Madeline Olm Shipman
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT | MAY 2015
Major: Finance & French
Describe your work in a few sentences that we can all understand: I'm trying to gain a better understanding of what factors--social, political, legal, etc.-- may foster or inhibit the development of social-value creating businesses. Specifically, my research involves B Corporations--businesses that have undergone a rigorous certification process that evaluates a business based upon elements such as their involvement in their community, their environmental impact, and how they treat their workers.
Q: Who mentors your project?
A: Catherine Schwoerer
Q: What surprised you about doing research?
A: I have been most surprised by how much independence I have in this endeavor. If something isn't working or if I want to take something in a different direction, I have the freedom to do that.
Q: What do you like most about your research?
A: My favorite part has been the opportunity to travel and meet entrepreneurs that are making such a huge impact in the world of sustainable business. Each person I've interviewed is so different, yet they all share a common passion for doing work that is truly meaningful.
Q: What advice would you give to a friend wanting to get involved in research?
A: I think it's most important that you find a subject that really interests you. You're not going to to feel excited or motivated about a project that you feel 'meh' about. I would also say not to limit your self--my major(s) aren't necessarily directly related to my research project, but I enjoy the opportunity to learn about something that I wouldn't otherwise learn about in any of my classes.
Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not working on your research?
A: I'm really involved with the Alternative Breaks organization, serving as the financial coordinator. I also work in the Dean's Office for the school of business. I love a good French film and trying new recipes!