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GWSB Undergraduate News

April 20, 2011

FYDP Students Participate in Class Case Competition

As part of the second semester of FYDP students participated in an in-class case competition. On March 25th six teams from each section competed in a semi-final round in front of a panel of GWSB faculty and alumni. The top three teams from each section advanced to the final round where they presented for their entire class on and a panel of GWSB faculty, staff and alumni April 15th.

The winning teams (pictured above) are:

Section 10: Andrew Martin, Dan Burstiner, Steven Tedesco and Meaghan Powers

Section 11: Palak Desai, Trever Faden and Tabetha Zimmerman


FIC End of the Year Events

Two Great End of the Year Events

1. We at FIC are very excited about our premier end of the year event; we will be hosting a panel discussion with current students from the GW community who have successfully secured positions with prestigious financial services firms such as JPMorgan, Citigroup, Barclays, UBS, Stifel Nicolaus and others. The event will be moderated by Andrew Swartz, a consultant to the GWSB David F. Fowler Career Center and former Investment Banker with Citigroup and Lehman Brothers. This event is intended to provide valuable insights about the Wall Street hiring process from classmates who have succesfully navigated the recruiting cycle. The moderated panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.

The event is on Monday, April 25, 2011 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM in Duquès 453, and space is limited! If you are interested in attending please RSVP by sending an email to fic@gwu.edu, with 4/25 in the subject title.

2. FIC’s first-ever mixer with GWWIB (the GW Women in Business)

The Finance and Investments Club has arranged a mixer with the GW Women in Business to be held on Thursday, April 28, 2011. It will be at Elephant and Castle starting at 10pm. All people part of the event will have access to an extended happy hour. Come out and blow off some steam before finals with karaoke and meet some cool people from both GWWIB and FIC.

If you are interested in attending please RSVP by sending an email to fic@gwu.edu with 4/28 in the subject title.


DYEP Cajun Cook-Out

Join us in celebrating DYEP’s efforts throughout the year and attend our first cook-out! We’re giving you full plates of good Cajun cuisine as well as raffle tickets for an array of prizes. $5 will get you food and 2 tickets, and all funds go towards our volunteer programs and events. Please come and show your support for DC education!
Location: MSSC Building, Room 209
Date: Friday, April 22, 2011
Time: 5:30 – 8:00pm


Research Experience for Undergraduates Opportunities

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program allows students to work as a research assistant on a faculty members research project. Currently there are two opportunities available. Application and more information available HERE.

1) Corporate Social Responsiblity in the Hotel Industry

Faculty Advisor: Stuart Levy

Research Description:
This project will allow our REU research assistant to gain an intimate understanding of sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues within the hospitality industry. In this research, my co-author (from the University of San Francisco) and I are currently working on a study tentatively titled, “Researching Corporate Social Responsibility in the Lodging Industry: Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going.” We are also working on a study examining stakeholder (e.g., hotel managers, employees and guests) perspectives of CSR activities at the hotel property level. The purpose of this research is to gain a better understanding of CSR from academic, practitioner, and consumer perspectives. This research is important given the increased visibility of CSR in the hotel industry, and given there has been little previous research focused in this area. We plan for these studies to be presented at hospitality conferences as well as be published in academic journals.

The REU research assistant will be involved in reviewing the academic literature on sustainability and CSR issues in hotels, in order to document and categorize aspects of each article such as the methodology employed, major findings, and future research proposed. The research assistant will also be involved in survey development and administrative tasks for our CSR stakeholder survey.

Preferred Student Qualifications:
Required:
· Interest in corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues
· Strong analytical ability
· Detail oriented
· English language reading comprehension (high-level)

Desirable:
· Power point presentation skills

Term: Summer and Fall 2011

2) Where do corporate environmental officers come from?

Research Topic: Background analysis of large companies’ chief environmental officers

Faculty Advisor: Professor Eun-Hee Kim

Research Description:
The objective of the project is to understand large companies’ corporate environmental management practices by finding out the background of their chief environmental officers. In some companies, environmental officers come from the marketing divisions. In other companies, environmental officers come from the engineering or other more substantively related departments. This information can help pointing out the extent to which companies might engage in symbolic environmental management behavior.

Preferred Student Qualifications:
Preferred candidate should be detail-oriented and hard-working. The research assistant will be asked to do data collection on the background of large companies’ chief environmental officers. Familiarity with business databases and prior data collection skills preferred.

Term:
This position will start immediately and require work throughout the summer, and may extend to Fall semester. During summer, it may require 15-20 hours a week.


Prospective Business Student Organization!

Dear GWSB Students,

My name is Dana Abu-Nasrah I am in the process of starting a student organization in the business school next year that will focus on inviting CEO's and senior executives to come to GW and talk to business students. I aim on having at least one speaker each month. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a start-up organization, polish your leadership skills, and engage first-hand with leading figures in the business world.

If you are interested in being on the Executive Board (positions include Vice President, Outreach Chair, Marketing Director, e.t.c..), please e-mail me as soon as possible at dana_abu@gwmail.gwu.edu. I look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you,

Dana Abu-Nasrah


Survey Corner

Duquès Hall Survey for Change Management Project

Trouble finding a space to have a group meeting on Sundays? If so, please take a moment to take a survey on Duquès Hall. We have created a brief ten question survey to assess the need to open Duquès to students on Sundays as a part of our Change Management group project. Please share your thoughts and help to improve GWSB and your academic experience! It will only take 5 minutes to complete and the responses are anonymous.

Please click the link to take the survey. Thank you for your participation!
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FSH6PH3

FDFCC Internship and Employment Survey

Attention Students!

Have you received a full-time job or internship? Share the good news with the F. David Fowler Career Center by filling out this brief online survey: http://studentvoice.com/gqu/careerservicesproject

We collect employment information for three very important reasons:
1. To gather information required by the media to rank business schools
2. To provide general employment statistics to prospective students and employers
3. To celebrate your success!

All information provided will be kept strictly confidential.

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NEW! FYDP Students Participate in Class Case Competition

NEW! FIC End of the Year Events

NEW! DYEP Cajun Cook-Out

Research Experience for Undergraduates Opportunities

Prospective Business Student Organization!

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