March, 2012

Update from Dean Sharpe

Students, Parents, and Members of the Georgetown McDonough Community,

This is an exciting time of year for McDonough as we welcome admitted high school students from across the globe to campus.  As a direct result of the hard work of our staff and faculty, applications to McDonough are at an all-time high.  Our early action applications this year were up 35% over AY '09-'10 and regular decision applications were up 21% over '09-'10. As a result of the increase in applications, we accepted just under 14% of early action applicants and 16.8% of regular decision applicants. These numbers have made this year one of our most competitive and selective for undergraduate admissions.

As a community, we have committed ourselves to offering students a top-tier transformational educational experience. Since it takes a dedicated team to deliver an outstanding curricular and co-curricular experience for our undergraduates, we thank the faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and students who support our program.   Without such support, our global, entrepreneurial, and professional programming would not be possible.

Thank you,

Norean R. Sharpe, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean
Director of Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduate Program Office Announcements

McDonough Offers Summer Research Fellowship Program

The McDonough School of Business is pleased to announce the availability of new McDonough Summer Research Fellowship awards. All students who have an interest in conducting research under the mentorship of a faculty member should consider applying for one of these awards. All applications will be reviewed by a team of faculty and the undergraduate dean. Awards in the amount of $5000 will be given out for 10-week projects; awards may be also be given in the amount of $2500 for 5-week projects. To find out more about this program, stop by the undergraduate program office for more details.

Peer Ambassador and Leadership Program Preparing for the
2012 - 2013 School Year
The 2012 - 2013 Peer Ambassador and Leadership Program began last month. Peer Ambassadors (PAs) are upper-class McDonough students who form an integral part of the Undergraduate Program Office's multi-tiered advising system by assisting first-year and transfer students on topics ranging from registration to campus navigation. Additionally, the PAs assist in recruiting prospective students, provide tours of McDonough School of Business, and assist and represent McDonough at various receptions and admissions events. The program is selective: 93 applications have been received for 45 Ambassadors positions for the 2012 – 2013 academic year.  Interviews are currently underway and selections will be made before the end of April.

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Student Highlights

Seniors Win at Copenhagen

A team of undergraduate students from Georgetown McDonough won the prestigious, invitation-only 2012 Copenhagen Business School (CBS) Case Competition. The international competition was held at CBS in Copenhagen, Denmark, from February 27 through March 2, 2012. 

The team of McDonough seniors was asked to address a real-time problem being faced by Dong Energy. Our students were praised for their analysis, problem solving skills, and overall impressive presentation, when they were awarded first place honors. The team included (L to R) Michael Kochevar (MSB ’12), Marie Sahrmann (MSB ’12), Joyce Chung (MSB ’12) and Marc Sella (MSB ’12) and was led by faculty advisor, Professor Tom Hajduk (center).

Sophomore Wins Chinese Language Speech Contest

Congratulations to Ben Omer (MSB ’14) who won the first annual Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest at The George Washington University.  The contest invites undergraduate students studying Chinese from around the Washington D.C. area to demonstrate their Chinese-speaking abilities. Ben won the gold award for the advanced round, granting him a full scholarship to complete a Master’s Degree at Nanjing University.  The scholarship will be provided by Nanjing University, which covers full tuition, housing, health insurance and a monthly living stipend.  

"Every contestant puts in a lot of hours to prepare for this contest. Dozens of hours of study and practice enhanced by around the clock help from Georgetown Chinese teachers made this experience especially rewarding for me." 

McDonough Students Publish in The Journal of Applied Finance

Congratulations to Sean Kensil (MSB '12) and Kaitlin Margraf
(MSB '12) for the acceptance of their paper, "The Advantage of Failing First: Bear Stearns v. Lehman Brothers" for publication in the Journal of Applied Finance. The paper was originally written for Professor David Walker's class entitled, "Bear Stearns & Lehman Bros.", in which both students participated during the fall of 2011. The journal is refereed and published by the Financial Management Association; a publication date for the paper has not yet been determined.

McDonough Hosts Georgetown Stock Pitch Conference

On Saturday, March 31, McDonough School of Business hosted the third annual Georgetown Stock Pitch Conference. This year the tournament style competition featured thirteen of the top undergraduate business schools from across the country. The teams' pitches were judged on their investment thesis and presentation quality by professionals from Credit Suisse, FBR Capital Markets, Motley Fool and Roumell Asset Management.

After a keynote speech by Paul Dell'Isola, Senior Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets at FBR Capital Markets, the final round commenced and a winner was chosen. Teams from University of California Berkeley placed first, followed by The College of William and Mary, with Georgetown University and George Mason University tying for third.

McDonough Students attend the Inaugural USWIB Conference at NYU Stern

On Friday, February 24, 12 McDonough undergraduates traveled to New York City to attend the Undergraduate Stern Women in Business Conference with financial support from the Undergraduate Program Office. The USWIB Conference provided a forum for undergraduate women across the Northeast to explore various careers, collaborate with peers and young professionals, and engage around a set of core interests and experiences. McDonough students especially enjoyed the keynote speakers, panel discussions, coffee chats with leaders from the finance, international business, fashion and entertainment industries and the networking opportunities, noting the valuable lessons they learned about thriving in the workplace.

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Faculty & Staff Highlights

Dr. Thomas Hadjuk

Dr. Hajduk, Ph.D. is a one of McDonough's esteemed Teaching Professors, leading classes in Management Communication and Entrepreneurship. He also acts as faculty advisor to several of McDonough's student teams participating in case competitions around the world. Most recently, Dr. Hadjuk led the team of McDonough graduates to victory at the Copenhagen Business School Case Competition.

Dr. Hajduk's expertise is on persuasion, visual communication, business communications, high-stakes presentations and communication technology.  His research focuses on incorporating behavioral, social, rhetorical and learning theories in the design of technology and tools for structuring communication tasks and cooperative communication efforts in business. He has worked as a consultant for Alcoa, Boeing, Cognizant, Giant Eagle, Lockheed, Medrad, Merrill Lynch, the U.S. Department of Defense, and over 50 startup ventures.

We congratulate and thank Dr. Hadjuk for his dedication to our students both inside and outside the classroom.

Undergraduate Program Staff Present at Conference

On March 22-23, two members of McDonough’s undergraduate program office staff, Rebecca Cassidy and Deborah Coburn, presented a poster board at the National Academic Advising Association’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Annual Conference.    

As part of the poster board, the pair discussed the various ways the McDonough School of Business keeps its students engaged. 
These involve giving students the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra-curricular, professional-development and leadership activities.  Getting involved in activities such as these gives students the opportunity to broaden their skill set and provides balance to busy students’ lives.

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Employment Opportunities

Thinking about post-graduation jobs and summer internships? Students can find job and internship opportunities in both the Career Education Center and by browsing through the internship guide located in the lobby of the Undergraduate Program Office.

This month's featured opportunity:

Mthente Research and Consulting Services - Cape Town, S. Africa

The Organization: Mthente Research and Consulting Services is a small firm established in 2005 that focuses on research projects in the following areas: Business Effectiveness and Strategic Services, Trade and Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Socio-Economic Surveys. The team is a diverse one and includes economists and sociologists. Each project will have a senior project team member. Projects typically involve the application of economics in a social context and will usually be comprised of both desk-based research and fieldwork (e.g. focus groups, 1:1 interviews).

The Internship: Mthente takes a developmental approach to nurturing talent, with an emphasis on feedback and in-house training. Interns may be assigned to one project or several and are expected to be adaptable and flexible, as in a small firm there is less structure than at larger corporations.

Intern attributes:

  • Good writer
  • Excellent research skills and experience
  • Business understanding a plus
  • Proactive, flexible
  • Will need own laptop with virus protection

We are looking for both under- and post-grad interns in these specific fields:

  • An intern with social sciences background – business understanding a plus
  • An intern with an economics background
  • An intern with IT/Web design knowledge

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Lynn Oliver
PA to Directors
Mthente Research & Consulting Services (Pty) Ltd
Tel: +27 21 674 0504

Fax: +27 21 674 0503
Mobile: +27 73 875 3814
Skype: mthente_research

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Important Dates

Monday, April 2, 2012
Pre-registration for Fall 2012 begins

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Pre-registration for Fall 2012 ends

Monday, April 30
Major declarations due for class of 2014

Upcoming Events

Japanese Proficiency Exam
April 17 & 18

Students must register for the exam by April 11 and may do so by clicking here

Consulting 101
Friday, April 13, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Career Education Center
Learn how almost any major can work in the world of consulting. Co-sponsored by the McDonough Undergraduate Program Office and The Career Education Center

Making the Most of Your Summer Internship
Tuesday, April 17, 5:00 p.m. -
6:00 p.m., The Career Education Center

Learn from experienced upperclassmen about how to prepare for and get the most out of your summer internship. Co-sponsored by the McDonough Undergraduate Program Office and The Career Education Center.

International Week (April 16 - 20)
Latin American Career Fair
Thursday, April 19, 8:00 a.m. -
7:00 p.m., Fisher Colloquium.
Sponsored by GAMBLE.

International Careers - How to Search for Jobs Internationally
Thursday, April 19, 11:00 a.m., various locations around campus
Sponsored by McDonough Global Student Association.

Did you know?

Georgetown students were not allowed to use the Georgetown University Library until the mid-19th century because it was only for faculty, Jesuit scholars and senior students. (source:

D.C. Fun Fact

The White House was being built while George Washington was in office, so he never actually lived there. (source:

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