Puelicher Center for Banking Education
Developing leaders, contributing to industry research
The Puelicher Center for Banking Education was specifically endowed to promote the education of future leaders in the banking industry, as well as to conduct research on the micro and macro foundations of the banking industry. Research and resources are shared with the national and international banking community through conferences, publications, and other educational events.
The three pillars of the Puelicher Center are:
- A comprehensive curriculum to prepare undergraduates for a career in commercial and investment banking
- Relevant and timely research on banking practices and on banking industry structure, stability, and performance
- Strategic partnerships with both the academic and practitioner communities in the financial intermediation sector
BBA in Finance, Investment, & Banking
Undergraduates benefit from a comprehensive curriculum that includes courses in commercial banking, bank credit analysis, investment banking, corporate finance, investments, derivatives, fixed income, quantitative risk management methods, real estate, accounting, and insurance.
In a capstone course, students play a bank simulation game where they gain experience managing a bank and learn the basics of bank merger and acquisition activities. For specific course requirements see the Guide.
The Puelicher Center provides scholarships for undergraduate students interested in the financial services industry, as well as assistance with internships and placement at local and regional financial institutions.
Led by Puelicher Center Research Director Dean Corbae, the center has sponsored research on topics ranging from foreclosure in the banking crisis; to the economics of credit scoring models; to banking industry structure, stability, and efficiency.
Strategic Partnerships and Applied Learning
The Puelicher Center has established relationships with governmental and banking organizations that benefit leaders in the banking industry as well as students.
National Bureau of Economic Research
The center co-sponsors an annual conference with the National Bureau of Economic Research on topical banking issues. Topics have included the Economics of the FinTech Industry and Financial Market Regulation.
The State of Wisconsin
The center has provided research on banking legislation to The State of Wisconsin to promote a healthy, efficient, and productive financial system in Wisconsin.
Graduate School of Banking
The center plays a key role in the delivery of the Central Bankers Association Graduate School of Banking, held every summer at UW–Madison.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
The center has helped train Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation examiners and places students at the FDIC on a regular basis.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
By producing research on important banking issues, the center has helped the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve address banking structure issues.
Wisconsin Bankers Association
The center co-sponsors events with the Wisconsin Bankers Association on banking careers and Puelicher Center staff teach in WBA educational programs.