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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Company Culture: Comparing the Culture in the Silicon Valley and on Wall Street, Avantika Aggarwal

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Unrelenting Force, Christus Ahmanson

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Addressing the Post-Keynesian Critique: Exchange Rate Determination with an Extended Mundell-Fleming Model, Najeer Ahmed

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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 Drivers of Success in the NFL: Differences in Factors Affecting the Probability of Winning Based on First Half Performance, Zach Alleva

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The Effects of Macroeconomic Indicators and Event Shocks on Greek Stock and Bond Market Performance, Tejal Angolkar

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The Gender Gap in STEM: Do Conservative Gender Role Attitudes in Adolescent Girls Affect the Likelihood of Working in a STEM Career?, Alexandra N. Arnett

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Proximity to Children: A Geospatial Approach to Understanding the Relationship between Fast Food and Schools, Andrew Atwong

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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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The Effect of Mortality Salience on Death Penalty Sentencing Decisions when the Defendant is Severely Mentally Ill., Bryn Bandt-Law

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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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"A Dish Best Served Cold": Revenge Plots in Neo-Noir Narratives, Evan Barnswell

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Borders and Belonging: Using Oral History to Renegotiate Salvadoran Transnationalism, Jessica Barreno

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NAFTA's Impact on Mexico, the U.S., and Canada's Economies: A Look at Stock Returns, Justin Beck

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Is it all a Game? Gamification and a Restructuring of Values, Katharine M. Beck

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A Critical Examination of Oil Wealth Management Strategies and Their Effects on Economic Growth in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, Caroline J. Belmont

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The Performance of Melancholy: Understanding the Humours through Burton, Jonson, and Shakespeare, Lindsey N. Betts

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The Appetizer and Other Poems, Sam Blomberg

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Consumer Neuroscience: A Multi-disciplinary Approach to Marketing Leveraging Advances in Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics, Bridget E. Blum

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Playing God: An Analysis of Video Game Religion, Joshua K. Boren

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Voting, Politics, and Gender: Has America Paved the Way for a Female President?, Hannah Bower

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The Demand for the Unconditioned in the Antinomies: A Defense of Kant, Caroline Bowman

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

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Escaping the Poverty Trap: Formal Savings and Asset Accumulation in Rural Malawi, Audrey Breitwieser

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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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Mistakes, New and Old: Neoconservatives and the Consequences of Nation Building, August H. Bress

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Misuse of Executive Power as an Obstacle to Democratic Institutional Reform in Argentina, Anna C. Brito

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The Relationship between Self-Regulation and Stress, Sleep, and Behavioral Health, Clayton I. Brock

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Realizing the Right to Education: An Evaluation of Education Policy in Six States of India, Isabella Burch

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Fog Computing with Go: A Comparative Study, Ellis H. Butterfield

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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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All the King's Horses: Libya's Disintegration after the Revolution, Maresa E. Carnevale

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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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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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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 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