Paul College 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. 

The Paul College URC will take place on Friday, April 26, 2019

register through march 6


You’ve worked hard towards this day – now let’s get the word out to your family, friends and professors! Visit URC for Students to send a customized evite with your presentation information. 


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
Thursday, March 21, 2019
12:45-1:45 p.m.
Paul College, Room G45
Presentation given by 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 that were shared at the 2018 meeting can be found here


Students presenting at the Paul College URC are required to have a 32"x40" foam core poster. 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 in the Charles & Miriam Nelson Poster Competition 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. Winning teams will be fully reimbursed for the cost of their poster. Students must have their posters mounted to foam core (see above) in order to receive reimbursement.  Students will receive one $50 reimbursement per team – NOT per team member.

All reimbursements are subject to the student/team presenting at the Paul College URC.  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 along with an expense report form.  Forms and receipts will only be accepted AFTER the Paul URC event to ensure student participation.  Please contact Paul College Events at for further information.


Charles & Miriam Nelson Poster Competition*
Noon to 2 p.m. 
Paul College, Rooms 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 12, 2019

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.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

Paul College URC
8:55 a.m. to 3:30 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.  
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.  
EcoGastronomy (G45)
BS & BA Economics (Great Hall)

Poster Session II
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  
Information Systems and Business Analytics (G35 & G45)
Economics 676 (Great Hall)

Oral Session I
11:10 to 12:30 p.m. 
Paul College, Rooms G85, 135, 165, 175
Marketing Workshop Presentations

Poster Session III
1-2:30 p.m.
G35, G45 and Great Hall
Multidisciplinary/Honors Thesis

Oral Session II
2:10 to 3:30 p.m. 
Paul College, Room 235
Atkins Investment Group


9-10 a.m. Poster Presentations, Paul College, Great Hall
10-11:30 a.m. Grand Challenge Presentations, Paul College, Rooms G85, 165, 175, 185, 115
1-2 p.m. Final Round Presentations, Paul College, Room G75
Each FIRE Team will present their Grand Challenge product or service proposals. 


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.

2019 Paul College URC Committee

Melda Ormeci Matoglu – URC Chair/Decision Science Department
Eileen Laskoski  – Marketing Events Manager
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

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)

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