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Second Round of 2020 Community Bank Case Study Competition Announced

Twenty student teams nationwide advance 

Twenty teams from universities nationwide have advanced to the second round of the 2020 CSBS Community Bank Case Study Competition. This year’s competition examines the impact of the Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering (BSA- AML) requirements on community banks.

“The judges had a difficult time choosing who would advance to the next round due to the stellar case studies submitted this year,” said CSBS Senior Executive Vice President Michael L. Stevens. “These students have conducted excellent case studies that will provide policymakers with great insight into how BSA-AML has impacted community banks.”

This is the sixth 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. The teams advancing to the second round were chosen from a pool of 37 student teams representing 33 colleges and universities.

The case studies will undergo two more rounds of rigorous judging by two additional panels of banking experts. The top five teams will be announced on June 4, and the top three scoring teams will be announced on June 18.

Each student member and faculty advisor of the first-place winning team will receive a $1,000 scholarship and be invited to present at the CSBS-Federal Reserve-FDIC Community Banking in the 21st Century Research and Policy Conference. Their work will be published in the annual CSBS Journal of Community Bank Case Studies. Teams that place second and third will also receive scholarships and have their works published in the journal. 

Student teams from the following universities advanced to the second round: 
•    Concordia College
•    DePaul University
•    Grove City College
•    James Madison University
•    Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 
•    Marquette University
•    Merrimack College
•    Mississippi State University
•    Montana State University
•    Muhlenberg College
•    Nicholls State University - Team 1
•    Nicholls State University - Team 2
•    Ohio State University
•    Penn State University
•    Purdue University
•    Trine University
•    Truman State University
•    University of Arkansas
•    University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
•    University of Tennessee at Martin

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