Spotlight On: Columbia Business School’s Program for Financial Studies

This month marks the end of the inaugural year of the Program for Financial Studies at Columbia Business School, developed by Laurie Hodrick, the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Business. During its first year, the program launched outreach programs aimed at promoting interdisciplinary financial studies, as well as inspiring students to apply their learning to real-life business scenarios and career development. Such initiatives included Career Tracks, which helps students to reach their career goals by providing customized curriculum development.

The program also includes a flagship initiative known as the No Free Lunch Seminar Series, which encourages widespread discussion of faculty members’ research. Inviting Columbia Business School professors to introduce their in-progress research to MBA and PhD students in lunchtime seminars, No Free Lunch Seminars inspire lively dialogue in an open and informal setting.

The program is governed by a 16-member Executive Advisory Board and a seven-member Academic Advisory Board who ensure that the program delivers seminal research, relevant curriculum, and engaging events.

As the Program for Financial Studies enters its second year, it will host its inaugural conference on November 4, 2011, in Columbia University’s Faculty House. Exploring the theme “Finance in a World of Uncertainties,” the conference will feature panel discussions on asset management and corporate finance, as well as a keynote address by Erskine Bowles ’69, cochair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

“The Program for Financial Studies supports a unique approach to integrating finance into business education,” says Hodrick.To learn more, please visit the Program for Financial Studies website.

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