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 2013

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The Expanding Role of Pharmacists: From Autonomous Apothecaries to Patient Care Team Players, Hannah C. Whittemore

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Perfect Sampling of Vervaat Perpetuities, Robert Tristan Williams

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A Double Edged Sword: The Effects of Participation in Sports on the African American Community, Gregory J. Wilson II

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The Structure of Major League Baseball Contracts: A Proposed Change, Scott Witte

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The Charter School Movement: The Impact of School Form on Performance, Jeremy B. Wolff

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Indivisible and Inseparable: The Austro-Hungarian Army and the Question of Decline and Fall, Kyle D. Woods

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Variance Risk Premium in GOLD VIX Market, Guanli Xiao

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The Tricycle Gang, William P. Yandell

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The Future of Chollywood: The Imminent Rise of China's Film Industry, Kathryn S. Yao

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Per Aspera Ad Astra: Wandering To The Stars of British Romanticism, Elizabeth Yeo

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Understanding How Deciding and Relationship Confidence Predict Relationship Satisfaction, Elise M. Yoshida

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Effects of Fundamental Analysis on IPO Valuation in the United States ITS Sector, Cheryl Yu

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Intangibles Related Ratios and their Relationships with Leverage, Larry Zhong

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Tax-exempt Hospitals in the Context of a Transforming Healthcare Industry: A Risk-Based Audit Approach, Steven C. Zima

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Reauthorizing No Child Left Behind: Assessing the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Aubrey A. Zimmerling

Senior Theses from 2012

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Mary’s Dilemma: A Novel Take On Jackson’s Famous Thought Experiment, Noah O. Abolafia-Rosenzweig

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Are Women Impact Players? The Effect of Female Executives on Firm Performance and Capital Structure, Alexandra M. Abramovitz

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Leadership in 21st Century Education Reform: Washington, D.C. and the Case of Michelle Rhee, Crystal Adams

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State Intervention in the Indian Software Industry, Sonia Aggarwal

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City of Mosques: A Collection of Short Stories, Shoaib Alam

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Carbon Affect on European Oil and Steel Companies: An Empirical Analysis on the Second Phase EU ETS, Joseph Anderson

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Mineral Resource Governance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Strategies for Development and Poverty Alleviation, Gabriela Giselle Andrade

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The Effect of Oil Market Developments on Price Volatility and U.S.-Saudi Relations, Daniel Andrew

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Culture and Leadership in Educational Institutions in India and the United States, Meyyammai Annamalai

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The Effects of Juror Need for Cognition: Perceptions of Trustworthiness in Expert Witness Testimony, Matthew Nicholas Armstrong

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Hosting the Olympics: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Economic and Social Effects of the Olympic Games, Jordan Jose Badia-Bellinger

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Preventing Digital Piracy: A Change in the Business Model, Brandon T. Bak

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Albert Camus: A Conscientious Witness, Lauren Ballard

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Peer Leadership: An Analysis of Athlete Captains on Collegiate Sports Teams, Amanda M. Banducci

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Avoiding Intergenerational Discounting on Sustainability Investments, Roxie Bartholomew

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The Effective Application of Microfinance to Alleviate Poverty in the Indigenous Populations of Peru and Bolivia, Alexandra Eleni Bartlett

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The Effect of Corporate Sustainability Reporting on Firm Valuation, Brian D. Bartlett

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A Compensation Comparison: Determinants of Compensation for Chief Executive Officers and University Presidents, Jessica Bartlett

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Measuring Peer Effects in Primary Schools: Lessons Taken from Disadvantaged School Districts Across the Country, Eric L. Bean

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Short-Term Stock Market Response to “Say On Pay” Failed Votes, Drew M. Beckerman

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T.S. Eliot's Anti-Modernism: Poetry and Tradition in the European Waste Land, John Bedecarré

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Auditing the Auditors: The Role of Accounting Firms in the 2008 Financial Crisis, Gabrielle Jamie Beer

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Spectacular Shadows: Djuna Barnes's Styles of Estrangement in Nightwood, Erica Nicole Bellman

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The Disappearing Middle Class: Implications for Politics and Public Policy, Trevor Richard Beltz

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Virtual into Verisimilitude: Videogames' Ability to Induce Empathy, Blake T. Bennett

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Responses to Missionization at Missions San Antonio, San Carlos, and Soledad, Sam A. Bennett

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Impacts and Implementation of the Basel Accords: Contrasting Argentina, Brazil, and Chile, Kristina Bergess

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FlipGlobe: Developing an iPhone App That Turns the World Upside Down, Alex Berman

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The Case for Expanded Access to Investigational New Drugs, Meagan Biwer

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Islamophobia, Pluralism, and Multiculturalism: A Comparison between Western Europe and the United States, Thomas J. Boerigter

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An Inevitable Relationship: The Olympic Games & Politics, Katherine M. Bonneau

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Future Naval Conflict: Asymmetric Threats and Commerce Raiding, Joshua D. Bowling

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The Use of Real Options in Biotechnology Capital Budgeting: Theory and Practice, Max Brennan

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Wilde and Wonderful: The Ultimate Aesthete's Redefinition of Individualism, as an Idealist, and then as an Outcast, Anna Brill

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Great Recession Dying, Okun's Law Resurrected, Jane M. Brittingham

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Voting Rights and Wrongs: Philosophical Justification for Universal Suffrage, Michelle Brody

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A New Solution to the Skeptical Puzzle: An Epistemic Account of Limited Polysemy, Katherine S. Broeksmit

Improving America's Racial Climate by Decreasing the Use of the Race Card, Brandon Brown

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Remembering What It Was to Be Me: a Collection of Analyses of Themes in Joan Didion’s Nonfiction Writing, Kelsey Brown

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Social Network: The Case of Major League Soccer and Facebook Likes, Rachel C. Bunting

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Panic Attack: A Comparative Analysis of United States Bank Panics, Cameron J. Cain

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Dandyism: Creating a Tradition for Consumption in London Society, Heidi Carlson

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The Effect of Executive Compensation on Firm Performance through the Dot-Com Bubble, Maxwell J. Chambers

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From the Halls of Montezuma, Kevin I. Chaney

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The Value of a Statistical Life: How Much Would You Be Willing To Pay To Reduce Your Risk Of Death?, Inayat Chaudhry

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Should the Estate Tax be Abolished?, Elsa Cheng

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Chinese Soft Power: Implications on US-China Relations, Jessica A. Cheng

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A Lone Foreigner on the Long March: Otto Braun and the CCP-Comintern Relationship, Jeremy Cheung

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An Examination on Patent Infringement Awards, Victor Chien

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Estimating the Effects of International Basketball Players on the NBA: Do NBA Coaches, Executives, and Coaches Value International Players Equally Compared to Domestic Players?, Brian Chong

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Poor Millionaires: A History of Free Agency in Major League Baseball and the National Football League, Cameron Conley

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Prose and Polarization: Environmental Literature and the Challenges to Constructive Discourse, Paige E. Costello

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César Chávez and the Secularization of an American Prophet of Social Reform, Chelsee Lynn Cox

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The Neuroanatomical Functions of Tourette Syndrome and a Treatment Analysis, Kacie L. Curd

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Investigating the Conceptions of the Tea Party, Alex Curtis

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Avoiding Taxes On Foreign Profits: How To Fix the Games That Multinationals Play., Robert L. Daily

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Putting the 'Public' Back into the Public Sector: Rethinking Potable Water Provision and Water Management Policy in Mexico City, Elena M. Davert

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Who Speaks for Israel? J Street and the Rise of the Pro-Peace Israel Lobby in America, Ari A. Davis

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Discrete Event Simulation of Elevator Systems, Sasi Bharath Desai

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Differential Effects of Tort Reform Across Medical Specialties, William C. Dodds

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"Sell or Slaughter": The Economic and Social Policies of German Reunification, Saraid L. Donnelly

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The Post-Soviet Gold Rush: Examining Evangelical Activity in the Russian Federation, Mary B. Doyle

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Federal Regulation of Emerging Technologies and Its Implications for Transhumanist Applications of NBIC Technologies, David A. Dreshfield

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Rome's Influence on Machiavelli: In Religion and Politics, A Country's Army, and Ruling over a Newly Conquered Territory, David Dubinski

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"Golf Is Deceptively Simple and Endlessly Complicated": An Analysis of the PGA Tour's FedExCup as a Tournament Incentive Mechanism, Andrew T. Duckworth

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The Evolution of the Music Industry in the Post-Internet Era, Ashraf El Gamal

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Fast Casual Dining: The Evolution of a Market Segment and Its Impact on the Fast Food Sector, Robert H. Erani

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Disputing an Analytic Construct of Philosophical Conservatism, Daniel Carson Evans

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China's Censored Leap Forward: The Communist Party's Battle with Internet Censorship in the Digital Age, Caitlin Feeney

Considering Hezbollah: Analyzing the Terrorist Label, Sarah A. Fenn

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Half Baked: The Federal and State Conflicts of Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Andrew K. Fevery

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The Misery: Land, Man, and Society in the Novels of Hanna Mina, Rio G. Fischer

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The Railway and Telegraph in India: Monuments of British Rule or Symbols of Indian Nationhood?, Prashant L. Fonseka

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Incentivizing Biodiversity Conservation: The Ecological ICMS in Brazil, Erin Franks

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Military Civilian Relations in Post-Revolutionary Transition: The Transformation of East Asian States and the Future of Egypt, Amy E. Frazee

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The Strength of the Russian Energy Weapon in Ukraine, Anastasiya V. Galash

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Bottling Success: An Exploration of Craft Beer and the Brewing Business, Anthony Mitchell Garcia

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Fear of Forgetting: How Societies Deal with Genocide, Emily O. S. Gelber

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Water Policy: The World's Most Important Resource Politicized, Ethan Gilbert

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Automated Pose Correction for Face Recognition, Elliot J. Godzich

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A Proposal to Test the Effects of Factor ECAT1 on Pluripotency, from Reprogramming to Differentiation of Human Somatic Cells, Vritti R. Goel

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Mexican-Americans in Los Angeles: Strengthening Their Ethnic Identity Through Chivas USA, Stephanie Goldberger

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Complexities in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Thyroid Cancer: Discussions, Observations, Research and Public Policy, Hannah V. Gordon

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Soul-idarity Tree: Business Plan and Market Analysis, Grigoriy Gorshteyn

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Petrocapitalism in Iraqi Kurdistan: Leveraging Oil and Gas Firms in Post-War Iraq, Chase W. Gray