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 2022

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The Impact of Different ADHD Subtypes on Successful Leadership, Jack Katzman

Senior Theses from 2021

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Perpetuating Happiness in Social Spaces, Sarah Abel

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Stakeholder-friendly or Shareholder-friendly? A Study of Firm Polices During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Hannah Abouchar

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On the Total Communicative Efficacy of Music and Its Synthesis to Written Word through Bob Dylan and Kendrick Lamar, Skyler Addison

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Public Spaces in Pursuit of Democracy, Katherine Adelman

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“Can’t Get That Song Out of My Head”: Neural Correlates of Involuntary Musical Imagery for Pop Music, Anisha Advani

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Right to Move, Right to Life: Climate Migration and Reparations For Colonial Exploitation, Christopher G. Agard

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Neural Basis of Kinship Recognition in Rats, Mert Akan

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Political Economy and Issue Salience, Mert Akan

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

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Childhood and Adolescence Development in Latino Children of Alcoholic Fathers, Jacqueline Alvarado-Perez

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The Effects of Isolation on Anxiety: A Review of the Evidence, Myles Anderson

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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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COVID-19 Outcomes & Pandemic Law: Understanding the relationship between legal origins & the effectiveness of pandemic policy, Maxine Baghdadi

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Vaccine Hesitancy: Another COVID-19 Challenge, Arely Balderas

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COVID-19 Pandamic: The Efficacy of California’s State-wide Lockdown, Barron Banta

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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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Education Inequality in the United States: A Wicked Problem With a Wicked Solution, Lincoln Bernard

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The "Safe Third Country" Concept: A Poor Instrument of Refugee Governance, Sahib Bhasin

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“Re-education Camps” in Xinjiang, China: An Analysis of Testimonies from Uighur Survivors, Emily Bhatt

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A Network Pandemic: Exploring the effects of Social Connectedness on the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, Mrinalini Bhushan

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How Debt Restructuring affects the Market Value and Financial Statements of the Retail Industry due to the Covid-19 pandemic, William Birchard IV

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

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Illiberal Liberalization: Religious Legitimacy and State Reform in Saudi Arabia, Gabriel Blum

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The Ticket Splitting Enigma: Comprehensive Theoretical Analysis of Motivated and Unmotivated Explanations of Split-Ticket Voting, Samuel Boorstyn

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Multifractional Brownian Motion and Its Applications to Factor Analysis on Consumer Confidence Index, Christopher Box

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Technological Leapfrogging in Emerging Economies Enabled by a Mobile-Native DeFi Infrastructure Ecosystem, Liam Brennan-Burke

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To What Extent Has Labor Economic Shocks Impacted Home Values During COVID, Harrison Brenner

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Predicting Bankruptcy in the High-Tech Industry Using a Binary Logistic Regression Model, Carson J. Bridges

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How is the Twittersphere Feeling? An Analysis of the Effect of Twitter Sentiment on the First Day Returns of Initial Public Offerings, Nicholas Britt

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

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Reimagining the Black Body through Portraiture: Interpreting the Functional and Societal Roles of Photography and the Reconstructive Power of Camera Technology and Photographic Images for African American Self Image, Robert Cain

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Challenges within the Education System: An In-Depth Analysis of the School to Prison Pipeline in the United States, Roxanne Camarena Castillo

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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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A Feminist Re-Imagining of Participatory Planning, Elena Castellanos

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The Effect of Spotify’s Podcast-Related Initiatives on Its Value, Ayinde Castro

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The Impact of COVID-19: Implications of Evolving Business Practices on Firm Performance, John Cavellier

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Towards a Participatory Epistemology: Latinx Poetry in US High School English Classrooms, Sarah Ceja

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Zoom-Life Balance: Teamwork Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, Theodore Chamberlain

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Fragile Chains: The Political Economy of the Global Production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Christine Chan

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Burgeoning Webnovel Culture in South Korea, Suh Won Chang

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The Art of the “Trump and Dump”: Investigating the Impact of President Trump’s Tweets on Industry Performance, David Chen

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Exploring the Women's Incarceration Problem, Janet Chen

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Analyst Non-GAAP Reporting: When Do Equity Analysts Adjust GAAP Earnings – an Application of Text Based Firm Complexity, Patrick Chen

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A Case Study on Chinese Politically Connected Firms Post-US Listing, Ruyan Chu

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The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on US-China Economic Decoupling, Patrick Coe

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Household Resources Predict Systems-Level Brain Aging in the Pediatric Population, Jacob Cohen

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Converged Subset Portfolios: An Extension to Subset Optimization, Coleman Cornell

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The Dynamic Relationship Between Young Spanish Catholics and the Church, Caroline Cox

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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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COVID-19 and Election Administration: An Investigation into the Effects of a Pandemic on Election Outcomes and Legitimacy, Kathleen Cummings

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Privacy-as-Property: A New Fundamental Approach to The Right to Privacy and The Impact This Will Have on the Law and Corporations, Sevion DaCosta

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

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The Dilutive Nature of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies and the Looming Threat of SEC Regulation, Camrion Davis

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

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Non-Uniform Effects of Aging Across Tasks: An EEG/ERP Study, Chandlyr Denaro

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Medical Knowledge as a Recalcitrant Epistemological System: An Application of Standpoint Epistemology in the Analysis of Marginalization within U.S Healthcare, Abby DeShazo

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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 True Cost of School Lunch: Assessing the Efficacy of School Nutrition Policy, Anuj Devatha

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The Effect of the Georgia Senate Runoff Election on the Intradaily Returns of Renewable Energy, Cannabis, and Oil, Luke Dhillon

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

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Sufficientarianism Revised: A Look at Past Theories of Distributive Justice and Working Prospects for Future Theories, Georgia Dietz

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Strategies for Combating Homelessness in Los Angeles County, Regan Dinovitz

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The Effects of Humor when Coping with Stress, Rahmel Dixon

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U.S. Government Responses to Genocide: A Comparison of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Tallan Donine

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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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Impact of CEO Departure for Perceived Ethical Misconduct on Equity Returns: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Market's Efficiency on Ethics, Sean Emery

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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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A Rush Toward Outrage: How Mass Media Have Played a Role in Political Polarization, Kyle Fendorf

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Performance of Pairs Trading within Volatile Markets: Distance, Cointegration, and Copula Methods, Benjamin Figueroa

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Hitler Comes to Washington: An Analysis of the Structural Similarities Between Former American President Donald Trump’s and Former German Chancellor Adolf Hitler’s Rise to Power, Maxwell Fine and Maxwell A. Fine

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The Ignored Issue of Poor-Quality Antimalarials, Daniela Finkel

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Dropping the Ball: A Political and Economic Analysis of Public Subsidization for Stadium Construction Projects, Max Fisher

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On the Wrongs of Fake News, Samuel Fiske

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

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Privacy as Non-Price Competition: Does Market Structure Predict Data Privacy Practices?, William Frankel

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Waves of Colonialism and Whitewashing Legacies: A Critical Analysis of Race in the Dominant Surf Narrative, Jennifer Franklin

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The Rise of Illiberal Democracy in the United States, Taylor Frank

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Understanding the Relationship between Customer Concentration and Profitability in Public Firms in the Electronics Manufacturing Industry, Alexander Garcia Delgado

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

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The Role of the Nurse Practitioner: in United States Health Care Reform, Taylor Geary

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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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January 6th: The Culmination in and Creation of a Violent Political Movement, Cameron Gonzales

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Donald Trump v. The Electorate: A Twitter Feud for the Ages, Natalie Gould

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The Politicization and Polarization of Climate Change, Williamson Grassle

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Set in Stone? A Civic Education Approach to Monumental Decision-Making in the United States, Anna E. Green

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Ivan Meets G.I. Joe: Rock Music and its Role in the Collapse of Communist Regimes in Central and Eastern Europe, Finn Grollo

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The Impact of Tweeting Support for Black Lives Matter on Firm Value: An Event Study Analysis, Stuti Grover

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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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Jay Chou’s Kuso Music: Cultural Fusion in the Age of the Internet, Stz-Tsung (Stone) Han

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The Jigsaw Model: A Key to a Loving Romantic Relationship, Stz-Tsung (Stone) Han

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Didactic Democracy: Rethinking the Roles of Individuality, Political Freedoms and “Cultural Values” in the Process of Development, Sabrina Hartono