2013 College of Business Finance Undergraduate Honoree Jason Au
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The College of Business congratulates and extends best wishes to each of the ten undergraduate honorees of the graduating Class of 2013.
Each year the department's top performers are selected by the college's academic departments from its graduating seniors.
2013 College of Business Finance Undergraduate Honoree
Jason Au was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Singapore and Malaysia. His parents moved from country to country seeking a better life for Jason and his younger brother. The family immigrated to the US when Jason was a high school student.
Jason had to overcome several challenges when he entered SF State in 2009: he was a first generation college student and English was his second language. Jason attributes much of his success in life to overcoming these challenges that made him multicultural, multilingual, and highly adaptive.
Drawing from personal experience and knowledge, Jason has developed a sense of global understanding and awareness. It is no surprise that he enjoys learning about global markets and has developed a passion for analyzing the impact of financial policies on developing countries. Jason funneled his passion into a concentration in Finance where he focuses on the quantitative analysis of global and financial markets. His long-term goal is to work in a senior leadership position in global finance with an emphasis on emerging markets.
Jason’s college activities have prepared him for a leadership role in his future career. Jason was elected as the treasurer and later as the president of FAME. He became involved in FAME after he committed to grow the organization and bridge the gap between school and the real world.
Building on FAME’s legacy, Jason implemented a career services program in AY 2011-2012 to empower students beyond academics. The program included resume workshops, public speaking seminars, speaker panels, equity research teams, and case competitions. Under Jason’s leadership and coaching, FAME’s career outreach extended to financial firms in the local bay area and during this time, 22 FAME members earned internships and 11 landed full-time employment.
After serving as President of FAME, Jason headed the very successful 2012 FAME Student Investment Conference as Chairman. Under his direction and the hard work of his team, the conference was attended by over 300 students and professionals. Top sponsors included Forward Management, Barrons, Wall Street Journal, and Kaplan. Attendees reviewed the event as one of the best and most worthwhile conferences that they have ever attended.
Jason grew both as a professional and a leader with his active involvement in FAME, the Finance department and the College of Business. He is considered by all who know him as an extremely nice guy, self-effacing, and a joy to be with. Jason plans to pursue a career in investment banking upon graduation, ready for new challenges and eager to continue his support of the SF State community.