High achieving finance majors may be eligible to participate in the annual CFA Institute Research Challenge. According to the CFA Institute’s website, this competition “provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis. Students work in teams to research and analyze a publicly traded company — sometimes even meeting face-to-face with company management. Each team writes a research report on their assigned company with a buy, sell, or hold recommendation and may be asked to present and defend their analysis to a panel of industry professionals.” The Nicholls team consists of three to five undergraduate or graduate students selected by the finance faculty and receive credit for FINC 456: Advanced Investments . Our 2014 CFA student team advanced to the national competition in Denver Colorado. Pictured from left to right are: Damian Despotovski, Logan Cox, Courtney Dupre, Huong-Tra Nguyen and Dimitry Lebedv.
Community Bank Case Study Competition
Beginning 2017, a team of three to five undergraduate students will be selected by the finance faculty to compete in the Community Bank Case Study Competition. The student team will partner with a local community bank to develop a case study using the bank’s own unique story which addresses questions posed by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, the sponsor of the competition. Students will write a “brief, up to 25-pages in length that includes a 1-2 page executive summary and up to 10 pages in tables and charts, that thoroughly discusses the case study findings. Student teams must submit a video of no more than 10 minutes that highlights the teams’ case study findings while showcasing the partnered community bank. ”