Paul College Undergraduate Research Conference

student presenting their URC poster to judges


The 2020 URC will take place online and
information will be updated once details are confirmed

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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. 


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
Tuesday, March 24, 2020- CANCELLED 
Printing Services created a slide presentation to replace the in-person session.  

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

Documents that were shared at the 2019 meeting can be found here


Students presenting at the Paul College URC are required to have a 32"x40" 100% recyclable foam core poster, this can be ordered through UNH Printing Services at a cost of $40 (see below for reimbursement information). 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 poster reimbursement. Please see the URC Poster Printing Guide for further information.


Place the order for your poster to be printed here. You will need to pay the $40 for your poster when you place the order. However, as long as your poster is printed sized 32”x40” on 100% recyclable foam core and you present at the Paul College URC, you are eligible for full reimbursement by Paul College.

The deadline to submit your URC poster to Printing Services is Friday, April 17, 2020! 

After you submit your poster to be printed, you’ll need to submit a PDF for inclusion on the Paul College URC webpage. As with the posters, this needs to be submitted no later than Friday, April 17.

  • Step 1: Order your poster! This is not the same as submitting your PDF for inclusion on the Paul College URC webpage 
  • Step 2: Click here to send email to send a PDF of your poster for inclusion on the Paul College URC webpage
  • Step 3: Name your poster presentation as follows: Session Name.Poster Name. Examples: EcoG.Nutrition-and-Sustainability, EconBS.Productivity-and-Growth, EconBA.Debt-Crisis, ISBA.Database-Management, Econ676.Economic-Analysis-of-Sports-Team, Honors.Financial-Health, MultiD.Predictive-Analytics, EconClimate.Climate-Change-Policy
  • Step 4: Attach PDF (Do not include any text or questions in the email as you will not receive a response)
  • Step 5: Send


All students presenting at the Paul College URC event will be reimbursed up to $40 towards the cost of printing their required poster, as long as requirements are followed. Winning posters will receive a prize. Students will receive one reimbursement per team – NOT per team member.

All reimbursements are subject to the student/team following the printing requirements and 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.  Instructions will be included in communications to participating students/teams. Please contact Paul College Events at  with questions.


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 17, 2020

Bud Albin Challenge Round
Afternoon (exact time TBD) Presentations, Paul College
Evening (exact time TBD) 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 24, 2020

Paul College URC
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 Economics & BA Economics (Great Hall)

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

Oral Session I
11:10 to 2 p.m. 
Paul College, Rooms 215, 225, 235
Marketing Workshop Presentations

Poster Session III
1-2:30 p.m.
G35, G45 and Great Hall
Multidisciplinary/Honors Thesis (Track 1 & Track 2)
Economics of Climate Change


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.

2020 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


1st Place: Nicole Williamson - Increasing Farm Sustainability: Designing a Biofilter to Manage Compost Gas Exhaus
2nd Place: Carina Berglund - The Nutritional Impact of Meals 4 Kids on Participating Families in the New Hampshire Seacoast
3rd Place: Tia Floyd - Behind the Seeds at The Farm:  Cultivating Sustainable Young Minds Through Experiential Learning

BS Economics 

1st Place: Alexis Gray - The Determinants of Average Student Debt in New England
2nd Place: Nooran Alhamdan - The Rentier State: Does Rentierism Hinder Democracy?
3rd Place : Logan MaloneWalkability and NH Property Values

BA Economics 

1st Place: Riley McAlpine, Sarah Nadeau, Alexandra Work - Dominant Causes of Income Inequality in the United States
2nd Place: Tyler Hoyle, Connor Smith, Wonjune Song - The Effects of Cigarette Taxes on Smoking
3rd Place: Scott Jakubowicz, Adam McIlveen, Michael Retrum - Determinants of Variation in Stock Prices

Economics of Sports (Econ 676)

1st Place: Scott Jakubowicz - MLB Salary Trends Behind the Numbers
2nd Place: Ethan Vient - Economics Analysis of the Boston Celtics Rebuild: How the Celtics used Monopoly Power to Construct a Championship Contender 
3rd Place: Trevor Lacy -Disadvantages of the Utah Jazz's 

Information System and Business Analytics 

1st Place: Gage Benson, Zachary Foster, Ryan Ho, John Milne, Jack Russo - UNH Lacrosse Analytics
2nd Place: Bryce Brown, Mark Coleman, Brian Deshaines, Joseph LaRocca, Mary McLamb   - Timberland
3rd Place: Trevor Lacy, Jessica Lavallee, Jack Niles, Douglas Rose, Nicholas Ware  -UNH Campus Recreation Certification Database

Multidisciplinary/Honors Thesis (Track 1)

1st Place: Sardar Khan  -Portfolio Optimization with International Diversification
2nd Place: Anna Peaslee  - Gender in Corporate Governance and Going Concern Opinions
3rd Place: Jemina Shepherd -Is Skill Biased Technological Change a Cause of Income Inequality?

Multidisciplinary/Honors Thesis (Track 2)

1st Place: Win Phyu Phyu - Challenges International Students Face and their Perceived Values on UNH
2nd Place: Alexis Gray  - Brands Take a Stand for Good: The Effect of Brand Activism on Social Media Engagement
3rd Place: Bryce Brown  -Predictive Analytics for College Basketball

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