Paul College Undergraduate Research Conference

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Paul College URC
Friday, April 21, 2023

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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. 

Students presenting at the Paul College URC event are required to have a 32” x 40” mounted poster, such as rigid imagemax- a 100% recyclable material that is easily accessed through UNH Printing Services. An easel will be provided. Students are encouraged to order posters through UNH Printing Services as they are familiar with the printing requirements.

Posters must be submitted to UNH Printing Services and PDFs must be emailed to the email address listed below no later than 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 13.

Please review the below information for specifics on how to prepare.

Step 1-   Create poster and submit to UNH Printing Services.

Name your poster LastName_FirstName_PaulCollege.

Step 2-    Submit a PDF of your single slide presentation for judging and inclusion on the Paul College website.

USNH sign in is required. If you have trouble uploading your PDF to SharePoint please contact Sharon Keeler at or 602-540-8453.


All students presenting at the Paul College URC event will be reimbursed up to $50 towards the cost of printing their required poster. Students will receive one $50 reimbursement per team – NOT per team member.? In order to receive reimbursement, student/team must present at the Paul College URC and posters must be mounted.

100% recyclable posters purchased through UNH Printing Services cost $60. If you order through UNH Printing Services, they will bill you $10 and bill Paul College $50.

If you order from a vendor other than UNH Printing Services, you will pay in full and after presenting in the Paul College URC you will need to complete a reimbursement form, which must be accompanied by the original receipt.


First, second, and third place ribbons will be awarded during each poster session. Winning teams will be fully reimbursed for the cost of their poster.


There will be a poster design information session on Tuesday, March 28, from 12:45 to 1:45 pm in Paul College Room G45.  A representative from UNH Printing Services will be there to answer questions and to clarify the requirements for URC posters. Please utilize this opportunity to make sure you are on the right track in preparing your URC poster presentations.

If you wre unable to attend the March Poster Design Information Session, please review the UNH Printing Services Poster Printing Guide.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2023

Paul College URC
Opening Remarks
Great Hall

8:55 a.m.

Poster Session I
9-10:30 a.m.
ECON 774 (BA): G45
ECON 775 (BS): Great Hall

Poster Session II
11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Eco-Gastronomy: G35
Multi- Disciplinary/Honors
Track I, ACFI: Great Hall
Track II, Others: G45

Poster Session III
1-2:30 p.m.
Economics of Climate Change: Great Hall
DEI at UNH: Great Hall

Oral Sessions
12-1:30 p.m. 
Rooms 115, 165, 175
Marketing Workshop Presentations


The FIRE URC is a culmination of the yearlong Grand Challenge Project that Paul College freshmen complete as a part of the First Year Research and Innovation Experience. Students spend the year researching and designing business plans for products and services that address problems relevant to today’s society. Teams are divided into five different categories based on overarching theme. This year’s theme is Business as a Force for Good focusing on the topics Energy, Environment, Food, Fashion, and Mental Health.

Melda Ormeci Matoglu – URC Chair/Decision Science Department
Sharon Keeler – Director of Integrated Marketing
Honggi Lee - Management Department
Peter Masucci – Marketing Department
Dan Winans – Hospitality Department (Eco-G)
Aziz Saglam– Economics Department
John Hasseldine – Accounting & Finance Department

BS Economics
Advisor: Aziz Saglam
Judges: Bayarmaa Dalkhjav, Logan Malone & Ju-Chin Huang 
1st Place: Connor Kelly – How COVID-19 Has Changed Alcohol Use?
2nd Place: James Spina – Technological Progress and Income Distribution 
3rd Place: Sam Hussey – Economic Catch-up of Emerging Markets  

BA Economics
Advisor: Reagan Baughman
Judges: Robert Mohr, Andy Clina, & Iris Tryfoni 

1st Place: Liam Robinson- The Main Causes of Inflation Post-Covid 
2nd Place: Gustavo Rodriguez- Causes of Income and Wealth Inequality in Mexico 
3rd Place: Alisha Wannaphong- Change in the U.S. Gender Wage Gap over Time 

Advisor: Dan Winans
Judges: Susan Soucy ‘13 & Hayley Harmon ‘14

1st Place: Reshma Giji – Pallet to Plate: The Sustainable Life of an Oyster
2nd Place: Caitlyn Cerasale – Growing Green: How DIY Hydroponics Can Introduce Sustainable Food Sources for College Students 
3rd Place: Teagan Bowe – Drink Local: The Impact of Local Wineries throughout New England 

Multidisciplinary/Honors Thesis (Track 1)
Judges: Yunshil Cha, Steve Irlbeck, & Kevin McLaughlin  
1st Place: Jack Wixson – The Impact of Compensation on Framing on Work Relationships (Advisor: Yunshil Cha)
2nd Place: Jill Mattucci – Cybersecurity in Hospitality and Financial Industry (Advisor: Jonathan Nash)
3rd Place: Isaac Blanchette – Public Opinion of SEC’s Proposal for Mandatory Climate Disclosures (Advisor: Emily Xu)

Multidisciplinary/Honors Thesis (Track 2)
Judges: Billur Akdeniz Talay & Courtney Paulson  
1st Place: Jordan Moyer- ESG Metric Variance and Methodology Standardization (Advisor: Jing Wang)
2nd Place: Logan Lopus- Exploring the Gender Gap in the Field of Data Science, Technology and Analytics Technology: Challenges and Opportunities (Advisor: Billur Akdeniz Talay)
3rd Place: Stephanie Menard- Steep but Not Deep: A Critical Review of Climate Change Effects on NH Ski Areas and How They Are Positioning for the Future  (Advisor: Dan Innis)

Economics of Climate Change
Advisor: Robert Mohr
Judges: Marco Vincenzi & Rupsha Dey  
1st Place: Laura Earle- An Economic Analysis of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) 

Advisor: Jennifer Griffith
Judges: Peter Lane & Pascal Orliac  
1st Place: Bailey Shippee- Exploring the Inclusivity of the FIRE Peer Advisors Program 

Directions and parking. Paul College is located at 10 Garrison Avenue, Durham, NH.