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hands-onOn average, between 250 and 300 students use the Lab each month. The Lab has enabled students to complete both small and large-scale student projects that are central to many courses across a wide array of disciplines both in the College of Business and elsewhere in the University. Students continue to utilize the Lab to acquire skills that are increasingly required for careers in the Finance and other industries. Bloomberg (and access to related databases) provides interested students the opportunity to acquire a Bloomberg certification and training on database platforms that improves their ability to obtain employment. During Spring 2013, Morgan Stanley Capital International, MSCI, agreed to donate the equivalent of more than $500,000 in MSCI Indices and other databases to be accessed in the Lab via the Bloomberg Terminals. Students desiring careers in money management routinely sit for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examination. The Lab can serve as a setting where students can individually and collectively develop these critical skills.

Access to real-time data has allowed faculty to tailor their course offerings more directly to the real world. Numerous faculty from across the College’s five departments have gone through the training sessions, and the Lab has been utilized for hosting a variety of undergraduate, graduate and special classes and seminars. In addition to “regular” classes, both the Undergraduate Equity Fund and the graduate Aztec Equity Fund conduct their weekly classes at the Lab, there has been active use of the facility by student teams participating in the 2012-2013 and the 2013-2014 CFA Challenge, and at least one EMBA class has held its meetings at the Lab. Also, throughout AY 2012-2014, some of the CBA Departments’ advisory board members have toured the Lab and SDSU’s Division of Research Affairs had its Student Research Symposium at the Lab during March of 2013 and March of 2014.

Testimonials by faculty, students, and alumni all point to the indispensable databases and unique information available at the Lab, enabling users to conduct research, complete assignments and projects, and become exposed to many critical aspects of modern-day finance and economics.