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.

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Events & Deadlines

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:

  • Getting Grounded: Ways to Thrive in Daily Life.  Details here.
  • Can You Relate?  Tools for Connecting to Others.  Details here.
  • And so many other classes and support groups! Details here.
  • From Surviving to Thriving: Turning Stress into an Ally on Wed 10/8 at 3:30 in CLA 1.302D.  Details here.

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.

Other Event Calendars:

Liberal Arts Career Services (info sessions, application deadlines)
Horns Link
Library Classes
Know Events (UT-wide calendar)
Study Abroad (info sessions, deadlines, etc)



Student Organization News

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!

Programs & Other Opportunities

See below for a list of opportunities both at UT and beyond!

At UT:


Free ESL ClassesThe 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.

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.

UT Department of Statistics and Data Sciences:

UT Health IT & Exchange Specialist Certificate Program:

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.

UT Archer Fellowship Program:

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.

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:

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!

LeaderShape Institute:

Global Business Leadership Institute (formerly BBA Global):


Study Abroad

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.

Graduate School

Specialized Programs in Graduate Business (SPGB):

UT 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:

Texas A&M Master of Urban Planning (MUP) Program:

MIT Master of Finance:

Wharton Doctoral Program in Applied Economics:

Northwestern University Master of Science in Analytics:

Hertie School of Governance, PhD in Governance or Master of Public Policy:

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.

Economics Honors Symposium

Wednesday, April 29

CLA 1.302B


Opening Remarks/Refreshments 4:00-4:15

Presentation 1  4:15-4:30

Kevin Mei

Supervisor: Dr. John M. Griffin

“Are Mortgage Servicers Stealing from Homeowners and Investors?”

Presentation 2  4:30-4:45

Kelsey Sawyer

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

James Simmons

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

Jeremy Kirk

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

Matthew Dalton

Supervisor: Dr. Svetlana Boyarchenko

“Measuring U.S. Response to Varying Levels of Trade with China”

Presentation 7  6:15-6:30

Mengjia Guo

Supervisor: Haiqing Xu

“Demand for U.S. Undergraduate Programs in the China market”

Presentation 8  6:30-6:45

Michael Lee

Supervisor: Dr. Valerie Bencivenga

“An agent based model for competitive equilibrium in electricity markets”

Presentation 9  6:45-7:00

Shreyas K.S.

Supervisor: Dr Valerie Bencivenga

“Beyond Cash: Mobile Money in Sub-Saharan Africa”

Presentation 10 7:00-7:15      

Rohit Mandalapu

Supervisor: Dr. Valerie Bencivenga

“India’s Liberalization: The License Raj and Its Effects”    

Additional Q&A and Closing Remarks 7:15-7:30



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