Project Lab

Project Lab allows students to work with industry partners on their firms' research projects. Students get to apply their coursework in new ways while getting a closer look at the challenges and opportunities in industry research. Project Lab is a 10-week collaboration, and each team is comprised of 3-5 students supported by a faculty advisor. The course (FINM 36000) is typically offered every quarter, and students apply to specific firm projects. The project concludes with a final presentation to the firm and completion of specific project deliverables. Project Lab is a repeatable course, as many students find it a valuable way to build industry experience throughout the program.

student presentation

The following is a small list of firms that our students have worked with:

  • Abbot Downing - A Wells Fargo Business
  • CME
  • Ernst & Young
  • Mizuho Bank

Students have worked on projects in the following areas:

  • Algorithmic trading based on sentiment and news
  • Risk management for illiquid and private securities
  • Options volatility modeling
  • Systematic macro strategies 
  • Data analytics

student presentation

Employers interested in joining our Project Lab should contact Sue Clark. Prospective students interested in learning more about Project Lab should contact Financial Mathematics.