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 24, 2020

Note: Information on the 2020 Paul College URC will be added as confirmed.


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
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 2019 meeting can be found here


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
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.  
Information Systems and Business Analytics (G35 & G45)
Economics of Sports (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 (Track 1 & Track 2)

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


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.