Undergraduate Research Program

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) will enhance your analytical skills and strengthen your ability to think critically and independently. UNIBusiness faculty will assist you with topic creation and give you guidance throughout your research journey.

Students typically apply for the program in September, conduct their research during the academic year, and present their research to faculty and students at the UPR Seminar in April. Program participants are encouraged, though not required, to submit their research for publication and/or presentation at a conference. A copy of the finished work, along with its dissemination status, must be submitted to the department head at the conclusion of the project.

If you are selected for the program you will receive a $750 award. Modest funding is also available for research-related expenses, such as supplies and local travel. Should your research be presented at a conference, financial support can be available from the College of Business and/or UNI Intercollegiate Academic Fund (IAF). For more information on the IAF, go to http://www.uni.edu/vpaa/iaf. In most cases, URP participants are able to secure University funding to cover all of the expenses associated with travel to a conference to present their research.

Questions? Contact Elena Dodge, Assessment and Projects Specialist and URP coordinator.

 

Guidelines for URP Awards

Students who are in good academic standing, are majoring in business and have arranged for a faculty member to supervise the research project, may apply for a URP Award.

You must provide the following information on your URP Award Application:

  • A brief description of the proposed research project;
  • An itemized budget specifying the anticipated funding needs, if any;
  • A project schedule/timeline listing the dates when various stages of the project are expected to be completed;
  • A summary plan for how the results of the project will be disseminated;
  • Your supervising faculty member's, and department head's signatures.

If your project involves human subjects (e.g., questionnaires, surveys, interviews), you must complete training in protection of human research participants and then submit a Human Participants Review Form to the UNI Institutional Review Board. You can find information on human subjects research training at https://rsp.uni.edu/IRB-training. The form and additional information on the review process are available at http://www.uni.edu/osp/research-compliance. You should allow for a minimum of three weeks for your project review and approval. 

 

Former URP Projects

2017 - 2018 URP Research Projects
URP Recipient: Mark Cochran
Recipient's Major: Marketing
Supervising Faculty Member: Marty Hansen, Matthew Bunker
Title of Research: "The Effect of Gaming on One's Academic Performance and its Business Implications"
URP Recipient: Mikhael Karpovicz
Recipient's Major: Finance
Supervising Faculty Member: Ronnie Chen
Title of Research: "Once Bitten Twice Shy? Evidence from the U.S. Banking Industry in the Crash of the Energy Market"
Dissemination: Mikhael presented his research at the Finance Advisory Board Meeting in April 2018.
URP Recipient: Cole Malcolm
Recipient's Major: Economics
Supervising Faculty Member: Shahina Amin
Title of Research: "Marital Wage Premium among Homosexual Men in the U.S."
Dissemination: Cole presented his research at the 44nd Annual Conference of the Eastern Economic Association in Boston, MA, in March 2018.
URP Recipient: Danielle Massey
Recipient's Major: Economics, Management
Supervising Faculty Member: Imam Alam
Title of Research:

"The Relationship between an Individual's National Pride and Economic Inequality of His or Her Residing State"

Dissemination: Danielle presented her research at the 44nd Annual Conference of the Eastern Economic Association in Boston, MA, in March 2018.
URP Recipient: Madeline Meyer
Recipient's Major: Marketing, MIS
Supervising Faculty Member: Matthew Bunker
Title of Research: "Fashioning the New Artic: Apparel and Textile Design as a Localized Economic Development Strategy"
Dissemination: Madeline presented her research at the Business and Economic Development Conference in New York in April, 2018.

 

2016 - 2017 URP Research Projects
URP Recipient: Heather Bavido
Recipient's Major: Economics
Supervising Faculty Member: Shahina Amin
Title of Research: "Increased Siblings and the Hindrance of Adult Income"
Dissemination: Heather presented her research at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Eastern Economic Association in New York, New York, in February, 2017. She was also selected to represent UNI student researchers during Research in the Capitol day at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa, in March, 2017.
URP Recipient: Alyssa Dixon
Recipient's Major: Economics
Supervising Faculty Member: Shahina Amin
Title of Research: "Who is Against Immigration?"
Dissemination: Alyssa presented her research at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Eastern Economic Association in New York, New York, in February, 2017.
URP Recipient: Myle Duong
Recipient's Major: Marketing
Supervising Faculty Member: Chris Schrage, Matthew Bunker
Title of Research: "The Professional Development of Students through Global Experiences"
Dissemination: Myle presented her research at the 30th Annual Conference of the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) in Spokane, Washington, in March, 2017.
URP Recipient: Kaleb Luse
Recipient's Major: Economics
Supervising Faculty Member: Imam Alam
Title of Research: "What Determines Graduation Rates?"
Dissemination: Kaleb presented his research at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Eastern Economic Association in New York, New York, in February, 2017. He was also selected to represent UNI student researchers during Research in the Capitol day at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa, in March, 2017.
URP Recipient: Chris McConahay
Recipient's Major: Economics
Supervising Faculty Member: Bryce Kanago
Title of Research: "Determinants of Minutes Played Among Men's College Basketball Players"
Dissemination: Chris presented his research at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Eastern Economic Association in New York, New York, in February, 2017.
URP Recipient: Matthew Poulton
Recipient's Major: Finance
Supervising Faculty Member: Adam Smedema
Title of Research: "Risk Parity and Equity Anomaly Portfolios"
URP Recipient: Nicholas Sailer
Recipient's Major: Economics
Supervising Faculty Member: Bryce Kanago
Title of Research: "Demand for Life Insurance during the Great Recession"
Dissemination: Nicholas presented his research at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Eastern Economic Association in New York, New York, in February, 2017.