Digging Deeper

Involvement in research at the School of Business is not limited to faculty. Undergraduate and graduate students regularly engage in high-quality research.

Financial Analyst Honors Program

A research thesis is required of all seniors in the Financial Analyst Honors Program. They may choose topics from a professor-generated list or develop their own. Associate Professor David Smith said, “Fewer than half the students use ours. Many students read intensively in finance during the summer, record ideas that come to them and propose the ideas to their professors who help form them into testable hypotheses. Some of the very best thesis projects have come from this process.”

FAH student research is often selected for inclusion in the prestigious Economics Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research, held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas each spring.

Anthony Califano at Research Forum
Anthony Califano ’15 at the 14th Annual Evening MBA Research Forum


Graduate students in the newly created MBA concentration in finance will write a thesis, as will those studying marketing and entrepreneurship. Student topics are approved by a faculty adviser. Associate Dean Hany Shawky, architect of the revamped program, said, “The topic will be one that advances the student’s understanding of the practice in that industry. The research thesis is expected to include a literature survey, data, hypothesis testing and findings.” Students will present their work to an audience of faculty, students and alumni.

An annual research forum presents the final projects of working professionals in the Evening MBA Program. 2016 will mark the 15-year anniversary of the forum. Students choose a topic in management, marketing, nanotechnology, new-venture development, finance, information technology management or tax.

This spring, Anthony Califano’s project, “Cloud Defense: How Cloud Computing Can Help Secure the Smart Grid Against Distributed Denial of Service Attacks,” was chosen for a presentation at the New York State Cyber Security Conference 10th Annual Symposium on Information Assurance. Califano ’15, digital media business manager for the New York State Office of the State Comptroller, submitted his paper at the urging of MBA grad Ersin Dincelli ’12, a doctoral student working under ITM Chair Sanjay Goel.

Opportunities Exist Freshman to Senior Year

All students accepted into UAlbany’s Honors College participate in research and complete a thesis under the direction of a professor. This year, School of Business honor student Courtney Stern ’15 worked with Accounting Chair Ingrid Fisher, Richard Pino ’15 with Assistant Professor Dennis Caplan and Morgan Rosh ’15 with Marketing Chair Suraj Commuri.

Individual professors also involve students in their research. Students help lecturer and Director of Accounting Programs, Mark Hughes, gather and analyze data. Hughes also involves freshmen in the Living Learning Community he leads, World of Accounting, in the annual Informatics Ph.D. Research Conference.

As part of a SUNY-sponsored undergraduate research initiative, Assistant Professor Yuan Hong is supervising the work of two students who are developing privacy-preserving techniques for cyber-physical systems, such as smart grid and intelligent transportation systems. Each student is expected to finish one research paper and submit a report to SUNY.