2024 Poets&Quants Announces Best & Brightest Undergraduate Business Majors from Whitman

Lily Buckley and Haig Chakamian

Two Martin J. Whitman School of Management seniors, Haig Chakamian (finance and business analytics) and Lily Buckley (accounting, business analytics and supply chain management), were selected by Poets&Quants for Undergrads to be highlighted in its annual Best & Brightest Undergraduate Business Majors feature. This is the ninth annual list, which honors 100 of the most accomplished seniors at top business schools across the country.


“What makes a Best & Brightest student? To start, they were the ones who could always be counted on— the constants who were first to arrive and last to leave. On campus, they didn’t just get involved: they were the leaders who held their communities together. They commanded attention with their confidence and enthusiasm, eventually becoming role models who set the bar and inspired others to be their best,” says Jeff Schmitt, P&Q senior writer, who launched the series in 2016. 


When asked about what extracurricular or personal achievement he was most proud of, Haig Chakamian ‘24 says, “I am extremely proud of putting together the SU Career Closet as a member of the Student Government Association. During my sophomore year, I wanted to build a place on campus for students to exchange professional dresswear and get a new outfit. During my junior year, I was able to work with Vice President of University Affairs Yasmin Nayrouz to obtain $10,000 in funding to buy suits for undergrads. The event was so successful that my budget doubled for this year. I’m hoping this can be a lasting tradition on campus long after I have graduated.”


Lily Buckley ‘24 her recommendations to those hoping to study business. “My best piece of advice to incoming business students is to always seek new knowledge. One of the most exciting things about being a business student is learning from professors who are industry experts. Connect with them early, learn about their experiences and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Career advisors and alumni are also great resources,” she says. “The knowledge and connections surrounding you as a first-year business student can open lifetime opportunities. Take risks with your learning and commit to exploring in the pursuit of knowledge and experience. It is never too early to start building your professional network and brand.”


Poet&Quants has been covering all that matters in the business school world, with in-depth analysis of B-schools rankings and full-time MBA programs. It has been highlighting the top 100 Best & Brightest Undergraduate business majors each year since 2016.

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