Specialty Programs

Notation in Computational Finance

The notation in Computational Finance will comprise three courses (with an optional fourth course) that can be completed over a period of four semesters. Learning outcomes include the following:

  • Proficiency in manipulating financial datasets.
  • The application of analytical models and machine learning algorithms to challenging financial problems.
  • A capstone project with academic and industry mentors that will include significant modeling and analysis against a real-world financial dataset.

BUFN400 Introduction to Financial Markets and Financial Datasets is the first course in the notation.

It will be taught in Fall 2022 by Professor Pete Kyle, Distinguished University Professor and Charles E. Smith Chair in Finance.

Fall meeting time is Monday and Wednesday from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

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Smith Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The Smith Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) presents undergraduate students in any field at the University of Maryland College Park with individualized research experience. Applications and interviews occur each Fall semester.

SURE fellows work with the program’s director to choose a research topic. Fellows are uniquely matched with a faculty champion who has expertise in that subject area and acts as the fellow’s advisor. The SURE experience culminates in a public presentation to faculty and peers and a publication. During the program, fellows attend workshops in scoping, research writing and presentation. Fellows receive $250 for participating as well as course credit.

The program promises not only to expose students to hands-on research methodologies but also to offer underclassmen an opportunity to contribute to the collective knowledge pool. A business major is not required to participate in SURE. Previous cohorts have welcomed fellows from computer science, business, public policy, behavioral and social sciences. Little experience is needed; however, determination, time management, and open-mindedness are qualities that distinguish an outstanding SURE fellow. Please note that SURE cannot offer any lab space for research. If your topic involves lab research, you are responsible for securing a working area or the necessary resources before your interview.

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Sports Management Program

In collaboration with the Robert H. Smith School of Business, the School of Public Health’s Department of Kinesiology, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism's Shirley Povich Center For Sports Journalism, and Maryland Athletics, the Sports Management Program aims to develop undergraduate leaders with the skills, foundational knowledge and educational opportunities to pursue careers and professional opportunities in the sports industry.

Program Goals

  1. Gain foundational knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers and professional opportunities in the field of sports management.
  2. Identify and evaluate career opportunities in sports management, demonstrating a deep understanding of the industry's diverse career paths and job requirements.
  3. Develop and implement effective networking strategies to establish professional relationships with industry leaders, organizations, and colleagues within the sports industry.
  4. Expand professional career development skills through experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities.

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Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams Honors Program

The QUEST (Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams) Honors Program is a three-year program for University of Maryland undergraduates studying business, engineering, and/or science.

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