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The goal of this course is to help Finance PhD students develop their research ideas and to better prepare them for successful academic careers. This will include advice on selecting research topics, working on their presentations skills, developing strategies for effective student-faculty interactions, and preparing them for the job market. During our meetings students will have an opportunity to discuss research ideas in an collaborative, non-judgmental environment. The discussion will be centered on topics considered relevant to the Finance research community (e.g., issues being discussed in top Finance journals). There is an emphasis on developing the students’ presentation and communication skills as well as some insights on how to sidestep common pitfalls during their transition from students to academic researchers.