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

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China’s Foreign Development Aid and its Expansion After the Mid-2000s, Juliana He

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Screening Race and Religion in Hollywood: Gandhi, MLK, Chavez, and Malcolm X on Film, Carter Henderson

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Reviving Death: Populism and the Persistence of California’s Death Penalty, Cameron Hendrickson

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Gentrification as an Institution of Injustice: Understanding the Displacement of Low-Income Families and Erasure of Culture, Diana Hernandez

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Money, Power, & Politics: Firm Lobbying Dynamics and Expenditures, Danielle Honan

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Intradaily Stock Reversal During Covid19 and Through 2020, Caroline Houghton

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The Effect of Comprehensive Privacy Legislation on Firms’ Stock Returns: Empirical Evidence from California’s CCPA and CPRA, Christopher Hu

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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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2020: A COVID-19 Odyssey A Comparative Analysis of the Effects of State Capacity on Germany, Italy, and Spain's COVID-19 Response, Julia Hwang

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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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Information Prioritization: A Comparison Between Utility Maximizers and Probability Matchers, Yusuf Ismaeel

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Determinants of Crisis Responses: A Comparative Analysis of the Sub-National Variation in COVID-19 Responses Among Four U.S. Governors, Olivia Ison

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U.S-Russian Arms Control: Managing Strategic Stability, Taylor Jackson

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

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How Stereotypes Impede Asian American Women’s Access to Epistemic Justice, Anne Jang

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Stronger as One? Examining US-Saudi Relations Since 9/11, Caroline Jenkins

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Analysis of the Ethereum Current Transaction Fee Mechanism and EIP 1559, Xuehan Jiang

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Waste Not, Want Not: Jordanian Water Policy, JaDa Johnson

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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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Will There Be Changes in Sexually Differentiated Behaviors in Mice Manipulated For the SRY Gene As They Mature Into Adultood?, Subin Joo

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The Future of Fashion: Corporate Social Responsibility and Essential Marketing Strategies, Taite Jorgensen

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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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Choreographing Community: Sharing Our Light, Adrienne M. Kafka

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Seeing Through Woke-Washing: Effects of Projected Diversity Values and Leader Racial Diversity on Equity in Workplace Outcomes, Adrienne M. Kafka

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

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The Effect of CEO Equity Compensation on the Performance of Silicon Valley Technology Firms, Andrew Y. Kim

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An Event Study of the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Returns of Franchised & Not-Franchised Firms in the U.S. Restaurant Industry, Geun Kim

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The Cyber Age of Authoritarianism, Jaelin Kinney

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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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The Duality of Gnome, Koss Klobucher

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You Are My Son, Kiubon Kokko

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“That Ghastly Whiteness”: Race and Power in Herman Melville, Erik Koltun

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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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Feature Investigation for Stock Returns Prediction Using XGBoost and Deep Learning Sentiment Classification, Seungho (Samuel) Lee

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Overcoming the Challenges of Food Deserts, Salome Lefort

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Mixed-Member Proportional Electoral Systems: A Complete Review and Case for U.S. Adoption, Jacob S. Leischner

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Using Twitter API to Solve the GOAT Debate: Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James, Jordan Trey Leonard

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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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To Disclose or Not to Disclose: How ESG Transparency in IPO Prospectuses Explains IPO Underpricing in the U.S. Energy and Utilities Industry, Fredrik Linder

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Pandemics and Politics: How should the World Health Organization intervene in global health crises?, Johnson Lin

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Investigating Factors Explaining Cross-Sectional Differences in Early-Stage SPAC Performance, William Li

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Sleep Consistency and its Relation to Inflammation: Identifying the Role of Emotional Regulation, Caitlyn Louzado

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Der Deutshe Kamf: The Denazification of Postwar Germany and its Affects on the Rise of Right-Wing Political Parties in Germany Today, Bryce Lynch

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Latin American Stock Market Interdependence: A Dynamic Fluctuation Across Time, Patricio Madero

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The Impacts of External Patient Variables on Gene Expression Profiles of Lung Adenocarcinomas, Michael Madsen

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

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Uncertain Stories: Implications of Normative Uncertainty and Narrative Understanding, Benjamin McAnally

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Carbon Policy Implementation: A Country-Level Analysis of Carbon Tax vs. Cap and Trade, Paris McCaw

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How to Increase Elaboration Levels: An Adapted Elaboration Likelihood Model, Alex McDonald

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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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Poverty Alleviation and Migration Strategies in the Northeast of Brazil, Andrea Medina

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Influence of Lift In Hitting Home Runs, Jacob Mehlman

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Changing Dynamics of the Hong Kong-Mainland China Economic Relations, Yinghe Mei

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Viability of Physiologically Timed Relaxation Interventions in Children with ASD, Nicholas Mendez

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The Effects of Containment, Regional Interdependence, and Monetary Policy on Latin American Stock Market Returns during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Pedro Mesa

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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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Anticipatory Car Purchasing Behavior: Loss Aversion and the Forced Transition to Electric Vehicles, Satya Mindich

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Modeling Baseball as a Markov Chain to Optimize Average Runs Per Game, Brandon Mitchell

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SPAC Success Factors: Determinants of Post-Acquisition Share Price Growth, Cade Moffatt

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Explaining the Effects of the 150-hour Requirement on the Number of CPA Candidates, Pass Rates, CPA Licensees, and Market Concentration, Melanie Moore

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The Impact of Neoliberalism in Mexico: How Free-Market Reforms Have Affected Socio-Economic Mobility, Omar Moreno

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Applicant Characteristics and Interview Success: College Strength, Race, and Gender in the Context of a Single Firm's Hiring Process, Casey Morris

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

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

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Predicting Bankruptcy of Information Technology Companies: a comparison of alternative methods, Tumisang Mosedame

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Understanding Place-Based Immigration: The Proposal, Its Popularity, and Its Prospects, Mohamad Moslimani

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The Effectiveness of Government Responses to the Coronavirus: A Comparative Analysis of The United States and Canada, Charlie Mounts

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GEOINT as a Force Multiplier How Geospatial Intelligence Can Strengthen Global Security, Sami Murphy

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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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Legitimation, Repression, and Co-Optation: How the Three Pillars of Autocratic Stability Function in Iran, Naseem Nazari

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How the Supreme Court Established a Constitutionally Permissible Death Penalty Adhering to Evolving Standards of Decency, Jason Newman

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Asian American Voting During the 2020 Elections: A Rising, Divided Voting Group, Vi Nguyen

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Comparative Analysis of Racist Implications of the Welfare State in the U.S. vs. U.K. through Child Benefits, Furaha Njoroge

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Using Twitter Data to Forecast the Results of the 2020 Presidential Election, Jacob Norville

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Examining Inhibition Activity and Binding Sites of Piericidins against Vibrio cholerae, Ezequiel Novoa

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Making Sense of the 2020 Elections Results, Kai O'Neill

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Making the Connections: Gender Quotas, Representation, and Critical Mass in Latin America, Katherine O'Neill

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The Self and Memory: How Theories of Self Are Crucial in Aiding End-of-Life Decision Making for Dementia Patients, Eric Oregel and Eric E. Bauer

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Los indetectables: An Examination of Oral Histories of HIV+, Undetectable Gay Latino Men During COVID-19 and U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) Era, Angel Ornelas

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Absorption Rates and Price Responses: Housing Explained by the 4th Round of Quantitative Easing & Monetary Supply Expansions in the COVID-19 Pandemic, Luke Ostrander

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The Global Financial Crisis: An Inter-dimensional Analysis amongst Five Major Countries, Chukwueloka O. Oti

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An Examination of Masculinity, Violence, and Identity in Things Fall Apart and Purple Hibiscus, Hephzibah Oyibo

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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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The Impact Of Company Responses To Black Lives Matter In 2020 On Firm Value, Pearl Park

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

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The Sri Lanka-China-India Triangle: A Regional Power Transition, Nandeeni Patel

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Viral Jihad: A Genealogy of al-Qaeda and ISIS' Propaganda, Renee Perper

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Agro-Environmental Approaches to the Moderation of Outmigration from Northeast Thailand, Megan Perron

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

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A Europe of Regionalists: How Has European Integration Impacted Regionalist Political Parties’ Electoral Support?, Brandon N. Piel

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Arguments for the Abolition of Gender, Antonio Pineda

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