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 2017

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Institutional Development: Interpreting the Russian Case, Joshua W. Rooney

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The Tale of Tomorrow, Ariel Rubin

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Maximum Mass Restraint of Neutron Stars: Quarks, Pion, Kaons, and Hyperons, Garrett Ryan

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Neural Networks: Building a Better Index Fund, Maxwell Sacks

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Does Age Matter? Comparing CEO Age and Social Media Success in Startups, Dylan Saffer

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The Demandingness of Morality: The Person Confined, Jose Salazar

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The Risk-Return Characteristics and Diversification Benefits of Fine Wine Investment, Tania Salomon

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De-Fence Europe! The Defence Industry, the Refugee Crisis, and the Shaping of EU Border Policy, Sarah C. Sanbar

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The “Modi Effect”: Investigating the Effect of Demonetization on Currency Demand and the Size of the Underground Economy in India, Sanjana Sankaran

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Molecular Modeling of Novel Tryptamine Analogs with Antibiotic Potential Through Their Inhibition of Tryptophan Synthase, Jared Schattenkerk

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Are Oil Prices Important to U.S. Manufacturers?, Austin Perez Schoff

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The Eritrean-Ethiopian Conflict: A Theoretical Analysis, Natan Sebhatleab

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Beauty in the eye of the beholder: The moral appeal of ISIL to those who join, Helen Seligman

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What Goes Up Must Come Down: The Relationship between the Housing Market Boom and the Subsequent Economic Downturn: Evidence from the MSA Level, Bruce Dale Service

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Across Empires: A Comparative Analysis of Roman Emperors and American Presidents, John Seylar

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Assigning Liability in an Autonomous World, Agni Sharma

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Examining the Effectiveness of House Purchasing Policies in China: An Analysis of Shanghai from 2011 to 2016, Chifeng Shen

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The Impact of the Shadow Banking Industry on the Effectiveness of Monetary Policies in China, Chuyi Sheng

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Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Champeta: The Colombian Conflict as Case Study in Sovereignty, Anna Shepard

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A Theoretical Analysis of the Impact of a United States IFRS Adoption on Inventory Reporting and Financial Decision-Making, Eric Shepley

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Above and Below the Sky: Examining Representations of the Atomic Bomb in Japan and in the United States, Kanako Shimizu

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The Perfect Storm: Failures of U.S. Foreign Policy and the Disintegration of U.S.-Russian Relations, Annushka Shivnani

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Comparing Economic Success Among West Indian Immigrants and African Americans: Implications for Affirmative Action, Ellis Simani

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Under the Toxic Dome: An Analysis of China’s Accession to the World Trade Organization and its Impact on Ambient Air Pollution, Kanika Singh

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What are the Effects of the New Revenue Recognition Accounting Standard on Software Companies?, Lindsay Slocum

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Real Intentions and Virtual Wrongs, Elaine Sohng

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In Defense of Sundance: Examining the Film Festival’s Place in American Independent Cinema in the Age of Netflix and Amazon, Adam Soll

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The Socio-Political and Economic Causes of Natural Disasters, Nicole Southard

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Alaska’s Oil Crisis and the Future of the Permanent Fund, Abigail Brooke Spurlock

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Analysis of SEC Budget’s Effect on Pre-Merger and Acquisition Announcement Price Run Up, Connor Stastny

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Matrix Model Analysis of a Coastal Northern California Subpopulation of the Western Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus), Jaclyn Grace Stewart

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Wandering Women in Cinema, from Julie to Star: Female Subjectivity and Female Spectatorship in Feminine Road Films, Xueling Sun

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Testing for Nationality Discrimination in Major League Soccer, Matthew Swift

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Seeking Sustainability: An Exploration of the Determinants of Revenue Growth and Digital and Streaming Revenue Shares in the Recorded Music Business Across Countries, Jie 'Victoria' Tang

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Legal and Governmental Obstacles to Implementing an International Draft in the MLB, Traven Tapson

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China's Bilateral Ties With Angola and Nigeria: Country Specific or Natural Resources, Ellison Taylor

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The Frontiers of Technology in Warhead Verification, Henrietta N. Toivanen

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The End of the Three Percent Rule: How Structural Changes in the U.S. Economy have Impacted Economic Growth, Maxwell J. Urman

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Juan del Frasco, o la Compleja “Inbetweeneidad” de ser Puertorriqueña, Jenanne Vaccaro

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Understanding the Rise of Bernie Sanders, Jenanne Vaccaro

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Don’t Worry, College Doesn’t Make You Successful In the NBA, Cameron E. Van

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The Relative Impact of the GED on Labor Market Outcomes for the Formerly Incarcerated, Sally Vandenberg

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Race and Affirmative Action in “Post-Racial” Democratic Brazil, Alejandra T. Vazquez Baur

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Incumbency Advantage in State Legislatures: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis, George John Vojta II

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Triple Non-negative Matrix Factorization Technique for Sentiment Analysis and Topic Modeling, Alexander A. Waggoner

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The Impact of Airbnb on the Coachella Valley Hotel Industry, Siyu Wang

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Does Wall Street Love Federal Reserve?, Yunyi Wang

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Australian Real Estate Stock Reactions to FIRB Regulation Changes, Henry Wei

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Partisanship in Mexico: Influence of Violence and State Spending, Christopher White

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Examination of the Use of Heads-up Displays in Driving, Matthew Williams

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Brain Drain in the Southern Cone: Analysis and Recommendations for Policymakers, Caroline Willian

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No Accounting for Taste: Luxury Counterfeiting in Today's Retail Industry, Amanda Wilson

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Existential Doubt, The Burden of Choice, and Contemporary Nihilism in the 21st Century, Kevin Wolfson

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Until Death Do Us Unite, You Wu

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Investigating the Effects of Cultural Distance on the Gravity Model of Trade, Albert Xu

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Does the Use of Financial Derivatives Affect Distance-to-Default: Evidence from U.S. Bank Holding Companies, Chengwu Xuan

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Mandate of Heaven: An Analysis of China's Government Disaster Response and CCP Performance Legitimacy, Aaron Yang

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Height, Weight, and Durability in Major League Baseball, Joshua Yeager

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Momentum Crashes and Industry Composition, Andrew Yeh

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Degree Matters: The Impact of a Leader’s Foreign Education on His Country’s Economic Development, Zhongyi Yu

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Money Talks: Turkey, The Kurdish Regional Government, and the Shaping of a Future Kurdish State, Sherin Zadah

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From the Volkswagen to the V-1: Ferdinand Porsche and Challenges of the Nazi Past, Michael Mingliang Zhang

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The Long-Term Effects of Entrepreneurship on Economic Growth, Yi Zhang

Senior Theses from 2016

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Company Culture: Comparing the Culture in the Silicon Valley and on Wall Street, Avantika Aggarwal

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Unrelenting Force, Christus Ahmanson

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Addressing the Post-Keynesian Critique: Exchange Rate Determination with an Extended Mundell-Fleming Model, Najeer Ahmed

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The Common Core: An Enhancement or Hindrance for the Youth of America?, Haley L. Alderete and Haley L. Alderete

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The Drivers of Success in the NFL: Differences in Factors Affecting the Probability of Winning Based on First Half Performance, Zach Alleva

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The Effects of Macroeconomic Indicators and Event Shocks on Greek Stock and Bond Market Performance, Tejal Angolkar

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The Gender Gap in STEM: Do Conservative Gender Role Attitudes in Adolescent Girls Affect the Likelihood of Working in a STEM Career?, Alexandra N. Arnett

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The 1960 Televised Presidential Debates: A Strategy for Richard Nixon, Harry L. Arnold

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Proximity to Children: A Geospatial Approach to Understanding the Relationship between Fast Food and Schools, Andrew Atwong

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The Price is Book-built: The Decision to Use Book-building Pricing Mechanisms for IPOs in the Philippines, Gabriel A. Ayala

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Desegregating California’s Prisons: When Legal Prescriptions Collide with Institutional Realities, Charlotte Bailey

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The Effect of Mortality Salience on Death Penalty Sentencing Decisions when the Defendant is Severely Mentally Ill., Bryn Bandt-Law

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Can Narrative Fiction Reduce Prejudice Toward the Mentally Ill?, Mara Bandt-Law

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Transformational Leadership in the World of Sales, Dalton R. Barnes

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"A Dish Best Served Cold": Revenge Plots in Neo-Noir Narratives, Evan Barnswell

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Borders and Belonging: Using Oral History to Renegotiate Salvadoran Transnationalism, Jessica Barreno

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NAFTA's Impact on Mexico, the U.S., and Canada's Economies: A Look at Stock Returns, Justin Beck

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Is it all a Game? Gamification and a Restructuring of Values, Katharine M. Beck

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A Critical Examination of Oil Wealth Management Strategies and Their Effects on Economic Growth in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, Caroline J. Belmont

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The Performance of Melancholy: Understanding the Humours through Burton, Jonson, and Shakespeare, Lindsey N. Betts

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The Appetizer and Other Poems, Sam Blomberg

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Consumer Neuroscience: A Multi-disciplinary Approach to Marketing Leveraging Advances in Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics, Bridget E. Blum

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Playing God: An Analysis of Video Game Religion, Joshua K. Boren

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Voting, Politics, and Gender: Has America Paved the Way for a Female President?, Hannah Bower

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The Demand for the Unconditioned in the Antinomies: A Defense of Kant, Caroline Bowman

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How Has Democracy Taken Shape in Hong Kong's Patrimonial System of Governance?, Marley H. Breindel

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Escaping the Poverty Trap: Formal Savings and Asset Accumulation in Rural Malawi, Audrey Breitwieser

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Paying for Performance at the Plate: An Investigation of Variable Pay Systems in Major League Baseball, Mitchell S. Bremermann

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Mistakes, New and Old: Neoconservatives and the Consequences of Nation Building, August H. Bress

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Misuse of Executive Power as an Obstacle to Democratic Institutional Reform in Argentina, Anna C. Brito

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The Relationship between Self-Regulation and Stress, Sleep, and Behavioral Health, Clayton I. Brock

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Realizing the Right to Education: An Evaluation of Education Policy in Six States of India, Isabella Burch

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Patrice Mersault, l’incarnation d’une philosophie, Alexandra Burgers

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Fog Computing with Go: A Comparative Study, Ellis H. Butterfield

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Picture This: Exploring Mental Imagery’s Effect on Novice and Expert Golfers Putting under Pressure, Skyler Butts

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All the King's Horses: Libya's Disintegration after the Revolution, Maresa E. Carnevale

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Best Approximations, Lethargy Theorems and Smoothness, Caleb Case