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

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Senior Theses from 2018

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Institutional Influences on the Political Attainment of Chinese Immigrants: Ethnic Power Share, Citizenship Acquisition Law, and Discrimination Law, Jerry Li

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Rehumanize the Terrorist: Comparing the Depiction of Terrorists in Academic Theory and Contemporary Fiction, Isabel Lilles

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Monte Carlo Simulation and Integration, Xichen Lin

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Epistemic Injustice and Communities of Resistance, Alexia Lipman

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China Buys Up the World? Analyzing the Impact of the One Belt One Road Initiative on China's Outward Foreign Direct Investment, Shengyue Li

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Domestic Violence: The Psychology Behind Male Battery and the Future of Batterer Intervention Programs, Lauren Livingston

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The Expansion of the California State Legislature and U.S. House of Representatives, Daniel Ludlam

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Does Discrimination Exist in the National Hockey League? An Analysis of Racial Salary Discrimination in the NHL (2012-2017), Shayna Lyandvert

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The Effect of Gender Diversity on Liquidity Risk and Bank Performance, Bryan Lynch

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The Effect of International NGOs on Influencing Domestic Policy and Law, Ashley Macarchuk

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Is Avocado Toast the Reason I'm Still Living with My Parents?, Brendan MacDonald

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The Economic Implications of NBA Player Achievements on Athletic Apparel Companies, Paul Andrew Maddock II

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The Effects of U.S and UK Quantitative Easing on the U.S and UK Commercial Real Estate Markets, Clara Madsen

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A Smart Beta Approach to Fama-French and Profitability, Joseph Malgesini

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The Invisible Free Speech Crisis: Why We Ignore Conservative Censorship on College Campuses, Kyleigh Mann

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Investigating Trends in Long Work Hours in the U.S. by Demographic Group, 1979-2017, Alexandra Maser

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Improving the Timing of Bilirubin Screening in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Maya Matsumoto

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Foreign Policy by Fiat: An Examination of the United States Decision Making Process on Iraq from 1990-1998, Shawn McFall

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Stressed Out and Fed Up: The Effect of Stress on Maternal Feeding Behaviors and the Moderating Role of Executive Functioning, Isabel Mendiola

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Substantive Due Process and the Politicization of the Supreme Court, Eric Millman

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It's Always Children Left Behind: An Economic Study of the Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on U.S. Foster Care, Evelyn Mittler

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“Who is liable?” An examination of how legal liability may be assessed in an autonomous vehicle collision, Kendrick Morris

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To Intervene or Not to Intervene: An Analysis of American Foreign Policy in Modern Humanitarian Crises, Lauren Mounts

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Reunification and Reconstruction as Constitutional Moments: Constitutional Identity in Germany and the United States, Melissa Muller

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MINDFULNESS MATTERS: The Effects of Mindfulness on Organizational Citizenship Behavior, Rowan Mulligan

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Racism in American Foreign Policy and Racial Bias in Conflict Intervention, Brianna Munoz

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The Politics of U.S. Food Policy, Evan Murphy

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Aversive Visions of Unanimity: Political Sectarianism in Lebanon, Loulwa Murtada

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Effects of Learned Exercises on Gross Motor Coordination in Children with ASD, Garrett Myers

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Geo-Political Risk-Augmented Capital Asset Pricing Model and the Effect on Long-Term Stock Market Returns, Arya Nakhjavani

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Slaying the Dragon: An Analysis of State and Federal Policies on Battling the United States Opioid Epidemic, William Newman

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Determining Factors of Risk Tolerance: Evidence from Fantasy Football Snake Drafts, Nicholas Obrand

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Resisting Addiction as Irresistible Compulsion, Francesco O'Brien

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"Do as I say, not as I Do": An Examination of the Impact the United States has on Nuclear Weapons Norms, Alex Kenchi Ohlendorf

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An Analysis of Post Great Recession Student Loan Default, Hunter Olsen

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Predictive Golf Analytics Versus the Daily Fantasy Sports Market, John O'Malley

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Blockchain and the Future of the Audit, Connor Ortman

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Determinants of Las Vegas Tourism Demand, Tierra Patmavanu

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After Syria: Potential and Prospects of Chemical Weapons, Caroline Peck

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Rape and Sexual Violence Used as a Weapon of War and Genocide, Larissa Peltola

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Spatial and Temporal Employment Relationships: Southern California as a Case Study, Samuel Peterson

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Virtual Tribrackets, Shane Pico

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Event Study of Amazon Entering New Markets and the Effects on Incumbent Firm Stock Prices, Geno Quaid

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Tolled You So: Freeways, California, and Congestion, Patrick Quarberg

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Dilemmas From Disagreement, Andrew Reed

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Functional Neutralizing Monoclonal Antibodies F-2-1 Against gp42 Ameliorates Disease Progression in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis, Phillip Reid

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Jocks for Justice: How Sports Media Reflects and Propagates Societal Narratives, Laura Kathryn Reifsnyder

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The De Havilland Law - How One Woman stood up to the Hollywood System, Alexander Reisfield

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The Psychological Impact of Architectural Design, Natali Ricci

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Corruption, Coordination, and Corporate Cash: Re-examining Citizens United in the Era of Super PACs and Dark Money, Kathryn Ridenour

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An Exploration of the Adaptive Functions of Dreams and Empirically-Based Methods of Dream Interpretation, Isaac Roberts

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Americans’ Perceptions of Chinese Cultural Status and Morality: An Extension of the Stereotype Content Model, Chloe Rodman

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Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Platinum Ligand Complex ((κ-N,C,N- 2,6-bis(diethylaminomethyl)phenyl)(4- tert-butylphenyl) platinum(II)), Carly Roleder

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The Smith-Inspired Interpenetrating Spheres of Association Model: An Analysis of the Shortcomings of Rationality as Self-Interest for Women’s Double Binds in the Workplace, Isabella Lombardo Romeo

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The Impact of Regulation on Industry Abnormal Returns Following the 1933 Bank Holiday, Lauren Rosenberger

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Constructing an Ionic diode using Solid Supported Lipid bilayers: A Proposal, cunfan ruan

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Model Specification for CMBS Loan Default: A Retrospective Look at CMBS Performance Through the Great Recession, Benjamin Sacks

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Pay to Win? The Influence of Capital Investment on Win Probability in the North American LCS, Dean Sagafi

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The Relevance of Caste in Contemporary India: Reexamining the Affirmative Action Debate, Shambhavi Sahai and Shambhavi Sahai

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Culture and Subjective Well-Being: A Cross-Cultural Evaluation of Methods, Indira Sanchez

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Can a comprehensive transition plan to barefoot running be the solution to the injury epidemic in American endurance runners?, Michael A. Scarlett

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The Political Economy of Participation in the Euro: A Case Study of Italy and Germany, Thomas Schalke

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Examining U.S. Drug Policy and Recidivism Rates, Julia Seacat

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Making Nobody Matter: Performance and Vision in Frances Burney's Evelina (1778) and Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games (2008), Emily J. Segal

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Illinois’s Shift to the Left: How a Bellwether State Diverged from National Trends, Jack Segal

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The Balance Between Financial and Quality Performance in For-Profit Hospitals versus Non-Profit Hospitals, Blake Seidner

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FIFA World Cup: Factors that explain the performances of National Football Teams, Shivaan Seth

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The Micellization of Tetrabenazine as a Nanomedicine for Huntington's Disease, Kailee Severt

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Institutional Ownership in Relation to the Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation Rule and its Effect on Audit Quality, Latisha Shah

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The Effects of Bringing an NBA Franchise to a City on Employment: A Case Study of Memphis, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Sacramento, and Salt Lake City, Ravi Shah

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Predicting the Current Season's Win Percentages in the National Hockey League Using Data from the Previous Season: Can Game-Level Data Help?, Suyash Sharma

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Using the Venture Capital Rule of 40 to Predict SaaS Stock Returns, Jonathan Shaw

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The Impact of Firm Leverage on the Technology (Software, Hardware, and Semiconductors) M&A Market from 1991-2017, Devin Shim

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Systems of Expression: Counter-Discourse in Online Intersex Communities, Jasmine Shirey

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Determinants of Retaining a PGA TOUR Card, Matthew Shuman

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An Empirical Test of Optimal Diversification Theories, Phoebe Shum

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The Impact of the 2010 Home Grown Rule on EPL Club Success, Jake Skoll

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Israel's Absentee Property Law: When is Democratic Failure Necessary?, Bria Smith

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Do the Lifetime Prevalence and Prognosis of Schizophrenia Differ Among World Regions?, Cheryl Lynn Smith

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Investor Reactions to the Enforcement Actions of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, James Smith

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Approaches to Natural Language Processing, Sydney Smith

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Going Undrafted: Survival of Undrafted Free Agents and Seventh Round Draft Picks in the NFL, Trey Smith

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The Convergence Pattern in the Latter Economic Development: Evidence from 1959-2016 U.S. Counties, Yiliu Song

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The Visible Helping Hand: IPO Success as a Product of Friendly Markets, Shelbi Stein

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Balancing Act: A Novel, Teagan Stewart

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"Pig-Sawce" and Politics: The History of Barbecue as a Political Institution in the United States, Campbell Streator

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The Digital Puppetmaster, Ryan Sung

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Decoding Book Barcode Images, Yizhou Tao

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Risk and Returns: The Impact of Political Risk on Financial Returns in Emerging and Developed Markets, Aarushi Tibrewala

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Benchmarking Public and Private Blockchains and Understanding the Development of Private Blockchain Networks, Peter Tilton

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Determinants of Flows Between Active and Passive Equity Investments, Shruti Topudurti

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The Hookup Culture: Effects on Dating, Relationships, and Love Among College Students in The United States, Rachelle Trimarchi

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Climate and Crime: Examining the Relationship Between Extreme Weather Events and Crime Rates in the United States, Erin Tully

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A Comparative Philosophical-Psychoanalytic Study of Buddhism in China and Japan, Anthony Tung

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The Idealization of Domesticity in Turkey: Understanding Turkish Women’s Low Labor Force Participation Rate Since the Justice and Development Party’s Rise to Power in 2002, Alexandra Walker

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Returns to Buying Winners and Selling Losers: A Look at Cryptocurrencies, Daniel Walker

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Warburg or reverse Warburg effect: Tumor microenvironment reprograms breast cancer metabolism to upregulate cell proliferation, Elaine Wang

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21st Century Film Criticism: The Evolution of Film Criticism from Professional Intellectual Analysis to a Democratic Phenomenon, Asher Weiss

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CCL11 as a Biomarker for the In Vivo Diagnosis of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, Robert Weissenfels