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 2019

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(Un)Safe Zones: Good Intentions, Bad Logic, Emma Henson

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Nonprofit Organizations: A New Method to Increase the Quality of Education in the United States, Julian Hernandez Jr

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Machines Are Taking Your Jobs, Not Vietnam: Regional Automation Vulnerability in the United States, Bach Hoang

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Combining a helminth infection with BM32 vaccination for the treatment of grass pollen allergy, Riley Hoffman

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A Merely Comic Conclusion: A Comparative Analysis of Xenophon’s Spartan Constitution, Conor Hogan

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The Refutation of Existing Proofs for the Existence of God and the Continued Search for a Valid Proof of the Existence of God: A Defense and Interpretation of Kant, Emma Houston

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The Predictive Power of CEO Equity Incentive Compensation on the Enforcement of an SEC Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Release, Alexander Houy

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The Impact of Independence-Related AAERs on the Provision of Non-Audit Services, Kevin Hsu

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Where There's a Will, There's a Way: Implementing Motivational Strategies to Combat Decision Fatigue, David Huang

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The Road to a Nationwide Electronic Health Record System: Data Interoperability and Regulatory Landscape, Jiawei Huang

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Mystical Experience and Epistemic Injustice, Jake Hudson-Humphrey

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An Analysis of Gender and Racial Diversity in the Big Four Accounting Firms, Victoria Huynh

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The Predictive Power of Gold in Times before Financial Crisis, Ari Ifshin

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(Venue) Shopping for Felon Voting Rights, Elijah Jackson

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An Analysis of Corporate Structures Available for Social Enterprise: “To B or Not to B?”, Jesse Jennings

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An Econometric Analysis of Auction Price Results of the Shanghai Car License Plate from 2004 to 2018, Jinyi Jiang

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Leveraged Buyouts: The Predictive Power of Target Firm Characteristics, Yutao (James) Jiang

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A Tale of Two Industries: The Impact of Diversification on Financial Health, Ruogu Jin

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Reduced Expression of Single 16p11.2 CNV Genes Alters Neuronal Morphology, Adrienne Jo

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The Evolution of U.S. Immigration Policy: The Effect on Migrant Workers and its Impact on the Agricultural Sector, Aidan Johnson

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Let Food Be Our Medicine: Adaptation of Cultural Ethnographic Methods to Create Effective Nutrition Guidelines, Shivali Joshi

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Family Anthology, Danielle Kagan

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The Denial of Transcendental Freedom is Self-Refuting, Theodore Kahn

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The Happy Pill: Is anti-depressant medication more effective than alternative methods or simply more cost effective for patients?, Malka Yasmeen Kausar

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Accounting for Earnings Management through Bad Debt Expense, Caroline Keeney

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Modeling Returns on Carbon Emission Allowances: An Application to RGGI, James Keneally

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Mortgaging California’s Future: The Politics of California’s Housing Shortage, Jake Kessler

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Identifying Inhibitor-Specific Resistance Mutations in Src Kinase, Gayatri Ketavarapu

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A Nuanced Look at Gender Interactions on Informal Employment and Income in Argentina and Uruguay, Teagan Knight

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The Study of Japan's Economy with Reference to Ethnographic Publications and Quantitative Data, Yusuke Kobayashi

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A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Uranium Concentrations at the Abandoned New Hope Method Mine in the Mojave Desert, Jahnavi Kocha

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The Use of Personality Testing in Personnel Selection, Riya Kumar

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Studying Geometric Optical Illusions through the Lens of a Convolutional Neural Network, Nick LaBerge

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Economics Impacts of Genetically Modified Organisms: An analysis of Bt Cotton in India, Joseph LaHorgue

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The Impacts of Supra-Regional Multi-Resort Season Passes: A Hedonic Pricing Model of Single-Day Lift Tickets for US Ski Areas, Sijia Lai

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Durability of Bone, Blake Lapin

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CENH3 Suppression of Centromeric Drive in Mimulus Guttatus, Silvia Leblanc

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Assessing Made in China 2025, the US - ­China Trade War and Ways Going Forward, Boris Lee

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Accounting for Intermediaries and Transnational Linkages in the Multi-Level Perspective: Mongolia’s Renewable Energy Transition, Madeline Lee

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The Effects of Connectivity on GDP per Capita Across Diverse Economic Landscapes, Catherine Leon

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The Effects of Transfer Spending on Success in European Soccer, Hunter LePla

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The U.S. Social Contract with Pakistan: A Theoretical Analysis of U.S. Drone Use in Relation to Sovereignty, Alexander Li

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Examining the Risks of Joining the International Criminal Court and Ways to Increase Ratification, Chenyu Li

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Are Algos Ruining Everything for Us? The Predictive Relationship between Informed Trading and Security Returns under Different Market Conditions, Jia Jian Li

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Can the Priest-Klein Model Explain the Falling Plaintiff Win Rate?, Andrew Lindquist

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The Effect of CFO Gender On: Auditor Turnover, Audit Fees, and Financial Reporting Timeliness, Franny Lin

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Factors Contributing to the Growth of Electric Vehicle Sales, Zixin Lin

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Social Media's Influence on Consumers' Purchase Intentions, Joshua Lopez

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The Growth of Socially Responsible Investing Practices in U.S. Equity Markets and Abnormal Sin Stock Returns, Jack Lori

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Statistical Theory Through Differential Geometry, Adonis Lu

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Are CDS Auctions the Tail Wagging the Dog? An Empirical Study of Corporate Bond Return Volatility at the Time of Default, Jennifer Mace

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The Financial Incentives to Adopting Corporate Social Responsibility and Socially Responsible Investing Practices, Alexander Malmlund

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An Analysis of the Impact of the Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs: Primary Metal Manufacturing Employment in 2016 Trump and Clinton Majority Counties, Sarah Malott

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Burning, Drowning, Shining, Blooming: The Shapes of Aging in W.B. Yeats’ Poetry, Malea C. Martin

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Policy Alternatives to Employment Overwork in Japan, Mei Masuyama

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Associating Attacks with Actors, Patrick McDonough

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How Has the Growth of E-commerce Sales Affected Retail Real Estate?, Jacob McGowan

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The Characterization of Alzheimer’s Disease and the Development of Early Detection Paradigms: Insights from Nosology, Biomarkers and Machine Learning, Isabel Milano

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Why Did Trump Supporters Vote for Bilingual Education? The California Attorney General & Ballot Language, Bryn Miller

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California, the Land of Opportunity Zones: Using the Real Estate Market to Evaluate a New Tax Program, Logan Miller

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First Movers in Marijuana: Tourism Boom or Bust?, Henry Klyce Minervini

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Signal Processing of Exhaled CO2 as Tracer Gas in Residential Ventilation Assessment, Becky Monroy

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The Effect of Neighborhood Crime Rates on Childhood Obesity in Los Angeles County, Lachlan Montgomery

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Investigating the role of black carbon in S. pneumoniae quorum sensing, Charlotte Morrissey

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The Transition Tax: Why it was Created and How it Could be Altered, Ryan Motter

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Healthy Skepticism: The Relationship between Funding Source and Conclusion in Nutrition-Related Scientific Articles on Saturated Fat, Lili Muskal

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Self-Ownership, Equality, and Socialism, Eric C D Myers

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Leadership, Empowerment, and Motivation: An Analysis of Modern Management, Patrick J. Myers

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Movimientos de Secesión en España: ¿Como puede responder el gobierno?, Amiya Narula

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Developing a model for effective community development agreements in the extractive industries, John Nikolaou

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An Evaluation of a Simple Merger Arbitrage Strategy in Middle-Market Mergers and Acquisitions, Charles Novogradac

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Le pré carré africain : de de Gaulle à Macron, Paloma Palmer

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M&A Performance: Market’s Initial Reaction as an Unbiased Indicator of Post-acquisition Performance, Nikolaos Papageorgiou

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Still Outcasts: Newspaper Discourse Surrounding People with Mental Illnesses in Korea Post-1950, Annie Park

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Charting Contagions: Data Visualization of Disease in Late 19th-Century San Francisco Chinatown, Michele Pashby

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Introducing Multi-Tribrackets: A Ternary Coloring Invariant, Evan Pauletich

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The Role of Quality Education in the Economic Development of Mexico, Betzayra Perez

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Women and Domestic Violence: The Influence of a Femicidal Mentality on Gender Relations in Mexico and Opportunities for Prevention, Jennifer Perez

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The Effects of Luxury Brands’ Social Media Marketing on Purchase Intention and Consumer Behavior, Jenia Petrova

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Voluntary Disclosure of Non-Financial Key Performance Indicators during Earnings Releases, Lan Phan

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Social Media Warfare: How Egypt, ISIS, and Russia Changed the Nature of Contemporary Conflict, Paloma Pineda

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Deal Or No Deal: The Relationship Between Firm Determinants & Venture-Capital Financing Decisions, Raghav Prasad

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An Examination of Rails-Based Public Transit and Neighborhood Wealth in Los Angeles County, Matthew Psaltakis

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Art's Truth: An Aid to Ethical Sensibility, Nova Quaoser

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Evolving Conceptions of Sovereignty as Applied to Membership in International Organizations, Luke C. Radice

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Paranoid Epistemologies: Essays on Thomas Pynchon and the Scene of Disappearance, Christopher Raguz

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Why Empirical Studies of the Groupthink Model have Failed, Nolan Rajakumar

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ASC 842: The Leasing Update and its Impact on Investors, Kelly Ransom

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The Neuroscience of Fashion Browsing as an Aesthetic Experience, Nina Rathi

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Harmless Constitutional Error: How a Minor Doctrine Meant to Improve Judicial Efficiency is Eroding America's Founding Ideals, Ross C. Reggio

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Asserting Indigenous Identity to Substantiate Customary Forest Claims: A Case Study of the Dayaks of West Kalimantan, Indonesia, Charlotte Reinnoldt

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The Psychology Surrounding Legal Standards of Competency and Representation for Children in U.S. Immigration Court, Natasha Reyes

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Price and Preference: The Endurance and Proliferation of Suburban America, William Richardson

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An Examination of California's 2030 Transportation Electrification Goals, Patricia Rivera

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How Skills Learned During Childhood Play Can Improve Interpersonal Conflict Resolution, Justin J. Rodriguez

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The Connective Inequality, Omar Rodriguez

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A Comparative Analysis of Charter Schools and Non-Charter Public Schools: Latino Academic Achievement in Los Angeles Unified School District, Vanessa Romo

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“Insignificant Exceptions”: Confronting Sexism in Armed Conflict through Gender-aware Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration, Payson A. Ruhl

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Musical Activism: A Case Study of Janelle Monáe and Her Digitized Revolution of Love, Saif Saigol

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Entrepreneurial Spirit and Immigrant Self-employment, Alejandro Sandell-Gandara