Whitman Seniors Highlighted on Poets & Quants for Undergrads List of Best & Brightest

Two Martin J. Whitman School of Management seniors, Ryan Houck and Kristen Wong, were selected by Poets & Quants for Undergrads to be highlighted in its annual “best & brightest undergraduate business majors” feature. Each year the publication seeks to honor 100 of the most accomplished seniors from top business schools.

Houck is a CPA accounting and finance double major at the Whitman School who has participated in numerous clubs and activities on campus including Beta Alpha Psi, where he served as president; WhiTax, a volunteer tax preparation service and the Student Advisory Council for the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience at Syracuse University. He also is a Phanstiel Scholar and Horace Landry Undergraduate Scholar and was honored with the David E. Tosh Award.

“The thing I enjoyed most about Whitman was the opportunities that are available outside the classroom,” says Houck. “Whitman fosters this by running the Goodman IMPRESS Program, which helps students develop skills that are not normally taught in the classroom, such as interviewing skills, how to dress professionally, tips on making networking easier and many others. Thanks to these programs I was better able to position myself when it came time to interview for internships and jobs after graduation.”

Wong is a marketing management and public relations dual major with a minor in Asian/Asian American studies. A Renée Crown University Honors Program participant, she also is a Whitman Leadership Scholar. While she has been involved in dozens of campus organizations, she cites her experiences with the Asian American groups at Syracuse University.

“I am most proud of deepening my relationship with my own roots and culture by helping to expand the Asian American presence on campus,” Wong says. “I’ve been a member of the Filipino Student Association since its inception. I’m also involved with the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Planning Committee, where we plan events for the month of April to raise awareness about what it means to be Asian American. These experiences have solidified my own identity and my drive to promote diversity on campus.”

This is the third year students from the Whitman School have been featured on the list. 

Read more accomplishments of Whitman undergraduate students.