From concept to execution, providing business solutions to real-world challenges is our thing. For the first time, #UHBauer was invited to participate in the Honors College’s Houston Early Research Experience (HERE), where students are examining sustainability for the city, along with faculty mentor and Bauer decision & information sciences clinical assistant professor Emese Felvegi.
The following are quotes from students about what why they wanted to participate in HERE:
Nima Nayeri (Accounting and Finance): “As an Energy & Sustainability minor through the Honors College, I am highly interested in the ways that sustainable issues, crafted through public policy, impact our community. I believe participating in the HERE program would help set a foundation for understanding how these various issues pertain to the City of Houston.” … “I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to showcase my interests in a research setting. HERE has been incredibly enjoyable because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program. We are exposed to diverse range of perspectives that would otherwise be unavailable to us as Bauer students. A number of really great speakers from all different fields have touched on varying aspects of sustainability across the City of Houston. I know this program will be a great segue into my research goals.”
Crystal Gamboa (Supply Chain Management): “Three years ago, I was honored to be selected into the Rotary Youth Leadership Association. During the Leadership Camp, I realized there were so many businesses and organizations who were volunteering their time, money, and energy to ensure young students like myself succeed and make an impact in our community. I plan to use my skills and my education to lead a successful non‑profit organization, and return to my East End community to give back to those in need.” […] “I realize that there are many skills that I have yet to learn and grow in. For example, I have been researching Information Technology, Legal, Ethical Issues, Teamwork, and Internships that will help me immensely grow. I have learned that to become an effective leader, I will need to develop business plans, acquire excellent human resource skills, and work diligently. I hope to feel excitement and passion while learning from exceptional leaders. I know that they are the key to our community’s success, so my goal is to take advantage of every single minute. I am excited for all future challenges that await and eager to continue learning and growing!”
Sharan Sabu (MIS): “In the future, I plan to participate in either the SURF or PURS program (depending on what my schedule allows) and in addition to that, complete a senior’s honors thesis under the Honors College. I would like to sustain my research endeavors throughout my university career and I feel that the HERE program is the first stepping stone. Before I even begin conducting research that employs Information Systems, I want to establish a good foundation in research fundamentals and get connected to faculty who have relevant experience with the subject matter I’m interested in. Additionally, I would like to have some practice with research presentations and communication.”
Varun Maheshwari – PreBusiness (Entrepreneurship and MIS): “There are a very limited number of laboratory and research‑based classes I am required to take in my normal degree plan. This puts me at a disadvantage in the field of conducting research as compared to my peers in the sciences. The HERE program would effectively bridge that gap in a short two‑week window that would give me almost a year to prepare for my potential SURF project – Helping me update the research plans I have made with two likely faculty mentors of mine. While my future projects would be MIS‑based, I am also trying to gain acceptance into the Entrepreneurship major which essentially aims at – above all, sustainability as well as local impact.”
Salman Farooqui (Finance, Pre‑med Track): “Participating in HERE would provide me with the fundamental foundations of performing research. As I plan to attend medical school in the near future, I feel as though it is necessary for me to understand how to do outstanding research. Additionally, I plan on performing research on the topic of organ donation (hopefully) over this summer through the SURF program. HERE would definitely give me the tools I need to do well in SURF. I’m heavily interested in solving original problems and gaining a new outlook on the world, progressing our thoughts and ideas.”
Yash Raghuwansi (Finance): “Upon graduation, I plan on pursuing either a masters in economics or public administration and work at a think tank. I’ve always been enamored by research and working for a think tank seems like the ideal fit. Issues involving local economies and government regulation is something that I have previous experience with while I was interning at the Texas Capitol. Microeconomics has been my favorite discipline within economics and while macro trends tend to grab headlines, micro trends have been better predictors of headwinds. In the age of big data and it’s ability improve differentiability between causality and correlation, we’ve missed out on the effect a policy can have on a singular person and the emotive response it generates. The HERE program is special in this regard that it allows me to increase my skills when it comes to observing and understanding those micro‑trends better.”