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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The Importance of Leadership and Culture in Mergers, Aravind Swaminathan

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Cross-Cultural Risk Behavior in Financial Decisions and the Cushion Hypothesis, Jin Tan

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Forest Policy and Community-Based Conservation in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brittany N. Taylor

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Intentionality in Artificial Intelligence, Christopher D. Tennenbaum

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Managing the Millennials: Employee Retention Strategies for Generation Y, Nicholas W. Thompson

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Theories of Justice to Health Care, Jacob R. Tobis

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Executive Minority Employment and Compensation Gap in the S&P500: Is Compensation Disparity More Prevalent in Certain Industries?, Jason W. Toney

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Exploring the Flynn Effect: A Comprehensive Review of the Causal Debate, Abby J. Trimble

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Tourism and Female Empowerment in 21st Century Nepal, Ching Tung

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Immigrant Experiences in the United States: The Murids of Senegal in New York, Angelia R. Tyler

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Winning Off The Field: The Determinants of MLB Franchise Value, David F. Ulrich

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Market Value vs Historical Cost Valuations of Fixed Assets in the Context of International Convergence, Alexander Y. Varga

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Leadership and Policy in Detroit, 1943-1967, Charles Walton

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Analyzing the Effects of Credit Rating Changes, the Recent Financial Crisis and Other Variables on Firms' Debt Levels, Sean M. Wasserman

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The Drug War in Mexico: Consequences for Mexico's Nascent Democracy, Katrina M. Weeks

Being Green: One and Done, Katherine Wernet

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NLRB vs. the Boeing Company: Implications of the Board's Overreach, Branden R. Windle

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Democratic Strength and Terrorism: An Economic Approach, Brian P. Winter

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The Black Middle Class: A Continuous Product of Government Policy, Influence and Action, Nicholas A. Wright

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Congressional Insider Trading: An Analysis of the Personal Common Stock Transactions of U.S. Senators, Scott T. Yingling

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Pointless?, Jonah Yuen

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Translating the Language of Film: East Asian Films and Their Hollywood Remakes, Julia Yu

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Predicting Enrollment Decisions of Students Admitted to Claremont McKenna College, Michael Zaytsev

Senior Theses from 2010

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The Development and Long-Term Influences of Attachments As Seen Through Attachment Theory: The Influence of Attachment on Homosexual Males, Christian Alvarez

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Moving to the Beat of Djembe Drums: African Dance and Reported Feelings of Depression, Jacquilyn D. Anderson

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The Effects of Communication Disorders on Social Development, Heather M. Back

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Grasshoppers in the Outfield: An Examination of the Effects of Sports on Children, Chelsea R. Baker

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The Principles of Persuasion in Executive Leadership, Sonia Y. Bao

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ADHD: Culture, Treatment Strategies and their Relevance to Preschool Children, Nelson M. Bean

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The Impact of CEO Compensation on Firm Performance in the Oil Industry, Christophe M. Bindert

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CollegeMatchers, Inc: Business Plan & Market Overview, Daniel Black

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Jose P. Laurel and Jorge B. Vargas: Issues of Collaboration and Loyalty during the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines, Jonathan Black

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The Effect of Age upon CEO Compensation: A Cross-Industry Study, Anthony Bouvier

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When Resistance is Not Enough: The Role of Ecotage in Radical Environmentalism, Kris R. Brown

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How Users Actually Use Financial Statements: A New Tool for Research in Experimental Accounting, Kevin Burke

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An Overview and Comparative Analysis of the Collective Bargaining Agreements in the NBA, NFL, and MLB, Terrence Caldwell

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Latino Teens at Risk: The Effectiveness of Dating Violence Prevention Programs, Ruth N. Calvillo

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Integrated Overview, Case-Studies and Analysis: Income Inequality in Latin America, Post-1980, Aaron R. Campbell

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Corporate Sustainability and the Recession: Firms' Strategy Response in a Financial Crisis, Carolyn M. Campbell

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Storia, Fiaba, e un Decennio di Calvino, William Carney

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Explaining the Continuities and Changes in United States Policy in Relation to Taiwan for the Past Three Presidents, Alexander G. Chanock

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From Disco to Electronic Music: Following the Evolution of Dance Culture Through Music Genres, Venues, Laws, and Drugs., Ambrose Colombo

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Pricing Bond Yields in the European Bond Market, David Cook

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The Feasibility of Road Privatization in Los Angeles, Sam Corcos

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Private Equity Transaction Bankruptcy Risk Prediction, Lewis A. Corson

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CHILE: Mi Conquista, de Norte a Sur, Grace Cowan

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Moving Away From Regulation and Legislation: Solving the Network Neutrality Debate During Obama’s Presidency, Cara J. Daley

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The Secondary Market for Gift Cards and the Role of Corporate Bankruptcy Risk, Kaitlyn A. Desai

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Electromyographic Analysis of Trunk Muscle Activation During a Throwing Pattern Following Rotator Cuff Mobilization, Aubrey L. Doede

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Far From Gold: Why Hosting the Olympics is Detrimental to the Host Country, Carlen Don

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Factors Affecting the Forecasting Ability of Implied Correlation in Currency Options, Justin S. Eskind

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A State Level Analysis of Teach For America's Impact on Student Achievement, Steven Ferguson

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Weaving Through Reality: Dance as an Active Emblem of Fantasy in Performance Literature, Tara Maylyn Frankel

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Forecasting the Inland Empire's Economic Recovery, Jesse C. Franklin

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Tragic Pleasure in Shakespeare's King Lear and Othello, Luella Fu

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Governing Gambling in the United States, Maria E. Garcia

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Reform in California's Immigration Enforcement and Immigration Court, Nelson E. Gil

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Impact of the Federal Estate Tax on the LA Dodgers, Mark Gose

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Diversification Premium on Indian ADRs During the Financial Crisis, Rajat Gupta

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Calvin and Conciliation, Alexander S. Haines

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The Shame of Preserving Honor: Why Honor Killings Still Plague the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the 21st Century, Krysten Brooke Hartman

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The Underlying Factors of Regional U.S. Hotel Market Resiliency Post 9/11, Beaumont L. Heidrich

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Electric Vehicles: Market Opportunities in China, Shanna Hoversten

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An Examination of the Government Accounting Standards Board, Christopher D. Jones

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How Are Inflation Expectations Formed by Consumers, Economists and the Financial Market?, Shaun Khubchandani

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The Reality of Child Sexual Abuse: A Critique of the Arguments Used by Adult-Child Sex Advoates, Kacey Klein

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Inequities of Contemporary French Women, Olivia Kuhlman

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The Role of the Socio-Cultural and Developmental Context on Special Education, Amanda Lam

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Examining the Impact of California's Medical Marijuana Program on Public Health, John C. Lamb

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Profits, Prestige, and a Little Bit of Sunshine: American Independent Cinema Enters the Mainstream, David A. Landay

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Less is More: An Analysis of Firm Concentration in the American Airline Industry, Riley Lewis

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The Theories of Deindividuation, Brian Li

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Conflict of Interest?: Executive-Auditor Relationship and the Likelihood of a SEC-Prompted Restatement, Henry Lyford

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Selling its Future Short: Armenia's Economic and Security Relations with Russia, Ian J. McGinnity

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An Economic Impact Study of the "Boom" Period of Baseball Stadium Redevelopment, Emily McNab

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The Effects On a State When They Lose Their Senior Senator, Adam J. Morris

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Children in Jeopardy: An Evaluation of Interventions for Orphans of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, Molly E. Murtaugh

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Free Trade and Free Societies: The Effects of CAFTA on Democratic Institutions in Central America, David Nahmias

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Hindutva and Anti-Muslim Communal Violence in India Under the Bharatiya Janata Party (1990-2010), Elaisha Nandrajog

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War, Race, and Gender in American Presidential Elections in 1964 and 1972, Baxter Norcross

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Effective Environmental Management of the National Park Service: A Case Study of Channel Islands National Park, Daniel T. Olmsted

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Adolescent Sexual Behavior and Sexual Education in the United States, Therese B. Orbea

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Humanizing the Other, Cynthia A. Ortega

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Disability in America: A Minority Group for Everyone, Nicholas W. Ostreim

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Some Professionals Play Minimax: A Reexamination of the Minimax Theory in Major League Baseball, Jeffrey Park

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The Relationship Between Competitive Balance and Revenue in America's Two Largest Sports Leagues, Matt D. Pautler

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Canopy Demographics at the Firestone Reserve, Costa Rica, Gizelle M. Pera

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Spain and the 2004 Expansion of the European Union: A Case of FDI Diversion?, Christopher M. Preston

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Laying Bare the Sins of the Father: Exploring White Fathers in Post-Apartheid Literature, Casey M. Reck

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The Value of the Sovereign Credit Default Market: Domestic Stock Market Interaction and Contagion Effects during Credit Crisis, Alexander M. Reichert

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Epigenetics: Blurring the Line Between Nature and Nurture, Elizabeth H. Rose

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Ergodic and Combinatorial Proofs of van der Waerden's Theorem, Matthew Samuel Rothlisberger

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El Sistema de Pensiones Español: ¿Puede la Inmigración Prevenir una Crisis Futura?, Gregory J. Sanford

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Short Term Strategies for Long Term Power: The Rise and Potential Fall of Hugo Chávez, Linden E.S. Schult

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A False Sense of Security: The Social Security Debate, Chris Shipman-Sercu

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La Vilaine, Cordelia Solomon

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The Case of Weapons of Mass Destruction at the Outset of the Iraq War, David C. Spiller

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The Role of Fair Value Accounting in Bank Failures: 2001-2010, Jacob Edward Eugene Spring

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A Valuation of U.S. Not-For-Profit Summer Camps with a Comparison of Two Members of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, Kristine N. Staley

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The Consequences of Increasing Ocean Acidification on Local and Global Fishing Industries, Alyson N. Stark