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Five Teams Selected for Final Round of Community Bank Case Study Competition

Five student teams from universities across the country have advanced to the final round of the 2021 Community Bank Case Study Competition.

The student teams represent the following universities: Mansfield University, Mississippi State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, The University of Tennessee at Martin and the University of Arkansas. Their case studies looked at what community banks have done to both adapt to the pandemic environment and promote diversity, inclusion and economic fairness.

“We’ve been extremely impressed by the care and thoughtfulness with which these teams prepared their case studies,” said CSBS Executive Vice President Jim Cooper. “Their work has produced a variety of interesting insights into how banks navigated two of the most important developments of the past year.”

Despite the challenges posed by remote learning, CSBS received submissions from colleges and universities across the country. The Case Study Competition, now in its seventh year, is open to undergraduate students in all fields of study as an opportunity to gain valuable first-hand knowledge of the banking industry. The finalists advanced through two rounds of judging and an original pool of 35 participating teams representing 29 universities.

The first, second and third place teams will be announced on July 15 via the CSBS YouTube channel and the CSBS Twitter feed (@CSBSNews). Their work will be published in the annual Journal of Community Bank Case Studies.

The overall winner of the competition will have the opportunity to present its case study to regulators, academics and industry leaders at the Community Banking in the 21st Century Research and Policy Conference held in St. Louis on Sept. 28-29.

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