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Raised toward our $2,800 Goal
32 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on September 23, at 08:00 PM CDT
Project Owners


Hello, supporters. We are MBA students in Dr. Shawn Carraher's summer strategic management class. We have created a functioning, fundraising organization with the goal of sending graduate students conducting research to conferences at Oxford and Cambridge in the United Kingdom this fall. MBA students, unlike their undergraduate counterparts, rarely have access to grants earmarked to support research. Many simply do not think MBA students will be willing to conduct research. With your help, we will prove them wrong.

The best way to change this mindset and help further the reputation of the Naveen Jindal School of Management as MBA students is by sending these hardworking students to prestigious conferences. With this effort, we will show that MBA students can conduct meaningful research while further increasing the prestige and ROI of our University (currently the highest in the UT System!). Furthermore, these students will represent our school as brand ambassadors while abroad, which will lead to further enrollment and higher academic excellence. The only problem is that attending these conferences is quite expensive. Without any grants available from the University, the cost of attendance, which includes airfare, hotel and conference fees, can easily grow into thousands of dollars and falls solely on the student.

Our goal is to raise $4,000 and your donation will make a lasting contribution to a select few, hardworking MBA students. We, the students, are not alone in this endeavor. Dr. Hasan Pirkul the dean of the Naveen Jindal School of Management, knows the importance of conducting and presenting business research. To show his support, Dr. Pirkul will be matching 100 percent of the funds raised.

Dr. Pirkul and Dr. Carraher both understand the enormous impact these conferences will have on the young professionals in the MBA program at UT Dallas. Donate today and like/share our campaign to send our best and brightest, outstanding graduate students to represent UT Dallas globally. Have peace of mind knowing that you helped those unafraid of going the extra mile move one step closer to their goals. For your tax-deductible gift, you receive a token of our gratitude.

#Dollars4Scholars #ImpactUTD


Project Creators

Daniel Lazourievsky

Daniel Lazourievsky is a 28-year-old​ MBA student at UT Dallas. Daniel’s journey to Dallas began in Moscow, Russia, where he grew up until economic hardship prompted he and his mother to move to the United States in the pursuit of a better opportunity. As a research scientist, his mother strongly emphasized the importance of education, and supported and motivated his desire to learn. Daniel is from Dallas and completed his bachelor’s degree in finance at UTD. He is employed with Ericsson and attends MBA night classes at the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Daniel is excited about the opportunity to co-author and present his graduate research findings with his fellow students at the GBEC and CAMOT conferences at Oxford and Cambridge.

David Nobles

David Nobles has been a student at UTD since fall  2012, having earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and economics cum laude in May 2015. He is working toward a master’s degree in finance as well as an MBA and plans to graduate next year. He also serves as a leader in the JSOM Dean's Council, organizing all of the council's volunteer efforts. Shortly after graduation last year, David was invited to present his research at Harvard University as well as at the 2015 Cambridge Business and Economics Conference at Cambridge University. He knows the advantages of conducting meaningful research, and looks forward to the chance to co-author a new paper and present his research again in October. “Part of what makes the time and hard work investment so rewarding is being able to share your findings with scholars, tenured professors and other distinguished individuals from around the world, as well as get valuable feedback from different perspectives. It's also an amazing opportunity to showcase the high-caliber students UTD sends out into the world.”


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"The participation gift"



In exchange, we will give you a virtual high-five!



We will send you a handwritten thank-you note to express our gratitude for supporting us.



You're great. You'll be receiving a photo of the entire class.



Wow, you're special. As a thank you, you'll receive all of the rewards for the lower donations, plus a shout out on Facebook and a post card from the event.



You have separated yourself from the pack. You'll receive all of the rewards as the lower donations, plus a personalized video thank-you from the event.



You seriously love research. You'll receive all of the rewards as the lower donations, plus a shirt from Oxford or Cambridge. You pick.



You're making it your personal mission to support these hard workers. For donating, you'll receive all the rewards as the lower levels as well as lunch with the project creators, on us. We'll thank you profusely and recap the trip.



You understand the value of graduate business research. This donation level affords you the opportunity to have lunch with the dean of the School of Management for the last 20 years, Dr. Hasan Pirkul. Dr. Pirkul has led the JSOM to unbelievably new heights and is a visionary, like yourself.