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Rahul Tamta ’21

The 2018 Summer Richter Scholar Program gave Rahul Tamta ’22 a lot to think about. After working on a finance project, Tamta narrowed down what he wants to pursue going forward.

Tamta spent several weeks over the summer working with Assistant Professor of Finance Dimitria Papadovasilaki, who mentored him through conducting financial experiments in a lab to examine human investment behavior under conditions of panic.

Tamta is a Richter you should know:

Q. What was the focus of your research?
Professor Papadovasilaki and I researched Minsky’s theory of financial crises, specifically on how it can be applied to the information technology bubble of the late 1990s.

Q. How do you think this experience will impact your future?
I am an economics major potentially pursuing a career in finance. Garnering an understanding of financial crises is central to my academic interests and is incredibly interesting to me.

Q. What’s it like working one-on-one with a professor?
Working one-on-one with a professor is a very conversational environment that allows me to learn more efficiently.

Q. What was your favorite part of the Richter Scholar Program?
Reading some of the economic theory Professor Papadovasilaki assigned me has been very enjoyable.

Q. What did you learn about yourself during the program?
While conducting my research, I realized how fascinating I find the stock market.

—By Sangjun Hornewer ’20