Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Major

Accounting

Research Sponsor

Dr. Susan Hanlon

First Reader

Dr. Barry Mulholland

Second Reader

Dr. Li Wang

Abstract

In higher education, immersion in real-world experience is essential for students’ professional development. This paper seeks to examine the facets of importance within experiential learning while participating in cross disciplinary projects. First, an anecdotal experience of participating in a national financial competition as transcribed by the author is provided in Section I. This will provide personal reflection of the various benefits associated with the project. Section II follows with a review of relevant literature to connect the aforementioned benefits to experimental and empirical evidence. Section III provides the manuscript submitted to and chosen as a finalist of the Financial Service Professionals’ Industry Issues Competition. The manuscript was authored by Cassandra Cameron, David Casalinova, and Jake Marty – a team of diverse business students. By interweaving qualitative and quantitative research, the effect this paper intends to create is greater understanding of the benefits posed through integration of cross disciplinary, experiential learning projects with higher education.

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