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April 1, 2015

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.
January 26, 2015

Student Updates—Advising Office Hours and Reminders

Initial registration for majors begins February 23.

It may feel as though Winter term has just begun, but between class projects and studying for those midterms, don’t forget to spend a little time planning for Spring term scheduling.

Now’s a good time to review your degree progress worksheet and meet with your advisor if you have any questions. It’s also a good time to add the Econ major to have your degree audit updated in time for Spring term registration.

Priority registration happens February 23–March 4, so be sure to have your major updated well in advance of these dates.

Course offerings for Spring term are now available for you to plan your upcoming spring schedule. Just visit

Faculty Advising Office Hours: Winter Term

Tim Duy: Monday and Tuesday 9-11 am
531 PLC

Mike Urbancic: Tuesday and Thursday 1-3 pm
538 PLC

or visit Bill Sherman at the Career and Academic Advising Office
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 am-11 am
405 PLC


January 9, 2015

Economics scholarships—deadline this Friday!

Two Scholarships still available for 2014-15—Apply by Friday, January 23!

Economics majors—There’s still time to apply for two scholarships offered by the Economics Department for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Grace Miller Scholarship and the H.T. Koplin Memorial Scholarship still have available funding for the current academic year. The application process is fairly straightforward, and both are offered to economics majors with specific academic and financial criteria.

The Grace Miller Scholarship is offered to encourage and support an academically strong UO undergraduate economics major who is an Oregon resident with a demonstrated interest in teaching. The scholarship is $2,500 for general educational expenses.

The H.T. Koplin Memorial Scholarship is $3,000 and is awarded to an economics major of junior standing with a high level of academic performance and demonstrated financial need.

The application deadline for both scholarships is Friday, January 23, 2015. Students who qualify are welcome to apply for one or both scholarships. Visit the department’s Scholarship Page to learn more and link to the application form.

January 6, 2015

Scholarships and fellowships available for continuing students

Students can apply online; deadline February 23, 2015

The College of Arts and Sciences offers more than two dozen scholarship and fellowship opportunities for continuing undergraduate and graduate students with a variety of backgrounds and academic goals.

Visit the CAS Scholarships Page to learn more about each scholarship opportunity, the funding available, and the criteria. Once there, you can use the convenient online form to apply. The deadline for applications is Monday, February 23, 2015.

Here is a list of the scholarships and fellowships that are currently accepting applications:

  • Mildred Braaten Archibald Scholarship Fund in Science and Mathematics
  • Mary Chambers Brockelbank Endowed Assistance Fund
  • Norman Brown Graduate Fellowship
  • Hazel Leonard Buck Scholarship
  • Roberta Schuebel Caldwell Scholarship
  • College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Scholarship
  • College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship
  • Leon B. Davis Scholarship for Preparatory Engineering Studies
  • Clarence and Lucille Dunbar Scholarship
  • Donald DuShane IV Scholarship
  • George and Susan Fugelsang Scholarship
  • Dorothy and William Green Foreign Languages Scholarship
  • William L. Hanks Scholarship
  • Henry V. Howe Scholarship
  • Hildegard Kurz Foreign Language Scholarship
  • John L. and Naomi Luvaas Graduate Fellowship
  • James and Mary Kay Manwill Science Scholarship
  • Miller Family Graduate Award in Technology & Science
  • Everett D. Monte Scholarship
  • W. Scott Nobles Scholarship
  • Risa Palm Graduate Fellowship
  • Bill and Charlotte Perry Memorial Scholarship
  • Charles A. Reed Graduate Fellowship
  • Marthe E. Smith Memorial Science Scholarship
  • Clayton and Sheryl Steinke General Social Sciences Scholarship
  • Carolyn M. Stokes Memorial Scholarship
  • Susan A. Winn Memorial Scholarship

Students with questions can email

October 31, 2014

It’s Elemental: Take a photo, enter to win!

Capture a photo of yourself with the Econ stencil, use #myelement on Twitter/Insta, and be entered to win!

econ_element100x100You’ve probably seen them—those symbols stenciled into sidewalks all over campus. They represent the dozens of departments and majors in CAS and the elemental nature of the arts and sciences at the UO. The Economics stencil is right out front of PLC—stop by and check it out!

And when you include an element in a photo of you, you can enter to win cool prizes. Be creative and have fun! Just snap a photo of the element, and use #myelement on twitter or Instagram to enter for your chance to win.

Learn more about the photo contest, and see the official rules.



October 15, 2014

Job and Internship Digest—Week 5

The updated Job and Internship Digest from the department’s Career and Academic Advising Office is now available! Get your search into high gear in time for spring with the latest listings.

Also, if you want to tune up your job-search skills, be sure and attend the Career Success Series meetings, held every Wednesday in 412 PLC at 5 pm. Check out the Undergrad Events Calendar for more information and a list of upcoming events.


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