UC Hosts Business Undergraduate Research Conference

Students from Ursinus and other area colleges will present their research to peers and faculty at the 22nd annual Omicron Delta Epsilon Business and Economics Undergraduate Research Conference at Ursinus College April 15. Author Saly A. Glassman, managing director of investments at Merrill Lynch in Blue Bell, Pa., will be the keynote speaker.

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Ursinus has hosted this conference for 21 years, as a venue highlighting undergraduate research  from Business and Economics majors. Many of the student papers, said Professor Heather O’Neill, are published, and many students and their faculty mentors spend time following the conference refining the research.Last year Professor Jennifer Van Gilder’s paper with her student on whether looks affect NFL salaries was noted in the Wall Street Journal and on Inside the NFL. This year Van Glider is continuing similar research in a different direction, to be presented at the conference.

Participating colleges include Bryn Mawr College, The College of New Jersey, Haverford College, Lafayette College, St. Joseph’s University, Villanova University and West Chester University in addition to Ursinus.

Keynote speaker Glassman joined Merrill Lynch in 1980 after graduating from Cornell University, where she studied psychology. Over the last 30 years, she has been a speaker, author, instructor and facilitator for Merrill Lynch and the financial services industry. As a Managing Director, she invests more than $3 billion for high net worth individuals, corporations, and institutions, delivering advice to clients which is built on investment performance.

Glassman has been listed consistently in the top rankings of the Barron’s 100 Best Brokers since the initiation of The Barron’s Winner’s Circle.  She is listed as one of America’s Top Female Financial Advisors, holding the number one position on the Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors list in 2006 and 2008. In state by state rankings, she has consistently been in the top three for Pennsylvania.

She is the author of the book, It’s About More Than The Money (FT Press, June 2010) She is now involved in a new project, Ebooks, a collection of fairy tales with business lessons and applications.

A dedicated athlete and equestrian, Glassman has been competing nationally for 40 years. Reflecting her commitment to land conservation in her community, she owns a thriving fitness center and wellness store.

For more information on Business and Economics: http://www.ursinus.edu/netcommunity/document.doc?id=1575