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June 28, 2007

Purdue MBA student to appear on CNBC 'Grade the Trade'

Amy Kirkland
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Purdue University MBA student Amy Kirkland will be graded by a New York Stock Exchange trader on her answer to a question about this week's stock market activity on CNBC's "Grade the Trade" television show.

The show is part of "Fast Money," which airs from 8-9 p.m. every Friday. Kirkland is scheduled to appear on the June 29 episode.

The television quiz show for MBA students features up to four students from different universities in Webcam broadcasts. The students have 30 seconds to answer questions about a particular stock market event of that week, and then are paired with a seasoned trader to get feedback on their answers.

Other universities who have been represented on the show included Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford and Cornell

"I'm hoping to show that an education at Purdue can compete with any other top business school," Kirkland said. "I have to admit, though, I'm nervous. But I've seen the show and have been able to answer the questions, so I'm confident that I'll be able to put Krannert, Purdue and myself in the best possible light."

Kirkland, 27, will receive her MBA in finance from Krannert School of Management in 2008. A native of Portland, Ore., she received her bachelor's degree in computer science from Portland State University and has worked in every aspect of her family's business since she was a teenager.

"This is a good chance to show how our students can hit the ground running," said Rodolfo Martell, who teaches risk management in Krannert. "Krannert has had a strong presence in placing students in big manufacturing firms, and appearances on national television will help us make inroads toward establishing a reputation in the finance industry, as well."

Martell is the adviser for the Student Managed Investment Fund, a student-run group that began in 1998 with $100,000 seed money from Krannert. The students have grown the fund to $390,000 through investments.

Kirkland is the second Krannert student to be on 'Grade the Trade.' The first student, Nav Vaidhyanathan, received an "A" from the trader for his answer on gasoline stocks when he appeared on the show in April.

"We're hoping we can offer this opportunity to more of our students so they can experience the fact that education is not only about coursework," Martell said. "Eventually, they will be accepting jobs that require them to make presentations and give fast-paced, real-world advice to clients, so this is a good rehearsal."

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432,

Source: Rodolfo Martell,

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Note to Journalists: To reach the student, Amy Kirkland, call Maggie Morris, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2432,

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