Ph.D. Students

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  • Patrick Kielty
    Patrick Kielty

    5th Year Student
    329 Gerson Hall
    352.273.0227
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    Bio: Patrick attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he was a double major in Biochemistry and Economics. After graduation, he worked as an AmeriCorps member in Little Rock, Arkansas. He then attended The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University where he obtained a master’s of management degree. After graduating from Duke, Patrick worked as a research assistant to the accounting department at Fuqua. His research interests include financial statement analysis and financial reporting.

  • Hyun Jong Park
    Hyun Jong Park

    5th Year Student
    338 Gerson Hall
    352.273.0225
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    Bio: Park received a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with honors degree in accounting) with double concentrations in Accounting and Finance from the University of Melbourne in 2010. He also completed a Master degree in Commerce (finance) at the University of Melbourne. Park’s research interests include auditing in general, regulators for audit firms, and audit firms’ litigation risks.

  • Tian Xu
    Tian Xu

    5th Year Student
    338 Gerson Hall
    352.273.0225
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    Bio: Tian attended Randolph-Macon College, where she was a double major in Mathematics and Accounting and a minor in Economics. She received a Master’s degree in Actuarial Science from Columbia University. Her research interests include financial reporting, accounting for income taxes, and taxes and corporate behavior.

  • Diana Weng
    Diana Weng

    4th Year Student
    329 Gerson Hall
    352.273.0227
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    Bio: Diana attended the University of Florida and graduated in 2015 from the Fisher School of Accounting’s 3/2 Program with a minor in Actuarial Science. Her research interests include capital markets, financial statement analysis, and corporate disclosure incentives.

  • Nicholas Cicone
    Nicholas Cicone

    3rd Year Student
    334 Gerson Hall
    352.273.0228
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    Bio: Nick attended the University of South Florida and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Accounting and in 2016, a MAcc. His research interests include auditing, analyst roles, and earnings management.

  • Nicholas Krupa
    Nicholas Krupa

    3rd Year Student
    334 Gerson Hall
    352.273.0228
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    Bio: Nick Krupa received his Bachelor’s in Finance and his Master’s in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. After graduation, he worked as an auditor for BDO in West Palm Beach, FL. His research interests include capital markets and financial reporting.

  • Jeffery Piao
    Jeffery Piao

    2nd Year Student
    329 Gerson Hall
    352.273.0227
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    Bio: Jeffery is a first-year Ph.D. student. Before joining the Fisher School of Accounting, he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Masters of Accounting Science with a concentration in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include information intermediaries in capital markets and information transfer among various markets participants.

  • Esther Caudill
    Esther Caudill

    1st Year Student
    334 Gerson Hall
    352.273.0228
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    Bio: Esther attended the University of Kentucky and graduated in 2015 with dual degrees in Accounting and Finance. After graduation she worked as a tax accountant at a small local firm in Kentucky.

  • Justin Kim
    Justin Kim

    1st Year Student
    334 Gerson Hall
    352.273.0228
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    Bio: Justin attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a double major in Business Administration (with a concentration in Finance) and in Economics, and a minor in Interdisciplinary Asian Studies. Justin also finished his Master of Accounting Program at UNC with a concentration in tax. Upon graduation, Justin served in the public accounting industry at Deloitte for four years as a certified public accountant.

  • Mark Zakota
    Mark Zakota

    1st Year Student
    334 Gerson Hall
    352.273.0228
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    Bio: Mark attended the University of South Florida, where he earned his B.S. in Accounting with Honors in 2016 and his MAcc in 2018. Previously, he had studied International Business and Politics for two years at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.