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 on Fridays. Students need to complete the course with a grade of B or higher is 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.