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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Unrelenting Force, Christus Ahmanson

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

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

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

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Best Approximations, Lethargy Theorems and Smoothness, Caleb Case

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bitcoin: Implications for the Developing World, Makari Krause

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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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A Unified Framework of the Shared Aesthetic Experience, Huakai Liao

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

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A Cross-Examination of Global Homicide Rates, Alec Linz

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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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U.S. Intervention in Latin America: An Evolving Policy, or a Quest for Supremacy?, John G. Marshall

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The Cognitive Implications of Aristotelian Habituation and Intrinsic Valuation, David F. McCaslin

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An Evaluation of Performance Regarding the Contract Year in Professional Baseball, MacKenzie Menthen

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A Preference for Freedom: Kantian Implications for an Incompatibilist Will and Practical Accountability, Maggie Miller

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The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games: The Miscalculation of Cost-Benefit Analyses and Why Cities Continue to Bid, Zachary E. Mobilian

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Universalism and Multiculturalism: The Failings of French and American Civic Education, Bridget A. Moran

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Manipulation That Matters: The Manipulation Debate Considered, Samuel C. Nordstrom

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Military Threat or Political Tool: An Examination of Mithridates VI Eupator of Pontus as a Threat to the Roman Republic from 88-63 B.C., Samuel O'Braitis

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Best Friends Forever? The Influence of Technology on High-Quality and Low-Quality Childhood Friendships, Molly R. O'Donnell

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From Ruby-Red to Deep Purple: How New Hampshire Became a Top-Ten Swing State, Hannah Oh

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The Effect of Changing Environmental Factors on the Resurgence of Dengue Fever and Severe Dengue, Shannon M. O'Neill

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Who Plays Nice? Mechanisms Behind Individual Differences in Children's Altruistic Tendencies, Nicole A. Orozco

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A Philosophically Appealing Nietzschean Theory of Value, Gustavo Pires de Oliveira Dias

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Repealing Section 1031: The Economic Impact, Alex Poltash

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CRISPR-Cas9 Mediated Restoration of Dystrophin Expression and Inhibition of Myostatin: A Novel Gene Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Apoorva Rangan

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Employer-Provided Health Insurance as a Potential Deterrent to Entrepreneurship, Kethan Reddy

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A Quantitative Analysis of the Influence of Food Availability on Obesity in the United States, Alexander B. Reeser

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Perspectives of Work-Life Balance: The Path to Maximizing Individual Well-Being and Organizational Productivity, Carlene M. Roberts

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How to Enhance Financial Statement Reliability in the United States, Tara Robinson

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Trends and Changes of Precipitation in Costa Rica, Christopher Rojas

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Conditional Cash Transfers and Their Effect on Poverty, Inequality, and School Enrollment: The Case of Mexico and Latin America, Maria Romano

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Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements 16: An Examination of the Escrow Industry in California, Molly A. Rubidoux

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Disaster Capitalism: Impact on the Great Flood of 1993, Katherine J. Savard

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Insuring the Success of Microfinance: The Application of Cluster Analysis to Conduct Customer Segmentation on Microcredit Borrowers, Alessandra L. Savino

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The Role of Disruptive Innovation, Personality Characteristics, and Business Models on Entrepreneurial Success, Will Shannon

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Transformative Experience: Are Real-world Experiences as Transformative as We Think?, Janelle Shiozaki

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U.S. Immigration Policy and the Transnational Expansion of Gangs in the Northern Triangle, Isabel M. Skilton

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Population Ethics: A Metaethical Comparison, Clay W. Spence

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Player Performance and Team Revenues: NBA Player Salary Analysis, Tyler Stanek

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Identification of RNA-binding proteins associated with H19 lncRNA translation avoidance, Michael A. Swift

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HPLC and MS/MS Method for the Separation and Identification of Inositol Phosphates in C. Reinhardtii, Travis Y. Tu

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Who Will Be the First to Buy Autonomous Vehicles? An Application of Everett Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovations Theory, Reilly Jackson Umberger

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The Value of Commerce in The Merchant of Venice, Caroline B. Ward

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Interdependent Self-Construal: A Link to Psychological Resilience, Tyler West

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Defining the Personality Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs, Jack S. Witte

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John Rawls’ Theory of Justice and Mixed Conception with a Social Minimum Principle, Kevin Wu

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The Effect of Stress Coping Techniques in Sports, Lestter Yeh

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San Francisco’s Housing Price Surge: Strained Market Fundamentals or Exaggerated Expectations?, Emily Zhang

Senior Theses from 2015

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M&A in M&E: Acquirer Announcement Effects of Mergers & Acquisitions in the Media and Entertainment Industry, Mohammad Abdul-Rahim

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Native American Gaming Jurisprudence: An Analysis of the Supreme Court's Tribal Gaming Decisions and Their Effects on Tribal Sovereignty, C.W. Lucas Agnew

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Managing and Organizing an Institutionalized White House Staff: Multiple Advocacy in 21st Century Domestic and Foreign Policymaking, Richard G. Ahne

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Malnutrition Through Constructivism: How International Organizations Succeed in Sustaining Nutrition Interventions in Kenya, Elham Ali

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Does Tanking Work? Evidence from the NBA, Scott E. Anderson

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Finding Truth in Literature, Antonia Ivo Antonova

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U.S. Foreign Policy in Pakistan: Bringing Pakistan Into Line with American Counterterrorism Interests, Henry E. Appel

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The Political Economy of Environmental Justice: A Comparative Study of New Delhi and Los Angeles, Ratik Asokan

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Acceptance-Rejection Sampling with Hierarchical Models, Christian A. Ayala

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Family Characteristic and Savings Behavior in Malawi, Kyung Tae Bae

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Magic Wood, Nadia Stosija Barulich

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Reporting on Reporting: How Content is Changed by Contexts, Daniel Beer

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Economic Considerations for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Utility-Scale Electricity Generation in California, Cameron R. Bernhardt