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November 25, 2015

Economics Club and Career Success

EconClubReview_150x150The new school year has launched with a roar of excitement as a new generation of leaders and students are taking the UO Economics Club. Now beginning its fourth year, the UOEC is attracting standing room only crowds at many of its meetings, which include stimulating, interactive presentations by some of the Department’s best faculty, as well as visits from companies who have an eye on Oregon talent (recruiting for everything from analysts to research assistants to consultants). The UOEC also take quarterly trips to visit with organizations such as The Federal Reserve, Intel, Nike, ECONorthwest, Ninkasi Brewing, and many others, to get a first-hand look at how the contemporary workplace functions. The UOEC are also contributing members to our Peer Advising and Research Assistant programs.

It is indeed a good time to be an economics major! With a full range of support services from the office of Career & Advising Services, Director Bill Sherman serves between 50-100 students in a busy week through in person meetings, regular workshops, and two upper division classes (EC 407: Careers in Economics and EC 404: Internship), covering topics like tailoring a resume, writing a cover letter, job & internship search strategies, and practice interviews to take a student candidate over the top! In addition, Bill sends timely job and internship leads directly to students, corralling the latest and best opportunities in the Economics Job & Internship Digest. This one-person shop thrives on collaboration with faculty and student support staff from across campus (including the UO Career Center) to robustly prepare Economics majors to be among the most impressive and competitive in the job market today. Last school year alone, the Economics Career & Advising Services office provided academic advising and career planning services for upwards of 700 students through in-person and virtual advising, group orientations, and workshops.

“We encourage the involvement of alumni in our career program,” says Bill Sherman, Direct of Career and Advising Services. “Whether that be a visit to the classroom to share give advice for making the leap from college to career or coming to a career fair to recruit Ducks into their companies. We thrive on the insights and opportunities that Ducks give back to other Ducks.” Events like the annual Careers in Banking & Wealth Management, which takes place every February (now in its 10th year) effectively bring the generations together to impart knowledge, wisdom, and opportunity so that the UO Economics Major continues to be a primes investment for students and their parents.

August 10, 2015

Seven economics scholarships awarded for 2015-2016 academic year

Winston Hovekamp, Arlen Alton, Kayla Kirksey, Jean Ramirez, Elliot Tran, Peter Ma and Tyler Quartraro selected for H.T. Koplin, Alanson H. Kleinsorge and Grace Miller Scholarships.

Seven exemplary students were awarded scholarships by the Economics Department for the next academic year 2015-2016.

Winston Hovekamp received the H.T. Koplin Memorial Scholarship for Economics of $3,000; Arlen Alton, Kayla Kirksey, and Jean Ramirez each received the Alanson H. Kleinsorge Scholarship of $1,500; and Elliot Tran, Peter Ma, and Tyler Quartraro were each awarded the Grace Miller Economics Scholarship of $2,500.

H.T. Koplin Memorial Scholarship Winner

 

Winston Hovekamp is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Economics and Mathematics.  This year he will work as a teaching assistant and research assistant in addition to finishing his degree. After graduation, he plans to work for a few years and travel extensively in Europe and Latin America before pursuing a graduate degree in economics.

 

 

 

 

 

Alanson H. Kleinsorge Scholarship Winners

 

Arlen Alton is originally from Portland.  He is a junior majoring in Economics. He is apart of the Student Support Services, a federally funded TRiO organization. He helps fellow undergraduates meet the rigors of higher education and graduate from UO.  He is interested in GMO’s, unemployment, real estate, and investment. After graduation, he hopes to work as a data analyst for a small business or federal government agency.

 

 

 

 

Kirksey

 

Kayla Kirksey is a junior at the University of Oregon majoring in Economics.  She is interested in international studies with a concentration in developmental economics.  Outside of school, she is an active member of her sorority, volunteers at Greenhill Humane Society and is a conversation partner for international students through the Yamada Language Lab as she’s fluent in Japanese. After graduation, she hopes to work abroad to help restructure economies.

 

 

 

 

 

Jean Ramirez is a junior at the University of Oregon double majoring in Economics and Political Science. He is an active member and part of the executive board as chair of research at the University of Oregon’s Economics Club.  After graduation, he plans on working in the private sector before applying to graduate school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace Miller Scholarship Winner

 

Elliot Tran is a senior at the University of Oregon, double majoring in Economics and Journalism. During her time at UO she has worked with the Vietnamese Student Association, Career Center Portland, American Cancer Society and White Bird Clinic.  After graduation, she hopes to pursue a Master’s in Public Health or Health Economics.

 

 

 

 

Tyler

 

Tyler Quartraro is a Sophomore at the University of Oregon, double major in Business and Economics. After graduating he plans to either teach English abroad or attend an international graduate school for economics or law.  “Being awarded this scholarship is a huge honor and I only hope to one day return the generosity with the knowledge and skills I acquire in thanks to it.”

 

 

 

 

 

About the Scholarships

The Department of Economics awards these scholarships to students majoring in economics who are Oregon residents.

The Alanson H. Kleinsorge Scholarship is offered to support and encourage economics students who face academic challenges in their college careers.

The H.T. Koplin Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an economics major demonstrating a combination of financial need and high academic performance in economics courses. The Koplin Memorial Scholarship is awarded once per year.

The Grace Miller Scholarship was created in honor of donor Grace Miller, who earned her MA in Business Administration at the UO and went on to teach business and economics at South Eugene High School. This scholarship is offered to encourage and support an academically strong UO undergraduate economics major who is an Oregon resident and who has demonstrated an interest in teaching. Preference is given to women, and the scholarship is awarded on a quarterly basis depending on available funds.

 

The Department of Economics would like to thank our generous donors for providing these opportunities for our outstanding students to pursue their goals for a college education.

June 1, 2015

Econ Scholarships for 2015-2016 Academic Year

There are three scholarships this year that economics undergraduates can apply to for the 2015-2016 academic year:

  • Grace Miller Scholarship for $2,500 (up to 4 awards available)
  • H.T. Koplin Memorial Scholarship for $3,000 (1 available)
  • Alanson H. Kleinsorge Scholarship for $1,500 (up to 3 awards available)

The deadline to apply for these scholarships is June 5th.
Please visit our scholarships page for more information and how to apply.

If you have any questions, please email economics@uoregon.edu.

April 7, 2015

First issue of UO Economics Club Review available online

The Economics Club has been very busy this year, and here is one more example—the first-ever UO Economics Club Review is now available online.

The Economics Club Review was edited by Economics Club President Ben Nussbaumer, and the issue was assembled by Club VP Emilio Chacon. Contributors included Ethan McCormac, Jinn Low, and Anna Bezner.

The group plans to publish a new issue each term. To learn more about the UO Economics Club, visit the club page on Facebook or check out the club website

 

April 1, 2015

Three economics scholarships awarded

Rachel Grant, Tyler Quatraro and Robert Pitre selected for Grace Miller and H.T. Koplin Scholarships

Three exemplary students were awarded scholarships by the Economics Department this month.

Rachel Grant and Tyler Quatraro were awarded the Grace Miller Economics Scholarship of $2,500 over three terms, beginning in Winter 2015, and Robert Pitre received the first-ever H.T. Koplin Memorial Scholarship for Economics of $3,000 for the academic year 2014-2015.

Keep watching the Economics website for more information about future awards of the Koplin and Grace Miller Scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year.

RachelGrant_300x400Rachel Grant is a junior in the Clark Honors College, double-majoring in Economics and Japanese. She currently works for the residence halls as second-year Housing Service Center Specialist. Outside of school, she is an active member of her sorority, the Women in Business club, as well as a volunteer for the Lane County Juvenile Justice Center as a math tutor. This spring term, she will be interning in Tokyo, Japan, for the Japanese Representative Office of Oregon.

 

 

 

TylerQuartraro300x400Tyler Quatraro is a sophomore at the University of Oregon planning to graduate with a double major in Business and Economics. He hopes to travel and teach English abroad for a few years after he graduates and then go to graduate school for economics or law. “Being awarded this scholarship is a huge honor and I can’t emphasize how grateful I am for the support it provides and symbolizes.”

 

 

 

Robert Pitre300x400Robert Pitre is a senior at the University of Oregon, and is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He explored a few different career paths before deciding to move to Oregon and pursue a bachelor’s degree. This spring he will be graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Economics with a minor in Political Science and will be marrying his fiancée, Kelly. He plans to take a year off before applying to graduate school in pursuit of a Masters in Public Administration.
 

 

 

About the Scholarships

The Department of Economics awards these scholarships to students majoring in economics who are Oregon residents. The Grace Miller Scholarship was created in honor of donor Grace Miller, who earned her MA in Business Administration at the UO and went on to teach business and economics at South Eugene High School. This scholarship is offered to encourage and support an academically strong UO undergraduate economics major who is an Oregon resident and who has demonstrated an interest in teaching. Preference is given to women, and the scholarship is awarded on a quarterly basis depending on available funds.

The H.T. Koplin Memorial Scholarship is a new scholarship for the UO Department of Economics, and is awarded to an economics major demonstrating a combination of financial need and high academic performance in economics courses. The Koplin Memorial Scholarship is awarded once per year.

The Department of Economics would like to thank our generous donors for providing these opportunities for our outstanding students to pursue their goals for a college education.

Econ club visits Seattle

Fifteen students tour Boeing, Amazon, and the Seattle Federal Reserve on a department-funded trip.

On March 5–6, 15 members of the UO Econ Club set off on a trip to Seattle for an annual trip to see some of the top employers on the West Coast and learn a little more about the nation’s monetary system.

The students drove in two eight-passenger vans to Seattle on a Thursday afternoon, and stayed overnight in a local hotel. The next morning, they began their visit at the Seattle Federal Reserve, located in Renton.

Kimberly Teoh is the chair of events and fundraising for the UO Econ Club and helped to organize the trip. She was amazed by the level of security required to enter the Federal Reserve facility. “It was a little bit intimidating. We couldn’t even put our hands in our pockets when entering the cash processing center,” she says.

The students were able to see how the currency and checks were processed in the facility, and were taken to see huge rooms full of cash. As a student currently taking the EC 480 International Finance course, Kimberly found the information they learned on the tour was very relevant to the topics covered in class.

After the Fed visit, the students then drove to Amazon to visit the main campus. They learned about the steps to securing an internship at Amazon from a company recruiter. They also got a sneak peak into Amazon’s corporate culture, such as their practice of avoiding slide presentations during meetings, preferring instead to start off with each participant reading silently from a memo or whitepaper. On the fun side, “A lot of employees bring their dogs to work,” Kimberly says. “They even had dog treats at the front desk.”

The last stop of the afternoon was the Boeing plant in Everett, where the group was able to view various 777 and 787 Dreamliner aircraft in the process of assembly. The hangar was massive—with huge cranes similar to those you’d see construction site housed inside. “It’s the biggest building by volume in the world,” Kimberly says.

This annual Economics Club trip is made possible by donations to the Department of Economics from alumni and other supporters. You can support the department by donating using our online form.

February 25, 2015

Econ Merch Now Available

T-shirts, string backpacks, and window clings available at 435 PLC

Let the world know you’re an Econ major with great merch available now in the main Econ office!

We currently have t-shirts in a variety of sizes and colors for just $10. Or, consider the one-size-fits-all string backpack for only $9. You can also decorate your vehicle or home with an Economics Department window cling for only $2.

These items make great gifts! Stop by while supplies last!

Cash sales only, please.
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