UW Bothell Students to Represent the Pacific Northwest in the Americas Investment Research Challenge in New York City

Thursday, February 11, 2010
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BOTHELL, Wash. – A team of five MBA students from the University of Washington Bothell won the Pacific Northwest Investment Research Challenge organized by the Seattle CFA Society last week, after competing against teams from seven other universities in the region. The UW Bothell team will now represent the Pacific Northwest at the Americas Investment Research Challenge in New York City next month where they will compete against thirty teams from North and South America. The winning team in New York will move on to the Global Investment Research Challenge in Hong Kong in April 2010. 

The UW Bothell team worked for nearly two months to produce an investment advisory report on Fisher Communications, a Seattle-based broadcasting firm. The UW Bothell team met with the CEO and CFO of the firm and worked on the project for nearly two months, understanding the nuts and bolts of the firm’s business operations, forecasting future growth and prospects and making financial projections on profitability and stock prices.

At an exciting event on February 5, they and the other teams presented their findings and projections to an audience of certified financial analyst (CFA) charterholders, as well as senior managers of Fisher Communications. After responding to a series of questions from the judging panel, the UW Bothell team was judged to have the best investment advisory report.

Ahmed Khalil, Ashna Nagi, Patrick McShane, Shau Pang and Teddy Lin, all MBA students at UW Bothell, were on the winning team. Says UW Bothell faculty sponsor Professor Gowri Shankar, "Their level of work is something that you expect from professionals who have been doing this a couple of years, not students who are still in their MBA program. It just shows the tremendous potential of our MBA students and their capacity to compete with the best in the Pacific Northwest."

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About the UW Bothell MBA program: The UW Bothell MBA program offers two part-time MBA degree programs, a Technology MBA (offered at UW Bothell) and a Leadership MBA (offered at the UW Bothell Eastside Leadership Center in Bellevue).  The 22-month evening programs are designed for working professionals and feature innovative curriculum focusing on leadership, strategy and technology.  Courses emphasize analytical thinking and problem solving grounded in business theory and best practices. For more information about the UW Bothell MBA program, visit:

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.