by Hilary Sigler
Lecture room 1201 in the Richards College of Business was full of energy from students and faculty members of the University of West Georgia as RCOB hosted Big Night, also known as Research Night, on March 26 at 7 p.m. The evening showcased nine presentations from 12 business majors. Participating students were given the opportunity to present their intense research in order to compete for monetary prizes and overall recognition from the Richards College of Business. The winner of Richards College of Business Big Night will go on to compete in the university’s overall Big Night competition on April 15.
During RCOB Big Night, the students present their research on specific topics of their choice. The students are sponsored by a faculty member from one of the departments within the Richards College of Business. Once the presentations have concluded, five judges rate the participants on their research and topics. This year’s judges included Dr. Bruce Bird, from the department of accounting and finance, Kim Holder, representing the department of economics, Dr. David Nickell, department of marketing and real estate and guest judges Roger Gray, vice president of client solutions for GoodCents Concepts, Inc., and A. Neil Moore, vice president of private client group for Stephens, Inc.
Drew Baker, a student in the department of economics won first place for his presentation on the topic “The Evolution of Health on Older Age Labor Force Participation.” Dawei Geng of the department of accounting and finance won second place for the “Inability of Accounting Variables to Value Smaller Firms,” and Brandon Tilley, a student in the department of economics, won third place for “Determinants of Undergraduate Graduation Rates.”
If you missed RCOB Big Night 2014, View all of the students' presentations here.