Inaugural Summer Innovation Incubator! Deadline to Apply 6/5/18

The Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation – Dr. Paul Roben – would like to invite undergraduate students with ideas from all disciplines to apply for the inaugural Summer Innovation Incubator. This is a pilot incubator program and 10 undergraduate students from across campus will be selected to receive a $2500 stipend and participate in the 8 week incubator to develop their idea.

The program is open to all undergraduates who will be continuing in Fall 2018. Students do not need to be a part of any current incubator/entrepreneurship programs or have entrepreneurial experience.


UCSD Social Innovation Sprint SP18

Want to learn about design thinking and social entrepreneurship, develop solutions to pressing social issues, earn a UCSD certificate, and compete for $15k worth of prizes? Then check out the Social Innovation Sprint, a two-day workshop + design competition hosted by the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management. Faculty will guide teams of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to define, prototype and pitch solutions to a panel of CEOs, educators, and city officials. The design challenge this quarter will focus on issues relevant to the San Diego-Tijuana border region, including environmental justice, sustainable education, healthcare access, and migration.

Applications are now open for the SP18 offering:


Global Health Student Field Experience Travel Awards

Global Health Student Field Experience Travel Awards

The UC San Diego Global Health Institute has created a travel fund designed to support degree-seeking UC San Diego students who plan to participate in a GLOBAL HEALTH RELATED field experience program. The funds provide critical assistance to students, and help to increase opportunities for students to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects. Priority will be given to students whose field experience travel is necessary to fulfill degree requirements either in the US or abroad. This field experience opportunity increases exposure to other cultures and understanding and productively intervening in processes of health, illness, and healing across the globe. International Field experiences will be given highest priority, but projects based in the US that have relevance to global health will also be considered. Funds proposed in the US should have a clear global health focus.

Funding up to $2,000/person to assist current students with domestic and/or international field experience expenses, available as stipends for summer travel, and reimbursement for travel during the academic year. Expenses from past travel may be reimbursed with these funds as long as the trip took place in 2018. Awardees will be asked to present their research poster/report at a global health conference such as the Horizons of Global Health Research Symposium and Field Experience Expo, Undergraduate Research Conference, Drinks and Dissertations: a graduate research symposium, or other similar forum appropriate to class level.

Eligible Applicants: Undergraduate, Graduate, EAP, & Professional Students

Requirements: Students must be enrolled during the coverage of the funds, with minimum 3.2 GPA and/or Good Academic Standing. Max. Funds: $2,000/student.

Apply now!

DUE DATE: March 31st, 2018

Questions? Contact

Kind Regards,

Steffanie Strathdee, PhD, Director, UCSD Global Health Institute

Thomas Csordas, PhD, Co-Director, UCSD Global Health Institute

Joshua Graff Zivin, PhD, Co-Director, UCSD Global Health Institute


UCI PhD Program

graduate program



why uci economics?

When Nikki Tavasoli was thinking about where she wanted to pursue her graduate degree in economics, UC Irvine was at the top of her list.

“UCI has so many professors who are so esteemed and high ranking in their fields – I wanted to come here and absorb their knowledge and expertise,” she says. “I also chose to come to UCI because of the great funding they provide.”

Ranked #24 among all public economics programs in the country (U.S News & World Report), the UCI graduate program in economics offers admitted students 5 years of guaranteed funding.

Scholars in the department have a proven track record of earning competitive research funding from national agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Army Office of Research, and U.S. Department of Agriculture; from private foundations including the Russell Sage Foundation and Arnold Foundation; and from campus-level fellowships, such as the Public Impact, Fletcher Jones and Chancellor’s Club fellowships.



“UCI excels in economics because of the way it provides students with so many great research opportunities – both within the department and across campus through interdisciplinary work,” Nikki says.

For her, that means getting access to real consumer data for her research on health economics – specifically how nutritional characteristics and pricing schemes impact consumer dietary choices. And she also gets to work with faculty in medicine as well as economics to better understand her field.

“These are unique opportunities that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere,” she says.

And it’s true – the department has achieved national stature by attracting well-known senior scholars to its faculty and through the advancement of a host of young economists who have achieved national prominence for breaking new research ground in exciting fields. And graduate students have incredible opportunities to publish alongside these world-renowned faculty.

The economics department has 28 permanent faculty members with research and teaching interests that span a broad range of fields. In addition to strengths in micro theory, macroeconomics and econometrics (Bayesian and classical), the department has expertise in many applied fields, including:

  • Economic history
  • Industrial organization
  • International economics
  • Labor economics
  • Public choice
  • Public finance
  • Transportation economics
  • Urban economics

UCI economists pursue research with real-world policy impacts in areas including minimum wage debate, California policy toward enterprise zones, regulation of airline alliances, California high-speed rail demand forecasts, and public health. And students have an opportunity to earn a master’s degree while in pursuit of their Ph.D.

For graduate students, there’s also a healthy work-life balance when grad life gets stressful.

“Life as a UCI Ph.D. student is really fun. We go to the beach, hang out with friends, hit any one of the number of different restaurants around town…we find time to work and play here,” Nikki says. It’s easy to do when your school is less than 10 miles from Newport Beach on a 1,500 acre campus with endless running and hiking trails. And not to mention UCI is the #1 university committed to economic diversity and upward mobility (The New York Times College Access Index) and the #9 ranked public university in the U.S.(U.S. News & World Report).

Graduate students from UCI’s economics program have gone on to work in high-tech startups, research consultancy companies, government offices, and in professorial posts around the world. A quick sampling of recent placements:

  • Amazon
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • Clemson University
  • U.S. Federal Reserve
  • Office of the Comptroller of Currency
  • Purdue University
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • Tulane University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
so what are you waiting for?

If full funding, opportunities to publish and a proven track record of excellence in the field are what you’re looking for in a graduate program, contact us today to learn more about UCI economics.

William Branch, Department Chair | 949.824.4221

Dan Bogart, Graduate Director | 949.824.3191

John Sommerhauser, Graduate Advisor | 949.824.4074

application deadline:

December 1

Apply today!

Associate Economist (Research Assistant) at Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Associate Economist (Research Assistant)
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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Job Summary:
Conducts statistical and economic analyses of current macroeconomic, microeconomic, and regional data, andprovides research support for the economists. The level of work required is considered entry-level and staff work under direct supervision. This job has no direct reports. This position is structured as part of a two-year program.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
*Supports the economists in their basic and applied research by following instructions to perform tasks including collecting data, conducting moderately complex statistical analysis, writing statistical software programs, and organizing the presentation of results
*Researches economic topics for economists’ articles; on some of these occasions, the efforts will be substantial enough to constitute collaboration with the economists (or department management), leading to jointly authored articles
*Prepares a variety of charts, tables, and descriptive text for Department management or other staff economists to use in their briefings of the President and the Board of Directors
*Follows instructions to research and organize background materials for presentations to the President;responds to other System-wide directives and requests
*Performs other duties as requested
Education and Experience:
*Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Finance, Business, Mathematics, or related field with emphasis on quantitative and/or analytical skills
Application Requirements:
*To be considered, all applications must include a Cover Letter, Resume, Unofficial Transcripts, and Letter of Recommendation
*Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or hold green cards with the intent to become a U.S. Citizen