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Finance Students Win Regional Competition at the CFA Institute Research Challenge

Four applied portfolio management students from the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University recently placed first in the St. Louis Regional CFA Institute Research Challenge, competing against teams from other regional and top universities.

CFA Chaifetz Group

Left to right: Students: Lea Devantier, Kasra Nassirpour, Luke Haras, Hengrui Wang; Mentors: James Shanahan, CFA and Tom Doellman (not pictured).

Lea Devantier, Kasra Nassirpour, Hengrui Wang and Luke Haras are alumni of SLU's applied portfolio management program in the Chaifetz School of Business, and were led by their professor and faculty mentor Thomas Doellman, Ph.D. and industry mentor James Shanahan of Edward Jones.


The challenge is an annual global competition providing students with hands-on financial analysis experience. The teams act as research analysts and are judged for their ability to value a stock, write a research report, and present their recommendation to buy, sell, or hold the stock.

The Chaifetz team competed against students from Washington University in St. Louis, University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Lindenwood University, and Maryville University and placed first for their work. 


Founded in 1910, the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University has shaped the future of industry for more than a century. As one of the oldest business schools west of the Mississippi, the Chaifetz School has built a reputation as a leader in business education committed to innovation, inclusion and impact and recognized with eight undergraduate and graduate programs nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.