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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The Internet of Things: An Analysis of Barriers to the Adoption of Smart Cities and Smart Homes, Shek Hin Justin Chan

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Environmental Justice Litigation in California: How Effective is Litigation in Addressing Slow Violence?, Deedee Chao

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Using Machine Learning to Detect Malicious URLs, Aidan Cheng

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The Role of the Dosage Compensation Complex as a Pathway for Spiroplasma to Induce Male Lethality in Drosophila melanogaster, Becky Cheng

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Nudging Towards Social Change: The Application of Psychology and Behavioral Economics in Promoting Responsible Consumption, Larissa Chern

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Economic Interdependence between Taiwan and Mainland China, Sharon Chiang

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Virtual Links with Finite Medial Bikei, Julien Chien

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The Effects of Efficient Innovation on Industry Stock Returns During 2008 Financial Crisis, Alexander Choi

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Discovering Hidden Networks Using Topic Modeling, Wyatt Cooper

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Protecting the "Worst of the Worst": The Constitutional Rights of Non-Citizen Enemies in World War II and the War on Terror, Lane Hannah Corrigan

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The Rise of Uber: Economic Effects of Ride Sharing Services on Taxis and the Implications for the Sharing Economy, Olivia Cowley

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The Real Estate and Stock Market During the Great Depression: Construction Permit Growth as a Leading Economic Indicator for Stock Returns, Will Cresap

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The Myth of Persephone: Body Objectification from Ancient to Modern, Melanie Daifotis

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An Empirical Study of Marginal Value Obtained Through Additional Years of College in Professional Basketball Players, Nicholas Kimon Daifotis

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Examining Lebanon’s Susceptibility to Foreign Influence: Institutional Roadblocks to State Stability, Malek Debbas

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The Interconnection of the Great Recession, Income Disparity, Segregated Metropolitan Districts, and Their Significance to All in the U.S., Marcellus Demer

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A Journey to New Narratives: How Sri Lankan Migrant Women Challenge Perceptions through Resistance, Kimaya de Silva

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Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, John Dewald

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Blood Ba'ath: The Rise and Fall of the Ba'ath Party in Syria and Iraq, Alisha Malika Dhalla

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The Differentiating Personal and Tactical Dimensions of Head Coaches in the NFL: Why is Bill Belichick Successful When Others Are Not?, Patrick Dixon

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Collective Memory and History: An Examination of Perceptions of Accuracy and Preference for Biased “History” Passages, Stephanie Doi

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A Problematic Business Model: The Effect of Private Prisons on Arrests, Claire Donnelly

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The Fear Factor: Determinants of Entrepreneurial Fear of Failure, Pema Donyo

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Factors Effecting Departure Delays in Multi-Airport U.S. Regions, Spencer Drazovich

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The Due Process Clause: Analyzing The Supreme Court's Substantive Due Process Jurisprudence, Eleanor Eaton

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The American Nightmare: Failures of Juvenile Justice and Recommendations for Change, Jennie Egan

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What are the Potential Impacts of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning on the Auditing Profession?, Chantal Evett

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Revenue Incentives and Referee Propensity to Make Foul Calls in the NBA Finals, Daniel Fallon-Cyr

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The Factors that Affect First-Generation Students’ College Enrollment and Success, Arielle B. Farias

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Determinants of Organ Donor Registration Rates Among Young Americans, Syed Umar Farooq

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This is Fun: A Memoir, Katelyn Faust

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An Analysis of Latino Trump Voters in the 2016 Election, Micaela Ferguson

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The Adventure of a Lifetime: Examining Life Lessons in Eighteenth Century Literature, Griffin Ferre

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Phage display to identify functional resistance mutations to Rigosertib, Nedim Filipovic

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Education in Nazi Germany: Ideology, Hitler Youth, and Elite Schools, Jonathan David Finkelstein

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A Golden Opportunity: An Analysis of Gold and the VIX as Safe Haven Assets, Samuel Firth

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Antisocial Media: Information Mismanagement in Vietnam, Nora Flaherty

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The Progression of Agile Software Development, Kayla Flaten

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Qué Tan Lejos Hemos Ido y Qué Tan Lejos Nos Queda: Los Niños Trabajadores y La Erradicación del Trabajo Infantil en Ecuador, Alicia Serna Frausto

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Well-Being, Capabilities, and Health Measurement: Conceptual Similarities Between the Capability Approach and Daniel Hausman’s Liberal State, Benjamin James Fusek

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Tapping the Potential of Sports: Incentives in China’s Reformation of the Sports Industry, Yu Fu

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Parental Bargaining and Gender Gap in Primary Education Expenditure, Qianyun Gao

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The Impact of Macroeconomic Changes on Restaurant Segment Stock Returns, Jack Gerstenberger

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Postfeminism Analysis of Sexualized Images in Fashion Advertisements, Sara A. Ginsburg

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Pitch it to Me: The Determinants of a Professional Baseball Pitcher’s Salary, Jacob Glasser

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The 1936 Nazi Olympic Games; The First Truly Modern Olympiad, Quinn Glosniak

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Children in the Dark, Shannon Golden

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Who Can Retire with a 401(k)? Assessing the Effectiveness of Plans in the Changing Environment Around Retirement Planning in the United States, Ramon Gomez

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Paternal Incarceration, Spousal Abuse, Parental Illness, and the Unknown Causes of Childhood Homelessness, Brandon Granaada

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Jeb Bush and Donald Trump: An Analysis of Campaign Finance in the 2016 Presidential Elections, Zachary Robert Grau

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The Relationship of Elderly Health Issues and Intergenerational Financial Transactions, Natalie Green

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The State Response to the Discovery of a Peacetime Covert Operation, Michael Grouskay

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Housing Prices in Jingjinji, Huninghang and Pearl River Delta, Jinlin Gu

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Understanding The Impact and Implications of Labor Leverage on Cash Holdings, Matthieu Hafemeister

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Vehicle to Vehicle Communication in Level 4 Autonomy, Seyedsalar Hajimirsadeghi

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The Future of Marine Travel: The Fully-Electric, High-Performance Motor Boat, Riley P. Hall

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The United States Foster Care System: An Analysis of Racial Inequality and Privatization Efforts, Khadija Hassanali

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The 2016 Presidential Election: Contingencies, Fundamentals, and a Psychological Analysis of Favorability, Jeb Head

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The Impact of the Current Disclosure Requirements Surrounding Permanently Reinvested Earnings, Alexa Heydenberk

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Prevention of Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer by Combined Oral Contraceptives: A Demographics Study, Joanna S. Heywood

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Regaining Independence: A Critical Look at the Chicago Housing Authority from 2000 to 2016, Francesca Hidalgo-Wohlleben

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Milwaukee's Black Middle Class and the Struggle for Recognition, Dylan Hoey

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Disillusionment and Disaggregation: Why Did Asian Americans Vote for Trump?, Catalina Huamei Huang

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The Effects of Police Interventions on Darknet Market Drug Prices, Glenn Hull

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Manipulating Lipid Spreading Domain Formation with Compositional Gradients and Plasmonic Nanoparticles, Chen-min Hung

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The Giving Tree Academy, David A. Hurdle

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The Gender Gap in Immigrant Entrepreneurship: The Role of Culture and Home Country Self-Employment, Amy Ingram

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Diversity: Is it worth it?, Christopher jackson

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An Introduction to the Theory and Applications of Bayesian Networks, Anant Jaitha

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Extraversion, Empathy, and Humor Style: An Investigation of the Introverted Sense of Humor, Phillip Jauregui

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An Audience Reception Analysis of the Depth and Breadth of Lifestyle Blogging Communities, Sonya Jendoubi

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Deliberative Duties of Modern Citizens Based on a Historical Examination of Democratic Self-Governance, Andrea Jewett

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On "Thinking Outside the Box", Han Jia

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The Chinese Dragon Lands in Africa: Chinese Contracts and Economic Growth in Africa, Bhavin Jindal

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Determining Backbone Conformations of CRE Sequence B-DNA: A Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Mathematical Modeling Study, Amy Johnson

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A New Approximation Scheme for Monte Carlo Applications, Bo Jones

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The US-UK Nuclear Relationship: Not Just a Measure for the Cold War, David Kahan

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Cannae, Adrianople and the Comparative Health of the Roman Empire, Jason Kan

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Sister: Poems, Liat Kaplan

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Leveraging Sound, Space and Visual Art in an Installation, Ryan Karle

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Analyzing Large Shocks to the Dow Jones Industrial Average using Historical Industry-Specific Leverage Ratios, Ammar Karmali

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A New Frontier: But for Whom? An Analysis of the Micro-Computer and Women’s Declining Participation in Computer Science, Eliana Keinan

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It's Not Black and White: An Empirical Study of the 2015-2016 U.S. College Protests, Kaitlyn Anne Kelleher

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The Resounding Impact of Napster, Inc. An Analysis of A & M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc., Isabella Kelly

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Mom, Dad, Help Please: The Home Environment’s Influences on a Child’s Math Ability, Nicole Kerkhof

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Red Lights, White Hope: Race, Gender, and U.S. Camptown Prostitution in South Korea, Julie Kim

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Dipping Beneath the Surface: Poems, Brian Koh

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Sovereign Debt after Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital: Developing a Framework for Sovereign Default Arbitration, Katherine Gorter Krey

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An Examination of Trends in Tuition Costs and Student Borrowing Behavior in Higher Education, Kathleen E. Kuosman

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The Internet, Aesthetic Experience, and Liminality, Stephanie LaFace

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Alcibiades: Unfulfilled Dreams of Unequivocal Power, Olivia Lanaras

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The Irrational Interventionist: A Precedent for Presidents in U.S. Foreign Policy, Rachel Lang

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Stock Returns and Industrial Production: A Sectoral Analysis, Griffin Lazarus

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College as Capability Enhancement, Cristina Lee

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The Politics of Head Start, the Most Popular Survivor of the War on Poverty, Grace Lee

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Justice in Migration: A Case Study for War Refugees, Taylor Lemmons

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Sunshowers in Winter: A Novel, Cassandra Lewis

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Tackling Prejudice Towards Specific Out-groups: A Test of the Stereotype Content Model, Elijah Lichtenberg

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Does Fundamental Analysis Lead to a Rudimentary Momentum Strategy for the Inexperienced Investor? Evidence from a Student Investment Fund, Nicholas J. Lillie

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Ji Sor (1997): Self-Realization of Women in Cinema and in History, Tong (Hilary) Lin