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    The URC is an annual celebration of academic excellence at UNH, and is a campus-wide showcase for undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative presentations.

Peter T. Paul College - UNH Undergraduate Research Conference

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The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to showcase their research at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference (URC). Through original research and valuable guidance from mentors, students gain a deeper academic knowledge as well as professional experience. This URC event includes poster presentations, oral presentations, and feedback from University and business leaders.

URC Poster Presentation Winners

Schedule of Events

Information for Participants

2018 Paul College URC Committee

2018 Paul College URC Faculty Mentors




PAUL URC Poster Presentation Winners

Business, Government and Society Poster Presentations (Faculty Advisor: Yusi Turell)

Abigail  Kourafas - Gravity Payments: How Business is Fighting Back Against the Low Federal Minimum Wage
Jessica  DeMarco - Patagonia and the Growth of Sustainable Apparel
Isaiah Singer - Cause and Effects of the National Anthem Protests in the NFL
Deryn Smith - Globalization and its Effect on Human Rights


EcoGastronomy Poster Presentations (Faculty Advisor: Daniel Winans)

1st Andrew Rogers, Tyler Smith, Emily Lane - MUB Market: Winter Farmers' Market at UNH
2nd Elinor Purrier - Cows in the Classroom: Dairy Education for Elementary Students
3rd Victoria Lorvig - Enthusiasm for Fair Trade: Why the UK Outshines the US        


Bachelor of Arts in Economics Poster Presentations (Faculty Advisor: Aziz Saglam)

1st Claire McCarthy - Permit Trading Systems: California and Europe
2nd Alexis LaChapelle - Is Hosting Olympics Economically Feasible?
3rd Marina Bowie - Climate Change and Hiking Tourism in New England   


Bachelor of Science in Economics Poster Presentations (Faculty Advisor: Aziz Saglam)

1st Phuoc Thien Anh Nguyen - Corruption and Inward Foreign Direct Investment: A Panel Analysis in Asia
2nd Michael Polizzotti - Foreign Direct Investment in the United States
3rd Joshua Roberge - Opioid Medication and Heroin Epidemic


Bachelor of Arts in Economics Poster Presentations (Faculty Advisor: Robert Mohr)

1st William Scherneck - The Effects of Enacting the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the Automotive Industry
2nd Samuel Paris - Effects of Healthcare Systems on Household Inequality              
3rd Patrick Radford - An Economic Analysis of Solar Panels in Public Policy               


Multidisciplinary Poster Presentations (Marketing, Management, Hospitality Management, ISBA)

1st Jack Porter - Predictive Analytics for Fantasy Football: Forecasting Player Performance Across the National Football League (Faculty Advisor: Seyed Ali Hojjat)
2nd Samantha Mello - Data Breaches in Higher Education Institutions (Faculty Advisor: Khole Gwebu)       
3rd Quinn Connelly - NFL and NBA Fan Base Comparison and Analysis (M.Billur Akdeniz)


Multidisciplinary Poster Presentations (Accounting, Finance, Economics)

1st Nicholas Bouchard - The Market Reaction to Employee Bonuses Derived from Tax Reform Synergies (Faculty Advisor: Stephen Ciccone)
2nd Victoria Lorvig - Preferences for Organic Food: Comparison of New Hampshire and Vermont Consumers (Faculty Advisor: Ju-Chin Huang)
3rd Cory Melnick - The Fundamental Flaws of Bitcoin (Faculty Advisor: Stephen Ciccone)


Schedule of Events

  • THURSDAY - APRIL 19, 2018

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Paul College URC 
8:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Paul College 
Students will present posters and give oral presentations showcasing the results of their scholarly, engaged and creative research projects.

Opening Remarks 
8:55 a.m.
Paul College, Great Hall 
Remarks by Victoria Parker, Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Faculty Administration, Associate Professor of Management 

Poster Session I
9-10:30 a.m.
Paul College, Great Hall
Business, Government and Society
Faculty Advisor: Yusi Turell

Poster Session II
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Paul College, Great Hall
Bachelor of Science in Economics
Faculty Advisor: Aziz Saglam

Oral Session I
11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Paul College, G25
The Mel Rines Student Angel Investment Fund 

Oral Session II
12:40 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Paul College, 165, 175, 185, 215
Marketing Workshop Presentations

Oral Session III
12:40-2 p.m.
Paul College, 115
Atkins Investment Group 

Poster Session III
1-2:30 p.m. 
Multidisciplinary/Honors Thesis (Paul College, Great Hall)
Faculty Advisors: Billur Akdeniz, Nelson Barber, Danielle Brick, Stephen Ciccone, Caitlin DeSoye, Andrew Earle, Yin Germaschewski, Jennifer Griffith, Lin Guo, Kholekile Gwebu, Ju-Chin Huang, Seyed Ali Hojjat, Robert Mohr, Matthew O'Hern, Bruce Pfeiffer, Linda Ragland, Loris Rubini, Stephan Shipe, Michael Swack

Charles & Miriam Nelson Poster Competition*
Noon to 2 p.m. 
Paul College, G35 & G45
Established with a gift from Charles & Miriam Nelson, this poster competition gives students an opportunity to showcase their research into entrepreneurship.

  • FRIDAY - APRIL 20, 2018

Bud Albin Challenge Round*
1-4 p.m. Presentations, Paul College
4-8:15 p.m. Run-Off Round, UNH ECenter 
In the Bud Albin Challenge, students will present advanced research and a plan for starting or enhancing a business to a panel of industry judges. Six teams will advance to the Paul J. Holloway Prize Innovation to Market championship round.

  • SATURDAY - APRIL 28, 2018

9-10 a.m. Poster Presentations, Paul College, Great Hall
10-11:30 a.m. Grand Challenge Presentations, Paul College G85, 165, 175, 15, 115
​1-2 p.m. Final Round Presentations, Paul College, G75
Each FIRE Team will present their Grand Challenge product or service proposals. 

  • WEDNESDAY - MAY 9, 2018

Paul J. Holloway Prize Innovation to Market Competition*
1-6:15 p.m.
Paul College 
The final stage of the Holloway Prize Innovation-to-Market Competition, established to honor New Hampshire entrepreneur Paul J. Holloway, highlights select individuals or teams who present well-defined research as a plan to bring an innovative product or service to market.

Students participating in the Charles and Miriam Poster Competition, Bud Albin Challenge and Holloway Prize Competition will be emailed specific instructions.


Information for Participants



You’ve worked hard towards this day – now let’s get the word out to your family, friends, professors and your hometown! We encourage all students to utilize two great services to spread the word about your upcoming presentation.

UNH URC Email Invitation
Submit your last name to get a customized invitation with your presentation information to send to your family, friends and professors.

Hometown Newspapers
UNH Media Relations recognizes and celebrates the achievements of our students by sending news of accomplishments to students' hometown newspapers.


  • Visit the Presentation Help section of the UNH URC website for Oral Presentation and Poster Presentation tips.


Paul College URC Poster Info Session with UNH Printing Services 
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
1-2 p.m.
Paul College, G45

Presentation given by Darleen Smith of UNH Printing Services with tips for creating successful research poster presentations and good poster examples. 

If you weren't able to attend the Info Session, the documents Darleen shared can be found here


Students presenting at the Paul College URC event are required to have a 32x40 poster (matte or semi-gloss) that is mounted to foam core.  Mounting to foam core is an additional procedure done at the printing services location.  Printing your poster and then gluing/stapling/tacking it to poster board or foam board does not qualify.  Students who do not follow this requirement will not receive the full poster reimbursement. Please see the URC Poster Printing Guide for further information. Students also presenting posters for the Charles & Miriam Nelson Poster Session should follow the guidelines for the Holloway Competition.


All students presenting at the Paul College URC event will be reimbursed up to $50 towards the cost of printing their required poster. Students must have their posters mounted to foam core (see above) in order to receive full reimbursement.  Students will receive only one $50 reimbursement per team – NOT per team member.

All reimbursements are subject to the student/team presenting at the Paul URC event.  Those students/teams who do not show up to present on the day of the event will not be eligible for the reimbursement.

To receive the reimbursement, all students will be required to submit an ORIGINAL RECEIPT to Sarah Daigle along with an expense report form. The form will be emailed to all student participants and advisors. Forms and receipts will only be accepted AFTER the Paul URC event to ensure student participation.  Please contact Sarah Daigle at sarah.daigle@unh.edu for further information.


2018 Paul College URC Committee

Lin Guo – Chair
Sarah Daigle; Eileen Laskoski – Administrative Support
Andrew Earle – Management Department/Holloway Competition
Peter Masucci – Marketing Department
Dan Winans – Hospitality Department (Eco-G)
Loris Rubini – Economics Department
John Hasseldine – Accounting & Finance Department
Melda Ormeci Matoglu – Decision Science Department


2018 Paul College URC Faculty Mentors

Billur Akdeniz
Nelson Barber
Danielle Brick
Stephen Ciccone
Caitlin DeSoye
Andrew Earle
Yin Germaschewski
Jennifer Griffith
Lin Guo
Kholekile Gwebu
Ju-Chin Huang
Seyed Ali Hojjat
Russell Miles
Robert Mohr
Matthew O'Hern
Bruce Pfeiffer
Linda Ragland
Loris Rubini
Aziz Saglam
Stephan Shipe
Michael Swack
Yusi Turell
Daniel Winans


Driving Directions and Parking

The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics is located at 10 Garrison Avenue, Durham, NH.