Student Activities


Merage School Team Takes First Place in CFA Society Competition

Congratulations to UCI’s Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) Team for winning first place in the 2012 Charter Financial Analyst - OC Investment Management Competition! As winners of the competition, the team received $100,000 to manage a portfolio in the upcoming year.

The team’s investment management work involves economic research, equity and fixed income analysis, fund analysis and asset allocation. To view a list of team members and learn more about SMIF, please visit


Members of the 2012 Merage School SMIF Team: (front l-r) Jay Tsui, David Martinez, Armin Toor, Karen Feng, Zhen Liu, Professor Todd Richey, Nicholas Loo, Jian Gao, Damian Espinoza, Ziqiang Li, Eric Liang (back l-r) Nassif Hossain, Shane Whippo, Daniel Nguyen, Sam Vong, Kegan Hagerott, Kenneth Yao, Andrew Heine, David Estey-Ang, Michael Razzano, Andrew Kuo, Watcharapon Chiamsatchamongkhol, Connor Nguyen



Congratulations to the Winners of the 2012 Business Plan Competition!

On Friday, April 27, the Final Presentations and Awards Ceremony for the 2012 Business Plan Competition at The Paul Merage School of Business was held at the UC Irvine Student Center.  During the finals, 14 Campus Wide Division and six Life Science Division semi-finalist teams competed for over $70,000 in awards.

As a result of the judging of each team’s business plan and investment presentation, the Competition Judges selected teams as the winners of the 2012 Business Plan Competition. Several of our Business Administration majors were among some of the winning teams (below):


1st Place, Life Science Division, $15,000 and $6,000 in kind from Tech Portal Calit2
Archon Medical Technologies

Congratulations to Summer Ko!


1st Place, Undergraduate Division, $2,500

Congratulations to Sundeep Gambhir and Oliver Moravcevic, Class of 2012!

2nd Place, Undergraduate Division, $1,500

Congratulations to Naren Sathiya!


From left to right: Charlie Baecker, Judy Stechert, Ang Andy Tu, Derek Wong, Business Administration major Summer Ko, Steve Maylish, Rick So


For more information about the Business Plan Competition, please visit



Team Merage Awarded 1st Place at Relay for Life in 2010


Sincere congratulations to our Business Administration majors who participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Team Merage was awarded first place in fundraising (out of 69 UCI teams). In addition, Stephanie Blakeslee took first place in individual fundraising (out of over 1,700 participants) as a freshman. The team roster included Jin Puertollano (Captain), Maria Aintablian, Sara Bangloria, Stephanie Blakeslee, Catherine Gliniak, George Goodman, Brenee Hall, Jeff Kimura, Perry Leventhal, Aaron Levin, Rebecca Levy, Margo McEntee, Jeet Nagda, Julie Onitsuka, Emily Rong, Linda Tan, Martin Vu, Raymond Wan, and Adam Whitescarver.



What an exceptional group of students we have!  We are proud to have them represent the Merage School community.