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Shelby Boykin

Outstanding Honors Student in Business

This award annually recognizes an outstanding Honors student in the Terry College of Business. Criteria for selection include grade point average and academic program. Selection is made by the Terry College of Business Faculty Honors Committee.


Majors: Finance and Real Estate
Minors/certificates: Legal Studies Certificate
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Activities/Honors: Graduating summa cum laude from the Terry College of Business with Highest Honors from the UGA Honors Program; Presidential Scholar; Deer Run Fellow; member of the Blue Key Honor Society; recipient of the Legal Studies Academic Excellence Award, the Cecil Family Walker Scholarship, the Bank of America Scholarship, the Real Estate Society Scholarship, and the EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year Competition Scholarship (awarded for placing third in the EY Woman of the Year Case Study Competition); a CFA Level II Candidate; treasurer of Phi Mu; executive director of development for Women in Finance; valuation intern for EY; student assistant for the UGA Office of the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations; a member of the UGA Finance Society, the UGA Real Estate Society, and UGA Women in Business; a volunteer with UGA Miracle Fundraiser, the Thomas Lay Program, and the Whatever It Takes program; and a mentor for the UGA Honors Peer Assisted Learning Program

What I like most about the Honors Program: The Honors Program gave me many opportunities to connect with my peers and professors. Because of them, I was able to work closely with Dr. Annette Poulsen in my Honors finance class, and she inspired me to pursue valuation as a career, connecting me with other exceptional professors within the finance major. Additionally, the Honors Program allowed me to interact with students and faculty in different majors and schools at UGA through programs like the Lunchbox Lectures series, the Thomas Lay Afterschool Program, and the PAL Program. My older sister was an engineering major and was also an Honors student when she was here. We were able to attend Lunchbox Lectures together, where we would learn about diverse topics outside of our fields from various UGA faculty.

Why I chose my major(s): I originally chose finance as my major because I felt that it required a good mix of analytical and interpersonal skills that matched my personality and skill set. Additionally, I felt that women are underrepresented in the industry, and I wanted to seek out a position where I could both learn from empowering women and eventually make a difference within the field through mentorship opportunities. Once I started taking classes in the major, I knew I had made the right choice because I was surrounded by exceptional female faculty like Dr. Annette Poulsen and peers in the Women in Finance Executive Board like Jasmine Chen, Nive Gupta, and Megan Rothberg, who have empowered me to seek out opportunities in Terry and in the finance industry. I chose real estate after my first year in Terry because I wanted an opportunity to apply the skills I had learned in my finance classes. I was able to value real property in order to gain a better understanding of the expansive real estate industry both from a valuations and investments perspective.

Post-graduation plans: I plan to return to Atlanta where I've accepted a position at EY as a business valuation analyst in their Valuation, Modeling, and Economics practice.