Jared Watson was pumping gas at a Costco near Seattle when he read the email that he gotten into the PhD program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. “I almost fainted,” he recalls. Watson’s dream of becoming a marketing professor was about to begin. He moved to the East Coast to begin the fall 2013 semester with Smith’s new cohort of 18 PhD students.
|Top (L-R): Justin Frake, Ning Li. Second Row (L-R): Vickee Wolcott, John Patrick Paraskevas, Mustafa Sahin. Third Row (L-R): Camil Martinez, Dongwon Lee, Peter Dixon. Fourth Row (L-R): Heejung Byun, Chenqi Huang, Yang Pan, Liu Ming. Bottom (L-R): Yue Zheng, Sijing Wei, Dr. Amna Kirmani and Donald Bowen.|