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 2015

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Abenomics’ First Arrow: The Effects of the Bank of Japan’s Quantitative and Qualitative Monetary Easing On Japan’s Economy, John B. Ho

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An Analysis Of Water Rates And Home Prices: A Case Study, Valerie Ho

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Obligation vs. Economy: The Morality and Economic Complications of Capital Punishment, Christian Conor Hoxsie

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Home Court Advantage: An Analysis of Discrimination in the NBA, Alvin J. Huang

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It's Worse Than We Think: Why It Matters That We Underestimate Depression, Tess Hubbeling

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Applications of Monte Carlo Methods in Statistical Inference Using Regression Analysis, Ji Young Huh

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Examining Tanzania's Development Landscape, Jenna Hussein

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The Procedural Aspect of the Rule of Law: India as a Case Study for Distinguishing Concept from Conception, Karina T. Hwang

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Beyond Facts and Formality: How Different Genres Remember Japanese American Experiences During World War II, Midori Ishizuka

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The Development of Entrepreneurial Decision Making: The Effect of Feedback and Gender on Risk Taking, Confidence and Decision Making, Rhea Jain

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The Effect of Culture and Islam on the Use of International Financial Reporting Standards: Case of the Middle East, Hashim M. Jamil

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South Korean Men and the Military: The Influence of Conscription on the Political Behavior of South Korean Males, Hyo Sung Joo

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Investigating the Transcriptional Basis of Genome Elimination by a ‘Selfish’ B Chromosome in Nasonia vitripennis, Kelsey E. Kaeding

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Is Going Public the Best Decision? A Study Analyzing the Impact of Initial Public Offerings in European Football, Sumer Kandhari

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Re-imaginando la Educación Intercultural Bilingüe (EIB) en Chile: Reflexiones en torno al fracaso de los programas de EIB para el pueblo mapuche, Juetzinia A. Kazmer

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A Comparative Analysis of Indicators for Female Labor Force Participation across Developed and Developing Countries, Julia A. Keinan

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Not Our Fight Alone: An Analysis of the US Strategy Combating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, James E. Kelly

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Complex Multi-Level Games: The Case of Israeli-Arab Negotiations, Lauren Kenney

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Appeals for “One Million Belgian Children”: Understanding the Success of the Commission for Relief in Belgium through the Mudd Family Papers, Brian David Key

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The Convergence To International Accounting Standards: A Detailed Case Study On India's Progress, Vahin Khosla

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An Idealist's Journey: George Clayton Foulk and U.S.-Korea Relations, 1883-1887, Joohyun Kim

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Money Craving in China and Korea: Football Club Performance and the Share Prices of Owning Corporations, MJ Min Jun Kim

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Investor Sophistication and the Implications of Order Backlog for Future Earnings, Jaison Kimura

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Friends in High Places: Measuring the Effects of Compensation Committee Characteristics on CEO Pay Packages in 2013, Danielle M. Knott

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Attachment and the Adoptive Family: Identifying Common Issues and Methods for Improvement, Sophia A. Kobus-Pigg

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The Wage Returns to Same-Sex Parenthood and Their Role in Sexual Orientation Wage Differentials, Derek M. Ko

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Addressing the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Low-Income Women in Argentina, Allison Krugman

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Juvenile Transfer to Adult Criminal Court: Why Transfer is Not the Best Method in Addressing Juvenile Delinquency, Sarah E.S. Kukino

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From Legally Confidential to Financially Confident: Resolving the Tension between Lawyers and Auditors over Contingent Liability Disclosure, Samantha Nicole Kunz

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The Influence of Content and Context Motivation on Advertisement Effectiveness Online, Sung Mo Ku

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Time for Women to Shine: Gender Equality and the Japanese Legal System, Jasmine Lai

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Suspicious Minds: An Analysis of Insanity and Legal Accountability in American Criminal Law, Jessica O. Laird

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Whose Identity? An Argument for Granting Authority of Identity to the Individual, Demetrius A. Lalanne

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Crafting a Compelling Action Hero Movie: A Psychological Inquiry into the Identification of Key Elements in Successful Storytelling through Film, Adrian Sai Hay Lam

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Why does the U.S. Continue to Use GAAP and Will it Ever Converge to IFRS?, Hester Lam

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An Exposition and Calibration of the Ho-Lee Model of Interest Rates, Benjamin I. Lawson

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Against the Grain: The IMF, Bread Riots, and Altered State Development in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, David M. Leathers

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Bidding Wars and the Efficiency of Market Announcement Effects, Edward K J Leathers

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Employment-to-Population Ratio Goes Low: An Analysis of the Recent Aggregate Labor Market Behavior in the United States, Hee Yoon Lee

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The Religion of Sport, Maarten K. Lefor

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The Power of Media in the Criminal Justice System: How Celebrity Culture has Affected the Prosecution of Professional Athletes, Isabel T. Lester

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Singing the Blues Away: Songwriting as a Coping Mechanism for Depression, Andrew Levihn-Coon

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Exploring Algorithmic Musical Key Recognition, Nathan J. Levine

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Brasil Como un Poder Global: ¿Todavía Existe la Potencial?, Michael R. Levy

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Understanding the Dynamics of Misperceptions in Southeast Asia, Tsu-Yuan Lin

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A Global Ranking of Political Science and Public Administration Journals, Peilun Liu

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Policy Recommendations to Improve Health Care in China, Xinzhu Li

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Democratic Transition: An Authoritarian Leader's Perspective, Zheyuan Li

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The Effect of Institutional Shareholding on the Informational Efficiency of Stock Prices: Evidence from the Hang Seng Index, Chun Yin Lo

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Coastal Environmental Policies and Water: Environmental Values in Ghana and Senegal, Molly R. Loftus

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The Effect of Climate Change on Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa, Shelby K. Long

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Shelby County v. Holder: An Analysis on the Continued Need for Preclearance, Elena Lopez

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A Framework for the Pursuit of Happiness: Personality as It Relates to Subjective Well-being, Emma B. Ludlum

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Chinese Medicine's Commercialization and its Social and Environmental Impact, Yi Luo

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Just Housing: An Examination of Inequality in John Rawls’ Theory of Justice as Fairness, Julian E. Mackie

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The Effect of Increasing Information in the Major League Baseball Trade Market, Andrew H. MacPhail

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Chladni Figures through Vibrating Plates, Samuel A. Malagon

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The Balanced Scorecard and its Application to the Marketing Function, Karan Malik

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Examining the Relationship Between Received Remittances and Education in Malawi, Kasvi Malik

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Working on the Troubles in Northern Ireland: The Role of International Funding Bodies in the Peace Process, Brianna Masciel

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The Path to Social Innovation in the United States, Kyra McAndrews

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Subsidies, Agriculture, & Climate Change, Kevin McNamara

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Deconstructing the Third Rail: An Analysis of the Issue of Poverty in the United States Through the Lens of Social Security, Nikita Mehandru

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Legal and Social Implications of the 3D Printing Revolution, Alexander J. Mendoza

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An Analysis of the Determinants of Intercollegiate Athletic Success Among NCAA Division I and Division III Institutions, Samuel P. Meyers

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Brand Obama: How Barack Obama Revolutionized Political Campaign Marketing in the 2008 Presidential Election, Abigail MIchaelsen

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Deterring Nuclear Attacks on Japan: An Examination of the U.S.-Japan Relationship and Nuclear Modernization, Alyssa M. Minamide

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The Effects of El Nino and La Nina Weather Events on Corn Futures Prices, Christian Mkpado

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The State Business Incentives Arms Race: Which States Participate?, Charlie Montgomery

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Examining The Effect Of Income Inequality On Academic Achievement, Sara Mostatabi

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Drought Measures and The Coffee Girl: A Creative Writing Thesis, Regina O. Mullen

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Why Corporations Avoid Taxes Through Inversions: How To Fix the United States Tax System, Joshua Naon

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Effect of Gender on Bystander Intervention, Nicholas B. Nasse

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The Emiratization of Shari'a: Islam, Modernization and the Legal System of the United Arab Emirates, Christian C. Neumeister

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A Critique of the American Presidency: Crisis Management Successes and Failures, Mark Nietzel

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The Effects of Tablets on Learning: Does Studying from a Tablet Computer Affect Student Learning Differently Across Educational Levels, Devin M. Nishizaki

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Virtue, Politics, and Republican Heroes: A Comparison of George Washington and Cato the Younger, Kayla A. Nonn

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One-Bit Compressive Sensing with Partial Support Information, Phillip North

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Production Deduction, What’s Your Function?: Analyzing the Effectiveness of the Domestic Production Activities Deduction, Keerthana Nunna

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From Both Sides of the Desk: The Understanding and Application of Individual Learning Styles, Gabriela Ozer

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Differences Between Ind AS and IFRS: Can Full Convergence Ever Occur Between the Two?, Shoubhik Pal

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Promoting Bold Investment in Renewable Energy Research and Development, Melanie C. Paty

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Schaffer and Monism: Validating the Priority of the Whole, Phillip AV Pennell

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Legacy of the Bear: How Contemporary Russia-NATO Tensions Have Been Shaped by Soviet Politico- Military Security Considerations and the Fall of the Soviet Union, Samuel Victor Perrella

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Exploring How J. David Velleman’s Theory of Mutual Interpretability Affects Our Personal Identity and Self-Understanding, Felipe A.Z. Peterson

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Nixon’s Jaded Teenagers: Measuring the Cohort Effects of Watergate, Samuel F. Pitcavage

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Presidential Power in an Era of Congressional Deference: How Congress and the American People Are Failing Each Other, Kosta Psaltis

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Examining Gains in Operational Efficiency in Public-to-Private and Private-to-Private Transactions, Dante Quazzo

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Executive Prerogative: The Constitutionality and Future Implications of President Barack Obama's 2014 Executive Order regarding Immigration Law in the United States of America, Christopher J. Rama

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The Impact of Motorcycles on Air Quality and Climate Change: a Study on the Potential of Two-Wheeled Electric Vehicles, Chad Redman

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The Practicality of Statistics: Why Money as Expected Value Does Not Make Statistics Practical, Sean Reimer

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Combating Sexual Assault on Campus: What Secular Schools Can Learn from Religious Ones, Brad K. Richardson

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Perceptions of Public Land Usage in the Eastern Sierra Nevada and the Effect of Environmental Regulation, Cameron C. Ridley

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Proyectos de desarrollo sostenible basados en la comunidad: una empresa de ecoturismo en El Topo, Ecuador, Erin Ristig

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The Resource Curse and Economic Freedom: A Bayesian Perspective, Daniel M. Roberts

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A Study on the Effect of Marijuana Laws on Recidivism, Joseph L. Romano

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Dueling with Distrust and Dual Loyalty: Palestinian Identity in Jordan from 1988 to 1994, Rebecca L. Rosenthal

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Do Internal Funds play an important role in Financing Decisions for Constrained Firms?, Barun Roychowdhury

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Shared Leadership: The Framework of a New Theory and Its Practical Application, Alexandra J. Ruark

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Palestinian Memory and Identity, McClatchy Jack Ruskin