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Top Undergraduate Business Students Selected for "Meeting of the Minds"

February 22, 2010
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Two undergraduate students from the School of Business have been selected to participate in the fifth annual Undergraduate Research Atlantic Coast Conference "Meeting of the Minds" April 16 and 17. The conference, which will be held at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is an opportunity for students to showcase research they are conducting at their respective universities.  The student research can come from a variety of fields, ranging from laboratory experiments, field research, and art research to music performance.

This year, Sara Michalski, a junior majoring in marketing, and Carlos Antonorsi, a senior majoring in economics, were chosen by the conference's selection committee to represent the University of Miami.  Michalski's research mentor is Dean Barbara Kahn, professor of marketing, who describes  Sara as "very bright, very hard working, very creative and incredibly reliable".   Antonorsi conducts research with Oscar Mitnik, an assistant  professor of economics, who says " Carlos' dedication is, and has been, admirable, and the degree of difficulty and complexity of the tasks assigned to him has been increasing exponentially." At the conference, the students will make an oral presentation while exhibiting their  poster displaying their research.

UM's student representatives were chosen based on a university-wide competition.  Other students nominated to represent the University at the conference were John Coleman, whose research mentor is Sundaresh Ramnath, assistant professor of accounting  and Christina Farmer, whose research mentor is Joseph Johnson, assistant professor of marketing.  Farmer, Antonorsi, and Coleman were selected as the 2009 Honors Summer Research Grant recipients for their research work at UM.

"I'm very proud of the dedicated efforts of both the faculty and the students in their ongoing pursuit of scholarly academic research," said Elisah Lewis, director of research and student support services for the School, who coordinated the nominations.

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