The Love Award for Excellence in Business Leadership honors and provides financial support for a student in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business to complete an independent research project on a business-related topic.

Eligible Students

Rising seniors enrolled in any major in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business (Accounting, Economics, Economic Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management or Marketing)

Amount of Award

One $12,000 award (to be used for completion of project and tuition)

Project Requirements

The typical project will involve an in-depth original, independent research project that might include an internship, service learning, leadership, or study abroad experience, and should tie in with the student’s post-graduation plans (job search, graduate school applications). A project may address a business question for a particular organization or can be broader in scope, addressing an issue that cuts across organizations or industries. Projects will establish standards of creativity and excellence that will inspire others, have clearly defined objectives and tangible results, and will culminate in a written document and public presentation to the faculty and students of the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business and other appropriate parties. Projects that have already been completed or will be completed for credit (e.g., thesis required for graduation) cannot be submitted for consideration for this award.

The project must be completed by the end of spring semester of the recipient’s senior year. The student is responsible for securing a faculty mentor for the project; the mentor must be a professor in the LSB and should be identified in the proposal.

Application Process

Return the completed application forms, a copy of your OnTrack transcript, and a resume to KoBC 100 by Monday, March 9 at 9:00 a.m.

Selection Process

A selection committee composed of faculty in the LSB will select the recipient of this award based on the applicant’s promise for success in his or her chosen business discipline and his or her commitment to making a difference as a leader in the local and global community; financial need will be considered when choosing among otherwise equally meritorious candidates. The recipient will receive an invitation to the Love School of Business Student and Faculty Awards Ceremony on April 21, 2020.

Past Recipients

2020 – Rani Hecht, marketing major
“Stressed and Relaxed Behavior and the Impact on Purchase Intentions Through Menu Labeling”

2019 – Samuel Loeffler, finance major
“Investigating Recovery Rates in Municipal Bond Default”

2018 – Zachary Lahey, finance and statistics double major
“A Genetic Algorithmic Approach to Statistical Arbitrage Strategies”

2018 – Roxanna Wood, management major
Not all Work Sample Tests are Created Equal: Investing the Impact of Test Fidelity on the Predictive Validity of Work Sample Tests

2017 – Christina Byrd, accounting and finance double major
The Effect of VITA Participation on Student Empathy

2017 – Matt Snow, finance and entrepreneurship double major
The Role of Venture Capital Networks in Startup Success

2014 – Laura Orr, finance and entrepreneurship double major
“Bridging the Gap: The Obstacles & Opportunities of Knowledge Transfer in Evidence-Based Management”

2013 – Richard Segal, accounting and finance double major
“The Effect of Feasibility Studies on the Convention Center Industry”

2012 – Patrick Brown, economics and political science double major
“The Economic and Ethical Implications of Privatizing Passenger Rail Travel in the United States”

2011 – Jacqueline Evans, accounting and international business double major
“The Influence of Historical Architecture on Modern Tourism”

2010 – Jennifer Kirts, accounting and management double major
“Sustainability and the Hospitality Industry”

2009 – Danielle Lewald, marketing and spanish double major
“An Investigation of the Effectiveness of Adult ESL Programs for Spanish Speakers in Alamance County”

2009 – Alex Trevisan, entrepreneurship major
“A Diagnostic Review of the Positive Economic Impact of Business Incubation on Local Communities”

2008 – Miya Stodghill, management major
“Women’s Education and its Effects in Developing Nations: A Collaboration of Research and International Service”

2007 – Allison Ellmers, accounting major
“Outcomes of Service and Learning in Guatemala”