Next month in Chicago, Alex Wilson will start working as an investment banking analyst at Bank of Montreal (BMO), doing financial analysis and modeling for a group within the Capital Markets division.
The 2010 Batesville High School graduate just earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in Russian language at Indiana University.
This isn’t your dad’s college degree. He explains, “I attended IU on a Cox Research Scholarship, which gave me the opportunity to complete undergraduate research work in conjunction with a faculty mentor on a topic of our mutual choosing. I had to complete an average of 8-10 hours of research every week, outside of my regular coursework, other part-time jobs and extracurricular activities.
“Coming into my freshman year, I was very interested in the history of intelligence and espionage, which was something I didn’t know much about. I ended up working with two great professors – one of whom actually spent 30 years as an undercover CIA officer during the Cold War – and continued researching the CIA even after my career focus shifted to business and finance.”
Wilson also became involved with the Liberal Arts and Management Program as a marketing team president and social media director, which allowed him to administer Facebook and Twitter accounts to engage other LAMP students.
He reports, “The honors-level certificate program – in between a major and a minor – combines foundational business courses with the critical thinking approach of the liberal arts. So in the same semester, a LAMP student might take an accounting class and a class about the social and ethical dynamics of black markets. It was the perfect way for me to bridge the gap between the big-picture thinking of history, and the skills-based knowledge necessary in the business world.”
For the seven months he worked on the LAMP Virtu Project, the St. Louis Catholic Church member managed a donor-based securities portfolio of over $100,000 and utilized returns of 6.81 percent to benefit Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that provides badly needed access to health care, particularly in Central America.