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Gabelli School Undergraduates Honors Thesis Program Presentations

Every year, talented Gabelli School students—no matter what they major in— complete the prestigious Honors Thesis Program at the Gabelli School of Business. The thesis program blends two cohorts: the Traditional Honors Thesis including students who are invited in their junior year and compete for admission, and the Global Business Honors Program, for whom the thesis is a culmination of their four years of honors work.

What does the Honors Thesis Program entail for these students? With a professor’s help, students investigate a business topic of their choice and develop that investigation into a publication-quality research paper.

With this cohort including our brightest students, over the course of two years they work on important, cutting edge topics with rigorous research methods. This year, that process was radically altered in March. Students and their advisors were more than up to the challenge, and despite the pandemic, produced the high quality research that the Gabelli School expects of its thesis students. In fact, some of these projects may go on to appear in the same journals in which professors publish!

Chris Andreou, GABELLI ’20, stated, “In the beginning, this whole project seemed overwhelming; there were so many moving parts. Professor Conrad and my co-author John really helped to dissect the paper piece by piece and recognize what was important to arrive at the conclusion. Overall, I think this experience helped me understand what goes into serious academic research and what skills are necessary to produce it.”

This program is made possible through the enthusiastic support of Dean Rapiaccioli, Dean Aksoy, Dean Dunn, who champion the University’s commitment to student-driven research, and program director, Professor Luke Kachersky.

Here are the thesis presentations that students researched this year:

An Examination into the Legal Feasibility of a Daily Fantasy Sports Investment Fund

  Paper and Presentation

Authors: Christopher Andreou & John Lunz

Advisor: Mark Conrad

 

The Viability of Passive Investing Through the Use of Financial Filters

Paper

Author: Thomas Balcom

Advisors: James Kelly & Luke Kachersky

 

The Merits of Investing in Art

Paper 

Author: Christina Berardino 

Advisor: Kevin Mirabile 

 

Theory and Practice: The Regulatory Sandbox

Paper 

Author: David Chu

Advisor: Brent Horton 

 

From Finance to the Food Industry: The Prospects for Consumer-Facing Blockchain Systems 

Paper and Presentation 

Author: Rachel Keough 

Advisor: Luke Kachersky 

 

Environmental Sustainability: Consumer Perception vs Reality

Paper and Presentation 

Author: Isabelle Lee 

Advisor: Jennifer O’Neil 

 

Making Conscious Investment Decisions: Criteria for an Effective Sexual Harassment Policy

Paper and Presentation 

Author: Allison Michaud 

Advisor: Iris Schneider 

 

The Economic Impact of the Departure of the NFL’s Chargers and Rams on San Diego and St. Louis

Paper 

Author: Alfred Montanino 

Advisor: John Fortunato 

 

Equity Research Reports and Reason-Based Choice

Paper 

Author: Jacques Paye 

Advisor: Lin Tong 

 

Generational Preferences in Leadership Qualities in Financial Institutions and Millennial Self-Perception

Paper 

Author: Laura Rathjen 

 

OK Boomer: A Study of Corporate Attitudes Toward Sustainability in Relation to Organizational Baby Boomer Population

Paper 

Author: Jack Salkowsky 

Advisor: Eun-Hee Kim 

 

Relationship Between Patient Satisfaction and Care Metrics

Paper 

Author: Steven Simon 

Advisor: Falguni Sen 

 

Active Funds vs. Passive Funds: Remaining Opportunities for Active Managers to Deliver Persistent Alpha

Paper 

Author: Aravind Sureshbabu 

Advisor: Jim McCann

 

Sustainability Rankings and Bond Ratings: Does ESG Improve a Company’s Financial Health?

Paper 

Author: Kaylee Wong 

Advisor: Barbara Porco 

 

An Analysis of the Billboard Hot 100 Through the Lens of Artist Gender

Paper 

Author: Tigerlily Cooley 

Advisor: Amy Aronson 

 

Pharma Bros Reformed: Morality for Pricing Pharmaceuticals

Author: Hara Chung

Advisor Miguel Alzola 

Associate Professor of Law and Ethics, Miguel Alzola, concluded, “Having written three theses (undergraduate, MA, and PhD) and having helped a dozen students write theirs, I would say that thesis is primarily about the cultivation of good intellectual habits. And it is an excellent opportunity for students to dive deeply into a theme or problem they find interesting under the mentorship of scholars who have the knowledge and the experience to guide them. At a time of big challenges, we are training students to rise to the occasion. I am delighted to be part of the process.”

A few students also received distinguished awards for their work. The E. Gerald Corrigan Undergraduate Research Awards are given for thesis excellence in the Global Business Honors Program. The Patricia Ramsey Honors Thesis Awards are presented in memory of Pat Ramsey, a beloved management professor and a true champion of student research. Working side by side with her friend, Associate Professor Marcia Flicker, Pat inspired students to pursue independent research on business topics and develop their findings into publishable papers.

The winners are:

E. Gerald Corrigan Undergraduate Research Award:

 

Winner

The Legality of YouTube’s Content ID System: Copyright Protection and Fair Use in the Digital Age

Paper 

Author: Kenneth Krizan III 

Advisor: Mark Conrad 

 

Runner-up

A Cross-Country Analysis of the Correlation between Environmental and Economic Performance

Paper

Author: William Burns 

Advisor: Sris Chatterjee 

 

 Runner-up

A Defining Feature: Examining the Budgetary Impact of Tax Policymaking

Paper 

Author: Meghan Keough 

Advisor: Stan Veliotis

 

Patricia Ramsey Honors Thesis Award:

 

Instagram, Tourism, and Gentrification: How a Picture May Lead Someone to Leave their Home

Paper and Presentation 

Author: Siena Mayer-Costa 

Advisor: John Carey 

 

A Comparative Analysis of Bank Valuation Approaches in Southeast Asia

Paper and Presentation 

Author: Amos Timothy Ong 

Advisor: Christakis Droussiotis 

 

A Study of Legal Origin and Algorithmic Trading

Paper 

Author: Wenchao Yao 

Advisor: N.K. Chidambaran 

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