UB School of Management undergraduates present research, social innovation and experiential learning projects

BUFFALO, NY — Cell phone addiction, challenges facing the agricultural industry and European culture were among the topics presented at the University at Buffalo School of Management’s Undergraduate Management Poster Competition, which was held on March 30.

At the event, which brought together in-person students after two years of remote presentations due to COVID, 31 business administration and accounting undergraduate students shared 12 posters showcasing their research activities, social innovation and applied learning.

On the research side, Hongwei He, a second-year business administration student, won top honors and a $750 prize for her project “Average Texting Time by UB Students,” which has analyzed the impact of smartphones on the daily lives of students.

Head of Business Administration, Votreeshwaran Ilangovan, won a $750 prize in the social innovation category for “Tracing Impacts on Food and Agriculture,” an analysis of the impact of factors such as climate change, inflation and shrinking farmland affect the agricultural industry.

“This competition gave me the opportunity to share my research with a wider audience by explaining it in a simpler and more understandable way,” says Ilangovan. “It is essential that everyone understands the importance of agriculture, especially the younger generation.

A team of seniors won the Global Experience category and a $750 prize for their ‘Exploring Eastern European Cultures’ poster, in which the team researched the history and culture of Germany and Hungary. The winning team members were Mary Grace Yetter and Joana Martins Marques, senior business administrators, and Melicia Skeen, senior accountant.

The Best Applied Experience poster went to a four-person team for their “Influence of Fintech” presentation, which explored blockchain, crowdfunding, big data, and remittance payments. The team members were senior accountant Emma Rowzee and business administration student An Vo, senior; Farrah Fuld, second year; and Riley O’Brien, Jr.

The “Most Magical Place on Earth” poster was selected as the Viewer’s Choice, which received the most paper ballot votes at the event. Their poster looked at the EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World, which they visited as part of their experience in the school’s honors program. The $500 prize was awarded to a team of seniors from the School of Management, Christina Pham and Sydney Merritt in accounting and Jeannine Nwade and Claudia Cabrera in business administration.

The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global perspective of its faculty, students, and alumni. The school has also been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and US News & World Report for the quality of its programs and the return on investment it offers its graduates. For more information about the UB School of Management, visit management.buffalo.edu.