Asha Bhattacharya: Business Honors Student Making Strides in Her Undergraduate Research


About Asha

Asha Bhattacharya is a proud President Scholar, University Honors, and Business Honors student at California State University, Fullerton. She is set to graduate this May Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Marketing and a Minor in Psychology. Asha’s time at CSUF has been spent serving the university as a Senior Resident Advisor, the Executive Director of Media Marketing for the Business Honors Program, the Programs Director for the Resident Student Association, and the VP of Public Relations for the Business Honors Program.

Her most meaningful area of impact with the university has been her dedication to provide its students with better mental health care. In 2019, she was chosen by President Virjee to represent CSUF at the American Council on Education’s Mental Health Summit in New Orleans, where she advocated for more accessible mental health resources for all CSU students.

Asha has accepted a full time offer to work with Amazon upon graduation, where she is looking forward to applying all that she has learned at CSUF.

About Asha’s Honors Senior Thesis

Asha is writing her thesis on the relationship between mindset and leadership emergence in class settings. She has been selected to present her findings at the CSU Research Competition, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, and the Western Regional Honors Conference in the Spring of 2021. Her empirical study was conducted through a survey of 200 CSUF Students.

Asha’s findings suggest that a combination of promotion and prevention mindsets is most conducive to an individual’s leadership emergence in a group setting. The results of her study indicates that organizations can take corrective action by teaching promotion mindset techniques to their prevention mindset employees. Such measures will increase individual leadership emergence, resulting in greater numbers of leaders and organizational effectiveness.

Her thesis advisor is Dr. Ryan Gottfredson, a well-known mindset researcher, Wall Street Journal bestselling author, and Management professor at CSUF.

Thesis Awards and Recognition

Asha has been selected as a finalist for the statewide California State University Research Competition. The few students that get selected to participate in this competition are considered to be the best of the best researchers from CSU schools. Cal Poly Pomona will be the host of the 35th Annual California State University Student Research Competition on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, 2021. Asha will have the opportunity to promote her innovative research and accomplishments among other outstanding students from all twenty-three CSU campuses.

Asha will also be presenting her research at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR). NCUR is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Asha will be one of 3,500 to 4,000 students from educational institutions across the globe, presenting their research through posters, oral presentations, visual arts, and performances.

Asha has also been given the opportunity to participate in the Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC) Conference. This conference is available to all members of the WRHC, which includes students participating in the rigorous honors programs at their university and is hosted by member institutions with honors students helping plan and execute the event.. The annual conference is known for celebrating the scholarly and creative endeavors of our community and proves to be the biggest benefit of being a member of the WRHC.

A Word from Business Honors to Asha

On behalf of the Business Honors Program, we would like to congratulate you on the accomplishments of your hard work and dedication as a student at CSUF. You have proven to be extremely resilient, passionate, and all-around extraordinary in all aspects of life, but especially throughout your college career. We are so excited to see what the future has in store for you, and know that you will continue to make an impact everywhere you go. Thank you for being a source of inspiration for so many people and good luck finishing out the school year!

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