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How to Get Involved

How to Get Involved


University teams consist of three to five undergraduate or graduate students that produce the written report and the presentation. To participate in the Research Challenge:

  • Confirm your eligibility
  • Find out if your university participates
  • Follow up with a faculty advisor

View eligibility requirements and learn more about student participation


Volunteers are essential to the success of the Research Challenge. Please consider one of these roles:

  • Faculty Advisor: Typically employed by the team's university, a faculty advisor provides guidance and direction to the team throughout all levels of competition.
  • Report Grader: Selected by the local host, report graders evaluate the team’s written reports.
  • Hosts include the CFA Institute Member Society, CFA Institute, or CFA Institute approved third-party responsible for sponsoring either the local level, sub-regional level, regional level, or global level of the Research Challenge.
  • Industry Mentor: These industry professionals, preferably CFA charterholders, are assigned to the team by the local host to review the team’s written report and provide critique of their  presentation.
  • Presentation Judge: Selected by the competition host, judges evaluate the presentations (ten-minute oral and visual presentations prepared by the team).

Learn more about volunteering for the Research Challenge


The subject company is a publicly traded company assigned by the host to the team as the basis for the written report and presentation.

Consider becoming the subject of the competition to gain unbiased research about your company or explore sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.

Learn more about connecting with students around the world

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