Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Apply to be the 2012 ECON Commencement Speaker

Graduating Seniors:

Would you like an opportunity to address your classmates and their families at the commencement ceremony held by the Economics Department on Sunday, May 20th?

If so, please complete the application and return it to Shanna Edinger, Economics Advisor along with a resume.  Applications and resumes will be accepted via email, fax (301-405-3542), or in person to 3127B Tydings Hall.

Applications must be received by Friday, March 30th.

ECON Departmental Scholarships Available

The Economics Department is pleased to announce the availability of several undergraduate  scholarships recognizing academic excellence for the 2012 - 2013 academic year.  They are:

The Honorable Idamae Garrott Memorial Scholarship
Melanie E. (Lee) Easley Memorial Scholarship
The Moskowitz Family Scholarship
The Mark C. Sullivan Economics Scholarship
The Melville J. Ulmer Scholarship
The Mark D. and Tracye C. Turner Scholarship in Economics
John Cumberland Award in Environmental Economics

More information including scholarship descriptions, eligibility requirements, and application instructions can be found here

Application Deadline is Monday April 2nd

Monday, February 27, 2012

MITRE Corporation - Summer Internship

Energy Modeling and Data Analytics Intern (C4T Position #57285)
MITRE Corporation - Mclean, Virginia

POSITION TYPE: Internship (Summer)

Join MITRE, which was included on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For listing for ten consecutive years! As a member of MITRE's Center for Connected Government, you will use your mathematical and analytical skills to design and analyze survey methodology and economic information systems. Participate as a member of the team, designing energy and economic models. Learn about designing system flow models. Attend customized technical training at the MITRE Institute.

Desired education/experience: Engineering, Economics, or Software Development Major. Interests and/or experience in agent-based, process flow, systems modeling, or multi-scale modeling.

Required skills: Strong mathematical / analytical skills.

Desired skills: Able to work effectively in a team environment.

To read more about the position, log in to your Career4Terps (C4T) account( and paste the ID number (listed beside the position titles) in the "Search" box.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Associate Economist Immediate Opportunity at The Chicago Fed!

Do you want to work for one of the most influential, trusted and prestigious financial institutions in the world? The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional reserve banks in the United States, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., that make up the nation's central bank. The Bank is committed to adhering to a culture of excellence, respect, integrity and responsibility. If you are looking for a career opportunity that allows you to make a contribution that counts, the Federal Reserve may be for you. Our employees are part of a winning team that fosters a strong economy and promotes financial stability on both a local and national level within the U.S.

Associate Economist Immediate Opportunity at The Chicago Fed!

Conducts statistical and economic analyses of macroeconomic, microeconomic and regional data, and provides 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.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Call for the BSOS 2012 Spring Award Nominations

All BSOS faculty, students and staff are encouraged to nominate individuals for the following awards:

Excellence in Teaching Award
Outstanding Staff Award
Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award
Teaching & Mentorship Award
George M. Phillips Award for Graduate Student Research in the Public Interest

Eligibility and nomination criteria for the above awards are available at:

Selection Process

The College will convene a review committee consisting of previous winners, staff, faculty, and students to review the nominees and recommend recipients to the dean.

Nomination Deadline

The deadline for all nominations is Friday, March 16, 2012. Nomination packets should be submitted electronically to with the subject heading "2012 Spring Award Nomination". Advisor Award nominations should be sent to Christie Cradock at

Spring 2012 Seminar Series - Lectures by Dr. Werling

The Commission of the Impact of Immigrants in Maryland

DATE: Monday, February 27, 2012
TIME: 12:00 pm
LOCATION: 0124B Cole Student Activities Building
HOSTS: The Maryland Population Research Center

Guest speaker: Jeffrey F. Werling
Executive Director, INFORUM
Department of Economics

With comprehensive immigration reform stalled at the federal level, state and local officials are being asked to address various issues relating to immigration and, in particular, the issues surrounding unauthorized immigration. To gain a broader understanding of the economic and fiscal issues surrounding immigration, in June 2008 the Maryland General Assembly authorized the Commission to Study the Impact of Immigrants in Maryland. On February 8, the Commission released its final report. As commission Staff Director, University of Maryland economist Jeff Werling coordinated the work of the panel, which included representatives from the governor's office, both houses of the Assembly, and the private sector. Together, they scoured data sources and immigration literature and interviewed dozens of witnesses. The report urges legislators to take a long view of immigration, which will show that the benefits significantly outweigh the costs, even the short run fiscal costs of providing state and local services. It says the state would be "foolhardy" to shortchange the education of immigrants' children, who will be part of the state's future workforce.

Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Seminar: Modeling the Economy, Energy, and the Environment with LIFT

DATE: Thursday, March 1, 2012
TIME: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 1124 LeFrak Hall
HOSTS: The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Departments of Geographical Sciences and Sociology

Guest speaker: Jeffrey F. Werling
Executive Director, INFORUM
Department of Economics

Meet & Greet session with Dr. Werling 3:00-3:30 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

Various policy initiatives have been drafted with the goal of putting a system in place for reducing U.S. dependence on energy and, thus, its carbon emissions. INFORUM is dedicated to improving business planning, government policy analysis, and the general understanding of the economic environment. Its flagship model, LIFT (Long-term Interindustry Forecasting Tool), is a 97-sector general equilibrium representation of the U.S. national economy that employs a "bottom-up" approach to macroeconomic modeling. The LIFT Model has been used for several recent studies to show the interaction between the economy, energy use and environmental consequences (E-3). Dr. Werling's presentation will provide an overview of LIFT and give some examples of these applications.

Career Counseling Services Offered by the Counseling Center

Career Discovery Zone 

WHEN: Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm, Feb. 15-Mar. 14.
WHERE: Shoemaker Building, 1st Floor Reception

Targeted to juniors and seniors, but any student is welcome. No advanced registration needed. This 5-session workshop series will help students to learn about resources, strategies, and effective behaviors needed to clarify and choose their career direction following graduation. Topics change weekly. Students may come to any or all sessions, but should plan to stay for the full 1.5 hours.

Weds, Feb. 15 Taking Charge of Your Career
Weds, Feb. 22 Discovering Interests and Career Possibilities
Weds, Feb. 29 Uncovering the Importance of Values
Weds, Mar. 7 Managing Invisible Career Barriers: Stress, Fear & Other Emotions
Weds, Mar. 14 Making Decisions Now & In the Future **

 **This series will repeat again beginning Weds, March 28 (after Spring Break)

Majors Walk-In

WHEN: Thursdays, 12:30-2:30pm, Feb 16th - April 26th (except Spring break week)**no appointment necessary
WHERE: Shoemaker Building, 1st Floor Reception

This service is for students needing to choose, change, or clarify their academic majors. Students are introduced and oriented to SIGI 3, a self-paced career information system, where they can identify careers and majors that would be suitable to their interests, values and personality AND have immediate access to comprehensive occupational information for learning about different careers, educational requirements, employment trends, salaries, and more. Once students are oriented, they may continue their career exploration from their own computers (or any computer with internet connection) through a secure login.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Richmond Fed - Research Associate Position

The Research Department has an opening for a Research Associate reporting
to the Economists in this area. In this entry level role, you will
perform economic and statistical analyses to support the research
initiated by Economists. This research is in part policy-oriented, and in
part academic, aimed at publication in top journals. Much of the analysis
will be conducted on personal and mainframe computers, using mathematical
and statistical software such as Matlab, Gauss, Stata and R. You will
present results of research to economists and management in oral or
written reports on an as needed basis, and at times within tight deadlines.

Potential applicants should apply for the RESEARCH ASSOCIATE position
(posted January 6 until March 1, position number 225374) online at

Please note that certain foreign students (without permanent resident
status) ARE eligible for this position. The Richmond Fed does not sponsor
RAs for H1-B visas; however, if a student has a math major or second
major, then they may be eligible for additional practical training after
graduation (17 months, I believe), beyond the usual one year OPT. If a
student qualifies for 29 months OPT, then we will consider him or her for
an RA position.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Apply Now to the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management!

The Minor in International Development and Conflict Management (MIDCM) is currently accepting applications. MIDCM is a 16-credit undergraduate program open to students of all majors interested in the fields of conflict resolution, international development, and humanitarian relief. Apply now to begin the program in Fall 2012.
To apply, or for more information, visit the program website at

Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, February 24, 2012.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Need extra cash? Earn $15 for Participating in a CASL Research Study

The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) invites students at the University of Maryland, College Park to participate in a 2011-2012 study examining people’s descriptions of how they behave with different types of people. The study will consist of taking questionnaires related to this topic, and/or completing several simple cognitive tasks, such as unscrambling words or making judgments about displays of geometric shapes.

Research participants must be 18 to 35 years of age, must be native speakers of English, and must have been born and raised in the United States.

Compensation: $15 for approximately 1.5 hours, or $8 if you did not press “submit” but completed a significant portion of the survey.
Location: The survey may be completed from any computer, including the comfort of your dorm room.

For more information and to register, please email with “CP” in the subject line.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Volpe National Transportation Systems Center - Internship

Economist Internship (C4T Position #56748)
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center - Cambridge, Massachusetts

 POSITION TYPE: Internship (Fall or Spring Part-Time), Co-op (Fall or Spring Full-Time), Entry Level (Full-Time)

 Are you looking for an exciting and challenging paid internship in the field of Transportation? Then join our Economic Analysis consulting team at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center/USDOT (Volpe Center) in helping us resolve real-world transportation problems!

 In this role, you will support senior staff conducting analyses of national and urban transportation policies and technologies. These analyses are designed to assist sponsors in the development and use of analytical tools and in the analysis of policy and program options relating to transportation system investments and regulation. A major focus is on use of analytic tools and methodology for examining transportation programs and on the development and improvement of related databases.

To read more about the position, log in to your Career4Terps (C4T) account( and paste the ID number (listed beside the position titles) in the "Search" box.

Princeton Economics Group - Research Associate

Research Associate (C4T Position #56788)
Princeton Economics Group - Princeton, New Jersey
POSITION TYPE: Entry Level (Full-Time)

 PEG seeks to hire a Research Associate to work closely with our staff of professional economists and affiliated university professors. Responsibilities include economic research, data analysis, and assistance in preparation of reports used as a basis for testimony given in state and federal courts, as well as before federal agencies.

Qualifications: Applicants who are or who will become available now through summer 2012 will be considered. Applicants must have a BA/BS in economics from a four-year college or university and must possess strong quantitative, analytical, and communication skills. Experience with database and/or statistical software packages is a plus. A GPA of at least 3.5 in major and 3.3 overall is required.

To read more about the position, log in to your Careers4Terps (C4T) account ( and paste the ID number (listed beside the position titles) in the "Search" box.


First Floor, Stamp Student Union - DIFFERENT EMPLOYERS EACH DAY 
February 21 – 23  • 12:00pm – 5:00pm

The largest fair of the spring is next week! Due to the economy, the hiring outlook nationwide is still challenging. Take advantage of an opportunity to meet potential employers who are still hiring for full-time, part-time, and internship positions before it's too late! No pre-registration is required; however, we do ask that you bring your student ID and dress to impress (interview style)!  

Over three days you will find 212 employers hiring for non-technical positions and 202 employers looking to fill technical positions.  These include 104 employers who are looking to hire for BOTH types of positions.

Some of the employers attending the fair that students in the Behavioral & Social Sciences can look forward to include: 
·         American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI)
·         Bureau of Economic Analysis
·         Capital One
·         Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
·         City Year Washington, DC
·         Columban Center for Advocacy & Outreach
·         District Department of the Environment
·         Fund for Public Interest Research
·         Grassroots Campaigns
·         Hearts and Homes for Youth, Inc.
·         International Rescue Committee
·         Kennedy Krieger Institute
·         Macy's, Inc.
·         Maryland Public Television
·         Metropolitan Police Department
·         National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
·         National Institutes of Health
·         Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
·         Peace Corps
·         SiriusXM
·         St. Luke's House, Inc.
·         T. Rowe Price
·         UN Association of the National Capital Area
·         Unilever
·         United Service Organizations (USO)
·         United States Secret Service
·         US Census Bureau
·         US Department of State
·         US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
·         Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
·         and many more! 

Check out ALL the employers and which days they will be attending the Fair at (You can filter by non-technical and technical positions as well.) 


·         Visit 

·         Attend the "Walk-in Resume Critique in the Union – co-sponsored by Northwestern Mutual" on Monday, February 20, 2012, from 11:30am - 2:30pm in the Baltimore Room, SSU, and bring your resume!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Morgan Stanley Scholarship Opportunity - Baltimore

Morgan Stanley strives to create a spirit of inclusion by bringing together and valuing dedicated professionals with diverse backgrounds, talents, perspectives, cultural identities and experience. Come discover a diverse team that shares one mission—to create and support the world’s finest financial thinking, products and services. Come learn how we prepare you for a successful career in our operations division through the Morgan Stanley Richard B. Fisher Scholarship Program.

Deadline for on-line submission of applications is Thursday, March 1st. If you fit the criteria and have the info needed for the application already in hand, this could be a great opportunity. Please remember that in life lots of opportunities have only a very short time frame where decisive action is needed. Although we hope they will give our students a little more time, don't count on it!

If you fit the following criteria:

-Undergraduate Juniors
-Cumulative GPA 3.0 and above; any major
-Diverse students: Black, Hispanic, Native American, LGBT candidates
-Interest in Operations at a Financial Services firm

If you are interested, then send an email to to request an application.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Clean Energy at UMD's Spring Kickoff Meeting + Free Food!

What is sustainability? How is it a part of our lives? How are campus and community leaders incorporating sustainability into different areas of UMD life? Do you want get involved with environmentalism on campus? Well, come learn about all of these things and enjoy some delicious food at CLEAN ENERGY AT UMD’s Spring Kickoff meeting!!!!

When: Monday, February 13, 2012 at 7 PM

Where: Benjamin Banneker B Room in Stamp

What: A panel of campus and community leaders show us what sustainability means to them. Speakers to include Bruce James, ENSP faculty and Joan Kowal, energy purchaser for UMD and more!

Also, FREE FOOD!!!!!

For more information about the student group. UMD for Clean Energy visit their website at

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Daily Record's Circle of Excellence Scholarship and Award

Every college and university in the State of Maryland is able to send one nomination for a junior or senior woman to be considered for The Daily Record Circle of Excellence Scholarship and Award. Only one woman is accepted at the state level each year and University of Maryland has a rich history of our nominee being selected for this prestigious honor. The award criteria are based on three key areas and our nominee should have:

1. exceptional academic achievement
2. engaged in leadership on and/or off campus, and
3. demonstrated a commitment to mentoring others 

Junior and senior women are eligible to apply to be University of Maryland’s nominee and if selected at the State level will receive a $3,000 cash prize and be honored at a ceremony in May in Baltimore. Applications are available at and are due by Sunday, February 19th. Should you have any questions, please feel free to email Donna Lim at

**Please read the press release about the 2011 Circle of Excellence winner, MengMeng Xu (a 2011 UMCP graduate with a double degree in Economics and Biochemistry) here