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Smith Research Excellence Awards

New Researcher Achievement Award

The primary goal of the annual New Researcher Achievement Award is the recognition of an individual faculty member whose research during the pre-tenure period is acknowledged as outstanding, and has brought credit to the Smith School of Business. Receipt of this award will encourage ongoing research that will continue to appear in high quality academic publications.

2021 Recipient

Jue Wang

Jue Wang is the Distinguished Faculty Fellow of Management Analytics. His research examines real-time prescriptive analytics. “I develop methodologies and algorithms that turn messy real-time data into high-quality decisions,” he says.

For example, a recent paper of his published in Operations Research revealed a solution to a long-standing decision problem called the “quickest multi-class classification”. That solution can be used to quickly diagnose Parkinson’s disease. “I showed that the new method can be twice as fast as the existing approach in reaching an accurate diagnosis.”

Award for Research Excellence

The primary goal of the annual Award for Research Excellence is the recognition of an individual faculty member whose research is acknowledged as outstanding, and has brought considerable credit to Smith School of Business. Receipt of this award will result in ongoing research that will continue to appear in high quality academic publications.

2021 Recipient

Wei Wang

Wei Wang is the Distinguished Professor of Finance at Smith and director of the school’s Master of Finance-Beijing program. He studies corporate financial distress, bankruptcy and reorganization. “A financially distressed firm can be thought of as a very sick patient and the bankruptcy court as an intensive care unit,” he says.

In a recent study published in the Journal of Financial Economics, Wang and a team of researchers examined efficiency in U.S. corporate bankruptcies. Specifically, they studied how a senior creditor and junior creditor bargain with each other. They found that if both creditors do not possess private information, the average payout to creditors goes up by four per cent. Payouts rise another 18 per cent if a neutral agent known as a social planner is appointed. Overall, Wang and his colleagues identified several inefficiencies in the bankruptcy process that, if removed, would cut time in court by 73 per cent.

New PhD Student Research Excellence Award

The purpose of the New PhD Student Research Excellence Award is to recognize an individual PhD student whose pre-comprehensive exam academic progress and demonstrated research potential are acknowledged as outstanding, as guided by the vision for the PhD program.

2021 Recipients

Alyssa Grocutt

Alyssa has been awarded for her research in Organizational Behaviour, supervised by Julian Barling.

Cecilia Ying

Cecilia has been awarded for her research in Analytics, supervised by Stephen Thomas and Tracy Jenkin.

PhD Student Research Excellence Award

The purpose of the PhD Student Research Excellence Award is to recognize an individual PhD student whose academic progress and demonstrated research potential during the post-comprehensive exam stage of the PhD program are acknowledged as outstanding, as guided by the vision for the PhD program.

2021 Recipient

Stephanie Kelley

Stephanie has been awarded for her research in Analytics, supervised by Yuri Levin.

PhD and MSc Programs Teaching Excellence Award

This award recognizes a professor who has demonstrated teaching excellence and an outstanding commitment to the education of students in the research-intensive PhD and MSc programs at Smith. Criteria include how well the instructor facilitates learning and motivates students, the use of innovative instructional methods, and demonstration of a true commitment to the education of Smith graduate students over and above the norm.

2021 Recipient

Pierre Chaigneau

Pierre Chaigneau is an Associate Professor and the Commerce ’77 Fellow of Finance. His research focuses on the use of financial information for the optimal design of contracts and mechanisms in corporate finance.

One student said Pierre’s ability to teach complex financial models, and understand how individual students learn these models, make him stand out as a teacher.

Smith Graduate Supervision Award

This award recognizes a faculty member whose contributions to graduate supervision have inspired students and contributed meaningfully to their learning. Criteria include: inspiring students and contributing meaningfully to their learning; inspiring students’ commitment to, and involvement in, research; mentoring; and providing leadership in students’ career development.

2021 Recipient

Steven Salterio

Steve Salterio is the Stephen J. R. Smith Chair of Accounting and Auditing. He carries out award winning research on the balanced scorecard, auditor-client management negotiations, and field research methods.

Steve says he loves encouraging his students to become “…critical thinkers and questioning readers. In an age where evidence is discounted all too easily, having students be able to understand and critique the underlying research is very gratifying.”

A former student said due to the pandemic, Steve saw that junior scholars were missing out on the usual opportunity to collect feedback on their work. In response, Salterio and a collaborator started the “East Coast Behavioural Accounting Research” online seminar series.