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 2012

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COBRA Subsidies: A Compelling Narrative of Policy Impact on the Unemployed, Uninsured, Hannah N. Gregg

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The Impact of a Math or Science Background on K-12 Teacher Earnings, Kelsey J. Gross

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The Proper Accounting and Valuation of Convertible Debt in the Modern Market, Ivan Gutierrez

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Finding Profitability of Technical Trading Rules in Emerging Market Exchange Traded Funds, Austin P. Hallett

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The Evolution of Political Marketing: 1952 to Present, Henry H. Handtmann

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Determinants of Caloric Intake, Ethan Harry

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Zarathustra's Politics, Everett Alexander Heiney

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Pulling Back the Veil: The Hijab Ban and the Evolution of French Nationalism, Meghan Henkel

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The Origins of the Italian Sovereign Debt Crisis, David M. Henningsen

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The Rise and Fall of Public Higher Education in the United States: Implications for Socioeconomic Inequality, Chantal Bao-Chau Hoang

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Are Olympic Sponsorships Worth it? The Case of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Avery Holland

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Buy Global, Think Local: Direct Trade Coffee and Community Renaissance in Olympia, Washington, Maren E. Hotvedt

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Understanding and Exploring Narcissism: Impact on Students and College Campuses, Emily J. Hudson

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Effects of Deregulation on Retirement Savings, Colin D. Hulse

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Transformational Mobile Banking: An Ecosystem for the Unbanked Poor, Zachery P. Ingrasci

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Does a Change in a Logo Affect the Value of the Brand? The Case of Starbucks, Brittany Isobe

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Facing the Innevitable: A Study of the Estate Tax and Effective Planning Methods For the Middle Class, Eric A. Janicki

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Unexpected Turbulence: An Event Study of President Obama's June 29, 2011 Press Conference and Its Effect on Aircraft Manufacturers, Nathan A. Jiwanlal

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A Case For Carpooling: How Casual Carpool Can Grow Across the United States, Eric Johnson

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Autism Policy: State and National Legislation Analysis, Taylon M. Johnson

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Contemporary Politics Through the Lens of the Federalist Papers, Harrison W. Kahn

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Manufactured Morality: German-British Humanitarianism as Realpolitik Tool a Decade after the Boer and Herero Wars, Michelle Lynn Kahn

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Are Crossover Youth "Slipping Through the Cracks?": The Philosophy, Policy, and Practice of Dual Jurisdiction in Juvenile Justice, Ann K. Kam

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Technological Entrepreneurship in the United States and China: The Effect of Culture on Age, Education Level, and Management Composition, Tracy Kao

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Justifying an Ethical Government Response to the Obesity Epidemic, Jacob Daniel Kass

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Unwitting Violations: The Threat of Innocence in Elizabeth Bowen's Novels and Short Stories, Mika Kasuga

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Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, and Indira Gandhi's Actions and Rhetoric Regarding Feminism and Gender During Their Ascent to Power, Ariel Katz

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Taxation with Representation Ain't So Hot Either: An Empirical Analysis of Taxpayer Satisfaction, Rei Kawano

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'Did You Get It?' - The Effects of Understanding (or Not Understanding) a Satirical Piece of Humor, Franccesca Kazerooni

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Using Positive Psychology Interventions to Combat Cyberbullying, Jeanne M. Kelber

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A Case for Hulu: How Personalized Advertising Will Bring About the Future of Television, Brant B. Kersten

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The Wealth Effects of the 2010-2011 Arab Uprisings: A Market Model Event Study, Rachit Khaitan

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Should Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation Be Implemented?, Jamie J. Kim

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Cracking the Hollywood Formula: The Secret Powers of the Superhero Franchise, Michelle Kim

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Swinging the Vote: Predicting the Presidential Election by State Vote Shares, William Edward Knowles II

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Deinstitutionalization and Its Discontents: American Mental Health Policy Reform, Olga Loraine Kofman

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For-Profit Higher Education in the United States: Turmoil in the Wake of the Financial Crisis, Kevin R. Krier

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Sustainable Transportation in The City of Claremont, Schuyler Kruizenga

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Can Online Sentiment Help Predict Dow Jones Industrial Average Returns?, Aria K. Krumwiede

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An Economic and Psychological Analysis of Auditor Independence, Jadin T. Kusman

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Residental Electricity Demand: An Analysis of the Current and Future United States Electricity Grid and Its Impact on Power Consumption, Miles R. Kvalheim

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The Decentralizing Process of Mexican Independence, Michael J. Lapadot

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The Earning Gap of Criminality: Effects of Stigma, Length and Form of Incarceration, Matthew P. Laredo

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In Bed with the Fed: The Battle Over K-12 Sex Education in the United States, Hannah Frey Lauber

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Conflictual Foreign Policy of the United States: Between Security and Human Rights, Chelsea K. Layman

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Justice and Obligation: Building on the Capability Approach, Ellen Lebow

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The Sucessful Brother: What Non-Profits Can Teach Businesses, Annastasia Kyung-Ah Lee

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Google at a Crossroad: A Case Study of Roto-Rooter, Christian Tain Lee

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Alignment Between Performance and NCAA Division I Football Head Coach Compensation, Daniel K. Lee

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Occupy This: The Effect of Income Inequality on GDP Per Capita Growth Using Panel Data in the United States from 1963 to 2009, Dylan B. Lee

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Short Stories about Home, Jung-Ah J. Lee

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The Tiger Mother and Model Minority: How the Asian Ameircan Parent-Adolescent Relationship Affects Mental Health and Education, Kevin Lee

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La Influencia de Jugadores de América Latina y España en El NBA de Una Perspectiva Mercadeo y de Negocios, Michael Ethan Lee

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Carried Interest: Beyond Mitt Romney's Tax Returns, Michelle Lee

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Fair Trade and Global Civil Society, Kathryn A. Leonnig

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A Historical Review of Five of the Top Fast Food Restaurant Chains to Determine the Secrets of Their Success, Alex Leon Lichtenberg

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Worked Out and Built In: Developing Effective Leaders to Achieve Employee Engagement and Profitability, Harvey X. Liu

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Who's Afraid of the Patent Trolls? Assessing the Market Impact of Landmark Patent Troll Litigation Outcomes, Xiaotong Li

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The Effects of Ownership on Bank Performance: A Study of Commercial Banks in China, Yancan Li

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France on a Pedestal: How Extensive Work-Life Policies Fail to Achieve Gender Equality for Women in the Work-Place, Cecily A. Lloyd

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The Tax Exclusion for Employer-Sponsored Insurance and the Debate Over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Kathryn Lorish

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Examining the Role of Immigration in Crime Decline Across United States Cities, Brianna J. Losoya

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Candidates, Campaigns, and Political Tides: Electoral Success in Colorado's 4th District, Megan Gwynne MacColl

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Leading Strings: An Economic History of America's Welfare State, Emanuel Angel Maceira

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Egypt at a Crossroads: an Analysis of Morsi's Strategies of Military Control in the Post-Revolutionary State, Emma H. MacFarlane

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Using Video Modeling to Teach Children with Autism to Give Verbal Compliments and Gesture Appropriately During Competitive Play, Kevin H. Macpherson

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Effects of Early Round Venture Capital Syndication on IPO Exits in Europe and the United States, Rosabella M. Magat

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Do Political Contributions Purchase Regulatory Discretion in Mining Inspections?, Neil K. Malani

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The Great Indian Affordable Housing Crisis: Determining the Price and Income Elasticities of Urban Rental Housing Demand, Megha Maniar

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California's Water Problems: How A Desert Region Gets Enough Water To Survive, Gregory Mann

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California's War Over the Bay-Delta: Historic Failures and Current Battles, Jessica J. Mao

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Effects of a Defendant's Age and Intelligence on Juror Perceptions of a Confession, Tova A. Markowitz

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Weiser Carrots and Sticks: Motivation Beyond Money at the Shakedown Café, Julian A. Martinez

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The Wage Gap Between First- and Second-and-Higher-Generation White and Mexican Immigrants, Emma Grace McConville

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Skilled Immigration to the U.S.: Policies for Sustained U.S. Research and Development Leadership, Brendan McDonald

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The Individual Mandate, Commerce Clause, and Supreme Court: Predicting the Court's Ruling in HHS v. Florida, Nicholas Medling

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Changes in the Effects of Determinants of Earnings Inequality and Their Labor Implications in Urban China, 1988 - 2002, Maira T. Mercado

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How Men And Women Differ: Gender Differences in Communication Styles, Influence Tactics, and Leadership Styles, Karima Merchant

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An Empirical Study on CEO Turnover and Compensation, Robert Miller

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The Third World War: American Hegemony in Latin America and the Overthrow of Salvador Allende, Samuel Mitchell

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The Presidential Apology: Lessons from Tricky Dick and Slick Willy, Megan Morris

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Stadium Squeeze: The Power and Politics of Housing the NFL in LA, William M. Mullen

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Military Influence and Political Development in Turkey and Pakistan, Vishnu Narasimhan

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Abused Women Who Kill: Juror Perspectives on Self-Defense Theories, Shahrzad Nikoo

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The Effects of Moderate High Fructose Corn Syrup Consumption on Predisposition to Developing Type II Diabetes, Julia A. Nishioka

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Argentina Trapped: The Intimate Link Between Short-Term Policy Orientation and Economic Volatility, Hannah F. Nooney

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Bastardizing Black-Scholes: The Recovery of Option-Implied Probability Distributions and How They React to Corporate Take Announcement, Andrew Henry Oetting

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The Ties that Bind: Russian Aid to Ukraine, Kelsey L. O'Neal

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An Analysis of the Film Industry's Collapsing Video Window, Evan T. Otis

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Financial Performance: Does it Pay to Be Good?, Harmony J. Palmer

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Aggregated Versus Disaggregated Forward Looking Information: Effects on Risk Taking, Rishabh Parekh

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The Process of Inductive Learning in Spaced, Massed, Interleaved, and Desirable Difficulty Conditions, Sae Bin Park

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Resale Price Maintenance: The Shortcomings of Leegin, Alexander Pei

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How to Pick a Running Mate: Rethinking the Vice Presidential Selection Process and Criteria, Jake A. Petzold

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George Drouillard and John Colter: Heroes of the American West, Mitchell Edward Pike

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Do Seat Belt Laws Drive Up Insurance Premiums?, George Posner

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Don Quijote lo Interminable: La Cuestión de los Textos Originales y las Emanaciones a Través de Formas Secundarias de Arte, Alexander J. Poyhonen

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Trade Liberalization's Impacts on Welfare: A Comparative Analysis of Chile and Mexico, Veronica H. Pugin

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The Influence of Nietzsche and Schopenhauer on Hermann Hesse, Kathryn Punsly

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Comparative Case Studies of Rent-Seeking in China’s State-Owned Enterprises: the Ministry of Railway and China Mobile, Wendy Qian