Business and Entrepreneur Scholars in Training (BEST)


The Business and Entrepreneur Scholars in Training (BEST) program, administered by the Manning School of Business, is an exciting possibility for business students to get research experience and foster valuable professional relationships with faculty members.

Participating in the Manning BEST pilot program provides students with a unique year-long opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained from courses at UMass Lowell to a faculty member's on-going research while enhancing their knowledge of research methods and technical and presentation skills. Working collaboratively with a faculty mentor enables students to gain a learning experience unlike any they will receive in a classroom. In the spring semester, students will present their research at a student research symposium and may have the opportunity to submit their work for publishing in a journal or at an external conference.

Selected students will be awarded a $2,500 stipend to support their work.

Minimum Application Requirements

Before submitting an application to the BEST Pilot Program, students should meet the following requirements:

  • GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Standing of Sophomore or Junior
  • Full-time undergraduate status
  • Must be returning to the Manning School of Business for undergraduate studies the following fall semester

For information on applying, contact Jennifer Percival, Associate Dean, at 978-934-2825 or email: You can also visit the Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Collaborations website for more information about BEST and other undergraduate research programs.

BEST Scholars for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Camille Clark (Finance and Management)

“Go Green: How do sustainability accounting standards impact public firms’ innovation strategy." Faculty advisors: Ying Huang and Sunny Li Sun.

Benjamin Geary (Accounting)

“International social capital meta-analysis." Faculty advisor: Jose Mauricio Geleilate.

Pei Ru (Ruby) Lin (Analytics & Operations Management and Management Information Systems)

“Blockchain Adoption Purpose." Faculty advisor: Amy Chen.

David Maxwell (Pharmaceutical Sciences – Marketing and Management Option)

“Innovating in Times of Crisis: Case Study on Patterns of Innovation in the Global Bio-Pharmaceutical Industry.” Faculty advisor: Denise Dunlap.

John McCarthy (Management Information Systems)

“Healthy Words: The Link between Language and Healthful Behaviors.” Faculty advisor: Ann Kronrod.

Roshan Ravi (Computer Science - Data Science Option)

“Analytics-Driven Application for Improving Physician Selection Decisions.” Faculty advisor: Luvai Motiwalla.

Manadoza Tann (Accounting and Finance)

“An Exploration of the Cooperative Consumer: Sustainability as a Function of the Business Model." Faculty advisor: Spencer Ross

Evelyn Wu (Marketing)

“Business Ethics & Social Responsibility Resources at UMass Lowell.” Faculty advisors: Erica Steckler and Elise Magnant.