Henry Fund Application

6F:221/6F:222—Applied Securities Management I & II
Spring 2014 & Fall 2014

Call for Applications

The Department of Finance and the Tippie School of Management are accepting applications for the 2014 Henry Fund research team. The Henry Fund provides a forum for select students to develop equity research and portfolio management techniques while serving as managers for the Henry Fund, a $3.1 million endowed equity portfolio. This two-semester program will fulfill the experiential learning component for Full-time MBA students in the Finance Academy investments or corporate finance tracks.

Download the 2014 Henry Fund application.

The program aims to prepare individuals for a variety of finance-related internships and careers, including equity research, investment banking, portfolio management, credit and financial analysis, wealth management, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, venture capital, and corporate finance. Each Henry Fund analyst specializes in one economic sector, which provides an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of company, industry, and economic value drivers.

The Henry Fund program is open to Full-time MBA students pursuing either the investments or corporate finance tracks. The number of students admitted to the program will be a function of the quality of the application pool. No prior finance or investments experience is required to apply for admission. Successful candidates will likely exhibit excellent communication skills, strong analytical ability, a broad understanding of the economy, and a willingness to work very hard. The program is very time-consuming and candidates must be self-motivated.

Acceptance into the Henry Fund requires a two-semester commitment (6F:221/222 Applied Securities Management I-II, January-December 2014). Students admitted to the Henry Fund will also be required to enroll concurrently in 6F:206 Financial Modeling and Firm Valuation during the spring 2014 semester.

The spring semester (6F:221) focuses on developing a framework for security and portfolio analysis, acquiring valuation skills, and preparing for summer internships. Analysts are required to complete at least three original research reports each semester. Students are also expected to monitor their assigned sector throughout the summer. The fall semester (6F:222) aims to build a deeper understanding of portfolio analytics, expand the research portfolio, improve valuation techniques, and enhance communication skills. Participation in the fall semester (6F:222) is contingent upon each student's successful completion of the spring semester, defined as earning a grade of B+ or higher in 6F:221. Students should leave the program with a developed research portfolio and prepared to begin their career search. Henry Fund students targeting an investments career are also encouraged to enroll in the CFA Program.

Candidates are expected to know and adhere to all rules and application procedures. Failure to abide by any of these requirements, rules, or deadlines may result in the rejection of your application. Please refer to the complete application for details.

Application Deadline

(strictly enforced with no exceptions or extensions):

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Department of Finance, S252 PBB

Required Application Materials:

  1. Hard copy of written materials (due 12/2/13, 2:00 p.m., Dept. of Finance, S252 PBB):
      a. Cover Page
      b. Updated Resume
      c. Tippie SOM Grade Report (first eight weeks)
      d. Research Report for PulteGroup, Inc. (PHM)
  2. Electronic Copy of Research Report (via email attachment to henry-fund@uiowa.edu by 2:00 p.m., 12/2/13)
  3. Investment Presentation (Tues., Dec. 3 or Wed., Dec. 4, times to be determined)
  4. Attend Henry Fund Board Presentations (Fri., Dec. 6, 10:00-3:00 p.m., W401 PBB)

Selection Process

Research reports submitted as part of the application for the 2014 Henry Fund class will be double-blind reviewed by a committee consisting of at least three members of the School of Management faculty. When reading these reports, the selection committee will not know the identity of any applicant until after completion of the review. The results of this blind review will determine the first screen of the final candidate pool.

The individual investment presentations will provide a second filter to the selection process. Presentations will be evaluated by a panel of finance faculty, MBA staff, and current members of the Henry Fund research team. (Current Henry fund students may participate on the presentation panel, but they will not have a formal vote in the team selection.)

The final step in the team selection considers each candidate's personal background, resume, interactions with School of Management staff, and academic performance in Tippie School of Management courses. This information will be used to make final borderline selection decisions as well as to assign final sectors to candidates admitted to the Henry Fund. Performance in the Managerial Finance course (6N:225) is particularly important in the selection process, and we expect students admitted to the Henry Fund to earn a B+ or higher in this course. The committee must also consider our fiduciary role as managers of the University of Iowa Foundation's assets in this selection process.

The finance department DEO will independently review the overall selection process for fairness and consistency. Reports and applications will not be returned. Individual feedback will not be provided. All decisions of the selection committee are final. The finance department DEO will address any and all complaints regarding the application or selection process.

Henry Fund selections will be announced before the end of the fall semester to allow time for final registration decisions. Economic sector assignments will be announced at this time as well. If selected, there is no guarantee that you will be assigned the sector of your choice. All sector assignments are final.