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Jennifer Timmermann Awarded Excellence in Accounting Award

Each spring, the McCombs School hosts an honor’s convocation at which a number of awards are presented to undergraduate students. The Accounting Department has chosen Jennifer Timmermann as the Excellence in Accounting Award recipient for 2016. In addition to the honor of being selected, the award provides a monetary gift of $1,000. While the award recipient is a 4th year student chosen primarily for their academic accomplishment, the department also commends Jennifer's reputation for hard work, asking thoughtful questions and being a consistent and regular participant in class discussions. The Honors Day ceremony takes place April 15, from 3-5 pm at the SAC.

Steve Limberg Selected as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

Since Eric Hirst recently began serving as the Senior Associate Dean for McCombs, it left an opening for the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. We are incredibly proud of the hard work and solid leadership Eric brought to the role, he has been instrumental in maintaining and extending academic and program excellence at McCombs. We are very excited to share the news that accounting faculty member and Faculty Director of the MPA Program, Steve Limberg will assume the duties of Associate Dean for Graduate Programs effective March 1, 2016.


McCombs School of Business doctoral student Brian Monsen, Ph.D. '18, was named a 2016 Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellow. Monsen will receive a $25,000 grant from the organization to support his final year of coursework and the subsequent year to complete his doctoral dissertation.

"Receiving the Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship is an honor and a testament to the great faculty we have at McCombs," said Monsen. "I have been very fortunate to work with extremely smart, patient professors who want to see me succeed. This award really reflects on them and the tremendous job they do in encouraging, mentoring and teaching Ph.D. students."

Monsen's research areas include financial accounting and reporting, accounting regulation, corporate governance, and financial services. The award lends credibility to his research interests that he hopes will help him obtain a faculty position at a top university, explained Monsen.

For more, read the McCombs Today piece on Brian's award.


Shannon Chen Awarded Fellowship

Ph.D. student Shannon Chen was recently selected to receive the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) research award. This award is administered through the McCombs Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and open to any doctoral student with current or planned research for 2015-2016 related to international business.

One of two fellowships granted for 2015-2016, Shannon received the award based upon her interest in international tax issues. More specifically, her research interests include examining questions related to corporate tax avoidance, income tax disclosures, and tax transparency. Shannon is planning to use the research award towards attending international conferences.

SYLFF is a fellowship program administered at 69 universities and consortia in 44 countries to support graduate students in the social sciences and humanities with the potential to become leaders of tomorrow, transcending geographical, political, cultural, ethnic or religious differences and proactively addressing both global challenges and issues in the local community. Since the launch of the program in 1987, more than 15,000 students have received a SYLFF fellowship.


FARS Midyear Meeting Best Paper Award

Michael Clement's paper, “Skin in the Game: The Inputs and Incentives that Shape Buy-Side Analysts’ Stock Recommendations” was selected as a finalist for the AAA Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Midyear Meeting Best Paper Award for 2015. The paper, co-written by Lawrence D. Brown (Temple), Andrew C. Call (ASU), and Nathan Y. Sharp (A&M), documents the findings from surveying 344 buy-side analysts from 181 investment firms and conducting 16 detailed follow-up interviews to gain insights into the inputs and incentives that shape buy-side research, including the inputs to their stock recommendations, the determinants of their compensation, the frequency and value of their communication with company management, their beliefs about financial reporting quality, and the role of sell-side analysts in buy-side research.

The paper will be recognized at the Section Luncheon during the AAA annual meeting this August.


4 Students Earn Prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award

The University of Texas at Austin’s graduate accounting program consistently ranks #1 across the nation for its top notch faculty as well as the high quality accounting education it offers students. Once again the Texas MPA Program has topped the nation with four students, Taylor Atsalis (BBA ‘13, MPA ‘14), Scott Huff (BBA/MPA ‘14), Chongho Kim (MPA ‘14), and Michael Kovacich (MPA ‘13), earning the prestigious 2014 Elijah Watt Sells Award. The award is bestowed upon candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, passed all four sections of the Examination on their first attempt, and completed testing in 2014.

To put this in perspective, 91,384 individuals sat for the Examination in 2014 and only 60 candidates met the criteria to receive the award. This year, only three U.S. graduate programs had more than one Elijah Watt Sells winner and the Texas MPA program had as many winners as the other two combined.

All four award winners are now making their mark at their respective workplaces: Taylor is currently employed with EY in Houston, Scott works for Dell in Austin, Chongho is employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, and Michael is employed with BDO in Houston.

Caskey, Clement and Donelson Receive Endowed Appointments

Congratulations to Judson Caskey, Michael Clement and Dain Donelson, who received the following endowed appointments effective September 1, 2015: