Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2023

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Victoria Dickinson

Second Advisor

W. Mark Wilder

Relational Format



This thesis was completed in the 2021-2022 academic year and is comprised of eleven accounting case studies. The topics from these cases vary widely and are not strictly focused on accounting. Examples of this includes cases done on the twenty-year anniversary of 9/11, the ramifications of COVID-19 on Pfizer, and having to interview a local business owner. We also completed cases concerning the city we wanted to intern in as well as an excel certification course. Following the conclusion of case 5, me and several other honors students worked together to complete the next six cases which involved analyzing International Paper. Topics we wrote on include the business structure of International Paper, audit risks facing the company and its controls, tax saving strategies, advisory opinions on the company’s operations, and an assessment of cyber-security and other large threats facing the company. Even though no one in the group had taken either tax or audit, these cases allowed us to have our first exposure to these topics. After completing these cases, we put together the papers into a PowerPoint presentation which was then presented in front of several accounting professionals from different firms.

When our class was not working on a case, we had several speakers from different accounting firms speak to us. These interactions allowed us to get a head start on recruiting as well as make meaningful connections.

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