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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Property-type diversification effects on equity REIT firm value, Austin Long

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Exploration of the neurodegenerative pathway in Down syndrome patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Monica Lopez

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Proprioception, Motor Imagery, and the Parietal Lobe: An Experimental Design for Patients with Locked-in Syndrome, Fernanda Lozano Martinez

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The Domestic Sphere and the Era of Streaming: How Shame has been Weaponized to create Self-Care, Brian Luna

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Predicting Recovery Rates using Machine Learning Algorithms: the Relative Usefulness of Alternative Methods, yiping lu

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THE LEVERAGE EFFECT IN MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS: HOW THE LEVEL AND TYPE OF LEVERAGE AFFECTS M&A SUCCESS, Phoebe Madsen

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Ending America’s “Endless” Wars: Is a Left/Right Coalition on Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy Feasible?, Blaise Malley

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“It’s Gonna be Yuge”: The Impact of Chinese Imports on United States Manufacturing Firm Valuations, Charles Mangum

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La evolución de la masculinidad en las películas de Alfonso Cuarón, Daniel Martinez

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Mexico ’68: An Examination of Mexico’s Olympic Project and its Effects on the Tlatelolco Massacre, Ricardo Mateos

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How Tolstoy Works: Narrative and Characterization in Anna Karenina, Bridget McCarthy

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Explaining Stock Returns Surrounding Novel Drug Approvals Using Drug and Firm Characteristics, Alexander McKenna

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Mistaken Murder and Written Womanhood: The Evolution of Evelina Edwards in Late Eighteenth-Century and Early Nineteenth-Century Bath, England, Amanda Mell

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"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised": Looking at the 1964 Freedom Day Boycott as a Means of Combating Educational Segregation in New York City Today, Carlos Mendez

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Resilience in the Context of Trauma: Disbelief Reactions and its Impact on Survivors' Protective Factors, Lena Mersereau

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Flexible Work Arrangements: A Review of The Practices and Outcomes, Laura Michelsen

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Accounting Ratios as Predictors of Spinoff Returns, Truman Miller

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Accounting Ratios as Predictors of Spinoff Returns, Truman Miller

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Evaluating the Immigration Policy Toward Sub Saharan Africans: Economic Contribution as a Share of the Immigrant Population, Gabriel Mkpado

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Evaluating Interpersonal Problems in Anorexia Nervosa Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory, marika morelan

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Arrested Recovery: Nazi Continuity and Infiltration in the Postwar Federal Republic of Germany, Harrison Morris

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Optimizing Router Performance, Bradley Newton, Radon Rosborough, Miles President, and Hakan Alpan

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“It’s the Procedure, Stupid!”: Amendment Procedures and Their Effects on Constitutional Stability, Joseph Noss

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A Little Birdy Told Me: Analysis of the Impact of Public Tweet Sentiment on Stock Prices, Alexander Novitsky

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Physiological Roles of Mammalian Transmembrane Adenylyl Cyclase Isoforms, Katrina Ostrom

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The effects of the US and the EU sanctions and Russian counter-sanctions on the domestic consumption of Russian dairy products, Nikolai Parodi

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Friend or Foe: Community Banks and Peer-to-Peer Lending Platforms, Conner Pederson

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Affirmative Action in the Workplace: What Works, What Doesn't?, Mayra Perez

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Measuring a Successful Marriage: The Impact of Target Company ESG scores on the Merger Arbitrage Spread, Nicholas Pibl

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The Information in Levering Up: An Analysis of Market Reactions to Leverage Changes in Biotech, James Plunk

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Hunger Games: An Analysis of How the Humanitarian Response to the 1983 Ethiopian Famine Enabled Aid Misuse and Prolonged Conflict, Mia Prine

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Leader Self-Awareness: Inception, Progress and Future, Frankie Rayis

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The Inhibitory Role of Indole in Tryptophan Synthase: Using the Indoline Analogue to Gain Insight Into the Mechanism of Inhibition, Sara Reid

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So Late So Soon: Diary Film as Practice, Sophia Robinson

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Financial Market Reactions to Violation Disclosures from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Lude Rong

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Looking Towards the Heavens: Claims of Sacredness and Cultural Frontiers on Mauna Kea, Alex Rose

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Aristotle and Mutual Accountability: A Just Theory of Punishment, Dina Rosin

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I’m Not Your Muslim: The Impact of Orientalist Political Theory on the Global Muslim Population, Julian Rothschild

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The Feminist Literary Tradition: From Mary Wollstonecraft to Virginia Woolf, Zoey Ryu

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“Going Over the Top” – The Impact of World War I on Three Leaders of World War II, Nick Sage

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How Culture Influences Policy: Popular Representations of Latino Immigrants and the Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, Luis Salazar

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El guerrero obsidiana, Marvin P. Sarkar Bynoe

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Antifungal defense molecules from bacterial symbionts of North American Trachymyrmex Ants, Georgia Scherer

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The European Union Military: A Debate on the Need for a Common Defense Mechanism, Gonzalo Secaira

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Leveling the Playing Field: Identity Perception and the Fairness and Morality of Drug-Induced Intelligence Change, Lindsey Seidner

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The Influence of Involuntary Autobiographical Memories’ Emotional Valence on Ratings of Memory Characteristics and Mood, Jessica Selig

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The Capabilities Approach To Metaphysical Personhood, Mohnish Shah

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The Impact of Earnings Announcements on Stock Prices: An Event Study to Examine Information Uncertainty and the Presence of Post Earnings Announcement Drift, Ravi Shah

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The Impact of Production Budgets on Theatrical vs. Non-Theatrical Revenues in the Movie Industry, Naveen Shastri

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Adverse Childhood Experiences: Parental Alcohol Abuse and the Resulting Pervasive Negative Health Outcomes in Adulthood, Madison Shea

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Telling the Whole Story: How Natural Language Processing and Crowdsourced Information Can Give Us a New Perspective into Financial Markets and Latent Utility, Spencer Sheff

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis Within Europe: A Matter of Politics, not Capacity, Anita Frances Shenoi

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Trickle Down Nationalism: Interactions Between Liberal Nationalism and Colonialism in the Raj and Nigeria, Aaryaman Sheoran

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A Choice Model for Correspondent Banking Relationships, Tanisha Sheth

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The Road to Human Emancipation - The Moral and Political Foundations of Markets, William Shi

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Frobenius Problem, Geometry and Number Fields, Yingqi Shi

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Aviation Growth and Carbon Emissions: Predictions Through 2050, Max Sickinger

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Why Does Aristotle Make so Much Sense? A Philosophical Analysis of Aristotle, Kant, and Mill’s Moral Theories, will sileo

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An Econometric Evaluation of Localism and Other Potential Success Factors in California’s Craft Brewing Industry, Connor Sinclair

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Obama, Trump, and Xi: Three South China Sea Strategies in the U.S.-China Battle for Global Hegemony, Adam Singer

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Can Instagram Do #good? The Effect of Instagram Advertising on Positive Body Image, Dhara Singh

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Do Savings Accounts “Save”?: Evaluating the Compounding Interest in Savings Accounts for Poverty Alleviation, Sahil Sinha

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Suggestions for Culturally Adapting Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for Asian American Families with Adolescents, Justin Situ

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A Further Investigation into the Prevalence of the Winner’s Curse Using Post-Great-Recession Data, Colton Smith

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Gravity-Drawing Flexible Silicone Filaments as Fiber Optics and Model Foldamers, Katherine Snell

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How Need for Cognition Impacts Attitudes Towards Crime Control Theater, Eunice Song

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Sports Betting: NBA Games as a Poisson Point Process, Yuan Song

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The Effect of Third Party Litigation Funding on Dismissal Rates in Product Liability Multidistrict Litigation, Vinodh Srikanth

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CALORIES AT A PREMIUM: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE PREMIUM LOW CALORIE TREND IN THE BEER MARKET, Lukas Svitek

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Hong Kong Identity on the Rise: Understanding the Role of Subnational Identity in the 2019-2020 Hong Kong Protests, Gemma Sykes

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The Advent of Private Equity Secondaries Trading and its Effect on IPO Timing for Large Tech Firms, Joseph Tallerico

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The Impact of Demonetization on Digitization and Transaction Technologies in India, Gauri Taneja

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A Dynamic Model Assessing Ramifications of Maternal Health Care on Populations, Megan Tankersley

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Biomechanics and Neural Control of Walking: The Effects of Cognitive Load on Limb Muscle Activity in Forward and Backward Walking, Nicole Y. Tan

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LIBOR Manipulation and the Transition to SOFR, Seth Taylor-Brill

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Women with High Functioning ASD: Relationships and Sexual Health, Isabelle Taylor

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Industrial Policy for Regional Development in Lithuania, Guoda Terleckaite

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Medicaid by Waiver and Initiative: Issue Framing, Electoral Competition, and Racial Politics in Nontraditional Medicaid Expansions, Sarah Tocher

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Escaping the Snowstorm: Legal Rights and Economics in the Developing World, Zane Tolchinsky

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Addressing Issues of Immigration: What Lessons can be Learned from Germany and the United States?, Claire Torza

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The Limits of Affirmative Action and the Illusion of Whiteness as Property, Gino Townsend

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The Peach Flower: A Memoir of Lê Thị Trúc Đào, Julie Tran

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The Democratic Self Amid the American Renaissance, Sofia Trigo

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The Effect of Feedback and Knowledge Activation on Suggestibility to Misinformation, Sarah Tritschler

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Media Self-Authorship as a Cultural Harmonizer in Los Angeles, Isaiah Tulanda

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An Empirical Analysis of Company Culture: Using Glassdoor Data to Measure the Impact of Culture and Employee Satisfaction on Performance, Linnea Uyeno

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Shutting Down Russia's Superiority Complex. An Analysis of the International Community's Response to Russia's 2014 Annexation of Crimea., Luisa Valles

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Trailer Park Boys: A Contemporary Work of Frontier Humor, Gabriel Velarde

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CRUZANDO LA FRONTERA: CHOREOGRAPHING THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN IDENTITY, Chloe Vich

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Totalizing Intentionalities in Levinas, Samuel Vilenski

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Bioremediation as a Tool for Reducing Heavy Metal Contamination of Desmognathus fuscus Habitat and Amphibian Habitats Around the Globe, Juan Villasenor

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Insider Trading in the Capitol? An Analysis of Abnormal Returns from the Common Stock Investments of U.S. Senators, George H. Walker V

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Authoritarian Regime and Economic Reform: A Case Study of China and Vietnam, Danrong Wang

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The Impact of Tax Loss Harvesting on End of Year Trading Behavior, Samuel Whittemore

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Investor Reaction to the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, Samuel Willett

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The Necessity for Sustainable Development in Indonesia: A Governmental Analysis and Carbon Neutral Coliving Recommendation, Michael Wirth

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Investigating the Municipal Nudge Unit: How Behavioral Interventions Have Quietly Emerged and Made their Mark on American Cities, Melanie Wolfe

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Desperate for Democracy: A Comparison between Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Movement and 2019 AntiELAB Protests, Annette Wong

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Pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2, Applicable Vaccines, and an Epitope Design for a Universal Coronavirus Vaccine, Lauren Yamagami

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The Role of Job Polarization on Employment: An Analysis on Recession Exacerbated Effects, Cherin Yoo