Accounting Research Opportunities at Penn State


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A retired financial executive based in San Antonio, Texas, Reid Hackney spent five years as vice president and chief financial officer of A’GACI, LLC. Before launching his career in finance, Reid Hackney earned his bachelor of science in accounting from Penn State.

At the Penn State Smeal College of Business, students in the undergraduate accounting program enjoy access to a number of unique research opportunities in accounting. Faculty members in the Smeal Accounting Department investigate topics ranging from alternative accounting standards and forecasting to auditors’ opinion decisions during times of financial stress. Faculty members have also conducted extensive research into employee stock options, analyzing the taxation, valuation, and compensation aspects of various programs.

Every year in May, Penn State hosts the invitational Accounting Research Conference. The conference includes six in-depth presentations from junior and senior academics who discuss their latest research projects with students, colleagues, and invited accounting scholars.

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