2017 Finance Academy Class Inducted in Ceremony

Rajesh Narayan standing at podium

Department of Finance Chair Rajesh Narayanan addresses attendees.  

April 21, 2017

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Department of Finance named 21 students to the 2017 Finance Academy at an induction banquet Thursday, April 6 in the Rotunda of the Business Education Complex.

The Finance Academy is a select group of high-achieving undergraduate finance majors who were nominated by the faculty based on their LSU undergraduate finance-related endeavors. Membership is based on a number of factors in addition to GPA, including Bloomberg Essentials Training, financial literacy volunteering, Student Finance Association leadership, Student Real Estate Association leadership, Wall Street Trip participation, professional resume building, and LSU leadership outside of finance.

However, this year’s class does boast an impressive average GPA of 3.86.

The following students were inducted into the 2017 Finance Academy:

Baton Rouge
Kaitlyn Anton
Samuel Bonnie
Marlen Stephanie Breve
James Rodney Chastain III
Miles Durio
Alexis Gahn
Rachel Gravois
Anna Liggio

Covington
Madison McDaniel
Bryce Simon
Brandon Walther

Houma
John Manno

Lafayette
John Drewes Colowich

Lockport
Lauren Verret

Mandeville
Bryan Livaudais

New Iberia
Rachel LeMaire

Youngsville
Michael Hawkins

Out of State
Preston Galatas – The Woodlands, Texas
Louis Flores – Houston
Harland Hebert – Houston

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About the Department of Finance
The Department of Finance offers high-quality curricula to undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. The department boasts internationally renowned research faculty in several areas, including derivatives, asset management, banking and spatial econometrics. The department’s Securities Markets Analysis Research & Trading Lab utilizes the Bloomberg Professional service, the platform used by more than 300,000 leading business and financial professionals worldwide to make informed business decisions, and an extensive library of financial data bases including the Wharton WRDS System. Additionally, the department encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute. For more information, visit our home page


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