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The Forest

Rocco Research Scholarship

Funded by a generous trustee of the College, the James Rocco Quantitative Data Research Scholarship provides up to $5,000 to support innovative, student-designed quantitative research projects to be carried out during the summer or the academic year.

Interested students should submit their proposals to Assistant Professor of Finance Muris Hadzic no later than March 13, 2018 to be considered for support during either the summer or the following academic year. Based on review of the submitted project proposals, selected students will contacted with further details.

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage the development of skills in using quantitative methods to derive information from data. This set of skills is increasingly important in many career paths and academic fields. Enormous amounts of data are now available in almost every academic field, providing numerous opportunities for quantitatively-based research projects that mine data for information.

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.

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.

Full description of application requirements and guidelines is available here.

Please contact Professor Hadzic at hadzic@mx.lakeforest.edu with any additional questions.