About Lerner College

Department of Finance Contributions

  1. A Diverse and Stimulating Undergraduate Academic Environment
    • Explore the creation a permanent ‘honors track’ of courses for students admitted to the honors program. This commitment reflects the fact that the Finance Department has the second largest number of honors majors on campus.
    • Explore the creation of a real estate ‘certificate’ or ‘track.’ Real estate investments are a significant portion of the portfolio of assets held by individuals and firms. A new group of courses would extend the opportunities for students to study real estate beyond our current one-course offering.
  2. A Premiere Research and Graduate University
    • The Department will regularly evaluate and enrich the new M.S. in Finance program during the initial five year probationary period. Reviews will also continue after its approval to permanent status.
    • Evaluate the feasibility of participating in a college-wide doctoral program.
    • Explore joint graduate programs with other departments on campus. Support the efforts of the Mathematics and Engineering departments in exploring the feasibility of establishing an M.S. in Financial Engineering and/or Engineering Management.
    • The Department of Finance will hire, retain and support outstanding world-class diverse faculty.
  3. Excellence in Professional Education
    • Collaborate with other University units in offering finance-related short courses and programs.
  4. The Initiative for the Planet
    • Explore a ‘financial meteorology’ concentration jointly with the Geography department. Conceptually, business students should understand how weather and other climate issues alter commodity and asset prices.
    • In collaboration with Exelon and selected academic departments and relevant centers, explore the development of an Energy Finance Program.
  5. The Global Initiative
    • Pursue high-profile global partnerships that support efforts to achieve national and international prominence. Examine the feasibility of developing partnerships for B.S. and M.S. students with various universities in Europe (i.e., ISCTE).
  6. The Engaged University
    • Through the Exelon Trading Center (ETC), engage the external community in custom-designed programs targeting businesses. Study the feasibility of providing learning opportunities in the ETC for secondary school students as it relates to financial markets.
    • Continue to provide outstanding corporate governance programs to students, faculty, and the community through the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

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