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 Environment, Economics, and Politics
  • Best Senior Thesis in Gender Studies
  • Best Senior Thesis in Government
  • Best Senior Thesis in History
  • Best Senior Thesis in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • 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

Please NOTE the theses in this collection are Undergraduate Senior Theses completed by Senior Undergraduate students who have received a bachelor's degree. Many are made Openly Accessible at the request of the Author. Some authors have chosen to keep their These closed to the current faculty, students, and staff of the Claremont Colleges. If you are not a current member and cannot download, note that we cannot provide you access to the Theses.

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Senior Theses from 2021

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Investigating the Power of Analyst Price Targets in Generating Abnormal Returns, Alexander Alsop

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Armed Conflict, Trauma and the Fight for Quality Refugee Education, Simran Arora

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A Further Analysis of the Economic Effects of Rising Central Debt: Initial Implications for Coronavirus Stimuli, Emily Attiyeh

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The Effects of Working Memory and Language Learning on Auditory Brainstem Responses, Amelia Ayala

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The Impact of Credit Rating Adjustment Methodologies on Market Perceptions of Default Risk, Alexander Barker

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What Factors Are Responsible for the Variation In Stock Market Returns of G20 Country Benchmark Indices During the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic?, Rebecca Berger

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Destruction of Belief: Reconsidering using Social Media as Testimony, Peter Blumberg

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The Market for Marijuana: Implications of a Tax Change in Washington State, Henry Brown

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Factory to Table: A Philosophic Analysis of the Justice or Lack Thereof of Agricultural Markets, Will Carter

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Exploring the Women's Incarceration Problem, Janet Chen

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Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on air pollution in urban and rural areas of the United States, Tanner Cress

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AI in Personnel Selection: Computing Talent or Augmenting Bias?, Emma David

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How Good are Equity Analysts? Investigating the Impact of Analyst Recommendations on Portfolio Performance, Maxwell Dawson

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The Effect of Firm ESG Performance on the Cost of Issuing Corporate Bonds in the U.S. Debt Market, Rishi Raj Deva

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The Effects of Retirement on Division III Collegiate Athletes' Mental Health, Laura Dickinson

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The Effects of Humor when Coping with Stress, Rahmel Dixon

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Measuring the Effect of Patents on GDP at the Metropolitan Level, Ellis Douglas

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Characterization of late 7th/ early 6th century BCE storage jars from Tel Akko, Israel, using petrography and LA-ICP-MS: Implications for understanding intra-regional distribution of storage jars in the Southern Levant, Kelsey Driscoll

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More than a Myth: The Benefits of Incorporating Holistic Healing Methods from Native American and Mexican Cultures to Approach Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatment, Juliana Favela

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Unlocking the Energy Within; A Journey Through Healing and Evolution, Juliana Favela

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The Ignored Issue of Poor-Quality Antimalarials, Daniela Finkel

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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Future of Audit, Jessica Sydney Fox

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Gentrification and Racial Displacement in the Aftermath of California Wildfires, Patrick Gavin

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Duty for Imagination: A Philosophical Analysis of Imagination & Defined Benefit Pension Accounting, Abigail Gilliland

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Climate Change in Fiction: The Evolution and Challenges of Environmental Apocalyptic Literature, Lauren Gode

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How a sports team can create a national identity that builds interracial relations and fosters integration, Matthew Grundlingh

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Developing Culturally Versatile Leadership: Harnessing the Potential of an Integrated World Through Global Managerial Talent, Uddhav Gupta

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Twitter’s Relationship with Overreaction in Individual Security Returns, David Halle

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Reducing Binge Drinking Behavior: The Intersection of Implementation Intentions and Drinking Motives, Zach Heffernan

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Understanding Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and the use of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as a potential pharmacological treatment, Brielle Huddy

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Understanding the Epigenetic Role of 8-oxoguanine and OGG1 in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Kyrellos Ibrahim

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After 30 Years, the SEC Chooses to Reduce Environmental Disclosures?, Leana E. Jacobs

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The Privacy Predicament: An Event Study of Firm-Level Privacy Policy Changes and Their Effects on Returns, Victoria Johnson

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The Racial Wage Gap in Italian Soccer: Evidence from the 2019/2020 Serie A Season, Nate Joseph

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Did Sarbanes-Oxley Alter M&A Activity Amongst Corporations Charged With Financial Accounting Fraud?, Declan Judge

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What Attracts Foreign Direct Investment to Developing Countries: Cases of Brazil, China and India, Chahat Kaur

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Heart Rate Variability Interventions for Sports Training and Performance, Mitchell Kirsch

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An Evaluation of Knot Placement Strategies for Spline Regression, William Klein

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Us Housing Price Cycle after 2008 Recession, Lingkun Kong

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The Impact of the Nullification of the Individual Mandate in the ACA and its Effects on Health Insurance Enrollment, Henry Kraham

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The Motherhood Wage Penalty: New Evidence on Long-run Effects and Group Heterogeneity, Vera Kratz

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EVs Driving the Stock Market: An Empirical Analysis of the Effect of Electric Vehicle Tax Credits on Stock Price Volatility, Ethan Kruteck

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Morphological Changes in Dorsal Root Ganglia Macrophages Associated with Neuropathic Pain Mechanisms Suggest a Novel Target for Chronic Pain Therapy, Emily Kussick

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Loss Aversion as a Function of Social Isolation, Jessica Lee

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Using NMR Spectroscopy and Computational Chemistry to Confirm the Structure of Novel Antibiotic Nocamycin O, Stephanie Lewis

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Corporate Fraud: An Analysis of What Determines the Future of Fraudulent Companies, Nico Mannucci

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Designing the Next Generation of Institutional Advancement in Private Colleges: Organizational Strategies for Engaging New Audiences, Joshua T. Meadows

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Does the Apple Fall Far from the Tree? Exploring a Three-Tiered Relationship Between Family SES, Adolescent Self-Efficacy, and Adult Income, Maezelle Millan

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Painting While Black: Exploring Racial Identity Through Iconography, Blake Morton and Blake Morton

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The Differential Impacts of COVID-19 on the Correlations and Volatility of the S&P500 and the Nifty50, Meyyammai Muthiah

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Zoom In, Class Out: An Event Study on Publicly Traded Ed Tech Firm Valuations During COVID-19, Matiss Ozols

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Negative Emotion Arousal for Attitude and Behavioral Changes in Captive Animal Documentary, Kate Parrish

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Assessing the Significance of Substrate Color and Temperature on Balanus glandula Growth and Survivorship, Nhi Phan

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The Effects of Progressive CEOs on the Market Value of a Publicly Traded Corporation, Daniel Porras

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A Detailed X-Ray Analysis of the Cold Front in RELICS Cluster A2163, Anne Poy

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CRISPR-Cas9 Delivery Systems and the Blood-Brain Barrier: Potential for Graphene Oxide-mediated CRISPR Cas9/sgRNA delivery to Glioblastoma Cells, Grace K. Pratt

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A Relationship in Flux: Changes in Stock Market Linkages between China and Africa, Dawson Reckers

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Don’t Get Screwed: What Factors Determine the Inclusion of J. Crew Blockers?, Michael Sill

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Equality, Freedom, and Basic Income: On the Evolution of Justifications for Social Minimums and the Case for a Democratic Egalitarian Basic Income Proposal, Elton Smole

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VC Portfolio Size: Is Bigger, Better?, John Soranno

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How Does Racial Diversity Throughout a Company’s Workforce Impact its Financial Performance?, Giano Stringfellow

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The Disproportionate Effect of Economic Crisis on Minority Communities, Ethan Takeyama

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Environmental Controls on the Spatial Distribution of Greenfin Darters and Biodiversity in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dri Tattersfield

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How American Transit Agencies Determine Fare Policy: It All Comes Down to Politics, Julian Thesseling

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Determinants of Housing Supply Expansion in the Western United States, Nathaniel Tolles

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Ignorance is Bliss: An Analysis of the Historical Coverage of California's Proposition 13 and its Impacts on Public Education, Wendy Torres-Badajoz

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Genomic Analysis of the Novel Antibiotic Nocamycin O, Janet Tran

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Applications of Artificial Lipid Bilayers: A Gateway to a New Lipid Diagnostic System Using Biosensing, Lauren Trihy

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Great Power Politics: The United States’ War on Disinformation with Consideration to Russian and Chinese Offensive Efforts, Jordan Venglass

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The Effect of Drought and Exotic Species on the Post-Fire Response of Artemisia californica, Carolyn Weisman

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A Neuropsychological Approach to User Experience (UX) Design Research, Lauren Widasky

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On the Brink: The Impact of Nuclear Weapons on Conflict Behavior Between States, Georgia Wood

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The Predictive Power of the Variance Risk Premium Model on Equity Returns in Emerging Markets During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, David Ying

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The Impacts of COVID-19 on County Unemployment Rates, Mira Yoo

Senior Theses from 2020

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The Use of Neural Network Techniques to Identify Small Objects for Self-driving Cars, TIMUR ADIZOV

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Killing Within Communities: What Causes Collective Violence, How We Remember It, and Why It Matters, Laleh Ahmad

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The Convergence of Politics and Comedy: Changes to the Comedic Landscape in an Age of Polarization, Rachel Alaynick

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How the Loss of Land is Threatening the Survivability and Culture of the Maasai, Hannah Alderete

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Effects of Sleep Deprivation and the Link to Alzheimer’s Disease in Night Shift Workers, Aracelia Aldrete

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Understanding the Genomic Basis of Pair-Bonding Behaviors Through RNA-Seq, Erin R. Alexander

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Factors That Affect Women’s Labor Participation in Saudi Arabia, Bandar AlKabbani

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Are Female Executives Receiving Adequate Capital Financing? An Analysis of Gender Disparity on Venture Capital Funding, Lina Aluzri

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Analysis of Micro Transit Demand Determinants and Effectiveness, Andrea Amaya

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On Locke's Atheism, Robert Aronoff

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From "Mountain Turks" to "Terrorists": Media Representations of Kurds in Turkey, Nezihe Atun

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Observing the Effects of Diversity on Performance in Ugandan Primary Schools, Sydney Baffour

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Il contrapasso nell’Inferno di Dante Alighieri: un’analisi del contrapasso attraverso Francesca da Rimini, Conte Ugolino, e Lucifero, Liv Allegra Baker

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Children’s Development and Crisis: Comparing Developmental Best Practices Against Aid Program Curricula, Martha Baker

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Visualizing Participatory Politics: The Communal Power of Street Art in Revolutionary Egypt, Warring Syria, and Divided Lebanon, Erin Baranko

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The New Arms Race?: The Effect of Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons on the Theory of Deterrence, Shreya Bhatnagar

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K-Means Stock Clustering Analysis Based on Historical Price Movements and Financial Ratios, Shu Bin

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Harnessing Authenticity: Mexican Restaurants in 1920s Los Angeles and Today, Mitchell Black

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Examining Protein-Protein Interactions Within the ESX-4 Secretion System of Mycobacterium smegmatis, Sophie Boerboom

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Determining the Antibacterial Activity and Mode of Action of Tirandamycin, Hailey Bouchard

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Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Patient-Provider Interpersonal Interactions and Relationships: The Emerging Role of Latino Normative Cultural Values, Colleen Brennan

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Socioeconomic Barriers to Diagnosis and Accommodation of ADHD in Public Education, Ellen Broaddus

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On the Brink of Collapse: Examining the Failure of Institutional Governance over Hydropower Development in the Mekong Basin, Stuart Brown

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Viral Business and Initial IPO Returns, william buckstaff

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Principle or Partisanship: An Analysis of the Role Stare Decisis Plays in Supreme Court Jurisprudence, Clare Burgess

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Social Wealth Funds Could Help Address Extreme Wealth Inequality, Oscar Burney