Reminder: Econ 191A/B Information Session TOMORROW 5/6/15 @ 4:00 p.m.

5 May

Thinking of applying to our Senior Essay Seminar for Fall/Winter 2015/16?

Professor Ross Starr, who will be teaching the course in the Fall, will be hosting the information session.  Students with questions about the course and application process are encouraged to attend. We will have a former student speaking as well, to give you a realistic idea of what to expect from this experience.

Come to our information session to learn:

What to expect in the courses. What we look for in a proposal. Answers to your questions about the course and the proposal.

◦When: Wednesday, May 6th

◦Time: 4:00 – 4:30 pm

◦Location: Economics Building, Room 300

Basement Event: Brown Bag with Professor Todd Coleman 5/8/15

4 May

The Basement Presents:

Brain-Machine Interfaces
Casual Conversation with Professor Todd Coleman

Interested in brain-machine interfaces?  Curious about faculty and student entrepreneurial endeavors? Want to learn how to take your product to market in a cost effective way? Discuss how Professor Todd is helping to engage youth with creative STEM products.

Friday, May 8, 2015
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
In The Basement (Mandeville B202)
Light Refreshments Provided

Questions? thebasement@ucsd.edu

Turn your idea into a start-up! 2015 $100,000 Business Plan Competition. Sign-up now!

4 May

The Entrepreneur Challenge at UC San Diego is excited to present the 2015 $100,000 Business Plan Competition.

The Entrepreneur Challenge is the premiere Business Plan Competition at the University of California, San Diego and has awarded more than $800,00 in both cash awards and pro bono professional services over the past 9 years.

The winners of the competition have a strong record of receiving funding and awards even after the challenge. 2010 winner Cognionics and 2013 winner DevaCell have gone on to win San Diego Business Journal Innovation awards. Other past winners of the competition, such as Nasseo and Biological Dynamics, have received significant funding and are growing fast.

If you’re interested in competing at our $100,000 Business Plan Competition, the registration form is found at http://challenge.ucsd.edu/bpc.

Econ 191A-B Application Information…

28 Apr

Students interested in taking Econ 191A-B (FA 15/WI 16) with Professor Starr must submit their proposals to Kelly Escobedo (in Sequoyah 245) or via email to kescobedo@ucsd.edu no later than 11:59 p.m. on May 22, 2015.

PLEASE NOTE: The Department will not offer Econ 191A in WI16 and Econ 191B in SP16.

The Senior Essay Seminar (Econ 191A-191B) is for those of you with superior records in the Department of Economics who would like to build on your training through the pursuit of a research topic in the field of your choice. This research is likely to be the most engaging, stimulating, and memorable part of your undergraduate training. Completion of these two courses is part of the requirement for majors wishing to graduate with the phrase “with highest distinction” on their diplomas. If you would like more information on the Senior Essay Seminar, there is a great article in a past issue of Economics in Action where previous students reflect on the benefits they found from taking the courses (click here). We will also be holding an information session to briefly go over what to expect in the course and what we look for in the proposal, on Wednesday, May 6th at 4:00 p.m. in Economics Building, room 300.

Students must take both Econ 191A and Econ 191B with the same professor to receive credit. These classes are typically taken by students in their senior year as a certain amount of knowledge is required to be successful in a research project.

Enrollment in this class is limited, to assure participating students close contact with the faculty supervisor. The first step in applying for the class is to propose a research topic. The topic should be focused — small enough actually to write something worthwhile — and on an area where you’ve already completed the relevant electives. For example, you could write on “The Collapse of the Fixed Exchange Rate Regime: Bretton Woods Fails after Three Decades,” or “The Challenge of the Euro: Can a Common Currency Area Survive?” assuming you’ve taken upper division macro, upper division international trade, and upper division international finance.

The paper can be on an applied empirical topic, a theoretical topic, a policy issue, an historical topic, etc. To view recent paper topics, visit our website . The typical completed paper will run 7500 – 10,000 words. You can review some of the most successful papers written in previous years in SH 245.

The research process usually includes a sequence of steps (not necessarily in this order):

  • Topic selection
  • Literature Review
  • Consultation with expert faculty
  • Consultation with specialist librarians to identify data and literature
  • Narrowing the topic
  • Locating and managing data (for an empirical project)
  • Research Plan
  • First draft
  • Completion

Class meetings will focus on research methods, introduction to library resources, student presentations of work in progress including class discussion. Attendance will be required. Final papers will be reviewed for originality using www.turnitin.com.

Enrollment in the senior essay seminar is limited to students with high GPAs who show promise for conducting original research. If you are interested in these classes, please write a short (500 words is adequate) proposal of a research topic and why it is interesting. Your proposal should represent a real attempt to plan your work, but there will be no penalty if you later decide to depart from it. In the event that the class is oversubscribed, your proposal, your overall record, and possibly an interview with the instructor, will be used to decide who is admitted.  Please include your name and student ID number on the proposal.

Info Session: Department of Economics Senior Essay Seminar for Fall/Winter 2015/16

28 Apr

Thinking of applying to our Senior Essay Seminar for Fall/Winter 2015/16?

Professor Ross Starr, who will be teaching the course in the Fall, will be hosting the information session.  Students with questions about the course and application process are encouraged to attend. We will have a former student speaking as well, to give you a realistic idea of what to expect from this experience.

Come to our information session to learn:

What to expect in the courses. What we look for in a proposal. Answers to your questions about the course and the proposal.

◦When: Wednesday, May 6th

◦Time: 4:00 – 4:30 pm

◦Location: Economics Building, Room 300

Undergrad TA Informational, 05/13/15

27 Apr

FA15 Informational

Interested in a career in Investment Banking? Apply for the Rising Leaders Scholarship/Mentorship Program! Application Deadline: 05/01/15

22 Apr

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