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 2018

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Step-Selection Functions for Modeling Animal Movement -- Case Study: African Buffalo, Maia Adar

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Synthesis of N-methyl acetazolamide and N-methyl methazolamide, Christopher Ahn

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The Influence of Home Country Factors on Immigrant Entrepreneurship in the U.S., Kayalin Akens-Irby

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Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: A Case for Meaningful Involvement, Bailey S. Albright

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Why the U.S. Needs to Implement Integrated Reporting, Aakriti Anand

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The Effect of Mandatory Adoption of IFRS on Transparency for Investors, Crystal Anderson and Crystal Anderson

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The Cost-Effectiveness of Immunotherapy in Treating Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Review of Previous Analyses and Graphical Model, Danyon Anderson

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Modern Supreme Court Jurisprudence Through the Lens of the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist Papers, and Obergefell v. Hodges, Nolan Anderson

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From Parilla to Pa' amb Tomaquet: Argentine Migrant Identity in Barcelona, Spain, Vera Armus

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A Critical Analysis of Humanitarian Intervention as a Source of Reputational Credibility, Margaux Arntson

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Optimize Your Fitness, Optimize Your Business: The Balanced Scorecard, Analysis and Application for the CrossFit Affiliate, Jordan G. Aronowitz

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Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and the Search for Justice: A Comparative Study of Chile, Argentina and Guatemala, Pastor Jose Arroyo

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A Path Towards Visibility: Chicana Feminist Organizing During the 1970s, Rebecca Ayala

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The Effect of Fast Food Restaurants on Type 2 Diabetes Rates, Grace Bailey

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Profligate or Prudent: The Efficacy of Development Expenditures in Indian States, Anna Balderston

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The Effect of Chinese Capital Control Liberalizations on Shanghai Stock Market Integration, Emily Bassett

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Shifting Priorities? Civic Identity in the Jewish State and the Changing Landscape of Israeli Constitutionalism, Mohamad Batal

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An Investigation into the Effects of Social Influences on the Paradox of Choice in Retirement Plans, Claire Baxter

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Changing the Character of the City: The History of the Section 8 Housing Voucher Program and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit in Los Angeles, Nisha Behrman

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Legal and Scientific Implications of Daubert: An Empirical Analysis of Expert Psychological Testimony, Zachary Bern

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A History of United States and North Korean Relations with Strategies for a new era of Bilateral Cooperation, James Bilko Jr.

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An Event Study to understand the Varied Response of Demonetization on the Indian Stock Exchange, Abhishek Biyani

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Strength Through Diplomacy: A Fundamental Review of the Relationship between North Korea and the United States, Benjamin D. Blackstone

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IPO Underpricing and Insider Wealth Maximization in Internet firms, Bhavika Booragadda

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Investor Assessment of Reputational Penalties for Environmental Violations: A Replication and Extension Study of U.S. Firms from 1980-2016, Jacob Brady

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The Presence of Collateral Damage in Financial Restatements and its impact on Securities Litigation, Johnny Brandt

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The Mortgage Interest Deduction and Implications of Its Limitation in Tax Reform, Cara Brinster

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The Effects of the Correspondent Banking Network on the Real Economy, Jack Brown

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Proposed Study of Landscape Behavior in Claremont, CA, Lindsay Brown

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Does Growth Drive Valuation? An Analysis of Percent Revenue Growth as a Multiples-Based Valuation Method in Public Mergers and Acquisitions, Victor Bunce

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The Changing Nature of Death Qualification and its Interaction with Attitude Salience, Brendan Busch

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Waterways - Soon Dry, Aiyanna Cameron-Lewis

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Planting the Seeds of Sustainable Development: Lessons from the Green Belt Movement on Multisectoral Cooperation and Grassroots Expansion, Aiyanna E. Cameron-Lewis

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The Glass Ceiling’s Missing Pieces: Female Migrant Domestic Workers Navigating Neoliberal Globalization in Latin America, Roselyn Cantu

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Dance as Treatment for Orthorexia Nervosa, Johanna Carmany

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A New Strategy for Climate Change Litigation: Recovering the Rising Costs of Rising Sea Levels, Elizabeth Marie Carrade

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Conserving the San Gabriels: A Historical Analysis of the Management of the San Gabriel Mountains, Jack Carroll

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Work Can Suck but Offices Don’t Have To: An Analysis of the Office Design Trends & Strategies of Corporate America, Christina Cheledinas

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TERMS: A Short Film, Alexandra Cheng

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Impact of Model Updates Among German Luxury Car Manufactures, Keliang Chen

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The Effect of the Change in Call Loan Rates and Volatility on Stock Returns in 1929: An Empirical Study into a Determinant of the Great Depression, Amberish Chitre

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Immigrant Integration in the United Kingdom: Transnationalism and Nativism in Post-Brexit Britain, Brian Chmelik

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The New Retail Industry: How Retailers Can Adapt for Success in an Ever-Changing Consumer World, Caroline Chmiel

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Size Effect in the Cryptocurrency Market, Jae Sung Choi

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The Battle of the Siblings: The Effect of Birth Order on the Probability of Working in Managerial/Professional Occupations, Michael Choi

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The Politics of the Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell: Analyzing the Impact of the Little Sisters on the 2016 Presidential Election, Rebecca Chong

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What should professional footballers be paid? An investigation of the pay-performance relationship and optimal salary structures in the English Premier League, Robert Chui

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Investigating the Inclusivity of Face Detection, Alexander Clemens

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A Link Between Gut Microbes & Depression: Microbial Activation of the Human Kynurenine Pathway, Christina Cobb

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Evaluating the Effects of Nutritional Intake During Adolescence on Educational Attainment and Labor Market Earnings as an Adult, Mikaela Connell

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The Effect of Bat Predation on Crop Yield in Thailand and the Winter Garden Region of South-Central Texas, Jackson Cooney

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Binding and expression analysis for identification of an antibody specific to T1, an RTK target, Daniel Cui

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Developing a Recurrent Neural Network with High Accuracy for Binary Sentiment Analysis, Kevin Cunanan

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Comparison of the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Cap-and-Trade Policies in the United States, Chris Cziesla

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Mental Health in U.S. Prisons: How Our System Is Set Up For Failure, Katherine Daifotis

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Immigrant Founder Impact on Investment Benefits: Are Immigrant Founded Firms Good Societal, Investor and Market Stability Investments Relative to Native Founded Firms within the Fortune 500, Tyler Dean

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Social Movements and Environmental Law: A Case Study of Politically Disenfranchised Communities in Ecuador and Argentina, Krista De La Torre

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Learning to Live and Love Virtuously, Henry DeRuff

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Are Volatility Expectations in Different Countries Interdependent? A Data-Driven Solution to Structural VAR Identification for Implied Equity Volatility Indices, Timothy H. de Silva

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The Effects of Recreational Marijuana Legislation on the Opioid Epidemic in Washington State, Steven Dickerson

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Adapting to the Changing Tide: An Evaluation of California’s Drought Policies and Future Mitigation Strategies, Lauren Dorsey

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Using Renewable Energy to Increase Tribal Sovereignty: A Feasibility Study for a Biomass Energy Plant on the Cocopah Reservation, Lauren Katrina D'Souza

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Cartesian Dualism and the Feminist Challenge, Klaudia Dziewulski

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Education as Democratic Persuasion: Addressing Systemic Inequalities in Brettschneider's Value Democracy, Kyla L. Eastling

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Can Problematic Cellphone Usage Be Considered Addictive Behavior?, Chase Eller

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Personality in Elite Athletes: A Review of the Five-Factor Model and Athletic Outcomes, Jack Ely

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The Last Mile Solution: E-commerce and Metropolitan Industrial Rent Growth, Daniel Douglas Enzminger

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Making Money and Making Change: Understanding and Overcoming Tension between Profits and Purpose within Social Entrepreneurship, Elijah H. Etzioni

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A Writer's Exploration into What Could Have Been and What Is, Andrea Fiechter

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Applying Psychological Theories of Personality, Identity, and Intergroup Conflict to Radical Violence: A Case Study of Extremist Behavior, Sydney Flynn

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Hope in a Conflicted Place: Analyzing the Successful Mediation of the Johnston Plan, Monika Ford

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Kierkegaard’s Solution to the Problem of Nihilism: Inwardness and The Paradox of Faith, Devon Fox

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Hyperthermia as a Cancer Treatment- From Theory to Practice, Graham Fullerton

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An Implementation of the Neural Style Transfer Algorithm, XIANGYU FU

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Dealing with Uncertainty: American and Chinese Cultural Influence On Ambiguity Aversion in Economic Decision-Making, Yifan Fu

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The Benefits of Nutritional Treatments for Very Early Onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease (VEO-IBD) Patients, Jessica Gaffney

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The Need for Enhanced Physical Infrastructure in the United States, Tanvi Gandham

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A STUDY OF HUTCHESON’S AND HUME’S THEORIES OF AESTHETIC TASTE, Weining Gao

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Human Development and Subnationalism: A Disaggregated Analysis of Indian States: Kerala and Uttar Pradesh, Manika Garg

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Fetal Rights Regarding Prenatal Substance Abuse, Lizzette Gazca

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The Mall Ain’t Dead Yet! An Aristotelian argument for the continuation of physical retail space with the rise of modern technology, Tarah Gilbreth

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Analysis of the Economic Impact of Constructing a NBA Arena on the Host City, Grant Gilchrist

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La polarización política y socioeconómica en la Argentina: las bases psicológicas y soluciones potenciales, Lauren Giurata

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Hollywood redux: A comparative study of film remake performance in the foreign and domestic box office, Desmond Goetomo

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3 Lives, Prescribed, Caroline Golding

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Handedness & Autobiographical Memory: An Examination of Handedness and its Effects on Autobiographical Memory, Austin Gosch

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Looking Beyond Shostakovich's Thirteenth Symphony, Juana Granados

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Conspiracies in a Critical Context: An Examination of the Theories Regarding Nazi Plans to Evade Justice and Conceal Assets in South America, Asher Greenberg

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You Can Run But You Can’t Hide: The Advance of Shareholder Activism, Kendall Greenberg

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The Pursuit of Innovation: An Analysis of International Competitive Advantage in a Globalized Knowledge Economy, Tanay Gupte

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The Effects of Positive and Negative Environmental Responsibility on Financial Performance, Anna Gurr

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U.S. Interagency Coordination on Countering Violent Extremism Abroad, Jason Gush

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Revenue Recognition for Retailers: An Accounting Standard Overhaul that Could Impact Profits by Millions, Lorea Gwo

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Production of a Cost-Effective, TMV-Based Rabies Vaccine through Recombinant DNA Technology, Briana Halle

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Job Susceptibility to Computerization by Demographic Characteristics: An Empirical Exploration, Elizabeth Harder

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Analysis of Consumer Demand for American Sports Leagues, Sam Healy

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Why not Mexico? Policy Recommendations for a Globally-Oriented Economic Strategy, Víctor Manuel Hernández-Rodríguez

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Disparities between American and Chinese Perceptions on Chinese Foreign Policy, Zijia He

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Educational Pluralism: Charter Schools as Laboratories for Education Reform, Katherine Hill

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Email Me Back: Examining Mental Health Provider Biases through Email Return Rates and Responsiveness, Kristyne Hong