Students Research Featured at Dallas Fed for Third Year

This spring, the work of two students enrolled in the Financial Analyst Honors program, Kelechi Nwokocha ’13 and Michael Biagi ’13, was featured in the 7th annual Economics Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The one-day conference brought over 175 undergraduate students and faculty from 14 states. Thirty-three students presented papers.

This is the third year that School of Business student research has been accepted for the conference. In the past three years, ten of eleven papers submitted were accepted, far surpassing the overall conference acceptance rate of 58%.

Nwokocha and Biagi traveled to Dallas with Associate Professor David Smith who teaches the Financial Analysis Honors Seminar in which the papers were written. Biagi said, “Professor Smith has been alongside teaching, guiding, and helping me since I joined the Financial Analyst Honors Program. His dedication to the program and his students are reflected in the papers we write and it was an honor to represent his class, the FAH program, and the University at Albany in Dallas.”

Nwokocha said, “My experience was extremely enlightening considering the amount of other undergraduate researchers from various universities across the country. Papers were highly diverse and focused on other aspects of economics including sports, agriculture, and economic events, just to name a few. Fortunately for us, Professor Smith kept Mike and I properly coached and motivated to present to a room of highly intellectual individuals. I was proud to not only represent my work but to represent the University at Albany.”