Sophomore Ryan Thompson Receives EquitySim Scholarship to Attend Advanced Investment Management Course

Ryan Thompson

MACON – Mercer University sophomore Ryan Thompson was recently selected among thousands of students across the nation by EquitySim to attend the Advanced Investment Management course offered by the CQA Institute.

EquitySim, which will provide Thompson with a scholarship fully funding his participation in the course, allows students to trade various securities in a hypothetical portfolio using real-time market data.

The Advanced Investment Management course, held May 19-31 at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is taught by experienced investment professionals and focuses on investment management. Topics include an overview of the industry, equity and fixed income research, asset allocation, risk management, quantitative research, portfolio management and effective communication.

Along with keynote lectures and discussions, the course will focus on hard-skills development in areas like programming, risk models and model development. The final project is a case study that requires students to work as teams to develop an investment strategy that is presented to a panel of judges.

Thompson, a triple-major in finance, accounting and economics from Kathleen, is active in Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and the Financial Management Association. He is a justice in Mercer’s Undergraduate Honor Council, secretary and lead sports editor of Bear Market newsletter, and a member of the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics Student Advisory Board.

About the School of Business and Economics

Established in 1984, Mercer’s School of Business and Economics is named for Eugene W. Stetson, a 1901 Mercer graduate and business pioneer who leveraged the first major buyout in corporate history. Over the past 80 years, Mercer has granted over 12,000 business degrees, and many of its graduates hold senior leadership positions in companies around the world. Mercer’s business school delivers career-focused business education in order to develop innovative leaders who are responsible global citizens. It holds accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which places it among the top five percent of all top business schools worldwide. Mercer’s business school has been recognized by the Princeton Review for “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students” and “Greatest Opportunity for Women” as well as being one of its “Best Business Schools.” In addition, it has been recognized among the “Top 15 Schools in the Nation for Marketing and Accounting.” The School offers the following programs: Atlanta (Evening BBA, Full-Time (One-Year) MBA, Evening MBA, Executive MBA, Professional MBA, Master of Accountancy, M.S. in Business Analytics), Macon (Traditional BBA and Evening MBA), Douglas County and Henry County (Evening BBA). For more information, visit