Paul College Undergraduate Research Conference

student presenting their URC poster to judges

Paul College URC
Friday, April 21, 2023

Register by march 1 to Participate

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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 Friday, April 14.

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
Poster Session I

9-10:30 a.m.
ECON 774 (BA)
ECON 775 (BS)

Poster Session II
11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Multi- Disciplinary/Honors

Poster Session III
Economics of Climate Change

Oral Sessions
12-1:30 p.m. 
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:  Ju-Chin Huang

1st Place: Bitcoin and Stock Market Performance - Ben Clement and Diego Smith
2nd Place: Defund the Police? Police Spending and its Effect on the Violent Crime Rate - Abram Rock and Briggs Haugen
3rd Place: Determinants of Success in Major League Baseball - Camden Leno and Sarah Wilkinson

BA Economics
Advisor: Reagan Baughman
Judges: Jay Horvath, Protika Bhattacharjee, and Scott Lemos
1st Place: Automation and Unemployment? Is Universal Basic Income the Answer? - Emily Soule
2nd Place: The Gig Economy in the U.S.A. - Carter Snow 
3rd Place: Student Loan Debt and Home Ownership - Christopher M. Cole

Advisor: Dan Winans
Judges: Hayley Harmon ’14 at Lindt & Sprüngli and Grace Stott ’20
at Immaculata University
1st Place: Analyzing the Sustainability of Three Northeastern U.S. Intentional Living Communities - Britt Wicander 
2nd Place: Turning the Table: an analysis and guide to sustainable food service - Annah Santarosa
3rd Place: Sensory and Sustainability: Food Pairing and Brewing Practices - Tanner Drake Deese

Multidisciplinary/Honors Thesis (Track 1)
Judges: Steve Irlbeck, Yunshil Cha, and Aziz Saglam
1st Place: The Health Costs of Anthropogenic Emission PM2.5 – Andrew Meyer - Advisor: Bradley Herring
2nd Place: The Effects of Infertility Treatments on Female Labor Supply in the United States - Emily Bolognino - Advisor: Reagan Baughman
3rd Place: California SB 826: Impact on Executive Compensation - Elizabeth Dion - Advisor: Steve Irlbeck

Multidisciplinary/Honors Thesis (Track 2)
Judges: Russ Miles and Rebecca Toppin
1st Place: Give the People What They Want: Quantitative Decision Making for Entertainment Venues - Harrison Flagg and Kimberly Yuen - Advisor: Peter Zaimes
2nd Place: Examining the Brand Image of Paul College - Rebecca Milbury - Advisor: Diane Devine
3rd Place: Me, You, and Us - Sydney Boulanger - Advisor: Vanessa Druskat

Economics of Sports 
Advisor: James Wible
Judges: Stephanie Brockmann, Bikramjit Saha, and Ali Mara
1st Place: Monopoly Power in the Labor Market of the New England Revolution - Ian Berens 
2nd Place: The LA Rams: SoFi Stadium - Elizabeth Hart
3rd Place: An Economic Analysis of the Anaheim Ducks’ Labor Market - Wesley Kunin

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