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James Rocco Quantitative Research Fellowship

The James Rocco Quantitative Research Fellowship provides up to $5,000 for innovative, student-designed quantitative research projects to be carried out during the summer or the academic year. 

Provided the proposed topic is quantitatively based, the only limits on the field of study are student ingenuity and creativity.  One topic might involve statistical analysis of a financial market; another might seek to improve the algorithms used in a consumer products search engine; a third might investigate the application of quantitative analysis to literary or historical texts.  A student may also propose a project in which he or she would learn a new computer language, for example, if knowledge of the language is required for a subsequent quantitative project the student hopes to undertake. 

Depending on the nature of the project, it could form the subject for a credit-bearing independent study, research project or senior thesis. Alternatively, the project can be non credit-bearing. Such projects might attract support from a College trustee or alumnus who would be willing to help advance and market its results.  

Application Requirements 

Applicants must be a student at Lake Forest College to be considered eligible for a Rocco fellowship. Students interested in applying for a James Rocco Quantitative Research Fellowship should speak with Professor Carolyn Tuttle, chair of the department of economics, business, and finance, Professor Robert Holliday, chair of the department of mathematics and computer science, or Professor Muris Hadzic, Assistant Professor of Finance.

Funding is not guaranteed for any proposal.  All proposals will be evaluated by a committee of faculty and community members, and only the strongest proposals will be eligible to receive support. 

Interested students should submit brief one-page descriptions of their ideas to Professor Hadzic no later than March 21, 2017 to be considered for support during either the summer or the following academic year.  Based on review of the one-page descriptions, selected students will be invited to submit full proposals for final consideration.