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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UEA Official Meeting & Faculty Panel 

The Undergraduate Economics Association will be hosting its first meeting on Tuesday, October 23rd from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in North Hall 1110. The agenda will include brief introductions from each of the club chairs and a faculty panel. The panel is an excellent opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in economic research or attending graduate school. A majority of the panel questions will be pre-screened by the chairs and will be followed by an open floor discussion.

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Exploring Careers in Economics Webcast & Coffee Hour

Webcast with The Federal Reserve
The Federal Reserve is hosting a webcast for its Exploring Careers in Economics seminar held in Washington D.C. on October 19th from 7:30 to 9:30 AM PDT. For more information regarding the webcast follow the link Exploring Careers in Economics.

Coffee Hour with Faculty
Following the webcast, the Economics department will be holding a coffee hour on Monday, October 22nd from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in North Hall 2113 featuring faculty members associated with The Federal Reserve.

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