ISU team advances to national banking competition finals

May 16, 2017

Economist James ShortleA team of students from Iowa State Economics Department has been named a finalist in the nationwide 2017 Community Bank Case Study Competition. The competition is an annual event that provides undergraduate students the opportunity to explore the field of banking by partnering with local banks to conduct original case studies on a specific topic. The 2017 competition focused specifically on management and board succession planning at local community banks.   

The Iowa State team is among five college teams out of 33 that are advancing to the final round. Student members are John Bebel, Callen Duffy, Timothy Dwyer, James Howell, and Mengyu Wang. The students partnered with Ames National Corporation in Ames, IA.  Peter Orazem and graduate student Katherine Lacy served as the team’s faculty advisors.  

The other student teams represent Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown University (PA), Texas Tech University, and University of Akron (OH).

The Iowa State student team is competing for a chance to win scholarship money, an opportunity to present their case at the CSBS-Federal Reserve Community Banking Research and Policy Conference, and an opportunity to have their work published. The first, second and third place winning teams will be announced Thursday, May 25 live via Twitter during the annual state and federal banking regulator forum in New Orleans.

More information about the 2017 CSBS Community Bank Case Study Competition is available at

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