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School of Business Our Work and Research

The scope and scale of our student and alumni work speaks for itself. One day, students are meeting with entrepreneurs in Peru and standing on the trading floors in Asia. The next day, they're managing a $3 million portfolio and overseeing microlending projects in Latin America. Each year, dozens of students also organize the Global Asset Management Education (GAME) Forum, the largest student-run financial conference in the world. After graduation, these same students join our School of Business alumni — 20,000 strong — and add to this impactful and influential network. Collectively, our students, faculty and alumni contribute to our reputation for excellence in business education.

Business students get in the GAME

A business student introduces speakers at the GAME Forum in New York City

Quinnipiac GAME Forum

What’s the name of the game? Getting hands-on experience that translates into real-world success. Each year, 40 or so Quinnipiac business students play an integral role in organizing the annual GAME Forum, a three-day conference held in New York City that brings together the sharpest minds in the finance world. This engaging event — the largest, student-run financial conference in the world — draws more than 1,200 students and faculty from more than 150 colleges and universities. GAME Forum participants hear 140 high-level speakers sound off on everything from investment strategies to the role of social media in the stock market.

QU students, who act as hosts at the event, have the chance to get up close and personal with these finance superstars by participating in Q&A sessions, and attending breakout discussions and workshops on everything from investing to career development.

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Quinnipiac accounting students offer free tax help through VITA Program

Students participating in the Quinnipiac University Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program help low-income residents in the Greater Hamden and New Haven areas with income-tax preparation and filing under the guidance of faculty members who are certified public accountants. Hundreds of local residents have benefitted from the program over the past decade.

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2022 VITA By the Numbers

$150K Practice in Action

The refunds generated for taxpayers in the Greater Hamden and New Haven communities through the VITA program in 2022.

150 In the Community

The number of taxpayers that Quinnipiac accounting students assisted through the VITA program in 2022.

$5K Real Results

The estimated tax preparation fees the VITA program saved low-income residents in 2022.

Our Work

A student speaks with an elderly woman while they sit across from each other at a table

Arming the elderly against a cyber attack

Advances in digital technology have made many processes faster and more convenient, but they've also made it easier for criminals to exploit the population most vulnerable to cyber attacks — the elderly.

To address this issue, computer information systems majors Austin Kuppek ’19, Steve Koch ’19 and Vincent Deriu ’19 taught patrons at the Wallingford Senior Center in Connecticut how to avoid — and recover from — the most common types of cyber fraud.

The special course covered phishing scams, ransomware attacks and other predatory tactics meant to fool victims into giving up their Social Security numbers and other highly sensitive information. It taught attendees how to recognize suspicious emails and websites as well ads how to use verification services and update their anti-virus software.

In the course’s most important segment, Deriu provided step-by-step instructions of what to do if their identities became compromised, from alerting police to filing a statement with a credit bureau to setting up an account with a credit monitoring service.

The course was a big success and gave Deriu and his classmates the chance to represent Quinnipiac while raising awareness and key points about cybercrime.

Making impactful, real-world decisions

Microlending Initiative

Quinnipiac issues small loans of up to $1,000 alongside consulting services to entrepreneurs and small businesses through local community and international partnerships. As students manage the underwriting and approval of the loans, they have the rare opportunity to develop strategies and apply management techniques with real funds in preparation for their careers.

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Student-Managed Portfolio

The Student-Managed Portfolio gives undergraduate finance majors the rare opportunity to develop investment strategies and apply portfolio management techniques with real funds as they seek to outperform the market and prepare for a career in finance. Every decision is made by students with mentorship from industry-leading faculty.

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GAME Forum

The largest student-run financial conference in the world, Quinnipiac’s Global Asset Management Education Forum offers participants the rarest of opportunities: to discuss and debate financial best practices with world-renowned industry leaders. 

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Faculty Spotlight

Iddrisu Awudu
Professor believes education should be a beacon of light in students’ lives
Iddrisu Awudu, professor of management in the School of Business, encourages his students to ask questions and think critically about everything they study in class — whether on ground or virtually. When the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, Awudu stepped up to the challenge by supporting his students and working diligently to ensure his students continued to stay on track during the uncertain times.
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Alumni Spotlight

Brittany Hayles stands next to an Android statue outside of a building with a Google sign on it.
Alumna’s internship leads to job diversifying Google’s workforce
Brittany Hayles '17 combines her interest in diversity with her degree in management to help Google recruit a workforce that reflects the diversity of their users.
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