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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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

Cal Turner Center for Moral Leadership in the Professions

The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions is a university-wide program dedicated to the discussion and promotion of moral values relevant to Vanderbilt's professional schools including Business, Law, Medicine, Divinity and Nursing. Under the leadership of Owen professor Bart Victor, the center strives to foster an environment conducive to faculty research and teaching in areas associated with moral leadership; develop students' ability to provide moral leadership within their chosen professions and the broader community; and provide a resource to professionals in the community.

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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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