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GWSB Undergraduate News

December 7, 2011

Student Experiences: Shelley Xue

My name is Shelley Xue, a Junior in the School of Business with a dual concentration in Marketing and Event Management. I am currently a research assistant in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Through this program, I have the opportunity of working with faculty from the business school. I was nominated by Dr. Carter, the Director of Undergraduate Programs, and accepted by the Council on Undergraduate Research, to present my research project, Hospital Acquisition and Merging, with my professor, Wenjie Chen, at an REU Conference in Virginia. This was a mind-blowing opportunity for me, not only because I was nominated by Dr. Carter, but also because I had the experience of representing our school at a national level.

It was a unique and unusual experience for me. It was the first time that I had to create a poster for a poster presentation session. As a business school student, I never learned how to craft a poster for a presentation. I ended up consulting a lot of students and faculty for suggestions about my poster. Through this conference I experienced a different way of presenting my findings as well as the power of connection, because when you have a problem you cannot solve, sometimes the people around you might have the solution. Even though most of the research topics presented at this conference were science, engineering or math related, I learned a lot from the comments and suggestions provided by the audience. I got to talk about my research experience and topic with people outside of our school and even with professionals. They provided different prospectives to the findings, which will help us when we continue our research. I met a lot of students and faculty who are just like me and having fun with what they researching.

Employment Opportunities in GWSB Undergraduate Programs

Looking for a part time job for the spring? Consider applying for one of the two open positions in GWSB Undergraduate Programs. Positions are open to GWSB undergraduates only! For more information and to apply check out the postings on GWork.

Student Assistant - Reception and Scheduling - GWork ID 754576
Student Assistant - Reception and Hoffman Fund Administration - GWork ID 754575

FINA 4900: Applied Security Analysis

Applied Security Analysis (FINA 4900, section 11) provides undergraduate business students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and practical investing skills. Students enrolled in Applied Security Analysis are the Portfolio Managers for the Phillips Student Investment Fund portfolio, which is a $750,000 portfolio of long-only, U.S.-listed equities within the University’s Endowment Fund. The class is steeped in a fundamental, bottom-up, Buffett-Munger investment philosophy and approach, featuring numerous guest lectures from professional investors, and readings from The Intelligent Investor and The Essays of Warren Buffett.

The class is recommended for those students seeking careers in investing and equity analysis. Students will be expected to devote a significant amount of time outside of class reading, conducting research, performing financial analysis and valuation, analyzing companies, and searching for investment ideas. Additionally, is necessary to stay informed on company, industry/sector, macroeconomic, and geopolitical issues. Class time will primarily be used for guest lectures, student presentations, and discussion, with limited time devoted to lectures.

Title: Applied Security Analysis
Course: FINA 4900
Section: 11
CRN: 67514
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 7:10pm – 9:40pm
Instructors: Donald W. Lindsey/GW Investment Office, guest speakers

For additional information, please contact Steve Keating

7-Week Workshop with DAN SIMONS, Developer of FOUNDING FARMERS GWSB Juniors and Seniors Only

SIGN UP DEADLINE: Friday, December 16, 2011

DESCRIPTION: 7-Week workshop with Dan Simons, Co-founder of Vucurevich Simons Advisory Group and developer of Founding Farmers, the greenest restaurant in Washington, D.C.

SIGN UP AND LEARN TO: • Cut through the formal business terminology and get to the heart of any matter • Interpret the actions of bosses and adjust accordingly • Self-assess & Self-correct within the parameters of the business environment • Identify and select role models and mentors • Build business relationships for the long-term


QUESTIONS: Email Irina Orlova at

BIOC 5701: Science & Medicine: A Priceless Journey

We are pleased to announce increased availability of a new course at GWU: "Science and Medicine: A Priceless Journey." This new course will be taught by Professor Ferid Murad, University Professor and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

"Science and Medicine: A Priceless Journey" will give a broad overview of numerous key biomedical discoveries made in the 20th century, examining the oftentimes profound influence such discoveries have on medical technology, new directions in science and medicine, science administration, politics, ethics, and philosophy. The course will be conducted in seminar/lecture style and students will have the opportunity to engage in active dialogue with their peers, with Dr. Murad, and with a range of distinguished speakers.

The prerequisites for this course have been reduced to provide greater access to the course. It is now available to all students of sophomore, junior, or senior standing who also have had a year of Biology at GWU or come to GWU with AP Biology. Students interested in enrolling in the course can check with their major departments to see what requirements the course can fulfill.

Please register for the course via BIOC: 5701:80, CRN: 67227 (crosslisted as HONR 5701:80, CRN: 66840). It meets M, 11:10am - 1:00 pm; and M, 6:10pm - 8:00 pm.

PUBH 3190: Sustainable Energy & Environment

Have you ever wondered when fossil fuels will become scarce ? Will basic needs like food and water be met ? Do you wonder how energy impacts your health or if climate change is really happening ? Have you heard of Hydrofracking and Canadian tar sands but would like to learn more?

Then you may be interested in a new undergraduate course offering this Spring in Sustainable Energy and Environmental Health where we will discuss these issues and much more. You will get a chance to measure your own carbon footprint, where your food comes from as well as a tour of GWUs sustainable initiatives. There are no prerequisites and this 3 credit class will be held on Mondays 10:00-12:30 at Ross Hall (near Foggy Bottom Metro Station). So come join us for an eye opening class that will change the way you view your world. The course number is PUBH 3190.10.

Focus on Fall Abroad Community (FOFAC)

Thinking about studying abroad next fall?
Come to an info session to hear about the benefits of studying abroad in the fall with the Focus on Fall Abroad Community (FOFAC):

Friday, December 9, 2011, 2:00pm

All information sessions will take place at the Office for Study Abroad, 812 20th Street NW. The application is open so apply now!

For any questions, contact Anna Levinger at

Attention GWSB Sophomores and Juniors: $2,500 Scholarships Available!!!

184 Marvin Ridge Road
New Canaan, CT. 06840

The Andrew Stergiopoulos Foundation, in collaboration with the faculty and administration of George Washington University, is currently accepting applications for the 2012 Andrew Stergiopoulos Scholarship Awards. Each year, the Awards are given to students in the sophomore and junior classes of the GW Undergraduate business school who exhibit Andrew’s outstanding qualities, including academic and athletic achievement, leadership and vision. Traditionally, two Awards are given each year, and each Award takes the form of a cash gift in the amount of $2,500. Award proceeds are to be used to defray tuition or work-study expenses, for a special research project, or to fund study abroad.

Winners of the Awards are selected based on a short application, an essay and a faculty recommendation. The Award and the application process are described in greater detail at our website: For the 2012 Awards, application materials must be received by the Foundation no later than February 15, 2012. Recipients of the Awards will be invited to attend a luncheon or dinner celebrating Fellowship Scholarships at The George Washington University.

ONEHEARTSOURCE Volunteer Opportunities in Tanzania and South Africa

With little sustainable health care infrastructure or equal distribution of resources in most developing countries, the need for change is urgent; yet the implementation of constructive change needs to be done with passionate consideration and motivated self-initiative. You can help!

Volunteer with One Heart Source as a teacher and mentor in a village in Tanzania or South Africa. Gain international experience, live with a host family, learn an African language, and involve yourself in development & aid, global health, education, and much more!


Below is a brief overview of our programs:

ARUSHA, Tanzania

• 6-week programs
• Live with a Maasai family
• Two types of programs: Community Health OR In-school Teaching
• Community Health: Educate your village about HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, family planning and community health in general, organize projects like free HIV testing days, work with the local clinic
• In-school Teaching: Teach English and other subjects in the local secondary school, tutor outside of class, initiate projects to improve the school

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania

• 4-week programs
• Live with a Tanzanian family
• Teach in schools, focusing on English and HIV/AIDS education
• Run community outreach programs (adult education, community health initiatives, homestay tutoring)

CAPE TOWN, South Africa

• 4-week programs
• Live in a volunteer house
• Teach in primary and secondary schools
• Run after school programs (Sports, Dance, Music, Art, Peer Education Classes, Tutoring)

Be a part of our movement for sustainable social change. Together, we can make a lasting impact; in our own lives and in the lives of others.

APPLICATIONS DUE: January 20, 2012

For more information and to download the program application, please visit: or email


ONEHEARTSOURCE is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and development of education in rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

FINA 4900: Personal Finance

Do you know how to plan your personal finances?

Are you financially illiterate?





This course covers what you need to know about personal finance to manage your financial life in your 20s and 30s and beyond.

  • How do I borrow to pay for tuition? When do I pay it back? Should I consolidate my loans?
  • When do I start saving and how do I do it? How much should I save? How do I invest? How does the stock market work?
  • How do I get a good credit rating?
  • Should I buy or lease a car, apartment?
  • How much money must I make to have a good life?
  • How much money must I accumulate to have a good life when I retire?
  • How much life insurance and disability insurance do I need now? Later?

Follow a case study about Sally Smith, a recent college graduate, as she makes decisions about her financial life: finding a job, building a sideline business, leasing a car, financing a condo and then a home, marrying, having children, divorcing, paying her taxes, building an investment portfolio, inheriting money.

FINA 4900-10 (3 credit hours)
Spring 2012
Monday & Wednesday 3:45 – 5:00 PM

Ask Professor Cohen

FINA 6237: Personal Financial Advising/Private Wealth Management




FINA 6237-10, Spring 2012

CRN 66036 - Mondays 7:10-9:40 PM

Contact Professor Neil G. Cohen

Course Objectives

· The course addresses the need for professionally skilled personal financial advisors in the career track called PRIVATE WEALTH MANAGEMENT, where many jobs are available.

· It is directed at students from different fields (finance, accounting, law, marketing, human resources) who want to develop knowledge of this field, to be used as a career path.

How the Course Works

· The class environment is active Q&A and discussion, not a lecture, a workshop to learn how to do personal financial analysis and decision making using Excel templates.

· The first stage of the course lays out the basics of personal financial planning, income and estate taxation, retirement plans and pensions, and life and disability insurance in the context of a case study, The Morgan Family and Bob Green CFP.

· The second stage of the course uses a hands-on workshop approach for learning-by-doing. You will learn to make and present a comprehensive personal financial plan, including an investment portfolio plan.

· The third stage of the course deals with organizing, running, and marketing a private wealth management advisory practice, in the context of a case study, Metropolitan Private Wealth Management Group.

GW Student Startup Incubator

The GW Office of Entrepreneurship welcomes all young GW student entrepreneurs to apply to the university's newly launched student startup incubator!

Housed at District I/O, the newest co-working space for entrepreneurs in D.C., the incubator offers five (5) rent-free office spaces to those GW students who are working hard on making their entrepreneurial dreams come true. To learn more about the incubator and the application process, please visit our website: The incubator is currently only accepting GW student entrepreneurs (both graduate and undergraduate), and we welcome applications on a rolling basis until the five (5) membership spots are filled. To access the application form alone, please visit For more questions, please email us.

Nominate a Professor or Graduate Teaching Assistant for a GW Teaching Award

Do you have a professor or a graduate teaching assistant who is the definition of “great teacher"? The Provost’s Office is calling for nominations for the annual GW teaching awards, including the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence, the Bender Teaching Awards and the Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award. If you would like to nominate a professor for the Trachtenberg or Bender awards, we ask you to submit a short nomination form naming the candidate no later than Dec. 16 (visit and click on “Teaching Awards”). If you have a graduate teaching assistant you think should be nominated, speak with your department.

Survey Corner

2012 IBM Global Student Study

Every two years, as part of the IBM Global CEO Study, we speak to thousands of CEOs and public sector leaders worldwide about changes occurring in the business world. Since 2010, we have also surveyed undergraduate and graduate students from around the world so that we can contrast the perspectives of today’s student population with today's CEOs.

We are delighted to announce the kick-off of the second IBM Global Student Study. Questions we ask in the Student Study are very similar to those we pose in the CEO Study. Side by side, students and CEOs will provide a view of leadership across generations, and a glimpse into what leadership may look like in the future.

If you are currently an undergraduate or graduate student, we would like to invite you to participate in the 2012 IBM Global Student Study.

To have your voice heard, click on the following URL to view the survey

Once you complete the survey, you will be given the option to receive the results of the Student Study in 2012. If you would like to receive results, please provide an active e-mail address, and we will send you them once they are released.

Please feel free to forward this e-card to other students around the world, or load it onto your facebook page or twitter feed.

Thank you for participating in the 2012 IBM Global Student Study – we look forward to hearing from you soon.

2012 IBM Global Student Study closes on January 4, 2012.

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NEW! Student Experiences: Shelley Xue

NEW! Employment Opportunities in GWSB Undergraduate Programs

NEW! FINA 4900: Applied Security Analysis

NEW! 7-Week Workshop with DAN SIMONS, Developer of FOUNDING FARMERS GWSB Juniors and Seniors Only

NEW! BIOC 5701: Science & Medicine: A Priceless Journey

NEW! PUBH 3190: Sustainable Energy & Environment

NEW! Focus on Fall Abroad Community (FOFAC)

NEW! Attention GWSB Sophomores and Juniors: Two $2,500 Scholarships Available!!!

NEW! ONEHEARTSOURCE Volunteer Opportunities in Tanzania and South Africa

FINA 4900: Personal Finance

FINA 6237: Personal Financial Advising/Private Wealth Management

GW Student Startup Incubator

Nominate a Professor or Graduate Teaching Assistant for a GW Teaching Award

Survey Corner

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