expoTwenty-five students in the Collat School of Business Honors Program recently joined other UAB students to present the results of independent projects at UAB’s fall Undergraduate Research Expo held virtually November 30 - December 4. The disciplines represented at the Expo included not only the business disciplines but also arts and humanities; biological and life sciences; health professions; international studies; physical and applied sciences; and service learning.

The Expo provides a platform for practicing and strengthening presentation skills; sharing work; engaging with like-minded peers; exchanging research experiences and ideas as well as receiving feedback from both peers and faculty.

Three Honors Program students won awards in the business category for their presentations:

  • Aleena Khan placed first for her research entitled “The role of race in hiring practices of the labor market.” Her faculty advisor was Dr. Josh Robinson.
  • Spencer Dixon placed second for his research entitled “Transitioning to forced telework and the effects on employee performance.” His faculty advisor was Dr. Scott Boyar.
  • Stephen Clark placed third for his research entitled Changes in worker satisfaction in relation to computerized work among accounting professionals." His faculty advisor was Dr. Mark Edmonds.

Honors Program Director Dr. Barbara Wech said she was impressed with the undergraduate research this fall.

“This year’s Collat School of Business honors students conducted independent research studies whose topics were both interesting for their respective fields and timely with some studies dealing with issues of race and telework during the pandemic, for example,” she said. “This experience helps strengthen their skills in written and oral communication, critical thinking, and evidence-based management. These skills are crucial to the future professional success of these business students.”

Collat alumna Ariel D. Smith, an American Studies Ph.D. Candidate and instructor at Purdue University, was the keynote speaker for the virtual expo. Smith is a 2015 graduate of UAB Collat School of Business and the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program. She also holds a Master of Education from Vanderbilt University.