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.