G63.2755.001 Project and Presentation

Thursdays 5:10-7 p.m.
WWH, room 312

Updated August 31, 2008

Instructor: Petter N. Kolm
Office: Warren Weaver Hall, room 628
Phone: +1 (212) 998-4855
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Office hours: TBD and by appointment

Meeting schedule:
September 4, initial meeting
September 11, second meeting
September 18, third meeting
November 6, midterm progress presentations
November 13, midterm progress presentations
Final presentations in December, TBD

Content: You will conduct research projects individually or in small teams under the guidance of finance professionals. The course culminates in oral and written presentations of the research results. No exam.

Course requirements and grading:
1.    Project proposal. Due Friday, September 26.
2.    Midterm progress report. Due Friday, October 31.
3.    Midterm progress presentation.  Each project team will give a 3-5 minute oral progress presentation using PowerPoint (or similar) on November 6 or 13.
4.    Final written reports. Due Friday, December 5. Each team will submit 2 files: (i) a written research report, and (ii) an executive summary of 1-2 pages.  Reports have to be approved by your project advisor and by Prof. Kolm. 
5.    Final oral presentation.  Each team will give an 8-10 minute oral presentation using PowerPoint (or similar) by the end of the term.  Dates for these presentations will be announced in early December.

Grading:  Grades for this course will be based (1) timeliness in meeting deadlines (20%), (2) midterm and final presentations (40%), and (3) midterm progress and final reports (40%).

Helpful resources:
•    Nicholas J. Higham, Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 1998
•    William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, The Elements of Style, Longman, 1999
•    Vance Van Petten, Ten Minutes to the Speech: Your Last-Minute Guide and Checklist for Speaking in Public, Tallfellow Press, 2007
•    Scientifically Speaking,
•    Some examples of PowerPoint presentations on quantitative finance (from the Quantitative Methods in Finance Conference 2006) can be found here: