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 practical approach to education is enhanced by authentic experiences, hands-on learning, and practical application. The Cutler Center provides Babson students with unique opportunities to learn, build valuable skills, and lead outside of the classroom through the following experiential learning programs:

Programs

Babson College Fund

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The Babson College Fund (BCF) is an accredited course in which specially selected students from both the undergraduate and graduate schools manage $5 million of the Babson College endowment. The program is for highly self-motivated individuals with a strong interest in finance and investments. Participation requires a two-semester commitment.

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Cutler Center Mentor Program

The Cutler Center mentor program matches undergraduate and graduate students with industry professionals from across the world of finance. Mentors are paired with a student majoring in finance to enhance the student’s network, helping to develop their career path, and providing advice, guidance, and feedback. To apply, please complete the mentor or mentee online application form.​

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CFA Institute University Affiliation Program

At Babson College, the Bachelor of Science in Finance and the Master of Science in Finance programs have been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. These programs position students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

Entry into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace the Babson College curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations. Through participation in this program, Babson College is eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year, including:

  • 24 annual scholarships
  • Access to the CFA curriculum (Levels I, II, and III)
  • Practice exams (Levels I, II, and III)

CFA Program Awareness Scholarships are available for qualified students and faculty (who have not already registered for the exam). The scholarship waives the one-time enrollment fee ($450) and reduces the exam costs ($650–$1,380) to $350.

Eligibility

Applicants must be current students at the time they submit their applications. Students can register and sit for any exam that is open for registration within one year from the date their award decision is made.    

Application Process

Complete the Scholarship Application on the CFA website. To access the application, click on "Log-In" on the top right hand corner of the CFA website and either log-in with your account information or sign up to create a new account. Once logged in, select "View Programs". Click on "Complete the eligibility profile" by selecting "Scholarship Opportunities" option and then click "Save my profile". From there, select the "CFA Program Student Scholarship" option and click "Apply" on the next page. In the ‘Attachments’ section of your scholarship application, please attach the following:

  1. CV/Resume
  2. Academic Transcript – an unofficial transcript will suffice 
  3. Babson CFA Scholarship Essay

CFA Program

A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) charter is a designation given to those who have completed the CFA® Program and completed acceptable work experience requirements.

The CFA Program is a three-part exam that tests the fundamentals of investment tools, valuing assets, portfolio management, and wealth planning. The CFA Program is typically completed by those with backgrounds in finance, accounting, economics, or business. CFA charterholders earn the right to use the CFA designation after program completion, application, and acceptance by CFA Institute. CFA charterholders are qualified to work in senior and executive positions in investment management, risk management, asset management, and more.

Cutler Center Managing Director Patrick Gregory, CFA offers an overview of the CFA program for Babson students interested in pursuing the designation.

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Student Competitions

Babson Trading Competition 

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The 11th annual Babson Trading Competition, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, welcomed Babson undergraduate and graduate students to compete against one another using the Rotman Interactive Trader software, which simulates an order-driven market. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three finishers! 

Prior to the start of the competition, students got to hear from Babson alumni Ken Martin, Janis Voldins, and Marco Gargurevich discuss their roles and responsibilities at Fidelity Investments, while also answering questions from students. 

2021 Results:

Sales & Trading Competition:

1st place - Tyson Corner '22

2nd place - Alexander Bowers '25

3rd place - Gabriel Papa '22

 

2019 Results:

Sales & Trading Competition:

1st place - Benjamin Norris '21

2nd place - Elham Chowdhury '20 & Alex Spinell '20

3rd place - Ian Jurkiewicz '21 & James Cheng '20

Algorithmic Competition:

1st place - Ian Jurkiewicz '21

2nd place - Zhou (Claude) Zou '23

3rd place - Duska Glidden '20

Rotman International Trading Competition

The Cutler Center sponsors students who participate in the Rotman International Trading Competition. Babson has an impressive track record including winning the competition in 2009 and placing second in 2007 and 2010.

The Rotman International Trading Competition 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. Teams are invited to participate in various activities including electronic and outcry trading cases, seminars with industry practitioners, and social events with their fellow competitors from around the world.

2022:
Babson College placed 16th out of 53 teams 
Team Members: Tyson Corner ‘22, Aditya Agarwal ‘22, Gabriel Papa ‘23, Xuwei Hua MS’22

2021:
Babson College placed 22nd out of 45 teams 
Team Members: Benjamin Norris, Alexandra Tutecky, Tyson Corner, and Abitamim Bharmal

2020:
Babson College placed 4th out of 47 teams. Babson also placed first in the Liquidity Risk case, which included a $1,000 prize!  
Team Members: Sarah (Xinran) Wang, Alexander Spinnell, Harry (Chen Lin) Liu, Ian Jurkiewicz, and Benjamin Norris  

2019:
Babson College placed 9th out of 52 teams.
Team Members: Elena Yang, Duska Glidden, Srivatsa Rajan Swaminathan, Alexander Spinnell, and John Regan 

2018:
Babson College placed 13th out of 52 teams.
Team Members: Elena Yang, Meiwei Luo, James Jackson, Mohnish Mehta, and Victor Cesar Mantovani Dias Gomes

2017:
Team Members: Christopher Bruno, Thomas Lin, Connor Chin, Yineng Fan, David St. Peter, Yanchuan Cai

2016:
Team Members: Aditya Sastry, Inder Majumdar, Romil Motwani, Philip Dunay, Christopher Bruno, Jon Kohlmeier

2015:
Team Members: Romil Motwani, Christopher Bruno, Ajay Palekar, Jon Kohlmeier, Yerim Kim

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

2013:
Team Members: Michael Winter, Kush Patel, Robert Sternberg, Dineth Siriwardane

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

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The Cutler Center sponsors students who participate in the CFA Institute Research Challenge. Babson has an impressive track record including winning the local competition in 2017, 2019, 2021, and 2022 while winning the global competition in 2007. 

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides graduate and undergraduate students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis and professional ethics. Working in teams along with a Faculty Advisor and Industry Mentor, students gain real-world experience as they assume the role of research analysts and are judged by a group of industry experts on their ability to value a stock, write a research report, and present their recommendations. 

CFA Institute Research Challenge - Local Championship Wins

2022:

Team Members: Aditya Agarwal ’22, Sophia Knopp ’22, Gabriel Papa ’23, and Ryan Watts ’23

Company: Akamai Technologies

Industry Advisor: David Wellinghoff MBA'07

Faculty Advisor: Patrick Gregory, CFA

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2021:

Team Members: Alexa Tutecky ‘21, Vladimir (Manny) Cadavid Dubinin ‘21, Tavleen Arora ‘21, and Tyson Corner ’22

Final Written Report - Rapid 7

Industry Advisor: David Wellinghoff MBA'07

Faculty Advisor: Patrick Gregory, CFA

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2019:

Team Members: Rushi Nagalla ’19, Mitchell Troyanovsky ’19, Guillermo Vadell ’19, and Albert Yun ’19

Final Written Report - CarGurus

Industry Advisor: David Wellinghoff MBA'07

Faculty Advisor: Patrick Gregory, CFA

 

2017:

Team Members: Brittany Bascom MBA'16, Rachel Burstiner '17, and Roy Nakamajeo '17

Final Written Report - Global Partners LP

Industry Advisor: David Wellinghoff MBA'07

Faculty Advisor: Patrick Gregory, CFA

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CFA Institute Research Challenge - Global Championship Wins

2007:

Team Members: Anil Agarwal, Paul Fruin, Michael Hess, Sri Krishnamurthy, Dave Wellinghoff, and Dennis Yuscavitch

Final Written Report - Analog Devices Inc.

Industry Advisor: Warren Johnson

Faculty Advisor: Steven Feinstein

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Van Berkom John Molson Small-Cap Case Competition

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The Cutler Center sponsors students who participated in the Van Berkom John Molson Small-Cap Case Competition. Babson recently placed second at the competition, having previously placed third in 2018. The team was comprised of undergraduate students Tyson Corner ’22, Gabriel Papa ’23, Nathan Watts ’23, and Ryan Watts ’23, all members of the Babson College Fund. The team was supported by faculty advisor Spencer Adams.

This event is the premier case competition focused on small-cap investment. It provides business students with an opportunity to showcase their ability to analyze financial business cases, develop strategic recommendations, and apply the academic skills they have gained in the classroom while networking with other business students and professionals in the finance industry.

2022:

Team Members: Tyson Corner ’22, Gabriel Papa ’23, Nathan Watts ’23, and Ryan Watts ’23

Second Place - $3,000

2018:

Team Members: Tim Hasbergen MS '18, Lilia Chobanova MS'18, Jack Long MS'18, and Dhriti Shetty MS'18

Third Place - $1,000

2021-22 Seminars & Workshops

In this two-semester seminar series, Gary Mishuris, CFA will use a number of readings from Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett and other authors to discuss the investing philosophies and processes of successful value investors. With Gary’s help, you’ll be able to use the insights from the readings to build your own value investing framework that is internally consistent and suited to your strengths.

Prior to founding Silver Ring Value Partners, Gary successfully managed the U.S. Focused Value strategy using a concentrated intrinsic value process at Manulife Asset Management from 2012-2016 as Lead Portfolio Manager. He also was Vice President, Senior Equity Analyst/Portfolio Manager for Evergreen Investments from 2001-2010. He started his career at Fidelity Investments as a Research Associate between 2001-2004.

Space is limited and undergraduate and graduate students must apply for this seminar.

During the fall 2021 semester, 16 undergraduate students participated in a semester-long seminar series on private equity. Led by several private equity practitioners, the seminar provided an in-depth understanding of private equity with sessions devoted to prospecting, valuation, LBO modeling, negotiating skills, and the lifecycle of private equity investments. Through interactive discussions and case studies, students were able to develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in private equity and be better prepared for the interview process.

Special thank you to our seminar instructors:

  • Steve Achatz '07, Vice President, Great Hill Partners
  • Mark Jrolf ‘86, Managing Senior Partner, New Heritage Capital
  • Eric Lee ’16, Senior Associate, Abry Partners
  • Rob Nicewicz ‘07, Partner, Abry Partners
  • Jessica Reed ‘03, Partner, Alta Equity Partners
  • Tim Yantz ‘01, Partner, Meadow Partners

This three-part professional development series hosted by the Cutler Center features the following workshops for undergradaute and graduate students:

Resume Writing Workshop with Joe Spinelli '98

This virtual resume workshop, led by Joe Spinelli ’98, Execution Services Head (Americas) at Millennium Management, is designed for finance students who want to learn from a practitioner how to best showcase their experience and skills to improve their chances of securing internship and job opportunities. Mr. Spinelli will walk through example resumes to provide helpful tips for formatting and discuss some common mistakes that he sees when reviewing candidates' resumes. Students will benefit from Mr. Spinelli’s guidance and direct feedback, which can then be applied to improve their resumes. Registration 

Financial Modeling Workshop from Wall Street Prep 

Designed for students looking to break into the finance industry, this Financial and Valuation Modeling Boot Camp from Wall Street Prep will help bridge the gap between academics and the real world by teaching you how to build models the way it’s done on the job. This is the same training used to prepare incoming analysts at top financial institutions. Registration 

Writing for Finance Workshop with Jason Orlosky '04 

The writing for finance workshop, led by Jason Orlosky ’04, Chief Strategist & Managing Director at Bridgeway Wealth Partners, is designed for students interested in writing a professional investment research report and exploring how to tailor their writing for a variety of different formats. Students will learn how to effectively structure a research report, covering what information should be included, how the process comes together, and tips and tricks for enhancing your report. Students will also spend time discussing how to write and communicate their research effectively in a variety of different formats - how to draw out the key points to discuss, how to send it via email, and even how to turn the information into a blog post. Registration 

Taught by our Cutler Center student assistants, the Finance Lab 101 series provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the various analytical tools and resources available in the finance lab through hands-on sessions that will help students strengthen their skills, gain more practice for coursework, and prepare for internships and job opportunities. Sessions are open to Babson undergraduate and graduate students.

2/11 - Introduction to PowerPoint with Calliope Cortright ’23 »

4/1 - Introduction to Value Investing with Andrea Torres '24 and Peter D’Ambrosio '24 »

4/22 - Investment Banking Test in Excel with Tyson Corner '22 »