Student Investment Fund

Student Investment Fund



The Student Investment Fund was established in 1991 with an endowment of $100,000. Currently, the SIF is worth approximately $2.2 million and helps to fund student scholarships annually.

Students manage SIF funds and are responsible for all investment decisions. By overseeing a portfolio of high quality, U.S.-listed equities, students are able to experience the growth and volatility of the stock market first hand.

Learn more about the SIF.


View the latest SIF holdings report.

Read about the SIF’s recent transactions and historical performance.

For more information about this program, contact faculty advisor Kim McGinnis at (907) 474-5218 or

Student Perspective

Student Investment Fund students participate in a variety of finance-related competitions, conferences and professional career trips.

Read on to see what several SIF students had to say about SIF and the trip opportunities.


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SIF students Nikolai Unruh, Jenifer Garcia and Bryan Sauer visit "The Bean" (Cloud Gate) sculpture during their trip to the 2021 Student Managed Investment Fund Consortium Conference in Chicago, IL

I came into SIF because I was interested in learning more about the stock market and how investors make decisions. SIF has taught me how to perform a fundamental analysis to evaluate equities. The trip to Chicago was an incredible experience. Being able to present amongst other collegiate students and faculty helped me realize the growth I had made as a student. SIF offers experiential learning, and this trip to Chicago only helps elevate the value it brings to students such as myself. 

The biggest take away that I had during this trip to Chicago was to never sell myself short. Before going on this trip, I still had reservations about my abilities to articulate my thoughts in a finance driven discussion. Going on this trip showed me that my education at UAF has given me the skills necessary to be successful. 

I am very glad that I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago for the SMIFC Conference. Thank you to our donor for making this experience possible!

~ Jenifer Garcia
BBA Accounting senior


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SIF Students at JP Morgan Chase & Co. during a trip to New York City in March, 2018 (L to R): Peter Freymueller, Jeremy Weaver, Ben Carstens, JP Landry, Lutfi Lena, Anni Uhl and Celie Hull

I chose to enroll in the SIF course because I was interested in investment as a career path. In addition, the course is considered one of the most challenging courses at the College of Business and Security Management and I wanted to challenge myself. Without a doubt, I have learned more in SIF than I have in any of my courses at UAF. It has been invaluable to my education as it has dramatically enhanced my analytical and interpersonal skills, as well as my knowledge in the fields of finance and economics.

The opportunity to participate in trips and competitions like these connects our Alaskan institution to the rest of the world and proves that students from UAF are just as competitive as those from the rest of the U.S. Being able to talk directly to world-renowned professionals during these experiences is something that really helped to broaden my horizons.

Being a part of the Student Investment Fund has allowed me to explore my passion and pass it on to other students, taking on leadership roles and offering me job opportunities both within and outside the state. I firmly believe the Student Investment Fund course allows students to comprehensively build upon their own education and gives them numerous opportunities to progress in careers on a national and international platform.

~ Peter Freymueller
BBA in Business Administration, 2019
SIF President, 2018-19


 Read more about the SIF on the CBSM Blog.