In our time of ever-progressing technology there is a fundamental need for STEM subjects in the world of finance. Therefore LINC-STEM was founded as a additional committee to LINC in 2019 for members to pursue and develop these heavily sought after technical skills. Throughout the year our committee arranges a wide variety of events from Hackathons, Banking tours, Python workshops and more. All with the common goal of preparing our members with the valuable skill set that are vital when pursuing a career within finance.
Quant Fair 2021
When: Friday, 8th of October 8.15 – 16.00
Where: Digitally through Microsoft Teams
Application Deadline: Sunday, 26th of September 23.59
Event fee: 75kr
The Quant Fair is a digital career event connecting Lund University students with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) backgrounds or interest with firms in the finance industry that offer roles within quantitative research, risk, trading, data science, machine learning and more. Selected students will have the opportunity to attend workshops, career advice, networking and interviews with financial firms with teams in quantitative finance. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the different roles available within quantitative finance, how a STEM background can give you an edge in the finance world, and what firms look for in applicants.
The day will begin with interviews with students pre-selected by the firms, then an inspirational keynote speech by SEB Chief Quantitative FX Trader Simon Österberg, followed by three workshops by different firms, ending with a networking session and closing words from the LINC-STEM committee. Every selected student will have the opportunity to have a professional photo taken, be provided a goodie bag, and a Foodora lunch voucher to order lunch.
The workshops will consist of cases involving programming, trading strategies, and recruitment advice. This year we are welcoming firms joining from Sweden, Denmark, and the UK:
Nordea – with their quantitative team sitting in Copenhagen.
Jane Street Capital – A quantitative trading firm and liquidity provider focusing on technology, from their office in London.
OQAM – A quantamental asset manager based in Malmö.
Beginner Python Workshops
LINC-STEM is glad to present the Beginner Python workshops, a beginner’s guide to Python and programming. Python fundamentals, general programming, and applications in finance are subjects covered in the workshops. The workshops are given at the start of every semester. Sign-ups for the workshops this semester are now closed, but will open again in Spring.
- Workshop 1: Python Fundamentals.
- Workshop 2: Functional Programming & Visualization with Matplotlib.
- Workshop 3: Functions & Recursion, lists and dictionaries.
- Workshop 4: Data Analytics with Python.
- Workshop 5: Stock analysis with Python.
The aim is to provide students with beginner practical coding knowledge, a building block that can help students develop their programming skills further.
Sign ups are now closed for the autumn semester.
Our previous events
Copenhagen Finance Tour
The Copenhagen Finance tour consisted of a one day event whereby students from the STEM fields had the opportunity to meet representatives from technical roles at three top firms in the industry. The day began at Capital Four Asset Management where students learned about the intricate roles at an asset management firm as well as methods behind the pricing of bonds and other asset classes. Their office is built in to Telia Parken, the football stadium and home of FC Copenhagen and the Danish National team. It proves to be one of the most spectacular office views in the financial industry. At Copenhagen Fintech, students were given an insight into the entrepreneurial world of finance, with introductions to many representatives at start-up firms indicating the roles and opportunities to students at technical backgrounds. The day culminated at Nordea, who provided a thoroughly enjoyable interactive session as well as a networking session.
LINC-STEM Hackathon: A Day in the Life of a Trader
LINC-STEM held the first edition of the Hackathon, in which participating students created their own automated trading algorithms in Python and ran them live as a competition. Participants applied algorithmic trading strategies such as crossing moving averages, correlation trading strategies and even more. We welcomed students from different faculties at Lund University, as well as two quantitative asset managers, Lynx Asset Management and Capital Four to provide expertise and act as judges for the competition.
Scientists (as Quants) in Finance with Danske Bank
LINC-STEM hosted a lecture and afterwork with the Head of Quantitative Risk Analytics at Danske Bank, Stefan Kretzer. He has a PhD in Theoretical Physics and has been in the industry for more than 10 years. He was a former Quant Strategist at Goldman Sachs before joining Danske Bank. Joining him is Jens Lomborg Peterson, a Senior Quantitative analyst at Danske Bank who has a Master’s degree in Physics. Stefan and Jens outlined the role of a Quant in general and their roles in Danske Bank. They also discussed the advantages that STEM students have in this field of work.
Machine Learning Programming Session with Riksbank
Riksbank Senior Economist Isaiah Hull hosted a live programming session focusing on web scrapping and machine learning technique natural language processing in Python. The examples of text classification and sentiment analysis on central bank communications were very interesting as we were able to see practical applications of these models within Finance using relatively simple code with the help of different libraries.
Why should you join LINC-STEM
LINC-STEM is an exceptional starting-point for people that are technologically knowledgeable to meet like-minded students when exploring the interweaving of the STEM subjects and finance. When involved in LINC-STEM and with a willingness to learn our members are sure to gain theoretical as well as practical knowledge that are in high demand by employees. By arraigning and participating in prominent events throughout the year you will be able to advance and showcase your unique abilities while expanding your professional network.
Why should STEM-students pursue a career within finance?
STEM-students should definitely pursue a career within finance, simply because they have what it takes to succeed in the finance industry. They are carrying today’s and tomorrow’s knowledge about applying their main STEM subject to finance.
Our world is evolving, towards a more digital and autonomous society. Hence there is a need to adapt to conform with this development. That is why there is a high demand for STEM-students in the finance industry today. When I visited the IBF event last year, I discovered the ways I could fit in within the finance industry and made some important contacts. During that fall, I received multiple internship offers. I decided to go with Women’s Immersion Programme at Nomura, Spring Insight Week at HSBC (both in London) and Future Female Leaders in Finance at P&G in Geneva
Why should STEM-students pursue a career within finance?
In the world of finance today we are seeing a shift towards technology, where everything from trading to asset management is using new technology, such as AI, to replace employees and automate processes. This results in an increased demand for students proficient in e.g. mathematics and programming. Regardless if you want to work with investment banking or trading, having a STEM degree most often gives you an advantage.
The STEM committee is reselected each year and during the executive year, additional positions may be available. Read more below on the committee of 2021/2022.
- Head of STEM – Amanda Ramirez
- Vice Head of STEM – Michal Nowak
- Program Coordinator – Noah Åkesson
- Event Coordinator – Nathalie Tiet
- External Relations Coordinator – Emil Damirov
Do you love marketing, design, and being creative? Are you interested in technology and finance? Then this position may be perfect for you!
The LINC-STEM committee is recruiting a marketing coordinator to manage our Facebook page and design posters for our events throughout the year such as our Python Workshops and Hackathon. As part of a growing committee, you will also be leading the development and strategy of our new Instagram page and LinkedIn, in order to reach STEM students and anyone interested in technology and programming within finance. We will provide you with design tools such as Canva and Adobe Spark along with guidance on our brand identity, but you can expect a high degree of creative freedom.
Apply before 12th of September 23:59 by submitting your CV, motivation, and optionally any previous design work you would like us to consider through the link below.
If you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to contact us at STEM@linclund.com