Huntsman Post

Huntsman students compete against top professors from across U.S.

By Nick Rust, contributor

Students at the Huntsman School of Business aren’t typically expected to compete with professors from around the country, but in October 2009 they did just that; and one of them ended up with top honors.

Christopher Ainge, a sophomore majoring in accounting and entrepreneurship, presented research that won the prize for best paper in the accounting track at the Mountain Plains Management Conference at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo.

Chad Albrecht, Left, Gordon Hoffman, Chris Ainge and Dustin Petersen

Photo by Glenn McEvoy

He had some help. Chad Albrecht and Nate Stephens, both assistant professors at the Huntsman School of Business, co-wrote the paper, “Accounting and Corruption: A Cross-Country Analysis.” The research for the paper had been in development for nearly two years and will soon be published in an international research journal, Dr. Albrecht said.

Two other students, Dustin Peterson, a sophomore majoring in human resource management and psychology, and Gordon Hoffman, a sophomore majoring in psychology, also entered papers during the competition. Those papers will soon be published in international peer-review journals as well.

“I think this shows the quality of the students we have in the Huntsman School of Business and at Utah State University,” Dr. Albrecht said. “These guys were really impressive and competed with researchers and professors from around the country. They represented themselves, the school and the university exceedingly well.”

All three students are part of The Research Group, a nationally recognized consortium of university scholars, corporate leaders and qualified undergraduate students at the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. The Huntsman School and Utah State University is far ahead of its time when it comes to student involvement in research, Dr. Albrecht said.

“It was cool to see how the Huntsman school supports its students,” Mr. Ainge said. “This was an experience most students would never even touch.”

Mr. Ainge and his team each received a certificate and a $100 prize.

“It was a fantastic hands-on experience, and it helped me lay out my career aspirations,” Mr. Ainge said.

“I learned a lot about research,” Mr. Petersen said. “I plan on teaching, and this is good for my résumé.”