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 2011

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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

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Powers of War: President Versus Congress, Jordan D. Santo

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Legal Interpretation: Taking Words Seriously, Allison W. Scott

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Overcoming the Obstacles to Sustainability in Ghana, Ashley M. Scott

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Living Fairy Tales: Science Fiction and Fantasy's Visionary Retellings of "Beauty and the Beast", Adrien E. Sebree

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"This Rough Magic:" Imagination, Resurrection, and the Dream World Crisis in Shakespearean Tragedy, Rachel A. Selvin

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NATO History and Future, Ross K. Sevy

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America's First Great Moderation, Ryan Shaffer

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Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Sri Lanka and Cyprus: Avoiding a Stalemate, Jyotsna Shankar

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Ethics in Accounting: Sustainability as a Predictor of Financial Statement Usefulness, Kyle L. Shipley

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The Effect of Culture on the Implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards, Mitchell A. Skotarczyk

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Re-Evaluating Poverty Alleviation Strategies: The Impact of Microfinance on Child Labor in Bangladesh., Lauren C. Smith

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The Cloak of Copyright: How Costco v. Omega Enabled Price Discrimination, Jacinth K. Sohi

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A Theory of Mental Credit, Jason Soll

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Credit Market Imperfections, Financial Crisis and the Transmission of Monetary Policy, Brett Spencer

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The Persistence of Pricing Differentials in Dual-listed Companies in Hong Kong and China, Justin Spitzer

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Does the Provision of Healthcare Vary with Race? Evidence from Health Shocks to Patients Far From Home, Ajay Sridhar

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Immigration and the States: Reinforcing Federalism through Limited Preemption, Laura Sucheski

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The Effects of the 2008 Financial Crisis on the Role Of Bank Characteristics in Pricing of Loans in the Leveraged Loan Market, Kevin T. Sullivan

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Fiscal Impact of Privatization in Developing Countries, Alexander H. Sunderland

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Appreciating Bilingualism: The First Step to Reducing Racism in the United States, Jenna Suttmeier

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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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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