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Comets 2 Cambridge 2016

Raised toward our $4,400 Goal
16 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on September 19, at 08:00 PM CDT
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Comets 2 Cambridge 2016

Hello! We are undergraduate students in Dr. Shawn Carraher's strategic management class. In our class, five students plan to attend one or more academic conferences at Cambridge and Oxford. Unfortunately, the cost to travel to these conferences has limited the amount of students who are able to present their research in the past. Our goal for this fundraiser is to ensure that the students who want to take advantage of the opportunity have the ability to do so. The funds that we raise will help to cover the cost of plane tickets, lodging, and transportation. According to research, estimates of the value of presenting research at these conferences is more than $500,000. This opportunity is potentially life-changing for those who are fortunate enough to attend. 

Meet the Students

Dante Smith is in his senior year and is majoring in finance. After completing his undergraduate degree in December, Dante plans to enroll in UTD’s MBA program and also take Level 1 of the CFA exams. He is a member of the Financial Leadership Association and also the Entrepreneurship Club at UTD. He works for American Financial Network, an independent financial solutions firm based in Calabasas, California. In his free time, Dante enjoys playing basketball, reading, watching movies/documentaries, and spending time with his family.

Riley Firth is a healthcare management senior from Richardson with aspirations of medical school and eventually becoming a cardiovascular surgeon. His research examines the management structures of hospital systems in China compared to those of the United States. He is the president of the American Red Cross at UTD and a member of Molding Doctors and HOSA.

Yukun Peng is a senior majoring in molecular biology and business administration with interest in digital marketing and managing IT systems. He has been a researcher at UT Southwestern and worked as a social media and brand communication director at Arbuba LLC in the past. Yukun is an experienced digital marketer skilled in web building and SEO page ranking. He also is involved in several clubs and has been several leadership positions including vice president of membership (Negotiation Club) and service chair (Chemistry Student Association). In his free time, Yukun enjoys fencing, climbing, chess and cricket. Yukun believes that students at UTD will be valuable assets to the conference at Cambridge.

Ian LaMarsh is finishing his last semester at the University of Texas at Dallas. He plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He has been a part of Radio UTD, and worked for the Mercury newspaper for over two years — one year as an illustrator and the next as its director of sales and marketing. Before he concludes his experience with the Naveen Jindal School of Management, Ian aims to get the most he can get out of it, including presenting his paper at CAMOT. After college, Ian will be working at the Vant Group, a merger and acquisitions firm, as a lead generation associate.

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Thank you!

We appreciate your contribution!

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Facebook Shoutout

Your $15 will pay for a meal for one of us. Anyone who donates at this level will receive a Facebook shoutout thanking them for their support.

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Video Shoutout

Your $40 contribution will fund part of a night's hotel stay in Cambridge. Anyone who donates $40 or more will receive a video shoutout posted to our Facebook page!

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Your $100 contribution will pay for approximately one night's stay for one student in Cambridge or Oxford. Anyone who donates $100 or more will receive all above benefits and also a handwritten postcard sent from Cambridge/Oxford right to your home thanking you for your gift.

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Handwritten Letter

Your contribution of $200 or more will pay for two night’s stay in Cambridge/Oxford. Any contribution of $200 or more will receive all above benefits and in addition, we send you a hand-written letter thanking you and recapping our trip.

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Lunch on Us!

Your contribution of $1,100 will pay for half of an entire trip to Cambridge. Thank you for your generous donation. For anyone who donates $1,100 or more we will treat you to lunch near campus to recap our trip upon our return.

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Cambridge/Oxford Sweatshirt!

Your contribution of $2,200 will pay for one student's trip. This includes airfare, registration fees, hotel, food, and everything in-between. Thank you for your generous donation. Anyone who gives $2,200 or more will receive all of the above benefits, and a Cambridge sweatshirt as an additional thank you.

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