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Joshua Lee, Accounting, PhD 2014

On the Olin Experience:
My experience at Olin has been rewarding. The courses offered at the PhD level are challenging and have taught me to use great care when forming and executing research ideas. For example, the accounting research doctoral seminar has been especially helpful in teaching me to evaluate and critique existing research. An outcome has been my enhanced ability to think further and generate new and exciting areas for future research. I’ve also benefited from courses in finance and empirical methods, taught by Olin’s talented faculty. Overall, I have been impressed with the level of education the PhD program has offered me.

On Collaboration with Olin Faculty:
During the first few years of my undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, the BYU faculty often encouraged me to consider pursuing an academic profession, so I decided it would be worth my time to learn more. When I joined Olin’s PhD program, I had great expectations (based on my experience at BYU) that I would find the faculty collaborative and willing to provide the help I would need to succeed during my studies. I have not been disappointed. Faculty members have been willing to work with me collectively and mentor me throughout the program. My dissertation chair, Professor Rich Frankel, has been helpful in honing my skills and pushing me to think critically about accounting research issues. He also has an open door policy and allows me to stop by to discuss research, regardless of time. I feel indebted to him and the faculty who have taken time to mentor me during my time at Olin.

Previous Employment:
Teaching Assistant, Strategic Cost Accounting & Control, Analysis of Financial Institutions & Financial Instruments, International Accounting, 2011
Teaching Assistant, Intermediate Accounting, 2010
External Auditing Intern, Ernst & Young, Atlanta, GA, 2008
Internal Auditing Intern, Savage Companies, Salt Lake City, UT, 2007

Education:
MAcc, 2009, Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management
BS Accounting/Minor Economics, 2009, Brigham Young University, Marriott School of
Management

Hometown: Garden Grove, CA, USA