Student Research Showcase

About the Student Research Showcase

The Sorrell College of Business Annual Student Research Showcase is a student research competition designed to encourage original research at both the undergraduate and graduate level. 

2019 Sorrell College of Business Student Research Showcase

Important Dates

Friday, March 22, 2019

By 3:00 PM – Deadline for student submissions

Must include the registration form and the talent release form(s)

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Students set up posters for showcase in the Bibb Graves Atrium.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Initial judging will take place in the Atrium without students present.

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Final judging

Students will stand with their posters and be prepared to answer questions.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Display removal – Students will remove their poster from the Bibb Graves Atrium

Friday, April 5, 2019

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  – Winners will be announced (Sorrell College Awards Banquet)

Research Chairs

Papers and all forms should be submitted to the designated research chair listed below. Please copy Mr. David VanBuskirk on all submission emails.

Economics (Graduate and Undergraduate)

Dr. Malavika Nair (

All other Undergraduate students (not Economics)

Dr. Bill Neese (

Accounting (Graduate)

Dr. Steve Grice (

All other Graduate students (not Economics or Accounting)

Dr. Joe Teng (

Forms & Documents

2019 Student Research Showcase Rules

2019 Registration Form

Troy University Talent Release Form (pre-dated)

2019 Student Research Showcase CHECKSHEET

2018 Sorrell College of Business Student Research Showcase

Undergraduate - Economics

First place: "Rent-Seeking Incentives in Development Aid"

  • Author: Pradyot Sharma
  • Faculty mentor: John Dove

Second place: "Religion and Liberty: How they Led to the Glorious Revolution"

Third place: "The Moral Dilemma of Price Gouging"

  • Author: Nicholas Jensen
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Daniel Smith

Undergraduate: General Business (Empirical)

First place: "Millennials’ Attitudes Towards Digital Assistants"

  • Authors: Caleb A. Brown, Marissa K. Davis, Bria N. Jansen, Sanae Ohta, and Michael A. Talerico
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Ayesha Tariq

Second place: "How Social Media Affects Small Businesses"

  • Authors: Emily B. Aaron, Danielle B. Bentley, Chelsea L. Carr, Hannah L. Castillow, Morgan A. McLean
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Ayesha Tariq

Third place: "Marketing Plan for International Grocery Store in Troy, AL"

  • Authors: Arwa Alhazmi, Huyen Ngo, Dallas Sparks, Donglin Li, Xiang Yu
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Ayesha Tariq

Undergraduate: General Business (Non-Empirical)

First place: "Cultivate Your Community. Strengthen Your Ties. An Advertising Approach for Increasing Membership and Enhancing Brand Perception of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce"

  • Authors: Maddison L. Boys, Logan E. Dunn, Natalie J. Klopfenstein, Cara H. Pittock, and Dustin V. Taylor
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. William Neese

Second place: "Outcomes of Emotional Labor and Their Effects in the Work Environment"

  • Authors: Mary Margaret Starling, Chelsea L. Carr, Zhen (Maria) Z. Quan, Dylan C. Crutcher
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Shelley Davis

Third place: "Healthy Horizons"

  • Authors: Emily C. Honeycutt, Kelsey B. Cuny, Kirsten L. Batchelor, and Tai D. Nguyen
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. William Neese

Graduate: Economics

First place: "Constitutional Rules and Incentives: The Case of the Russian Constitution"

Second place: "Proposed UAV Regulation That Parallels Early Aviation Regulation"

  • Authors: Corianna Baier
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Daniel Smith

Third place: "Is Progress Greater Than Inequality?"

Graduate: General Business

First place: "Managers Need Technology"

  • Authors: Kim Quoc Thien Nguyen, Darunda Lashay Wilkins, and Hasheni Jeyakumaran
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Robert Wheatley

2017 Sorrell College of Business Student Research Showcase

Undergraduate - Economics

1st place: "The Depletion and Replenishing of the Bison Population"

  • Author: Cassidy G. Counter
  • Faculty mentor: John Dove

2nd place: "Financial Crisis of 2008: Austrian Perspective"

  • Author: Patrick A. Bronson
  • Faculty mentor: Malavika Nair

3rd place: "Deterrent Effects of Death and Why the Death Penalty is Currently Inefficient"

  • Authors: Rachel Freeman and Allen Bruce
  • Faculty mentor: John Dove

Undergraduate - Other - Empirical

1st place: "The Effects of Communication on Student Involvement in Campus Activities"

  • Authors: Jessica N. Bowdoin, Morgan M. Bailey, Ashley N. Dixon, Avalon M. Dudinsky, and Shelley R. Willis
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Ayesha Tariq

2nd place: "Troy University: A Pet Friendly Campus"

  • Authors: Lindsey A. Taylor, Sara K. Fee, Majorie R. Eaton, and Margaret F. Langcuster
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Ayesha Tariq

3rd place: "Who Are the Troy Trojans?"

  • Authors: Steven Preachers, Christopher Niquette, Hayden Glass, and Brian Harden
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Ayesha Tariq

Undergraduate - Other - Non-Empirical

1st place: "Approaches for Increasing Recycling in Troy, Alabama through Promotional Techniques"

  • Authors: Cameron J. Allen, Stephanie M. Taylor, Taylor J. Guttensohn, and Josie H. Buntin
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. William Neese

2nd place: "The Emotional Piece of the Organizational Puzzle"

  • Authors: Allison N. Lindley, Candace R. McCreery, Darunda L. Wilkins, and Mike Lemke
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Shelley Davis

3rd place: "Reasonable Accomodation and Attendance"

  • Authors: Haley E. Mynatt and Ronald A. Wright
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Hank Findley

Graduate - Economics

1st place: "Centralized Economic System and Entrepreneurship in Soviet Georgia"

  • Author: Zviad Barkaia
  • Faculty mentor: GP Manish

2nd place: "Entrepreneurial Activity in Underground Gaming"

  • Author: William G. Miller
  • Faculty mentor: GP Manish

3rd place: "A Self-Enforcing Monetary Constitution: The Zecca of Middle Age and Renaissance Venice"

  • Author: Rania Al-Bawwab
  • Faculty mentor: Malavika Nair

Graduate - Other

1st place: "Multicast Classification Modules for Keystroke Dynamics: Which are the Most Accurate for Anomaly Detection"

  • Author: Ryan Gericke
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Ingyu Lee

2nd place: "Financial Networks and Supply Chain Relationships: A Multi-Network View Based on Machine Learning"

  • Author: Devangkumar L. Tandel
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Dazhong Wu

3rd place: "Performing Anomaly Detection on Server Log"

  • Author: Chuong Dinh Mai
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Ingyu Lee

2016 Sorrell College of Business Student Research Showcase

Undergraduate General Business Research Award

  1. "How Comparative Advertising Influences the CETSCALE"
    Charlie Otto Reiff IV
    Da'ron Martez Anthony
    Kiersten Nicole Davis
    Khanh Nhat Truong
    Chandler Regis Worthy
  2. "The Effects of Diversity on Leadership and Teams"
    Sarah Alexandra Wentworth
    Limin Lin
    Tram Duy Bao Nguyen
    Nakeia Shai'ann Adair

Undergraduate Economics Research Award

  1. "The Morality of Price Gouging"
    Ashley Lynn
  2. "Coercion in the Sex Market"
    Felicia Cowley
  3. "Payday Lending: Swindlers or Philanthropists?"
    Christy Ann Bronson

Graduate Accounting Research Award

  1. "An Overview of Capital Leases"
    Garrison Michael Gracey
    William Hall
  2. "The Financial Statement Effects of Recording Pension Expense"
    Summer Davis
    Stephanie Eiland

Graduate Economics Research Award

  1. "The Role of Spontaneous Order and Choice in Video Games: A Case Study of Destiny"
    William Gordon Miller
  2. "Licensing the Undertaker: The Irrational Basis"
    Noah James Trudeau
  3. "A Pure Theory of Local Imprisonment"
    David Hall

Graduate General Business Research Award

  1. "Predictive Analysis: Phishing Websites using Classification Mining"
    Anuj Gaurav

2015 Sorrell College of Business Student Research Showcase

Undergraduate Economics Research Award

  1. "Does Judicial Independence Increase Wealth?: Evidence from the States," by Jorge A. Solis and Thuy Nguyen (Adviser: Dr. John Dove)
  2. "Hate the Game, Not the Player," by Olivia Melton and Kara Jane Henry (Adviser: Dr. George Crowley)
  3. "The Wage Gap: Explanations on Why Women Make Less and Solutions to Close the Gap that Exists," by Ashley Lynn (Adviser: Dr. Phillip Mixon)

Undergraduate General Business Research Award

  1. "An Analysis of Modern Perception of the Role Cell Phones Parket in Consumers' Daily Lives," by Sarah Wentworth, Casey Presley, Tolver Dozier, Jayme Norris, and Taylor O'Neil (Adviser: Dr. Gordon Mosley) 
  2. "Human Resource Management," by Kayla Bryd (Adviser: Dr. Hank Findley) 

Graduate General Business Research Award

  1. "Situational Approach," by Karoline Grymel and Annie Brunner (Adviser: Dr. Robert Wheatley)
  2. "Social Network Analysis of Industry Inventory Performance: An Empirical Approach," by Mounkia Ramagiri, Anuj Gaurav, and Soumya Parisa (Advisers: Dr. Joe Teng and Dr. Wu)
  3. "Distribution Design for Braydon Farms LLC - Case Study," by Jiayu Hu (Advisers: Dr. Joe Teng, Dr. Duan, and Dr. Garrott)

Graduate Accounting Research Award

  1. "The Effects of Deferred Taxes on U.S. GAAP Financial Statements," by April Finedore, Elizabeth Finley, and Amanda Sessions (Adviser: Dr. Steve Grice) 
  2. "Investment Classifications: How Different Investment Classification Affect the Financial Statements," by Melissa Williams and Tram Nguyen (Adviser: Dr. Steve Grice) 

2014 Sorrell College of Business Student Research Showcase

Undergraduate Economics Research Award

  1. "Throwing the Great Seal Into the Thames" by Zac Thompson (Adviser: Dr. Daniel J. Smith)
  2. "Tesla Motors, Uber, and Lyft: Modern Examples of Creative Destruction" by Claudia Mengert (Adviser: Dr. Daniel J. Smith)
  3. "The Morality of Profits and the Profit of Morality" by Caroline Samp (Adviser: Dr. Daniel J. Smith)

Undergraduate Business Research Award

  1. "Encouraging a Bad Apple: Why Group Members Allow Social Loafing" by Leeanna Dorsey, Toria Grimm, David Hall, and Kacie McAllister (Adviser: Dr. Min Carter)
  2. "Gaining and Retaining Employment: The Effects of Social Media" by Miranda Cutts (Adviser: Dr. Min Carter)
  3. "Marketing Research Results" by Courtney Boyette, Austin Burke, Theodore Menefee, Caroline Samp, and Cortney Smith (Adviser: Dr. Gordon Mosley)

Graduate Business Research Award

  1. "The Impact of Customer-side IT Investments on Focal Industry's IT IT Investment" by Jiayu Hu (Advisers: Dr. Joe Teng and Dr. Dazhong Wu)
  2. "To Change, or Not to Change: Accounting Changes and their Effect on Financial Statements" by Kacie McCloud, Alyssa McPadden, and Ashley Neal (Dr. Steve Grice) 
  3. "Pension Plan Accounting: An Explanation and Illustration" by Quinita Jackson, Candace Dixon, and Mingyang Li (Adviser: Dr. Steve Grice) 

2013 Sorrell College of Business Student Research Showcase

Graduate Student Research Paper Awards

  1. “Financial Statement Effects of Available-for-Sale Securities” by Amanda Payne, Cheng Li, Conni Moseley, Jennifer Mayfield, Kellson Jeffery
  2. “Leadership Dynamics in Virtual Teams” by Chris McDonald
  3. “Ethics and Privacy Issues of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification” by Hoang Nguyen

Graduate Student Poster Board Awards

  1. “Experimental Study of Recommendation Systems: Which Jobs Should I Apply?” by Jiayu Hu
  2. “The Financial Statement Impact of a Capital Lease” by Hannah Spann
  3. “A Demonstration of the Effects of Pension Accounting” by Lauren Bryan, Chelsea Colvin, Nettech Durham, Rachel Hamm, and Kate Hatcher

Undergraduate Research Paper Awards

  1. “Effecting the Workplace: Evolution of Training Trends” by Bethany Davis and Allison Reynolds
  2. “Dam the Markets and Open the Government Floodgates: How the Tennessee Valley Authority Changed Utility Markets in America” by Ana-Shea Fann
  3. “A Brief Economic History of the Early French Settlements in the Americas” by Zac Thompson

Undergraduate Poster Board Awards

  1. “Dam the Markets and Open the Floodgates for Government: How the TVA Usurped Market Power and Created Unprecedented Government Growth” by Ana-Shea Fann
  2. “Advancing an Identity: How Free Markets Aided in the Social Progression of Women” by Hannah Favre
  3. “Food Service Inventory Management System” by Craig Cubmie, David Hudman, and John Davis
Last Updated: 2/27/2019