A Banking Tradition

For more than 50 years, Wisconsin has been known as the hub of banking education in the Midwest thanks to summer banking schools and hundreds of Wisconsin School of Business graduates working at all levels of the industry. That strong tradition has been greatly enhanced by the Puelicher Center for Banking Education. The Center, formally established in November 1995, focuses resources on banking research and the education of tomorrow’s banking leaders.

An Invaluable Resource

The Puelicher Center provides invaluable resources to the students, researchers, and the banking industry throughout Wisconsin, the Midwest, the nation, and the world.

The Center supports undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered by the Finance Department that are tailored to careers in the financial services sector. The Center offers scholarships for undergraduate students and research assistant positions for graduate students in banking and finance. The Center's advisory board helps identify internship and placement opportunities for students. Students are exposed to, and often participate in, cutting-edge faculty research on important banking issues. In addition, involvement of banking professionals through the Advisory Board expands the real-world experience of banking students.

The Center's research funding serves as a magnet to attract and retain top faculty to the Wisconsin School of Business. The Center hosts research directors from the regional Federal Reserve Banks who bring monetary policy to life in lectures to both students and faculty.

The banking community benefits from the Center in several ways: access to top-caliber graduates, invitations to seminars and workshops on important and timely issues, exposure to research reports on important banking topics, and a variety of other programs bringing together academic and professional interests.

Faculty Development

The Center supports outstanding faculty members through endowed faculty positions: the U.S. Bank Professorship of Banking, Aschenbrener Chair of Banking, and the Graduate School of Banking-Prochnow Professorship in Banking.

A State-of-the-Art Facility

The Puelicher Center for Banking Education is located in Grainger Hall, the home of the UW-Madison Wisconsin School of Business. The five-story building, which opened in 1993, is one of the most technologically advanced business school facilities in the country.

Grainger Hall contains 30 modern classrooms, two large lecture halls, a superb auditorium, and an outstanding three-story Learning Commons. State-of-the-art electronic capabilities include network hook-ups throughout the building allow easy access to numerous databases. Instant two-way video communication is possible with locations anywhere in the world.

Complementing its high-tech resources, Grainger Hall is a user-friendly educational environment. Faculty offices across all programs located in the school, classrooms, and commons areas all encourage collaboration and the exchange of ideas.