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Economics Department Honors Research Program, 2017-2018

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The Honors Research Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to get first-hand experience doing scholarly research. Students spend their final year of study engaged in independent research projects under the supervision of members of the faculty. In previous years, students have engaged in a wide range of topics from the impact of regulations on banks' balance sheets to the links between crime and alcohol to the relationship between personality traits and the repayment of microfinance loans in Africa.

Students enrolled in the Program submit written theses and present their work to the Economics Department Honors and Awards Committee in April.

Students who would like to earn Economics Departmental Honors designations must complete the Honors Research Program.

The Economics Department Honors Research Program satisfies the "Capstone" requirement for the SAS Honors Program.

Economics Honors Research Information 2017-18

Prerequisites

To apply for the Honors Research Program, students must:

• Be a declared Economics Major.

• Have earned a B+ or higher in 220:322 Econometrics

• Have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher

• Have an Economics GPA of 3.7 or higher


Honors Research Coursework

Students who are admitted into Honors Research must enroll in the following courses:

• 220:401 Advanced Cross-Sectional and Panel Econometrics

• 220:493 Honors Research I (Fall semester)

• 220:494 Honors Research II (Spring semester)

All of these courses are special permission only. Special permission numbers will be given to students who apply to and are accepted into the program.

Alternative approach: Course-based launch

Some students may choose to pursue a course-based launch to their Honors Research project. The course-based launch substitutes a research-oriented elective course for 220:493 Honors Research I. Research-oriented courses assign scholarly papers and econometric analysis of data. Students develop research projects through their work in the elective course and then expand these projects during the spring semester to write their honors theses.

Students pursuing the course-based launch must take 220:401 Advanced Cross-Sectional and Panel Econometrics and 220:494 Honors Research II.

Application Procedure

In order to apply to be admitted into the Economics Department's Honors Research Program, you must formally apply to the Economics Department. The key component of this application is a letter or e-mail from a tenure-track faculty member of the Economics Department stating that he or she will serve as your advisor.

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< Application for 2017-2018 Academic Year >

Application materials should be submitted by July 1, 2017. Special Permission numbers for 220:401 and 220:493 will be given out in August to those students who are accepted into the Honors Research Program.

Change in Prerequisite Requirements in Economics for Majors and Minors

To All Economics Majors and Minors: This message is to alert you to a change in requirements concerning grades in prerequisite courses for core and elective courses in economics. The new rule is that a grade of C or better is required in each prerequisite course in order for it to satisfy the prerequisite requirement. Students will no longer be able to add courses to their schedule that require prerequisites of "C" or higher if they have a grade of "D" in any of the pre-requisites for the course. Students will need to repeat "D" grades and earn a minimum grade of "C" in each prerequisite prior to taking these courses.
Here are a few examples:

minimum grades of "C" in 220:102, 103 and Calculus I are necessary to enroll in Intermediate Macroeconomics 220:321
minimum grades of "C" in 220:102, 103, Calculus I and Stats are necessary to enroll in Econometrics 220:322
minimum grades of "C" in 220:320 and 322 are necessary to enroll in courses such as Labor Economics 220:302, Financial Economics 220:393, etc.
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Policy on Outside Courses

A maximum of three approved classes taken outside RU-New Brunswick Economics Department can be counted towards the major.  It is advisable to have any outside course preapproved. See our policies on online and short courses.

Policy on Courses from RU-Newark and RU-Camden

 Students will no longer be able to use RU_ Newark and RU_Camden courses in Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, and Econometrics towards the SAS Economics major. Please note that this policy is not retroactive: students who have taken these courses in the Spring of 2011 or earlier semesters will be allowed to use them to fulfill SAS Economics major requirements.  Intro to Micro and Macro classes taken at RU_ Newark or RU_ Camden need to be preapproved. See our policy on Online Courses and Short Courses.

Policy on Online Courses

 We do not accept courses as prerequisite equivalent when grades are not substantially based on proctored or identity-secure administration of a cumulative final exam (i.e. 50% or more of the final grade).

Policy on Short Courses (Winter Session)

Courses that meet for less than 4 weeks will not be accepted for transfer towards the Economics Major.


Recent Graduates Working in Research at the Board of Governors and at Reserve Banks

Andy Fiedler - Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Marc Rodriguez - Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Ethan Motter - Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia  

Blake Gwinn - Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Tal Elmatad - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Noam Brown - Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (economics minor)

David Yun - Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Mingyu Chen - Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

January 2011

         

 

Undergraduate Awards
Class of 2015

 Economics Honors Research Seminar
William Buenzle   Jeffrey Daley   Saira Khan
Saigeetha Narasimhan   Gurpal Sran   Joachim Talloen

Sidney I. Simon Award for Outstanding Honors Research Thesis
Awarded for an outstanding thesis in the departmental Honors Research Seminar
Jeffrey Daley

Sidney I. Simon Award for the Outstanding Major in Business Applications of Economics
Awarded to outstanding economics majors with interest in business
Elise Liberman   Noa Schwartzbach

John C. Daniel Award
Presented to outstanding economics majors
Raman Maingi   Manpreet Saroya   Gurpal Sran

Gerald E. Duguay Memorial Award
Presented to an outstanding economics major specializing in Financial Economics
Gregory Timko

Eugene E. Agger Memorial Award
Presented to an outstanding economics major
Alan Gou

Monroe Berkowitz Memorial Award
Presented to an undergraduate student with a distinguished academic record and interest in social policy
Saigeetha Narasimhan

Margery Somers Foster Prize in Economics
Awarded to an outstanding Douglass Residential College senior Economics major based on academic performance
Saira Khan

James H. Street Award
Presented to an outstanding economics major
Andrew Choi   Jeffrey Daley

Harry Wiss Memorial Award
Presented to an outstanding economics major
Jeffrey Daley

Department of Economics Certificate in Quantitative Economics
Victoria Chung   Christine Lee   Manpreet Saroya

 

 Undergraduate Awards
Class of 2014

Sidney I. Simon Award for Outstanding Honors Research Thesis
Awarded for an outstanding thesis in the departmental Honors Research Seminar
Matthew Hartman

Sidney I. Simon Award for the Outstanding Major in Business Applications of Economics:
Awarded to outstanding economics majors with interest in business
Shunondo Basu     Ammaarah Jamaldeen

John C. Daniel Award
Presented to outstanding economics majors
Gregory Cui   Vania Wang   Jack West

Gerald E. Duguay Memorial Award
Presented to an outstanding economics major specializing in Financial Economics
Anwesha Chaudhuri   Ankith Polavarapu

Eugene E. Agger Memorial Award
Presented to an outstanding economics major
Danny Huynh

Monroe Berkowitz Memorial Award
Presented to an undergraduate student with a distinguished academic record and interest in social policy
Mandy Frantz

Department of Economics Distinguished Scholars
Certificate of Recognition for achieving a 4.0 GPA in the Economics major
Gregory Cui    Nathan Flom    Jonathan Hall-Eastman    Matthew Hartman
Dhrumit Joshi    Jay Patel    Joseph Radwanski

Divya Vijapurapu    Vania Wang   Jack West    Mengying Wu

Margery Somers Foster Prize in Economics
Awarded to an outstanding Douglass Residential College senior Economics major based on academic performance
Vania Wang

James H. Street Award
Presented to outstanding economics majors
Sean Dixon   Mengying Wu

Harry Wiss Memorial Award
Presented to an outstanding economics major
Sean Dixon

Department of Economics Certificate in Quantitative Economics
Abdullah Rana    Alan Chernoff     Nathan Flom     Michelle Huang
Harrison Lim      Jonathan Shao   Zachary Stomel    Timothy Tuite

 

 

 

 


 

 

UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS

Class of 2013


Senior Awards

 


Recipient of the Sidney I. Simon Award for Outstanding Honors Research Thesis

Patrick Newman


Recipient of the Sidney I. Simon Award for the Outstanding Major in Business Applications of Economics
  

Eric Hsu
Ian Kotliar

Recipient of the John C. Daniel Award 


Matthew Kuchtyak
Daniel Lee
Stephen Budinsky
Yeri Song
Jessica Lukacs
       

Recipient of the Eugene E. Agger Memorial Award
         

 Jonathan Wong


Recipient of the Gerald E. Duguay Memorial Award  
  

 Lee Seltzer


Recipient of the Monroe Berkowitz Memorial Award


Gregory Arutiunov



Recipient of the Margery Somers Foster Prize in Economics


Katherine Chang



Recipient of the James H. Street Award


Marcus Gaigg
Joon Oh Kim
Andrew Ko
Aleksandra Rojas

 

Recipient of the Harry Wiss Memorial Award


Aleksandra Rojas

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Junior Awards



Recipient of the Bear, Stearns and Co. Merit Scholarship


Recipient of the Edward L. Shustak Memorial Scholarship

 


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Other Awards



Recipient of the John & Velma Mowbray Memorial Scholarship

 


Recipient of the William B. Scott Scholarship

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