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Graduate students recognized at annual awards banquet

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

From left, Imran Selim and Duygu Phillips were honored at the awards banquet.

The Watson Graduate of Management hosted its annual awards banquet on April 7. MBA student Duygu Phillips was recognized as the Outstanding Masters Student for the MBA program, the Outstanding SAS Student Certificate and received OSU Marketing Analytics recognition. MBA student Imran Selim was recognized with an Outstanding SAS Student Certificate and OSU Marketing Analytics.

Phillips is an Exxon Mobil Scholar with a concentration in marketing analytics and entrepreneurship, so she is taking classes such as CIE Scholars. She has been the editorial assistant to Marketing Journal (JMPTP), which has helped her become involved in academia and learn through articles and research. Phillips learned about the publishing process for an academic paper, which is great preparation to pursue a PhD.

Also, she is the MBA Association Vice President of International Affairs, and started the Brown Bag Lunch Series, where business professionals and students meet over lunch, network, exchange ideas and get advice. She has been developing her own business and was accepted into the incubator in accelerateOSU, the student startup center.

Phillips has participated in the Big 12 MBA Case Competition at Baylor University and the Iowa MBA Analytics Case Competition. She was a member of the team that was one of the finalists at the Love’s (Governor’s) Cup with the CIE business plan project. Also, Phillips is competing at the Business Plan Competition at accelerateOSU presenting her small business, Naming House.

“I have a great respect for Watson Graduate School of Management and the faculty and staff who work there,” Phillips said. “It is an honor to be recognized by the faculty and my colleagues in the MBA program as the Outstanding MBA Student and the Outstanding SAS and Marketing Analytics student. I have enjoyed the challenging learning experience of the MBA program. I am grateful to be member of the OSU family.”

Selim is the MBA Association Vice President of Financials where he works to bridge the gap between the classroom and professional world through creating opportunities and organizing events for MBA students. He was awarded first runner-up at the MBA Executive Interaction at OSU. He represented the Spears School of Business at the 21st Annual MBA Exclusive Conference, organized by Howard University in Maryland, and was awarded second runner-up at the 12th Annual Minority Case Competition.

Presently, Selim is participating in the Google Online Marketing Challenge, working with a local business, Naming House – a branding and naming agency, to increase its visibility through online advertising and revenue. He works as a teaching assistant for the MBA program and as a research assistant for the OSU Department of Economics and Legal Studies. Also, he works as the cultural coordinator for the Bangladesh Student Organization helping introduce Bangladeshi culture to students and helping Bangladeshi students adapt to a new culture. In addition to participating in many of out of class activities, Selim has also maintained a 4.0 grade point in all his courses.

“It was a great honor for me to be recognized and receive an award for the hard work in the presence of fellow graduate students, faculty members, and alumni,” Selim said.

MBA student John Nickel, was recognized for his presentation at the Baylor University New Venture Competition with a Redcedar Products—Power of Business award and overall Honorable Mention. Part-time MBA student Haley Kurtz placed second overall and third in Elevator Pitch competition for MITO Material Solutions at the Baylor University New Venture Competition.

The banquet also recognized faculty in the graduate program. Professor Rick Wilson was recognized with the Outstanding Stillwater Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. Professor Goutam Chakraborty was recognized with the Kenneth D. & Leitner Griener Teaching Award.

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