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Student Research

The institute is proud to sponsor a range of student research opportunities. Below, explore research projects of current and former students. To learn more about each project, click on each hyperlinked title.

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Annie Hugenberg is a Kautz-Uible Amanda Wait Research Fellow and fourth-year business economics student at UC. In Spring 2023, she conducted an in-depth analysis of the pandemic’s effect on the economic landscape of Cincinnati’s nonprofit sector, culminating with her presentation at the first-ever installment of Better Together—a workshop series for the local nonprofit community. Alongside Institute Academic Director Michael Jones, PhD, Annie shared her findings with local nonprofits in an effort to inform their business decisions in the future, helping them to adapt to emerging market disruptors like AI technology. Sponsored by Digital Futures, Annie’s research aligns with its mission of solving problems that matter. 


Daniel Posmik is a business economics and business analytics alumnus. While at UC, he was the president and founder of Neo Consulting, a student initiative that is dedicated to empowering underrepresented small businesses through consulting services in the field of data analytics. Daniel's research explores the effect of institutional aid on international student enrollment through the use of a two-way fixed-effect model on a sample of universities from the Great Lakes region.

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Owen Racer is a fourth-year Business Economics and Journalism student at UC's Lindner College of Business and College of Arts & Sciences, respectively. Owen is an incoming writer for the Denver Business Journal as well as a current writer for the Dayton Business Journal and Editor for The News Record at UC. Owen's research explores the intersection of cryptocurrencies as they intertwine into foreign policy from the wallets of individuals.


Garrett Ainsworth graduated from UC in 2019 with majors in business economics and marketing. He is interested in international relations and international economics and is passionate about traveling and exploring cultures. During the 2019-2020 school year, Garrett taught English in Taiwan as a Fulbright Scholar. In his collection of essays on the economic impact of COVID-19 on the US, Taiwan, and China, he utilizes his understanding of economics and his cultural experiences to write a compelling cultural narrative and political argument.

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