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McCombs Students Advance to Deloitte Nationals

McCombs students, Mustafa Ali, Parakh Jain, Steven Minkus and Matthew Rindelaub, will represent McCombs at the Deloitte Consulting National Undergraduate Case Competition, at Deloitte University on Thursday, Feb. 27.

The team of four qualified to compete after taking first place in the Preliminary School Competition at UT, which was held on Feb. 5.

“It is a great honor for us to represent McCombs at Deloitte Nationals. We can show the high quality of the business program at McCombs,” said Parakh Jain. The team plans to use the feedback they received from Deloitte officials at the preliminary competition and apply that to their next presentation at Deloitte Nationals.

“I hope to network with Deloitte partners and employees to gain more insight about consulting and business,” said Mustafa Ali.

The team will compete against 15 to 20 other top business schools including New York University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Michigan and Cornell University.


2014 Mr. McCombs Beauty Pageant: Meet The Contestants


On Friday, January 31st, 10 contestants from various McCombs Affiliated Student Organizations will come together to compete for the title of “Mr. McCombs.”

Mr. McCombs is a male beauty pageant that raises money for charity. The contestants choose the charity of their choice to award the money to. The Mr. McCombs 2014 Winner at the end of the night will be the one who will give his preferred charity the funds.

The contestants will be judged based on talent, personality, and audience support. They will be dancing, dressing up in their finest suits, swimsuits, and an outfit of their choice. Most importantly, there will also be a round where the competitors will show off their various talents. At the end of this fun-filled evening, one contestant is crowned Mr. McCombs.

For charity purposes, we ask that everyone enters with a fee of $3.

This event is organized by the Undergraduate Business Council. Thank you to the Office of Student Life.


Meet the contestants

Jonathan OngJonathan Ong – ABSA

Hometown: Singapore, Singapore
Freshman; Unspecified Business, Economics
Charity: Salvation Army World Service Office
Escort: Yiwen Xu
Fun Fact: He is afraid of ducks.


Daniel NovotonyDaniel Novotny – ALPFA

Hometown: El Paso, TX
Senior; BHP & Marketing
Charity: Eastside Community Connection
Escort: Melina Montellanos
Fun Fact: He owned a pink Easy-Bake-Oven when he was eight, because he wanted to be a chef.


Marcus MoutonMarcus Mouton – BBSA

Hometown: Houston, TX
Freshman; Unspecified Business
Charity: Houston Children’s Charity
Escort: Ariane Rodriguez
Fun Fact: He loves to go bowling.


Ryan FitzgeraldRyan Fitzgerald – DSP

Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
Sophomore; Supply Chain Management
Charity: The Miracle Foundation
Escort: Audrey Constant
Fun Fact: His mom wanted to name him after Luke Skywalker, but his dad won a coin flip and chose to hame him after Nolan Ryan.


Brandon KeavenyBrandon Keaveny – FBA

Hometown: Southlake, TX
Freshman; Unspecified Business
Charity: Red Cross
Escort: Crystal Keaveny
Fun Fact: He’s won hula hoop competitions in three different countries.


Kyle CampellKyle Campbell – HBA

Hometown: College Station, TX
Sophomore; BHP, Finance & Economics
Charity: Mary Lee Foundation
Escort: Jemma Miller
Fun Fact: He’s in the process of becoming a a licensed sky diver.


Oscar BarbosaOscar Barbosa – HBSA

Hometown: Brownsville, TX
Senior; BHP & Finance
Charity: Central Texas Home for Children
Escort: Valery Piedra
Fun Fact: He once raised a Pikachu from level 5 to level 100 without using rare candies, and he is still proud of this accomplishment.


Parakh JainParakh Jain – UFA

Hometown: India
Sophomore; BHP, Finance & Actuarial Science
Charity: Red Cross
Escort: Gabriela De Padau
Fun Fact: He’s a vegetarian, but hates salad.


Archie AgarwalArchie Agarwal – UBC

Hometown: Coppell, TX
Freshman; Finance
Charity: Foundation for the Homeless
Escort: Nathalie Rovall
Fun Fact: He broke both his knees in the 7th grade while trying to impress a group of British girls.


Zach SunderlandZach Sunderland – USIT

Hometown: Weslaco, TX
Freshman; Unspecified Business
Charity: Foster Angels of Central Texas
Escort: Andi Trevino
Fun Fact: He’s travelled to over 10 countries.

Students Gain Consulting Experience Through SCI Case Competition

It is no secret that Austin, Texas is the place to be right now for anything to do with business. Entrepreneurs are flocking to get their startups off the ground, businessmen and women are migrating from the Silicon Valley to the Silicon Hills and everyone who’s anyone is talking about ATX. As businesses are growing, they’re also presented with bumps along the way, which is when consultants are able to lend a helping hand. The UT Student Consulting Initiative (SCI) is more than happy to offer their services to the booming business of Austin.

SCI hosted their Annual Fall Case Competition Saturday, November 23, which was sponsored by the BBA Alumni Excellence Foundation, EYAdvisory, OSL, Student Government and SCI alumni. The competition lasts two months and teams were tasked with assisting a local business with their needs from internal communication to marketing and more. Nine teams competed in the competition pairing with different local businesses. “We were very impressed with the results this year,” said SCI Co-Chair, Holli Wertheimer. “The students created a wide range of deliverables from marketing campaigns to inventory management tools to compensation requirements among many others.”

The winning team worked with Fair Bean Coffee on their internal communications and employee retention for a prize of $1,200. The team consisted of Jason Prideaux, BHP, Finance and Plan II ’16, David Kaplan, BHP & Corporate Finance ’16, Douglas Berkman, BHP ’16, and Catherine Anne Prideaux, BHP & Plan II ’16.

“This was a tremendous learning experience,” said member of the winning team, Douglas Berkman. “The case competition provided me with insight on what it is like to be a consultant for a real company with real employees and a real owner.” Many of the students felt it was a good experience even for those not currently pursuing consulting, “I entered the competition for experience,” said Catherine Anne Prideaux. “I would highly recommend doing SCI even if you’re not considering consulting!” All four team members noted that their group meetings were one of their favorite parts of the competition.

If you’re interested in learning more about SCI, visit their website.

Student Team Takes First Place At EY Beam Accounting Case Competition

By April Stockwell

A team of students from the McCombs School of Business took first place at the second annual EY Beam Abroad Case Competition held Nov. 1 in Dallas. The team consisted of Leo Chen, MPA ’16, Robert Ma, BBA ’16, Sean Shen, MPA ’16, Shannon Wey, BBA ’16, and Janet Zhou, BBA ’16. They took home the grand prize of $5,000 for the team and a trip to London over spring break.

Reflecting on their accomplishment, Shen shared the secret to their success. “Winning the competition was an amazing experience,” he says. “It has been a blessing to work alongside such talented friends and fellow McCombs students who knew winning was about more than just themselves. We were able to win by recognizing that all of us were part of something bigger than ourselves.”

The Beam Abroad Case Competition focuses on cases requiring an understanding of domestic and international accounting issues as well as the ability to demonstrate a global mindset. The teams are given a week to prepare their presentations. The first round of competition is campus-wide with each five-person team presenting to a panel of EY judges. The winning team at each campus receives $1,000 to be split amongst them and a trip to the final round event in Dallas.

This article originally appeared on McCombs TODAY.

Pretty Data

This summer Rachel Gosch took on some challenging endeavors: mastering baking to an exact science, competing against friends in Extreme Uno and wrangling real-time data while conducting research in industrial math and statistics.

As a BHP math and business double major, Rachel chose research over the beach this summer in preparation for the research thesis she will be required to complete later in her academic career. In an effort to gain experience in the research realm, she applied for a REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. To apply she submitted a transcript, letters of recommendation, an essay describing her interests and topics she would be interested in working on. Rachel and only 11 other undergraduate students were chosen nationwide.

 Rachel’s REU was focused on Industrial Mathematics and Statistics. Once the group arrived, the students split up into 3 teams of four students each. Each team was then assigned an industrial sponsor that presented a problem for the research team to solve by the end of the summer. Rachel’s group was paired with Wellington Management, an investment advisor to more than 2,100 institutions located in over 50 countries.

Wellington had observed work published by three authors working with the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Board. The authors had created a process for filtering real-time data through the Kalman filter to find the Business Condition Index (economic status) of the economy. The process began by collecting four numbers from their U.S. market: GDP, M1, import sales and retail sales. As these four numbers come in and constantly change, they were then funneled into the Kalman filter, which essentially “cleaned up” the data making the numbers manageable and easier to use in determining the current Business Condition Index of the U.S.

Wellington requested help in implementing this process in their operations in other large countries, including: Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan and the UK. The idea was to collect the Business Condition Indexes from each country so they could then be compared to illustrate where business is looking good and where business isn’t doing so hot. If Rachel’s team succeeded, Wellington would be able to use the data in the portfolio planning.

When Rachel first learned she would be working with a portfolio management firm, she assumed she should refresh on finance concepts. However, for this project, her team actually did a lot of research on engineering concepts like signal processing and the Kalman filter, which was a surprise to see those concepts applied to financial math. She quickly realized that working with real-time data would be her biggest challenge, “I’ve heard professors say this before, but working with real-time data is extremely difficult! It’s messy, and when you’re dealing with varying frequencies and information availability, it’s challenging to write programs that can work with whatever data you give them.” She also learned how valuable programming and coding skills can be when working in some types of financial math analyst positions, “I took an intro programming class in the spring pass/fail just so I’d have a basic exposure to coding and I’m so glad I did!”

Outside of researching financial math, Rachel spent a lot of time with her fellow team members. During their free time, the group would play extreme UNO. Rachel described the game as normal UNO with additional, intense rules. She also took to baking with another teammate. They tried recipes over and over again until they perfected them, just as mathematicians do. Being in Massachusetts, the team made frequent trips to Boston to enjoy the city and attended a Boston Red Sox game. Even as Rachel enjoyed her down time, she often noticed her mind wandering back to the research project.

Rachel did not anticipate how invested she would become in the outcome of her team’s research. It didn’t take long before she was putting in long hours after the workday had finished. “Getting results that work…is really exciting,” Rachel explained, with a smile on her face. Rachel was not the only one infected with excitement, her team members rallied with her. Specifically, she recalled an evening the team had finally compiled the data into a useable format. Team members were calling and texting one another to rejoice the great news and review the numbers, which were stored in a file, named “Pretty Data.”

At the end of the summer each group made a presentation to their industrial sponsor to share their findings and hopefully, solutions. Rachel’s team pleased Wellington with the presentation of their hard work, which paid off in an answer to the company’s request. However, the work did not cease here because Rachel continues to correspond with her team via email to further tweak the process.

3 Day Startup Fall 2013: McCombs Competes

3 Day Startup (“3DS”) teaches entrepreneurial skills in an extreme hands-on environment. This proven program provides members of a university community the tools they need to start successful technology companies. Over 4,000+ 3DS alumni from 70 programs across 4 continents–including programs at Harvard, MIT, ESADE and Peking University–have launched more than 55 companies that have collectively raised $15 million in investor capital.  Find more information on the 3 Day Startup website.

Forty young entrepreneurs are recruited to participate in the 72-hour competition. The process begins Friday evening and students work almost non-stop until the end of 3DS Sunday evening.



Brainstorming: The 40 chosen competitors are broken up into small brainstorming groups to discuss each other’s ideas. Each group will choose 2-3 ideas that they would like to share with the large group. Participants are in no way tied to these initial groups for the rest of the weekend.

First round of pitches: During this time, the brainstorming groups presents the ideas they liked best to the rest of the large group. This initial presentation is just a short overview of the idea, possibly just their end vision.

Voting: After all pitches are given, all participants vote Heads Up 7 Up style with heads down on the table and hands raised to vote. Each person is allowed two votes. One for the project they think will make it and one for the project they’d like to work on for the rest of the weekend.

Team formation: After voting, the top 5–7 ideas that received the most votes are the teams that people can join. The process is very self-selecting and some students start with one team, but switch to another mid-way through the weekend.



Idea development: Teams work hard researching various aspects of their idea and figure out how to make it a reality. This is time for extensive market research including getting out into the public to learn about their consumers. Another important component is conducting a competitive analysis to identify other products currently available that are like their product and knowing what it is that makes their product different or better.

Mentor feedback: Throughout the weekend, there are mentors experienced in various different areas of business, from coding to marketing that are available to help groups with whatever they need. This is very valuable to groups to have an expert at their disposal to offer suggestions and give constructive feedback.

Mock pitches: Saturday evening each team gives a short, trial pitch to the 3DS facilitators, mentors and all other participants. This pitch is sort of a “rough draft” of the final pitch that will be presented the following evening. The facilitators and mentors are brutal during this pitch session in order to give students an idea of what the judges’ panel might throw at them on Sunday.



Idea development/finalization: Teams are given all day to continue to work on their ideas and final pitches. Depending on feedback received the night before, some groups will use this time to perfect their final pitches while others may have decided to start over from square one.

Final pitches: The final presentations are open to the public. Each team is given five minutes to present to the judges’ panel made up of four entrepreneurs and/or investors. After each presentation, the floor is open to questions.


Find out more about 3DS Austin from Silicon Hills News and Storify.



UT Stock Pitch Team Takes 2nd at the Largest Competition in the Nation!

Starting Left: John Connell, Angela Morisette and Parker Kim

If you’re a football fan, imagine receiving a personal invitation to play in the Super Bowl. Business gurus, think about how it would feel to have Warren Buffett extend an invitation to you for a sit down about your ideas for a future business. This is a taste of how McCombs students Angela Morisette, John Connell and Parker Kim felt when they were invited to represent UT at the largest and most prestigious stock pitch competition in the nation, the Michigan Interactive Investments Undergraduate Investment Conference. Each year 22 schools across the country are summoned to the Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, MI to present top-notch stock pitches for a first-place prize of $3,000. The team would like to thank the Office of Student Life and the Finance Department for their support on this endeavor.

Angela, John and Parker pitched Gencorp (stock ticker: GY), which is a missile propulsion systems provider. They pitched it on an investment thesis of mispriced land that GY owns, as well as misguided investor outlook on the defense industry as a whole.

During preliminary rounds, the individual teams were split up into three larger groups. The teams in each group competed against each other to determine which three teams would move onto final rounds (one team from each large group). The UT team went up against UC Berkeley, ASU, USC, Syracuse, William & Mary, and Dayton. The trio took the win and advanced to the final round.

Down to just 3 teams out of 22, in the final round our stock pitch team faced NYU and Miami University of Ohio and took home a strong second place title behind NYU. This is an outstanding accomplishment and we could not be more satisfied with the impressive representation of McCombs and UT!

The team really enjoyed themselves this weekend and was ecstatic to be given the opportunity to compete. We asked each of them what their favorite part of the weekend was and here’s what they said:

“The best part of the experience was getting to represent McCombs on a national stage with teammates I was comfortable with and trusted. This is McCombs’ first representation at a national pitch to my knowledge, so that was great to trail blaze in that way. Also, seeing the Ross School of Business and how the investment conference was run was excellent to see new ideas to bring back to McCombs and the University Securities Investment Team’s Texas Investment Conference.” – Angela Morisette

“Having the opportunity to test our capabilities against the very best of our peers around the nation while simultaneously learning from their methods of presentation and analysis was the best part of competing at Michigan’s investment conference.” – John Connell

“The event overall was a phenomenal experience, but I would have to say my favorite part of the conference was talking to fellow leaders of student-run investment funds across the nation. I had the opportunity to compare McCombs’s University Securities Investment Team to other investment funds like Stern’s IAG, Berkeley’s BIG, and Michigan’s MII and saw a lot of similarities between our organizations. It was really surprising how our organizations were structured so closely despite having never interacted before, especially considering the diversity of fund structures available. On the other hand, the ability to get feedback and advice from investment funds who had been operating for over a decade and understood best practices for a young and growing fund was a truly invaluable experience that I’m excited to leverage now that I’m back at McCombs.” – Parker Kim

3 Day Startup Austin

The 3 Day Startup (3DS) challenge is every young entrepreneur’s dream. The idea is to start a technology company over the course of three days. A group of 40 students with a wide range of backgrounds including Software Engineering, Business, Graphic Design and more have been recruited to participate in 3 Day Startup Austin, October 18–20. Food and beverages are catered in and top-notch entrepreneurs and investors are brought in to mentor the students throughout the weekend. Students will brainstorm Friday and then vote to pick the top 5–7 ideas to be developed the rest of the weekend.The program culminates in a pitch and demonstration to a panel of VCs, entrepreneurs and investors. The panel provides feedback and advice to help teams move forward past the three days.

Prototype presentations will be given Sunday evening and are open to the public at the Austin Technology Incubator. The end goal is to build up enough momentum to sustain the company after 3DS. Over the course of the weekend, students will create a business model and prototypes, make contact with potential customers and, take advantage of networking opportunities to build professional and personal relationships.

Ten McCombs BBA were recruited to compete in this weekend’s challenge. Meet some of the competitors!

Sara Bhamani – Finance ’15

Specialties: Marketing and Financial Analysis

“I applied to 3DS because I want to build a network of students who are just as passionate as me about starting their own business. By attending 3DS, I will learn how to market and validate an idea, pitch to investors, and start a business. In short, I hope to be one step closer to being an entrepreneur.”


Alan Rochard – Prospective Finance ’16

Specialties: Crypto-currencies and Digital Financial Transactions

“Ideally I’d like to get involved with a start-up interested in micro-financing ventures through the use of digital currencies. I’m also very interested in meeting and networking individuals interested in entrepreneurship and the creation of paradigm-shifting companies.”


Ima Linzag – MIS ’16

Specialties: Graphic Design and Business

“Being a part of 3DS is a great way to be able to see an idea come to life at an accelerated pace. I applied for the program with an idea in mind, and I really want to get feedback on what improvements can be made and how I could make it grow in the real world. I also hope to gain some insight and ideas just from the general atmosphere and other entrepreneurs throughout the weekend.”



Ronald Formusoh – MIS, Certificate in Computing, Dec. ’14

Specialties: Coding in Python and General Coding

“I will present one of the projects I have been working on for about a month now at 3DS and see if it gets worked on. I hope to get connected with like minded individuals who have ambitions of starting their own business. I hope to get more experience and first hand knowledge of how to get a startup going.”


Pedram Rahmanian – Consulting and Change Management major, Marketing minor, BDP Certificate in Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship – Pre-Medicine

Specialties: Lean-Startup Techniques, Rapid Validation, Design Thinking and Marketing

“I am currently working with my partner, Johnny Van on a platform aiming to simplify the home-buying process. We have been working for months validating the ideas, reshaping the vision, and aligning strategic partnerships. From 3DS we hope to find a team of technical partners that can share our passion for the project and help us bring it to life!”

Throw a $3,000 Pitch

If you’re one of those people that could sell a snow cone to an Eskimo or you have a good understanding of numbers and how they work, you should compete in pitching stocks. The Texas Stock Pitch Competition, hosted by the University Securities Investment Team (USIT), is on Saturday, Oct. 19, in CBA 4.328. Open to all majors, teams can include 2 – 4 people. The registration fee is $40 per team, giving each team a shot to win a $3,000 cash prize.


How the Stock Pitch works

On the day of the competition, each team presents an investment idea to a panel of judges about a company of their choice. The panel includes judges from investment banks, hedge funds and private equity firms. The presentation includes a discussion of their idea behind the investment, the qualitative and quantitative aspects, and end with answering questions from the panel. Teams are given 15 minutes to present followed by five additional minutes for questions. Out of the 12 – 16 groups that compete, the top four teams are chosen to advance into the final round. During this portion of the competition teams will give a more in-depth presentation of their investment idea and hold another Q&A session. Additionally, they must field a cross-examination session by an opposing team.


Make it Pitch-perfect

“The best preparation for the stock pitch is to understand every part of the company. Both during the presentation and the Q&A session, the best strategy is to be knowledgeable about the company you’re investing in – understanding the company will allow you to identify the company’s competitive advantages others may not see,” explains Stephen McGarvey, USIT Director of Marketing and McCombs junior.


Angela Morisette with teammates John Connell and Parker Kim

Stock Pitch Champions

Marketing major, Angela Morisette, is an active member of USIT. “The USIT mission is to extend the education about finances and investments to the university as a whole. That’s why we really encourage all majors to compete, because everyone can learn more and have fun with it.” Angela has competed in many stock competitions with teammates John Connell and Parker Kim. Over the past two years their team has won three first place titles and two second place titles. Most recently, the team was personally invited to compete in the Michigan Undergraduate Investment Competition, which is the largest and most prestigious stock pitch in the country. The trio will represent Texas in the competition Saturday, Oct. 26, as they go head-to-head against other schools such as Stanford, MIT and Wharton.


Enter today!

Sign up now to compete in the USIT Texas Stock Pitch Competition on Saturday, Oct. 19. Breakfast and lunch are included in registration fees and teams that register prior to Oct. 12 are guaranteed a free event t-shirt.

McCombs BBA student prepares for first finance course by winning (virtual) 4.5 million in a market trading competition

This summer, Markit, a financial infrastructure and risk management company headquartered in London, England received about 1,500 applications for the Summer Intern Program. Only 5% of applicants were accepted, one of which was Evan Watts, MIS ‘15. He worked in Dallas, TX as a Development Intern, documenting the installation processes of Markit’s financial software for developers and clients.

Evan is fond of the way Markit operates for various reasons; “There’s beer in the office on Fridays. Also, every employee is required to take one paid day-off for philanthropic activities.” Markit also hosted games of “whirleyball,” which Evan described as playing basketball in bumper cars with a whiffle ball. Another part of the company culture that Evan would soon come to enjoy very much was the trading competition for interns. Evan had never taken a Finance course and had no experience with trade markets.

Markit interns were given access to a virtual trading market to compete against one another as well as interns from competing companies worldwide. The simulator updated in real-time and therefore reflected profits and losses that would be incurred from each trade in the real world. In total, 300 interns competed from Markit, Oakhill Partners, Citigroup, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, HBSC, ICAP and London Diversified Fund Management. The rules restricted trading hours to before 9am, between noon and 1pm, and after 5pm.

Evan’s main strategy was to stay up on current events around the world. “I watched the crisis in Egypt affect the price of crude oil and the testimony of Bernanke affect the value of the dollar and, by extension, the price of gold.” Due to the time restrictions, he found himself waking up at 3am to stay on top of the European market. Throughout the competition, Evan’s team kept in contact with other Markit interns states away via conference calls. Upper-level management was also available to assist the team in navigating the market.

The competition lasted 20 days. Evan was the only trader from North America in the top five and finished in first place globally. With a profit-and-loss (P&L) of 4,519,810 USD, Evan came in 1.5 million ahead of second place. “Overall, the experience was challenging and rewarding. I had to research a lot, wake up several times in the night to trade with Europe and Asia and learn about trading and finance through trial and error. I’m looking forward to my first finance course (FIN 357) this semester.”

Case Competition: U.S. FIscal Debt Challenge

The University of Texas at Austin was selected as one of twelve universities to compete in a nationwide campus competition to raise awareness about the long-term U.S. fiscal debt challenge. Many economists believe that a debt-to-GDP ratio of 60 percent or less is a desirable fiscal goal. The U.S. public debt is 70 percent, and the Congressional Budget Office predicts that it will climb to nearly 100 percent of GDP by 2024 and more than 200 percent by 2040.

The University of Texas at Austin team is being led by McCombs undergraduate Hamid Poorsafar and includes Grace Fu, Philip Wiseman, McCombs alumni Novin Ghaffari, and Carter Pearson. The team’s goal is to bring together the campus community and start the conversation needed to solve the fiscal debt. The campaign will begin in January and will include a variety of ways to get involved including arrangement of a speaker series.

The first step to get involved is to join us through our Causes page; this is where we will be consolidating all our communication efforts. Please sign up and join our Cause by clicking through the following link:

Also, please join us on our Facebook, and Twitter.

Deloitte Consulting Undergraduate Case Competition

Co-hosted by Alpha Kappa Psi, Iota Chapter at the University of Texas at Austin

Are you interested in learning more about Management Consulting careers? Do you enjoy working in an interactive team to approach multidisciplinary business challenges?

If so, gain real-life exposure, hands-on experience, as well as potential prizes by putting together a team to participate in the Deloitte Consulting Undergraduate Case Competition!

Preliminary School Competitions will be taking place at the following universities in February/March 2012, and teams will consist of four currently enrolled undergraduate underclassmen (freshmen, sophomores, and juniors ONLY with GPAs above 3.2 of any majors—no seniors or graduate-level students):

Cornell University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Northwestern University; Indiana University; Penn; UCLA; The University of Texas at Austin; University of Virginia

If successful in your school’s competition, the Deloitte National Undergrad Case Competition will take place at Deloitte University on Thursday and Friday, April 19th and 20th, 2012, with all expenses covered by the firm.

The Deloitte Undergraduate Case Competition that will be held at the University of Texas at Austin consists of two rounds: Semifinals and Finals. The dates involving the case competition are:

  • Info Session/Semifinals Kickoff: Friday, Feb 24 in the Legacy Events Room (CBA 3.202) 6 p.m.
  • Semifinals Submissions: Friday, Mar 09 by 11:59 p.m.
  • Finals Kickoff: Monday, Mar 19 in the Legacy Events Room (CBA 3.202)
  • Finalists’ Dinner: Thursday, Mar 22 by invitation only
  • Finals Presentation Day: Friday, Mar 23 in the Legacy Events Room (CBA 3.202)

For more information regarding this case competition, please attend our information session on Friday, February 17. The information session will be held at 5:30 p.m. in GSB 5.142A. To apply, please visit our application site at to submit your proposed team information. Additionally, please contact us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns if you have any.

Thanks again for your interest in the Deloitte Undergraduate Case Competition.

As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte Consulting LLP, a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

Nov. 23 – Apply to Attend the World Youth Leaders Forum in Hong Kong

Hong Kong

  • What: The 2012 World Youth Leaders Forum will be held in Hong Kong from July 11-13, 2012. The theme of the forum is “Towards a World Without Poverty & Inequity” to encourage young leaders across the globe to share their creative ideas and solutions on how to address these issues.
  • Who can attend: Two BBA students will be selected and nominated to attend the Forum to be held in Hong Kong in July 2012.
  • How to apply: The McCombs School of Business, BBA International Programs office will be accepting applications through November 23rd at 5 p.m. from interested BBA students. Of these applicants, two undergraduate students will be selected and nominated to participate in the Forum. Interested students should email their resume, a letter of interest and two letters of recommendation by November 23rd to [email protected].
  • Cost to attend: The two selected and nominated students will be provided with free accommodations and meals during the Forum, as well as a subsidy for their international airfare and transportation. Please note: Any additional trip, transportation and meal costs not covered by the host, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, must be covered by the student.
  • Criteria for nomination: 1) Outstanding academic performance with vision and leadership potential; 2) Interest in global and local issues, and eager to consider solutions; 3) Respectful and appreciative of others’ values and beliefs; and 4) Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing. Selected nominees will have to submit an abstract for a paper presentation or poster to submit during the forum. Abstracts will be due December 31, 2011.
  • For more information: To learn more about the World Youth Leaders Forum, click here.
  • Last year’s attendees: Last summer, seniors Eva Agoulnik and Stephanie Luu represented the McCombs School of Business at the World Youth Leaders Forum. Eva regards the three days she spent at the forum as “the most intellectually stimulating experience of [her] life.” For the full story, click here.

Student Activity Center Through Our Eyes Photography Contest

The Student Activity Center is excited to launch a brand new photography contest: Through Our Eyes.

Through Our Eyes captures campus life on the 40 Acres through student photography. Each semester, students are encouraged to submit their own photographs portraying a different theme or element of student life. Open-ended themes allow students the freedom to create unique and personal entries. A panel of students, faculty, and staff will judge the submissions and the top fourteen entries will be on display in the Student Activity Center (on the first floor hallway outside the Auditorium) for a full semester.

This semester the contest is focused on the theme of “Student Activities.” Students interested in participating in the contest may submit their photographs on student activities on campus via e-mail to [email protected]. The contest runs through October 31st and all submission details can be found here:

10/5 – PwC Case Study Competition Launch – xACT 2011

Are you looking for a Case Study Competition where you can…Team with your friends to learn more about high-level accounting policy issues? Gain recognition for your teamwork, critical thinking, and communication skills?  And connect with professionals at PwC who can provide mentoring for your career pursuits, all while you have fun and compete for substantial rewards?

To learn more, please join PwC for their campus launch on October 5.

Date:  October 5, 2011
Time:  9:00am – 11:00am
Location:  CBA 4.342

Last year, more than 2,300 students from 46 colleges and universities chose to participate in the xACT competition.  Here’s your chance to do the same!  Each team must consist of 5 members: 2 Sophomores  in their first accounting course or be an accounting major/minor, 1 Junior accounting major, 1 student in their in first accounting course or accounting major/minor, and 1 additional member.

For questions, please contact: Omi Sujanani, Campus Recruiter, [email protected] or Haley Kennedy, xTREME Campus Lead, [email protected]  

10/20-10/21: 22nd Annual Deloitte Consulting MBA-BBA Case Challenge

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of Deloitte Consulting’s Annual McCombs Case Competition.  Deloitte would like to include approximately 18 BBA Juniors in the competition this year.  Through the inclusion of standout undergraduate students, Deloitte hopes to more closely mirror the typical composition of a Deloitte Consulting engagement team.

One BBA student will be selected to serve as an Analyst on each competition team that will consist of 4 MBA students.  Selected students will be expected to contribute to their assigned case team by exhibiting the following skills:

  • Conduct targeted primary and secondary research
  • Perform analysis
  • Summarize appropriate conclusions
  • Contribute to the creation of team presentations and other documents
  • Demonstrate strong communication skills and the ability to convey complex ideas in clear, concise fashion
  • Exhibit client presence and contribute in meetings
  • Identify, document and escalate any project issues
  • Provide overall support for the case competition team

1st place team- $3,500
2nd place team- $1,000
3rd place team- $500

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April 28th – Deadline to Register for Business School Olympics

Business School OlympicsCome enjoy an afternoon at Zilker Park for this year’s Business School Olympics!

WhenMay 1st from 10am to 1pm
Where: Zilker Park
CostFree for teams of 4 to sign up. We are also allowing two substitutes to register with every team.
Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 28th

The event will consist of 8 different games themed after international festivals such as La Tomatina, Holi, and the Tai Monkey Festival. Get ready to get dirty, win prizes, and finish with a washing off in Barton Springs!

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April 15th – Deadline to Apply for the Capital One 2011 Case Competition

Capital One Case Competition Flyer



THE CHALLENGE: How can mobile technology products be used to transform personal banking, consumer lending, or credit cards? Innovate. Be creative. Think outside the box (and the app). How can your idea be integrated into existing business strategies? What are the risks?


• iPad 2 + $500 for each member of the winning group
• Free trip to the Dallas, TX area for all finalists
• Real-world business case that provides valuable work experience
• Exposure to senior executives within Capital One


1. Organize a team of three people
2. Register by 5:00 p.m. EST on April 15, 2011 by emailing Elisha Bejsovec at [email protected]
3. Submit your initial proposal by 5:00 p.m. EST on April 25, 2011


Finalists will present their proposal to a group of executives at our Financial Services headquarters in Dallas, TX on Friday, May 20, 2011.
CAPITAL ONE 2011 FS Case Competition Flyer and Official Rules


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