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 2021

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A Detailed X-Ray Analysis of the Cold Front in RELICS Cluster A2163, Anne Poy

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CRISPR-Cas9 Delivery Systems and the Blood-Brain Barrier: Potential for Graphene Oxide-mediated CRISPR Cas9/sgRNA delivery to Glioblastoma Cells, Grace K. Pratt

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Step Back to Spring Forward: Republican Motherhood and the Precariousness of Women’s Rights from the Colonial Era to the Early Republic, Chandler Presson

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In Between, Not Really Anywhere: Narratives of Half Asian-Half White Young Adults Navigating a Monoracial Society, Lena Proctor

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Organized Labour’s Impact on the 2020 Election, Cooper Pryde

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Community-Based Disaster Risk Management and COVID-19: How Local NGOs in Latin America Adapted to the Pandemic, Emily Pugh

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Why Representational Diversity Fails, Ross Rainaldi

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The Benefit of Diversity in Nonprofit Boards, Lilian Rangel

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The Socioeconomic Impact and Allocative Discrepancies of FEMA Disaster Declarations and Aid, Emma Ranheim

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Humor as a Coping Mechanism: How Comediennes Use Humor to Cope with Deeply-rooted Systemic Sexism, Savi Rathi

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A Relationship in Flux: Changes in Stock Market Linkages between China and Africa, Dawson Reckers

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How does PPP loan distribution in a county affect the rate of reported Covid-19 outcomes?, Lizzette Rojas

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Los monstruos en nuestras pantallas, ocultos debajo de nuestras camas, y viviendo entre nosotros: Un análisis ominoso de los monstruos de Guillermo del Toro, Brandon Ruiz

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Not From My Wallet: Mental Accounting For Peer-To-Peer Digital-Payments, Jason Saltzman

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"We the People": Self-Governance and the Evolving Treatment of Freedom of Assembly in the United States, Josephine Savaria-Watson

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Gambling Autonomy: The Impact of Latin American Central Bank Independence on Risk Aversion within Monetary Policy Implementation, Julia Duarte Schulman

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Fox News Viewership and the Behavior of Essential Workers During Covid-19, Jade S. Scott

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Intellectual Capital's Impact on Corporate Performance During the Age of Digitalization and the COVID-19 Pandemic, Chance Sears

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A Look at The Effects of Mentoring Programs on Non-Minor Foster Youth Outcomes, Ariel Sepulveda

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COVID-19’s Effect on the US, China, and Australia Stock Markets: A Comparative Study, Xubin Haven Shi

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Maledictum Bulgaricus: Bulgaria’s Perpetual Stagnation Due to its Negative National Narrative and Political Nostalgia, Yoana Sidzhimova

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Don’t Get Screwed: What Factors Determine the Inclusion of J. Crew Blockers?, Michael Sill

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Equality, Freedom, and Basic Income: On the Evolution of Justifications for Social Minimums and the Case for a Democratic Egalitarian Basic Income Proposal, Elton Smole

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Understanding Diverse Teams: How to Overcome Trust Violations, Olivia C. Snell

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Would “Robot Umpires” Reduce Discrimination? Measuring Racial Bias in Major League Baseball Umpires, Hank Snowdon

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A comprehensive policy analysis of ethnic minority displacement in Inner Mongolia and Guizhou, Allison So

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Diversifying Investment Portfolios with Collectible Sneakers: Expected Returns and Benefits of Diversification, Samuel Soo

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VC Portfolio Size: Is Bigger, Better?, John Soranno

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“The Spirit of Revolution:” The Impact of Rum on the Formation of the United States, Charles Streator

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How Does Racial Diversity Throughout a Company’s Workforce Impact its Financial Performance?, Giano Stringfellow

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The Relationship Between Money Growth and Inflation, Dillon Svenson

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The Disproportionate Effect of Economic Crisis on Minority Communities, Ethan Takeyama

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Environmental Controls on the Spatial Distribution of Greenfin Darters and Biodiversity in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dri Tattersfield

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So, You Want to be an Entrepreneur: Potential Factors that Lead to Founder and Startup Success, Joshua Robert Tatum

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Screening Memory: World War II in Film and Television, Claudia A. Taylor

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How American Transit Agencies Determine Fare Policy: It All Comes Down to Politics, Julian Thesseling

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Defund the Police? An Exploration of the Relationship Police Budget and Officer-Involved Killings, Suzannah Thomas

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The Joy of Listening: Three Voices in the Poetry of Wisława Szymborska, Mimi Thompson

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Goldilocks and The Complete Subset Portfolio, Charlie Thomson

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Determinants of Housing Supply Expansion in the Western United States, Nathaniel Tolles

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Ignorance is Bliss: An Analysis of the Historical Coverage of California's Proposition 13 and its Impacts on Public Education, Wendy Torres-Badajoz

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Genomic Analysis of the Novel Antibiotic Nocamycin O, Janet Tran

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Applications of Artificial Lipid Bilayers: A Gateway to a New Lipid Diagnostic System Using Biosensing, Lauren Trihy

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Improving Relations Between the French Government and French Muslims, Carly Truscott

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Hollywood versus History in "Schindler’s List", Teressa Ulrich

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Subjective value of previous item is encoded during valuation in event-related potentials, Madeline Valdez

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EL INMIGRANTE EN EL CINE DEL SIGLO XXI: UN ANÁLISIS DE LA IDENTIDAD INDOCUMENTADA Y SUS ESFUERZOS POR MANTENER UNA COMUNIDAD UNIDA DENTRO Y FUERA DE LA PANTALLA, Guadalupe Valente

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Great Power Politics: The United States’ War on Disinformation with Consideration to Russian and Chinese Offensive Efforts, Jordan Venglass

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The Softer Sex? Women Legislating War, Shanil Verjee

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What Neurological Activity In The Human Brain In Reaction to Humor Can Tell Us About Our Evolution, Jack Viani

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The Perfect “Imperfect” Policy: Analysis of the One China Policy during the past three U.S. administrations, Qingyang Wang

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On properties of positive semigroups in lattices and totally real number fields, Siki Wang

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Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation Through Self Determination Theory: An Analysis of Motivation in Distance Runners, Drew Watson

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The Effect of Drought and Exotic Species on the Post-Fire Response of Artemisia californica, Carolyn Weisman

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A Neuropsychological Approach to User Experience (UX) Design Research, Lauren Widasky

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Twin Threats: The Short-Sighted US Response to Global Climate Change and Pandemics, Bryan Williams

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The Effect of Topical DNA Repair Enzymes on Mutation of the p53 Gene, Alexis Wilson

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On the Brink: The Impact of Nuclear Weapons on Conflict Behavior Between States, Georgia Wood

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Did Stay-at-Home Orders Work? Understanding State-Level Mobility Trends in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Xinran Xing

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Honesty and Love in Plato's Symposium, Cheng Rui Yap

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The Predictive Power of the Variance Risk Premium Model on Equity Returns in Emerging Markets During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, David Ying

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The Impacts of COVID-19 on County Unemployment Rates, Mira Yoo

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The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of Data, Sage D. Young

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Captives & Spoils in Chicago: Examining the Columbian Exposition’s Triumphal Procession of 1893, Kazandra Zelaya

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The Chinese National and Subnational Governance during the Public Health Crisis of COVID-19, Xinyi Zhang

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Caring for Caregivers: Exploring Neuro-oncology Relationships and Spreading Collaborative Grief Support Using Human-Centered Design, Anya Zimmerman-Smith

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Exploring the Relationship between Objectivity and Marginalized Social Identity: A Care-account, Qinfei Zou

Senior Theses from 2020

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The Use of Neural Network Techniques to Identify Small Objects for Self-driving Cars, TIMUR ADIZOV

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Killing Within Communities: What Causes Collective Violence, How We Remember It, and Why It Matters, Laleh Ahmad

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The Convergence of Politics and Comedy: Changes to the Comedic Landscape in an Age of Polarization, Rachel Alaynick

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How the Loss of Land is Threatening the Survivability and Culture of the Maasai, Hannah Alderete

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Effects of Sleep Deprivation and the Link to Alzheimer’s Disease in Night Shift Workers, Aracelia Aldrete

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Understanding the Genomic Basis of Pair-Bonding Behaviors Through RNA-Seq, Erin R. Alexander

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Factors That Affect Women’s Labor Participation in Saudi Arabia, Bandar AlKabbani

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Are Female Executives Receiving Adequate Capital Financing? An Analysis of Gender Disparity on Venture Capital Funding, Lina Aluzri

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Analysis of Micro Transit Demand Determinants and Effectiveness, Andrea Amaya

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On Locke's Atheism, Robert Aronoff

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From "Mountain Turks" to "Terrorists": Media Representations of Kurds in Turkey, Nezihe Atun

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Observing the Effects of Diversity on Performance in Ugandan Primary Schools, Sydney Baffour

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Il contrapasso nell’Inferno di Dante Alighieri: un’analisi del contrapasso attraverso Francesca da Rimini, Conte Ugolino, e Lucifero, Liv Allegra Baker

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Children’s Development and Crisis: Comparing Developmental Best Practices Against Aid Program Curricula, Martha Baker

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Visualizing Participatory Politics: The Communal Power of Street Art in Revolutionary Egypt, Warring Syria, and Divided Lebanon, Erin Baranko

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The New Arms Race?: The Effect of Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons on the Theory of Deterrence, Shreya Bhatnagar

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K-Means Stock Clustering Analysis Based on Historical Price Movements and Financial Ratios, Shu Bin

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Harnessing Authenticity: Mexican Restaurants in 1920s Los Angeles and Today, Mitchell Black

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Examining Protein-Protein Interactions Within the ESX-4 Secretion System of Mycobacterium smegmatis, Sophie Boerboom

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Determining the Antibacterial Activity and Mode of Action of Tirandamycin, Hailey Bouchard

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Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Patient-Provider Interpersonal Interactions and Relationships: The Emerging Role of Latino Normative Cultural Values, Colleen Brennan

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Socioeconomic Barriers to Diagnosis and Accommodation of ADHD in Public Education, Ellen Broaddus

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On the Brink of Collapse: Examining the Failure of Institutional Governance over Hydropower Development in the Mekong Basin, Stuart Brown

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Viral Business and Initial IPO Returns, william buckstaff

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Principle or Partisanship: An Analysis of the Role Stare Decisis Plays in Supreme Court Jurisprudence, Clare Burgess

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Social Wealth Funds Could Help Address Extreme Wealth Inequality, Oscar Burney

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Why Dads Should Talk About Feelings: A Biopsychosocial Model of Emotion Socialization and Child Stress Regulation, Anna Beth Burniston

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It’s All Downhill from Here: Evidence Supporting Downward Sloping Demand Curves for Stocks near the Russell 1000/2000 Cut-off, Dylan Byrd

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The Long-Term Impacts of Sex Education and Teenage Pregnancy on Labor Market Outcomes, Krista Cabrera

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Sibling Mediated Play Intervention of Joint Engagement and Symbolic Play in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Catherine Callaci

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Surfacing Contexts of Violence in Novel Forms of the Reproductive Justice Framework Through Lessons from Latin America: A Study of Brutality, Migration and Bodily Autonomy and Progressive Solutions for Use in Public Health, Angelica M. Campos

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The Rationale of Sidecar Impact in Venture Capital and Outcomes for Hybrid Investors, Riley Cantwell

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The Noxious Market of Division 1 College Football, Bryan Carlen