LSU Team Advances to Regional Finals of CFA National Research Challenge

February 18, 2019

CFA case competition team group photo.

From left to right: Matthew Crapanzano, Michael Hubbell, Brandt Green and Sam Chastain.

BATON ROUGE – A team of four undergraduate students in the E. J. Ourso College of Business has advanced to the southwest regional finals of the CFA Institute Research Challenge, an intercollegiate competition sponsored by the CFA Institute in which leading industry professionals teach business and finance students how to research, write and present a report recommending a “buy,” “sell,” or “hold” position on a publicly traded company. The four students, all undergraduate finance seniors from Baton Rouge, are Matthew Crapanzano, Michael Hubbell, Brandt Green and Sam Chastain.

The LSU team will compete against representatives of nine other universities Saturday, Feb. 23, before an oral panel made up of leaders in the investment community at the Texas Investment Portfolio Symposium (TIPS). The top two teams will represent the southwest at the Americas Regional Final in New York City where teams from across the Americas - Canada, U.S., and Latin/South America - will compete.

The CFA Institute Research Challenge - Southwest U.S. is managed and supported by the CFA Societies of Texas (Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston and San Antonio) as well as the CFA societies of Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. The LSU team was mentored by faculty advisor and finance instructor Kurtay Ogunc of the Department of Finance and by industry mentor Amanda Didier of LWCC.

“I am proud of the hard work and dedication the team has demonstrated throughout the process,” said Kurtay, adding “The best is yet to come!”

Didier was equally pleased, saying “As an alumna of the E. J. Ourso College of Business, it was a pleasure to be able to give back and serve as the industry mentor for the CFA Research Challenge. The challenge is a valuable opportunity for the students to utilize skills learned in the classroom to gain a real-life learning experience. These students competed against some great schools and I am very proud of what they have accomplished.”

Rajesh Narayanan, chair of the Department of Finance, acknowledged and appreciated how Kurtay and Didier worked together with the students. “This is a wonderful example of how industry and academia can partner in mentoring young minds to realize their potential,” he said.

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 databases 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 or call 225-578-6291.

About the E. J. Ourso College of Business

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Wendy Marx
E. J. Ourso College of Business