Duke Financial Economics Center Debuts Student Advisory Committee

Friday, November 2, 2018
5 students standing in front of the DFE sign

The Duke Financial Economics Center (DFE) has launched the new Student Advisory Committee for the 2018-2019 school year. Program coordinator Jennifer Valentyn, who is helping support the committee, says the goal is to provide a student perspective on current DFE programs, including how they can be enhanced and effectively promoted to have the widest possible reach.  

The Duke Financial Economics Center, housed within the Economics Department, offers undergraduates of all majors curricular and extracurricular opportunities to learn about the financial markets and engage with finance professionals. DFE faculty teach courses on a range of finance topics, from behavioral finance to emerging markets, and advise students on pursuing finance careers. The DFE’s extracurricular programming includes lunch & learn sessions hosted by alumni finance professionals, competitions sponsored by major investment firms, a Wall Street Mentor Program for sophomores, and a two-day networking event that prepares sophomores for internship recruiting. 

The committee is made up of five undergraduate students, Abigail Sparrow, Karl Harrison, Tassilo Corsi, Karam Katariya, and Nickolas Hibshman, all who have participated in DFE programming. They are hoping to make steps toward expanding students’ understanding of what DFE does, and how students can get involved with DFE programs. Junior Nickolas Hibshman joined the committee after participating in the spring Duke in New York: Financial Markets and Institutions study away program. He’s hoping to spread the word about DFE to students who may not know what it is or what it does. “One major reason I want to help the DFE is that I didn't even know it existed for the first two years I was at Duke. And since I've pretty much always been interested in finance, I see this as a huge problem.”  

Junior Abby Sparrow echoed a similar sentiment. “All I want to do is make an impact on the students that will come after me. Exploring finance for the first time is intimidating, and if we do one thing this year that makes the exploration more interesting and fun for future student, I will be happy with our work.” Sparrow studied away on the summer Duke in London-Finance program, and has also been working with a mentor assigned by DFE in preparation for the summer internship process. “My mentor, who now works at Deutsche Bank, was one of the kindest, most intelligent women I have ever met, and getting to speak with her one-on-one about her experiences and her advice to me was invaluable.”  

In their first year, the committee is planning on developing a social media strategy, build awareness of DFE for first-year students, and create DFE programs specifically geared toward first-years.