Saturday, August 25, 2018

Back to School – Marquette’s Applied Investment Management (AIM) Program Welcomes the Class of 2020

Staring Monday you're in the AIM Program, but what is applied learning?

The AIM Program at Marquette University began in 2005. Since then over 400 undergraduate students have participated in the program. Our alumni can be found in leading asset managers and investment banks throughout the country - and the world.

As the first undergraduate program partner with the CFA Institute, we take pride in our students' successful placements and high CFA exam pass rates. In 2014 we added our second track: Private Equity & Investment Banking.  We now offer students an opportunity to participate in the Finance in New York Program.    
The AIM program is a leader in applied and experiential learning, but what exactly is applied learning?

An AIM pitch in Chicago
Applied learning refers to an educational approach whereby students learn by engaging in direct application of skills, theories and models. In Marquette’s AIM program, students apply knowledge and skills gained from traditional classroom learning to hands-on and real-world settings, creative projects and independent directed research. For instance, the opportunity to manage over $3 million of the University’s endowment fund is the best example of the type of applied learning found within the AIM program!
Visit to the New York Stock Exchange
In other words, in the AIM program we apply what is gained from our academic learning within the classroom (theories, concepts and practices) and apply it with real experiences (i.e. investment management of endowment funds, outside speakers, New York and Chicago field trips and internships).  

Some of the applied learning activity in the AIM program occurs outside of the traditional classroom or in our case – within the AIM Research Room. However, where the rubber really meets the road is during the Friday afternoon AIM equity pitches when studentsare required to make a formal presentation and defend their recommendation during rigorous Q&A.
Internships are an important element of the AIM applied learningexperience. During the summer between junior and senior year (or during the school year), students earn academic credit in an agreed-upon, supervised workplace activity, which is directly related to the AIM student’s area of interest. The work can be full or part time and either on or off campus. Internships are valuable in that they integrate classroom knowledge and theory with practical application and skills developed in professional setting.
Dr. Krause addressing
 the Rotary Club of Milwaukee
OurAIM program  faculty consists of highly qualified academic experts and experienced professionals. Dr. David Krause is the AIM program's inaugural director and he is joined by a strong supporting cast of adjunct instructors (including Bill Walker, Jeff Germanotta and Chris Merker - along with AIM Coordinator Jessica Hoerres).
We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2020 as they begin their applied learning experience at Marquette University within the AIM program.   Ring out ahoya!