The DEAL (Display of Efforts, Aptitudes and Leadership) Expo is an exclusive UB School of Management competition in which business undergraduate students can showcase their work in poster format to compete for cash prizes during the UB Spring Open House. The competition accepts many types of management projects, including those from classes, outside research, internships, work and other experiences related to business. School of Management alumni, faculty and staff serve as judges for the event, and posters are displayed throughout the Open House for current and prospective students and their families.
Why was the DEAL Expo formed?
The idea for a student showcase emerged after an undergraduate research project in organizational behavior. The students had a phenomenal learning experience, wrote an article about their findings and presented at the UB Celebration of Academic Excellence in 2012. Their success inspired the DEAL Expo as a platform for future School of Management students to highlight their best work for their peers and professors, as well as alumni and other members of the university and local community. In the spirit of its founding, the event continues to encourage student research opportunities and participation in the university-wide Celebration of Academic Excellence.
What can students win?
Cash prizes are as follows: $1000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. A $250 Open House Choice Award also is given based on votes from Open House attendees. In addition, top finishers are invited to showcase their work at the UB Celebration of Academic Excellence.
View photos from past DEAL Expos: