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11th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

ESP—Economics Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research

March 31, 2017 Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

The Economics Scholars Program (ESP) is a collaborative effort between Austin College and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to foster the involvement of undergraduate economics students in all facets of research.

The cornerstone of the ESP is the annual ESP Conference. Since 2007, student scholars and faculty from institutions across the U.S. and Canada have come together to share undergraduate student-initiated or student–faculty coauthored works, ideas about the role of undergraduate research in the curriculum and the challenges and concerns of undergraduates who conduct research.

Where

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
    2200 N Pearl St.
    Dallas, TX 75201
  • Directions

How Can You Participate?

Peer Review Board
Students who have served as either discussants or presenters at a previous ESP conference are invited to apply to be a member of the Peer Review Board. Peer Review Board members hold web conferences periodically to review submissions for acceptance to the conference. Students who serve on the Peer Review Board are encouraged to attend the conference and may participate as presenters, discussants and session chairs. Application deadline: Dec. 2, 2016

Presenters
Current undergraduates who are conducting independent or coauthored original research in all fields of economics and finance are encouraged to submit a paper for consideration. Papers can be empirical, theoretical or analytical in nature. All papers submitted will be reviewed by the ESP Peer Review Board. Papers will be accepted based on the selection criteria detailed on the ESP website. Proposal deadline: Feb. 20, 2017

Poster Session Presenters
Current undergraduates who are conducting independent or coauthored original research in all fields of economics and finance are encouraged to submit a proposal for a poster session. Proposals can be research that is either completed or currently being conducted but with results to present. The poster session is a 45-minute session where presenters will interact directly with attendees, answering questions informally about their research. Proposal deadline: Feb. 20, 2017

Session Chairs
Current undergraduate students classified as a sophomore or higher who are interested in conducting research are encouraged to apply to be session chairs. Application deadline: Feb. 27, 2017

Discussants
Current undergraduate students who have completed coursework through intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics and one course in statistics are welcome to apply. A background in econometrics is particularly useful. Application deadline: Feb. 27, 2017

Undergraduate Students
All levels of undergraduate students who are interested in economics or finance are encouraged to attend. Registration deadline: March 27, 2017

Faculty Members
Faculty members, especially faculty research sponsors, are encouraged, but not required, to accompany their sponsored students. Registration deadline: March 27, 2017

Fast Facts

When

  • Reception: Thursday, March 30, 2017
    4:30–6 p.m.
  • Conference: Friday, March 31, 2017
    8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Where

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
    2200 N Pearl St.
    Dallas, TX 75201
  • Directions

Registration

  • There is no registration fee to attend or submit a paper, but all participants must register by the deadline to attend. Continental breakfast, lunch and parking are provided. All attendees are responsible for their own travel costs.

Hotel Accommodations

  • Homewood Suites by Hilton – Downtown Dallas
    1025 Elm Street
    Dallas, TX 75202
    214-748-4000
  • Visit the hotel reservation site to book your room in the reserved room block for this conference. 

Lunch Speaker

  • The Dallas Fed is pleased to host Robert Lawson of Southern Methodist University as our luncheon speaker.  Dr. Lawson holds the Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom and is director of the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business.  Prior to SMU, he taught at Auburn University, Capital University, and Shawnee State University.  Dr. Lawson is a co-author of the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World annual reports, which present an economic freedom index for over 150 countries.

FAQ

What is the ESP Conference?
It is a research conference for undergraduate students in economics. The conference offers students the opportunity to share and gain feedback on high-quality undergraduate research. It is also designed to inspire other students to undertake their own projects.

How much does it cost to attend?
The conference itself is free and includes continental breakfast and lunch. All attendees are responsible for their own travel expenses. A special conference rate is available at a nearby hotel.

Who should attend?
Undergraduate students who have completed or are thinking about undertaking original research in economics or finance and faculty (especially faculty research sponsors).

What kind of papers are presented?
Papers can be empirical, theoretical or analytical in nature. Past papers have included such diverse topics as health economics, business and ethics, the effects of smoking on productivity, spatial patterns of foreign direct investment and many others. Agendas from ESP conferences are available online.