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Fisher accounting students receive prestigious honors

Published: 2013-05-02

Bret Adam Johnson

Bret Adam Johnson

Johnson earns Deloitte Doctoral Fellowship

Fisher’s Bret Adam Johnson was one of 10 accounting doctoral students from across the nation awarded the prestigious Deloitte Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting.

Given to top accounting PhD students who plan to pursue academic careers upon graduation, the $25,000 award supports the recipients’ final year of course work and the subsequent year to complete their doctoral dissertation. Each year, approximately 100 universities are invited to apply for the Fellowship, and the accounting faculty nominates the students. A selection committee composed of three eminent accounting educators  chose this year’s recipients.

Johnson, a licensed certified public accountant in Virginia, completed his third year in Fisher’s Accounting PhD program during the spring semester. Before coming to Ohio State, he worked for Ernst & Young in Washington D.C. for four years as an auditor and six years for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). His primary research and teaching interests are in financial accounting and he recently presented to the Ohio State faculty and fellow PhD students a paper on the informational effects of disaggregated disclosure.

“I am currently working with faculty members on a research project where we examine investor information overload,” Johnson said.  “I have another co-authored working paper where we examine corporate disclosure changes resulting from the SEC’s comment letter process.”

Steve Winick

  Steve Winick

During the summer, he will be teaching Intermediate Accounting at Fisher.

Winick appointed to Financial Accounting Standards Board

Steve Winick, BSBA/MAcc ’13 (Accounting Honors) is one of six people nationwide to receive a Postgraduate Technical Assistant (PTA) position at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).

FASB and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board sponsor the highly competitive program for individuals who are planning a career with an emphasis in accounting.

The program is a one-year term, during which the PTA is immersed in the accounting standards-setting process and comes to have an in-depth understanding of the roles played by preparers, auditors, and users of financial information.

“The experience I will gain through my time at the FASB will be truly invaluable and provide me with a unique skill set moving forward,” Winick wrote in the My Fisher Grad Life blog.

“It allows me to apply my accounting knowledge in an unconventional way, which aligns well with my personality, strengths, and long-term goals.”