UTC Business Major Joshua Lawson Wins Prize at the Academy of Economics and Finance Conference

Joshua won first place for his paper titled “Speculation and Wheat” at the Academy of Economics and Finance Conference Undergraduate Research Competition held in Tampa, FL, Feb 6-8, 2019.

Joshua’s Research Journey

I became interested in Econometrics last summer after beginning my search for graduate programs. During my search, I noticed that nearly every school recommended or required exposure to econometrics at the undergraduate level. I then enrolled in Dr Alam’s Intro to Econometrics for the Fall 18 semester. Early in the semester I communicated to Dr. Alam that I was serious about the course and wanted to learn the most I could, and he gave me additional textbooks and publications to read outside of class (these would then become the basis for my research). One of the course requirements was to research and present a topic at the end of the semester, which is where I initially presented my paper. Afterwards, he told me about the AEF Conference and asked if I would be interested in attending and submitting my paper. I did and won first place!

In sum, this was the most challenging (and one of the most rewarding) experience I have had. I came away from this with a whole new level of respect for anyone who has completed or even attempted a PhD. At the conference I got to meet and talk with so many extremely intelligent and friendly people, which filled me with optimism and humility. I cannot thank Dr. Alam enough for all his help/support. Like many students, I have always wanted to participate in research, but never really knew how to have the conversation. He completely took me under his wing and was both a terrific teacher and mentor.

I have been accepted and intend to enroll in SUNY Buffalo’s MSc in Financial Risk Management program, specifically their quantitative finance track.  I believe their program will best allow me to improve my research and quantitative skills, thereby improving my PhD application. Long-term, I hope to complete a PhD that allows me to specialize in Finance. Afterwards, I hope to continue to work in research in either the public or private sector. As I am only just beginning my post-secondary education, my research interests are especially broad, but I would prefer to research topics that have some sort of public policy implication. I am currently working on a research paper alongside Dr. Alam that builds off my initial “Speculation and Wheat” paper.

UTC Undergraduate Researchers present at Posters at the Capitol 

On Tuesday February 26, six UTC undergraduate researchers traveled to Nashville to participate in the annual Posters at the Tennessee State Capitol event. The annual event provides an opportunity for students to share research findings with legislators, and communicate the transformational power of undergraduate research activities. Congratulations to the 2019 presenters!
List of presenters:

Sara Bey (Physics), “Experimental Studies of Transport Properties of Novel Amorphous Fe-Dy-O Thin Films”
Mentor: Dr. Tatiana Allen

Hannah Hightower (Biology), “Tracking Cicada Susceptibility to Fungal Infection in Urban Habitats”
Mentor: Dr. DeAnna Beasley

Karina Kraevsky-Phillips (Nursing), “Nice girls finish last: Acquiescent assertiveness attributed to workplace violence exposure and uncivil nursing encounters”
Mentor: Dr. Katharine Kemplin

Nicole Messer (Political Science), “Ebb and Flow: How the Supreme Court Distributed Power in the Twentieth Century”
Mentor: Dr. Kelli Nelson

Morgan Royer (Psychology), “The Effect of Therapy Dogs on Preoperative Anxiety”
Mentor: Dr. Preston Foerder

Trevor Paratore (Chemistry), “Photoacoustic Harmony: Using Musical Concepts to Study Mixed Gases through PA Spectroscopy”
Mentor: Dr. Han Park

Olivia George awarded fellowship for graduate research from NSF

Olivia George

Olivia George has been awarded a fellowship for graduate Research from National Science Foundation (NSF). She will be graduating in May with a degree in chemical engineering, and has been accepted into a PhD program in materials science at Georgia Tech. This fellowship will provide funding to Ms. George for the first 3 years of her PhD program.

In 2018, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) received over 12,000 applications and gave out 2,000 awards. The fellowship is one of the oldest of its kind, started in the early years of the National Science Foundation.

URaCE goes to SURF 2018

“I used to think that research is more valid when it deals with concretely following the scientific method, but that opinion has been challenged by my own experience with UR this past summer and by people I met at the SURF conference. I think any research, regardless if it follows strict rules of science, is effective in isolating a topic one might be interested in, or not interested in, when pursuing a future career. This, in my experience, is something constantly on students’ minds but no one ever seems sure how to go about confidently deciding something they may want to research in graduate school or how to align it to a career path. UR is a great way to start and has helped me.” – URaCE Fellow 2018

Below is a curated gallery of URaCE students at SURFs 2018 conference