UEA Professional Speaker Series

UEA Professional Speaker Series

The Undergraduate Economics Association will be hosting its first professional speaker series this winter! The series will feature guests who speak about their experience working in fields relating to Private Equity, Economic Research, and Computer Science. Students interested in learning more about different career paths related to economics should make sure to attend these talks! All speakers will be hosted in North Hall 2212 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM during the UEA general meeting.

February 19th Ben Wright

Ben Wright is a macro economist with specialties in econometric modeling and macro/regional research. Since receiving his MA in economics from UCSB,  Wright has worked as a senior economist for the California Economic Forecast. This an excellent opportunity for a student interested in learning more about economic research and forecasting.

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February 5th Anne Dixon

Anne Dixon graduated in 2012 earning a degree in Economics & Accounting and a certificate in Technology Management. Anne previously worked as a Senior Auditor at KPMG and has since worked as an Engagement Manager for the private equity firm Standish Management. Standish Management is a member of Standish Group International, an independent international IT research advisory firm known from their reports about information systems implementation projects in the public and private sector.

January 22nd Andrew Mutz

Andrew Mutz is a Chief Technology Officer at Appfolio. Professor Mutz received his BS and Ph.D. in Computer Science at UCSB and maintains a relationship with his alma mater as a lecturer in the computer science department. He also volunteers his time with other undergraduate organizations such as Data Science at UCSB.

Winter Quarter UEA Pizza Social

The Winter Quarter Pizza Social will be the Undergraduate Economics Association’s first event of the quarter! The social will take place on January 17th from  6:30 – 8:30 PM in NH1110. All pre-economics and economics students are welcome!

Meet Your Major!
This social is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow peers and faculty outside the classroom setting.

Trivia and Free Food!
Team up with students and faculty to win economics department prizes. Pizza and refreshments will be provided free of charge!

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Dead Week Study Spaces

With finals fast approaching, we’ve got some exciting plans for the home stretch. Next week, The Undergraduate Economics Association will host study sessions from on Monday through Friday from 5 to 9 PM in North Hall 1110! Each mandatory economics course will have reserved times when you and your classmates can study together without the hassle of finding an open table in the library. 

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The UEA wants you!

The UCSB Undergraduate Economics Association is seeking proactive students who are passionate about performing a public service within the economics major.

The UCSB Undergraduate Economics Association will appoint two executive board members who will serve for the remainder of the 2018-2019 academic year alongside the three existing board members. A detailed description of the duties and conditions for candidacy are in the application below. 

UCSB Executive Board Application

Applications are due by Monday, December 18th. All applications missing any of the required materials will not be considered.

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UEA Official Meeting feat. Cal Poly MSQE Info Session

Time and Location
November 13th from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM in North Hall 1110

Itinerary
This coming week the Undergraduate Economics Association invites Steve Hamilton, the Cal Poly M.S. Quantitative Economics Program Director and Professor of Economics to speak about the advantages of pursuing a masters degree in economics and the opportunities available at Cal Poly. The meeting will include a brief presentation followed by an open discussion.

More about the MSQE program:
The MSQE program trains students to apply advanced economic theory, econometrics, and programming skills to analyze big data and make predictions for informed business decisions.

Job placement from the MSQE program has been highly successful over the past several years, with the average starting salary of approximately $72,000. Examples of recent placements include Oracle, OnPoint Analytics, Cornerstone Analytics, Analysis Group, Jeffries, Sinclair, Transunion Bank, General Dynamics, California Air Resources Board (ARB), Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO), Predictive Intelligence, Caesar’s Palace, Union Bank, and Uber. We also have placed students into Adjunct Professor positions at Cal State Universities and Community Colleges. In addition, roughly 10-20% of our MSQE graduates go on to attend highly-selective Ph.D. programs.

The MSQE program is an intensive,10-month program that jointly meets three goals: (i) it advances analytical skills for students seeking jobs as economists in business careers; (ii) it qualifies students to teach economics as a lecturer at the university level; and (iii) it refines core academic skills for students seeking entry into PhD programs in economics and business. The demand for data savvy economists in the private market is exploding right now. Indeed, the Wall Street Journal recently ranked economists among the top 5 highest paid professionals requiring an MS degree.

The MSQE program draws heavily on advanced economic theory and econometrics coursework to prepare graduates to think critically about real-world problems, which is the foundation needed for success in both academic and business careers.

The early admission deadline for the program is February 1, 2019. You can also visit the Cal Poly MSQE website to find out more:  http://econgrad.calpoly.edu.

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The Sixth Annual Babcock Lecture

Time and Location
November 8th in the Loma Pelona Center at 3:30 PM

Event Description 
The Philip Babcock Memorial Undergraduate Lecture was established at the University of California, Santa Barbara to honor the vibrant legacy of UCSB Professor Philip Babcock. The lecture seeks to expose our students and the community at large to the most intriguing applications of economics. Our speakers have been chosen to convey some of the joy Professor Babcock found in applying economics to the world.

For the sixth annual lecture, Professor ​Lucas Davis from UC Berkeley will be the keynote speaker and will present “Contribution of air conditioning adoption to future energy use under global warming.” Lucas Davis specializes in Energy and Environmental Economics and is a faculty director of the Energy Institute at the Haas School of Business.

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