Loras Grad Students Earn Top 20 Finish in International Business Analytics Competition

Three Loras graduate students finished in the top 20 of the Inter-University Student Economics Tournament, an international competition that was held online through April and May.

Executive Master’s of Business Administration students Kristin Look, John Unsen, and Aidan Wojciehowski cleared the qualifying round and earned the chance to compete in the final round. The Loras team finished 14th out of the final 24 teams.

“These students competed against some of the best economics graduate students in the world, successfully making the finals,” Dale Lehman, Ph.D., professor of business. “This is quite an achievement for them, especially given that they work full-time and have far less economics training than most of the competitors.”

The tournament utilized economic simulations to challenge the teams. The qualification phase consists of playing through a multi-year scenario against robots to achieve a top score. Those top 24 scores qualified for the finals.

UCLA won the tournament. Loras also competed in the finals against teams from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, ENP Alger, University of Tirana, and IMT Atlantique (France).

Loras now offers a newly designed Master of Science in Applied Analytics (12-month) program along with a Graduate Certificate in Applied Analytics (9-month) program. Both programs are crafted to give working professionals the technical skills and management tools needed to make data-informed decisions. You can learn more about both programs at Loras.edu/Graduate.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).