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Robert Sarich, pictured at his graduation with Vice-Chancellor of ANU, Professor Brian Schmidt

Robert Sarich, pictured at his graduation with Vice-Chancellor of ANU, Professor Brian Schmidt

CBE student tops Undergraduate Awards 2017

3 October 2017

The ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) was well represented in the 2017 Undergraduate Awards, with recent graduate Robert Sarich named the global winner of the Business category, while current student Brandon Zubek was also named a runner up.

Robert Sarich’s winning paper, titled “Solving social problems with social marketing – Using a process-driven approach to develop a solution to Australia’s blood shortage”, was originally written for the CBE course MKTG3024 Social Marketing.

In this paper, Robert outlined how social marketing and consumer behavior theory could be used to develop a solution to the problem of a donor blood shortage in Australia.

"It was an amazing feeling when I learnt my research paper had been recognised by the Undergraduate Awards as the Global Winner in the Business category.  It's fantastic that programs like the Undergraduate Awards exist and provide a platform for celebrating the academic achievements of students at an undergraduate level," said Robert.

Robert graduated from his Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Accounting and Marketing) last year, and is now working at NSW Treasury in the Commissioning and Contestability Unit, where his focus is on improving Government service delivery.

This is the second time Robert has achieved excellent results in this competition – last year he was named the Oceania Regional Winner for the Business category. He will now go on to attend the awards conference in Dublin.

Bachelor of Economics/Commerce student Brandon Zubek also did very well in the 2017 Undergraduate Awards, being shortlisted as one of the top 21 Business students worldwide for his paper, "Emotional Intelligence and Job Performance: Correlation or Construct Confusion?" 

Brandon Zubek

Brandon Zubek’s paper was Highly Commended in the Business category of the 2017 Undergraduate Awards

This paper, which Brandon initially wrote as part of MGMT2007 Organisational Behaviour, examines three key theories around the links between emotional intelligence and job performance.

“I was absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Awards,” Brandon said. 

Professor Steven Roberts, the Interim Dean of the ANU College of Business and Economics congratulated Robert and Brandon on their success.

“Well done to both Robert and Brandon for achieving such excellent results in the 2017 Undergraduate Awards. It’s great to have the College and ANU so well represented in the Business category. Your success in this competition is testament to your business acumen and the quality of work that our undergraduate students produce during their study,” Professor Roberts said. 

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Updated:   3 October 2017 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team