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Mehrdad Ostovar

Year in School:  Senior
Major/Department: Finance
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.


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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