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Peter T. Paul College - UNH 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.

Research Poster WINNERS


1st: Amber Litterer (Hungry Hungry Homarus: Bait Preference in the American Lobster) (Dan Winans, Winsor Watson)

2nd: Alexander Harling (Baja's Catch: Fishing for a Cleaner Environment and Consistent Yield) (Dan Winans, Colin Sutton)

3rd: Alexis Larabee (Sensory Cinema: Enhancing the Viewer Experience Through Film & Food Pairing) (Dan Winans)


The Macroeconomics of National Economies Around the World (Jim Wible)

1st: Michael Simpson (Turkey's Explosive Yet Fragile Economy)

2nd: Emmanuel Adeeko (A Macroeconomic Analysis of Switzerland)

3rd: Anh Phuoc Thien Nguyen (Japan Since 2007: Rising Sun and Shrinking Economy)


Bachelor of Science in Economics Capstone (Aziz Saglam)

1st: Justin Cawley (Unemployment Duration: Causes and Consequences)

2nd: Kevin Barker (How Effective is a Tax on Plastic Bags?)

3rd: Jacob Lehoux (Charter Schools: Are They Effective?)


Bachelor of Arts in Economics Capstone (Robert Mohr)

1st: Christian Jensen (Statistical Arbitrage: Machine Learning & Performance Optimization)

2nd: Sara Aybar (Immigration Reform and the Refugee Crisis: The Benefit or Burden of Nontraditional Immigrants)

3rd: Kaitlyn Kelly (The Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Winter Tourism in New Hampshire)


Multidisciplinary (Accounting, Finance, ISBA)

1st:  Ian Newcombe (Mainframe Relevance in Modern IT) (Khole Gwebu)  

2nd: Keegan Twomey, Jacob Daniels, Grace Patton, John Wynters, Kaleigh Zukowski (UNH Parking Services Analysis) (Roger Grinde)

3rd:  Valeriu Tomescu (Natural Disasters and the Effectiveness of Foreign Aid on Economic Development) (Mihail Miletkov)


Multidisciplinary (Marketing, Management)

1st: Erin Mullaney (Assessing the Business-to-Business Model of Destination Marketing Organizations in New England) (Billur Akdeniz)

2nd: Brendan Phelan (Motivational Factors for Playing Fantasy Sports) (Matt O’Hern)

3rd: Kelci O’Rourke, Daniel DelGrosso, Shannon Cleary, William Jackman, Michael Titlebaum, Marc Pagliocca, Ryan Kelly (Kustom Kart) (Ludwig Bstieler)





  • WEDNESDAY - APRIL 20, 2016

Charles & Miriam Nelson Poster Competition
12:00 - 2:00 PM *
Paul College G35 & G45
Established with a gift from Charles & Miriam Nelson, this poster competition gives students an opportunity to showcase their research into entrepreneurship.

*At least one member of your team must check in by 11:30 AM.

  • FRIDAY - APRIL 22, 2016

 PaulPPAUL College URC Oral & Poster Sessions
9:00 AM - 3:15 PM (See Individual Session Schedule Below) 
Various locations throughout Paul College
Students will present posters and give oral presentations showcasing the results of their scholarly, engaged, and creative research projects.

Bud Albin Challenge Round
1:00 - 4:00 PM Presentations
Run-off 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Paul College G75, G85, 175, 185
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.

  • WEDNESDAY - MAY 11, 2016

Paul J. Holloway Prize Innovation to Market Competition
1:00 - 6:00 PM*
Paul College Auditorium (G75)
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.

*Teams must check in at 12:30 PM

Students participating in the Charles and Miriam Poster Competition, Bud Albin Challenge and Holloway Prize Competition will be emailed specific instructions.




Poster Presentations (9:00 - 10:45 AM)

EcoGastronomy Captstone Research Projects (Paul College Courtyard)

A Macroeconomics Analysis of National Economies Around the World (Paul College Great Hall)

Oral Presentations (9:30 - 11:00 AM)

Rines Student Angel Investment Fund (PAUL 165)

Marketing Workshop Presentations (PAUL 125 & 135)

BREAK 10:45 - 11:15 AM


Poster Presentations (11:15 AM - 1:00 PM)

Economics Capstone Presentations (Great Hall and Courtyard)

Oral Presentations (11:15 AM - 12:30 PM)

Multidisciplinary Oral Presentations (PAUL 165)

Marketing Workshop Presentations (PAUL 125 & 135)

BREAK 1:00 - 1:30 PM


Poster Presentations (1:30 - 3:15 PM)

Multidisciplinary Poster Presentations (Great Hall and Courtyard)

Oral Presentations (TBD)

Atkins Investment Group


You’ve worked hard towards this day – now let’s get the word out to your family, friends, professors and your hometown! We encourage all students to utilize two great services to spread the word about your upcoming presentation.

UNH URC Email Invitation
ubmit your last name to get a customized invitation with your presentation information to send to your family, friends and professors.

Hometown Newspapers
UNH Media Relations recognizes and celebrates the achievements of our students by sending news of accomplishments to students' hometown newspapers.



Presentation given by Darlene Smith of UNH Printing Services on tips for creating successful research poster presentations providing good poster examples. (Note: The files are large and may take a little time to download.)

INFORMATION SESSION ONE-PAGE SUMMARY - Summary of the information shared at the March 26th Information Session with UNH Printing Services, Parker Media Lab and the Connors Writing Center.


Students presenting at the Paul College URC event are required to have a 32x40 poster (matte or semi-gloss) that is mounted to foam core.  Mounting to foam core is an additional procedure done at the printing services location.  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 for the Charles & Miriam Nelson Poster Session 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. Students must have their posters mounted to foam core (see above) in order to receive full reimbursement.  Students will receive only one $50 reimbursement per team – NOT per team member.

All reimbursements are subject to the student/team presenting at the Paul URC event on Friday, April 22.  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 to Sarah Daigle along with an expense report form.  Forms and receipts will only be accepted AFTER the Paul URC event to ensure student participation.  Please contact Sarah Daigle (smj67@unh.edu) or for further information.


The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics is located at 10 Garrison Avenue, Durham, NH.