American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI) Student /Young Professional Scholarship Award; Teacher of the Year Award (International Foundation of Education and Self-Help); The President’s Volunteer Service Award; National Urban Fellow; U.S. Dept. of State Critical Language Scholarship
Why I chose PFP:
As a practicing financial planner,I chose to pursue a doctorate in financial planning because I wanted to contribute to the industry in a new and different way. Over the years, I had developed many questions about why certain things are the way they are in our field and I wanted to find an answer through empirical research. For example, women make up only 23% of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS™ while Black and Hispanic CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS™ only represent less than 3.5% of advisors. Yet, this is a dynamic which has not be addressed thoroughly in the research literature and the PhD has allowed me the platform to explore it.
What I like most about Personal Financial Planning:
Professionally or academically, financial planning has a vast array of possibilities and there are many interesting angles and questions to explore. It is truly an exciting time to be a part of this field! As a practitioner, I like being able to help people with their financial lives. When one is able to help another financially, s/he literally has the power to change that person's life and that is gratifying.
MIRANDA REITER, CFP®
K-State PHD Student