Elections, Sovereign Credit Default Swaps and Equity Prices in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico, Zachary Doran

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Omni-Channel Retail and the New Age Consumer: An Empirical Analysis of Direct-to-Consumer Channel Interaction in the Retail Industry, Alec J. Dorman

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A Case Study in the For-Profit Postsecondary School Industry: Market and Student Success, Brian Downs

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The U.S. Corporate Tax System: Shortcomings and Alternatives, Brian Downs

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The Efficiency of Human Capital Allocation In English Professional Soccer Via The Transfer Market System, Harrison C. Doyle

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Leading Agricultural Expansion in Developing Countries: Eradicating Extreme Hunger and Poverty, Sean G. Duncan

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The Relationship Between Comprehensive Budgeting and Party Polarization in the U.S. Congress, Anna Eames

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An Examination of the Breadth of the Coinsurance Effect: The Effect of Labor Leverage on Acquirer Returns, Matthew Ellis

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New Media, An Academic Perspective, Dashiel D. Escrofani

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The Case for Aquaponics: an Environmentally and Economically Superior Method of Food Production, Peter A. Fankuchen

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Where Philosophy Meets the Road: A Case of Los Angeles, Benjamin N. Feldman

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Intangibles: The Most Valuable Unrecorded Asset, Candace L. Filippelli

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Transfer Spending in the English Premier League Transfer Market: Are Elite Premier League Teams Spending Excessively?, Michael C. Franklin

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The Effect of Organized Sports on Academic Achievement and Youth Development, Nicole Franklin

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Googling to Forget: The Cognitive Processing of Internet Search, Elizabeth T. Friede

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Choking Under Pressure on the PGA Tour, Madison Friedman

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National Culture and Internal Control, Rebecca E. Friedman

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Accounting Scandals & Regulations: A Cost-Benefit Analysis, Andres Fuerte

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An Analysis of the Contract Year Phenomenon in the NBA: Do Players Perform Better or Worse, Tyler Gaffaney

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The Change in Impact of Education Debt on Graduates' Home Equity Post 2008 Recession, Zoe Gall

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Exploiting the Gaps in GAAP: A Look at the Principles Versus Rules Debate, Nicholas A. Gillette

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Invisibility: A Mathematical Perspective, Austin G. Gomez

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Impacts and Reform Strategies, Jennifer E. Good

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La Desnuda Rebelde y el Bodegón Subversivo: Una Reinterpretación del Arte de Olga Costa y María Izquierdo, Carly Goodkin

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Modernizing Oregon's Liquor Control Commission, Andrew M. Goodman

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The Synthesizer: Modernist and Technological Transformations in Film Sound and Contemporary Music, Dusin J. Green

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The price discounts of Chinese cross-listed companies and their variation across sectors, Tom Guo

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Facebook and Stereotypes: How Facebook Users Process Stereotype-Consistent and Stereotype-Inconsistent Information with Varying Cognitive Loads, Leslie Hall

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The Philosophy of Sex and the Morality of Homosexual Conduct, Kyle C. Hansen

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Non-farm Rural Employment in Latin America: Help Small Landowners Make the Transition, Isabel Harbaugh

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A DNA Computer for Glioblastoma Multiforme Diagnosis and Drug Delivery, Sumaiya F. Hashmi

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A Machine Learning Approach to Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, Sumaiya F. Hashmi

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Have Federal Sanctions Helped Failing Schools? The Impact of No Child Left Behind in Texas, Ernest W. Hayhurst

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Una Propuesta de Planificación para Afrontar los Efectos del Cambio Climático en el Sector Agrícola de Jalisco, México, Isabelle A. Heilman

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Franchise Relocation in the Four Major Professional Sports Leagues: An Analysis of General Trends, Mary F. Hemmelgarn

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Congressional Insider Trading: An Analysis of Abnormal Returns on Common Stock Purchases of U.S. Senators 1995 - 2012, Stacie K. Hettrick

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The Impact of Prior Performance on Leadership Appointment in a Merger of Equals, David A. Hirsch

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The Role of Leadership in Employee Performance, Joshua Ho

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Determinants of Green Power Purchases: An Analysis of the EPA's Green Power Partnership, Sean C. Houseworth

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Re-evaluating the American Dream for Low-Wage Chinese Workers in Los Angeles, Priscilla Hsu

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Corporate Sustainability Reporting and Profitability: an Empirical Study of the Relationship between Gross Profit Margin and Response to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in the Manufacturing Industry, Alan Hu

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TARP and the Wall Street Reform Consumer Protection Act: An Examination of Constitutional Protection of Economic Liberties, Patricia Ingrassia

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Baby GAAP, A Creditor's Solution to Financial Reporting, Ryan P. Irish

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India: Subsidy State or Developmental State?, Annie Jalota

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The Fullerton Tapes, Javed Jasani

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The Effect of Heavy and Light Rail Transportation Systems on Car Ownership, Kyle RL Jenkins

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Magic and Skepticism in Woody Allen's Films, Lauren Jessen

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The Relationship between Decision Making Deficits and Drug Addiction: A Neurobiological Approach, Alex R. Johnson

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The Role of Islamic Banking in Economic Growth, Katherine Johnson

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The End Game of California's Juvenile Justice System: The Case for Complete Realignment and the Elimination of the Division of Juvenile Justice, Bennett Jones

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How Many Barack Obamas Does it Take: An Analysis of the Effect of Charter Schools on Real Estate and Crime, Aananditaa Kakkar

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The Impact of Mega Sporting Event Host Country Selection on Construction and Industrial Sectors of Stock Markets: An Event Study, Arjun Kapur

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The Effect of the iA Writer iPad Application on the Writing Skills of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Erica Karp

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Eduard Shevardnadze: The Modern Day Machiavel, Sam Katz

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An Old Dragon in a Changing Safari: An Investigation of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in Africa and Its Implications for Beijing's Foreign Policy Goals of 'Non-Intervention’, Michele Siang-Hwa Kee

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Kvetching with Comics: How 20th Century American Comics Reflect the Ashkenazi Ethos of Pride and Shame, Aliza C. Kellerman

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Content-Based Image Retrieval for Tattoos: An Analysis and Comparison of Keypoint Detection Algorithms, Neal Kemp

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Hostile Takeovers and Corporate Governance in India, Shrivats Khaitan

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How do Shareholders Use Their Say-on-Pay Votes in the United States? Evidence from 2011 and 2012, Peter Kimmey

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How Dangerous Can A Lady Be?: Challenges of Female Recidivism and a Case for Gender-Responsive Policies, Subin Kim

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Why Don't I Look Like Her? The Impact of Social Media on Female Body Image, Kendyl M. Klein

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The Impact of Participatory Notes on the Indian Rupee Exchange Rate, Rohan Kothari

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When and How Does Reconciliation Work? A Comparative Study of South Africa and Sri Lanka, Koffi Rene Yves Kouassi

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Reexamining Originalism, Shane Kunselman

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The Word Made Flesh, Tyler S. Lamon

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Mass Shootings and Gun Control: Obama’s Road to Reform, Alexander M. Lane