In the category “Social and Behavioral Sciences” at the 2012 Undergraduate Research Expo on April 20, 2012, six of the top eight prizes for the poster presentations were won by students in the School of Business Honors Program.
James Mwangi won a first place ribbon with his research project on “The Bank Manager’s Leadership Style and Its Impact on Employees’ Job Satisfaction.” Will Bates won a second place ribbon, Michael Hang and Christina Cook won third place ribbons, and William Filhiol and Greg Herrin each earned honorable mentions. The students’ posters described their independent projects undertaken in connection with the honors program.
There were over 125 posters entered in the expo competition, in the categories of life sciences, health sciences, engineering, math and technology, service learning and Honors College leadership projects, in addition to the social and behavioral sciences category.
In the podium presentations for the School of Business students, which were separately judged, first place was won by honors student Daniel Wilson. Daniel presented “Shareholder Reactions to Management Turnover," and included in his findings that “Shareholders tend to react negatively to CEO turnover and then gradually bid the stock price back up as uncertainty abates.”
Separately, Assistant Professor Stephen Yoder, who directs the School of Business Honors Program, announced that the program director’s award for excellence was given to Rhiannon Johns with honorable mention to Brett Harris.
The Undergraduate Research Expo spotlights UAB undergraduate students’ excellence in research, scholarship and creativity and showcases their academic endeavors. This year’s expo featured displays and films in addition to the posters and podium presentations.
Business honors student Will Bates said his research on “Finding a Leadership Niche in a Dental Practice” paid off in more ways than one. "Not only did it expand my knowledge of the importance of developing an adaptive leadership style within a dental practice, but it also served as a beneficial networking process to connect with dental professionals around Birmingham," said Will. He plans to attend dental school after graduation.
The School of Business would like to recognize and thank Assistant Professor Stephen Yoder, Director of the School of Business Honors Program, and all faculty advisors involved in supporting these outstanding students and their research!