Accounting Majors Win Best Student Project at AIS Educator National Conference

Exterior of the Gallagher Business Building

University of Montana accounting majors Melanie Bengtson, Kylie Bilbrey and Bryn Christopher won Best Student Project at the 17th Annual AIS (Accounting Information Systems) Educator Conference held in Colorado Springs at the end of June.  They competed against 20 other student projects submitted by educators from other universities around the U.S.

The Student Project is performed in connection with taking ACTG 321, Accounting Information Systems, at the School of Business Administration, a required course in the accounting major program. 

Students work together with the university Internal Audit Department and the course instructor during the entire semester to document a UM departmental transaction process.  The students then make a formal presentation at the end of the semester summarizing the strengths and opportunities for improvement which can be made to the transaction process.

According to Kathy Burgmeier, Director of Internal Audit, “These projects are of tremendous value and a win-win situation for both the UM Department involved and for the students performing the projects.  We have performed almost 40 of these types of projects around campus over the past four school years, and the feedback in general has been very favorable regarding the students’ findings.  In addition, the project is a valuable addition to the students’ resumes, a real-life application of what they learn in the AIS classroom, as they get ready to interview after taking this class for internships or jobs in the accounting profession.”

Friday, August 07, 2015