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

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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

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Why Dads Should Talk About Feelings: A Biopsychosocial Model of Emotion Socialization and Child Stress Regulation, Anna Beth Burniston

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It’s All Downhill from Here: Evidence Supporting Downward Sloping Demand Curves for Stocks near the Russell 1000/2000 Cut-off, Dylan Byrd

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The Long-Term Impacts of Sex Education and Teenage Pregnancy on Labor Market Outcomes, Krista Cabrera

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Sibling Mediated Play Intervention of Joint Engagement and Symbolic Play in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Catherine Callaci

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Surfacing Contexts of Violence in Novel Forms of the Reproductive Justice Framework Through Lessons from Latin America: A Study of Brutality, Migration and Bodily Autonomy and Progressive Solutions for Use in Public Health, Angelica M. Campos

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The Noxious Market of Division 1 College Football, Bryan Carlen

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Protect Our Press: How the Future of Journalism and Democracy are at Risk, Bianca Carrizal

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The Unaffordable American Dream: The Effect of Income Inequality on Housing Prices, Cameron Cash

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The Role of Aspirations: Influencing Decision Making Through Intervention, Ruben Castro

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Were the French government’s Brexit-related worries prior to the 2016 referendum overstated?, Claudia Michelle Chandra

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U.S. – China Trade War’s Impacts on the Financial Markets, Linyue Chen

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Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movement: CMI's Effects on Downstream Motor Processing and Gait in Forwards and Backwards Walking, Christopher Choi

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Creating “A Beautiful Place to Die”: The History of Lesbian Clergy During the AIDS Epidemic, Rebecca Chung

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Republicanism’s Globalist Problem: How the Inevitability of International Engagement Undermines States’ Capacity for Self-Governance, Andrew R. Ciacci

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The Impact of Individual Fringe Benefits on Employee Job Satisfaction, Zachary Clarke

Detecting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Through Cas12a Cleavage, Gabrielle Clouse

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Investigating the Role of Centromeric Repeats in Female Meiotic Drive, Jocelyn Crawford

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Air Pollution’s Effect on the Labor Force at the State Level, Benjamin Culberson

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Analyzing the Minute by Minute Price Reactions to the SP500 future Index Following President Donald Trump’s Tweets, Christian Curcio

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What is the Effect of Social Capital on Community Resiliency Against Social Decay?, James Dail

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Healthy and Unhealthy Responses to American Democratic Institutional Failure, Thomas D'Anieri

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Bilingual Versus Monolingual Performance Within Memory Suppression, Santiago David

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More Like Real Estate or Stocks? An Analysis of REIT Volatility and Returns by Property Type, Anthony Deras

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The Ontological Significance of Consciousness, Corydon Diamond

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Conflict Minerals, and the Democratic Republic of Congo: Understanding the Effects of a Conflict Trade Embargo Through the Lenses of Various Theoretical Frameworks, Benjamin Dibble

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Targeting the Endocannabinoid System for Treating Anorexia Nervosa: A multidimensional approach focusing on the interaction between brain reward and regulating systems, Hazal Dinc

The Mediating Role of Positive Emotion Socialization on Maternal Alexithymia’s Detrimental Impact Towards Child’s Adaptive Regulatory Capacity, Madeleine Ding

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What Moves the Needle in Hedge Fund Activism? An Empirical Assessment of Campaign Intensity and Regulatory Insufficiency, Joshua Dorman

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How Contemporary Curatorial Practice Co-opts Participatory Art, Caroline S. Eastburn

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@USA vs. @realDonaldTrump: The Decline of Democracy in 280 Characters or Less, Bryn Edwards

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Private Business in Non-Democratic Settings: Examples of Hong Kong and Singapore, Haoyu Fan

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For the People: Free Speech and the De-Prioritization of the Rights of Man, Romi Ferder

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What Explains Voter Behavior in European Parliament Elections?, Cameron Finley

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Humor as a Positive Change Agent in the Modern Science Museum, Sadie Fisher

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eSponsorships: Determinants of eSports Team Sponsorships, Victoria Flores Najas

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Quantifying the Clout: The Value of Brand Disclosures, Janeth Garcia

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The Effect of Signaling Activity by Commodity Producing Companies on Future Operating Performance and Future Commodity Returns, Sam Garvin

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How Announcements of the Qualified Mortgage Patch Expiration Have Impacted the United States Housing Market, Connor Gaskin

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Leading in Leaderless Teams: Exploring the Effect of a Skills Mindset on Shared Leadership and Implicit Mental Models, Hayley Giffin

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Policies and Politics of Reform : The Governmentality of Structural Adjustment in Urban and Rural Egypt, Gabriel Gluskin-Braun

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The Erosion of Press Freedom: An Examination of Hong Kong’s Book Publishing and Journalism Industries Post-handover, Salonee Goel

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Equality in Context: An Evaluation of Pure and Efficiency-Integrated Measurements of Inequality, Allison Gould

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The Timing of Childbirth: Does the Age of First-Time Mothers Affect the Parental Gender Earnings Gap?, Anna Graves

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The Trends of Right-Wing Populism in Germany Post-World War II, Savannah Green

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Mobilization and Polarization: American Jewish Politics Following the 2016 Election, Jennifer Gurev

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The Millenium Challenge Corporation – A Case Study of Foreign Aid as an Instrument of US Foreign Policy, Thomas Hagan

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Forming the Ideal : How the Media's Growth has Shaped our Bodies and Minds, Kyle Halbrecht

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The Growing Division Between and Amongst Students and Student-Athletes in College in Relation to Their Coping Strategies, Motivation, and Overall Academic Success, Clinton D. Hall III

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Three Theories of Love: Analysis of Online Dating, Amanda Han

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The US-China Race for AI Leadership: Why Smart Industrial Policy Can Make a Difference?, Jenifer Sayuri Hanki

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U.S.-China Bilateral Trade Flows and U.S. Employment, Tobin Hansen

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“We Will Never Forget:” Developing Collective Memory and Meaning After 9/11, Kylie Harrison

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THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF STATE MINIMUM WAGE LAWS AND LEGISLATOR VOTING BEHAVIOR, Sophia Helland

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First Generation College Students: Receivers and Agents of Mentorship, Giselle T. Herrera

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Nearly Halfway There: The Future of Hong Kong, China, and One Country Two Systems, Lery Hiciano

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Examining The Ashley Treatment: A Case Study of the Bioethical Implications Associated with Growth Attenuation Therapy Through the Lens of the Capabilities Approach, Allison Hill

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Suffrage Over Suffering: How Disenfranchisement Erodes the Legitimacy of Democratic Punishment, Kendall Hollimon

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Stochastic Simulation of Traffic Flow and Valuation of Travel Time Saved, Rhiannn Holman

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Moral Hazards and Negative Externalities of Lifesaving Programs: How Naloxone Access Laws and Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Affect HIV Transmission, Jeremy Horn

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Advanced Analytics & Big Data: How Amazon Has Already Changed MLB History, Andrew Hosmar

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Discrete Geometry and Covering Problems, Alexander Hsu

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Strategies for the Modern Investor: Evaluating Stock Recommendations from CNBC’s Fast Money, Justin Hull

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The Traumatizing Effects of Oppression on Black Women: A Proposed Trauma Informed Intervention Program for Predominantly White Undergraduate Institutions, Precious Hutton

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Observing the Effects of Antimalarial Drug Availability on Women’s Work Absenteeism, Rei Imada

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High-Frequency Intramarket Cryptocurrency Arbitrage, Vladyslav Ivanov

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Extrinsic Factors and Upward Social Comparisons: A Detriment to Students’ Self-Esteem, Matthew Jacobs

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The Interconnection Between Sports and Leadership, William Jacob

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Okay Google, When Should We Go Public: Can Google Trends Predict IPOs?, Vikramaditya Jhunjhunwala

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An Exploration of 5G Wireless Network Attenuation Using Finite Element Analysis in COMSOL Multiphysics, Matthew Johnson

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Does Complexity Pay? A Study on the Effectiveness of Various Forms of Regression at Fundamental Analysis, Nick Johnson

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Humanization is Liberation: ‘Emorational Morality’ in the Mitigation of Inequitable, Dehumanizing, Domestic Educational Policies, Nirel JonesMitchell

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Peace, Love, and (Soul)cialism: Function of Teacher- Student Love in Collectivist Societal Education and its Relationship to the Elimination of African American Educational Underachievement, Nirel JonesMitchell

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Belonging and Becoming: Notions of Race, Nationalism, and Citizenship Amongst Early 20th-Century Palestinian and Salonikan Sephardim, Zubin Jotwani

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Buying Influence? An Analysis of the Political and Economic Impacts of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in the European Union, Ethan Kable