Sandy Leeds

Sandy Leeds

Department of Finance
Teaching Fellow

McCombs Business Journal provides business school students with the opportunity to read more academic research and disseminate these ideas to other students, alumni and the general public. My hope is that this project will encourage more students to appreciate research and its impact on industry. Hopefully, this organization can expand in two ways: (1) more students will participate by reading research and writing pieces for us; and (2) discussion groups will be formed that enhance the learning process.

One of the great (unintended) benefits from this endeavor is that we have graduate and undergraduate students working together, which is very uncommon for a business school. The student response has been very encouraging with over 25 students who have committed to writing two blog posts per semester. We are striving to launch the blog early September, 2016. 

We want to this to be sutainable and completely student-run. A student leadership committee has been established and includes editorial roles for each of our research divisions:

  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Technology 

There are also functional roles for running the organization including marketing the blog, recruiting new members, technology, and an administrator to handle various issues.

I'm anxious to see how this turns out next year. There are a lot of students who are searching for a meaningful role during their time in a professional school. On a personal level, I've really enjoyed meeting the students who are participating in this venture and I'm comforted by the fact that this project is using very little funding.

What was an influential learning experience that you had as an undergraduate?