August 25, 2015 | By Wisconsin School of Business | Back to press releases

A doctoral accounting student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin School of Business has been recognized as one of five recipients of the 2015 American Accounting Association (AAA)/Grant Thornton Doctoral Dissertation Awards for Innovation in Accounting Education. Kara Obermire received the award for a dissertation examining how the individual social identities of audit committee members and their corporate governance roles influence their judgement, decisions, and the overall effectiveness of the audit committee.

“I’m grateful to receive this award and to be part of the collaborative learning environment here at the Wisconsin School of Business,” said Obermire, Ph.D. student in accounting and information systems. “It is an atmosphere that really encourages innovation and inspires people to do their best work.

“This is a prestigious honor for Kara and a powerful reminder of our strong research approach and our commitment to improving the quality of accounting practice,” added Terry Warfield, chair of the Accounting and Information Systems department in the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The awards were established to encourage creative, leading-edge thinking in accounting research at the doctoral level. To be considered for the award, a student must be in their third or fourth year of a Ph.D. program and demonstrate a substantial degree of innovation in their approach relative to the current state of a given area of accounting research. Students also must have passed their proposal defense at the time the award is granted.