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What is the CFAI Research Challenge? 

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.   




Previous Research Challenges

The photos below are from previously held CFAI Research Challenges featuring challenge participants from Millsaps College.



Research Challenge Events


Millsaps College

  • February 12, 2021 - Final Reports Due
  • Interim - Report Grading
  • February 27, 2021 - Local Final Presentations
  • March 2021 - Sub Regional Competitions (Date TBD)


Participating Universities

Millsaps College
University of Mississippi



Sponsors