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Spring Semester Update


DFE continued to add to the finance offerings in the economics department. The following courses were new this semester.
Marrs Climate Change and Financial Markets taught by Marilyn Ceci and Lee Reiners
Sustainable Investing taught by Urban Larson
Investment Banking Internship Prep co-taught by Zack Freeman and Emma Rasiel
View all of the spring 2023 finance courses.
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Extracurriculars and Events

In January, we ran the Mock Interview Days program to prepare sophomores for recruiting activities in the months ahead. 284 virtual mock interviews took place over four days with representatives from Bank of America, Citi, Goldman Sachs, Lazard, Morgan Stanley, RBC, Rothschild, and Wells Fargo.

We focused efforts on first-year students in February and March. Upperclassmen led a five-part Demystifying Finance series that oriented younger students to industry roles and networking practices. Teaming up with the Career Center for our annual info session for first-years, we presented on essential finance courses, DFE programs, and resources across campus. As in the fall semester, we partnered with analyst training company AmplifyME to offer their Finance Accelerator Simulation to all interested students.

To prep juniors for their summer experiences, DFE Directors John Caccavale and Emma Rasiel shared wide-ranging advice in an April session called Maximizing Your Finance Internship. Additionally, we were pleased to extend invitations to a new class of Dzialga Women in Finance Fellows last month.

Throughout the semester, a group of alumni and seniors joined together to run a new DFE competition series, inviting all undergrads to participate. The series' five firm-sponsored competitions challenged students in the areas of long-term equities, tactical investment evaluation, merger and buyout propositions, and distressed debt investing. Students' presentations were evaluated by alumni from the sponsoring firms, which included Blackstone, Centerview Partners, KKR, Select Equity, and Silver Point Capital.
Four alumni hosted DFE Lunch & Learn sessions while visiting campus this semester. Many thanks to Paul Hindsley '81, Stephen Star '07, Ari Redbord '97, and Zach Goodman '09 for offering their time, encouragement, and career insights to students.
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DA@D Conference

DFE and the Pratt School of Engineering sponsored the Digital Assets @ Duke Conference, which took place January 20-21. The first of its kind to be held at Duke, the conference brought together experts from industry, academe, and the regulatory space.
The programming included panel discussions on such topics as blockchain security and the future of regulation. Among the featured speakers were John Rolle, Governor of the Central Bank of the Bahamas, and Kristin Johnson, Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Read more about the DA@D Conference.
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Duke in New York Program

Seventeen sophomores spent the semester on the Duke in New York Financial Markets & Institutions program. While taking a full course loadthree econ courses and an urban architecture coursethey heard from 18 alumni guest speakers and visited a dozen firms.
John Caccavale, who taught on the first half of the program, organized recreational activities for the group, from basketball game watches to tours of the Met and the Morgan Library & Museum.
The Duke alumni network was key to helping the students feel at home in the city. Each student was connected with two NYC-based young alums for informal mentoring.
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Standout Seniors

Two new names have been added to DFE's list of annual Leadership Award winners, Lily Vore '23 and Jason Zhang '23. As upperclassmen, Lily and Jason have been dedicated mentors to younger students and thoughtful leaders in student clubs. Furthermore, their organizational efforts were vital to the success of the new DFE competition series this semester.
Read a Q&A profile of Lily and Jason and watch a fantastic student-produced video featuring them.
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