Explained what I had read about their work and questioned their scientific approach. Asked the questions I had prepared for them based on their work, prior to my interview. The conversation smoothed out after that.
Because I am exceptionally passionate about the subject (real estate securities), I am uniquely prepared for researching it (work/study background), and I will work incredibly hard on nights and weekends.
If you're going to post/advertise a position, why waste everyone's time. I wish the best for UCR but understand why they have some of the worst rankings in the nation. Developing a solid plan is a suggested start.
One thing about the GMA program is that it is not an accelerated program. They expect you to put in the time in one area garnering your experience and proving yourself to your management. There appears to be very little responsibility for their new hires.