UW Bothell Students Place in the Top Five at the Americas Investment Research Challenge.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010
CONTACT: Elizabeth Fischtziur - (425) 352-3636 –
BOTHELL, Wash. – A team of University of Washington Bothell MBA students, representing the Pacific Northwest, placed among the top five teams in the Americas Investment Research Challenge, held March 18 in New York City.

Nearly two hundred university teams from North and South America participated in the Americas Challenge, with a total of 28 teams selected from across the two continents representing their local regions and societies in New York on March 18 for the semi-finals.

In their semi-final round, the UW Bothell MBA team, consisting of students Teddy Lin, Patrick McShane, Ahmed Khalil, Shau Phang and Ashnapreet Nagi, faced off against teams from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), Indiana University,  University of Houston, Bryant University and the University of Denver.  After a spirited round of presentations, the UW Bothell team was selected as the winner and moved on to the finals in the evening alongside teams from MIT, Georgia State, and Brigham Young.

During the finals, the UW Bothell team was bested by Brigham Young University who will now represent the Americas at the Global Challenge in Hong Kong in April.

The UW Bothell team had been working on their project, an investment advisory report on Fisher Communications, since October 2009. They first presented their report to the organizers of the inaugural Pacific Northwest Investment Research Challenge in January 2010 and, after one round of judging, were invited to present their report to a panel of investment experts in the Seattle CFA society along with teams from Washington State University, UW Seattle and Seattle University at a society event at the Rainier Club on February 5. The UW Bothell students won this round and were selected to represent the Pacific Northwest at the New York-held Americas Investment Research Challenge.

About the Global Investment Research Challenge: The challenge gathers students, investment industry professionals, publicly traded companies and corporate sponsors together locally, regionally, and globally for a real world competition. In order to promote best practices in equity research and company analysis, students research, analyze, and report on a company as if they are practicing analysts.  Additionally, all participants are introduced to and held to the standard of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. For more information, visit their Web site

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 their Web site

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.