Students & Candidates


The Houston CPA Society Student Auxiliary provide programming and activities for students in the Houston area who are interested in a career in accounting.

The Auxiliary programs cover a variety of topics and have included discussions on big data, soft skills, alternative career paths, cybersecurity, careers in industry audit and tax. The programs are developed and moderated by fellow students from local universities.

2018-2019 Officers
Kevin Ly - University of Houston Downtown - President
Ali Enes Cek - Lone Star College - Vice President of Development
Ashwin Khiantani - University of Houston - Vice President of Operations
Gretchen Baumann - University of Houston - Vice President of Marketing
Nhu Le - University of Houston - Vice President of Campus Relations 

Calendar of Events

All events are at the Houston CPA Society offices unless otherwise noted.

 February 8Cybersecurity: Taking Off Cyberspace


Speaker: David Carter, RSM CISA, Manager – Security, Privacy and Risk Consulting

View full description and register here

 February 22Audit or Tax? How About Advisory?



Jackie Fagelson, CPA, Assistant Controller, WhitleyPenn

Nancy Mathews, CPA, Consulting Manager, GP

Terry Sherrill, CPA, Shareholder Business Advisory Services, Briggs & Veselka Co.

Stephen King, CPA, Outsource Controller/CFO, GrowthForce

View full description and register here

 March 22Transcending Technology: The Impact of AI, Blockchain and Big Data


Speaker: Donny Shimamoto, CPA, CITP, CGMA, Managing Director, IntrapriseTechKnowlogies

View full description and register here 


February 1 -Registration opens!


March 23 - Registration closes.


April 1 - Challenge begins; students receive instructions, access bot education, resource links, and bot-builder platform.


April 30 - Final day to submit chatbot.


May 4 - Chatbots become available online to firms.


May 31 - Final day to access published bots.




Bots are disrupting the accounting profession fast and it's become an opportunity for humans to automate repetitive, mundane tasks like reading invoices, data entry, or running reports leveraging bot technology and artificial intelligence so that we can put our brains to better use guiding companies toward financial growth.

Our chapter is leading Houston’s involvement in the TrueUp Bot Challenge to help our students gain hands-on experience in building bots and exploring what bots can do. 

Why participate?

  • Students earn a TrueUp Bot Challenge Badge they can include on their resume, LinkedIn, or share with recruiters.
  • Students own their published bot and can use it or sell it at their discretion after the challenge.
  • Students get feedback on their published bot from CPA firms and professionals who complete evaluations forms.

Learn more about the challenge and sign-up here. 


Houston CPA Society on a Campus Near You

The Houston CPA Society visits several campuses throughout the year. Stay tuned for where we are next to see if we are coming to your campus.

If your school is hosting a career fair or other event, you would like us to be on campus for, contact Carol Spencer, membership manager, at 832-831-9232.

Benefits of Membership
  • Membership in the third largest Society in the US at a greatly reduced dues rate
  • Eligible to serve on committees with prospective future employers
  • The society is not just for your school, but every college and university in Houston area
  • Access to employment opportunities and RESUME POSTING at the Houston CPA Career Center
  • A great addition to your resume
  • Student members majoring in accounting may be eligible to win one of four $250 tuition/book reimbursements
  • Our members save money on many CPA Exam review courses, including a $300 savings from Becker CPA Review
  • Receive Houston CPA Society and TSCPA's publications, Forum, Today's CPA and Viewpoint, keeping you up-to-date on TSCPA and the profession
  • Members may apply for Houston CPA Society accounting scholarships! Applicant must be an accounting major entering their senior year at an accredited four-year college or university, a graduate student pursing a masters degree in an accredited program, or those seeking the additional 30 hours of education to become eligible for a CPA license in Texas

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Questions? Contact Carol Spencer, membership manager.