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Applied Portfolio Management Students

With a limited number of spots available each year, only the top finance students in the Chaifetz School are admitted into the Applied Portfolio Management (APM) program. These students learn the latest investment strategies directly from top area finance professionals, giving them an advantage in the job market post-graduation. 

Meet the APM Class of 2021


Oscar Alvarez poses for a headshot outside of the Edward Jones Data Analytics Lab at Saint Louis University's Chaifetz School of Business

Oscar Alvarez

Mexico City, Mexico

Oscar Alvarez is pursuing a degree in Finance. This past summer, he interned at Clever Real Estate as a Finance/Operations Intern. After completing his undergrad in May of 2022, Oscar will be using his final year of eligibility playing tennis while pursuing a master's degree in a related area of study. Outside of APM, Oscar is a member and team captain of the SLU Men's Tennis team. After completing his studies, Oscar is planning on using his OPT years, while working in the US.

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Blase Daugherty poses for a photo at the Chaifetz School of BusinessBlase Daugherty

St. Louis, MO

Blase is pursuing a degree in Finance with a minor in Service Leadership. Over the summer, Blase interned with Maryville Consulting Group. After graduation in Spring of 2022, he will be joining the company as a Technology Business Management Consultant. Outside of APM, Blase plays on SLU's Club Baseball team, is involved with Campus Ministry, serves on the executive board of the Service Leadership Program and is an ambassador of the Chaifetz School of Business to prospective students and parents.

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Jacob Dowell poses for a photo at the Chaifetz School of BusinessJacob Dowell

Bonne Terre, MO

Jacob is a senior studying Economics and Finance (Financial Analysis) with minors in Math and Philosophy. He has interned at the Show-Me Institute for two semesters and recently became the founding President of SLU Finance Club. Jacob will be graduating in May 2022, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Finance to focus on research related to financial institutions, business cycles, and capital markets.

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Noah Hensley poses for a photo at the Chaifetz School of BusinessNoah Hensley

St. Louis, MO

Noah is pursing a major in marketing and a minor in Finance at Saint Louis University, expecting to graduate May 2022. He is currently exploring careers in finance and marketing roles. Over the past three years he has worked at VIP Auto Accessories, an automotive up-fitting shop in St. Louis as a marketing specialist / product developer. Noah is currently an analyst for the IT sector, with a primary focus in the semiconductor industry. Outside of APM Noah is an avid automotive enthusiast, personal finance nerd, and real estate geek.

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Dominic Herr poses for a photo at the Chaifetz School of BusinessDominic Herr

St. Louis, MO

Dominic is pursuing a major in Finance with a concentration in Financial Analysis and a minor in Actuarial Mathematics. This past summer, Dominic worked at Baird as a Global Investment Banking Summer Analyst within their Energy team in Houston, Texas. Previously, he worked at The Boeing Company as a Finance and Strategy Intern within their Material Cost Analysis team in St. Louis, Missouri. Outside of APM, Dominic is an active member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit honor society. Upon graduation, Dominic will join NISA Investment Advisors as an analyst in their Client Services department.

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Wilson Lin, 2021 Applied Portfolio Management Student, poses for a headshot.Wilson Lin

St. Louis, MO

Wilson is pursuing a degree in Finance (with a concentration in Financial Analysis) and International Business. Since his sophomore year, Wilson has worked as an equity research intern at Kennedy Capital Management, an asset management firm based in St. Louis, MO where he focused primarily on domestic equity securities within the Healthcare industry. After graduation, Wilson looks forward to continuing his career in asset management with Kennedy Capital as an Equity Research Associate.

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Saikushal Marii poses for a photo at the Chaifetz School of BusinessSaikushal Marri

St. Louis, MO

Saikushal (Kushal) Marri is pursuing a major in Finance and a minor in Information Technology Management. This past summer, Kushal worked as a venture capital intern at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City in their venture capital subsidiary, Cobalt Ventures, where he focused on the healthcare industry. Previously, he worked as a private-equity intern analyst at El Toro Capital Management, where he focused on the cybersecurity, SaaS, and digital media industries. Outside of APM, Kushal is an athlete on the SLU Men's Tennis Team and is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

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Claire Nieder Poses for a photo at the Chaifetz School of BusinessClaire Nieder

Columbia, MO

Claire is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Finance, and minors in Actuarial mathematics and Spanish. Two summers ago, she interned at Boeing as a Supply Chain Analyst, and this past summer interned at KHS Global as a Financial Analyst. After graduation in May, she will be joining the Portfolio Management Analyst rotational program at NISA Investment Advisors in Clayton, MO. Outside of APM, she serves as the Financial Vice President for Gamma Phi Beta sorority, plays on SLU Women's Club Volleyball team, and plans on coaching for Girls on the Run in the spring.

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Zoe Pezold poses for a photo at the Chaifetz School of BusinessZoe Pezold

Wright City, MO

Zoe is pursuing a major in Finance with a concentration in Financial Analysis, a minor in Mathematics, and she is also in the Honors program. This past summer, she interned at the FDIC as a Financial Management Scholar within the division of Risk Management Supervision. After graduation, she will join Equifax as a Rotational Finance Associate. Outside of APM, Zoe is the Vice President of Economics Club, Director of Public Relations for Finance Club, and is a part of several other student organizations and extracurricular activities.

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Madelyn Pulver poses for a photo at the Chaifetz School of BusinessMadelyn Pulver

Northvale, NJ

Madelyn is pursuing a major in Finance at the Chaifetz School of Business where she will graduate in May of 2022. This past  summer, Madelyn worked at Rosano Partners in Los Angeles as an acquisition summer analyst. Currently, she works as an equity research intern focusing on the healthcare and biotech sector at Kennedy Capital Management here in Saint Louis. After graduation, Madelyn will work as an investment banking analyst at Baird on their Government and Defense team in Washington, D.C. Outside of SMIF, Madelyn is an MLK Scholar and is involved with service at local elementary schools where she tutors children in math.

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Jason Ruka poses for a photo at the Chaifetz School of BusinessJason Ruka

Phoenix, AZ

Jason is pursuing a triple major in finance, mathematics, and sports business, with concentrations in financial analysis and statistics. The past two summers, Jason has interned as a financial data analyst at Spectrum. After graduating in May of 2022, Jason plans on pursuing a Master's in Finance degree. In addition to APM, Jason is a captain of the Saint Louis University Division 1 Swim & Dive Program, as well as a student-athlete mentor in the Saint Louis University Athletic Department.

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Jeffrey Thai poses for a photo at the Chaifetz School of BusinessJeffrey Thai

Skokie, IL

Jeffrey is pursuing a major in Finance, with a concentration in Financial Analysis. Last summer, he interned for a local firm, Djtitanium, near his hometown working on SBA loans, insurance, and real estate contracts. Following graduation in May of 2022, he is excited to be returning to work full-time with the local firm. Outside of APM, Jeffrey has enjoyed being the treasurer of a dance team (K:ODE), member of Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Society, playing basketball and being a part of several cultural student organizations.

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Jacob TiemannJacob Tiemann

St. Louis, MO

Jacob is pursuing a bachelor’s degree of Science in Finance with a minor in accounting. In addition to APM, Jacob is involved with many extracurricular activities, including Phi Beta Sigma. Professionally, Jacob is currently an Estimating & Pricing intern with the Boeing Company. He will continue his employment with Boeing after his graduation in May 2022 as a part of the Business Skills Rotation Program (BSRP). In his personal life, Jacob enjoys keeping up with his local St. Louis teams and spending time with family and friends.

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Alvin Vojka poses for a photo at the Chaifetz School of BusinessAlvin Vojka

St. Louis, MO

Alvin is a pursing a major in Finance and minors in Accounting and Spanish. Alvin is currently working with RSM LLP as a tax intern. His past internship experiences have provided him with a unique and diversified skill set that he hopes to leverage throughout his professional career. Upon graduation, he will be multitasking his work with his studies to complete the CFA program. Outside of APM, Alvin is involved in the Men's Lacrosse Club and enjoys keeping with his favorite teams, Chelsea FC and the St. Louis Blues.

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Eric Zhu poses for a photo at the Chaifetz School of BusinessEric Zhu

St. Louis, MO

Eric is pursuing a major in Finance with a concentration in Financial Analysis and a double major in Business Technology Management. This past summer, he worked as a summer associate at Forester Haynie PLLC, a law firm with a focus on pharmaceutical litigation. Following graduation, Eric intends to continue working for Insomnia Proxies, LTD, an internet-services firm that he co-founded in his junior year of college. Outside of APM, Eric enjoys skiing, cycling, as well as being a part of several other student organizations.

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Irene Zou poses for a photo at the Chaifetz School of BusinessIrene Zou

St. Louis, MO

Irene is pursuing dual degree in Business Technology Management and Finance with a concentration in Financial Analysis and a minor in Service Leadership. This past summer, Irene interned at Cboe Global Market. At Cboe, she worked within Derivative Business Team focusing on Options. In addition to APM, Irene is a member of many extracurricular activities and non-profit organizations such as Student Government Association and Red Cross. Following graduation, Irene hopes to pursue a career in Quantitative Finance.

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