FM Preparation Program

FM Preparation Workshop, July 26 to August 13, 2021. 

More details and registrations will be available in May/June.

Past Workshop (Preparation Workshop 2020):

To help new students prepare for the four core courses this fall semester, we will offer a Financial Mathematics (FM) Preparation Workshop for the third time. 

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this year we will offer the workshop online, Monday through Friday, from July 20th to August 7th, 2020. Further details to be announced.

This three weeklong (15-day) workshop will cover various topics including: mathematics, statistics, econometrics, corporate finance, fixed income, and programming with Python. These topics will be customized for the FM program at NC State. Our records indicate that students with a good background in those areas tend to do well in the FM courses. Therefore, the workshop will prepare you for core courses such as ST 501/502, FIM 528, MA 547, FIM 548, FIM 549 and ECG 766, etc.  

For those who come from a non-English teaching environment (such as China), this is also a great opportunity to get used to the English teaching environment and prepare for your first semester in the US.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to work on a small project on finance and statistics; which will pave the foundation for a semester project in the future. Project experience has been a very crucial element in securing internships and full-time positions for our students. 

Here is the instructors’ information (subject to change):

  1. Mathematics: Prof. Negash Medhin. Dr. Medhin is a FM faculty member and a professor of mathematics. 
  2. Statistics: Prof. Sujit Ghosh. Dr. Ghosh is a FM faculty member and a professor of statistics. He has be teaching ST 501 for several years.
  3. Econometrics: Prof. Denis Pelletier. Dr. Pelletier is a FM Faculty member and professor of economics. He has taught MA/FIM 528 before.
  4. Corporate Finance: Prof. Bartley Danielsen. Dr. Danielsen is a professor of finance with many years of experience teaching corporate finance.
  5. Fixed Income: Prof. Richard Ellson. Dr. Ellson is a FM faculty and has many years of industry experience. The knowledge he brings to the program is vital, and he will also teach MA 591 (Fixed Income) this fall.

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