Fifteen undergraduate students in the School of Business Honors Program presented the results of their independent research projects at the annual UAB Undergraduate Research Expo on April 22, 2011.
Disciplines represented in the students’ research topics included not only traditional business disciplines such as accounting and economics, but also sports psychology, political science and public health. Research methods included analysis of data from proxy statements of public companies, interviews with human resource professionals and surveys of college pitching coaches.“The unifying theme of all of our students’ projects was leadership,” said School of Business Honors Program director Stephen A. Yoder, J.D. “Future business leaders must draw from both traditional business disciplines as well as other areas to be successful in their careers.
”Thirteen School of Business faculty or professional staff members served as advisors to the students who presented, from all three of the schools departments. Finance professor Stephanie Rauterkus, Ph.D., who served as an advisor to honors students Kate Jarrett and Eric Klacik, said, “This type of an experience allows students to build a portfolio of work about which they can be proud and show off to potential employers as further indication of their talent and qualifications.”Students presented the results of their projects either in a ten-minute “podium presentation” or by answering questions about a poster they prepared summarizing their projects. Three of the five posters presented by School of Business Honors Program students won ribbons for their presenters within their categories:
• First Place: Kate Jarrett, for “The Financial and Social Impact of Immigration on Public Health Systems” (advised by Dr. Stephanie Rauterkus)
• First Place: Robert Timmerman, for “Government Leadership and Economic Performance” (advised by Dr. Sarah Culver)
• Honorable Mention: Zach Smith, for “An Analysis of Audit Committee Compensation Pre- and Post- the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002” (advised by Dr. Richard Turpen)
Associate Dean Karen N. Kennedy, Ph.D., said, “I believe that one of the most powerful learning methods we can provide in the School of Business is a project that requires both analytical research as well as written and oral communications.”The School of Business Honors Program is a selective program focused on business leadership. Participants begin the program in the spring semester of their junior years with a course on principles and applications of leadership. In the fall semester of their senior years they take a strategic management course in which CEOs of public or other complex organizations discuss their organizations’ strategies. Honors Program students devote their final semester in the program to their research projects.