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Office of Undergraduate Research

Research Opportunities by Department

Undergraduate Research in the Department of Economics


Most of the undergraduate research in the Department of Economics is conducted in the context of Senior Seminar or an independent study. Undergraduate students have also conducted economics research through the McNair Scholars Program. Occasionally, faculty members have research projects which undergraduates can get involved in by helping with data collection and/or analysis. There are generally more opportunities for undergraduate research during the academic year than the summer. All majors conduct limited empirical research projects in the econometrics course.

  • Recently completed projects in Senior Seminar include:
  • “Alternatives to Traditionally Structured Stock Options”, Bridget Hoffman
  • “Microfinance: The Economics of Subsidization and Sustainability,” Sanjana Prabhakar
  • “Does Home Ownership Produce Externalities,” Eric Miller
  • “Racial Diversity and Productivity in U.S. States,” Amanda Michaud
  • “Food Insecurity and Obesity,” Obiere Okah

How to get started:

Pursue appropriate coursework and do well in classes so that you will be prepared for Senior Seminar. It is particularly important that you study econometrics as many research projects have an empirical focus. Students interested in an independent study should first complete the core requirements for the concentration as well as any related preliminary courses in their area of interest. Students interested in pursuing these opportunities should speak to an economics advisor or a faculty member whose research expertise is most closely aligned with their interests.

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