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: January 31, 2015

Research Paper: April 3, 2015

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

*To complete application: save file, insert information and email to Dr. Schmidt

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


2014 Top Three Finalists

First Place - Holly Loncarich, Italy: The World's Leader in Renewable Energy
Second Place (tie) - Eryn Walters, The MSSU Consumer: Apple vs. Samsung
and Caleb Street, Italy: Economics of the Antiquity Preservation

Undergrad Research Competition Champions


2014 - Holly Loncarich, Fairview, MO “Exporting Natural Gas: Economic, Social and Environmental Factors of Marketing Domestically Produced Natural Gas to Foreign Countries”

2013 - Holly Loncarich, Fairview, MO "Italy: The World's Leader in Renewable Energy"


Questions? Contact

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

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