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CONNECTING YOU TO THE FRANKLIN P. PERDUE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS  FEBRUARY 2013
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BEACON Update

In medical schools, students in their third and fourth years, do rotations at clinics affiliated with their school. Students doing these rotations assist residents in particular specialties, such as surgery, pediatrics or internal medicine. BEACON is built on a similar experiential learning model. Juniors, seniors and M.B.A. students work on externally funded consulting and research projects under faculty and staff supervision. These are real projects with clients, deadlines, fees and all the responsibilities that go along with critical business decision-making. Students are able to put to practice the outstanding learning they get from their classes and their professors when they join these interdisciplinary project teams. As a result, "BEACONites" who take part in these projects find it easier to enter their professions and self-report accelerated advancement in their career paths. The current crop of BEACONites is no exception. There are some very interesting projects that occupy their attention.

Sujana Regmi and Arielle Champagne are working with the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce to conduct a meta-analysis of research done on the poultry industry on the Shore. They will be briefing business leaders and elected officials soon about the economic value of the industry and the potential threats to its viability. Rose Macgregor and Darya Tarasova have been building a massive database and a series of dashboards for the Mid-Shore Mental Health Services, Inc. that will help them coordinate the mental health care services provided by a large number of service providers in a four-county market area. Julianne Waxman and Timothy Higgins are working with a potential start-up on an ethnographic survey to determine the market potential for commercial cultural competency services on the Shore. Timothy Brady and Sarah Bunch are collaborating on a series of economic impact and KPI dashboards for internal and external clients. The story goes on, with another 16 projects underway.

Each of these students is the team leader on at least one project while collaborating with their peers on other projects. Together, these student teams are currently working on over 20 externally funded projects with over $450,000 in project value. As one student put it: "I am building an impressive resume, one project at a time!"

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