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Gobblerfest 2022
Gobblerfest 2022. Photo by Mary Desmond for Virginia Tech.

Recruitment schedule

  • Gobblerfest (Sept. 1, 2023)
  • Interest meetings (Sept. 3 - 9, 2023)
  • First round application deadline (Sept. 10, 2023 @ 11:59 pm)
  • First round application decisions (Sept. 13, 2023)
  • Final interview and presentation (Sept. 21 - 22, 2023) 
  • Final decisions sent out (Sept. 27, 2023)
  • First JA class (Sept. 29, 2023)
  • First group meeting (Oct. 4, 2023)

Admitted members join COINS as junior analysts and undergo new member training, which is conducted by our faculty advisors and members.

Training starts in October and consists of a 3-credit A-F graded course that lasts until approximately halfway through the spring semester with mandatory meetings from 5:30 - 6:30 pm on Wednesdays and 2:30 - 3:30 pm on Fridays. Students need to complete the course with a grade of B or higher in order to become full members.

The topics for new member training include the basics and operations of futures/options/ETF/ETN markets, fundamental and technical analysis, trade thesis formulation and execution, fundamentals of agricultural, energy and metal markets, statistics and modeling, professional development, as well as simulated trading.

Upon successful completion of this training course in the spring semester, students become analysts on specific commodities in the COINS portfolio or quantitative research division, which are assigned based on personal interests and the current needs of the group.


Trading meeting
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Members trade pitches, then voted on by the group before being approved.

Training meeting
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Topics could be industry expert guest speakers, internal training sessions, professional development activities, etc.

Division meeting
Once a week
Usually on Mondays

The expected time commitment for COINS members is around 10-15 hours per week divided between market research and analysis and in-person meetings.