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 2016

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Compounding the Sacred and the Profane: How Economic Theory Brings New Insight to the Growth and Decline of American Protestantism, Bretton Chad

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How the Natural State Turned Red: Political Realignment in Arkansas, Kathryn M. Chakmak

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Restauración de la Diplomacia y Sus Implicaciones: Los Próximos Pasos en las Relaciones entre los Estados Unidos y Cuba, Emily Chambard

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A Necessary Evil: Livy's Cyclical History and the Metus Hostilis, Victor Chan

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The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act: The Solution or the Problem?, Sophie S. Chou

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A Kantian Revision of the Doctrine of Double Effect, Andrew H. Chung

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Driving Under the Influence of Ads: The Relationship between Roadside Advertising and Traffic Accidents in Massachusetts, Andrew Clary

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Efficient Use of Force: Evaluating Police Tactics in Reducing Gun Violence, Meredith Cockerham

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REpresentational State Transfer in the Modern Internet, Daniel R. Cogan

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Water and Sanitation Policy in Selected Case Studies: Equatorial Guinea, Malawi, and Mauritania, Byron Cohen

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The Political Implications of Felon Disenfranchisement Laws in the United States, Katharine G. Connaughton

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Reconsidering Well-Being: Optimization at the Societal Level, Jasmine M. Cooper

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Obscure U: Complexity and Complicity in For-Profit University Financial Statements, Caroline R. Counts

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Travels with Charley, Heather Frances Cousins

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Crime in the NFL: Does an Arrest History Lead to Better Performance?, Austin D. Crist

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Determinants of Single-Family Home Price: Oakland, California, John Tanner Cullen

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China to the Rescue? Implications of Chinese Aid and Trade in Latin America Based on Evidence from Sino-African Cases, Jamie Curran

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Practical Paradise: Ethics for a Modern Age, Anthony P. Davanzo

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Alzheimer's Disease: The Triple Threat, Madeiene E. Davidson

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An Event Study Analysis of American Bank Holding Company Equity Returns upon Basel III Announcement, Brian R. Delaney

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Adventures at the Zero Lower Bound: A Bayesian Time-Varying Parameter Vector Autoregressive Analysis of Monetary Policy Uncertainty Shocks, Rachel M. Doehr

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Pairwise Antibiotic Interactions on Escherichia coli Under Changing Nutrient Conditions, Geneviève A. Donahey

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Opting Into Medicaid Expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Hospital Performance, Ryan Driscoll

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The Iranian Green Movement and the Journey of Democracy in the 20th and 21st Centuries, Alejandro A. Duran

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Breaking a Violent Cycle: Human Rights and Governance in Post-Genocide Rwanda, Jack Earley

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Show Me the Money: Performance Evaluation of Professional Stock Recommendations, Brian A. Eckhardt

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An Analysis of Education Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa, Katharine Eger

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Institutionalized Since Adolescence: Deconstructing the Legality and Legitimacy of Israel’s Incarceration of Palestinian Children, Zain Abdulla El-Jazara

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The Effect of Increased Regulation on Option Use Within the Information Technology Industry, Ahmed H. Eltamami

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Double Loss: The Economics of Death, Amber Falkner

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The Influence Exposure Has on Consumer Behavior, Ryan M. Farney

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Sentencing Reform In The Nation’s Juvenile Justice System: A Set of State and Federal Policy Recommendations Following Miller v. Alabama (2012), Jack J. Fernandes

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Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice: "America's Original Transgender Sweetheart" and the Construction of Womanhood, Celia M. Flinn

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Risk Gene v. Safety Net: An Analysis of the Factors the Drive Individuals to Become Entrepreneurs, Milly Fotso

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Equity is the New Black: Examining Changes in the Executive Compensation Structures of Internet Companies, Meghan K. Fuelling

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A Vehicle of Expression, Cristian Garcia

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Society and Suffering: City as Character in 19th Century Realism, Kevin T. Garske

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Relationships Within the Family Tree: Roots of Recidivism, Madison Gebhard

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Esports in Korea: A study on League of Legends team performances on the share price of owning corporations, Filbert Goetomo

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If I Think I Can: Do Short Term Career Search Self-Efficacy Interventions Work?, Kelsey Gohn

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Lattices and Their Application: A Senior Thesis, Michelle Goodwin

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Impact of the Reputation of Venture Capital Firms and Startup Participation in Accelerator Programs on Early-Stage Startup Growth, Emily R. Gran

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The Policy Determinants of Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa, Shane Griffee

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Lincoln, the Republican Party and The Drastic Shift From Voting Republican by Black Voters, to Calhoun Conservatism and Voting for the Democratic Party Among Black Voters: The Republican Party’s Loss of the Black Vote (1865 – 2016), Cameron N. Griffin

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Exploring Radio Frequency Positioning Methods and Their Use in Determining User Context in Public Spaces, Remy Guercio

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Social Networks and Innovation, Thomas Hague

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Impacts of Former Military Dictatorships on the Female Presidents of Brazil and Argentina, Theodore Hall

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The Impact of IFRS Adoption on Intangible Asset Accounting Treatment and Marketplace Decision-Making, Jason Harrington

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Impact from Texas Tort Law on Damages Recovered, Richard Samuel Harris

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Experts vs. Public, Who Knows Better? Factors Affecting High Growth Entrepreneurship in Developed and Developing Countries, Su Min Ha

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Identification of Functional Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms Associated with Breast Cancer Based on Chromatin Modifications, Laura E. Hayward

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Stabilizing California's Water Supply: A Strategy to Alleviate the Impacts of Drought with Desalination, Kelsey L. Heflin

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Craft Beer Expansion in the United States, Alex J. Herrera

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“Nobody speaking his native language:” The Problem of the Post-Western in Contemporary American Cinema, Tamas Hever

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From SEATO to ASEAN: Prospects for Collective Security in Southeast Asia, Joseph R. Hinton

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Determining the Reservoir Species of Zaire Ebola Virus: A Proposed Epidemiological Survey, Nicole M. Hohnstein

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Challenges Involved in the Automation of Regression Analysis, Rachelle Holmgren

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MLB Owners' Functional Background and their Franchise's Performance, Matthew E. Howell

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Nietzschean Ethics: One's Duty to Overcome, Emmanuel Hurtado

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Social Media and the Future of U.S. Presidential Campaigning, Annie S. Hwang

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Peer Misbehavior Effects in the Classroom, Alex Hwung

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The Development of an English Antislavery Identity in the Eighteenth Century, John Gilbert Hyatt

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The Growth of Executive Power and the Modern Presidency: Nixon to Clinton, Joseph G. Hylton

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The Effects of the 1933 Bank Holiday and the Emergency Banking Act of 1933 on the Systematic Risks of Various Industries, James E. Ingram

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Representation Yesterday and Today: The Changing Link between Public Opinion and Policy Outcomes over Time, Michael Irvine

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Non-Governmental Organization Vulnerabilities: Donors and Resource Dependence, Carolyn A. Islam

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Sustainability in Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Interaction Design, Samuel Jackson

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Caring About Sharing: Regulating Uber and Airbnb in California, Jessica Jin

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Corrosive Culture and the Individual, Jessica Jin

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Never Look Away: Changing Societal Norms to Eradicate Domestic Violence in Tamil Nadu, India, Adrienne P. Johnson

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Comparative Susceptibility and Mechanisms of Resistance to Host Defense Peptides in Daptomycin-Susceptible and Non-Susceptible Clinical Isolates of Staphylococcus aureus, Colin Wolcott Johnson

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Regional Determinants of the Gender Pay Gap in the United States, Kyle Johnson

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Assessing Equity in Artisanal Mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Maya Kale

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"I Voted": Examining the Impact of Compulsory Voting on Voter Turnout, Nina A. Kamath

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Tracing Islamic Extremist Ideologies: The Historical Journey of Jihad from the Late Antique Period to the 21st Century, Nikhil Kanade

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The Effects of Gender Diversity in Boards and Top Management of Companies, Tooba Karim

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Different Person? Nta Kibazo: An Analysis of Trauma and Personal Identity, Lauren M. Kelley

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The Birth of the American Social Spirit: The American Child Labor Reform Movement and Urban Social Consciousness at the Turn of the 20th Century, Timothy Kent

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A Conflict-Sensitive Approach to Conditional Cash Transfers in Indonesia: Can CCTs Reduce Conflict?, Glenys Kirana

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“Let Joy Size at God Knows When to God Knows What”: Gerard Manley Hopkins’s Struggle for Comfort, and the Illuminating Nature of Unwarranted Suffering, Joel Kirk

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Assessing the Suitability of Python as a Language for Parallel Programming, Manav S. Kohli

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Bitcoin: Implications for the Developing World, Makari Krause

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Evaluation of an Augmentative and Alternative Communication Intervention for Individuals with Aphasia., Michelle Lam

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The Importance of Strong Governmental Institutions in Military Subordination: Mexico and Argentina, a Comparative Study, Eli Landman

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Recognizing the Flaws of the Emotive Regime: The Benefits of Pragmatic Criminal Justice Policies in the United States, Shelby Lane

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Rethinking Venezuela’s Relationship to Oil: A Proposal to Reform Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A (PDVSA), Erin Larsen

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Success Through Disruptive Innovation? The Impact of Disruptive Innovation on Publicly Traded Technology Firms, Taylor Lemmon

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A Unified Framework of the Shared Aesthetic Experience, Huakai Liao

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Activity versus Achievement: A Closer Look at Young Adult Participation in the Political Process between 1972-2008, Kwali N. Liggons

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The Dock, Yvonne Likomanova

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Examining the Effects of Differential Language on Social Skills in Bilingual Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Nataly Lim

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"And the Winner is..." Predicting Presidential Elections, Amanda Lin

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For Fox Sake: Animal Roles and Interspecies Empathy, Kari K B Linder

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Cat Videos or Campaign Websites: Does Internet Access Make You More Likely to Vote?, Sara L. Linssen

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Topic Analysis of Hidden Trends in Patented Features Using Nonnegative Matrix Factorization, Yicong Lin

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A Cross-Examination of Global Homicide Rates, Alec Linz

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Are You Smarter than an Ostrich: Does “Skin in the Game” Influence an Investor’s Portfolio Monitoring Behavior?, Iris Liu

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How Cutting the Cost of Using a Bank Affects Household’s Behavior of Remittance Transfers: Evidence From a Field Experiment in Rural Malawi, Chuyuan Lu

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The Benefits of Having a Comprehensive Financial Plan for the Average Consumer, And the Necessary Components Comprised to Make an Effective and Efficient Plan, Nicholas M. Lund

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Growing Pains: An Analysis of High Growth Companies and the Attributes that Influence Their Continued Growth, Gavin Zellweger Mackinlay