Center for Undergraduate Research in Public Policy and Capitalism

Research Grants

Our students at the 2018 Society of Business, Industry and Economics (SOBIE) Annual Conference

Supported by our undergraduate research grants, nine of our students attended and presented their research projects at the SOBIE Annual Conference in Destin, Florida (April 11-13). The students that attended SOBIE this year were Shivani Sharma, Yea Lee Kim, Kyle Bligen, Colton Sowash, Sarah Barry, Jordin Post, Khatija Sajid, Sachin Khurana and Jerry Ren. As usual, our students got excellent feedback from both professors and students attending the conference.

We are happy to report that one of our students, Jordin Post, won the Undergraduate Research Award presented by SOBIE to the best undergraduate paper presented at the conference. This is a great honor and continues a great tradition for our students. Jordin joins Sarah Barry, who won the award in 2017, and Tyler Allee and Jonathan Beal, who won the award in 2015.

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The BB&T Center at SOBIE 2018. From left to right: Up - Sachin Khurana, Jerry Ren and Dr. Lynch. Down - Shivani Sharma, Khatija Sajid, Sarah Barry, Jordin Post, Yea Lee Kim and Dr. Saravia.

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Sachin Khurana presenting his paper at SOBIE 2018....with the help of Mises himself!

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Jordin Post won the Undergraduate Research Award at SOBIE 2018!

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Shivani Sharma presenting at SOBIE 2018.

 

Our students at the 2018 Association for Private Enterprise Education (APEE) Annual Conference

Supported by our undergraduate research grants, five of our students attended and presented research posters at the APEE Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada (April 1-4). The students that attended APEE this year were Dhara Patel, Sarah Barry, Jordin Post, Khatija Sajid and Jerry Ren. As usual, our students got excellent feedback from both professors and students attending the conference. Another great experience for faculty and students alike! We will see you at APEE in Bahamas in 2019.

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From left to right: Jerry Ren, Khatija Sajid, Sarah Barry, Jordin Post, Dhara Patel, Dr. Saravia and Dr. Ngene.

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2018 BB&T Research Grant Winners Announced:

An the winners are...

- Sarah Barry, Senior, Economics and Math double major, Project: “Trust Games in Zaruma, Ecuador,” Grant: Up to $2,000

- Jerry Ren and Sachin Khurana, Senior and Sophomore, both Economics and Finance double major, Project: “Housing Prices and GDP per Capita,” Grant: Up to $2,000

Shivani Sharma, Junior, Finance major and Economics minor, Project: “Oil Prices and Economic Performance,” Grant: Up to $2,000

- Jordin Post, Senior, Finance and Economics double major, Project: “Exports and Economic Growth," Grant: Up to $2,000

- Yea Lee Kim, Junior, Finance major, Project: "The Relationship between Speculative and Investment Grade Bonds," Grant: Up to $2,000

- Dhara Patel, Senior, Economics major, Project: "The Relationship Between the Tobacco Tax Rate and Crime," Grant: Up to $2,000

- Khatija Sajid, Junior, Economics and Finance double major, Project: "Real Exchange Rate and the Balance of Payments for Developing Countries," Grant: Up to $2,000

- Kyle Bligen and Colton Sowash, Senior and Sophomore, Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Bligen) and Finance and Economics double major (Sowash), Project: "The Rise of Cryptocurrency in the International Economy," Grant: Up to $2,000

Congratulations!

 

The call for proposals for the 2017-2018 research grants is out!

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Download the call for proposals here. Download the application form here.

 

Sarah Barry wins the Student Research Award at SOBIE 2017!

Supported by our undergraduate research grants, our student Sarah Barry presented a paper entitled "Measuring Interpersonal Trust Using the Investment Game" at the Society of Business, Industry and Economics 2017 in Destin, Florida (April 19-21). Her paper and presentation were awarded with the SOBIE Student Research Award! Fantastic news for the BB&T Center and Mercer University! She joins our former students Jonathan Beall and Tyler Allee who won the same award in 2015. Congratulations Sarah!

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Our students at the 2017 Association for Private Enterprise Education (APEE) Annual Conference

Supported by our undergraduate research grants, three of our students attended and presented research posters at the APEE Annual Conference in Lahaina, Hawaii (April 9-12). The students that attended APEE this year were Annie Barrett, Jordin Post and Tom Beatty. As usual, our students got excellent feedback from both professors and students attending the conference. Another great experience for faculty and students alike! We will see you at APEE in Las Vegas in 2018.

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From left to right: Dr. Saravia, Annie Barrett, Jordin Post, Dr. Ngene and Tom Beatty

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2017 Research Grant Winners Announced:

An the winners are...

- Annie Barrett, Senior, Economics major, Project: “FDI in Sub-Saharan Africa”, Grant: Up to $2,000

- Sarah Barry, Junior, Economics, Psychology and Mathematics triple major, Project: “Interpersonal Trust in Rural Ecuador”, Grant: Up to $1,000

Jordin Post, Junior, Economics and Finance double major, Project: “Financial Bubbles”, Grant: Up to $1,000

Tom Beatty, Senior, Finance major, Project: “Oil Prices and Country Credit Ratings”, Grant: Up to $1,000

Congratulations!

 

The call for proposals for the 2016-2017 research grants is out!

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Download the call for proposals here. Download the application form here.

 

Our students at the 2016 Association for Private Enterprise Education (APEE) Annual Conference

Two of our students attended and presented research posters at the APEE Annual Conference in Las Vegas (April 3-5): Robert Mueller and Seth Pedelty. Our students received very positive feedback from academics attending the conference. The conference also allowed our students to make meaningful connections and expand their academic network. This was another great experience for faculty mentors and students alike. We hope to take more students to APEE next year. The 2017 Annual Conference will be in Hawaii.

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Students Robert Mueller (left) and Seth Pedelty (right) with professors Jeff Ngene and Antonio Saravia (center) at the poster session at APEE 2016.

 

2016 Research Grant Winners Announced:

An the winners are...

- Oscar Martinez, Junior, Economics major, Project: “Contraception and Crime”, Grant: Up to $2,000

- Aaron Hinckley and Robert Mueller, Senior and Junior, both Economics majors, Project: “The Black Market for HIV Medication in Georgia”, Grant: Up to $2,000

Maggie Callahan, Junior, Political Science and Economics double major, Project: “The Effects of European Union Membership on Wine Producers in Georgia”, Grant: Up to $2,000

Robert Pedelty, Senior, Economics and Finance double major, Project: “The Different Economic Paths of Armenia and Moldova”, Grant: Up to $1,500

Jordin Post, Sophomore, Economics and Finance double major, Project: “The Stock Market in the US and Frontier Markets”, Grant: Up to $1,000

Congratulations!

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Download the call for proposals here. Download the application form here.

 

Outstanding News from the 2015 Research Grants

Our students at the 2015 Society of Business, Industry and Economics (SOBIE) Annual Conference

Two of our students, Jonathan Beall and Tyler Allee, presented their work at the SOBIE Annual Conference in Destin, Florida (April 14-17), with the support of a grant from the BB&T Center. Jonathan and Tyler did an outstanding job and won the "Best Undergraduate Paper Award" at the conference. We are, obviously, very proud of their work and that of their advisor, Dr. Aleksandar Tomic. Read the news report here.

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 Jonathan and Tyler show their "Best Undergraduate Paper" award.

Our students at the 2015 Association for Private Enterprise Education (APEE) Annual Conference

Five of our students attended and presented research posters at the APEE Annual Conference in Cancun (April 12-15): Precious Patterson, Daniel Sohn, Susan Li, Joseph Wozniak and Margaret Solitario (the first three traveled with research grant support from the BB&T Center). Our students received very positive feedback from academics and practitioners who attended the conference and listened to their research ideas. The conference also allowed our students to make meaningful connections and expand their academic network. Indeed, Mercer was among the schools that brought the most students to the conference this year. All in all this was a great experience for faculty mentors and students alike. We hope to take more students to APEE next year. The 2016 Annual Conference will be in Las Vegas.

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Students and Professors Saravia and Tomic at APEE 2015

Our Students at BEAR Day

Our research award winners presented their research at BEAR Day.

 

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Jonathan Beall presenting at BEAR 2015

 

Winners of the 2015 Research Grants Announced

And the winners of the 2014-2015 academic year are...

  • Tyler Allee and Jonathan Beall. Both students are juniors and pursuing double majors in Mathematics and Economics. The project involves the development of a novel index of openness to international trade.
     
  • Precious Patterson. A senior student pursuing a major in Economics. The project has to do with analyzing the effects of minimum wages in the labor market.
     
  • Paul Sohn Jr. A junior student pursuing a major in Finance. The project explores herd behavior in the real estate market.
     
  • Susan Li and Jordin Post. Susan is a senior pursuing majors in International Business and Finance. Jordan is a freshman pursuing a major in Economics. The project has to do with the economic effects of immigration.