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Accounting PhD candidate receives KPMG scholarship

Published: 2014-08-05

Aaron Nelson

A Fisher College of Business PhD candidate has been awarded a prestigious KPMG Foundation Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholarship.

Aaron Nelson is one of just 11 recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year. The $10,000 scholarship aims to further advance African-American, Hispanic-American and Native American doctoral students. Nelson, a member of the Cherokee Nation, said the award will help him reach his career goals.

“My research focuses on capital markets, and looking at the consequences of accounting information within world markets,” Nelson said. “Much of this research could be used for standard setting --- for government standards and standards involving public companies . . . My goal is to be a professor at a research university, and to be able to find those research questions that are interesting and applicable.”

Nelson, who had previously lived in California and Utah, was attracted to Fisher’s PhD program by its reputation and faculty.

“We have a large and diverse faculty within accounting, and the professors here really care about PhD students and really work with them,” he said. “It gives you the opportunity to explore various skills.”

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