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Beacom Students Win First Place in International Portfolio Competition

Photo of CCM. Coyote Capital Management students won the Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) Forum Undergraduate Core Portfolio competition hosted in New York.

VERMILLION, S.D. – At the end of March, Coyote Capital Management (CCM) students representing the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business competed in the Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) Forum in New York and beat nearly 50 other schools for first prize in the Undergraduate Core Portfolio category.

“Winning the prestigious G.A.M.E. forum in an international setting demonstrates that our students come out on top when competing with the brightest competition around the world,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business.  “Coyote Capital Management students gain a significant advantage from participating in these competitions that will ensure success in their career endeavors.”

The Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education Forum is the largest student-run financial conference in the world with more than 1,500 students from more than 150 universities, representing 46 states and 41 countries. Students who have managed an actual portfolio during a full calendar year can take part in the student-managed portfolio competition. The competition was based on the portfolio submitted during registration and judged on the risk-adjusted returns.

The winning team from Coyote Capital Management was comprised of 55 student members of which 12 are senior analysts who have voting rights, 30 junior analysts and 23 new members.  Furthermore, CCM offers several leadership positions including president, vice president, portfolio manager, risk manager, domestic and international economist and model consultant.  The Coyote Capital Management portfolio consists of three sub-portfolios – the Student portfolio, Dean’s portfolio and USD Foundation portfolio. As of April 2018, assets for these funds total approximately $2 million.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News