2010Richards Annual Big Night

Pictured:  (left to right) Dr. William J. (Joey) Smith, Faculty Sponsor; Stephen Couch; Thomas J. Bass; Nyerere R. J. Delauney; Harold Walbert; Dr. Jim Burton, Faculty Sponsor

The Richards College of Business at the University of West Georgia recently completed the selection process to identify one student research project to be presented at the university's evening of student scholarship known as Big Night! Stephen Couch was chosen as the finalist from among seven presentations.  Couch will present his research on "Predicting Georgia's Sales Tax Revenues" at Big Night! on Thursday, April 1, 2010. His research was sponsored by Dr. William J. Smith, Assistant Professor of Economics.

Each of the seven presentations at this year's event were of excellent quality.  The other two research presentations that ranked "exceptional" in rigor, quality, and cohesiveness of research, as well as overall presentation quality, are:

  • Second Place:  "Teacher Evaluations and Class Retention:  An Evaluation of UWG Evaluations," by Harold Walbert; Faculty Sponsor, Dr. William J. Smith, Department of Economics
  • Third Place:  "Estimating Single-Family Housing Absorption in Carroll County," by Thomas J. Bass & Nyerere R. J. Delauney; Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Jim Burton, Department of Marketing & Real Estate

Big Night! is hosted annually by the Student Association for Research and Creative Humanities. Competitions for the honor of presenting research are conducted in the arts, education, business and humanities, and winning students then make a 10-minute research presentation at Big Night! All other submissions are accepted for display as exhibits after the presentations.