Saturday, December 28, 2019


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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

UMD Data Challenge 2019!

Are you creative? Analytical? Have a knack for solving complex problems? Team up with your fellow Terps and compete in UMD’s Data Challenge!

What is Data Challenge?
Data Challenge is an annual week-long data exploration event at the University of Maryland hosted by The College of Information Studies and The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Maryland’s School of the Built Environment (MAPP)
During the week, UMD students will gain analytical experience by solving challenging problems exploring novel datasets, build technical aptitude integrating datasets to create multidisciplinary knowledge, and obtain real-world team-building experience.
All UMD students are invited to participate.
Students will choose from the sponsor provided datasets to work with for the week, and will be encouraged to use additional 3rd party services, APIs, open source projects libraries, and frameworks to create and answer a unique question about their chosen dataset. This week long distributed format allows students sufficient time for evaluation, question formation, dataset integration, analysis, and results preparation.
In addition, the students will have an opportunity to participate in sponsor’s tech talks, network with a variety of organizations, and learn about future connections with the organizations.
No matter what major the students are from, they can partner up for a social cause, show off their skills and make their contribution to creating something innovative!
For more information visit: 

Deloitte Undergraduate Case Competition


Friday, January 18, 2019

2019 BSOS Summer Scholars Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 BSOS Summer Scholars program. These are awards of $3,000 to undergraduate students to support independent research projects with faculty in the summer.

More information about this program and submission requirements can be found here:

Applications are due by Monday, February 25, 2019 via Google Form linked below. Submissions for the 2019 BSOS Summer Scholars program will not be accepted via email. Questions can be directed to Rebecca Hunsaker at or Jeff Lucas at

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Summer Internship Program 2019

Columbia Business School is seeking outstanding applications for the 2019 Summer Research Internship program.  The highly selective program provides an intellectually stimulating environment and introduces the interns to the world of business research.  Under the guidance of Columbia Business School’s leading faculty, interns will take an active role on a research project in one of the following areas: accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, decision sciences, operations, and data analytics.  This is a multi-disciplinary program and candidates from all majors are encouraged to apply. 

The internship program is designed for undergraduate students at the end of their sophomore or junior year and first year Masters students.  Exceptional students from other classes are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Most of the top interns have gone to leading MS and PhD programs in Economics, Finance, Computer Science, Management, Operations Research, and Data Science. Many have been selected to join CBS as full-time Research Associates or admitted to one of CBS' PhD programs.
All prospective interns must have the following qualifications:
·         Enthusiasm for research, intellectual curiosity, and excellent communications skills
·         The ability to learn new concepts and tools and apply them to your projects

Skills for Quantitative Projects
·         Most Economics, Finance, and Accounting (and economics based management and marketing) projects require:
o   Strong background or major in econometrics and statistics
o   The ability to run regressions using statistical packages such as STATA or R
·         Quantitative projects in Management, Marketing or DRO require:
o   Background or major in mathematics, computer science, or engineering
o   Strong programming background (C/C++, Python, R, or Matlab, etc.)
·         Some projects may require the ability to do text processing using Python or Perl familiarity with basic machine learning algorithms

Skills for Behavioral projects in Management or Marketing
·         Interest in behavioral experiments – background or major in Psychology
·         Knowledge of SPSS, some projects may require knowledge of Python or R

The program runs from May 28, 2019 – July 26 or August 2, 2019 (end dates to be determined).  On-campus housing and a stipend will be provided.

To apply, please fill out the application form at the following website:
The Application Deadline is 11:59pm EST on March 1, 2019.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  The application process is highly competitive, only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Economics and Ag Economics PhD programs at Iowa State


Iowa State offers rigorous Ph.D. programs in economics and agricultural economics with field concentrations in Agricultural Economics, Applied Econometrics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Financial Economics, Industrial Organization, International Economics, Labor/Public Economics, and Macroeconomics. 

Our unique department is housed in both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), and strong faculty engage in a complementary blend of theoretical and applied research.  All students, regardless of field, are given a solid foundation in economic theory and econometric methods. 

The standard financial aid offer for successful Ph.D. applicants is an assistantship for 5 years, starting around $24,000 per year with a full tuition waiver.  Additional fellowships are available for the most promising applicants.

Ames, with a population of about 63,000 (40 minutes north of Des Moines), is consistently ranked as one of the best small cities in the country. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Research Assistant Opening: Joint Committee on Taxation

The Joint Committee on Taxation is seeking to hire an economics research assistant (RA). The primary responsibility of the position involves assisting staff economists in constructing data sets and statistical models used to perform revenue estimates for Congress. Coursework in economics, computer science, statistics, and applied mathematics are preferred. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of Stata and SAS, and will be highly skilled in at least one of the following statistical software languages: R, Python, Stata, SAS, or Matlab. The role is ideally suited to those considering graduate education in economics, statistics, or public policy, and requires a one year minimum commitment. In addition, given the Joint Committee’s role in the development of tax policy, the position requires perseverance and integrity. Start date is negotiable and can begin as soon as arrangements can be finalized. No consideration will be given for start dates after June 15, 2019.

Please email your CV, transcript, and cover letter to, with the subject line “Economics RA.” Include two references and your earliest availability to start in the body of the email.

The Joint Committee is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Congress and applicable Federal law. All personnel actions taken by the Joint Committee are made free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including marital or parental status), age, sexual orientation, or disability.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Earn Academic Credit for Research Practicum on Campus

In Spring 2019, the Department of Economics will once again offer ECON488K: Applied Research Practicum - Kaulkin Ginsberg Research Fellows Program. This course will meet on campus in the Fall semester Mondays from 5:30-7:30 pm. This program is an excellent opportunity for economics majors to gain practical experience producing market research valued by businesses. Students stay on campus but still engage in research activities that they might do as an intern or an entry level employee working on site at a consulting firm. The research produced could hypothetically help investors decide if they want to pursue activity in a specific segment of the business services market. A sample syllabus for this course is available here.

Entry into the program is competitive; only a maximum of 16 students will be selected to participate in Spring 2019. Students must meet the minimum qualifications and apply to be selected for this research course.

Minimum qualifications include: 
  • Junior or Senior ECON major 
  • UMD Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 
  • Successful completion of Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON305 or ECON325) AND Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON306 or ECON326) 
  • Coursework or other experience using Excel, Access, or similar software 
  • Sign a release allowing the Department to share your academic transcript and application with Kaulkin Ginsberg 
  • Grant Kaulkin Ginsberg a nonexclusive, fully paid, irrevocable right and license to use the results of your group work for internal purposes.

The application for ECON488K is available here. If you are interested in applying, follow the instructions and submit all required application materials. Completed applications may be submitted in person to the ECON Advising Office (3108 TYD) or by email to

**ECON488K may be used for 2 credits of the Experiential Learning requirement (BA students only) or as 2 credits of electives (BS students). BA students should meet with an ECON advisor to discuss options for completing the final 1 credit for this area.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Opportunities at CBO for Assistant Analysts

The Congressional Budget Office is a small nonpartisan agency that provides economic and budgetary analysis to the Congress. CBO is seeking several assistant analysts to work in various divisions. Specific duties vary by division, but most include research assistance, statistical analysis, database management, graphics production, literature review, and quality assurance.

Candidates for this position must have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree in economics or a related discipline by June 2019.
  • A strong academic background in economics, mathematics, statistics, finance, computer science, or a related field with economics coursework.
  • Strong quantitative skills and experience with statistical analysis.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with at least one statistical software package or programming language (such as Python, MATLAB, Stata, R, or SAS).
  • Experience with Excel and other Microsoft Office products.
  • Attention to detail, strong written and oral communication skills, perseverance, the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and a desire to work on issues of current interest to the Congress.

This is an entry-level position for a period not to exceed three years—ideal for those interested in substantive work experience before attending graduate school. The position is only for candidates who have or are completing a bachelor’s degree; it is not for those who are have or are completing a master’s degree.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Apply NOW for BSOS College Scholarships!

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers a variety of scholarships to current students! We encourage you to apply now for an award for the Fall 2019 semester. Before submitting your application, make sure to review each scholarship's eligibility criteria. To explore all of our scholarships, and determine which best suit you, please visit this link.

Applications for the Fall 2019 semester are due on February 11, 2019 by 9 a.m. Click here to apply.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2019 Maryland Summer Scholars Application Open

2019 Maryland Summer Scholars Program
Francis DuVinage, Director - Erin Sorensen, Coordinator -

The Maryland Summer Scholars Program (MSS) provides opportunities for University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) undergraduates to spend much of the summer working closely with faculty mentors on ambitious research, scholarly, or artistic projects. The MSS program provides awards of $3,000 to approximately 25-30 undergraduates each summer.

Many Summer Scholars expand their summer research into an independent study or honors thesis project the following autumn semester, and find that their research experience helps distinguish their applications for graduate study, fellowships, internships, employment and other competitive opportunities.

Maryland Summer Scholars (MSS) may conduct their summer research on the College Park campus or elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad as required by the nature of the project. Students whose projects require travel for an extended period of time to off campus locations (not to include regular commuting) may submit a travel supplement request as directed in the online application form. Travel supplements will not exceed $1,000.

Eligibility: You are eligible to apply for an MSS award: if you have earned 12 or more UMD course credits (not including AP or IB credits) by the date of the application deadline; if you have a cumulative UMD GPA of 3.40 or higher by the date of the application deadline; and if you expect to receive your undergraduate degree no earlier than December 2019. All academic majors are eligible.