CM Student Accomplishments

Spring 2014

Elena Dowin Kennedy is the recipient of the 2014 inaugural Doctoral Award for Academic Excellence. Elena is a second year doctoral student in the Organizations and Social Change track of the PhD program in Business Administration. Having passed comps successfully and completed courses with great success, her work and commitment serve as an inspiration to foster intellectual curiosity in us all. Elena's high level of achievement can be seen in the national and international conferences she’s participated presenting her solo and co-authored papers. During her two years, she has worked diligently with her advisor, Nardia Haigh, to produce papers and has quickly become well-regarded by a community of scholars in the social entrepreneurship field. Recently, Elena defended her dissertation proposal successfully and will continue doing fieldwork in the area of social entrepreneurship and change. We congratulate Elena and recognize her as a rising scholar representing the best of the Organizations and Social Change doctoral program and the UMass Boston community.

Douglas Dias, who recently graduated with a concentration in Finance, has been awarded the 2014 Outstanding Senior Award by the Financial Executives Institute (FEI). As many of you know, FEI is an organization of senior financial managers that provides professional development, technical research and public policy input to support managers in the performance of their duties. Doug was nominated by the A&F faculty from a very competitive pool of graduating seniors.

Christine Tracey, a student in the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program, has been awarded a scholarship, which includes a significant monetary grant, by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCOAB). The PCOAB is a nonprofit corporation established by Congress to oversee the audits of public companies. The Board has established the PCAOB scholarship program to provide a source of funding to encourage outstanding students to pursue a career in auditing. The A&F department was selected by the Board to nominate a student because of the nationwide reputation and caliber of its undergraduate and graduate Accounting programs. Christine was chosen and recommended as a nominee after a rigorous and extensive selection process.

Joan Kiiru, a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) student, has been awarded a practicum and scholarship through the A&F Department’s association with the Bucilla Scholars Program at Lexington Insurance Company, which is the leading U.S. based surplus lines insurer. Bucilla Scholars assist in the production and delivery of risk management services to major clients and underwriting support programs to field staff. Close to 40 undergraduate students, mostly in Accounting and Finance, were recently awarded certificates for completing the State Street Scholars Program. Certificates were awarded by Mr. Paul McGuiggan, Senior Vice President at State Street Corporation.

Kathryn Kaiser ’14 was the recipient of the 2014 Michael Ventresca ’69 Distinguished Student Leadership Award.  This award was given at the fifth annual Leadership Awards Dinner held on May 13 at the UMass Club.

Xingyuan Fei, a recent graduate from the MSA program, has been accepted with full financial assistantship to pursue her PhD in Accounting at Boston University. She was the only student admitted to the program this year.

Zhilu Lin, who graduated from the MSF program, has been accepted with financial assistantship to pursue her PhD in Finance at University of Mississippi. Both these students also graduated with distinction in research from the Master's Thesis Option (MTO) program.