Best Quant Finance thesis award 2015


Quants@VU in cooperation with TopQuants and EY announce


Call for submission

Master students and their supervisors are invited to submit high quality theses on any topic in the area of quantitative finance: derivatives, risk management, market modelling, high frequency and algorithmic trading and others. Students of any Dutch university and any MSc program are eligible: quantitative finance, financial and actuarial mathematics, econometrics, mathematics, computer science, finance or any other.

A thesis submitted for the competition must have a clear quantitative finance focus, contain high quality original theoretical and/or empirical work and the thesis must be finalised (submitted and signed) during the period between September 1st, 2014 and October 15th, 2015.

The deadline for submission is October 15th, 2015.

The three finalists, chosen by the jury of top level quant finance professionals, will have the opportunity to pitch their thesis at the annual Quant Careers EY symposium at the Amsterdam EY headquarters on November 6, 2015. During this event the winner will be chosen by the same jury, consisting of: Hristina Lokvenec-Guleska (NN), Marcus Hemminga (RiskCo), Mary Pieterse-Bloem (APG), Bastiaan Verhoef (Van Lanschot Bankiers) and Roger Lord (Cardano). An invitation for the event will follow in due course.

The author of the winning thesis will receive the award of €2500 and the summary of the thesis will be published in the bi-annual TopQuants newsletter. Moreover, the theses of the three finalists will be considered as The Netherlands’ submission to the European Quant Awards 2015.

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The candidates should submit their thesis by emailing it in PDF format to a… Additional information can be provided by Dr. Svetlana Borovkova: s…