#CometBlazers: Supporting JSOM Student Research & Travel
Thanks to the many generous donations, we have reached our initial goal of $3,000! We plan to continue raising funds with a new stretch goal of $3,500.
Hello! We are the #CometBlazers
We're a group of 28 UT Dallas undergraduate students enrolled in a summer class for strategic business management at the Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM). We decided to launch this #ImpactUTD project to create a student support travel fund to ensure that deserving students have the opportunity to present their research at international academic conferences when their financial ability might prevent them from doing so. What could be better than helping to blaze a path for our current and future UT Dallas Comets?
Undergraduate Student Research & Travel
The Jindal School of Management is dedicated to enhancing the learning experience for students. JSOM focuses on providing students with a multitude of outlets to expand their experience and network. One of those avenues is the opportunity to present at some of the most prestigious academic conferences in the world.
Through these conferences, students take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Under the direction of Dr. Shawn Carraher, students in the capstone strategic business management class research relevant business topics and submit their peer-reviewed work to multiple international academic conferences. In the past two years, submitted work from Dr. Carraher’s capstone course has received nearly two dozen invitations.
When their research is selected, students are invited to present it among other scholars and faculty leaders from around the world. UT Dallas is one of a select few universities to have undergraduate students submitting published work among the world’s best! Our next conference will be at Oxford University in November.
Why are we doing this?
UT Dallas is at the forefront of preparing students to be leaders and providing opportunities to showcase our talents at these academic conferences. As a class, we are dedicated to increasing the value of our college degree and recognize the importance of showcasing UT Dallas undergraduate research at these conferences alongside colleagues from internationally recognized top-tier universities.
Unfortunately, school funding is not always available to cover student expenses associated with attending a conference. Sadly some students in previous semesters have had to decline the conference invitation because of their financial need.
We Need You!
Partner with us to eliminate a student's financial inability as a reason to decline presenting his or her work at an academic conference. Our class has launched this Impact UTD crowdfunding project with an initial goal to raise $3,000. The average cost to attend a conference is $1,500 per student, and with our initial goal we can offer funding for two students.
When you donate, you will join us as a Comet Blazer and receive updates during the 2015-16 school year as students in Dr. Carraher’s capstone class begin submitting their research and receiving conference invitations.