LSU Team Advances to 2021 National Accounting Competition

E.J. Ourso College of Business, LSU, and Louisiana State University
The 2020/2021 LSU AICC team.

December 3, 2020

BATON ROUGE – A team of six E. J. Ourso College of Business accounting students will advance to compete in Deloitte’s national 2021 Audit Innovation Campus Challenge (AICC). The LSU team is one of 12 teams, out of 52 colleges and universities, selected for the national competition. The team was represented by James Clement of Saint Francisville, La.; Eric Diaz-Miranda of Gonzales, La.; Keyanna Harkless of Saint Cloud, Fla.; Rebecca Parsons of Shreveport, La.; Madison Shaffer of Metairie, La.; and Darrion Wiley of Baton Rouge, La.

For the preliminary competition, each team was given the same challenge statement and tasked with determining how cutting-edge audit technologies could be applied to a real-world business issue. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the teams submitted a 500-word strategy for review by judges comprised of Deloitte partners instead of presenting in person. The LSU team’s submission focused on a tool that aids the audit process.  

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the team and learning how to collaborate,” said Parsons, a junior. “It has been such a great experience that has taught me how to push myself and think of out of the box ideas. The Deloitte professionals were so supportive and taught the team how to knock down barriers and create an innovative idea.”

The student team was supported throughout their preparation by faculty advisor Sanaz Aghazadeh, assistant professor in the Department of Accounting, and Deloitte advisors Patrick Brandau and Helen Karam.

“This AICC competition was a thrilling experience. It allowed me to get to know and work with my fellow LSU teammates,” said Wiley, a sophomore. “It served as an eye-opener. -It showed me how teamwork and creativity are important aspects of an accounting career. The opportunity to network and discuss ideas with Deloitte professionals was also an exciting element of this competition. I enjoyed the whole process of coming up with an innovative idea to present to the panel. I am excited for the national competition!”

AICC is a national program hosted by the Deloitte Foundation and Deloitte’s Audit Innovation group. The competition helps students test their thinking and research skills and promotes the development of professional skills like networking and communication. This win represents the third time that an LSU team was selected to advance to nationals in AICC’s six-year history. The 7th annual national AICC will be held in April of 2021 at Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas.

About the Department of Accounting

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