March 14, 2014

PhD student earns top accounting honor

Allison Nicoletti and Jamey Halsey, partner at Deloitte & Touche

For the third-straight year, a Fisher College of Business PhD candidate has been named as a recipient of the prestigious Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting.

Allison Nicoletti is one of just 10 recipients in the U.S. in 2014. The $25,000 grants are awarded to high-performing accounting doctoral students who plan to pursue academic careers upon graduation.

“Allison’s accomplishments speak to the outstanding quality of our students, the strength of our program, and the skills of our faculty in preparing the next generation of scholars,” said Waleed Muhanna, chair of the Department of Accounting and MIS at Fisher.

“To be selected among the Deloitte fellows is a badge of distinction and a great honor.”

Nicoletti, in her third year of Fisher’s PhD program in accounting and MIS, has focused her research on firm disclosure and financial reporting behaviors as well as accounting issues for banks. She credits Fisher’s faculty as providing important research mentorship and said that the reputation of the accounting faculty was a major draw in her decision to pursue a doctoral degree at Ohio State.

“The faculty here are known as very productive researchers, but they also work extremely well with students -- that was important to me: mentorship and guidance,” said Nicoletti, who worked with KPMG and Aon in her native Illinois before deciding to pursue her passion for research. “I had early access to faculty and I was able to start researching in my second year, which was a wonderful experience.”

Each year, approximately 100 universities are invited to apply for the Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting, and accounting faculty nominate the students. In receiving the fellowship, Nicoletti joins recent Fisher honorees Bret Adam Johnson (2013) and Michael Iselin (2012).

“I’ve been able to pursue my own ideas, but I also have many opportunities to work with faculty to understand what has made them successful,” Nicoletti said. “That’s how you learn, and I think the fact that Fisher has had a Deloitte fellow three years in a row attests to the success of the PhD program.”