The Stephen L. Hawk Center for Investment Analysis provides a premier investment education for graduate and undergraduate students at the Wisconsin School of Business. The Center directly supports the Wisconsin MBA concentration in Applied Security Analysis Program (ASAP), where students use real world tools to manage in excess of $25 million in portfolios of equity, investment grade, high yield and Treasury bonds portfolios. Established in 1970, ASAP is one of the oldest running student managed investment programs in the world.

The Center’s connection to the investment industry is strengthened by a network of over 650 alumni who serve as weekly class speakers, mentors, employers, and advisory board members. Through firm visits, conference opportunities, and alumni events, students gain additional knowledge and experience to help launch their careers in investment research and portfolio management.

Programs We Support

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Applied Equity Market Research (FIN 365) for Undergraduates

This two-semester class for Juniors and Seniors focuses on business model analysis, valuation approaches, and preparing a professional stock pitch. Taught by successful institutional investors, the course prepares you for a career in investment management.

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MS in Finance, Investment and Banking

Undergraduate Majors and UW-Madison economics students can earn an MS in Finance with just one year of additional coursework.

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MBA Specialization in Applied Security Analysis

Earn a Wisconsin MBA that provides the analytic skill set and investment experience to elevate your career in portfolio management.

Explore the Hawk Center

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CFA Program Partner

The Applied Securities Analysis curriculum prepares students to sit for the CFA exam.

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Hawk Center Investment Conference

Join us at our annual event. Hear industry speakers and network with alumni.

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Board Members

Two boards serve as clients for student portfolio management experience and another is dedicated to placement and networking.

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Our History and Mission

Celebrating 50 years of teaching, research, and outreach in 2020.

Former Professor Stephen L. Hawk, founder of the Student Investment Program

Meet our Founder

His financial support and participation were instrumental in achieving our mission.

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Capital Management Club

Undergraduate students are invited to join us for a five-week training program and opportunity to pitch investments.

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Gifts to the Hawk Center are welcome year-round and make a lasting impact on the experiences we provide for students.

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