Best Thesis Award - Marketing Trends Scientific Committee:

The Department of Economics is pleased to be able to offer the Allen Starling Johnson, Jr. Best Thesis Prize, given yearly in recognition of outstanding research by an undergraduate and through the honors program. Prior Prize winners include:

Third Best Master Thesis: Victor Manuel Quintero Leon, M.A. -

Best Thesis Award October 2014
Jochen Müller (International Management, B.A.)

Theme of the thesis:
Earnings Management of the Current DAX30 Companies: An Empirical Analysis of Impairment Losses between 2005 and 2013

Supervisor: Dipl.-Kfm. Michael Sulzbach


Annual Specialization Religious Studies Best Thesis Award Recipients

Second Best Master Thesis:  Sophie Edington-Cheater, M.A. - “Piracy in the Straits of Malacca”

Best Thesis Award October 2012
Mareike Maiwald (Hospitality Management, B.A.)

Theme of the thesis:
An Analysis of Room Rate Across Direct and Indirect Channels in Germany

Supervisor: Dr. Rose Delgado-Krebs


First, students' best theses begin with innovative ideas. Ideally, the writer propounds an idea that viably, faithfully views a subject in a new way. For example, the best thesis in literature studies may interpret a well-known work in a way that no one has heretofore considered, and the best thesis project in a science field may develop and conduct an experiment that supports an original hypothesis.Third, best theses always involve strong argumentation. One basic element in strong argumentation is simply to write with accurate grammar, spelling, and punctuation; although the adept use of these elements will not rescue a mediocre thesis, one can hardly produce a good thesis without them. Beyond writing mechanics, however, students should be careful to transition well from idea to idea and to include all information in such a way that it supports the point. Students should not leave any hypotheses or information standing alone; rather, they should couple each idea with supporting evidence. Additionally, the thesis writer should offer a refutation for each research source that significantly threatens the thesis's hypothesis; doing so will prove his or her authority over the subject matter and will remove the readers' lurking doubts about that hypothesis.