The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual, global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis. Students work in teams to research and analyze a publicly-traded company and then write a research report on their assigned company with a buy, sell, or hold recommendation.
Each Research Challenge season leverages the efforts of over 150+ CFA member societies, 3,500+ member volunteers, and more than 5,000 students from over 1,000 universities.
The Challenge gathers students, investment industry professionals, publicly traded companies, and corporate sponsors together locally, regionally, and globally for a real-world competition. Additionally, all participants are introduced to and held to the standard of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.
2022-2023 Participating Universities:
- Bethel University
- College of St. Scholastica
- North Dakota State University
- South Dakota State University
- University of MN Duluth
2022-2023 Subject Company: General Mills (GIS)
Past CFA Society MN Subject Companies & Winners
2010/2011 – Donaldson (University of Minnesota)
2011/2012 – Lawson Software, Inc. (University of Minnesota)
2012/2013 – Polaris Industries, Inc. (University of Minnesota)
2013/2014 – Stratasys Ltd. (University of Minnesota)
2014/2015 – Graco (UMD)
2015/2016 – MTS Systems (NDSU)
2016/2017 – Vascular Solutions (UMD)
2017/2018 – Fastenal (UMD)
2018/2019 – Bio-Techne (UMD)
2019/2020 – Tennant Company (NDSU)
2020/2021 – Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (UMD)
2021/2022 – Ecolab (UMD)