Undergraduate Business Student Life

National Conferences

Undergraduate students in the Tippie College are eligible to attend one of several national leadership conferences that provide networking opportunities with national business leaders, leadership skill development, and the opportunity to discuss issues of national importance with students from other universities. Selection is competitive. Watch for more information to be disseminated closer to each event via the Undergraduate Update, an e-newsletter published each Monday. If you have questions, please contact Mike Schluckebier at michael-schluckebier@uiowa.edu.

The Tippie College Undergraduate Program covers expenses for travel, including airfare, hotel, meals, and registration fees. After returning, students are asked to share the information they gained with other students.

Wall Street Journal Quiz Bowl Team

Compete on a team of three students in the annual WSJ Quiz Bowl. Held at Ohio State University, this competition pits teams from 24 business schools against each other to answer questions drawn from recent news in the Wall Street Journal.

Eligibility: Open to all business students
Time: October

Eller Ethics Case Competition

The competition will expose students to a thought-provoking business ethics case that they could face in their professional careers. Student teams will collaboratively analyze, present, and respond to questions posed by a panel of judges. Students will compete with teams from various business colleges from around the world. The experience promises to challenge students' moral reasoning, provide a wonderful networking opportunity, and in the end, raise students' awareness of the importance of corporate social responsibility.

Eligibility: Business students who have completed 6J:047 and 6J:048
Time: October

Beta Gamma Sigma Student Leadership Forum

Debuting in 2001, the Beta Gamma Sigma Student Leadership Forum brings together student members from colleges and universities across the country for a chance to improve their leadership skills. A hands-on experience, the Student Leadership Forum challenges the chosen participants to examine questions such as "What Kind of Leader Will I Be?" Team-building exercises, social activities, networking, and other activities make the Student Leadership Forum a very positive step forward in the professional lives of those taking part.

Eligibility: Must be a member of Beta Gamma Sigma
Time: November

College Fed Challenge

The College Fed Challenge is intended to help students become more knowledgeable about the Federal Reserve and the decision-making process of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed's monetary policy-setting group. Teams compete through a presentation and question-and-answer period.

Eligibility: Reserved for students enrolled in 6E:190 Federal Reserve Challenge
Time: Fall

Undergraduate Business School Leadership Conference

Each year, the Undergraduate Business School Leadership Conference brings together more than 100 upcoming business leaders from the most renowned domestic and international universities each year. The program exposes undergraduate students to top business leaders through workshops in leadership development, case competitions, and other interactive exercises. During the two-and-a-half day conference, participants not only expand their leadership skills and insights, but also build a social network with the world's most promising future business professionals. The conference also features roundtable sessions, giving participants the opportunity to interact in small groups with prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs. The program's goal is to empower students with the necessary leadership skills, and encourage them to make a positive impact when they return to their respective campuses.

Eligibility: Open to all business students
Time: February

Leadership Institute

Each semester, 12 business students travel to a location off campus to explore, discuss, and wrestle with leadership issues such as professional ethics, self- and group motivation, and diversity in the workplace. The Leadership Institute draws undergraduate students from the engineering, business, and the liberal arts and sciences to a weekend seminar in which they explore real-world challenges and meet key business leaders.

Eligibility: Open to all business students
Time: Fall and spring