The 3rd annual K-State Personal Financial Planning Practice-Oriented Research Poster Forum was held at the Bluemont Hotel in Manhattan, KS on August 3. This is an opportunity for doctoral students to showcase their research projects. Students may have presented these research projects at an academic conference during the previous academic year or are planning to present them in the upcoming year. One of the major objectives of the poster forum is to provide a place where practitioners and researchers can interact in order to help connect research and practice. Students have to articulate the implications and practical usefulness of their research without using academic jargon. Feedback can be provided by attendees to help further inform the researcher’s project.
The poster forum is also a competition where students compete for travel funds to attend conferences in the upcoming year. The student winners are in bold and listed below:
1st place: “Federal Student Loan Entrance Counseling: Student Perceptions and Influence on Anticipated Debt Burdens” by Somer Anderson, Stuart Heckman and Derek Lawson.
2nd place: “I Know I Should, but Do I Do it? Introducing the Financial Cognition Scale” by Kristy Archuleta, Christina Glenn, Derek Lawson, Joy Clady, and Syble Solomon
3rd place: “Variation in Client Characteristics between Financial Planning Compensation Models” by Martin Seay, Somer Anderson, Derek Lawson, and Kyoung Tae Kim
First place received $600, second place received $500, and third place received $400. Travels funds are split among student presenters. The travel funds this year were made possible by Eagle Ridge Investment Management, LLC; ESB Financial;
and Julie Cumbie, Ph.D. 2012 alum. We are thankful for these generous entities and individuals and their commitment to helping our doctoral students succeed.
Judges from both practice and research evaluate the posters and decide the top three posters. The judges comment each year on the difficulty to make a decision because the research judges are looking at different aspects than the practitioner judges. In the end, judges select high quality research that is relevant to practice. Judging this year were Ms. Jamie Bosse, KHC Wealth Management; Dr. Bronwyn Fees, K-State College of Human Dean’s Office; and Ms. Amy Guerich, Stepp & Rothwell, Inc. We are appreciative of these judges’ time and willingness to read each poster and interact with the student presenters.