Fama-Miller Center for Research in Finance offers a unique pre-doctoral opportunity for research professionals with undergraduate degrees or masters degrees in economics and finance or in fields with related skills such as statistics, mathematics or computer science.
Our two-year research professional program is designed to be an ideal transitional position for recent graduates who are interested in going onto a top PhD program in finance or economics. Our research professionals gain valuable experience working with some of the world’s top researchers in these fields.
Fama-Miller Center research professionals have the opportunity to work closely with top finance faculty, take one discounted course per quarter, attend the finance workshop and seminar and participate in the Fama-Miller Center seminar for research professionals.
The research professional will work closely with Booth finance faculty members and learn to provide research assistance for substantial research projects as well as receive mentoring. The position will provide excellent preparation for entry into a Ph.D. program or for conducting other analytical based research independently.
Applicants must have a bachelors degree in economics, finance or related skills such as statistics, mathematics or computer science.
Chicago Booth gives equal consideration to applicants requiring visa sponsorship; all interested applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of their visa status.
Current Research Professionals
Yann Decressin - Research Professional
Yann Decressin is currently assisting Professors Jessica Jeffers, Steve Kaplan, Michael Weber and Eric Zwick on a variety of projects.
Yann has a BA in Economics (with honors) and Statistics from UC Berkeley. His current research interests are focused in macro-finance, especially monetary policy transmission, shadow banks, and regulation.
Pranav Garg - Research Professional
Pranav Garg is currently assisting Professors Anthony Lee Zhang, Emanuele Colonnelli, Scott Nelson and Eric Zwick.
Pranav has a bachelor's in Economics with honors from the University of Delhi, and a master’s degree in Economics from the Paris School of Economics. His current research interests include macroeconomics, banking and the political economy of credit.
Sanhitha Jugulum - Research Professional
Sanhitha Jugulum is currently assisting Professors Elisabeth Kempf, Raghuram Rajan, Emanuele Colonnelli and Erick Zwick.
Sanhitha has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy. Her current interests include corporate finance and asset pricing
Julien Weber - Research Professional
Julien Weber is currently assisting Professors Anil Kashyap, Yueran Ma, Michael Weber and Anthony Zhang on a variety of projects.
Julien has a BA from the University of St.Gallen and a MSc from the Stockholm School of Economics, both in Economics. His current research interests include banking and macroeconomics.
Former Research Professionals
Bianca He assisted Professors Yueran Ma, Lubos Pastor, Scott Nelson, Amir Sufi and Eric Zwick. Bianca has a BA in economics and a BA in statistical sciences with honor from Cornell University. After working with the Fama-Miller Center for two years, she went on to pursue a PhD in Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Dong Ryeol Lee
Dong Ryeol Lee assisted Professors Lars Hansen, Ralph Koijen, Elisabeth Kempf and Pietro Veronesi. Dong Ryeol has a BBA with honor from Seoul National University. After working with the Fama-Miller Center, he went on to pursue a PhD in Finance at UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Tianshu Lyu assisted Professors George Constantinides, Zhiguo He, Jessica Jeffers, Elisabeth Kempf and Stefan Nagel. Tianshu has a BS in Computer Science and Finance with honor from New York University Shanghai and a Master of Finance degree from MIT. After working with the Fama-Miller Center for two years, he went on to pursue a PhD in Finance at Yale School of Management.
Jun Xu assisted Professors Jessica Jeffers, Anil Kashyap, Constantine Yannelis and Eric Zwick. Jun has a BSc in Economics and Finance from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a MA in Economics from Duke University. After working with the Fama-Miller Center, she went on to pursue a PhD in Finance at the University of Washington Foster School of Business.
Ammon Lam assisted Professors Emanuele Colonnelli, Will Cong, George Constantinides, Sam Hartzmark, and Yueran Ma. Ammon has a BS in Mathematics with honors and a MS in Mathematics from Brigham Young University. After working with the Fama-Miller Center for two years, he went on to pursue a PhD in Finance at NYU Stern School of Business.
Dongchen Zou assisted Professors Wenxin Du, Lars Hansen, Anil Kashyap, Elisabeth Kempf, Pascal Noel and Eric Zwick. Dongchen has an undergraduate degree in finance and statistics from New York University Stern School of Business. After working with the Fama-Miller Center for two years, he went on to pursue a PhD in Finance at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Sai Krishna Kamepalli
Sai Krishna Kamepalli assisted Professors Emanuele Colonnelli, Jessica Jeffers, Raghuram Rajan, and Michael Weber. Krishna has bachelor's in civil engineering from IIT Bombay and a master's in economics from UT Austin. After working with the Fama-Miller Center for two years, he went on to pursue a PhD in Economics at Columbia University.
William Cassidy assisted Professors Lubos Pastor, Pietro Veronesi, George Constantinides, Michael Weber, Eric Zwick and Jessica Jeffers. Will has an undergraduate degree in Mathematical Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. After working with the Fama-Miller Center, he went on to pursue a PhD in Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Xiao Yin assisted Professors Zhiguo He, Lars Hansen, Michael Weber, Bryan Kelly and Eric Zwick. Xiao has a BSc in Economics with honor, a BSc in Statistics, and a minor in Mathematics from the University of Washington. After working with the Fama-Miller Center, he went on to pursue a PhD in Finance at the University of California Berkeley.
Phil Trammell assisted Professors Anil Kashyap, Elisabeth Kempf, Jessica Jeffers and Eric Zwick. Phil has a BA in economics and mathematics from Brown University, and previously worked at NERA Economic Consulting. Phil is currently pursing a PhD in Economics at the University of Oxford.
Yiran Fan assisted Professor George M. Constantinides on analyzing the relation between household income and consumption. Additionally, he is assisted Professors Will Cong, Zhiguo He, Kelly Shue and Eric Zwick on a variety of projects. Fan has a Bachelor of Economics in Finance from Peking University, an MPhil in Finance from Cambridge and an MS in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago. After working with the Fama-Miller Center, Fan went on to pursue a PhD in the joint program in Financial Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Pierre Jaffard assisted Professors Will Cong, Elisabeth Kempf, Lubos Pastor and Jacopo Ponticelli. Jaffard has an Engineering Degree from Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, Marne-la-Vallee, France, and a master’s degree in Economics from Paris School of Economics, Paris. After completing his time at the Fama-Miller Center, he went on to pursue his PhD in Finance at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Markus Schwedeler assisted Professor Tarek Hassan on several projects. Markus has a BSc and MSc in Economics from the University of Maastricht and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, respectively. He previously worked at the European Central Bank. After working with the Fama-Miller Center, he went on to pursue his PhD in Economics at Boston University.
Jinpu Yang assisted Professors Bryan Kelly and Amit Seru on a variety of projects. Jinpu earned his AB in Mechanical Engineering in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, an MSME in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MS in Computer Science from University of Chicago. In the Fall of 2017 Jinpu will enter the PhD in Finance program at Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.
Gerardo Manzo assisted professor Kelly analyzing the cross section of North America corporate credit default swaps spreads and assisted professor Veronesi on a variety of projects. Manzo has a BSc in economics and finance from University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy, an MSc in economics and finance from University of Rome, "LUISS" Guido Carlo, Rome, and a PhD in money and finance from University of Rome “Tor Vergata," Rome. Manzo is currently working for AQR Capital Management.
Menaka assisted professor Pastor on a cross-country analysis of taxes, inequality, and stock prices. Also, she assisted professor Weber in analyzing the impact that sticky-price firms have on the demand spillover across other firms. Hampole has a AB in economics and a minor in Music from the University of Chicago and an MSc in economics from University College London. Hampole is currently pursuing a PhD in finance at Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.
Philip Xu assisted professor Hassan on his research projects in macroeconomics and international finance. Xu holds a BSc in mathematics from Fudan University, China, and an MSc in statistics from the University of Chicago. Xu is currently pursing a PhD in the joint program in Financial Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Leland Bybee assisted professor Bryan Kelly with work analyzing newspaper text corpuses to detect news events and help explain asset prices. He also assisted professor Kelly Shue on a project relating to corporate finance, and assisted professor Eric Zwick to build a centralized database of economic and finance data sets. Leland has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and MS in Statistics from the University of Michigan. Leland is currently pursing a PhD in Financial Economics at Yale School of Management.
Hongcen Wei assisted professor Tarek Hassan on the importance of financial markets for real economic outcomes and the importance of sociological phenomena for economic growth. Wei completed his master’s degree at the University of Chicago and both bachelor’s degrees in China, with majors in finance and math. Wei is currently pursuing a PhD in economics at the University of Chicago.
While at Fama-Miller Center, Minsoo Kim provided research assistance to professors Seru, Koijen, and Tsoutsoura. Kim received his BBA in business administration (minor in statistics), BA in education at Korea University, MS in statistics at University of Chicago (2012) and PhD in Finance from London Business School. Minsoo is a Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor) at the University of Melbourne.