Paul College Undergraduate Research Conference

student presenting their URC poster to judges


The Virtual Paul College URC will take place on Friday, April 23, 2021. 
Presentations will be available on our Media Space channel.

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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. 

Information for Poster Sessions

This year’s Paul College URC will be virtual with presentations available on Media Space.  

With this online format, all 3 steps outlined below (single slide presentation, audio, and PDF) must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 16. This will allow time for judges to review the presentations, reach out with questions, and have winning posters chosen by the Paul College URC date of April 23. Note that there will be Q&A with the judges on April 23 for the poster sessions, following the schedule outlined below under Detailed Schedule of Events. Participants will receive an additional email mid-April with more details about the Q&A with the judges, as well as the Zoom link for the session. 
Please review the below information on how to prepare for your presentation. 

1-    Create Presentation: Create a single slide presentation. This will replace creating a physical poster. 

2-    Prepare Audio: Using Kaltura Capture or Zoom, prepare a 2-3 minute (5 minutes maximum) narration of your single slide presentation for upload to MediaSpace.  

  • Guides for how to record and upload your presentations to MediaSpace can be found HERE.
  • We recommend recording a narrated poster presentation using Zoom with a .pdf version of your research poster, as this will allow you to zoom in on specific sections you wish to highlight. 
  • When you upload to MediaSpace using the PAUL College URC channel, it is essential that you follow specific naming conventions for your presentation: 
  • Name your poster presentation as follows: Session Name.Poster Name. Examples: ECO-G.Nutrition-and-Sustainability, ECON-BS.Productivity-and-Growth, HONORS.Financial-Health, MULTI-D.Predictive-Analytics, ECON-CLIMATE.Climate-Change-Policy-in-US
  • In the Description field include: author name, major and research advisor
  • In the Tags field  include: 5-6 keywords

Name: Presentation Title
Description: Author name, Major (for each student presenter) and Research Advisor(s) names.
Tags: 5-6 keywords of your research

3-    Submit a PDF of your single slide presentation for inclusion on the Paul College URC webpage.  

  • Step 1: Send an email to with a PDF of your poster 
  • Step 2: Name your poster presentation using same naming convention mentioned above: Session Name.Poster Name. Examples: EcoG.Nutrition-and-Sustainability, EconBS.Productivity-and-Growth, Honors.Financial-Health, MultiD.Predictive-Analytics, EconClimate.Climate-Change-Policy
  • Step 3: Attach PDF (Do not include any text or questions in the email as you will not receive a response)
  • Step 4: Send email

We recognize that this is a lot of information, so please take your time to review it all, and let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you all,
Paul College URC Committee 

FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021

Paul College URC
Virtual Poster Session I

9-10:30 a.m.
BS Economics & BA Economics

Virtual Poster Session II
11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Multidisciplinary/Honors Thesis (Track 1 and Track 2)

Virtual Poster Session III
1-2:30 p.m. 
Economics of Climate Change

Virtual Oral Session  1
9 a.m. - Noon
Marketing Workshop Presentations

Virtual Oral Session II
Noon-2:30 p.m. 
Atkins Investment Group

Bud Albin Challenge Round
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.


The FIRE URC will take place online and presentations will be available for viewing on Media Space.

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)
Aziz Saglam– Economics Department
John Hasseldine – Accounting & Finance Department

BS Economics 

1st Place: Ali Mara- The Role of Socioeconomic Status in SAT Score
2nd Place: Bretten Belden- Heart and Renal Disease Mortality Rate
3rd Place : Sarah Hobbs- Central Bank Independence and Economic Growth


1st Place: Grace Scott- Design and Implementation of a Nutrition Education Program at the Strafford County Department of Corrections
2nd Place: Spencer Drakeunderkoffler- Happy Plants Happy People: Building a Horticultural Therapy Program with UNH Health and Wellness 
3rd Place : Britta McCarthy- An Exploration of Natural Fiber Resources in New Hampshire

Economics of Climate Change

1st Place: Ellen Goulding, Robert Iannarilli, Daniel Pinheiro- Climate Change of California
2nd Place: Andrew Meyer, Sean Orr, Mary Shotton- Climate Policies in New Zealand
3rd Place : Benjamin Gallahue, Nicholas Nilsen, Matthew Quirk- Climate Mitigation in Australia 

Multidisciplinary/Honors Thesis (Track 1)

1st Place: Madeline Karlberg- The Effects of CSR and Female Presence in Corporate Governance on Firm Tax Avoidance
2nd Place: Kevin Murphy- Causes of Chaos: Understanding the Latin American Financial Crises
3rd Place (Tie): Megan Elwell- Understanding the Importance and Impact of Technology in an Accounting Setting
Catherine Francis- Understanding the Importance and Impact of Technology in an Accounting Setting

Multidisciplinary/Honors Thesis (Track 2)

1st Place: Carter Mercer- Estimating the Housing Market Response to Sea Level Rise
2nd Place: Parker Armstrong - Airfare Competition in the Post-Merger Era
3rd Place: Jessica Shah- The Impact of Paid Leave on Employment of Women: The Case of Family Leave in California


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