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URAD Spotlight: Adam Rivas

April 9, 2018

On Wednesday, April 18, the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) will be hosting the ninth annual Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day (URAD), along with the fifth annual Community Engagement Showcase (CES).

Adam Rivas and mentor Ally Zimmerman

One of the students presenting this year is Adam Rivas, a freshman from the College of Business and a Research Rookies participant. Rivas is conducting research with the help of his mentor, Dr. Ally Zimmerman. Rivas’ research examines characteristics that factor into the selection and assignment process of audit partners in the U.S., along with whether audit partner gender is associated with audit committee members and audit chairs.

In preparation for his presentation, Rivas is using the Data Collection Method and Data Analysis Method, two methods of research he used over the course of the year, in preparation for his presentation. He believes it is important to utilize these methods because it has helped him understand his research topic. This new-found knowledge will help Rivas answer any questions that may arise and help him have fluid and fact-based discussions about his project with both students and faculty.

With the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor on this project, Rivas has acquired some guidance on his research, allowing him to also improve his skills in research. Rivas expressed his enjoyment working with his mentor stating he has “learned a great deal from Dr. Zimmerman and has gained experience in research and research methods that many college students are not privileged to have.” Conducting research has also helped Rivas develop his academic skills further than he could have in primarily a classroom setting.

Prepare to be impressed! If you want to learn more about Rivas’ research, stop by his poster at the URAD and CES showcase in the Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom. The showcase goes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.