Mehrdad OstovarYear in School: Senior
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nathan Mauck, Finance, Bloch School of Management
Ask Mehrdad a question.
Why is undergraduate research important to you?
I believe research is one of the best ways of learning because it involves active learning. Unlike a traditional class which is most likely a passive learning environment that a students needs to memorize the portion of textbook for a short time to receive a decent grade, research on the other hand gives the student the opportunity needed to study and learn actively to further their knowledge in depth about the most important subjects of their interest in the time without being under the stress of receiving a traditional letter A or B. This motivates students to learn instead of thinking about passing the course. The other benefit of research is that the relation between the faculty and students evolves in a more constructive way. Faculty guide students to learn through solving a problem that involves a lot of studying, critical thinking and analytical skills.
How did you find your mentor?
I did some basic search on the Bloch School of Management’s website to know more about the current research done by faculty. I then contacted Dr. Mauck because his area of research interested me.
How did you determine what your particular research project would be?
At the beginning I selected a more general topic in finance. After further reading, I narrowed my general topic down to a specific question about the international real estate investment that was interesting for me, and I knew I could gain substantial knowledge by exploring the topic.
What have you gained from the experience?
As a senior student at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC), undergraduate research provided me the opportunity to implement my strong analytical skills along with my financial knowledge to gain a greater depth of the area of my expertise. I gained substantial knowledge of the research in international investment. Moreover, spending the summer conducting research in international investment allowed me to realize that becoming an international investment researcher, which involves lots of exciting, challenging moments and learning opportunities, is who I need to become.