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.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A RESEARCH PROFESSIONAL POSITION
1-2 letters of recommendation (email Marisa Milazzo)
Please direct any questions to Marisa Milazzo.
Current Research Professionals
William Cassidy - Research Professional
Will Cassidy is currently assisting Professor Hassan and Professor Zwick.
Will has an undergraduate degree in Mathematical Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. His current research interests include financial economics and macroeconomics.
Ammon Lam - Research Professional
Ammon Lam is currently assisting Professors Will Cong and Sam Hartzmark on a variety of projects.
Ammon has a BS in Mathematics with honor and a MS in Mathematics from Brigham Young University. He is interested in empirical asset pricing research, and has worked on projects studying option term structure and explaining momentum effect.
Sai Krishna Kamepalli - Research Professional
Sai Krishna Kamepalli is currently assisting Professors Raghuram Rajan and Michael Weber.
Krishna has a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from IIT Bombay and an MA in Economics from UT Austin. His is currently interested in applied macro and financial economics.
Philip Trammell - Research Professional
Phil Trammell is currently helping Professors Elisabeth Kempf and Thomas Wollmann study analyst-level biases in corporate credit ratings. He is also helping Professor Eric Zwick build a centralized database of economic and finance data sets.
Phil has a BA in economics and mathematics from Brown University, and previously worked at NERA Economic Consulting. He is interested in microeconomic theory.
Xiao Yin - Research Professional
Xiao Yin is currently assisting Professor Weber on testing which characteristics have independent information for the cross-section of expected returns. Additionally, he is helping Professor Tsoutsoura and Professor Zwick on a variety of projects.
Yin has a BSc in Economics with honor, a BSc in Statistics, and a minor in Mathematics from the University of Washington. His research interests include monetary macroeconomics and financial economics.
Dongchen Zou - Research Professional
Dongchen Zou is currently assisting Professor Elisabeth Kempf and Professor Eric Zwick on a variety of projects.
Dongchen has an undergraduate degree in Finance and Statistics from New York University Stern School of Business. His current research interests include Finance and Macroeconomics
Former Research Professionals
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 Two Sigma Investments.
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 economics at the University of Chicago.
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. Bybee has a AB in economics from the University of Chicago and is currently pursing a Masters in Statistics from the University of Michigan.
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 the joint program in financial economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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, and MS in statistics at University of Chicago (2012). Kim is currently a finance PhD student at London Business School, London, England.