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 2017

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Speech on College Campuses: Methods, Motives, and Movements, Sam Minter

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Candidacy Rhetoric in the Rise of The Donald and its Relation to Populist and Fascist Ideology, Robert A. Moore

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A Tough Pill to Swallow: PhRMA and Pharmaceutical Lobbying in the Context of the Affordable Care Act, Cole Mora

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Politically Connected Firms: A Novel Channel for the Political Business Cycle in Putin’s Russia, Daniel Morkovine

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Elements of Employability: The Effects of Workplace Priming on Implicit and Explicit Stereotype Content Associated with Down Syndrome, Emily Morse

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The Buck Stops Here: An Examination of the Critical Mass Theory, Nayantara Mullick

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Exploring the physicochemical properties of Gram-negative bacteria and how they affect cell membrane permeability and antibiotic uptake, Kristen Munoz

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The Dangers of Corporate Champions: The East India Company's Devastating Impact on Britain, Richard Newman

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Determinants of High Deductible Health Plan Choice, Jessica Ng

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High Performance Portability with RAJA and Agency, Dan Obermiller

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Can Regulation Improve Ethics Within The Auditing Profession?, Tavinie Olarnsakul

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Does Depreciation Matter to Investors?, Khadijah Omerdin

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An Analysis of Sports Markets: Franchise Relocation, League Expansion, and Fan Bases, Evan Opperman

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Politicization and the Intelligence-Policymaker Relationship: A Comparison of the Kennedy and Trump Administrations, Matt Orehek

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The Influence of Voting Systems on Voter Utility: Who Would Benefit, Jeffrey Ortiz

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The Effects of Recessions and Market Sizes on NBA Player Salary, Lucas M. Owan

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What's the difference? Private Savings Pre and Post Great Recession, Daniel F. Padilla

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Environmental Sustainability On College Campuses: A Case Study of Claremont McKenna College, Megan Patterson

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Jumping Between Extremes: Economic Policy and Popular Response in Venezuela, Ricardo Pena

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Executive Compensation and Fraud: Trends in Executive Pay Mix and Company's Increased Exposure to Fraud, Juan E. Perez II

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Sustainable Mining for Long Term Poverty Alleviation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ellen Perfect

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Roles, Race, and Receipts: The Implications of Foreign Racial Preferences For the Supply of U.S. Films, Zoe A. Pinczower

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Green Tiger: Hedging and the Changing Regional Dynamics of the Middle East, Tim Plummer

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Positive Autonomy as a Mechanism in Rwanda’s Post-Genocide Development, Stephen Powell

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Finding Form, Oona C. Pritchard

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Quantifying the Trenches: Machine Learning Applied to NFL Offensive Lineman Valuation, Sean Pyne

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The Political Impact of Rising Trade Exposure: Evidence from 2000 - 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections, Xiaoyang Qian

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The Definition of Leadership in the Indian Entertainment Industry, Shravni Ramkumar

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Restructuring Charges: Do Investors Really Care?, Liberty Nicole Ramsey

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The Changing Meanings of Memory, Space, and Time in Photography, Erica M. Rawles

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A Sectoral Analysis of the 1929 Stock Market Crash, Paul Edward Reynolds III

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The Relation Between a Deferred Tax Valuation Allowance Release and Earnings Growth and External Monitoring, Anthony James Ribal

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Institutional Development: Interpreting the Russian Case, Joshua W. Rooney

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The Tale of Tomorrow, Ariel Rubin

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Maximum Mass Restraint of Neutron Stars: Quarks, Pion, Kaons, and Hyperons, Garrett Ryan

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Neural Networks: Building a Better Index Fund, Maxwell Sacks

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Does Age Matter? Comparing CEO Age and Social Media Success in Startups, Dylan Saffer

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The Demandingness of Morality: The Person Confined, Jose Salazar

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The Risk-Return Characteristics and Diversification Benefits of Fine Wine Investment, Tania Salomon

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De-Fence Europe! The Defence Industry, the Refugee Crisis, and the Shaping of EU Border Policy, Sarah C. Sanbar

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The “Modi Effect”: Investigating the Effect of Demonetization on Currency Demand and the Size of the Underground Economy in India, Sanjana Sankaran

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Molecular Modeling of Novel Tryptamine Analogs with Antibiotic Potential Through Their Inhibition of Tryptophan Synthase, Jared Schattenkerk

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Are Oil Prices Important to U.S. Manufacturers?, Austin Perez Schoff

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Crested Butte: the Paradox of Paradise, Amber Scott

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The Eritrean-Ethiopian Conflict: A Theoretical Analysis, Natan Sebhatleab

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Beauty in the eye of the beholder: The moral appeal of ISIL to those who join, Helen Seligman

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What Goes Up Must Come Down: The Relationship between the Housing Market Boom and the Subsequent Economic Downturn: Evidence from the MSA Level, Bruce Dale Service

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Across Empires: A Comparative Analysis of Roman Emperors and American Presidents, John Seylar

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Assigning Liability in an Autonomous World, Agni Sharma

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Kierkegaard's Nihilistic Leveling and the Internet, Andrew Sheets

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Examining the Effectiveness of House Purchasing Policies in China: An Analysis of Shanghai from 2011 to 2016, Chifeng Shen

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The Impact of the Shadow Banking Industry on the Effectiveness of Monetary Policies in China, Chuyi Sheng

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Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Champeta: The Colombian Conflict as Case Study in Sovereignty, Anna Shepard

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A Theoretical Analysis of the Impact of a United States IFRS Adoption on Inventory Reporting and Financial Decision-Making, Eric Shepley

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Above and Below the Sky: Examining Representations of the Atomic Bomb in Japan and in the United States, Kanako Shimizu

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Comparing Economic Success Among West Indian Immigrants and African Americans: Implications for Affirmative Action, Ellis Simani

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Under the Toxic Dome: An Analysis of China’s Accession to the World Trade Organization and its Impact on Ambient Air Pollution, Kanika Singh

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What are the Effects of the New Revenue Recognition Accounting Standard on Software Companies?, Lindsay Slocum

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Real Intentions and Virtual Wrongs, Elaine Sohng

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In Defense of Sundance: Examining the Film Festival’s Place in American Independent Cinema in the Age of Netflix and Amazon, Adam Soll

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The Socio-Political and Economic Causes of Natural Disasters, Nicole Southard

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Alaska’s Oil Crisis and the Future of the Permanent Fund, Abigail Brooke Spurlock

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Analysis of SEC Budget’s Effect on Pre-Merger and Acquisition Announcement Price Run Up, Connor Stastny

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Matrix Model Analysis of a Coastal Northern California Subpopulation of the Western Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus), Jaclyn Grace Stewart

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Wandering Women in Cinema, from Julie to Star: Female Subjectivity and Female Spectatorship in Feminine Road Films, Xueling Sun

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Testing for Nationality Discrimination in Major League Soccer, Matthew Swift

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A Neoclassical Realist Analysis of Japanese Defense Policy, Brian Sydow

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Seeking Sustainability: An Exploration of the Determinants of Revenue Growth and Digital and Streaming Revenue Shares in the Recorded Music Business Across Countries, Jie 'Victoria' Tang

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Legal and Governmental Obstacles to Implementing an International Draft in the MLB, Traven Tapson

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China's Bilateral Ties With Angola and Nigeria: Country Specific or Natural Resources, Ellison Taylor

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The Frontiers of Technology in Warhead Verification, Henrietta N. Toivanen

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The End of the Three Percent Rule: How Structural Changes in the U.S. Economy have Impacted Economic Growth, Maxwell J. Urman

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Juan del Frasco, o la Compleja “Inbetweeneidad” de ser Puertorriqueña, Jenanne Vaccaro

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Understanding the Rise of Bernie Sanders, Jenanne Vaccaro

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Don’t Worry, College Doesn’t Make You Successful In the NBA, Cameron E. Van

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The Relative Impact of the GED on Labor Market Outcomes for the Formerly Incarcerated, Sally Vandenberg

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Race and Affirmative Action in “Post-Racial” Democratic Brazil, Alejandra T. Vazquez Baur

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Triple Non-negative Matrix Factorization Technique for Sentiment Analysis and Topic Modeling, Alexander A. Waggoner

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The Impact of Airbnb on the Coachella Valley Hotel Industry, Siyu Wang

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Does Wall Street Love Federal Reserve?, Yunyi Wang

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Australian Real Estate Stock Reactions to FIRB Regulation Changes, Henry Wei

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Partisanship in Mexico: Influence of Violence and State Spending, Christopher White

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Examination of the Use of Heads-up Displays in Driving, Matthew Williams

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Brain Drain in the Southern Cone: Analysis and Recommendations for Policymakers, Caroline Willian

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No Accounting for Taste: Luxury Counterfeiting in Today's Retail Industry, Amanda Wilson

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Existential Doubt, The Burden of Choice, and Contemporary Nihilism in the 21st Century, Kevin Wolfson

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Until Death Do Us Unite, You Wu

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Investigating the Effects of Cultural Distance on the Gravity Model of Trade, Albert Xu

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Does the Use of Financial Derivatives Affect Distance-to-Default: Evidence from U.S. Bank Holding Companies, Chengwu Xuan

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Mandate of Heaven: An Analysis of China's Government Disaster Response and CCP Performance Legitimacy, Aaron Yang

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Height, Weight, and Durability in Major League Baseball, Joshua Yeager

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Momentum Crashes and Industry Composition, Andrew Yeh

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Degree Matters: The Impact of a Leader’s Foreign Education on His Country’s Economic Development, Zhongyi Yu

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Money Talks: Turkey, The Kurdish Regional Government, and the Shaping of a Future Kurdish State, Sherin Zadah

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From the Volkswagen to the V-1: Ferdinand Porsche and Challenges of the Nazi Past, Michael Mingliang Zhang

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The Long-Term Effects of Entrepreneurship on Economic Growth, Yi Zhang

Senior Theses from 2016

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Company Culture: Comparing the Culture in the Silicon Valley and on Wall Street, Avantika Aggarwal

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Unrelenting Force, Christus Ahmanson

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Addressing the Post-Keynesian Critique: Exchange Rate Determination with an Extended Mundell-Fleming Model, Najeer Ahmed

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The Common Core: An Enhancement or Hindrance for the Youth of America?, Haley L. Alderete and Haley L. Alderete