CoFES reaches across academic boundaries to support the infrastructure, curriculum and research opportunities for students interested in quantitative finance and economic systems. Centered in Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering, CoFES collaborates with the Jones Graduate School of Business and the School of Social Sciences to broaden research, and coordinate education programs in quantitative data science, economics, finance, and business. Students who are affiliated with CoFES pursue the following degrees:
CoFES focuses on the exploration of foundational probabilistic and mathematical methods with emphasis on the development of analytical and computational tools to solve problems in finance and economic systems. This includes:
Workshops and short courses
The Eubank Conference brings thought leaders, practitioners and innovators to discuss the changing structure of financial markets and how quantitative scientists can assist with understanding and navigating this change.
The Departments of Statistics and Economics collaborate to offer Rice University undergraduate students a minor in financial computation and modeling (FCAM). The minor is designed for those students with strong computational skills and an interest in finance.
The FCAM minor consists of six courses focusing on the strategies and computational technologies used in the financial industry. Students completing the FCAM minor will understand the complexities of financial markets and their role in and impact on world economies.
The basic tools component of the FCAM curriculum will equip students with the economic, probability and statistical tools necessary to pursue the advanced analytical courses. In the advanced courses, students will be exposed to state-of-the-art models and methodologies. Students will learn to understand, utilize and question basic assumptions of the core methodologies. A goal of the FCAM program is to train leaders in this industry who not only understand the financial technologies but also will understand the role, impact and potential pitfalls of these technologies.
Many students pursuing the FCAM minor enter careers in the financial industry, either immediately after completion of their undergraduate degree or after graduate studies. For the last two decades, this sector of our economy has significantly increased its reliance on quantitative probability based methods in assessing risk and implementing financial strategies; strategies on which our economy depends.
Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics
Professor in the Practice of Statistics
Director of the Professional Master Program in Statistics
Associate director, CoFES
George and Cynthia Mitchell Professor in Sustainable Development
Department of Economics