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Financial Research and Learning Lab


Why participate in the HeadStart Program?

This is your chance to learn how to write a research report meeting industry standards!  Completing the certificate can help you in many ways as this program is geared towards students who are interested in:

Note that Unit 1 is mandatory for students:


The program is now now available on Brightspace. Fill this form to register.

You can obtain two (2) separate badges:

  • Completion of program. A second badge will be available upon completion of the entire program.


The HeadStart Program embeds many concepts from the CFA® Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and its structure is inspired by the required sections in the CFA Institute Research Challenge report template.  It is composed of 5 Units:

  • Unit 1 | Program Overview, Ethics, Industry Standards & Regulation
  • Unit 2 | Market, Sector & Industry Analysis
  • Unit 3 | Screening, Comps & Financial Analysis
  • Unit 4 | Valuation Methods
  • Unit 5 | ESG & Risk Analysis
  • HeadStart Valuation Challenge

Presentations covering each Unit will be offered during the fall and winter semesters.  Lab Assistants will also host database demos to help students get acquainted with the resources available in the lab that could help with the analysis of a company and the redaction of a research report. 

The program will conclude with the HeadStart Valuation Challenge in which participants will have the opportunity to apply and showcase their newly acquired stock analysis skills.