Student Investment Fund

The Student Investment Fund (SIF) comprises up to 12 students who manage over $4 million of the UCLA Anderson endowment through bottom-up security analyses. Through quarterly distributions to the UCLA Foundation, the SIF finances fellowship awards for Anderson students.

The SIF is a prestigious element of the Anderson experience that exposes students to situations they would encounter in a typical investment management firm. For the first six months, SIF Fellows collectively manage the fund. The equity portion is then divided equally among the Fellows and managed individually for the remaining six months. The fixed-income portfolio is managed as a group for the entire period. The Fellows visit at least  25 investment managers to learn about different investment philosophies and styles, as well as at least five current or prospective portfolio companies to conduct in-depth due diligence.

The SIF was created in 1987 as a result of the generosity and initiative of Bernard Johnson, president of Provident Investment Counsel. Provident pledged $50,000 per year over five years to start the fund. In 1989, Kayne Anderson Investment Management Co. contributed an additional $250,000. The Friends of the Student Investment Fund program was launched in 1993 and has brought in more than $250,000 in additional capital to date. Ed Shapiro (’90) initiated a Million-Dollar Challenge grant to support the SIF in honor of his 25th reunion in 2015. Haejin Baek (’90), Tim Sambado (’90) and Keith Webster (’91) have also made significant contributions to the fund.

SIF Portfolio Managers


Faculty Advisors


William Cockrum

Adjunct Professor of Finance

Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, Bill Cockrum spent 25 years in financial services, initially as a marketer and last as CFO/CAO and one of the top senior officers at Becker Paribas Inc., a 3,000-employee investment banking firm. He teaches courses in entrepreneurial finance, leadership and business ethics, real-world challenges leaders face and investment management. He serves as a consultant in a variety of industries on issues such as organization structure, strategy, marketing, finance and administration.

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Shawn Patt (’07)


Shawn leads advisory of the UCLA Anderson Student Investment Fund. Shawn currently manages Atala Financial, a SEC-registered investment firm that he founded. Shawn also teaches undergraduate courses at UCLA including Personal Financial Health and Foundation of Business & Entrepreneurship. Previously, Shawn worked for nearly 20 years at RBC Wealth management, Morgan Stanley, and UBS Financial Services. A Triple-Bruin, Shawn is a lifelong supporter of UCLA.

Application Process

Criteria used in the rigorous selection process include academic achievement and involvement, a demonstrated interest in investment management and proven ability to work effectively in a demanding team environment.
  • Stock Write-ups – Applicants produce a two-page stock write-up for two assigned companies, providing an overview of the business, investment thesis, analysis of risks and stock recommendations.
  • Personal Essay – The essay addresses how the candidate will contribute to the SIF, related personal experience and discussion of recent market events.
  • Company Presentation – Applicants deliver an in-depth five-minute presentation on a company of their choice and its valuation/prospects, and engage in a Q&A session with a student-led panel.
  • Final Interview – Professor Bill Cockrum, faculty advisor to the SIF, leads a panel interview, which is the final step of the selection process.

Investment Approach

  • Asset Allocation – The group begins the year with a collaborative report on the domestic and global economy, highlighting important secular and cyclical trends, and identifying potential valuation catalysts. This report is then used to create strategic and tactical asset allocation reflecting views on various asset classes and to set asset allocation weights for equities, fixed income and alternatives.
  • Universe of Stocks – The group develops an approved list of 100 to 120 stocks, with each member writing up 10 stocks to create the universe of secondary securities.
  • Portfolio Construction – The fixed-income and alternative assets are typically managed via mutual funds and ETFs, while the equity portion is managed through bottom-up security selection.

Portfolio Management

Ongoing monitoring of the portfolio is conducted on a day-to-day basis, with meetings held once a week to discuss market events and portfolio performance.

Additions to the approved list of securities must be presented to the group and vetted before they are added.

Portfolio guidelines mandate that no security be more than 7.5% of the portfolio at cost and no industry sector exceed more than 20% of the total fund value. The fixed-income asset class must maintain a minimum of 15% of the total value of the fund. The SIF’s bylaws include a 3% minimum allocation (for both educational and diversification purposes) of the following asset classes:

  • Equities: Domestic
  • Equities: Long-Term
  • Fixed Income (with no less than 2% of the fund’s market value allocated to each of the following fixed-income categories: corporate bonds, government securities, high-yield bonds, municipal bonds and structured products)
  • International
  • Emerging Markets
  • Alternatives
  • MLPs
  • REITs
  • Cash

Restricted securities include fixed-income securities having lower than a BBB rating, securities with insufficient liquidity and unmarketable securities.

The SIF Fellows meet weekly with Professor Cockrum and four practicing investment management professionals — Dave Carpenter, Shelby Notkin, Shawn Patt and Keith Webster — to discuss current market events and trends, portfolio performance and prospective trades.

The group produces a year-end report and presents it to faculty, SIF alumni and members of the investment community at the annual meeting.

Student Placements

Class of 2023 and Summer Placements

Jamie Arena Pan De Soraluce (’23) 

Olivia Ben-David (’23) 

Mariana De Vicenzo (’23) 
Credit Suisse

Fernando Errazuriz (’23) 

Sofia Jimenez (’23) 
Post Advisory Group

Gavin Krogius (’23) 
Credit Suisse

Christopher Potter (’23) 
LightBay Capital

Stephen Shin (’23) 

Joaquin Trucco Vera (’23) 

Elizabeth Williams (’23) 
Closed Loop Partners

Amy Wu (’23) 
Bank of America


Class of 2022 and Summer Placements

David Su (’22)
Invesco Ltd.

Ryan O’Rourke (’22)
Credit Suisse

Jamaal Powell (’22)
Neuberger Berman

Ankit Hatalkar (’22)
Goldman Sachs

Bruno Picinane (’22)

Mix Pearson (’22)
Goldman Sachs

Shuzhe Liang (’22)
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Shawn Bhatiani (’22)
Broadcom Inc.

Andy Dirks (’22)
The K Funds

Chris Lum (’22)
Western Asset Management

Joel Jones (’22)
Flow Finance

Tyler Harvey (’22)
Wells Fargo


Class of 2021 and Summer Placements

Paul Ahn (’21)

Columbia Threadneedle


Tyler Cantarano (’21)

ClearBridge Investments


Matthew Coleman (’21)



Daniel Fotinich (’21)



Yuan Gao (’21)



Douglas Hanly (’21)

Emerald Necklace Investments


Jonathan Rieck (’21)

Piper Sandler


Krishna Phanindra Vege (’21)



Caroline Ward (’21)

Artisan Partners


Thomas Weber (’22)



Robert Whirty (’21)

Bank of America


James Wolf (’21)

Invesco US


Class of 2020 Internship/Full-Time Placements

Noah Damsky (’20)



James Huebner (’20)

Citadel Global Equities


Zachary Lynch (’20)

First Pacific Advisors


Harold Packer (’20)

PIMCO Europe


Joon Park (’20)

Korea Investment Corporation


Evan Scott (’20)

Moelis & Company


Victoria Sikes (’20)

Capital Group


Lynn Wu (’20)



Duanting Zhai (’20)

Fidelity International


Class of 2019 and Full-Time Placements

Richard Chiang (’19)



Brian Crider (’19)



Addison DeVone (’19)



Michael Duffy (’19)

Palm Tree


Hannah Greene (’19)

Capital Group


Raymond Mak (’19)

Payden & Rygel


Joshua Oynick (’19)

Califia Farms


Jay Sun (’19)

Eystra Capital


Yian Yu (’19)

Eystra Capital


Mark Zerlang (’19)

Moelis & Company


Class of 2018 and Full-Time Placements

Steve Bivona (’18)

Mission Capital Advisors


Joseph Chiu (’18)



Jarrid Johnston (’18)

Capital Group


Alexander Kua (’18)

Oaktree Capital


David Levine (’18)

MidOcean Partners


Spenser May (’18)

Causeway Capital


Phil Meng, CFA (’18)

BioVega Capital


Bahman Mirzaee (’18)



Justin Phillips (’18)

Capital Group


Francisco Valdivia (’18)

Jones Lang LaSalle


Timothy Van Harmelen (’18)

FBB Capital Partners


Class of 2017 and Full-Time Placements

John Bay (’17)



Nicholas Bender (’17)



Gloria Fan (’17)



John Heidenreich (’17)



Sam Kendrick (’17)



Paige Kolesar (’17)

Dimensional Fund Advisors


Charlie McMahon (’17)

Oaktree Capital


Samuel Silverson (’17)

Oppenheimer Funds


Darius Wilsey (’17)

Green Street Advisors


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