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Student Researchers From the School of Management Get Results

RIC student Anne Quinn.

RIC student Anne Quinn.

 

At RIC’s School of Management’s third annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Colloquium, students and faculty mingled and discussed topics ranging from leadership qualities to marketing strategies and the impact of technological advances on business.

Faculty and student peers judged 12 projects, with awards going to the top projects in two categories, Research Paper and Class Projects.

Senior Ben Blachly, who won the faculty award for research papers and took second for the student award, explored the topic of rental premiums for retrofitted green buildings. “Eighty-five percent of energy demand can be met by green building,” he said, “just by converting existing buildings.”

Owners of such converted buildings can, on average, gain 11 percent in rental premiums, but only around 14 percent take advantage, he said.

Anne Quinn, who took second place in the Class Projects category in both faculty and student polling, researched prospects for Providence bakery Lynne’s Dolce e Pane to expand consumer markets online and perhaps beyond.

The company, which specializes in biscotti and calzones, mainly does a wholesale business through such outlets as Café La France, Miriam Hospital and Venda Ravioli, according to Quinn.

Quinn sent out 400 surveys, and so far, has received about 200 back. She plans to analyze the data to explore expanded online payment options, the best age-group for prospective clientele and retail outlets.

Another double award winner was Philip Brodeur who completed a project on graduation rates at technical colleges. This project took second place in the Research Paper category as judged by the faculty and first place in the student polling.

In the category of Class Project, the Student Managed Investment Fund earned first place in faculty polling. This was a team effort by Nathan Beauvais, Daniel Busch, Ryan Buttie, Edgar Garzon Jr., Ryan Andrew Kuehl, Cameron Richer.

Other research included Byron Delmonico’s marketing approaches for Take 5, an “undervalued” Hershey’s candy bar (a first-place student category class project); Miguel Youngs’ exploration of extroverts vs. introverts as leaders; and Alex Beauregard and Pichthyda Ninth’s study of how 3-D printing can affect society.

This year, various student organizations within the School of Management also had an opportunity to showcase their efforts. These included the American Marketing Association, Association for Computing Machinery, Finance and Economics Club and Health Care Administration Club.

In remarks at the close of the conference, Dean of the School of Management David Blanchette noted that projects such as these are more than an opportunity to “put yourself out there and show how good you are.” They are, he said, “motivators” and serve as a springboard for graduate school.

Suchandra Basu, an assistant professor in the Economics and Finance Department who helped coordinate the event with the School of Management Development Committee, commented on motivation from a different perspective.

She said, “We hope that this conference will encourage underclassman to pursue such projects in the future.”