Undergraduate Research Symposium
Smeal will host the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, April 16, 2010, from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in 218 Business Building. Students are invited to the open house and ongoing presentations of research projects.
Luxury Goods Consumption in China
Julianne Morgan, an accounting and Chinese major, will present her study on the investigation of luxury good consumption in China. The implication of Morgan’s research is useful in two ways. First, luxury goods are an important part of the global economy. Second, consumer research has tended to adopt the western-centric view and Morgan’s research will shed insight on Chinese consumption practices and the role of status display in luxury consumption across cultures.
The Truth Behind Healthcare and Immigration
Natalie Vasquez , an economics major, will present her study on the actual social and economic harms to society by current and new governmental policy that bars both legal and illegal immigrants from receiving health care coverage. Vasquez intends to use the information to construct a public policy proposal.
Consumer Price Perceptions
John Cremo, a marketing major, will present his study focused on the examination of consumer price perceptions in Brazil as a result of his study abroad experience. For foreigners who want to do business in Brazil, it is essential to understand how Brazilians think and act in certain situations.
The American Influence on a Developing Brazilian Culture
Matthew Mays, a finance major, will present his research on the examination of the American influence on Brazilian culture as a result of his study abroad experience. Mays unveils many parts of Brazilian culture such as its growing “green” policies and practices of the country’s people. He will show how the country uses ethanol as a major resource, making Brazil one of the leading countries in green technology.