Research Opportunities Furman University


summer research fellowship

As a business or accounting major, you will have the opportunity to work with our faculty on real-world problems. We explore the most complex issues impacting every business, ranging from accountability and leadership to globalization and sustainability.

You will be engaged in real research. That means your work will not be relagated to the most remedial task. Instead, you'll have an opportunity to attend conferences and present your own research. Some of our students have even co-authored research papers that have appeared in journals like The Psychological Record and The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

If you decide to conduct research with our faculty, be sure to apply to Summer Research Fellowship. It is one of the few programs in the country that directly funds student internships, offering competitive fellowships to our students.

experiential learning in wealth management

Students in the Principles of Financial Planning course are paired with local Certified Financial Planners®,who acted as mentors throughout the semester.  The mentors meet with the students during lunches and breakfasts to discuss current financial topics that affected CFP's® and to advise the students on basic concepts in putting together a personal financial plan.  

At the end of the semester, the students delivered presentations on their personal financial plans and were judged by a panel of six other CFP's®.  The judges offered constructive criticism and advice on the work the students had done.

Using the Consulting framework to help remedy local business problems

Local companies are partnering with students in the "Strategic Implementation and Innovation" course to help solve a problem within the company operations.   As different companies request a partnership, they will bring a different opperational problem.  

In this type of research, students gain experience and strengthen their foundational coursework by being a part of the full problem-solving cycle.  Their study of the company includes site visits, project analyzation, synthesizing and developing questions, understanding the company and industry processes, using professional communications, exhibiting leadership, and utilizing team dynamics.  

At the end of the semester, a student presentation is given to the company's executive team.   Then we are off to another group of students, with another company, and another problem. 

the vita service learning project

Furman students enrolled in the Intermediate Accounting I and Advanced Financial Accounting courses participate in the United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance service.  The program works like a professional tax service, ensuring participants (low income tax payers) receive all their eligible tax credits and deductions.

The students begin their volunteer work by going through a training program, pass certification exams, complete at least 15 hours of service preparing tax returns, compose reflections, and share VITA service experiences during Furman Engaged.  Once they start doing returns, it's more than just inputting numbers.  The students interview each client to develop a rapport and sense of trust.  "Our students have skills that others don't have, and we want them to realize the difference they can make in the community," said Sandy Roberson, Professor of Accounting.

Students find that the program not only gives them a chance to give back to the community, but gain technical, organizational, and communication skills; and work in a professional environment. 


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