Purpose of Award: To recognize and reward undergraduate student achievement in conducting mentored research and writing research articles.

Award range: Up to $1,000 in cash and certificates

Award Criteria:

  • Students must be enrolled in the School of Business at Minnesota State University Moorhead anytime between August 2011 through May 2012
  • Entrants could be pursuing a degree in Accounting, Finance, and Business Administration and/or from any emphasis area: International Business, Management or Marketing.
  • The manuscript submitted must be solely written by the student and be the primary author on the work. The manuscript that is deemed sufficiently well done and is likely to be accepted for publication on the basis of a blind review, or accepted for presentation at an academic or professional meeting beyond the MSUM campus on the same basis. Usually, a term paper done for a course falls short of meeting even the qualifying grade for award. Typically, a term paper work has to be taken beyond the course to the next level of quality to qualify as a candidate for this award.
  • The project may be of an empirical, pedagogical, historical, case study, conceptual, or of a public policy or creative nature. It may also take the form of computer software development. However, the manuscript has to be the primary deliverable.
  • The project (especially the manuscript writing aspect) must be done solely by a student or a group of students and advised/mentored by a MSUM faculty member.

Entries will be judged by a panel consisting of faculty members from School of Business. External members may be invited to join the panel. Short listed student may be invited for an oral interview. The committee may decline to make an award, if in its judgment no project worthy of this distinction is submitted for this prize. Students are recognized at an annual School of Business event

Submission Procedure and Due Date: Please electronically submit following items to Dr. Han Li (li@mnstate.edu ) latest by Friday, March 29 in order to be considered for this award. Faculty mentor needs to be copied on the email submission to reflect his/her knowledge and approval of the submission.

a) Cover letter from the student indicating the role of student and the level of engagement in the paper write-up and various phases of the project, name and contact information for faculty mentor who guided the student on the project.

b) Two electronic copies of paper in Microsoft word or PDF format. One copy should have complete author information and the other one should be blinded (no author information, author information from document properties completely removed). Each manuscript submitted should have an abstract and a few keywords.

Please direct your inquiries and submissions to: Dr. Han Li  li@mnstate.edu or 218.477.4067

Inquiries may also be diverted to your faculty mentors guiding you on the project.