Student Name

Elizabeth TataraFollow

Prize

Second Place, Tied

Major

Finance

Class Standing

Senior

Course Number and Title

ACCT-4960 01 Research Independent Study

Research Project

Elizabeth’s project was the outgrowth of a European Union study tour when Germany had recently passed legislation related to female representation on corporate boards. Intrigued to discover if there had been any subsequent impact on corporate financial performance, she embarked on an independent study project to analyze possible gender biases in the reporting and company press releases announcing newly appointed female board members in Germany. Her research engaged the existing literature, used local and international academic libraries, and included examining texts in both English and German.

Dr. Valentina Zamora, her faculty member, commented that “she exhibited the self-efficacy, persistence, and patience becoming of a researcher-in-the-making. I have first-hand observed her love of learning, her insatiable curiosity, and her ability to make logical connections across academic papers, practitioner articles, and observations in practice about her topic of interest. She is one of the best undergraduate research students that I have had in 10 years.”

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    Elizabeth’s project was the outgrowth of a European Union study tour when Germany had recently passed legislation related to female representation on corporate boards. Intrigued to discover if there had been any subsequent impact on corporate financial performance, she embarked on an independent study project to analyze possible gender biases in the reporting and company press releases announcing newly appointed female board members in Germany. Her research engaged the existing literature, used local and international academic libraries, and included examining texts in both English and German.

    Dr. Valentina Zamora, her faculty member, commented that “she exhibited the self-efficacy, persistence, and patience becoming of a researcher-in-the-making. I have first-hand observed her love of learning, her insatiable curiosity, and her ability to make logical connections across academic papers, practitioner articles, and observations in practice about her topic of interest. She is one of the best undergraduate research students that I have had in 10 years.”