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UI accounting student wins prestigious award from Andersen Foundation

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A doctoral student in accounting at the University of Iowa College of Business Administration is one of three graduate students in the United States to receive a major award from the foundation for a prestigious accounting and consulting firm.

Hong Xie, who is also a teaching assistant in the department of accounting, has received an Andersen Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for his work as a doctoral student in the field.

The Andersen Foundation is the charitable arm of Arthur Andersen LLP and Andersen Consulting. The organization established the doctoral fellowship "to encourage more and better prepared individuals to become teachers at the university level and, ultimately, to add to the sum total of academic knowledge through doctoral research and writing."

The fellowship provides $1,500 per month plus tuition for up to 12 months.

Xie received a bachelor's degree in engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.

Recipients are chosen by an independent selection committee that includes five university professors.