Honors Thesis Students Present at Annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Conference

Congratulations to the five Managerial Economics honors thesis program students who presented their research at the 31st Annual UC Davis Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Conference May 7-8. The participating students were George Anagnostou, Katelyn Banh, Ranjini Srikantan, Kajal Raju, and Ian Xu. Their thesis topics and advisors are listed below.

The conference is designed to acquaint undergraduate students with the process and academic rigors of presenting research in a scholarly manner. This year, students presented their research and design projects to faculty, staff, and other conference participants via video presentations that included an opportunity for interactive Q&A. 

Professor Kristin Kiesel, Managerial Economics Honors Program thesis coordinator, participated virtually and said, “I enjoyed watching their presentations once more and they received valuable additional comments. Congratulations to Katelyn, Kajal, Ranjini, Ian, and George for a job well done!”

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Conference is organized by a campus-wide committee and sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Center, with support from Undergraduate Education, Student Affairs, Global Affairs and University Library. Abstracts of all the student projects are available here

Participating Students and Thesis Topics:

  • George Anagnostou (Advisor: Jeffrey Williams)
    • Thesis Topic: Identification and analysis of the response of investors, regulators, and consumers of PG&E throughout the wildfire and bankruptcy crisis.
  • Katelyn Banh (Advisor: Kristin Kiesel)
    • Thesis Topic: Analysis of movie box office predictors in the age of streaming services.
  • Ranjini Srikantan (Advisor: Ashish Shenoy)
    • Thesis Topic: What is the impact of access to microfinance to women on social and demographic indicators in different regions across India?
  • Kajal Raju (Advisor: Dalia Ghanem)
    • Thesis Topic: Exploration of different aspects within digital health technology and the business of digital healthcare.
  • Ian Xu (Advisor: Jeffrey Williams)
    • Thesis Topic: Analysis of the underlying determinants of hate crimes across states using data gathered by the FBI and U.S. Census Bureau.