Student Features

This section features the learning outcomes of supervised students’ research projects, including independent studies, master’s thesis, and University of Delaware (UD) summer scholar research.

Fall 2021

Emma Davis 2021 International Textile and Apparel (ITAA) annual conference presentation

Short bio: Emma Davis graduated from the University of Delaware in May 2021 with B.S. in Fashion Merchandising. Emma is a two-year winner of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) national case competition award. Emma is also the author of several recent publications on U.S. fashion companies’ sourcing strategy in Just-Style. In summer 2021, Emma was invited to present her research to the sourcing leadership team at Target. Emma currently works for Burlington Stores Inc. as an assistant buyer.

Summer 2021

Ally Botwinick 2021 UD Summer Scholar project: Understand Fashion Companies’ Merchandising and Marketing Strategies for Clothing Made from Recycled Materials

Short bio: Ally Botwinick is a Fashion merchandising and Management major (class of 2022). She is also admitted to the 4+1 fashion and apparel studies graduate program at the University of Delaware.

Valerie Light 2021 UD Summer Scholar research project: How Can U.S. Cosmetics and Beauty Retailers Survive the Pandemic?

Short bio:  Valerie Light is an Honors Public Relations Communication major and Fashion management minor (class of 2022). She is also the Editor-in-Chief of UDress, a student-run fashion magazine.

Spring 2021

Emma Davis Independent Study research project (published in Just-Style): How the pandemic has shifted US apparel sourcing strategies

Short bio: Emma Davis graduated from the University of Delaware in May 2021 with B.S. in Fashion Merchandising. Emma is a two-year winner of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) national case competition award. Emma is also the author of several recent publications on U.S. fashion companies’ sourcing strategy in Just-Style. In summer 2021, Emma was invited to present her research to the sourcing leadership team at Target. Emma currently works for Burlington Stores Inc. as an assistant buyer.

Victoria Langro independent study research project: How Has COVID-19 Affected Apparel Exports from China, Vietnam, and Bangladesh?. The study is published in Just-style and will be presented at the 2021 International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) conference.

Short bio: Victoria Langro is a Honors Marketing & Operations Management Majors and Fashion Management Minor (class of 2022). She is also a 2020 UD Summer Scholar.

Fall 2020

Lora Merryman Master’s Thesis: Are Fashion Majors Ready for the Era of Data Science? A Study on the Fashion Undergraduate Curriculum in U.S. Institutions (published in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education). The study is featured by Just-Style in Fashion education needs a re-think on the data skills.

Short bio: Lora Merryman graduated from the University of Delaware (UD) with a Master of Science in Fashion and Apparel Studies (class of 2021). She also graduated from the UD with a Bachelor’s Science in Fashion Merchandising in 2020. She currently works for QVC as a global sourcing intern.  Lora was selected as a 2020 University of Delaware summer scholar. She also served as a graduate teaching assistant for FASH455 in Fall 2020 and Winter 2021. Lora is the author of a recent research publication on data science education for fashion majors, featured by Just-Style and several other industry news outlets. Lora currently works for Macy’s as a merchandiser.

Summer 2020

Victoria Langro summer scholar research:  US-UK Free Trade Agreement: What Does it Mean for the Apparel Industry? (published in Just-Style.)

Short bio: Victoria Langro is a Honors Marketing & Operations Management Majors and Fashion Management Minor (class of 2022). She is also a 2020 UD Summer Scholar.

Spring 2020

Kendall Keough Master’s Thesis: Explore the Export Performance of Textiles and Apparel “Made in the USA”: A Firm-Level Analysis (published in the Journal of the Textile Institute).

Short bio: Kendall Keough graduated from the University of Delaware (UD) with a Master of Science in Fashion and Apparel Studies (class of 2020). She also graduated from the UD with a Bachelor’s Science in Fashion Merchandising with Honors in 2019. In 2018, Kendall won a case study competition with the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. Kendall has held many leadership positions in her time at UD including President of the Synergy Fashion Group. In summer 2020, Kendall was invited to present her research to the sourcing team at Under Armour as well as a seminar hosted by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC). Kendall currently works as an assistant inventory manager at Macy’s.

Mikayla DuBreuil‘s independent study: Explore Canada’s apparel market and sourcing patterns (published in Just-Style).

Short bio: Mikayla Dubreuil  graduated from the University of Delaware (UD) with a Master of Science in Fashion and Apparel Studies (class of 2020). She also graduated from the UD with a Bachelor’s Science in Fashion Merchandising with in 2018. She was the recipient of the International Textiles and Apparel (ITAA) Sara Douglas Fellowship for Professional Promise-Masters in 2019. Mikayla’s master’s thesis Traditional vs. big-data fashion trend forecasting: An examination using WGSN and EDITED is published in International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education.

Abby Edge‘s independent study: How will EU Trade Curb Affect Cambodia’s Apparel Industry? (published in Just-Style).

Short bio: Abby Edge graduated from the University of Delaware (UD) with a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising (class of 2020). While studying abroad, she worked for Under Armour’s Hong Kong office as a product development intern. She also served as a teaching assistant for FASH455 in Spring 2020. Abby currently works as a sourcing associate for Haddad Brands.

Spring & Fall 2019

Shannon Brady‘s summer scholar and independent study: Managing the used clothing trade (published in the Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases)

Short bio: Shannon Brady graduated magna cum laude from the University of Delaware, where she received a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising. She was a 2018 UD summer scholar. Shannon has always loved the fashion industry and has followed this passion in several ways including an abroad program in Paris where she interned at Paris Fashion Week. Shannon was the Director of Communication of the US Fashion Industry Association. She currently works for Party City as a sourcing operation analyst.

Julia Huott‘s independent study research: Japan’s apparel market – Key selling and sourcing trends (Published in Just-Style).

Short bio: Julia Huott received a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Delaware in 2019. She also served as a teaching assistant for FASH455 in Fall 2019. Julia currently works for LaFORCE, a full-service marketing communications agency providing innovative strategies for the world’s top brands in retail, technology, fashion, luxury, home, design, beauty and wellness.

Camryn Leon-Kelly independent study research: Explore the Merchandising Strategy for Sustainable Cotton Apparel in the U.S Retail Market (published in Retail Info Systems)

Short bio: Camryn Leon-Kelly graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s Science in Fashion Merchandising (class of 2019). She currently works as an assistant merchant for Marquee Brands. Before joining Marquee Brands, Camryn worked as a merchandise assistant for Saks OFF 5TH.