School of Business

Undergrad Research Competition

The Robert W. Plaster School of Business hosts the annual Undergraduate Research Competition at Missouri Southern. This competition provides students and advisers the opportunity to analyze a topic more in depth outside of a classroom setting. It is a collaboration to bring research opportunities to undergraduates while preparing students to continue their education with a master’s degree.

Undergrad Research Competition

Cash Awards of $2,000

Submission Deadlines 

Application: February 28, 2014

Research Paper: April 18, 2014

Application and papers will be due to Dr. Schmidt at



Competition Information

Review the below documents for more information about the Undergrad Research Competition.

Undergraduate Research Competition Application | Competition Information | Judges Criteria | Paper Requirements

Research Paper Track Options

Track one - pure research papers

  • Included in this track would be Honors Program research
  • Papers developed for a class or independent study
  • Papers developed joint with a professor

Track two - applied research papers or projects

  • Organization specific business/marketing plans
  • Organization specific projects


2013 Top Three Finalists

First Place: Holly Loncarich, sophomore International Business & Environmental Health from Fairview, MO “Exporting Natural Gas: Economic, Social and Environmental Factors of Marketing Domestically Produced Natural Gas to Foreign Countries”

Second Place: Jade Harner, sophomore accounting major from Monett “The Relationship between Reading Habits and Academic Performance in Business Students”

Third Place: Elesha Pledger, senior Human Resource Management from Joplin “China, Global Economic Leader: Priming for the Future”

Questions? Contact

Dr. Tom Schmidt
Undergrad Research Competition Coordinator | Associate Professor of Marketing

Office: Plaster Hall 307A
Phone: 417-625-3544