Graduate Finance Management Council

a UT Dallas graduate finance management council student in the Jindal School Finance Trading Lab

Focused on the Needs and Interests of Graduate Finance Students

The Graduate Finance Management Council (GFMC) is focused on the needs and interests of graduate finance students. The dedicated GFMC members serve as program ambassadors, mentors and leaders for the MS Finance program. Their support is critical for program support and student success. Continuing students are encouraged to join and support the GFMC.

Ambassadors

Are you considering getting your MS in Finance?

GFMC Ambassadors are happy to answer you questions, such as:

  • What is it like to be a student in the Master of Science in Finance program at UT Dallas?
  • How can students get involved at UT Dallas?
  • Would you like to know more?

We have ambassadors from many countries around the world. When you email an ambassador, feel free to specify an ambassador from a particular country or region, and we will do our best to connect you appropriately. See the GFMC Leaders.

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An ambassador is ready to answer your questions.

Email an Ambassador or check the calendar for an upcoming chat session.

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The Deal Desk – GFMC newsletter

The Graduate Finance Management Council writes a regular newsletter.

Mentors

Are you a new or continuing MS in Finance student?

GFMC Mentors are happy to answer you questions, such as:

  • Who should I contact about this?
  • Where can I find information on campus activities?
  • When should I start getting involved in campus organizations?
  • Did you sit for the CFA while taking classes? What problems did you face?
  • How can I meet other people?

See the GFMC Leaders.

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A mentor is ready to answer your questions.

Email your questions to MentorMSF@utdallas.edu or check the calendar for an upcoming Coffee Chat session.

Email a Mentor

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  • The Graduate Finance Management Council will assist the MS Finance program as Ambassadors for the program, Peer Mentors to new students and with other tasks as appropriate.
  • To apply, each candidate must adhere to the following guidelines:
    • Must be able to actively serve on the GFMC for at least one long semester.
    • Complete the online application
    • Assist with MS Finance activities throughout the semester.
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Leaders

The Graduate Finance Management Council officers serve as the leaders. Their projects include the following:

  • Plan and develop Coffee Chat sessions for new and continuing students
  • Plan and facilitate various program related events and workshops
  • Develop and coordinate information sessions for prospective students
Varshil Parikh

Varshil Parikh

President

“Knowledge with action turns adversity into prosperity”
– Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam

When I came here in Fall 2019, I was clueless about most things related to the curriculum and the practical challenges faced by us finance students. In those times it was GFMC team which helped me and many other students like me out. I would like to do the same for my peers by keeping that legacy going. Experiencing the life here at UTD has enriched me with insights that I would like to pass on to my peers. This is a way in which our small but strong and tightly knit community of finance students can grow at UTD.

Ruchi Agrawal

Vice President

“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”
– Roy T. Bennett

GFMC is an on-campus family for all of its members. As you navigate your time at UTD and begin your career, the GFMC will assist you each step of the way. As Vice President, I look forward to assisting the President and supervise the whole team in furthering GFMC ‘s mission and goals. GFMC is a platform where students can provide their views, research and opinions, having a strong diverse community focused toward professional and academic growth. With over 5 years of professional experience, I would be pleased to share my experience and insights with the prospective and current students.

Jicong (William) Qiu

Secretary

“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.”
– W. Clement Stone

Being the second semester in GFMC, GFMC is a best connection between students and industry, which can give students more opportunities to get in touch with industry’s trend and views. What’s more, as an official organization of Finance Program, GFMC has the power of assembling students and alumni, which could build a bridge between experienced alumni and students for sharing their advice and make a closer connection. The experience in GFMC inspire me to try my best to contribute my passion and effort to the development of GFMC.

Siddharth Jain

Treasurer

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

My role as an ambassador at Graduate Finance Management Council (GMFC) provides me a platform which enables me to share my experience and knowledge gathered so far in the MS-Finance program to guide and help current, new and prospective finance students in UTD. I am pleased to be a part of GMFC, our team is driven to provide any required support and resources by way of organizing interactive sessions and events for students which help us evolve personally in the process.

Xiaojia Zhang

Event Coordinator

“Do not, for one repulse, give up the purpose that you resolved to effect.”
– William Shakespeare

GFMC brings plenty of available resources, offers current and prospective student opportunities, and helps students with questions both on academic and life. It’s a great pleasure for me to be one of the GFMC team and I’m ready to help others out with my passion. GFMC accepts not only Finance graduate students but also welcome non-Finance students to join us. I highly recommend this wonderful organization and I’m looking forward to meeting newcomers.

Abhishek Sharma

Committee Chair

“One can best prepare themselves for the economic future by investing in your own education. If you study hard and learn at a young age, you will be in the best circumstances to secure your future.”
– Warren Buffet

I joined GFMC in my 1st semester at UTD and being a student in a new country and pursuing an academic course very different from my earlier academic pursuance, GFMC and all the previous officers had supported me immensely in adjusting and rising to the requirements of the Finance program. As an officer now, I intend to do the same and further with my background in Computer Science and Engineering and working background as a currency futures trader, pass on my knowledge and be a mentor to anyone who needs it.

Vineeta Tanwani

Event Coordinator

“Desire, burning desire, is basic to achieving anything beyond the ordinary.”

GFMC is the one stop solution for all the problems that incoming MS Finance students might have. The council is easily accessible. As part of the council, I wish to guide and support students through journey at UTD and beyond. I am passionate about bridging the gap between “theory and practice” and am determined to structure GFMC workshops and events to assist incoming students in the best way possible. Never hesitate to reach out and utilise the available resources to their fullest potential.

Master’s in Finance Student Testimonials

Peter Bellino

Peter Bellino, Class of ’15

Analyst, AlixaRx

From this program, I take with me an expanded knowledge and renewed passion for finance, a network of friends and colleagues that traverses the globe, and the ability to better understand the impact that capital and investments have in economies around the world, all while staying engaged in the community in which I grew up in.

Sebastian Stinson, Class of ’17

Senior Manager, First Line Risk Management, Charles Schwab

In my opinion, the most important thing you can learn is how to learn better, and there is no better place to master that skill than at UT Dallas.
Haoming Chen

Haoming Chen, Class of ’18

Data Analyst, Huafu Securities Corporation Ltd.

UT Dallas was a wonderful place for me to explore my academic and career development because it provides students with various professional resources.
Andrew Bardin

Andrew Bardin , Class of ’19

Forecasting and Analytics at J.P. Morgan

My time in the MS in Finance program at UT Dallas was invaluable. I made so many great connections with professors, staff, and classmates that I looked forward to attending classes. The curriculum and resources made it possible to focus my education on the cutting edge of finance, using data, quantitative methods, analytics, and simulation. The skills that I learned through case studies and projects helped me get a great job and enabled me to make an impact right away.
Monty Hsu

Chun-Pin “Monty” Hsu, Class of ’15

Senior Financial Analyst, Mercer Capital

The MSF program at UT Dallas provides students with a flexible curriculum to pursue our personal goals.
Shermin Kadiwala

Shermin Kadiwala , Class of ’19

Audit Analyst, AIG

I’m very grateful to be a part of the MS in Finance Flex program! The program gave me a wonderful opportunity to develop my quantitative skill set with myriad resources available for finance graduates seeking to advance their careers.
Muhazdeen Ibrahim

Muhazdeen Ibrahim , Class of ’19

Senior Analyst , Goldman Sachs

The MSF program at UT Dallas provides students with strong competence in the finance industry.

Jaime Jerez, Class of ’19

Senior Associate at Forensic

The MS Finance program not only helped me to fortify my knowledge in finance but also, its flexible curriculum helped me to gain assets that have helped me tremendously in my personal and professional goals.
Salman Jasim

Salman Jasim, Class of ’20

Reporting Analyst, Flagstar Bank

The MS in Finance program is ranked as one of the country’s best finance programs. Courses focus on applying classroom knowledge and the latest software to solve real-life problems.
Jai Krishnan

Jai Krishnan, Class of ’17

Financial Analyst, Daseke Inc.

The MS Finance program gave me the flexibility, knowledge and experience that I needed for my career. Faculty helped me tailor my coursework and mentored me to succeed with my professional goals. Active participation in student organizations, competitions judged by industry leaders and projects with real-world case studies developed my leadership and networking skills, critical in today’s competitive job market.

Jacob Mangalath, Class of ’14

Manager at Generational Equity

Jacob credits much of his professional success to the Jindal School’s flexible scheduling, which allowed him to pursue his academic and career goals in tandem. He says his active membership in groups such as the Financial Leadership Association and various other networking opportunities played a vital role in helping him keep abreast of industry trends and gain exposure to key players in the job market.

See all Master’s in Finance Testimonials
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