William R. Hough Master of Science in Finance 2019-20
About the Master of Science in Finance program
The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program started in 2001 and has evolved to primarily a combination degree program for students from various University of Florida undergraduate degree programs wanting to complete both their undergraduate degree and a Master of Science in Finance degree within four years.
UF undergraduate students apply during their second year on campus and begin MSF courses in their third year. Students take graduate-level finance courses alongside MBA and other finance students, in lieu of some undergraduate degree courses. Students intern the summer after their third year with the firm they plan to return to full time after graduation. Most MSF students come from undergraduate finance, accounting, economics and mathematics programs.
The MSF program also serves students who want access to Ph.D. courses or a joint degree from the UF Levin College of Law.
From the Director's Desk
It’s with great sadness that I report that Mr. Bill Hough passed away this year.
A few years after I first met him, he considered how to make a positive impact on the University of Florida. His goal was for the University of Florida to “have a finance program that the football team could be proud of.” His major donation, which created an endowment to support the Master of Science in Finance program, was the first step towards that goal.
In the almost two decades since, hundreds of students have taken advantage of what the program has to offer and gone on to great careers in finance.
From the very beginning of the program, he very much enjoyed the regular updates on the great placements the students enjoyed.
Kelly Herring and I are both grateful for the opportunity to build a program Mr. Hough gave us.
David Brown Director, Master of Science in Finance program
MSF Stands Out Among Peers
QS 2021 Master's in Finance rankings
U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best Graduate Schools
Investing in our future
The Gator Student Investment Fund is a student-managed investment fund that provides members with a realistic asset management experience. Roughly 40 students work together to deploy the fund’s $750,000+ assets under management in domestic equities while actively managing portfolio risk. This important experiential learning experience also distributed $16,850 to the Machen Florida Opportunities Scholars program in 2019-20.
Annual Board Meeting
A special thank you to our GSIF board members who came to campus for our annual meeting:
UF Advisor Network Exclusive Gator Gathering
GSIF students pitched to the UF Advisor Network in October 2019.
Built for success
The MSF program has intentionally designed experiences for students from their first year on campus until their final semester before graduation. The Exploring Financial Economics (EFE) program gives students the baseline information they need early in their time on campus and prepares them to standout in the finance industry.
EFE students learn from global markets speaker
Exploring Financial Economics students heard from Heather Barone (BA ’05), Global Markets Electronic Trading at Bloomberg LP in October.
She walked through an overview of a day in the life of a trader, utilizing the terminal and its supported functions. Heather provided a holistic view of today’s trading landscape, electronic execution, trading workflows, and more.
Keeping momentum with campus closed
While most college students going into banking don’t touch Bloomberg Market Concepts until the end of their college careers, it was made available remotely for freshmen in the finance program during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sophomore Summer Series
Sophomores in the program had access to an engaging speaker series to learn more about the industry.
July 23: Equity Research: Joseph Hafling, Matthew Schwarz, Brent Penter, Avi Dahan
July 30: Corporate Finance: Nick Alter, Jocelyn Richardson, Sonia Chen, Marlo Mulhall
Aug 7: Investment Banking and Venture Capital: Tansel Ismail, Yasin Ismail
Aug 13: Private Equity: Caroline Rawe, Tyler Prebor, Arley Ruskin, Jon Bennett
Aug 20: Corporate Client Banking: Kendall Ruskin
We are better together
MSF alumni forge an impactful network together. As Business Gators in the finance industry, our alumni events provide an opportunity to strengthen networks and form a lasting bond throughout the program.
Gator Finance Professionals Network Receptions
Gator Finance Professionals Network Receptions gave our alumni a chance to network with fellow Gators.
Thank you for joining the team of alumni that hired to their firms:
Jose Fornell at BCG
Sarrine and Alter at Intuitive Surgical
Congratulations to our outstanding students who received these scholarships last year.
Jeffery M. Levine Banking Scholarship:
Betty W. Penter Memorial Scholarship:
William R. Hough Scholarship:
MSF alumna named to 40 Gators under 40
Kristin (Laneri) Olson (BSBA ’04, MSF ’05) was named to UF’s prestigious 40 Gators under 40. Olson is Vice President at Wood Partners in Atlanta, Georgia. In her role at Wood Partners, one of the nation’s largest multifamily developers, Olson manages a portfolio of assets from development through disposition. Her broad real-estate background includes asset management, development, acquisitions, dispositions, valuation and strategy across most product types and major U.S. markets. Kristin says that her biggest accomplishment is her family, including her Gator husband and three precious girls.
Melanie Ventura (BSBA ’19, MSF ’20) was recognized by Forbes and attended the outlet’s Forbes Under 30 Summit in October. Ventura attended the summit on a full scholarship and heard from prestigious keynote speakers and panels on topics in technology, fashion, philanthropy, and more.
Ventura currently works as a Commercial Banking – Middle Market Analyst for J.P. Morgan in Houston, Texas, and she continues to grow her company, Ventura Venture.
Incoming Presidents Laura Dominguez and Giancarlo Tassi continue to lead the student organization Diversity in Banking and Securities. The organization had an incredible first year, helping students from diverse backgrounds learn more about the financial industry, build a network in banking and even get internships on Wall Street.
The organization was able to work in conjunction with existing organizations to host a speaker series with firms like Wells Fargo and KPMG. They also hosted bi-weekly meetings in which students were exposed to a wide range of skills and knowledge in the financial industry such as “The Total Applicant Package,” “Excel and PowerPoint,” “A Day in the Life on Wall St” and many more. Members built a valuable network of other students in finance with a one-on-one mentor program and access to a student panel. Next year, the organization hopes to continue engaging recruiters with our members and provide students information about the possible careers in finance and management.