The overall academic objective of the project to involve students in mentored-research learning went
very well. Effectively 100% of the MEG grant went to students – the vast majority to RA wages, and a
smaller percentage to student travel to and register for academic conferences (Utah Academy of
Science, Arts, and Letters in Orem and International Academy of Business and Society in Park City).
The mentoring environment was excellent. I was able to spend significant time with multiple RAs
because of the grant. List of RAs follows:
Matt Holley, an Econ major and finance pre-PhD student helped me draft the original MEG grant and
worked on the original proposed project of the link between IPOs and management consulting firms and
ethics. After scrubbing many IPO offering prospectuses, it became evident there was not sufficient data
on management consulting firms to pursue this path. Matt also worked on the REIT paper described
below during the early phases of that project.
Mary Harrast, a European Studies undergraduate major worked on updating the microfinance
annotated bibliography from an article I published in 2004. The resource includes 797 peer-reviewed
articles from 2004-2017. The research involved combing through over 10,000 possible articles in the
original searches. Product can be found at:
Gabe Adams, a Statistics undergraduate major worked on three projects with me. The first was a REIT
soft information seasoned equity offering paper. This paper was presented at the Utah Academy of
Science, Arts, and Letters conference and will be submitted to Real Estate Economics, a top-tier real
estate journal soon. The second was a corporate social responsibility paper with Dr. Nile Hatch. We are
still working on this paper – it is in the data analysis stage. The third project was a literature review for a
finance supply chain management paper. This project is ongoing.
Jeremy Endicott, a finance undergraduate major, worked on a paper that created a hedonic pricing
model for Utah residential property. The paper was presented at the Utah Academy of Science, Arts,
and Letters, was accepted for publication in the conference journal, and is currently under consideration
for a best paper award. Jeremy is a coauthor on that paper.
David Wilson, an Econ/Math double major and finance pre-PhD student, also worked on the above
paper with Jeremy. He is also a coauthor on it. David edited the REIT paper mentioned above as well as a
healthcare IPO paper, which has been published in the Journal of Health Care Finance. David is currently
working on an event student of the Baldwin quality award which will be submitted for an ORCA grant
Noah Brown, an Econ/Math double major and finance pre-PhD student used the last of the grant
working on a paper with Greg Adams and myself on the so-called IPO crisis. This paper is in the
I also hired Austin Nordblad (Material Engineer), Robbie Glasgow (Math), Kerby Louis (Finance),
Spencer Brady (Pre-management), and Braxton Wardle (Finance) all under the MEG grant. None of
these students took much advantage of the RA position as they got caught up in school.
Thank you for the generous research support. I believe all of the funds were spent as proposed by
supporting student mentored research learning.