University of Tennessee

UT Doctoral Candidate wins Third Place in Prestigious International Competition

June 25, 2014

KNOXVILLE— Nastaran Simarasl, a management doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, won third place in the prestigious Global Development Awards and Medals Competition, for which she received a medal and $5,000 to fund her research.

The competition was sponsored by the Global Development Network, an international organization funded by the Japanese government. It was founded in 1999 to build research capability globally. The competition recognizes excellence in policy-oriented research, supports researchers in developing countries and funds innovative social development projects benefiting marginalized groups in the developing world.

Simarasl’s proposal explored factors that influence female entrepreneurship in developing economies. Her proposal was selected from 400 submissions representing researchers worldwide. The Global Development Network flew Simarasl to Accra, Ghana, to participate in the June 2014 mini-conference and awards ceremony, which was attended by more than 500 practitioners.

Tim Munyon, UT assistant professor of management, and Anne Smith, UT professor of management, worked with Simarasl on her proposal.


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