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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Model Specification for Bank Failure: A Retrospective Look at Banks in Missouri during the Great Depression, Peter Welch

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Do High School Football Recruit Ratings Accurately Predict NFL Success?, Nicholas Wheeler

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Nonperforming Loans: Asset Pricing and Determinants of Profitability, Tyler Wheetley Amaya

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Owning Our Implicit Attitudes: Responsibility, Resentment, and the Whole Self, Wesley Whitaker

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Labor Movement and State Fragility: The Case of the Yemen Arab Republic from Oil Boom to Gulf War, David White

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Nationalizing Nature: A Critique of the English National Trust Interpretation of Stowe Landscape Garden, Sarah Whitney

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Empathy: A tool to unite?, patrick wildman

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Cryptocurrencies and Cybercrime: The Effects of Ransom Events on the Evolution of Bitcoin, Jacob Wilson

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The Cultural Legacy of Communism in Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurial Perceptions and Activity in Central and Eastern Europe, Amy Wu

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Art of the Weimar Republic and the Premonitions of Fascism, Leshan Xiao

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Examining the Cross-Cultural Differences in Affect Valuation: Whites, East Asians, and Third Culture Kids, Joey Yamada

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In the Mind of the Machine, Marcia Yang

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Reaching the Unreached: The Role of Information Communication Technologies on Agency of Women in India, Suvena Yerneni

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Success Factors of First Time Fund in Venture Capital, Zihan Ye

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Measuring the Impossible Trinity: Lessons for Developing Countries, Zheng Ying

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Democracy At Stake in the Digital Age: Engaging in the Net Neutrality Debate for the Preservation of Free Speech and the Redemption of Public Interest, Christina (Sung Min) Yoh

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A Founding Mother of Mathematics: Emmy Noether, Won Sang Yoo

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Change in Transient Institutional Ownership and its Effect on Return on Net Operating Assets, Bracebridge Young III

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Empowered or Impaired? The California Parent Empowerment Act vs. Palm Lane Elementary, Camille J. Zelinger

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Inspiring Change in Intangible Asset Valuation and Identification, Jackson Zepf

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Blockchain Scalability: Prospective Solutions for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other Blockchain Networks, Ray Zhang

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The Boundedness of the Hardy-Littlewood Maximal Function and the Strong Maximal Function on the Space BMO, Wenhao Zhang

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A Comparison of Historic Preservation and Project Planning: Suzhou and Pasadena, Yijing Zhang

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Twisted Virtual Bikeigebras and Twisted Virtual Handlebody-Knots, Yuqi Zhao

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An Econometrics Analysis of Mark Rothko's Auction Results, Jiahong Zheng

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The Influence of Culture and Body Conceptualization Orientations: A Cross-Cultural Study of Body Ideals in Mass Media Presentation, Yutong Zhou

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Winning off the Court, Rebecca Zimmerman

Senior Theses from 2017

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Is Silence The Answer?, Gator Adams

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An Evolution of the Kurdish Issue in Turkey: Beyond a State-Centric Perspective, Jack Adolfson

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Short-Termism and Corporate Myopia: The Values Assigned by the Market to Short-Term and Long-Term Firms, Justin Alexander

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Ask Your Doctor if Psychedelics are Right for You: A Closer Look at the Clinical Uses of Psychedelics, Haya Al-Hejailan

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Optimizing Urbanization in South Asia, Aleena Ali

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Welfare Economics and Public Policy in Early 20th Century Great Britain, Mohammad Alsabah

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Bay Area Real Estate Boom or Bust, Erik Michael Anderson

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Holding Back: An Analysis of the History, Utility, and Effects of Academic Redshirting, Athena Andrew-Sfeir

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The 2016 "White Paper on German Security Policy and the Future of the Bundeswehr": An Analysis of its Positioning, Reception, and Conditions of Implementation, Hunter Lee Ashburn

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Determinants of Professional Soccer Team Values: Analyzing the International Effects on the Value of Professional Soccer Teams, Muhammad Fadri Attamimi

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Platform Companies: Explaining the Emergence of High-Value Technology Firms, Muhammad Farhan Attamimi

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Daily Traffic Flow Pattern Recognition by Spectral Clustering, Matthew Aven

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Aristotle on the Family: An Analysis of Books I-III of Aristotle’s Politics in reference to Plato’s Republic, Leili F. Azarbarzin

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Negotiating Intersectionality: Women in the Civil Rights Movement and the Zapatista National Liberation Front, Jessica Azerad

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La Oscuridad Detrás de los Ojos Azules, Anoush Baghdassarian

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Negotiating Human Rights Abuses through the Moral Foundations Theory: An Attempt to Understand the Moral Motivations behind the Male Guardianship System in Saudi Arabia, Female Genital Modification, and Child Marriage., Anoush Baghdassarian

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Financial Intermediation and Economic Development in 12 Central and Eastern European Economies, Eric S. Bakar

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Diagnosing and Correcting Problems with Project Selection at the World Bank, Nico Banks

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Competition, Compromises, and Complicity: An Analysis of the Humanitarian Aid Sector, Fiona Bare

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The Potential and Limits of Extended Producer Responsibility: A Comparative Analysis Study, Jessica Bass

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Management in Major League Baseball: How General Managers Succeed and Fail Using Statistics to Build Winning Franchises, Sam Baughman

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Xenophobia, Populism, and the Rise of the Far-Right in France and Germany, Veda Elizabeth Beltran

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The Role of Individualism and Masculinity in the Formation of a Global F&B Brand’s Extended Identity, Aviva Bhansali

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Financial Performance of Football Teams: Effects of Win Maximization, Performance and Transfer Spending on Stock Prices, Tanvi Bhargava

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Analysis and Empirical Testing of Income Smoothing Using Discretionary Accounting Changes, Jacques Bialostozky

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The Efficacy of Biofeedback and Its Use Towards ADHD, Darius Witold Bieganski

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Measuring Health Inequalities: What Do We Want to Know?, Alice Bishop

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The Effects of a Text Message Intervention on Conversational Speech between Dyads of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Julia Blanco

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Render Unto Caesar: How Misunderstanding a Century of Free Exercise Jurisprudence Forged and Then Fractured the RFRA Coalition, John S. Blattner

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On the Purpose & Ethics of Elite Higher Education, Nicolas C. Blumm

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Reader's Guide: A Foray into Violence, Trauma and Masculinity in In Our Time, Sara-Rose Beatriz Bockian

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Four Years with Russell, Gödel, and Erdős: An Undergraduate's Reflection on His Mathematical Education, Michael H. Boggess

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El “Gran Experimento” del Socialismo Cubano: Los Retos Durante la Transición Económica, Hannah Bottum

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Gender Division in Sport: Through the Eyes of Female Student-Athletes at CMS, Kris Brackmann

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"The Best Bad Things": An Analytical History of the Madams of Gold Rush San Francisco, Sophie Breider

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A Brighter Future: An Integrated Strategy for Increasing Renewable Distributed Generation to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Maximilian Breitbarth

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Islamic State Online Recruitment: Narratives and Counter-Narratives, Makella Brems

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Virtual Reality: The Game Changer for Residential Real Estate Staging through Increased Presence, Alexander Julian Brenner

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Salary Inequality in the NBA: Changing Returns to Skill or Wider Skill Distributions?, Jonah F. Breslow

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Sing to Me: the Effects of Sung Vocals and Melody on Memory, Jack M. Brown III

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Can Business News Provide Insight into a Stock’s Future Price Performance?, Andrew Burgard

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Grave Breaches: American Military Intervention in the Late Twentieth- Century and the Consequences for International Law, Calla Cameron

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Mission Barrio Adentro: Venezuela's Virus, Cara Cancelmo

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A Deep Dive into Technological Unemployment: A State-Level Analysis on the Employment Effect of Technological Innovations, Yuqing "Jenny" Cang

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Taking Good Works to the Next Level: Increasing Investment in and Support for Higher-Risk Innovation, Jessie Capper

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The Corporate Exploitation of Fundamental Rights: A Nation of Arbitration, Melanie A. Carlson

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Estimating the Relative Value of Individual Strokes Gained on the PGA Tour, Alex Censullo

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Healing from Racism with Compassion Meditation: Effects of Coping on Mental Health, Courtney Chan

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Innovating for a Sleeker, Greener, Friendlier Ride, Andrew Chandler

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Phoenix Reborn: The Revival of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party from 2008-2016, Melody Chang

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A Study of the Tradition of Extreme Literature, Matthew Chi Hei Chan

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The Internet of Things: An Analysis of Barriers to the Adoption of Smart Cities and Smart Homes, Shek Hin Justin Chan

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Environmental Justice Litigation in California: How Effective is Litigation in Addressing Slow Violence?, Deedee Chao

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Using Machine Learning to Detect Malicious URLs, Aidan Cheng

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The Role of the Dosage Compensation Complex as a Pathway for Spiroplasma to Induce Male Lethality in Drosophila melanogaster, Becky Cheng

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Nudging Towards Social Change: The Application of Psychology and Behavioral Economics in Promoting Responsible Consumption, Larissa Chern

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Economic Interdependence between Taiwan and Mainland China, Sharon Chiang

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Virtual Links with Finite Medial Bikei, Julien Chien

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The Effects of Efficient Innovation on Industry Stock Returns During 2008 Financial Crisis, Alexander Choi

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Discovering Hidden Networks Using Topic Modeling, Wyatt Cooper

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Protecting the "Worst of the Worst": The Constitutional Rights of Non-Citizen Enemies in World War II and the War on Terror, Lane Hannah Corrigan

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The Rise of Uber: Economic Effects of Ride Sharing Services on Taxis and the Implications for the Sharing Economy, Olivia Cowley

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The Real Estate and Stock Market During the Great Depression: Construction Permit Growth as a Leading Economic Indicator for Stock Returns, Will Cresap

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The Myth of Persephone: Body Objectification from Ancient to Modern, Melanie Daifotis

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An Empirical Study of Marginal Value Obtained Through Additional Years of College in Professional Basketball Players, Nicholas Kimon Daifotis

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Examining Lebanon’s Susceptibility to Foreign Influence: Institutional Roadblocks to State Stability, Malek Debbas

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The Interconnection of the Great Recession, Income Disparity, Segregated Metropolitan Districts, and Their Significance to All in the U.S., Marcellus Demer

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A Journey to New Narratives: How Sri Lankan Migrant Women Challenge Perceptions through Resistance, Kimaya de Silva

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Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, John Dewald

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Blood Ba'ath: The Rise and Fall of the Ba'ath Party in Syria and Iraq, Alisha Malika Dhalla

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The Differentiating Personal and Tactical Dimensions of Head Coaches in the NFL: Why is Bill Belichick Successful When Others Are Not?, Patrick Dixon

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Collective Memory and History: An Examination of Perceptions of Accuracy and Preference for Biased “History” Passages, Stephanie Doi

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A Problematic Business Model: The Effect of Private Prisons on Arrests, Claire Donnelly