Cutler Center

Experiential Learning

The Cutler Center supports the Finance Division's offering of rigorous, state-of-the-art programs of study in finance at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The faculty’s to practical approach to education is enhanced by their experiences in industry and consulting for a wide range of organizations. The Cutler Center hosts several programs that allow students to develop practical experience while completing their degree. These program’s include:

  • Babson College Fund (BCF)
  • Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE)
  • Rotman International Trading Competition (RITC)

Babson College Fund

The Babson College Fund program builds students’ investment research and portfolio management skills by guiding graduate and undergraduate students as they manage a portion of the Babson College endowment.

Management Consulting Field Experience

The Cutler Center Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) course provides graduate students with the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world consulting engagements for investments and finance companies.

Companies sponsoring these engagements have included:

  • Beaumont Financial Partners
  • Brown Advisory Board
  • Cambridge Trust Company
  • Essex Investments
  • FinArc
  • G51
  • Highmount Capital
  • LaunchCapital

Of the 40 MCFE projects encompassing 161 students in the 2011-2012 academic year, six were nominated for the Babson MCFE Award (best MCFE), which comes with a cash prize given by Babson-United Inc. (founded by Roger W. Babson). Of the six MCFEs nominated for the award, two were Cutler Center MCFEs, and a Cutler Center MCFE team placed second. The Cutler Center MCFE team (Cambridge Trust Company) won the Babson MCFE Award in the 2010-2012 academic year.

Rotman International Trading Competition

The Cutler Center also participates in the Rotman International Trading Competition (RITC) in the heart of Canada’s financial district in downtown Toronto. RITC is an annual event that brings teams of students and their faculty advisors from universities worldwide to participate in a unique 3-day simulated market challenge. Babson has an impressive track record including winning the competition in 2008 and placing second in 2007 and 2010.

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2016 Rotman International Trading Competition Team (from left to right): Aditya Sastry, Inder Majumdar, Professor Ryan Davies, Philip Dunay, Romil Motwani, Chris Bruno, Jonathan Kohlmeier

Rotman International Trading Competition History

2014:
Babson College placed 20th out of 52 teams.
Team Members: Dineth Siriwardane, Robert Sternberg, Michael Winter, Walker Smith, Maria Pereda Ehrlich, Eric Echelmeyer

2011:
Babson College placed 20th overall out of 50 teams.
Team Members: Khanh Ngo, Sam Wear, Karan Vazirani, Joel Bonina  

2010:
Babson College finished 2nd out of 44 teams.
Team Members: Eric Drozdov, Tom Klein, Estelle Vaysburd, Khanh Ngo

2009:
Babson College wins!   
Team Members: Howard Soyfer, Gilbert Li, Serge Suchkov, Eric Drozdov

2008:
Babson College placed 7th out of 34 teams.  
Team Members: Howard Soyfer, Noj Zachariah, Jeff Liguori, David Peltier

2007:
Babson College placed 2nd out of  33 teams.
Team Members: Brian Dixon, Nick Kyprianou, Eric Mara, YooBee Yun.

CFA Institute Research Challenge Winners

Babson's team won the CFA Institute Research Challenge, beating 11 area colleges and universities. As a result, the team traveled to Seattle in April for the Americas competition where they competed against the best teams in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

The competition involves analyzing a local publicly-traded company and then writing a comprehensive research report with a buy, hold, or sell recommendation. The team was comprised of Brittany Bascom MBA'16, Rachel Burstiner '17, and Roy Nakamajeo '17.

Their outstanding performance is a testament to the Babson's practical approach to finance education and the benefits of our experiential learning programs.

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Inder Majumdar ’16

Inder Majumdar ’16 shares his passion for finance and experience as a member of the Babson College Trading Team. Each spring, the team travels to Toronto to compete against students from top universities from around the world at the Rotman International Trading Competition (RITC). Being a part of the team allowed him to apply his learning in the classroom to simulations of real world business scenarios.