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Baruch College Junior Places in National Student Research Competition

Christian de Rojas and his poster presentation minutes before judging

New York, NY – October 10, 2007—Baruch College junior Christian de Rojas was awarded second place in the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation’s (AMP) 2007 Student Research Conference.

"This is the first time that I’ve entered a research competition,” said de Rojas. ”The judges were very attentive to the topic, the research methods used, and the delivery of the presentation.”

His poster presentation dealt with the process of Mean Variance Optimization (MVO) as applied towards portfolio diversification. MVO, also known as Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT), is a quantitative asset allocation technique that uses diversification to balance risk and return in stock portfolios.  It was entitled, "Mean Variance Optimization: A case Study in Financial Engineering."  De Rojas' faculty advisor for this
project was Dr. Chokri Cherif from the Mathematics Department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

The annual conference was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, New Mexico AMP, Raytheon Missile Systems, Hewlett Packard, and conference host New Mexico State University.

The conferences focuses on giving students the inspiration and tools needed to set and achieve personal and educational goals. Conference workshops are designed to provide information and strategies for students to use in their academic and career planning. This year's projects ranged from electrical and computer engineering to biochemistry and molecular biology. Previous workshops have covered topics such as career exploration, preparing undergraduate research presentations, and preparing for graduate school.

De Rojas was also chosen for Baruch’s 2007 Wall Street Careers Program, administered by the Starr Career Development Center, which provides intensive technical and career training to a select group of Baruch's top-performing juniors to prepare them for front-office finance positions in investment banking, asset management, research, and sales and trading. The program’s goal is to cultivate successful finance professionals who are mentored by alumni and other professionals in the field and who in turn are committed to returning to mentor the next generation of Baruch students.

Lara Moon
Communications & Marketing
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