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Category: Programs and Opportunities

Inaugural Future Business Leaders Case Competition Winners Announced

We are thrilled to announce the winners of Simon’s first Future Business Leaders Case Competition: Ulf Grosseloh, Auraib Naveed, and Mariam Turmanidze! The winners were chosen from a group of 10 finalists, who were selected from the original pool of participants who submitted a case memo.


Ulf Grosseloh poses with a Simon t-shirt during his visit to Rochester.

Simon’s Future Business Leaders Case Competition is designed to give college juniors and seniors as well as recent graduates an experiential learning opportunity that can help them explore their interest in business school. Beyond building skills in problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and more, the competition is an excellent addition to a young professional’s résumé and provides a great talking point for networking. The competition was free to participate and conducted in a fully virtual format. No prior business background was required for participation—just an interest in business topics and enthusiasm for learning.

The competition kicked off with an Information Session, which helped those interested in participating learn more about a case competition and why this type of learning experience is widely beneficial regardless of a participant’s professional goals and aspirations. Next, a Prep Session introduced the case, provided instructions for the memo submission and presentation, and included a teambuilding activity. The Simon team also provided tips and resources to assist those who were new to case competitions.


Auraib Naveed poses with her box of Simon gear.

“The Future Business Leaders Case Competition was the perfect opportunity for me to apply my problem-solving skills in a real-world scenario while learning more about Simon Business School and its approach to experiential learning,” said Ulf Grosseloh, one of the competition winners. “The case gave me a better idea about how Simon would prepare me to strategically solve business challenges, while leveraging my analytics and communication skills in the future. I would highly recommend that any student interested in Simon participate in the case! It was fun, exciting, and I learned a lot about the Simon community along the way.”  

All Future Business Leaders Case Competition finalists received prizes, and the three winners received a $250 cash prize, an all-expense paid trip to Rochester, guaranteed scholarship if admitted to one of Simon’s full-time MS programs, a trophy, and a gift box loaded with Simon gear! Congratulations once again to Ulf, Auraib, and Mariam!

Due to high interest, the Simon Admissions & Programs office is tentatively planning to host a similar competition in the spring. Please stay tuned for more information!

Apply by November 1 to Begin Your Full-Time MS Studies in Spring 2021

A full-time MS degree from Simon Business School can accelerate your professional goals, and we wanted to make sure you were aware of a special opportunity to take the first step toward your future career sooner than next fall. If you apply by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 1, you can begin your MS studies during our Spring 2021 semester in January.

Consider the following:

  • It’s an exclusive opportunity. Simon is one of the few top-ranked graduate programs offering a cohort-based experience with a spring semester intake.
  • You’ll take advantage of all the typical benefits of our MS programs on an earlier time frame. All four of our MS programs—Accountancy, Business Analytics, Finance, and Marketing Analytics—are STEM designated. In addition, you’ll have the choice to pursue the internship track and will complete required project-based courses for unique experiential learning opportunities.
  • The format is flexible. You may choose to study on campus in Rochester, engage in a hybrid model, or complete your program remotely, depending on personal preference and circumstances.

Learn more about the benefits of starting your degree in January at our webinar on Friday:

Don’t Wait to Start Your MS Degree: Begin in Spring 2021
Friday, October 23
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT

Don’t forget: if you attend the session live and have not yet submitted your application, an application fee waiver (a $90 value) will be applied to your account within two business days. Please keep an eye on your email for a confirmation.

If you have any questions about beginning on of Simon’s full-time MS programs in January, please contact us. We look forward to seeing you at the webinar and reviewing your application soon! 

Learn More About Simon’s Full-Time MS Programs at Upcoming Information Sessions

If you’re curious about full-time MS programs at Simon, I encourage you to register for an upcoming MS Program Information Session. Join a member from the Simon Admissions Committee as they facilitate a panel discussion with current students, a representative from the Benet Career Management Center, a representative from the Office of Student Engagement, and the faculty advisor for each MS program. During these webinars, you will learn about the program structure, course offerings, and career outcomes.

MS in Marketing Analytics
Monday, October 5
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EDT

MS in Business Analytics
Tuesday, October 6
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EDT

MS in Accountancy
Thursday, October 8
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EDT

MS in Finance
Friday, October 9
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EDT

Looking for another reason to register? If you have not yet submitted your application and attend one of these sessions live, an application fee waiver (a $90 value) will be applied to your account within two business days. Please keep an eye on your email for confirmation. 

We hope to connect with you next week!

Don’t forget: our first application deadline for Fall 2021 entry is October 15, 2020—apply now to receive your admission decision by December 15 and be considered for maximum scholarship support.

Interested in beginning your MS studies sooner? Start your program on campus in Rochester this January—apply here by November 1. If you have questions, please reach out to us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu.

NYC Career Day Reflections — Raazgi Haidri MBA Class of 2020

The following blog post was written by Raazgi Haidri, MBA Class of 2020

There is something about boarding a bus at Times Square with suits on hangers!

Recently, 104 of us from Simon’s MBA Class of 2020 traveled from Rochester to New York City for the MBA Career Day. For many of us, this was our first time in NYC, and for most us it would be the first of many, as New York City is known for its finance, real estate, technology, and health care industries.

raazgi.haidriDuring Career Day, the Career Management Center hosted panel discussions with alumni and allies of the school who shared their insights into various MBA roles in different industries. We learned about diverse career experiences in consulting, marketing, product management, pricing, finance, and entrepreneurship roles. Panels also shared valuable advice about recruiting and interviewing for different jobs.

One of the main themes that stood out for me during discussions and Q&A sessions was the concept of “career exploration.” Our class is a vibrant mix of candidates from a variety of backgrounds such as finance, travel, consulting, education, non-profits, media, the military, and more. I realized that exploring various career options before embarking on a pointed career search was great advice, and the career panels were a valuable tool in doing exactly that. I particularly enjoyed learning more about the advantages and challenges of collaborative roles like product management and consulting. During Career Day, our class was also able to make meaningful connections with panelists and alumni. We are honored that they shared their stories and insights with us.

Armed with deeper knowledge of roles and industries, a better network, and great memories of NYC, we begin fall term this week. There surely is something special about walking the streets of Manhattan in business suits—see you again, NYC!