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Zhou Jiang, a PhD student in management, was recently recognized by the Iowa Society of CPAs after being nominated by the management department as the 2016 Outstanding Accounting Student.

Faculty at each college and university nominate their top student, and the society then presents them with an award.

Ms. Zhou’s accomplishments as a student include passing all four parts of the Certified Public Accountant exam and passing the XBRL certification exam while also earning an MBA, a post-graduate certificate in Lean Accounting, and a post-graduate certificate in Lean Higher Education.

Accounting professor Andy Bargerstock said it’s rare that a student without professional experience is able to pass the CPA exams because much of the content of the exam is mastered by actually doing it in practice.

Ms. Zhou has also achieved XBRL certification. This is a markup language, resembling a computer language, that’s used to ensure data is reported in a systematic manner to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. XBRL is now required in many jobs involving reporting accounting data to the government.

The award was presented by Fairfield CPAs Tommy Thompson and Tamra Halama, members of the Iowa Society of CPAs who were invited by the society to formally bestow the award.

In addition to being a PhD student, Ms. Zhou also does some teaching for MUM.

The Featured image shows left to right Naveed Abassi, Andrew Bargerstock, Tommy Thompson, Zhou Jiang, Tamra Halama, William Graff

Jim Karpen is a writer by trade, with a special focus on technology. He has a Ph.D. in English and studied the impact of the computerization of language. In addition to writing for iPhone Life magazine, he has also been writing a column about the Internet for the Iowa Source since 1994. He also edits and publishes the MUM Review.