Undergraduate Fellows Program

How 19 Undergrads Are Improving the World Expo

In a summer when student internships and jobs were dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, 19 Maryland Smith students got the chance of a lifetime.

Incoming students from the Global Consulting Fellows program took part in working with organizers from Expo2020 Dubai, a six-month World Expo set to start in 2021 with participation from over 190 countries, on increasing awareness and participation toward the American exhibits at the Expo.

2019 Outcomes of the Maryland Global Export Consulting Program at Maryland Smith

The Center for Global Business (CGB) at Maryland Smith successfully completed its third year of the Maryland Global Export Consulting program, a collaboration between CGB and the Maryland Department of Commerce that offers Maryland-based companies the opportunity to work with a team of the school’s MBA or undergraduate students to address challenges companies are facing in going global. This year, two teams of MBA students and one team of nine undergraduates applied their classroom learning to real-world settings and provided data and recommendations to Maryland healthcare companies seeking to take their goods into the global marketplace.

Senbet Fund Fellows Present Year-End Reports

On the morning of May 4, 2018, Lemma Senbet Fund fellows presented their final reports to Alex Triantis, dean of the Smith School, and the Smith Foundation Board. Seniors David Niezelski and Jacob Biedronoski led the presentation, highlighting overall gains and successful decisions made over the past year. While the equity market for the past 12 months gave the team reasonable hurdles in finding value-driven theses, the cohort persevered and ultimately achieved higher returns and betas than previous years. Humbly, the team attributed their success in part to legacy portfolios and the luck of inheriting a good hand that allowed them to play their cards right. However, the team also made critical changes to their benchmarking and performance evaluation strategy.

Smith Hosts Accounting Teaching Scholars Reception

On April 19, 2018, the Accounting and Information Assurance Department (AIA) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted its annual Accounting Teaching Scholars (ATS) reception and dinner. The event honored the current class of ATS fellows, welcomed the newly selected students into the program, celebrated ATS alumni and offered appreciation for the program’s corporate partners. It was hosted by the AIA department chair Martin Loeb and the faculty champions of the ATS program, Progyan Basu and Gary Bulmash.

Finance Majors Participate in Emerging CFOs Case Competition

Facing real-world corporate challenges, working on a team to find solutions and presenting the findings within a few days to knowledgeable and invested professionals is a tough way to earn a grade – and some money. But that is exactly what more than two dozen undergraduate finance majors did on April 6, 2018, when they participated in the Emerging CFOs Case Competition. Similar annual events are a big part of what provides the one-year Emerging CFOs Fellows Program with an experiential edge and connects students to experts in the field.

Spotlight on Finance Fellows Guest Speaker Event

“You never know what you don't know because I never knew such an industry existed,” said Byron Cordon, a finance and mathematics double major after attending a presentation last week focusing on the equipment leasing and finance industry. The event was held on Feb. 13, 2018, and is one of many co-curricular offerings hosted by the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business Finance Fellows program, which is designed to expand learning outside of the classroom.

Spotlight on Emerging CFOs Fellows Program

For Senior Finance and Accounting double major student Jessica Martins, the Emerging CFOs program has been transformational. “The classes feel more personal and the professors have such a strong connection to the program, she said. She further stated that it was hard to pinpoint exactly what makes the program so special, but added the main reason was “this desire to help their students grow and excel in their professional futures.”

Apply to be a Sophomore Finance Fellow

“Being able to join a Fellows program as a sophomore is a marked advantage. The Sophomore Finance Fellows program truly resembled the intersection of theoretical classroom knowledge and real-world business acumen. Following markets, engaging in case-based discussion and contributing to a collective knowledge forum among your peers are just some of the great experiences I’ve had in this program,” said Adam Hostetter, a junior finance major recalling with appreciation his sophomore year in the program.

Apply to Be a Supply Chain Management Fellow

The Robert H. Smith School of Business was one of the first business schools to adopt a supply chain management program as a major before the business school was even known as Smith. UMD has long been a pioneer in logistics and supply chain education and has expanded to include a specialized, engaging and robust Supply Chain Management (SCM) Fellows Program that provides undergraduate students a deeper dive into transportation, logistics, supply chain management, and emerging industry technology.


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