Want to Participate in the Student Managed Investment Learning Experience? 
Applications are now closed.


SMILE Fund allows students to manage real investments:
Applications for the SMILE Fund (Student Managed Investment Learning Experience Fund) will be open September 5-26, 2017. The SMILE Fund is a $285,000 equity fund managed entirely by students for UTC's UC Foundation. This is an invaluable learning opportunity that many universities do not offer. Only a select number of undergraduate students (approximately 37) will be chosen each year to gain valuable exposure to the field of portfolio management.
For more specific information about the SMILE Fund, please review the executive summary or contact the SMILE Fund Faculty Advisor, Dr. Hunter Holzhauer, at
About the Application Process:
Approximately 37 students (majority juniors, then sophomores, and even interested freshmen) will be selected to participate in the SMILE Fund as either officers, lead sector analysts, or junior anaylsts. All selected students must commit to serve as a manager for three consecutive semesters (Spring 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 semesters). To apply, follow the steps below:


Students should complete and submit the application below. Click to open the application and then choose to open the file using Adobe Acrobat. Fill out the application and save it to your computer. You will need to send in the application, your resume (if you have one; it is OK if you do not), and a copy of your My Mocs Degree.

You may then submit the three parts electronically to Dr. Hunter Holzhauer or print it out and hand deliver it to Jewell Chason, the Administrative Assistant for the Finance & Economics Department, in Fletcher Hall 417. 

Applicants will receive a follow-up email requesting completion of a time availability poll for the Spring 2018 semester.

Qualified applicants are short-listed for personal interviews with Dr. Hunter Holzhauer before the final selection of student managers are announced.

Important Application Dates:
  • The application process for the SMILE Fund opens September 5, 2017.
  • The application deadline for the SMILE Fund is 4 p.m., September 26, 2017.
  • Interviews will be scheduled with applicants mid October 2017.
  • Final selections will be announced.


Additional Details for the SMILE Fund Application Process
SMILE Fund Student Application