When the Gabelli School of Business holds its first undergraduate research conference on April 20 and 21st, the centerpiece of the event will be Vol. 1, No. 1 of the Fordham Business Student Research Journal.

The journal is published jointly by the deans of the Gabelli School of Business and the Graduate School of Business.

It features three articles by Gabelli students: “Countering Counterfeits: An Investigation of Message Frame and Message Focus Effects on Persuasion,” by Caroline Dahlgren; “Fund-Management-Gender Composition: The Impact on Risk & Performance of Mutual Funds and Hedge Funds” by Angela Luongo, and “The Relationship Between Socioeconomic Status and Emotional Gratification for Consumers who Purchase Overtly Branded (Overtly Designer) Goods” by Sarah Siracusa.

It also contains lists and abstracts of previously published Gabelli students’ theses, to give a broader sense of the research being done at the college. The best papers submitted to the April conference will be featured in a future issue.

Donna Rapaccioli, Ph.D., Dean of the Gabelli School of Business and Dean of the Fordham business faculty, said the impetus for the journal came last year, when several students’ research was selected for publication in academic journals that typically carry the work of full-time professors.

“This inspired us to think about how we could further extend the reach of out students’ work and share it with the wider academic community,” she said.

“I hope you find our students work as enlightening and impressive as I have.”

—Patrick Verel