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Opportunities & Activities

Opportunities & Activities

Economics and finance majors have many opportunities to enrich their formal classroom instruction and gain hands-on experiences that will enhance career prospects. Many of these opportunities also allow students to network with industry professionals, another huge advantage enjoyed by economics and finance majors.

Davis Center

The Richard P. and Susan P. Davis Center for Portfolio Management is run by student managers and team leaders selected competitively each year.  The most visible part of the Center is the $59.9 million portfolio of stocks managed by Center students.  This is real money and students make the decisions as to what stocks to buy and sell.  They are assisted by the Center director and an executive-in-residence, real world practitioners — but the decisions are made by the students.  This is one of the largest student managed funds in the world.  They conduct educational seminars, arrange field trips, participate in national finance competitions, undertake service projects—and, perhaps most importantly — they teach each other.

Hanley Sustainability Fund

The Hanley Sustainability Fund (HSF) is a student managed equity portfolio, which aims to outperform the overall stock market while investing in sustainable companies. The HSF's investment portfolio is divided into two branches: the discretionary branch which contains approximately 75% of the fund's portfolio, and a non-discretionary branch that is compromised of the remaining 25% of the fund’s assets. The non-discretionary portion of the portfolio is determined by an algorithmic model, while the discretionary portion of their portfolio is determined through student buy and sell pitches and approval from a vote by the securities team.


Through UD2NYC, 12-16 economics and finance majors travel to New York City and visit corporations and major financial institutions. Each company provides insight on the college courses that are necessary to perform well as a new hire, typical duties of a new hire and an overview of the typical career path.

Stock Pitch Competition

UD students can win cash prizes in the annual Richard P. and Susan P. Davis Stock Pitch Competition where teams compete by offering a presentation that supports and explains their stock recommendation.

Professional Speaker Day

Held annually, Professional Speaker Day is a wonderful blending of theory with practice, a hallmark of our teaching philosophy in the School of Business Administration. Planning begins by asking faculty to suggest a session topic that would enhance or supplement their course content. Practitioners who are familiar with those topics are then invited to address them.

Omicron Delta Epsilon

Omicron Delta Episolon is the international honor society for economics, and the Ohio Tau chapter is housed at the University of Dayton. Members must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.25, take at least 12 hours of economics courses, and maintain a 3.25 GPA in economics.  In addition to chapter events and networking opportunities, members receive a subscription to The American Economist and become eligible to earn economics awards.


Campus visits
Interested in learning about our department? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-2416. If you'd like to schedule a general campus visit or tour, learn about the options available.

Department of Economics and Finance

Miriam Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2251