University of Texas at Austin

Lab Info

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Using the Lab

Summer Lab Hours

Lab will be closed summer 2018 for upgrades.  Please contact kyle.hernandez@mccombs.utexas.edu and derek.fisher@mccombs.utexas.edu with questions about availability

Lab Calendar

Please check the calendar posted on the door of the classroom for any last-minute changes. The FERC is closed for all school holidays.
Lab use is restricted to McCombs students currently registered in finance classes. Classes scheduled for the FERC are posted on the FERC's calendar. To log in to the calendar, enter austin\'yourEID'.


Policies & Reservations

Policies & Reservations

  • Absolutely no food or drink allowed in this facility
  • Only students enrolled in Finance Class or who have paid a fee have access to the FERC
  • Students must throw away their trash
  • Students must not interrupt a class to use the data feeds
  • Students must not tamper with or harm computer equipment
  • Students are not permitted to install software on the computers
  • When a class is in session, only students in that class may use the facility
Failure to adhere to these policies will result in the loss of privileges to use the FERC.

Classroom Reservations

The classroom/broadcast studio in the Center is available for faculty and student use by reservation only. We give highest priority to users that need the special capabilities of the Center, like access to the financial data feeds or equipment to arrange a video conference for a course. The Center's classroom may be reserved for particular meetings of an undergraduate or graduate course. Maximum capacity of the classroom is 50 people.

Service fees may be applied for videotaping, video conferencing and special technology lab usage. Please contact the Center for more details, 512-475-7973.

Facilities & Technology

Facilities & Technology

The Financial Education and Research Center is a lab for the creation of innovative teaching techniques. It uses cutting-edge, HD, audio-visual technology to enhance teaching, and makes distance learning easier. The classroom has 50 workstations to provide students with access to real-time data feeds from five leading providers of financial information: Bloomberg, FactSet, Morningstar and Capital IQ. The classroom is equipped with the following:

Touch Screen Master Control Monitor
The Touch Screen Monitor lets the user select the type of image source from a menu (document camera, main computer, laptop). Once an image is selected it can be seen on the projector or preview monitor. A user can change the room's light settings and the presentation's audio levels on the touch screen monitor.

Document Camera
The Document Camera is an HD ceiling-mounted overhead projector. It expands presentation options by letting anything be placed under the camera for viewing.

Dual High Definition Projectors and Screens
There are two HD projectors with one main screen and an additional drop down screen that is available as needed.

Computer/Laptop
The instructor's computer has Bloomberg, FactSet, and Morningstar installed as well as the Microsoft Office suite and internet access. A laptop port allows a user to connect their laptop for a presentation.

Video Conferencing
The Center's classroom is equipped with four high-definition cameras and voice activated microphones for video conferencing. We use a Tandberg 6000 codec that connects/transmits at 384 Kbps. We have four main delivery mechanisms of data that can be used: computer, document, camera and voice. We also have three ways of transmitting data: ISDN, H.323 and fiber.

Through the Ford Career Center, the FERC assists students with video conference access for job and internship interviews. Thus, we can offer an alternative to in-person interviews while allowing company representatives to save time on out-of-town traveling. This also allows them to stay in their offices and maintain personal contact with students. For more information about video conferences, please contact the Ford Career Center at 232-3770.

AIM Trading Room
This room of the Center is a replica of a Wall Street trading room where graduate students manage The MBA Investment Fund, L.L.C., the only private investment fund to be managed by students. As of July 2008, the Fund has about $16 million invested by 48 accredited investors under securities laws. The hardware, software and data feeds at the Center enable these students to research companies as prospective investments using the same information services that professional money managers rely on, and to manage the Fund's assets in a realistic environment that emulates Wall Street.

AIM Conference Room
The AIM Conference Room was added to the Financial Trading and Technology Center in the Summer of 2002. With a generous donation from AIM Funds in Houston, Tx we were able to renovate the existing technology showcase into this state-of-the-art conference facility. The room is equipped with laptop network connections, printing, fax and video conferencing capabilities.

Costs

Costs

All University of Texas students currently enrolled in a finance class may use the lab and its resources during lab hours. Students not enrolled in a finance class may get access to the financial data resources of the lab by purchasing a lab pass (Bevo Bucks or check only) from the Media Services check out desk, GSB 3.132.

 Category Cost
 McCombs School of Business student NOT currently enrolled in a finance class $100*
 UT-Austin student NOT in the McCombs School of Business and NOT currently enrolled in a finance class $175*

*Per semester cost for Fall, Spring, Summer 1, or Summer 2.

Lab Proctors

Lab Proctors

The Financial Education and Research Center hires undergraduate students to fill lab proctor positions.

What the Position Involves:

  • Teaching workshops on the use of FactSet, Capital IQ, Bloomberg, and Morningstar Direct
  • Assisting professors
  • Researching data
  • Proctoring the lab
  • Conducting presentations for community outreach programs
  • Giving tours of the facility
  • Assisting with special projects

Requirements:

  • Concentration in Finance is preferred
  • Sophomore or junior status preferred
  • Bloomberg Certification is a plus
  • Great enthusiasm for becoming an “expert” on the programs that the FERC offers and teaching those skills to others
  • Proctors should develop a strong working knowledge of Bloomberg, FactSet, Capital IQ, and Morningstar Direct
  • A strong working knowledge of applications like MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work with students and faculty
  • Must be a team player
  • Reliability is essential
  • Availability to work mornings, Fridays, and weekends
  • Must be enrolled in 6 or more hours every semester
Interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume and a reference from a McCombs faculty member to:

Finance Dept. CBA 6.222, ATTN: Kyle Hernandez

If you have any questions about being a proctor, please email Kyle.Hernandez@mccombs.utexas.edu