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CSBS Announces 21 Student Teams Advance in Nationwide Community Bank Competition

Twenty-one student teams from universities across the nation have advanced to the second round of the 2018 Community Bank Case Study Competition, CSBS announced today. This year’s competition focuses on how community banks are using technology.

“We're amazed by the quality of submissions,” said CSBS Senior Executive Vice President Michael Stevens. “It was difficult to get down to 21 entrants and will be even harder to get down to finalists. It is a great sign of the quality of college students interested in the intersection of technology and financial services.”

The teams were chosen from a pool of 51 student teams representing 45 universities. A record number of entrants entered in the fourth year of the competition, which is open to undergraduate students in all fields of study as an opportunity to gain valuable first-hand knowledge of the banking industry. Last year, 33 teams participated.

The case studies will undergo two more rounds of rigorous judging by two additional panels of banking experts. The top three scoring teams will be announced on May 10 during the CSBS State-Federal Supervisors Symposium in Jacksonville, Fla. The announcement will be streamed live on the competition website at

The student teams compete for an academic scholarship, a chance to get their work published in an academic journal and an opportunity to attend the sixth annual CSBS-Federal Reserve Community Banking Research Conference, held in St. Louis this October.

Student teams from the following universities advanced to the second round:

  • Bowling Green State University
  • Concordia College
  • DePaul University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Fairfield University
  • Florida State University
  • Grove City College (Penn.)
  • Immaculata University (Penn.)
  • Kutztown University - Team 2
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Nicholls State University (La.)
  • Ohio State University
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Houston
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of Tennessee at Martin
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • York College of Pennsylvania

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