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Garrett Fair

Garrett Fair
Major:
Business Honors Program & Mathematics
“Even if you’re not interested in graduate school or a Ph.D., you can still build a very valuable skill set from working in research that can be useful in future jobs.”

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. John M. Griffin, Finance

Briefly describe your research project.

Using data from 1130 Moody’s New Issue and Pre-Sale CDO reports, I investigate the relationship between subsequent CDO downgrades and certain factors about the analysts who authored the rating reports.

How did you become involved in research?

I initially became involved in research as a freshman after meeting Finance Professor John Griffin at a research fair sponsored by the Undergraduate Business Council. Over the past three years, I have worked with him on projects relating to international stock market efficiency, credit rating agencies, and quantitative investing.

What doors were opened by your participation in undergraduate research?

One of the doors that working in research has opened for me is the student organization Junior Fellows, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and led by Professor Larry Carver. In this organization, I met other like-minded individuals that were pursuing research in areas all over campus. Every meeting we discussed and debated the merits of each other’s research presentations. Although I was the only business student, I had a great time learning about original research in areas ranging from literature to sociology to biology, and learned about those topics in a much more interesting way than in any class I have ever taken.

What advice would you give incoming students about getting involved in research?

The advice I would give to other students that are considering getting involved in research is that even if you’re not interested in graduate school or a Ph.D., you can still build a very valuable skill set from working in research that can be useful in future jobs. For example, in my investment banking internship at Citigroup this summer, the Microsoft Excel skills I gained from working on research were very useful in the work that I did.