The Financial Management Research Challenge is hosted by the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business in collaboration with Purdue Federal Credit Union (PFCU). Showcasing real-life decision-making in the financial world, it allows students to develop critical thinking, teamwork, and presentation skills while analyzing real data and applying class concepts. The challenge aligns with Purdue's vision for experiential learning and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, fostering student development and engagement with alumni.
Participating in the Financial Management Research Challenge is a great way to gain hands-on experience, put your knowledge into practice, develop teamwork and communication skills, and enhance your resume. It sets you apart from other candidates and mimics real-life problem-solving — a skill valued by employers.
In particular, the Financial Management Research Challenge offers virtual and in-person competitions for MGMT 310 students to evaluate loan requests and develop credit scoring models. The challenge integrates seamlessly with coursework and provides hands-on learning. Round 1 earns extra credit and substitutes a final exam in MGMT 304. In Round 2, the top teams showcase their financial management expertise and compete for prizes and awards at Purdue Federal Credit Union headquarters.
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In this competition, teams will evaluate a loan request from Mallet Inc., a duct and valve manufacturer located in West Lafayette, Indiana, that wants to acquire a new site to build a warehouse that will host future production lines. Because Mallet does not have the required capital to purchase the property, the company is requesting a loan of $5.94 million from PFCU to fund the acquisition.
Among other tasks, students will:
Vikram Oddiraju, Noah Sakaitani, Sreeya Thirunagari, Gianna Stephan, Elsa Ravaris, Jason Ramirez
Hesham Mohamed, Tej Raman, Theodore Zhang and Parker Alford
Nicholas Most, Emi Quist, Khushi Shah, and Adam Spensley
Chase VanKlaveren, Matthew Stanish, Brock Tengolics, Mohnish Shah and Andrew Charlton
Purdue alumni are invited to be a part of the Financial Management Research Challenge as judges for the first round. Being a judge is a meaningful way to give back to the university. You can connect with emerging talent, stay current in finance, enhance your network, support professional development, and be inspired. Your expertise and feedback will shape the next generation of finance professionals and contribute to their growth and success. You'll also gain fresh perspectives from the next wave of finance experts.
If you’d like to be a first-round judge, volunteer here.