EMU accounting student wins prestigious Best Student Paper award

by Ward Mullens, Published February 10, 2009

YPSILANTI — The Midwest American Accounting Association (MWAAA) notified Eastern Michigan University student Lianna Cecil recently that she won the Best Student Paper award at its upcoming conference.

Cecil, a McNair Fellow and an undergraduate accounting major in the EMU College of Business, will be presented with the award at the MWAAA’s 49th annual meeting in St. Louis April 16-18. She is a  resident of Milan, Mich.

Cecil’s paper, “Voluntary Corporate Social Reporting: An U.S. Examination,” focused on accounting public interest. Lois Mahoney, associate professor, College of Business, was her independent study adviser.

“This is another example of caring faculty engaged with undergraduate students in conducting applied and innovative research,” said David Mielke, dean, College of Business. “This also underscores the excellence of our students and faculty, and their outstanding research efforts in working collaboratively.”

Cecil said she was surprised and honored to receive the award for the paper that she and Mahoney wrote.

“We have put in a lot of time and hard work researching this project, so I am really looking forward to receiving the award at the conference in April,” she said.

EMU’s College of Business has been ranked among the “Best Business Schools” five straight years, according to The Princeton Review. The college hosts the nation’s only Ethos Week each year in March and is also the first to create an “Ethos Statement” and “Ethos Honor Society.”

Visit cob.emich.edu for more information.

Ward Mullens

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