February 03, 2017 9:30AM
Pittsburg State University Professor Dean Cortes was honored recently for his research into micropolitan areas and small business.
Cortes’s paper, “The Impact of SBA Lending Activity on Micropolitan Statistical Areas in the U.S. Southeast," earned the Outstanding Research Award at this year’s conference of The Institute for Business and Finance Research. The international gathering of business researchers took place in Las Vegas in early January.
Cortes wrote the paper with help from Pitt State graduate student Zheng Yao Ooi.
“As an MBA student, Zheng is excellent in Excel and other data spreadsheet programs,” Cortes said. “He helped me tremendously on this research, and the award is just as much his as it is mine. I’m very proud of him and grateful for his assistance with the paper.”
Along with the research award, Cortes was also presented with the IBFR Leadership Award plaque on behalf of Pittsburg State University. This leadership award is given in recognition of Pittsburg State’s “ongoing commitment to faculty development and in appreciation of research support provided to the academic communities.”
“I’m certainly proud of the awards we earned,” he said. “Recognition like this is a testament to the quality of research we do at Pittsburg State. Basic and applied research are very important parts of what we do as faculty members, and it always feels good for that work to be honored by one’s peers.”
For more information on the IBFR, visit http://www.theibfr.com.