4. Events & Programs
Below you will find a link to our calendar and information about programs you may be interested in as an economics student, including study abroad and graduate programs! Read through our weekly e-newsletter for a list of featured event.
Please visit our ONLINE CALENDAR for events and deadlines all in one place! Also read through our e-newsletter, The Economic Times, for a list of featured deadlines and events.
Global Health Advocacy with Porter Delaney on Thurs 11/13: Details here.
CMHC Workshops & Support Groups:
Volunteer Opportunity with Austin Research Center for the Homeless (ARCH): Volunteers needed between 10/22 – 10/29 to assist clients to sign up for Housing Vouchers online. See details posted here.
Texas Economics Association: Join TEA on Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm in UTC 3.134. Learn more about TEA here.
Exceeding Economics Expectations: EEE is a NEW economics student organization focused on developing interpersonal skills to succeed in a competitive environment! Meetings bi-weekly on Wednesdays. See details on their
Texas Energy Management Student Association: New student organization dedicated to land work, contract law, and all interests regarding the energy industry. Open to all undergraduate students. For more information, email TexasEMSA@gmail.com
Economics of Monetary & Fiscal Policy: Meetings on Wednesdays at 7:15pm in CBA 4.330. Learn more on their Facebook group.
Liberal Arts Council: The Liberal Arts Council serves as the official student voice and governing body for the College of Liberal Arts, the largest student population at the University of Texas at Austin. Spring 2014 applications to join will be available soon! Learn more here: http://www.utlac.com/
Texas Stock Team: The Texas Stock Team (TST) is a new organization on campus which is dedicated to trading equities and options through techniques of technical analysis. We are open to all majors and levels of trading experience. Like us on Facebook for more information and updates!
Undergraduate Computational Finance Group: The Texas Undergraduate Computational Finance Group (UCF) is recruiting fund analysts and software developers this semester. Texas UCF is the university’s only quantitative finance group, and we actively manage our own portfolio of equities and options. We trade using a combination of fundamental, technical, and quantitative analysis, and we are also developing algorithmic trading platforms.Visit the UCF website for more information.
Social, Health, and Economic Policymakers Organization: SHEP serves as a forum for the exchange of information on social, health, and economic policy issues; and functions as an organization to promote awareness of social, health, and economic policy at UT. See their Facebook page and organization website for more details, also subscribe to the listserve!
University Finance Association: The University Finance Association began in 1951, and it is dedicated to bridging the gap between academic and professional life. UFA supplements classroom learning by introducing members to financial professionals while exposing and preparing them for the avenues of finance. UFA strives to help students identify and develop the skills that they need to succeed after graduation. It stands to help underclassmen identify their career goals. Simultaneously, UFA provides a networking atmosphere and a base to meet students and financial professionals, realizing that sometimes it’s not just what you know – it’s who you know.
International Affairs Society: The International Affairs Society (IAS) is an academic and professional organization at the University of Texas at Austin that aims to facilitate the professional/social development, academic excellence, and graduation of all its members and is dedicated to exploring current international affairs. IAS has weekly meetings on Mondays. Check out more details on the IAS website here!
Business Healthcare Association: The University of Texas at Austin’s Business Healthcare Association is a student organization dealing with business, healthcare and student involvement. The mission of the Business Healthcare Association is to expose students to the financial, managerial, and legal aspects of providing healthcare. Offering both volunteering and social opportunities, BHA hosts bimonthly discussions and advises students interested in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and business. BHA is open to all majors.
Amnesty International: The mission of Texas Amnesty International is to raise awareness about international human rights issues by promoting AIUSA’s campaigns through advocacy and activism on the UT campus and in the greater Austin community. Meetings are on Tuesdays at 7:00pm in PAR 306. See details on the Texas Amnesty International website!
See below for a list of opportunities both at UT and beyond!
Free ESL Classes: The UT CELTA program with the UT International Office offers free ESL classes Monday through Friday, with two class levels. All non-native speakers of English are welcome. Locations are on our website.
NEW Health & Society Major in the College of Liberal Arts: The central goal of Health and Society is to train students to understand the socio-demographic, cultural, political, and ethical contexts that underlie health behavior and health policy. Applications are accepted every fall and spring semester. Next application deadline is October 6. See details on the program website!
Bridging Disciplines Certificate Programs: After completing 19 credit hours of coursework, research, and internship experiences, students earn a certificate demonstrating a secondary area of specialization that complements the major. See details and upcoming info sessions on the BDP website.
- 12 different interdisciplinary concentrations available, including a new Public Policy concentration
- Next application deadline is October 9, 2014
Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Week April 14-18, 2014: The College of Liberal Arts is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation Session as a part of Undergraduate Research Week, April 14 – 18.
- Presenters will have their posters professionally printed, courtesy of the College, and present their posters at the Liberal Arts Honors Day reception on Saturday, April 12. Students will also have the chance to request to present their research at the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Reception, hosted by Dean Diehl, on Tuesday, April 15.
- Students may apply to participate regardless of what stage their research is in. For more details on these events, or to apply, please visit our website. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 7.
- The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts Poster Design & Presentation Workshops regularly through the semester, see the schedule on their website!
UT Department of Statistics and Data Sciences:
- Software Short Courses: on Matlab, R, Stata, SAS, Python, Access. Check back soon for Spring 2014 classes!
- Summer Statistics Institute: 4-day program offering courses on introductory statistics, statistical software, and statistical methods and applications.
UT Health IT & Exchange Specialist Certificate Program:
- The Health Information Technology & Exchange Specialist Certificate Program is a nine-week intensive training program designed to prepare graduates for a variety of exciting careers in Health IT.
UT Pre-Graduate School Internship: Are you thinking about whether graduate school is in your future? Are you uncertain about what it would be like to be a graduate student and what academic program may be suited best to your interests and career goals? Check out the Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre-Graduate School Internship.
- Open to students in all UT colleges/schools and departments. You may earn one, two or three hours of academic credit (CMS 164M/264M/364M) by participating in the internship. Read more about this program (including FAQ’s, examples of internship activities and an easy to complete internship contract) on the IE website.
- You may also be eligible for a Kuhn Intellectual Entrepreneurship Award. This award is designed to encourage both first generation and economically disadvantaged undergraduate students to pursue their academic passions and to seriously consider graduate study. The awards will be in the form of $1,000 stipends offered to a select number of qualified undergraduate interns. The award is intended to support and encourage students to pursue opportunities that further enrich the Pre-Graduate School Internship experience. (e.g., traveling to conferences, potential graduate school visits, research endeavors, supplies, books etc.) In addition, each intern’s graduate mentor will be awarded a matching $1,000 stipend through the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.
UT Archer Fellowship Program:
- The Archer Fellowship Program provides the opportunity to work in our nation’s capital while making progress toward a UT degree. Home to many government, media, and cultural institutions, Washington, D.C., offers unparalleled opportunities for career development and cultural enrichment.
- Archer Fellows study and intern in Washington, D.C., during a fall or spring semester. Past internship placements include the White House, the Supreme Court, the World Bank, National Public Radio, and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), among many others.
Horns Link: Check out the HornsLink website which includes events and other opportunities to get involved on campus!
Carroll Round Undergraduate Research Conference accepting submissions: The Carroll Round is the premier undergraduate economics research conference in the world. Every year around 30 of the brightest undergraduate economics students from multiple countries join us on the historic Georgetown University campus to engage in a weekend of economics related presentations and discussion.
- This year’s conference will take place from Thursday, April 10, 2013 to Sunday, April 13, 2014. Dr. Peter Diamond of MIT will be one of the keynote speaker. Peter Diamond is an Institute Professor Emeritus at MIT, where he taught from 1966 to 2011. He was one of the three 2010 Nobel Laureates in Economics. He received the prize for his work on job search and unemployment.
- Our priority application deadline is Sunday, February 9, 2014. Visit the Carroll Round website, FAQ page, and application page for more information!
Stanford Undergraduate Economics Journal: The Comparative Advantage, Stanford’s undergrad economics journal, is seeking submissions for their next issue. Submissions are due March 7, 2014. See details attached here.
The American University in Cairo Presidential Internship Program:
- Spend one academic year working at AUC, studying Arabic and partaking in the rich intellectual and cultural life of both the University and Cairo.
- Applications for the 2014-2015 program are due January 15th, see details on the AUC program website.
Registry for Undergraduate Researchers: The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. Learn more and register on the CUR website!
MindSumo Challenges: MindSumo connects students to companies by posting real-world challenges that student users can solve for job opportunities and cash rewards. Check out the latest challenge with IBM here.
McCombs Business Programs:
McCombs Programs for Non-business Majors: The McCombs School of Business provides a wealth of opportunities for students in non-business majors. With both undergraduate certificates and graduate degrees, there is something to meet the needs of any student wishing to supplement their undergraduate degree with additional business coursework. Search programs here!
- Certificates: Business Foundations, Energy Management, Global Management, Real Estate, Supply Chain & Logistics, and Business & Public Policy (new!)
- Masters programs: Finance, Business Analytics, Professional Accounting, Technology Commercialization
- The LeaderShape® Institute is a unique, energizing, and interactive experience that builds leadership skills no other program can match. Since 1986, over 30,000 participants from all over the world have graduated from our program.
- Program is from January 5-10th, applications are due November 1st!
Global Business Leadership Institute (formerly BBA Global):
- The McCombs Global Business Leadership Institute is a summer program in Austin open to ALL MAJORS (eco majors are especially encouraged to apply!) offered during the 2nd summer session.
- In just 4 weeks – earn 6 hours of Business Foundations credit (IB 320F, BA 320F), run your own virtual company, and gain skills in intercultural team work by working with students from top-ranked business schools around the world!
- Eligibility requirements include a minimum 2.5 GPA. The application deadline was May 1st, but the sooner you apply the better!
Check out the Study Abroad website to learn about how to get started and to see dates for upcoming information sessions. You have to attend an information session before seeing a study abroad advisor.
CIBER Summer Programs: The McCombs School of Business’ Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) has some summer study abroad programs open to ALL majors with possible business foundations/business minor credit.
Killam Fellowship Program (Exchange in Canada): Receive $5,000 to study abroad in one of 18 Canada universities. Priority application deadline is December 10th. See details posted here or at the Killam website.
Specialized Programs in Graduate Business (SPGB):
- SPGB is a consortium of schools that host nation-wide forums for undergraduate and recent graduates from all disciplinary majors who are interested in obtaining a focused graduate business degree in areas such as finance, management, accounting, supply chain management, and commerce.
- See the attached Specialized Programs in Graduate Business spreadsheet with details and links for the participating schools and programs.
Japan – IMF Scholarship Program: two-year scholarship for Japanese students to pursue a Ph.D in macroeconomics and become IMF economists. See details here.
Berkeley Master in Financial Engineering:
- The Berkeley Master of Financial Engineering Program provides you with the knowledge and skills to prepare you for a career in the finance industry. In one year, you will be ready to take a leading role in a fast-growing field that demands individuals who can apply their education and skills at the cutting edge of finance in investment banks, commercial banks, and other firms around the world.
- There are multiple online info sessions coming up. Visit the program website!
Texas A&M Master of Urban Planning (MUP) Program:
- The MUP Program is known for producing some of the best-prepared planners entering the workforce. An Economics degree can be foundational for a career in urban planning!
- Application deadline is January 1 for fall entry.
MIT Master of Finance:
- Launched in 2009, the MIT MFin program offers one year of intensive finance training. Combining tradition, innovation, theory, and practice, the MFin program prepares thought leaders for a broad range of careers in finance.
- Applications due in January and November. Visit their website here for more information.
Wharton Doctoral Program in Applied Economics:
- Wharton’s Doctoral Program in Applied Economics prepares students to make meaningful contributions to the theory, methodology, and understanding of economic behavior and systems.
- Application deadline: December 15th.
Northwestern University Master of Science in Analytics:
- Under the direction of Professor Diego Klabjan, the Master of Science in Analytics program provides the skills and knowledge in harnessing the full value of data to small cohorts of highly accomplished students. Along with instruction from world-class faculty, students will participate in internships and industry projects, thereby providing them with multiple access points to the professional world before they graduate.
- Approximately a quarter of the current cohort are economics majors, and they would like to see more applications from UT Econ students!
Hertie School of Governance, PhD in Governance or Master of Public Policy:
- The Hertie PhD in Governance is a three-year program taught in English with focus on governance and public policy, located in the heart of Berlin! Open to candidates with a masters degree (or equivalent) in economics, law, political science, sociology, public administration, management, or related field
- The Master of Public Policy program is a two-year full-time program taught in English.
University of Pittsburg Learning Sciences and Policy PhD: The field of education is incredibly dynamic, and never more so than now with unprecedented reforms, standards, and budget challenges. Staying on the leading edge of policy and learning, the School of Education has responded by developing a new degree: the Learning Sciences and Policy (LSAP) PhD program. The LSAP program at the University of Pittsburgh brings three groups of faculty expertise together into a collaborative research and training environment: learning sciences in education; content-based educational research; and education policy and organizational change.
Wednesday, April 29
Opening Remarks/Refreshments 4:00-4:15
Presentation 1 4:15-4:30
Supervisor: Dr. John M. Griffin
“Are Mortgage Servicers Stealing from Homeowners and Investors?”
Presentation 2 4:30-4:45
Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Ryan
“Riding the Resource Curse: Analysis of Energy Production on Industry Development in the Texan Permian Basin”
Presentation 3 4:45-5:00
Supervisor: Dr. Helen Schneider
“Effect of the Affordable Care Act on Moral Hazard in Healthcare”
Presentation 4 5:00-5:15
Ahmed Hazem Zifzaf
Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Brian Roberts
“ The Impact of Regulatory Enforcement on Corporate Political Strategy”
Presentation 5 5:15-5:30
Superviser: Dr. Olivier Coibion
“The Effect of Corporate Income Taxes on Employment: Evidence from State Borders”
Break—Developing Economist 2nd Edition Reception 5:30-6:00
Presentation 6 6:00-6:15
Supervisor: Dr. Svetlana Boyarchenko
“Measuring U.S. Response to Varying Levels of Trade with China”
Presentation 7 6:15-6:30
Supervisor: Haiqing Xu
“Demand for U.S. Undergraduate Programs in the China market”
Presentation 8 6:30-6:45
Supervisor: Dr. Valerie Bencivenga
“An agent based model for competitive equilibrium in electricity markets”
Presentation 9 6:45-7:00
Supervisor: Dr Valerie Bencivenga
“Beyond Cash: Mobile Money in Sub-Saharan Africa”
Presentation 10 7:00-7:15
Supervisor: Dr. Valerie Bencivenga
“India’s Liberalization: The License Raj and Its Effects”
Additional Q&A and Closing Remarks 7:15-7:30