ECON 191A-B Information Session & Application Information
Students interested in taking Econ 191A-B (FA 17/WI 18) with Professor Cullen must submit their proposals to Kelly Escobedo (in Sequoyah 245) or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, 2017.
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.
We will be holding an Information Session to discuss what to expect in the course and what we look for in the proposal, on Wednesday, May 17th at 4:00-4:45pm in Sequoyah Hall 147.
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, so that it is possible to tackle and to write something worthwhile. Working on an applied empirical topic is encouraged, since this will give you valuable hands-on experience managing data and conducting empirical analysis. 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 includes a sequence of steps (not necessarily in this order):
- Topic selection
- Consultation with specialist librarians to identify data and literature
- Literature review
- Data acquisition
- Topic refinement
- Devising specific research plan in consultation with expert faculty
- Managing data and conducting analyses
- First draft
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, making sure to explain 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. Admission decisions will be made by Monday, June 5.