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Ross School BBA Student Wins Essay Contest

4/14/2006 --

Adam Rubin applies learnings from Senior Seminar class.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Adam Rubin, BBA '06, recently won first place in the second annual Investment Management Conference essay competition at the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John's University in New York.

Rubin's thesis, "The Individual Investor’s Helpless Pursuit: An Examination of the Individual’s Pursuit of Exposure to Stocks," was developed under the direction of George Siedel, the Williamson Family Professor of Business Administration and professor of business law, and his BBA Senior Seminar class.

Rubin said Siedel's class provides an environment where students can share ideas and develop creative theses that challenge conventional thought.

"Senior Seminar students leave this class with more open minds, a renewed appreciation for independent thought and a strong sense of accomplishment after completing a comprehensive research paper," said Rubin. "The class serves as a great capstone to a quality undergraduate business education."

The honors-type seminar, which includes elements drawn from the tutorial system associated with Oxford and Cambridge, makes the Ross School of Business a leader among BBA programs nationally and has become a model for other institutions, including the Undergraduate Division of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

The class emphasizes independence, critical thinking and the blending of liberal arts and business education. Students work closely with a senior faculty adviser to develop their thesis topic and receive special training in library research. Guidance from writing consultants and opportunities to network with faculty at other business schools, authors and experts across the country are additional perks.

The goals of the Tobin College of Business essay competition are to promote greater interest in economics and finance, better understanding of the investment process and strategies, and enhanced research, reporting and thinking skills.



For more information, contact:
Heather Thorne
Phone: (734) 936-8421
E-mail: hthorne@umich.edu