Director's Message

''Lakshmi Bhojraj

Letter from the Executive Director

If you’re looking for an exceptional program in the field of investment management, you’ve come to the right place. The Parker Center for Investment Research at Johnson provides undergraduate and MBA students with the opportunity to manage real money at a state-of-the-art analytical facility, under the guidance of faculty and alumni investment professionals. Our Cayuga Fund is a stand-alone legal entity and an integral part of the asset management curriculum at Johnson, teaching students not only how to “go long” stocks but also the art of shorting. We have deep ties to industry through our highly regarded events such as the MBA and Undergraduate Stock Pitch Challenges, and the Women in Investing conferences; and our corporate sponsors include many top-tier firms such as Fidelity Investments, Capital Research Group, Causeway Capital, Eaton Vance, Wellington Management, State Street Global Advisors, MFS, T. Rowe Price, PIMCO, Putnam Investments and American Century Investments.

For students, we provide structured opportunities to learn the art and science of becoming successful professional investors and provide them with the resources they need to do so through our state of the art trading room. Students can try out to be first year MBA assistant portfolio managers or undergraduate research associates for the Cayuga Fund, compete to represent Cornell in the MBA or Undergraduate Stock Pitch Challenges, and for women, participate in our much lauded Women in Investing (WIN) conferences and compete to be part of the pitching team at this event. MBA students also have the opportunity to participate in various treks to investment management firms in Boston and New York and learn what it takes to be successful as a professional investor. Our thriving MBA student club, the Investment Management Club, enables students to practice researching, writing, and pitching stocks and hosts several guest lecturers in the field.

If you’re a prospective student, you should know that many of our students have landed successful careers in investment management and we encourage you to take advantage of our exceptionally close-knit alumni circle, in addition to the multitude of other resources mentioned above, for your networking and job search process.

Look through our website to learn more and join us on your journey to becoming successful investment professionals!

Lakshmi Bhojraj