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 2020

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Protect Our Press: How the Future of Journalism and Democracy are at Risk, Bianca Carrizal

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The Unaffordable American Dream: The Effect of Income Inequality on Housing Prices, Cameron Cash

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The Role of Aspirations: Influencing Decision Making Through Intervention, Ruben Castro

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Were the French government’s Brexit-related worries prior to the 2016 referendum overstated?, Claudia Michelle Chandra

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U.S. – China Trade War’s Impacts on the Financial Markets, Linyue Chen

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Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movement: CMI's Effects on Downstream Motor Processing and Gait in Forwards and Backwards Walking, Christopher Choi

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The Future Self: Promoting Prosocial Decision-Making Through Motivated Episodic Simulation, Su Young (Kevin) Choi

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Investigating Marine Sponges for Tirandamycin-like Natural Products, John Christopher

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Creating “A Beautiful Place to Die”: The History of Lesbian Clergy During the AIDS Epidemic, Rebecca Chung

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Republicanism’s Globalist Problem: How the Inevitability of International Engagement Undermines States’ Capacity for Self-Governance, Andrew R. Ciacci

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The Impact of Individual Fringe Benefits on Employee Job Satisfaction, Zachary Clarke

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Detecting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Through Cas12a Cleavage, Gabrielle Clouse

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Investigating the Role of Centromeric Repeats in Female Meiotic Drive, Jocelyn Crawford

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Air Pollution’s Effect on the Labor Force at the State Level, Benjamin Culberson

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Analyzing the Minute by Minute Price Reactions to the SP500 future Index Following President Donald Trump’s Tweets, Christian Curcio

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What is the Effect of Social Capital on Community Resiliency Against Social Decay?, James Dail

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Healthy and Unhealthy Responses to American Democratic Institutional Failure, Thomas D'Anieri

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Bilingual Versus Monolingual Performance Within Memory Suppression, Santiago David

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More Like Real Estate or Stocks? An Analysis of REIT Volatility and Returns by Property Type, Anthony Deras

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The Ontological Significance of Consciousness, Corydon Diamond

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Conflict Minerals, and the Democratic Republic of Congo: Understanding the Effects of a Conflict Trade Embargo Through the Lenses of Various Theoretical Frameworks, Benjamin Dibble

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Targeting the Endocannabinoid System for Treating Anorexia Nervosa: A multidimensional approach focusing on the interaction between brain reward and regulating systems, Hazal Dinc

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The Mediating Role of Positive Emotion Socialization on Maternal Alexithymia’s Detrimental Impact Towards Child’s Adaptive Regulatory Capacity, Madeleine Ding

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What Moves the Needle in Hedge Fund Activism? An Empirical Assessment of Campaign Intensity and Regulatory Insufficiency, Joshua Dorman

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How Contemporary Curatorial Practice Co-opts Participatory Art, Caroline S. Eastburn

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@USA vs. @realDonaldTrump: The Decline of Democracy in 280 Characters or Less, Bryn Edwards

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Private Business in Non-Democratic Settings: Examples of Hong Kong and Singapore, Haoyu Fan

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For the People: Free Speech and the De-Prioritization of the Rights of Man, Romi Ferder

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What Explains Voter Behavior in European Parliament Elections?, Cameron Finley

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Humor as a Positive Change Agent in the Modern Science Museum, Sadie Fisher

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eSponsorships: Determinants of eSports Team Sponsorships, Victoria Flores Najas

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Is There Racial Bias in Officiating NBA Games?, Kyle Gaisano

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Quantifying the Clout: The Value of Brand Disclosures, Janeth Garcia

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The Effect of Signaling Activity by Commodity Producing Companies on Future Operating Performance and Future Commodity Returns, Sam Garvin

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How Announcements of the Qualified Mortgage Patch Expiration Have Impacted the United States Housing Market, Connor Gaskin

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Leading in Leaderless Teams: Exploring the Effect of a Skills Mindset on Shared Leadership and Implicit Mental Models, Hayley Giffin

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Policies and Politics of Reform : The Governmentality of Structural Adjustment in Urban and Rural Egypt, Gabriel Gluskin-Braun

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The Erosion of Press Freedom: An Examination of Hong Kong’s Book Publishing and Journalism Industries Post-handover, Salonee Goel

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Equality in Context: An Evaluation of Pure and Efficiency-Integrated Measurements of Inequality, Allison Gould

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The Timing of Childbirth: Does the Age of First-Time Mothers Affect the Parental Gender Earnings Gap?, Anna Graves

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The Trends of Right-Wing Populism in Germany Post-World War II, Savannah Green

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Mobilization and Polarization: American Jewish Politics Following the 2016 Election, Jennifer Gurev

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The Millenium Challenge Corporation – A Case Study of Foreign Aid as an Instrument of US Foreign Policy, Thomas Hagan

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Forming the Ideal : How the Media's Growth has Shaped our Bodies and Minds, Kyle Halbrecht

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The Growing Division Between and Amongst Students and Student-Athletes in College in Relation to Their Coping Strategies, Motivation, and Overall Academic Success, Clinton D. Hall III

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Three Theories of Love: Analysis of Online Dating, Amanda Han

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The US-China Race for AI Leadership: Why Smart Industrial Policy Can Make a Difference?, Jenifer Sayuri Hanki

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U.S.-China Bilateral Trade Flows and U.S. Employment, Tobin Hansen

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“We Will Never Forget:” Developing Collective Memory and Meaning After 9/11, Kylie Harrison

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THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF STATE MINIMUM WAGE LAWS AND LEGISLATOR VOTING BEHAVIOR, Sophia Helland

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First Generation College Students: Receivers and Agents of Mentorship, Giselle T. Herrera

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Nearly Halfway There: The Future of Hong Kong, China, and One Country Two Systems, Lery Hiciano

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Examining The Ashley Treatment: A Case Study of the Bioethical Implications Associated with Growth Attenuation Therapy Through the Lens of the Capabilities Approach, Allison Hill

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Suffrage Over Suffering: How Disenfranchisement Erodes the Legitimacy of Democratic Punishment, Kendall Hollimon

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Stochastic Simulation of Traffic Flow and Valuation of Travel Time Saved, Rhiannn Holman

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Moral Hazards and Negative Externalities of Lifesaving Programs: How Naloxone Access Laws and Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Affect HIV Transmission, Jeremy Horn

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Advanced Analytics & Big Data: How Amazon Has Already Changed MLB History, Andrew Hosmar

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Discrete Geometry and Covering Problems, Alexander Hsu

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Strategies for the Modern Investor: Evaluating Stock Recommendations from CNBC’s Fast Money, Justin Hull

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The Traumatizing Effects of Oppression on Black Women: A Proposed Trauma Informed Intervention Program for Predominantly White Undergraduate Institutions, Precious Hutton

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Observing the Effects of Antimalarial Drug Availability on Women’s Work Absenteeism, Rei Imada

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High-Frequency Intramarket Cryptocurrency Arbitrage, Vladyslav Ivanov

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Extrinsic Factors and Upward Social Comparisons: A Detriment to Students’ Self-Esteem, Matthew Jacobs

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The Interconnection Between Sports and Leadership, William Jacob

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Okay Google, When Should We Go Public: Can Google Trends Predict IPOs?, Vikramaditya Jhunjhunwala

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An Exploration of 5G Wireless Network Attenuation Using Finite Element Analysis in COMSOL Multiphysics, Matthew Johnson

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Does Complexity Pay? A Study on the Effectiveness of Various Forms of Regression at Fundamental Analysis, Nick Johnson

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Humanization is Liberation: ‘Emorational Morality’ in the Mitigation of Inequitable, Dehumanizing, Domestic Educational Policies, Nirel JonesMitchell

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Peace, Love, and (Soul)cialism: Function of Teacher- Student Love in Collectivist Societal Education and its Relationship to the Elimination of African American Educational Underachievement, Nirel JonesMitchell

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Belonging and Becoming: Notions of Race, Nationalism, and Citizenship Amongst Early 20th-Century Palestinian and Salonikan Sephardim, Zubin Jotwani

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Buying Influence? An Analysis of the Political and Economic Impacts of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in the European Union, Ethan Kable

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Inheritance and Financial Health: The Correlation Between Intergenerational Wealth Transfers and Income Levels of Personal Bankruptcies, Benjamin D. Kahn

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Gendered Morality Among Perceptions of Political Candidates, Amanda Kandasamy

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The Competitive Reaction to Company Announcements Within the Streaming Industry: A Market Model Event Study, Emma Kang

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Stakes-Sensitive Testimonial Injustice: Prejudicial Thresholds for Belief in Testimony of Sexual Assault, Grace Kelleher

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Protecting International Security Through the Regulation of Emerging Weapons Technology: Lethal Autonomous Weapons, Ariana Kemp

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The Streaming Wars: The Future of Entertainment, Alexander D. Kenworthy

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Industrial Thought: A Historiography of Technology in Western Classical Economic Development Thought From Adam Smith to Joseph Schumpeter, Hunter Kettering

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Intergenerational Transmission of Parental Conflict and Its Influence on Adolescents’ Later Intimate Relationship Development, Autumn Olivia-Noori Khym

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Effect of Economic Concentration of Chaebols on South Korean Economic Growth, Jung U Kim

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Adapting Dental Techniques for Patients with Autism, Tiffany Kim

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Populism: An Exploration into the American Case Through the Academic Literature, Data Analysis, and Fiction, Maxwell Knowles

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Moral Realism through Intuitionism: understanding justification, confirmation, and disagreement, Chandler Koon

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Will It Work? Forecasting The Effect of Legislation Directed at Stimulating India’s Economic Growth, Tanya Kotecha

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Formal Savings Uptake as a Catalyst for Remittances in Sub-Saharan Africa, Jordan Kouassi

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Eating Disorders in Young Women: Social Factors and their Implications for Body-Salient Cultures, Sophia Krivatsy

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Optimal Execution in Cryptocurrency Markets, Ethan Kurz

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“Heat Seeking” The Truth: An Analysis of the “Heat Seeker” Trading Algorithm, Konnor Kwok

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Effects of the Physical Environment on the Spatial Dynamics of Juvenile Astatotilapia burtoni, a Highly Social Cichlid Fish, Caitlyn Y. Kwun

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Countering Hate Speech on Facebook and Twitter: The Responsibility of Addressing What’s Said and Unsaid, Medina Latic

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Authenticity in Finitude: Interpretation of Heidegger, Jinyoung Lee

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Financial Performance: An Examination into Fortune 500 and DJSI Firms within Consumer-Facing Industries, Samantha Lee

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Do Divested Assets Outperform Full-Scale Acquisitions in the Short-Run?, Connor Lehner

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The Art of Innovation, Henri Levenson

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Activist Short Sellers and What Makes a Targeted Company More Susceptible to Negative Consequences, Jonathan Levine

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Thermostabilization of substrate-specific firefly luciferase mutants, Whitney Lieberman

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The Use of Bulk Stable Isotope Analysis to Determine Dietary Plasticity in Three Species of Temperate Gorgonians (Order: Alcyonacea), Rachel A. Lim

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An Introduction to Personalization in Monopolistically Competitive Markets, Luke Livingston

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The Impact of Antitrust Policies that Prevent Platforms from Competing with Users: a Game-theoretic Analysis, Yao Li

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FinTech Lenders Helped Underserved Communities with the Paycheck Protection Program during COVID-19, Ziwei Li