Best in the business: Two recent grads make Poets&Quants list

June 1, 2021

Student Experience

The academic year just ended, but national recognition of our stellar students continues. Two recent grads from the Robins School of Business were recently named to Poets&Quants' list of the Best and Brightest Business Majors of 2021.

Lizzie Reedy and Rachel Perry were recognized by the publication, which every year creates a list of 100 of the most accomplished seniors majoring in areas like marketing, accounting, operations, and human resources.

Reedy, a business administration major with concentrations in finance and marketing, served as head growth fund manager of the Student Managed Investment Fund at UR. She was also an accomplished golfer for the Spiders and holds the career low scoring average for the women’s program.  

“Lizzie is one of the brightest and most intellectually diverse students I’ve had the pleasure to teach,” marketing professor Bill Bergman told Poets&Quants. “She is also a natural born leader who uplifts her peers and instructors as well with her gracious demeanor and intensely strong work ethic. She will someday lead a major corporation which will benefit from her multiple talents.”

Perry, who majored in business administration with a concentration in finance was the first environmental, social, and governance manager for the Student Managed Investment Fund.  

“While this accomplishment is noteworthy, even more impressive is Rachel’s ability to pair her business and liberal arts studies allowing her to connect her passion for sustainable development with her academic work in finance,” said Joyce van der Laan Smith, associate dean of undergraduate programs and associate professor of accounting.

To create the list of Best & Brightest students, Poets&Quants reached out to the 50 highest-ranked schools in its 2021 Undergraduate Business School Ranking. The schools were asked to choose two students based on academic excellence, extracurricular leadership, personal character, and innate potential.

“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students,” said Mickey Quiñones, dean of the business school. “Lizzie and Rachel have made an enormous impact on the Robins School and this recognition is a fitting tribute to their efforts.”