Recent News: November/December

Awards Dinner, Program Ranking, Industry Activities AWARDS & GRADUATION CELEBRATION: Campus students from the autumn 2018 cohort were recognized at a dinner on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Celebrating their accomplishments and forthcoming graduation were program staff, faculty, and first year students. The third annual event, hosted by Director Tim Leung, …

Welcome to the 2019 MS Class

Today marks the first day of school for the new huskies joining the Computational Finance and Risk Management program for the 2019-20 academic year. We are excited to welcome our largest campus class ever, at 42 students, along with 12 online students.

The 2019 cohort with the bronze husky outside of the Husky Union Building (HUB).

The 2019 campus cohort includes students from six countries, and over half (60%) are women. A majority of students completed undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics or financial mathematics. Other degrees earned include majors in chemistry, computer science, engineering, and economics.

In addition to new students, we are welcoming new instructor Ore Adekoya, who is joining the program after earning hear bachelor’s and doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on PDE models for waves, with a background and research interest in financial math. Ore will be teaching CFRM undergraduate courses this academic year.

We welcome our new students and instructors, and look forward to a successful school year!

CFRM Students Enjoy Spring Social Events


On Thursday, April 18, CFRM students, faculty and staff participated in the first official “CFRM Game Night.” Over pizza, groups played UNO, Settlers of Catan, poker, and Scattergories. Professor Ryan Donnelly was victorious in both rounds of Settlers of Catan, while graduate student Steven Song won a marathon game of UNO that lasted nearly two hours.

“I had a great time even though I massively lost,” said Karen Beaudry, Career Services Manager. “I’m looking forward to our next CFRM Game Night to dethrone Professor Donnelly.”


On Thursday, May 16, CFRM students, faculty and staff watched as the Seattle Mariners took on the Minnesota Twins at T-Mobile Park. Our second annual trip to the ballpark was a success, even though the Mariners lost 11-6. Professor Tim Leung, who ate lime and chili-dusted fried grasshoppers last year, did not partake in the protein-packed snack this time, instead opting for local favorite Fat’s Chicken.

For the students unfamiliar with baseball, there were classmates on-hand to explain the rules of the game. The teams had a combined 24 total hits, which resulted in a thrilling evening, even though the home team ended the night with a loss.

Two CFRM Students Win “Women in Quantitative Finance” Award for 2018-19

Computational Finance and Risk Management (CFRM) Master of Science students Caroline Dreher and Yao Li are the 2018-19 academic year recipients of the Women in Quantitative Finance award. The financial award is based on academic competitiveness during the admissions process. Each student is receiving $12,000 towards tuition during their first academic year.

CFRM MS students Caroline Dreher and Yao Li (L-R) are recipients of the 2018-19 Women in Quant Finance Award.

Since 2014, CFRM has awarded nearly $250,000 in financial awards to top women and men candidates for the CFRM Master of Science program on the University of Washington Seattle campus. “We have extraordinary students who join our MS degree program each year, so we look forward to seeing top-notch candidates apply for the 2019 cohort,” says Tim Leung, CFRM program director. “We want to continue offering financial awards in recognition of their achievement and efforts.”


2019 Awards

Women in Quantitative Finance: Female applicants who are US citizens and applying for the autumn 2019 MS-CFRM classroom program will be automatically considered for this award with a completed application on file. The financial award is applicable towards tuition and distributed over three quarters during the first academic year.

General Awards: All applicants will be automatically considered for merit-based financial assistance with a completed application on file, submitted prior to the admissions deadline.


Submit a Master of Science admissions application here.

Second Year Students Win End-of-Year Awards

On Thursday, December 6, 2018, Computational Finance and Risk Management (CFRM) students, faculty and staff attended the CFRM Awards Dinner, in celebration of second year students nearing graduation.

The second annual event, hosted by Director Tim Leung, recognized campus students who have excelled in many areas during their time in the graduate degree program. Students were presented with a certificate and received a monetary award.

Award Categories & Recipients, 2018

Professional Excellence Award: The award is presented to a CFRM student who has shown exceptional potential and commitment to being a capable and ethical finance professional.
Recipients: Nathan Barnard, Sunayna Rangarajan

Outstanding Woman in Finance: The award is presented to a female CFRM student who has shown outstanding academic performance and great professional promise.
Recipient: Ningning Wang

Academic Achievement: The award is presented to a CFRM student who has shown excellent academic performance, and ​consistent participation in CFRM academic and extracurricular activities
Recipient: Aaron Payne

Peer Leadership: The award is presented to a CFRM student who has shown themselves to be a leader in the 2017-18 cohort, who is dependable, helpful, and the ideal CFRM student.
Recipient: Xingkai Liu


Congratulations to the award winners, and to the students of the 2017 cohort as they graduate!

CFRM Student Wins The Data Open

Computational Finance and Risk Management (CFRM) graduate student Greg Brownson was a member of the winning team earning the $20,000 grand prize at The Data Open datathon competition, held October 27, 2018 at the University of Washington.

Greg Brownson (2nd from right) and team are awarded their prize by Citadel Chief AI Officer Li Deng (right).

Each team participating in the competition was given complex datasets to work through using financial data science techniques, and then present their findings to a panel of judges. Over two dozen teams took part in the event.

The datathon, sponsored by Citadel and Citadel Securities in partnership with Correlation One, is one of several competitions taking place throughout the year at many top universities. Winning teams will compete in The Data Open Championship in New York City in April 2019 for a $100,000 grand prize.

Brownson also served as team captain for the CFRM team who won the International Association for Quantitative Finance (IAQF) 7th Annual Academic Affiliate Membership Student Competition in June 2018.

CFRM Director Tim Leung (center), with Li Deng (left) and Pusheng Zhang (right) of Citadel, presented the awards for The Data Open.

Welcome to the 2018 MS Class

Wednesday, September 26 marked the first day of autumn quarter, and the start of the 2018-19 academic year. We are excited to welcome 24 campus students and 22 online students to the MS program. The 2018 campus cohort includes students from four countries, and nearly half (46%) are women. Students …

CFRM Continues to Strengthen Industry Relationships

The University of Washington, Department of Applied Mathematics, Computational Finance and Risk Management (CFRM) program continues to cultivate and strengthen relationships across the financial and investment sectors through participation in industry events and by providing opportunities for students to network and learn from established professionals. Twenty-one CFRM students and faculty …