PhD Fellowships

The Jacobs Levy Equity Management Dissertation Fellowship in Quantitative Finance is awarded to doctoral candidates in the dissertation stage in the area of quantitative financial research that is consistent with the mission of the Jacobs Levy Center.

2018-2019 Fellow: Alexander Belyakov

Education
University of Pennsylvania, 2015-present
PhD candidate in Finance

New Economic School and Higher School of Economics, 2011-2015
Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Research
Paper “Leverage and Financing in Distress” received Best Corporate Finance Paper award at 2017 Australasian Finance and Banking Conference

Experience
Intern, Runa Capital, 2015
Intern, S&P Dow Jones Indices, 2013-2014

2017-2018

Jianan Liu

Education
University of Pennsylvania, 2014-present
Ph.D. candidate in Finance

The Ohio State University, 2012-2014
M.S. in Statistics

Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, 2008-2012
B.S. in Statistics

Research Interests
Investments, Institutional Investors, Asset Pricing

Publications
“Absolving Beta of Volatility’s Effects,” Journal of Financial Economics (forthcoming), with Robert Stambaugh and Yu Yuan

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2014-2015

Ram Yamarthy

Education
New York University, Stern School of Business
B.S. in Economics, B.A. in Mathematics, 2011 (magna cum laude)

Research Interests
Macro-Finance (Asset Pricing, Dynamic Corporate Finance), Policy-Related Questions, Applied Time Series Econometrics

Experience
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Summer 2014

Honors and Awards
American Finance Association Doctoral Travel Grant, 2015
University of Pennsylvania Dean’s Fellowship for Distinguished Merit, 2011-2015
Best Paper, Journal of Undergraduate Research in Finance 2011

2013-2014

Gill Segal

Education
Open University of Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel, M.B.A., 2007; B.A. Computer Science, 2004

Experience
Research Assistant, Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, 2008-2010
Instructor, Open University of Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2008-2010
Software Developer, Israel Defense Forces, 2004-2008

Awards
Miller, Anderson & Sherrerd Graduate Fellowship in Finance, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, 2011-2012
University of Pennsylvania Dean’s Fellowship for Distinguished Merit, 2010-2014
Presidential Scholarship for Excellent Annual Achievements in M.B.A studies, Open University of Israel, 2007-2008
Certificate of Appreciation for Personal Contribution to the Winning Project of Israel’s Security Award, IDF Intelligence Corps, 2006

2012-2013

Yasser Boualam

Education
Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business, M.S., Computational Finance, 2009
Grenoble Institute of Technology, ENSIMAG, France, Diplome d’lingenieur (B.S., M.S.), Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, 2008

Research Interests
Macro-finance, financial fragility, financial institutions and sovereign debt

Teaching Fellowships
FNCE 962 – Macroeconomics and the Global Economic Environment (MBA), Professor Ravi Bansal, (Spring 2012)
FNCE 924 – Intertemporal Macro Finance (PhD), Professor Pricila Maziero (Spring 2011),
Professor Mathieu Taschereau-Dumouchel (Spring 2012)
FNCE 393/893 – Global Monetary and Financial Institutions: Theory and Practice (UGD/MBA),
Professor Zvi Eckstein, Fall 2011

Experience
AXA Investment Managers, Financial Engineering, Paris
Deutsche Bank, Derivative Strategy and Index Trading, London
Society General, CIB, Equity Derivatives Structuring, New York

Awards
Irwin Friend Doctoral Fellowship in Finance, 2012
American Finance Association Doctoral Student Travel Grant, 2011
University of Pennsylvania Dean’s Fellowship for Distinguished Merit, 2009-2013
The Spirit of MSCF Award, Tepper School of Business, 2008
MSCF Merit Scholarship, Tepper School of Business, 2007-2008