Texas Tech University

SMIF Benefits

Real-world Portfolio Management Knowledge and Experience.

Throughout the semester, students immerse themselves into identifying and analyzing investment options. Additionally, students will become proficient users of the Bloomberg Professional® Service.

Fund Size.

The Rawls SMIF fund, with a current market value of approximately $2.8 million, is larger than most other programs.

Team-oriented Environment.

Students gain experience working within a team environment: a skill set valued by employers.

State-of-the-Art Learning Environment.

The SMIF facility is unique in that it is fully equipped with 10 Bloomberg terminals housed within the SMIF classroom on the first floor of the Rawls College of Business. Through the Bloomberg terminals, students have access to the Bloomberg Professional® Service, a powerful platform that allows students access to real-time and historical information on bonds, equities, commodities, currencies and funds. Access to the facility is limited to students in the class. A Bloomberg terminal is also available to students in the University Library. View pictures of the SMIF facility.

Competitive Edge.

Upon completion of the class, students have not only acquired real-world knowledge but also become fluent users of the Bloomberg Professional® Service and are Bloomberg certified.

Career Placement.

Many students who have participated in SMIF have assumed careers in security analysis and investment management, and also frequently pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation. Upon graduation, students participating in SMIF have been placed in prestigious companies such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BMO Capital Markets, and Natixis.


Students develop networking ties with other outstanding finance students and professionals in the investment industry.