LAWRENCE — Melissa Birch, associate professor of strategic management, has received a Leading Light Award from the University of Kansas Provost's Office and Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
She was one the only faculty member from the School of Business who earned the honor given to principle investigators at KU who received external grants of $1 million or more during the 2011 fiscal year.
Between 1999 and 2011, Birch was the principle investigator on three grants, each of more than $1 million dollars, for the creation of CIBER – the Center for International Business Education and Research.
KU CIBER worked with area studies centers on campus to develop rigorous international business curricula for graduate and undergraduate students, provided numerous opportunities for professional development for business faculty, and collaborated with the business community in Kansas and across the nation.
Each Leading Light Award recipient received a designed and engraved brass sunflower – the state flower of Kansas.
Birch's research interests include international business, international trade and investment, and business in Latin America.
She and the other recipients were recognized by Provost Jeff Vitter and Vice Chancellor Steve Warren at an April 17 awards luncheon.