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Albers School of Business and Economics

Faculty-Student Research

Albers students have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research projects in three different ways:

  • "Assist" - Research Assistant (RA): Students may apply to support faculty in their research each quarter.
  • "Explore" - Research Independent Study: Students may register for a 3-credit (5-credit for graduate students) course with a faculty member that involves a research product. Research products are undertaken with the goal of presenting and/or publishing the research in a scholarly outlet. 
  • "Collaborate" - Co-authorship: Faculty and students decide they are going to co-author and jointly conduct research and write a research paper together. This process can be initiated by the student or by the faculty member(s). 

Albers Faculty-Student Research Collaboration Award

This competitive, monetary award is given each May and recognized at the annual Albers Student Awards Ceremony and Reception. Any completed co-authorship submitted in January is eligible for consideration. The research does not need to be published to qualify for the award. 

2017 Award Winners: 

Faculty and Students: Professor Ben Kim and Professional MBA students Nina Tunis and Adrian Green
Project Title: "Analyzing Risks for Home Loans During Financial Crisis of 2008 Using Data Mining"
Outcome: Published in Issues in Information Systems

Previous Award Winners:

Faculty and Student: Assistant Professor Brian Kelly and undergraduate student Natalie Bold
Project Title: Making the Grade: The Importance of Teachers and Teacher Education as it Relates to Student Achievement Across Countries
Outcome: Presented at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research and to the SU Undergraduate Research Association, then won first place in the 2013 Undergraduate Statistics Research Project nationwide competition, which involved a webinar presentation.

2017 Faculty-Student Research Collaboration Projects

Faculty Member: Ben Kim, PhD, Professor of Management
Graduate Students: Nina Tunis and Adrian Green
Project Title: "Analyzing Risks for Home Loans During Financial Crisis of 2008 Using Data Mining"
Outcome: Published in Issues in Information Systems

Faculty Member: Jennifer Marrone, PhD, Associate Professor of Management
Professional MBA Student: Angelina Kalinovich 
Project Title: Shared Leadership: A Primer and Teaching Recommendations for Educators
Outcomes: Published in the Journal for Leadership Education and presented at the Association for Leadership Educators Conference (ALE) in Sacramento, CA.

Faculty Member: Jennifer Marrone, PhD, Associate Professor of Management
Professional MBA students: Maria Bauermeister, Jon Greer, Angelina Kalinovich, Megan Pahl, Lauren Rochholz, Barry Wilson
Project Title: Preparing Students for Leadership Through Experiential Learning
Outcomes: Published in the Journal for Leadership Education, presented at the Western Academy of Management Annual Meetings, and published as smaller articles in BizEd Magazine and the Albers Brief.

Faculty Member: Marinilka Kimbro, PhD, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Undergraduate Students: Abdul Almadani & Nils Fenske
Graduate Student: Seema Pinto
Project Title: Identifying Fraud and Evaluating Risks: Integrating Business Processes, Big Data & Advanced Analytics for Fraud Detection
Outcomes: Accepted for presentation at the American Accounting Association (AAA) Annual Meeting 2016, the 7th Internaitonal Conference on Governance Fraud, Ethics, and Social Responsibility, and the SU Graduate Student Research Conference 2016. Currently under review at an academic journal.

Faculty Member: Bryan Ruppert, PhD, Senior Instructor in Business Communications
Undergraduate Student: Robert Duggan 
Project Title: Starbucks on the world state: Evidence of cultural sensitivity?
Outcome: Presentation at the National conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR)