Minority Doctoral Fellowships help foster diversity in education

To help increase the number of CPAs from diverse backgrounds teaching at the college and university level, the AICPA has awarded 22 scholars the Minority Doctoral Fellowship.

The Fellowship, funded by the AICPA Foundation, provides $12,000 each to full-time minority accounting scholars who have demonstrated the potential to become accounting educators.

The Fellowship is available to ethnic minorities who have obtained or plan to pursue a CPA license and who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The 2014–2015 AICPA recipients are:

  • Herita A. Akamah, University of Oklahoma
  • Brandon D. Ater, Virginia Tech
  • Maurice Atkinson, Michigan State University
  • Joye L. Baugh, Jackson State University
  • Lydia N. Didia, Jackson State University
  • Brent A. Garza, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Michelle Harding, University of Virginia
  • Oscar J. Harvin, Florida Atlantic University
  • Chevonne Herring, University of Mississippi
  • Ethan G. LaMothe, University of South Carolina
  • Thomas F. Lewis Jr., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Makila C.A. Major, University of Memphis
  • Sydnee Manley, University of Mississippi
  • Rachel Martin, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Christopher Alan Miller, University of Mississippi
  • Patricia Navarro, University of Central Florida
  • Porschia Nkansa, University of Memphis
  • Rebeca Perez, University of Oregon
  • Genese Rogers, Morgan State University
  • Delvin D. Seawright, Morgan State University
  • Justin Cole Short, University of Tennessee
  • Kecia Smith, Texas A&M University


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.