Research & Learning Centers

Financial Markets Research Center

Founded in 1987, the Financial Markets Research Center (FMRC) at Vanderbilt University fosters scholarly research on the financial markets, instruments, and institutions. It focuses on market participants—such as brokers, exchanges, and financial—as well as businesses needing financing and appropriate regulatory policy. The Center is co-directed by distinguished professors and leading researchers Hans Stoll and Bob Whaley. The Center hosts an annual conference at Owen that brings industry leaders, government regulators, and finance researchers together to discuss timely and critical issues.

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The Turner Family Center for Social Ventures

The Turner Family Center for Social Ventures is committed to alleviating poverty through market-driven forces and enterprise. Directed by a graduate student-led programming board, the center provides resources and opportunities to leverage and combine the individual strengths of Vanderbilt University graduate students, faculty, and business partners. Get involved through the TFC’s events, annual social venture summit, summer fellowships, social venture trek, or case competition opportunities.

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Owen Entrepreneurship Center

The Owen Entrepreneurship Center (OEC) connects investors and entrepreneurs with one underlying goal: to create wealth. The center has become a respected training ground and source of support for serious student entrepreneurs. Directed by Professor Germain Boer, the OEC has spawned an active angel investor network, the Nashville Capital Network (NCN) focused on funding early-stage start-up ventures, a vital resource for the regional entrepreneurial business community. The OEC also sponsors the regional chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO), allowing Owen students to have easy access to a ready-made network of successful entrepreneurs.

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Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies

Environmental Engineering graduate students focused in the environmental engineering, management and policy area participate in VCEMS, the Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management. The Center is a Vanderbilt University system-wide initiative jointly led by the School of Engineering, the Owen Graduate School of Management, and the Law School. VCEMS activities are interdisciplinary and focus on environmental business, management and technology.

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Vanderbilt University's eLab is a pioneering academic research center dedicated to the study of human behavior, particularly in online environments. Since 2001, eLab researchers have leveraged use of a diverse international consumer panel to conduct cutting-edge research through robust web-based experiments and surveys. Led by Associate Professor of Marketing Jennifer Escalas, eLab's studies address a wide range of industry-relevant topics concerning online consumer behavior and its implications for business, government, and individual practice

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