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Bendheim Center for Finance Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago, we opened the doors of the old Dial Lodge to the Bendheim Center for Finance to fulfill the same mission we have today: to develop new courses and programs in finance that will afford exciting learning opportunities to Princeton students, and to establish a leading center for research in modern finance.

Adding fuel to this mission, we’ve ridden over the past 10 years a roller coaster of more financial innovation and volatility than in the previous quarter century.

Given these dynamic market conditions, this continues to be one of the most exciting times for research and study of finance. And, over these past 10 years, Princeton’s existing finance curriculum has been expanded and improved with the introduction of the Undergraduate Certificate in Finance in 1999 and Master in Finance in 2001, with 1,200 undergraduate students and more than 200 Master in Finance students engaged in the study of the markets.

We’ve steadily added new courses, ranging from venture capital, corporate finance and accounting, alternative investments and hedge funds, financial econometrics and “Wall Street 101” to portfolio theory and asset management and cases in risk management and, more recently, the addition of courses on the rise of the Asian financial markets, history of financial crises, and regulation of international financial markets.

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    2001. Ben Bernanke, Yacine Ait-Sahalia and Harold Shapiro join the members of the Bendheim family at the BCF ribbon cutting and dedication.
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    2001. The newly renovated BCF library is home to many conferences and seminars for graduate students and faculty.
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    2002. The newly renovated Dial Lodge houses the core classes of the BCF.
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    2003. Master in Finance students enjoy a wintery day in Princeton.
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    2004. Class Day events draw families and friends of graduates.
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    2005. David Blair welcomes a guest speaker on career opportunities.
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    2006. Master in Finance students listen intently to a professor.
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    2007. Master in Finance alumni share best practices in career development in the annual panel kicking off boot camp for new students.
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    2007. The William H. Heyman Terrace is dedicated, with family and friends present.
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    2008. Dodds Hall has a standing room only audience for a BCF panel discussion on the financial crisis.
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    2008. The BCF Advisory Council discusses the growth of the undergraduate certificate program.
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    2008. Master in Finance and PhD recipients celebrate after the hooding ceremony.
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    2009. PhD students relax in the BCF library.
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    2009. Members of the Master in Finance Class of 2009 celebrate their graduation.
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    2009. BCF Advisory Council member Heidi Miller shares career insights and industry trends with Master in Finance and undergraduate certificate in finance students.
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    2010. BCF Advisory Council member Jack Bogle engages with Master in Finance student Nitin Jain after his talk on the history of indexing and Vanguard.
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    2010. Professor Burt Malkiel shares stories of the early days of the BCF.
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    2010. Professor Dilip Abreu bids farewell to longtime BCF Department Manager Phyllis Fafalios.
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    2010. New Master in Finance graduates toast friends, family and faculty.
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    2010. Master in Finance student Adam Lichtenstein with David Blair.