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Deonté Minor

Year in School:  Senior
:  Marketing/Economics
Faculty Mentor
:  Dr. Jeff Johnson, Bloch School
Ask Deonté a question.

Why is undergraduate research important to you?
Undergraduate research is important to me because through research we can dive into unknown details about topics that are important. Through research we have the abilities to create new solutions based from findings of the past. More students need to understand the importance of research because research is incredibly viable for our future, and our careers.

How did you first get involved with undergraduate research and/or how did you find your mentor?
I was first introduced to undergraduate research through UMKC’s Math 206 Eureka course with Dr. Bani. This class was actually a retake for me, and I did not know that it was research based. The Eureka course made calculus fun, as we had a special project that looked into the importance of water cut-offs through out the Kansas City area. That project was the light bulb that made me want to focus my future marketing career around research. My mentor was found from a recent marketing strategy course. Dr. Jeff Johnson is an amazing professor who knows a lot about strategy and research within business.

How did you determine what your particular research project would be?
After a meeting with Dr. Johnson, we threw around different possible research ideas. We reached a consensus that I would be a good fit to research the effects of having managerial involvement during potential sales. This project is important to me, as I have had a ton of experience in B2B sales, and for many people this will put into perspective the benefits and detriments of having managerial involvement in the sale of an associate. I will be focusing on creating a review table that looks at a) how to deal with difficult managers in front of customers, b) managing your manager, and c) looking at the negative implications of team selling.


Dr. Jane Greer
106 Cockefair Hall
Department Contacts
Undergraduate Research Advisory Board
Undergraduate Research is a division of Academic Affairs

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
1st Floor Lobby of Miller Nichols Learning Center
5th Annual SUROP Poster Symposium
Contact Jane Greer for more details.


Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Deadline for SEARCH Applications
Please note the SEARCH Application is online. Students should plan to submit early so that faculty mentors and department chairs have time to provide recommendations letters and necessary signatures.
Contact Jane Greer for more details.


Friday, November 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Deadline for Nominations for Undergraduate Research Day @ the Capitol.
Faculty mentors are encouraged to nominate outstanding undergraduate researchers, scholars and artists to share their work with state legislators and other stakeholders in Jefferson City in spring, 2019.
Contact Jane Greer for more details.

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