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PhD Student Research Competition

The PhD program proudly recognizes its students’ research achievements with recognition at both the Fox School’s Annual Awards Night as well as school-wide research forums.  These forums recognize the winners of both the Fox School’s annual research paper and dissertation competitions, and they afford top-tier PhD students the opportunity to present their research, receive awards and begin building their academic resumes.

In the Fox School’s PhD program, students who have received High Pass grades for their first or second year research papers are often invited to present their work in a school-wide forum, where they are given the opportunity to receive comments on their work, as well as receive awards based on these papers and possible monetary funding to continue their outstanding research.  PhD students who have recently defended their dissertation proposals are also provided with the opportunity to present their research, and recent graduates of the PhD program may compete for the honor of the Best Dissertation award.

Each concentration recommends one to two outstanding PhD students to present at this school-wide awards competition, where they are eligible to compete for these awards and receive further research or dissertation support.

PhD Student Research Competition Award Winners

2021 Recipients
Award Recipients
First Year Poster Presentation Winner Yu Kou
Marketing
Second Year Poster Presentation Winner Guohou Shan
Management Information Systems
Third & Fourth Year “3MT” Presentation Winner Yufan Dong
Accounting
Third & Fourth Year “3MT” People’s Choice Award Jian Zhang
Risk Management and Insurance
Dissertation Proposal “3MT” Presentation Winner  Steven Maex
Accounting
Dissertation Proposal People’s Choice Award Winner Steven Maex
Accounting
2020 Recipients
Award Recipients
First Year Poster Presentation Winner Mohammad Rahimi
Management Information Systems
Second Year Poster Presentation Winner Wenchu Li
Risk Management and Insurance
Third & Fourth Year “3MT” Presentation Winner (tie) Yuqi Han, Finance
Naimin Jing, Statistical Science
Dissertation Proposal “3MT” Presentation Winner (tie) Abdul-Nasah Soale, Statistical Science
Siliang Tong, Marketing
Dissertation Proposal People’s Choice Award Winner Joseph Kim
Human Resource Management/Organizational Behavior
2019 Recipients
Award Recipients
First & Second Year Poster Presentation Winner Han Chen
Marketing
Third & Fourth Year “3MT” Presentation Winner Jingshu Luo
Risk Management and Insurance
Third & Fourth Year People’s Choice Award Winner Zeya He
Tourism & Sport
Dissertation Proposal “3MT” Presentation Winner Jung Kwon Kim
Strategic Management
Dissertation Proposal People’s Choice Award Winner Michael Power
Statistical Science
Completed Dissertation Winner Xun Zhong
Finance
2018 Recipients
Award Recipients
Completed Dissertation Sangsuk Yoon
Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Dissertation Proposal Xun Zhong
Finance
Third/Fourth Year Research Paper Xue Guo
Management Information Systems
Second Year Research Paper Jingshu Luo
Risk Management and Insurance
First Year Research Paper Samayita Guha
Operations and Supply Chain Management
2017 Recipients
Award Recipients
Completed Dissertation Lauren Spirko
Statistical Science
Chi Zhang
Finance
Dissertation Proposal Yeil Kwon
Statistical Science
Third/Fourth Year Research Paper Aaron Cheng
Management Information Systems
Second Year Research Paper Xue Guo
Management Information Systems
First Year Research Paper Siddharth Bhattacharya
Management Information Systems
2016 Recipients
Award Recipients
Completed Dissertation Kartik Ganju
Management Information Systems
Dissertation Proposal Chi Zhang
Finance
Third/Fourth Year Research Paper Zeda Li
Statistics
Second Year Research Paper Aaron Cheng
Management Information Systems
First Year Research Paper Xue Guo
Management Information Systems
Juan Zhang
Risk Management and Insurance
2015 Recipients
Award Recipients
Completed Dissertation Michelle Andrews
Marketing
Dissertation Proposal Jing Xiao
Statistics
Third/Fourth Year Research Paper Kartik Ganju
Management Information Systems
Second Year Research Paper Scott Bruce
Statistics
First Year Research Paper Yiran Su
Tourism and Sport

Young Scholars Interdisciplinary Forum

The Young Scholars Interdisciplinary Forum (YSIF) is a biannual event open to current Fox School faculty and PhD students for seed funding grants to undertake novel interdisciplinary research projects. The purpose is to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty and PhD students. The traditional YSIF seed funding grants in the amount of $500 to $5,000, with an annual amount of $50,000, will be available for proposal submission groups seeking small or medium outside funding grants.

All Fox faculty and PhD students are encouraged to attend the Young Scholars Interdisciplinary Forum. Young Scholars takes place in both the fall and spring semesters.

PhD Communications Initiative

In partnership with the Business Communications Center at the Fox School, the PhD Student Communication Initiative (PCI) launched in 2019, which aims to improve the communication skills of PhD students across three dimensions: written, oral (presentation) and interpersonal. PCI evaluates PhD students’ communications skills and hosts workshops, classes, online trainings and professional resources to help students improve these skills. Activities include an assessment of written, interpersonal and presentation skills; two seven-week asynchronous courses are offered in both the fall and spring semesters; and various workshops, coaching sessions and tutoring opportunities are offered throughout the year.

Math Bootcamp

The PhD program requires a two-week foundational mathematics course in August for incoming PhD students before their first semester within the program. This non-credit course aims to prepare students for their subsequent methodology courses. Courses may be waived pending an examination. This introductory course does not count toward the overall 48-credit PhD curriculum.

3MT Presentations

In 2019, the Fox School has integrated a new format for research presentation called “Three Minute Thesis” (3MT) into its doctoral programs and grant-funding competitions, helping students and junior faculty members enhance their presentation and translational research skills. The competition, originally developed by the University of Queensland in Australia, seeks to help students communicate their research to a broader audience beyond their personal academic fields. As the name suggests, participants have three minutes and a single, static presentation slide to explain their research, from the theoretical concept to their results and findings. Temple University hosted its inaugural university-wide 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition in April 2021.

3MT Award Winners

Spring 2021

PhD Student Winner

  • Xinjie Ma, Accounting*

PhD Student Presenters

  • Siddharth Bhattacharya, Management Information Systems
  • Debashish Ghose, Marketing and Supply Chain Management
  • Naimin Jing, Statistical Science
  • Colin Lopez, Tourism & Sport
  • Balbinder Singh Gill, Finance

*Represented the Fox School at the University-wide 3MT competition 

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