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 2011

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Foreign Corrupt Bribery Act: Long-term Benefits Should Outweigh Short-term Burdens, Brian K. Gose

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Los retos de la formación de un proyecto comunitario de ecoturismo: un caso de estudio de Puerto Cayo, Ecuador, Carly A. Graber

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Reception of Marxism in 20th Century Russia, Aleksandr Grabovskiy

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Les enjeux du programme ERASMUS: Bilan et recommendations, Julia Gueron

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Judging the Justices: A Critical Analysis of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Cassandra Gurrola

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A Comparison of Xenophon and Plato's Apologies, Alison E. Gushue

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Has the Franco-German Power Balance in the European Union Tipped in Favor of Germany?, Stephanie C. Haffner

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Free Will, Genuine Alternatives and Predictability, Laura Hagen

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Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1): Effects of Intrapartum and Neonatal Single-Dose Nevirapine Prophylaxis and Subsequent HIV-1 Drug Resistance at Antiretroviral Treatment Initiation, Amanda L. Harmon

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The Impact of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act on American Business from 1977-2010, Ajani Harris

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"They Need to Understand How to Educate Her": The Parent Experience in Special Education, Michelle Harvey

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Effect of Lockup Agreements on Buyout Backed Initial Public Offerings, Grant B. Heffernan

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Redistricting in California: Its Effects on Voter Turnout in Minority Populations and Misrepresentation, Carlos A. Hernandez

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The Effects of Industry on Cross-Border and Domestic IPO Underpricing, Emily K N Hirano

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The Evolving Business Landscape: A Synergy of Form, Function, and The Science of Success, Brian Hoffstein

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Quantifying the Variance Risk Premium in VIX Options, Reed M. Hogan

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The Effect of Culture on Female Labor Force Partcipation, Joycelyn J. Ho

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The Moral Responsibility of Psychopathic Serial Killers: A Case Study in Dexter, Matthew Hollander

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The High Costs of Small Loans: Understanding Interest Rates in Microfinance, Benjamin W. Hudgens

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Women in Mathematics: An Historical Account of Women's Experiences and Achievement, Kendra D. Huff

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Transforming the Religious Paradigm: A Study of Female Opportunism and Empowerment Through Latin American Evangelicalism, Melissa Irvine

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Hiding Behind the Mask of Contradiction: A Study of Mardi Gras and Race in New Orleans, Amy M. Jacobson

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Bolshevik for Capitalism: Ayn Rand & Soviet Socialist Realism, Peter Jebsen

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Energy Efficiency Technologies for Buildings: Potential for Energy, Cost, and Carbon Emission Savings, Bukola S. Jimoh

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The Effect Direct Shipment of Alcohol Has on the Three-Tier Distribution System, Sam Jolly

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The Homeless Adolescent Population: Complexity, Protective Factors, and Prevention, Anastasia Jones

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Rhetorical Weapons: The Social and Psychological Influences of Language and Labeling in Instances of Genocide, Emma C. Jones

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The Effects of Netflix and Blockbuster Strategies on Firm Value, Andrew K. Jordan

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Memoir: A Collection of Short Stories, Jeffrey Kang

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The Economic Impact of Oil Price Shocks on Emerging Markets, Aanchal Kapoor

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An Inquiry Into the Moral Significance of Doxastic and Epistemic States: Examining the Circumstantial Element of Moral Obligation, Gregory William Keenan

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Lev Trotsky and the Red Army in the Russian Civil War, 1917-1921, John M. Kelsey

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The Weight of Words: Discourse, Power and the 19th Century Prostitute, Yoshan A. Kennedy-Churnac

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A Review of the Effect Children With Autism Have on Their Typically Developing Sibling, Christina Khavarian

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Hong Kong Nostalgia Cinema: Loss, Memory, and Identity Crisis, Jeanna P. Kim

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Does the Mind Extend Out into the World, Andrew D. Kishino

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IFRS: A Detailed Look at Progress in the United States, Johnny Ko

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The People’s Republic of China’s Stance on Human Rights in Selected Crises, Brian T. Kopczynski

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Southern California Water Management: Practical Adoptions and Policy Recommendations, Blake Kos

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Alleviating Social Disadvantages of Rapid Economic Growth: A Case for Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Application in Old Siam, Anastasia Kostioukova

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Film Review Aggregators and Their Effect on Sustained Box Office Performance, Nicholas Krishnamurthy

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Mining for a Gilded Age: Social Media and Social Phenomena, Edward La Cava

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El Colegio Fundación Fernando Borrero Caicedo: Un sistema educativo alternativo en Colombia, Caitlin J. Latta

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Examining Tracking Stock Restructuring and Their Effect on Short - Run Excess Returns, Kwendy Lau

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China: Potential Mitigation Strategies for Reducing Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Cecilia Ledesma

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The Value of Youth in Major League Baseball, Jason Lee

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Balancing the Scales: Healthy Food Policy and Future Healthcare Costs, John Clark Levin

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The Impact of Weather Forecasts on Day-Ahead Power Prices, Noah Levin

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How Did the Extension of the U.S. Dividend Tax Cuts in 2010 Affect Stock Prices?, Gayle Lim

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The Dentist / Patient Relationship: The Role of Dental Anxiety, Michael Liu

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Determinants of Corporate Cash Holdings, Yun Lai (William) Li

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Football, The World's Game: A Study on Football's Relationship with Society, Dominic Lo

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Performance of the Indian Banking Industry over the Last Ten Years, Saumya Lohia

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All Country Roads Lead to Rome: Idealization of the Countryside in Augustan Poetry and American Country Music, Alice Lyons

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Compliance wth Basel Principles: Reexamination of the relationship between the Basel Core principles (BCP) and Bank Performance, Young-Jae Lyoo

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A New Experiment on Rational Behavior, Myles R. MacDonald

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Performance Under Pressure: The Effect of Explanatory Style on Sensory-Motor Performance Under Stereotype Threat, William R. MacPhail

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The Socio-economic and Religious Aspects in Robinson Crusoe, Alexandra G. Macy

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Removing the Barriers to Economic Prosperity: The Case For Prioritizing Euro Adoption in Hungary, Spencer W. Mains

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From Riches to Rags: The Political Economy of the Natural Resource Curse, Anum Malkani

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Does an Academy Award affect Stock Return?, Kelli M. Maltsbarger

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Securing the Homeland: A Risk-Cost-Benefit Analysis of U.S. Anti-Terrorism Expenditures, Anne-Elise Martin

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Violencia Contra la Mujer en Latinoamerica Durante y Despues Conflicto Interno en Mexico y Guatemala, Erika Martin del Campo

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Examining the Effect of Psychological Traits on Earnings and the Gender Wage Gap within a Young Sample of U.S. Employees, Marika May

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Spicing Up School Lunch: A Look at One School District's Attempts to Remedy America's Convoluted School Lunch Policies, Case Study Analysis of Claremont Unified School District, Allison McElwee

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An Examination of the Implications of the Exposure Draft "Leases" on Retail Corporations, Lacey A. McLean

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The Bear and the Bull: A Comparative Study of Public Policy and Economic Growth in California and Texas, David W. Meyer

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Do NBA Fans Discriminate Against Race Or Nationality?, Peter Meyer

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Express Yourself: The Effects of Body Position on Non-verbal Communication of Emotions, Kathryn H. Mgrublian

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The Profitability of Lean Six Sigma: A Study of National Grain Producers Inc., Edward Mills

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History Education and Identity Formation: A Case Study of Uganda, Takako Mino

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The Claremont Autism Center, Alex E. Mitchell Mr.

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Comparing and Contrasting the Constitutional Approaches of Justice Scalia and Justice Breyer Through the Pending Supreme Court Case Schwarzenegger V Entertainment Merchants Association, Katherine E. Moran Ms.

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Blood Money: A Study of the Effect of Fighting on Player Salaries in the National Hockey League, Matthew G. Morton

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Democratization in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Ashley W. Munetsi

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L’autre Exotique et Le Moi Curieux dans Les Lettres Persanes De Montesquieu et L’immoraliste d’André Gide, Alexandra Nazari

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Neural Responses to Vibration during Wobble Board Balancing, Michael Nguyentat

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The Trials of a Comfort Woman, Erica Park

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Money Talks: Free Speech and Political Equality in Campaign Finance Reform, Patrick Paterson

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The Drivers of Monthly IPO Volume, Clinton Paulus

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A Theoretical Analysis of the Future of NATO, Kaj W. E. Pedersen

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Life Planning for NFL Players, Ryan Pedersen

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The Impact of a Conditional Cash Transfer Program on Credit Behavior in Colombia, Brittany Pineros

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The Mexican Hydra: How Calderón's Pursuit of Peace Led to the Bloodiest War in Mexican History? Will the Mexican People Inherit a Failed State in 2012?, Marco A. Pinon-Farah

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Estimating the Effects of Integrated Film Production on Box-Office Performance: Do Inhouse Effects Influence Studio Moguls?, Daniel M. Polyakov

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Bid-Ask Spreads in a Heterogeneously Informed Market, Kevin Potterton

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Energy Storage: Technology for a More Efficient Grid, Noah Proser

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A Structural Analysis of the European Monetary Union and its Effect on Greece in Light of the European Financial Crisis, Stephanie C. Ramos

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The Human Color: Rooting Black Ideology in Human Rights, a Historical Analysis of a Political Identity, Milan Reed

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The Effect of the Introduction of a Clearinghouse on Trading Costs: The New York Stock Exchange in the 1890s, Sara Reed

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Past Financial Reporting Credibility: Does it Influence Market Perceptions of Fair Value Assets?, Jason M. Rehhaut

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Community in Exile: German Jewish Identity Development in Wartime Shanghai, 1938-1945, Alice I. Reichman

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Striving for a Happier America: Lessons from Denmark, Leanne P. Ringquist

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Angel Financing: Matching Start-Up Firms with Angel Investors, Emily M. Rodriguez

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The Estimated Value of a Premium Division One Football Player: The Argument Supporting Pay for Play, Travis S. Roher

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Dr. YouTube is Ready to See You Now! Health Benefits of Medical Videos on YouTube, Jordan A. Rosenberg

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Policy Analysis of Rural Development Strategy in Mexico: Creation and Management of Infrastructure Systems, Carlton J. Rueb

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How to Win Jobs and Influence Interviewers: A Psychological Exploration of Job Interview Best Practices, C. Diggory Rycroft

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U.S. GAAP Convergence to IFRS and the Risk Implications Involved in Convergence, Benjamin J. Salzman

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An Analysis of Remittance Tendencies of Philippine Migrant Workers, Maryan S. Samson