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2015 BlackRock Applied Research Award Finalists Named

Nov 30, 2015

New York November 30, 2015 – BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 BlackRock Applied Research Award which recognizes the top job market paper submitted by PhD candidates on a practical topic pertaining to financial markets, economics, investment management or risk management.

Finalists were selected by BlackRock’s Applied Research Award Committee which consists of a panel of finance leaders from BlackRock and academia. The submitted papers were assessed on a number of criterion, including the demonstration of thought leadership, a focus on a practical problem of relevance, the use of advanced quantitative techniques, the analysis of an interesting new data set and the offering of a practical solution.

The five finalists in the BlackRock Applied Research Award are:

Each finalist will meet with BlackRock’s Applied Research Award Committee to defend their job market paper at BlackRock’s New York office on December 7, 2015. The winner will be announced at the end of that day and will be awarded $25,000 by BlackRock.



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