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Success all round for Business School honours students

22 Sep 2017

The Business School’s global reputation for cutting edge learning and teaching has been bolstered by the international success of a number of its honours students.

The recognition of these students comes as enrolments begin for the 2018 honours intake.

Two of the Business School’s 2016 honours students, Beverley Chen and Duc Nguyen, have been acknowledged with best paper awards at prestigious international conferences.

Beverley Chen, who undertook Honours in Accounting, received a best paper award at the AFAANZ annual conference for her paper ‘Materiality as a patchwork; the users’ perspective of integrated reporting’, co-authored by her supervisor Dr Anna Young Ferris.

AFAANZ, the Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, is the region’s premier body representing the interests of accounting and finance academics.

“I was really surprised and happy to receive the recognition. It made all the hard work that I put into the paper from honours and this year more worth it,” said Ms Chen.

“My honours year was helpful as it taught me how to be more specific in how I approach research and what factors I need to be aware of to stay academically objective,” Ms Chen added.

Duc Nguyen, who undertook Honours in International Business honours was awarded best paper at the Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) conference earlier this year, for his paper ‘I am not who I claim to be’.

“It was a very humbling experience to have my paper acknowledged by established international business scholars, especially when the paper itself forms part of my honours thesis,” said Mr Nguyen.

“While the honours program can be stressful at times, it was very intellectually challenging and rewarding. I think it is a true reflection of the quality of education at the Business School,” said Mr Nguyen, who is now doing a PhD with the Business School in the International Business Disciplines alongside Eun Su (Jeannie) Lee another of our Honours graduates.

Several other of our 2016 Honours graduates have also joined the Business School PhD program. Mina Askovich (University Medalist) and Purinut (Nate) Phumitharanon (John C Harsanyi Medal for international student achievement) are PhD candidates in the Work and Organisational Studies. Wai Yin (Jessica) Leung is doing her PhD in the Business Analytics discipline.

“These significant achievements not only reflect the intellectual calibre of each of these great individuals but also their desire and commitment to contribute to knowledge and advance understanding in their respective disciplinary fields” says Honours Program Director Associate Professor Catherine Hardy.

The Honours program provides a foundation to develop critical research skills that are needed in a world of continuous change and assists in building key capabilities to effectively manage a project from its inception to the end.

“A key element of our research culture is to support and encourage each other along the research journey. I continue to witness this in the mentoring roles these PhD candidates have taken on with the 2017 cohort of Honours students which I believe is demonstrative of the holistic approach we take in building a strong research community,” said Dr Catherine Hardy, the Business School’s Honours Programs Director.

According to Dr Hardy, “the benefit of doing honours with the Business School is that we offer a program that is intellectually rigorous and provides an engaging and supportive environment to work with internationally recognised scholars on key business challenges”.