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GWSB Undergraduate News

December 14, 2011

Undergraduate Pitch George Winners

Congratulations to the undergraduate winners of the Pitch George Competition!

1. James Stern, The Fieldhouse: Software that allows coaches and athletic trainers to input an individual or team's information, facilitating quick review by all parties.
2. Johann Botha and Cameron Mulhern, SurpriseMe: Belated birthday cards no more, as this service allows users to input friends' or family members' birthdays and special occasions, and the most popular gift on (within a specified price range) is sent to the friend or family member.
3. Ji Yeon Jung, Cap In Bottle: Users can store caps to their plastic bottles on the bottom of the bottle itself.
4. Geetae Kim, Stephen Suozzi, and Jae Won Kim,; Zach Peirce, JobsTrakr (tie)

For more information about the Pitch George competition click here.

MGT 4900: Entrepreneurial Management 1

Thinking of starting your own business? Great! However, the skills required to launch
a business, or what are called 'SYOB' skills (‘start your own business’) are very different from skills needed to grow and create a scalable, sustainable business.

Structured as a fast paced, dynamic, “learn by doing” integrated program,
Entrepreneurial Management 1 (MGT 4900) introduces students to the skills needed to address critical issues and opportunities for entrepreneurial companies and provides the resources necessary to develop winning strategies and grow ventures. Traditional businesses must “think entrepreneurially” to not only survive, but thrive. To address today’s market challenges and opportunities, entrepreneurial companies must adapt quickly, transitioning from start-up to a sustainable business model. This dynamic shift demands learning to think like “traditional” management. MGT 4900 addresses these core issues faced by all firms seeking to both understand today’s challenges,and develop new strategies, skills and perspectives to create defensible and sustainable businesses.

Students taking this course will examine critical strategic entrepreneurial
management issues focusing on six core study areas: 1. Innovation Management: New Directions in Developing, Leveraging and Managing Innovation 2. New Technology: Driving Creative Business Models 3. New Product Development: Creating Sustainable, Defensible Businesses 4. Transitioning Challenges: Moving from Emerging Entrepreneurial to Professionally Managed Firm 5. Globalization: Reshaping Markets, Products, Processes, Strategies 6. Strategy Management: Challenges, Best Practices and Strategies

Please register for the course via MGT 4900, CRN 67419. The class meets Thursdays, 3:30-6:00pm. This is a 1.5 credit, seven week course. For more information contact Professor Silverman at

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.

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.

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! Undergraduate Pitch George Winners

NEW! MGT 4900: Entrepreneurial Manaement 1

FINA 4900: Applied Security Analysis

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

BIOC 5701: Science & Medicine: A Priceless Journey

PUBH 3190: Sustainable Energy & Environment

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

ONEHEARTSOURCE Volunteer Opportunities in Tanzania and South Africa

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