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 2012

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Chinese Soft Power: Implications on US-China Relations, Jessica A. Cheng

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A Lone Foreigner on the Long March: Otto Braun and the CCP-Comintern Relationship, Jeremy Cheung

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An Examination on Patent Infringement Awards, Victor Chien

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Estimating the Effects of International Basketball Players on the NBA: Do NBA Coaches, Executives, and Coaches Value International Players Equally Compared to Domestic Players?, Brian Chong

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Poor Millionaires: A History of Free Agency in Major League Baseball and the National Football League, Cameron Conley

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Prose and Polarization: Environmental Literature and the Challenges to Constructive Discourse, Paige E. Costello

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A "Herculean" Task: The Voting Rights Act and Redistricting in Alaska, Chloe E. Cotton

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César Chávez and the Secularization of an American Prophet of Social Reform, Chelsee Lynn Cox

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The Neuroanatomical Functions of Tourette Syndrome and a Treatment Analysis, Kacie L. Curd

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Investigating the Conceptions of the Tea Party, Alex Curtis

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Avoiding Taxes On Foreign Profits: How To Fix the Games That Multinationals Play., Robert L. Daily

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Putting the 'Public' Back into the Public Sector: Rethinking Potable Water Provision and Water Management Policy in Mexico City, Elena M. Davert

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Who Speaks for Israel? J Street and the Rise of the Pro-Peace Israel Lobby in America, Ari A. Davis

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Discrete Event Simulation of Elevator Systems, Sasi Bharath Desai

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Differential Effects of Tort Reform Across Medical Specialties, William C. Dodds

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"Sell or Slaughter": The Economic and Social Policies of German Reunification, Saraid L. Donnelly

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The Post-Soviet Gold Rush: Examining Evangelical Activity in the Russian Federation, Mary B. Doyle

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Federal Regulation of Emerging Technologies and Its Implications for Transhumanist Applications of NBIC Technologies, David A. Dreshfield

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Rome's Influence on Machiavelli: In Religion and Politics, A Country's Army, and Ruling over a Newly Conquered Territory, David Dubinski

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"Golf Is Deceptively Simple and Endlessly Complicated": An Analysis of the PGA Tour's FedExCup as a Tournament Incentive Mechanism, Andrew T. Duckworth

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The Evolution of the Music Industry in the Post-Internet Era, Ashraf El Gamal

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Fast Casual Dining: The Evolution of a Market Segment and Its Impact on the Fast Food Sector, Robert H. Erani

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Disputing an Analytic Construct of Philosophical Conservatism, Daniel Carson Evans

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China's Censored Leap Forward: The Communist Party's Battle with Internet Censorship in the Digital Age, Caitlin Feeney

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Considering Hezbollah: Analyzing the Terrorist Label, Sarah A. Fenn

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Half Baked: The Federal and State Conflicts of Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Andrew K. Fevery

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The Misery: Land, Man, and Society in the Novels of Hanna Mina, Rio G. Fischer

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The Railway and Telegraph in India: Monuments of British Rule or Symbols of Indian Nationhood?, Prashant L. Fonseka

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Incentivizing Biodiversity Conservation: The Ecological ICMS in Brazil, Erin Franks

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Military Civilian Relations in Post-Revolutionary Transition: The Transformation of East Asian States and the Future of Egypt, Amy E. Frazee

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The Strength of the Russian Energy Weapon in Ukraine, Anastasiya V. Galash

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Bottling Success: An Exploration of Craft Beer and the Brewing Business, Anthony Mitchell Garcia

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Fear of Forgetting: How Societies Deal with Genocide, Emily O. S. Gelber

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Water Policy: The World's Most Important Resource Politicized, Ethan Gilbert

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Automated Pose Correction for Face Recognition, Elliot J. Godzich

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A Proposal to Test the Effects of Factor ECAT1 on Pluripotency, from Reprogramming to Differentiation of Human Somatic Cells, Vritti R. Goel

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Mexican-Americans in Los Angeles: Strengthening Their Ethnic Identity Through Chivas USA, Stephanie Goldberger

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Complexities in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Thyroid Cancer: Discussions, Observations, Research and Public Policy, Hannah V. Gordon

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Soul-idarity Tree: Business Plan and Market Analysis, Grigoriy Gorshteyn

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Petrocapitalism in Iraqi Kurdistan: Leveraging Oil and Gas Firms in Post-War Iraq, Chase W. Gray

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COBRA Subsidies: A Compelling Narrative of Policy Impact on the Unemployed, Uninsured, Hannah N. Gregg

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The Impact of a Math or Science Background on K-12 Teacher Earnings, Kelsey J. Gross

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The Proper Accounting and Valuation of Convertible Debt in the Modern Market, Ivan Gutierrez

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Finding Profitability of Technical Trading Rules in Emerging Market Exchange Traded Funds, Austin P. Hallett

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The Evolution of Political Marketing: 1952 to Present, Henry H. Handtmann

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Determinants of Caloric Intake, Ethan Harry

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Zarathustra's Politics, Everett Alexander Heiney

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Pulling Back the Veil: The Hijab Ban and the Evolution of French Nationalism, Meghan Henkel

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The Origins of the Italian Sovereign Debt Crisis, David M. Henningsen

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The Rise and Fall of Public Higher Education in the United States: Implications for Socioeconomic Inequality, Chantal Bao-Chau Hoang

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Are Olympic Sponsorships Worth it? The Case of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Avery Holland

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Buy Global, Think Local: Direct Trade Coffee and Community Renaissance in Olympia, Washington, Maren E. Hotvedt

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Understanding and Exploring Narcissism: Impact on Students and College Campuses, Emily J. Hudson

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Effects of Deregulation on Retirement Savings, Colin D. Hulse

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Transformational Mobile Banking: An Ecosystem for the Unbanked Poor, Zachery P. Ingrasci

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Does a Change in a Logo Affect the Value of the Brand? The Case of Starbucks, Brittany Isobe

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Facing the Innevitable: A Study of the Estate Tax and Effective Planning Methods For the Middle Class, Eric A. Janicki

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Unexpected Turbulence: An Event Study of President Obama's June 29, 2011 Press Conference and Its Effect on Aircraft Manufacturers, Nathan A. Jiwanlal

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A Case For Carpooling: How Casual Carpool Can Grow Across the United States, Eric Johnson

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Autism Policy: State and National Legislation Analysis, Taylon M. Johnson

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Contemporary Politics Through the Lens of the Federalist Papers, Harrison W. Kahn

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Manufactured Morality: German-British Humanitarianism as Realpolitik Tool a Decade after the Boer and Herero Wars, Michelle Lynn Kahn

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Are Crossover Youth "Slipping Through the Cracks?": The Philosophy, Policy, and Practice of Dual Jurisdiction in Juvenile Justice, Ann K. Kam

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Technological Entrepreneurship in the United States and China: The Effect of Culture on Age, Education Level, and Management Composition, Tracy Kao

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Justifying an Ethical Government Response to the Obesity Epidemic, Jacob Daniel Kass

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Unwitting Violations: The Threat of Innocence in Elizabeth Bowen's Novels and Short Stories, Mika Kasuga

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Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, and Indira Gandhi's Actions and Rhetoric Regarding Feminism and Gender During Their Ascent to Power, Ariel Katz

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Taxation with Representation Ain't So Hot Either: An Empirical Analysis of Taxpayer Satisfaction, Rei Kawano

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'Did You Get It?' - The Effects of Understanding (or Not Understanding) a Satirical Piece of Humor, Franccesca Kazerooni

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Using Positive Psychology Interventions to Combat Cyberbullying, Jeanne M. Kelber

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A Case for Hulu: How Personalized Advertising Will Bring About the Future of Television, Brant B. Kersten

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The Wealth Effects of the 2010-2011 Arab Uprisings: A Market Model Event Study, Rachit Khaitan

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Should Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation Be Implemented?, Jamie J. Kim

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Cracking the Hollywood Formula: The Secret Powers of the Superhero Franchise, Michelle Kim

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Swinging the Vote: Predicting the Presidential Election by State Vote Shares, William Edward Knowles II

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Deinstitutionalization and Its Discontents: American Mental Health Policy Reform, Olga Loraine Kofman

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For-Profit Higher Education in the United States: Turmoil in the Wake of the Financial Crisis, Kevin R. Krier

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Sustainable Transportation in The City of Claremont, Schuyler Kruizenga

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Can Online Sentiment Help Predict Dow Jones Industrial Average Returns?, Aria K. Krumwiede

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An Economic and Psychological Analysis of Auditor Independence, Jadin T. Kusman

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Residental Electricity Demand: An Analysis of the Current and Future United States Electricity Grid and Its Impact on Power Consumption, Miles R. Kvalheim

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The Decentralizing Process of Mexican Independence, Michael J. Lapadot

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The Earning Gap of Criminality: Effects of Stigma, Length and Form of Incarceration, Matthew P. Laredo

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In Bed with the Fed: The Battle Over K-12 Sex Education in the United States, Hannah Frey Lauber

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Conflictual Foreign Policy of the United States: Between Security and Human Rights, Chelsea K. Layman

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Justice and Obligation: Building on the Capability Approach, Ellen Lebow

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The Sucessful Brother: What Non-Profits Can Teach Businesses, Annastasia Kyung-Ah Lee

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Google at a Crossroad: A Case Study of Roto-Rooter, Christian Tain Lee

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Alignment Between Performance and NCAA Division I Football Head Coach Compensation, Daniel K. Lee

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Occupy This: The Effect of Income Inequality on GDP Per Capita Growth Using Panel Data in the United States from 1963 to 2009, Dylan B. Lee

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Short Stories about Home, Jung-Ah J. Lee

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The Tiger Mother and Model Minority: How the Asian Ameircan Parent-Adolescent Relationship Affects Mental Health and Education, Kevin Lee

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La Influencia de Jugadores de América Latina y España en El NBA de Una Perspectiva Mercadeo y de Negocios, Michael Ethan Lee

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Carried Interest: Beyond Mitt Romney's Tax Returns, Michelle Lee

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Fair Trade and Global Civil Society, Kathryn A. Leonnig

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A Historical Review of Five of the Top Fast Food Restaurant Chains to Determine the Secrets of Their Success, Alex Leon Lichtenberg

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Worked Out and Built In: Developing Effective Leaders to Achieve Employee Engagement and Profitability, Harvey X. Liu

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Who's Afraid of the Patent Trolls? Assessing the Market Impact of Landmark Patent Troll Litigation Outcomes, Xiaotong Li

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The Effects of Ownership on Bank Performance: A Study of Commercial Banks in China, Yancan Li

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France on a Pedestal: How Extensive Work-Life Policies Fail to Achieve Gender Equality for Women in the Work-Place, Cecily A. Lloyd