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The Department of Finance faculty promotes the success of our students through our research, our provision of undergraduate and graduate education, and our service to local and national financial and communities.

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Congratulations to Team Lerner for besting 14 teams and winning the Philadelphia Chapter CFA Challenge. The team will go on to compete at the national level in the Americas Regional Competition to be held in Atlanta.
Team Lerner (left to right): Phil Flesch (FINC & ACCT), Michael Gunderson (FINC & ECON), and Ev Savov (FINC & ACCT).

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that offers students the unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts and compete with peers from the world's top business schools. The competition has grown to involve tens of thousands of students from over 800 universities in more than 55 countries. Students work in teams to research and analyze a publicly traded company, including meeting face-to-face and/or having a conference call with company management. Each team assumes the role of a sell-side analyst research team writing an extensive initiation research report on its assigned company with a buy, sell, or hold recommendation. At the local level (Philadephia, in UD's case), the top four teams (out of 14 from the region) were asked to present and defend their analysis to a panel of industry professionals on February 12th at the Union League in Philadelphia. Our team came out the winner and now advances to the Americas Regional Competition to be held in Atlanta, Georgia on April 15th and 16th with a chance to compete in the global finals on April 17th.


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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