Undergraduate Program

Lemma Senbet Fund

Real-world learning. Job market return.

The Senbet Fund was founded in 2006 to give undergraduate students an experiential learning experience in portfolio management and equity analysis.  The goal of the student team, which includes two portfolio managers and 10 equity analysts, is to make long-term investing decisions to appreciate the Fund’s value.

Modeled on the pioneering Mayer Fund at the Smith School, the Senbet Fund has the long-term performance goal of outpacing the appreciation of the S&P 500 on a risk-adjusted basis.

The Senbet Fund is a year-round, advanced course that immerses students in the world of finance, giving them the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills by making investment decisions with real money. Students also assess the results of the decisions they make, and determine which strategies work and which to avoid in the future.

Working for the Senbet Fund can be as demanding as a first job while giving a senior finance major a competitive edge during recruiting season. The Senbet Fund is a real-world learning experience that helps prepare members for careers in the financial services industry.

Click here for a testimonial by current Senbet Fund member Ryan Lee-Young.



Applications for Lemma Senbet Fund Fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year are now closed as the deadline to apply was February 9. Fellows applications for 2016-2017 will open in December 2015.

Questions? Contact Emily Doane Heavin (edoane@rhsmith.umd.edu).