Research Opportunities Furman University

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

You'll be engaged in real research. That means your work won't be regulated 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 Furman Advantage. It is one of the few programs in the country that directly funds student internships, offering competitive fellowships to our students.

Take a look at some of our most recent research projects.

Sustainability in Guatemala

Bruce Clemens, Associate Professor

Every year, Furman students travel to a small village in Guatemala to examine how access to clean water can impact a small community. Our students work with medical students, a Catholic mission and a non-profit organization founded by Bruce Clemens to study how access to this water has improved the village's public health system and stimulated economic growth. Several students have published papers based on their research. Along with gaining valuable research experience, students can earn academic credit by participating in a May Experience course. The research is supported by annual fundraisers held on Furman's campus.

Foreign direct investments in automotive industry

Foreign automotive companies, such as BMW and Toyota, have brought a portion of their operations to the United States, constructing North American headquarters. These foreign direct investments have had a significant impact on everything, from how these automotive firms produce vehicles to altering regional and state economies. Our students are examining how these operational changes are affecting the companies and their environment.

Digital advertising for mobile devices

How do you get people to stop drinking and driving in the digital age? A group of our students developed a public service announcement for Heineken's Taxi Magic smart phone app. The mobile app helps individuals find a taxi, ensuring a safe ride home. Not only did our students present their research and campaign to Heineken brand executives in New York, they also won the $3,000 national champion prize in the National Collegiate Effie Competition.

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