University Scholar Participants

The following undergraduates were selected to conduct research on business-related topics with a Warrington faculty mentor for the current academic year.

2014-15

  • Mathew Armas
    Sophomore, Finance
    Research Project: How Are International Investors Impacting the U.S. Real Estate Market?
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andy Naranjo

  • Marco-Tariq Badur
    Senior, Economics
    Research Project: Utilizing Solar Energy to Power an Aquifer Storage and Recovery System
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Amanda Phalin

  • Alicia Cofiño
    Senior, Finance
    Research Project: What are the Implications of Minimum Wage Regulations on the Franchise Industry?
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Emerson

  • Raegan Daley
    Sophomore, Marketing
    Research Project: Franchising and the Negative and Positive Impacts in the Caribbean with Special Focus on the Jamaican Economy
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hyunjoo Oh

  • Noa Marks
    Senior, Economics
    Research Project: Addressing Issues in Gainesville Student Housing Market
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. E. Kent Malone

  • Samantha Miller
    Sophomore, Management
    Research Project: Studying the Negotiating Differences between Men and Women, to Assess Whether Fiona Greig's Findings Apply to College-age Women
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jane Yellowlees-Douglas

  • Patrick Mims
    Senior, General Studies: Sustainability Studies
    Research Project: Economic Impact of Corporate Sustainability Efforts
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Deborah Garvin

  • Michelle Nastir
    Senior, Economics
    Research Project: The Influence of Framing Effects and Reference Levels on Charitable Contributions
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alan Cooke

  • Joshua Norris
    Junior, General Business (UF Online)
    Research Project: The Development of Blockchain Technology
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Selwyn Piramuthu

  • Shruti Shah
    Senior, Finance and Political Science
    Research Project: What is the Long-term Economic Impact of Foreign Direct Investment and Developed-country Transnational Corporations in Mexico?
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andy Naranjo

  • Mitchell Slagel
    Junior, Marketing
    Research Project: Investigating what elements of a retail store make people more likely to purchase an item
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hyunjoo Oh

  • Kharissa Smith
    Senior, Marketing and Information Systems
    Research Project: Combat the theory "Satiation from sensory simulation: Evaluating foods decreased enjoyment of similar foods" by Jeffrey S. Larson, Joseph P. Redden, and Ryan S. Elder
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Richard Lutz

2013-14

  • Deborah Abrams
    Junior, Economics
    Research Project: How Much is "FREE" Really Worth?
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Richard Lutz

  • Ryan Berger
    Junior, Finance and Sport Management
    Research Project: Collective Bargaining Agreements and Lockouts-How are they changing professional sports forever?
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Linda Clarke

  • Stephanie Chastain
    Junior, Economics and Information Systems
    Research Project: Determinants of Successful Technology Transfer
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lawrence Kenny

  • Blake Dickstein
    Junior, Management and Information Systems
    Business Management and Information
    Research Project: App Culture and Barriers to Entry
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alex Rubenstein

  • Edita Frazier
    Junior, Management
    Research Project: Meta-Analysis of Leadership Intervention Impact
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mo Wang

  • Rachelle Gabrang
    Sophomore, Accounting
    Research Project: Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation and Earnings Quality
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Marcus Kirk

  • William Giroux
    Junior, Economics
    Research Project: How Apple Managed to be Recession Proof during the Recession of 2007
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Roger Blair

  • Avia Gridi
    Sophomore, Economics and Political Science
    Research Project: The Economic Effects of Investments in Higher Education
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Colin Knapp

  • Sarah LeBlanc
    Junior, General Business (UF Online)
    Research Project: Political Affiliation in the Workplace
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Emerson

  • Jackson Long
    Junior, Economics
    Research Project: Comparing the Reactions of the Six Major Central Banks to Economic Conditions
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Brown

  • Landon Oliphant
    Sophomore, Accounting
    Research Project: The Net Effect of Potential IFRS Convergence in the U.S. on Small and Large Firms
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Paul Madsen

  • Jennifer Sato
    Junior, General Studies - Area Specialization: Chinese
    Research Project: Understanding Consumer Perception of Authentic, Genuine, and Vintage Products
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hyunjoo Oh

  • Mark Trouville
    Junior, Finance
    Research Project: Predicting Merger Wave Activity in the Energy Industry
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Brown

  • Catherine Willis
    Junior, Economics and Spanish
    Research Project: Exploring Regional Variance of and Evaluating the Effects of Regulatory Policy on Trademarks for Restaurant Franchises
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Emerson

2012-13

  • Emily Basford
    Senior, Economics
    Research Project: The benefits and consequences of localization in relation to spending money locally and the Local Multiplier Effect
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Denslow

  • Ryan Casserly
    Junior, Finance
    Research Project: The Effect of Super Voting Shares on IPO Valuations
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. James Parrino

  • Steven Evens
    Sophomore, Economics
    Research Project: Higher Education Endowments in Economic Recessions
    Faculty Mentor: Caprice Knapp, PhD

  • Danielle Monday
    Junior, Management
    Research Project: Evaluating the Quality of Managerial Decisions Made by Major League Baseball Teams in Signing Players to Long-Term Contracts
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Roger Blair

  • Lanita Patton
    Freshman, Marketing
    Research Project: The Effect of Brand Image on Consumers’ Responses to Promotions
    Faculty Mentor: Aner Sela

  • Joshua Williams
    Junior, Business Management; Minoring in Organizational Leadership for Nonprofits
    Research Project: The evaluation and comprehension of codes of ethics in business with regard to their legal ramifications and origins in philosophical works.
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Emerson

  • Alicia Yen
    Freshman, Finance
    Research Project: ZIRP on Business Cycles
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Banko

2011-12

  • Emily Goldsmith
    Junior, Marketing and Psychology
    Research Project: I will be examining how the number of alternatives available to consumers influences purchase decisions for products that are necessities that are for public or private consumption.
    Faculty Mentor: Richard Lutz

  • Chelsey Heady
    Senior, Accounting
    Research Project: The social implications of an adolescent's upbringing affecting them through maturity
    Faculty Mentor: Kate Fletcher

  • Nathan Mattice
    Sophomore, Economics and Mathematics
    Research Project: I am studying defined benefit pension plans – namely the relationship between the predicted rate of return for pension portfolios and the ratio of benefits to current wages individuals prefer.
    Faculty Mentor: David Denslow

  • Sabrina Mirtcheva
    Senior, Economics
    Research Project: Well-intentioned legislators have passed numerous statutes intended to protect us from others and even from ourselves but these statutes sometimes have unintended consequences and thereby may cause more harm than good. In this project I will focus my attention on a few specific topics and explore the costs and benefits, the unintended consequences, and the impact on consumers.
    Faculty Mentor: Roger Blair

  • Caitlen Smaga
    Sophomore, Accounting
    Research Project: The conversion from United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles to International Financial Reporting Standards and the effect the convergence will have on business transactions, primarily consolidation models.
    Faculty Mentor: David Reppenhagen

  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Smith
    Junior, General Studies and Political Science
    Research Project: Impact Involvement in Structured Organizations has on Collegiate Success
    Faculty Mentor: David Denslow

  • Michael Stephens
    Junior, Finance
    Research Project: How the Manipulation of Mortgage Backed Securities Resulted in a Recession
    Faculty Mentor: Andy Naranjo

2010-11

  • Jerri-ann Berry
    Senior, Management
    Research Project: The Brain Drain: Exploring the Loss of Talent and Its Effects on Organizations
    Faculty Mentor: Jason Colquitt

  • Michael Canencia
    Junior, Economics
    Research Project: Why are Energy Saving Appliance Manufacturers Not Marketing Cost Savings to Consumers?
    Faculty Mentor: James Dewey

  • Chase Corbin
    Sophomore, Economics/Philosophy
    Research Project: Assessing the Causes of High Vacancy Levels in High-Value South Florida Condominiums
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Denslow

  • Mychal Estalilla
    Junior, Finance
    Research Project: The Role of Asymmetric Information in Market Failure
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joel Houston

  • Alexandra Fernandez
    Senior, General Business/Criminology
    Research Project: Director Responsibilities: The Weakening of the Business Judgment Rule
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Larry DiMatteo

  • Kyle Futch
    Senior, Accounting
    Research Project: Bankruptcy Prediction Models in Recessionary Periods
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Victoria Dickinson

  • Travis Hornsby
    Senior, Economics/Math
    Research Project: Why Did Voters Approve Florida's Amendment 3?
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lawrence Kenny

  • Sophie Kamuf
    Junior, Finance
    Research Project: The Correlation of House Price Changes across Japanese Prefectures
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Denslow & Susan A. Kubota

  • Emily Lazopoulos
    Sophomore, Accounting
    Research Project: Does FIN 48 Produce More Uncertainty and Cost Than Expected?
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sandra Kramer

  • Anna Piatyszek
    Junior, Marketing
    Research Project: The Degree to Which Consumers' Psychological Responses to the Aesthetics of Specific Branded Hotels' Guest Rooms Impact Purchase Decisions and Loyalty
    Faculty Mentor: Joseph W. Alba

  • Laura Rendon
    Sophomore, Economics
    Research Project: Long-term Impact of China's International Trade
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Chunrong Ai

  • Bryan Register
    Senior, Economics
    Research Project: The Housing Market: The Boom and Bust Over the Last Decade
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Denslow

  • Caitlin Sileo
    Senior, Marketing/Spanish
    Research Project: Why Do People Give to Charity and What Is the Best Way to Approach Them to Secure a Donation?
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alan Cooke

  • Briana Sullivan
    Senior, Economics
    Research Project: The Site Built Housing Market and the Decline of the Mobile Home Sector
    Faculty Mentor: James Dewey

  • Walter Trauner
    Senior, Economics/Political Science
    Research Project: Economic Benefits of Land Conservation in Selected Florida Counties
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lawrence Kenny

  • George Willmer
    Senior, Economics/Mathematics
    Research Project: Falling Through the Safety Net - The New Poor and Government Assistance
    Faculty Mentor: Sarah Hamersma

2009-10

  • Michael Biemann
    Senior, Finance
    Research Project: Sources of Portable Alpha Across the Spectrum of Hedge-Fund Strategies

  • Brett Bishop
    Senior, Marketing
    Research Project: Generation's Effect on Consumer Decision Satisfaction

  • Patrick Breshike
    Junior, Accounting
    Research Project: Inventory Valuations Impacts on Share Market Value

  • Tolulope Bukola
    Senior, Economics
    Research Project: Measuring Prediction Market Efficiency

  • John Ciotti
    Senior, Economics
    Research Project: The Impact of Major Injuries on the Labor Market in Professional Baseball

  • Rebecca DeSimone
    Research Project: The Effect of Student Migration on the Size of a State's Higher Education Budget

  • Meg Gregoire
    Senior, General Studies w/International Studies specialization
    Research Project: Microcredit Lending in the United States

  • Katy Kasser
    Junior, Accounting
    Research Project: How Executive Compensation Affects the Performance of Banking Firms

  • Johnathan Lott
    Junior, Economics/Political Science
    Research Project: Education Vouchers in Florida and Wisconsin

  • Gia Nardini
    Sophomore, Marketing
    Research Project: Green Marketing and Consumer Decision Making

  • Jenny Petrie
    Senior, Marketing
    Research Project: The Effects of Environmental Stimuli Within the Retailing Atmosphere on Consumer Emotions and Purchasing Decisions

  • Andrew Starling
    Junior, Finance
    Research Project: Why General Motors' Viability Plan is Bad for GM and America


  • Melanie Taylor
    Senior, Marketing
    Research Project: Exploring Franchising and Licensing as Business Ventures

  • German Velasco
    Senior, Economics
    Research Project: Measuring House Price Variation Across Space: Investigating the Tradeoff Between Land and Construction Costs

2008-09

  • Michael Cooper
    Junior, BA-Finance
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andrew Naranjo
    Research Project: Transfer Pricing

  • Joseph Dal Santo
    Senior, BA-Marketing
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Richard Lutz
    Research Project: Collegiate Selling: Exploring the Value of a Sales Education

  • Laura Diaz
    Senior, BA-Finance
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Denslow
    Research Project: The Structure of Wages in Miami-Dade County

  • Joshua Gutter
    Senior, BA-Accounting
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Victoria Dickinson
    Research Project: An Inquiry into the Impact of Subsequent Event Disclosure on Stock Price

  • Sam Itayim
    Senior, BA-Finance
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Emerson
    Research Project: The Growth of Franchise Law Globally

  • Rahin Khandker
    Junior, LS-Economics
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Denslow
    Research Project: Testing Glaeser's Housing Supply Model Using Two Independent House Price Measures

  • Jordan Loh
    Senior, LS-Economics
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Figlio
    Research Project: Diseconomies of Scale in School District Sizing

  • Lauren MacDonald
    Senior, LS-Economics
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sarah Hamersma
    Research Project: The Booster Program for Malaria Control in Africa

  • Henrique Romero
    Senior, BA-Economics
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. James Dewey
    Research Project: Why Less Can Be More for Spatial Price Indices: Improving the Tradeoff Between Accuracy and Project Budget

  • Samuel Rosati
    Senior, BA-Accounting
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stephen Asare
    Research Project: College Student Spending: A Recession Shelter for Gainesville's Businesses

  • Jacquelyn Selbst
    Senior, BA-Finance
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andrew Naranjo
    Research Project: Medical Outsourcing and its Effects: A Global Perspective

  • Luke Spreen
    Senior, LS-Economics
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Damon Clark
    Research Project: The Effect of Merit Based Financial Aid on University Enrollment Levels and Tuition Rates: Evidence from Florida's Bright Future's Program

  • Kate Stein
    Senior, BA-Marketing
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Richard Lutz
    Research Project: Eyes in an Aisle: Vegetable Shopping in Supermarkets

  • Alisa Woideck
    Senior, BA-Management
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Kammeyer-Mueller
    Research Project: Causes of Emotional Labor and Burnout in Teachers: A Survey

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