EY Undergraduate Teacher-Scholar Program presents opportunities to student researchers

March 2014

Senior Sam Korach has been busy making connections to the Big Four, but not in the traditional way. Sam is participating in the EY Undergraduate Teacher-Scholar Program. The program, funded by EY, selects one student each year by supporting their research goals. In Sam's case, he is investigating fraud at the corporate level through a criminological and sociological lens. He has created what he calls a "criminal profile of a fraudster" that focuses on personality, sociology and psychology, where they apply to white collar crime.

"This unique opportunity allowed me to combine my passions for Accounting and Criminology and apply each to the business world," he said.

This is the third year the program has been offered. Previous scholars chose to study international employment and changes to the FASB standards, with two papers in print and one accepted for a forthcoming publication. Mentor and accountancy professor Tim Eaton, who is the EY Teaching Scholar, is confident that the program is having an impact on the lives of the students and on EY as well.

"It's a win for the firm and a win for the student," he said, stressing that as the students get valuable experience preparing for conferences and writing publishable articles, EY also is exposed to hard-working individuals that might work for them in the future.

As a result of Sam's involvement with this program, he was able to secure a position in the Center for Business Excellence as one of their student scholars and also was able to land an internship with EY for the coming summer (2014)

"Being appointed as the EY Undergraduate Scholar served as a significant milestone in my academic career and will always serve as the position I am most proud of throughout my time at Miami," Sam said. "It has opened new doors, allowed me to explore and connected me with some of the most interesting professionals, professors, and peers across the country."

Sam will be joining Dr. Eaton at the Forensic and Investigative Accounting Section Midyear Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, at the end of March, where he will present the paper they worked on together, "A Criminological Profile of White Collar Crime."

Marc Rubin, chair of the accountancy department, is glad that Farmer offers a program like this to students. "In its first three years, the EY program has proven to be a very successful research collaboration between a Department of Accountancy faculty member and an FSB student," he said. "Most exciting is the students, along with Professor Eaton, being able to publish their research in journals and present at conferences. The program has exceeded our expectations for having students be engaged in accounting research."