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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.


September 11, 2014

Job Search 101, Part 2

by Bill Sherman


Job Search 101 is a two-part series by Director of Career and Advising Services Bill Sherman. The series touches on the advice and information Bill frequently shares with Econ majors as they begin their job searches. 
In Part 1,  Bill discussed how to begin your job search, and both the reactive and proactive approach to finding your first job out of college. In Part 2, he describes other resources, such as employment agencies, and the best way to use them as part of a successful job search.

Part 2: Other Job Search Tools

I shared the two-fold strategy that has been proven the best way to methodically approach the job search with the greatest return on time invested in the process.  If you’ve not read that message, pause briefly and give it a good going over, as it is foundational to your job search success.  Now, let’s talk about employment agencies.

Q. Employment agencies….don’t you mean temp agencies?

Staffing firms are sometimes pejoratively referred to as “temp agencies” because historically they have been used to source hires for short-term jobs, such as entry-level clerical or construction work. However, the staffing industry has evolved quite a bit since the dot-com era at the turn of the millennium. There are agencies that are now tailored exclusively towards white collar (professional) clientele that are seeking employees with very specialized skills.

Q. What do these firms do?

In short, their job is to help you find a job by matching your skills, knowledge, and experience with appropriate opportunities that their corporate, government, and non-profit clients contract with them to hire for.  By the way, most of the jobs you’ll discover with employment agencies are not available to the general public, or if they are the company and contact information is left out until one registers with that particular agency.

Q.  How much does it cost to procure the services of an employment agency?

Normally, these employment agencies will not charge you for their services, unless they offer you something above-and-beyond basic job matching (e.g. resume development, software training, etc.).  Their business model involved receiving a fee from the employer for each successful placement they make. Public agencies, like the Oregon Employment Department, Washington Employment Security, etc. do not charge job seekers OR employers, since they are receiving state and federal funds to do the work as a public service. My first professional job was as a Business & Employment Specialist with the Oregon Employment Department and I helped everyone from teenagers looking for summer jobs, to laid-off loggers needing retraining, to corporate executives looking to find a comparable professional role.

Q. What makes Employment Agencies so special?

Normally, staffing services like Aerotek, Ajilon, Kelly Services, and Accountemps have exclusive relationships with companies for individual recruiting projects.  It doesn’t mean that one employment agency or another is the only door into that company, but it usually means that they are the only means of getting a specific position with that company.

Q.  Is it better to apply for jobs posted on a company website or to work solely through employment agencies?

It’s not an “either/or” situation—it’s a “both/and.”  In other words, you should be applying in a timely manner for recently posted jobs on company websites, public forums, and UO Student Connect (aka UO JobLink), yet you should also be working through employment agencies to apply for positions they may have the edge in staffing.

Nike, for example, has utilized the services of Adecco in Portland (almost exclusively) for years to hire for hundreds  of entry-level corporate jobs of various kinds.  Usually these are temporary, one-year contracts, BUT they’re used to “try out” candidates for potential long-term, full-time jobs within the organization.  These temporary employees also get to apply for internal job postings before they are made available to the general job-seeking public.

Q.  Ok, I’m interested.  So who do you recommend I work with?

One employment agency that I’ve worked with quite a bit over my 10 years at the University of Oregon is CAMPUS POINT, based in Seattle & Portland.  Other agencies that have recruited UO students/graduates before include Boly/Welch and Ajilon.   I’m including the links to these and other  employment agencies (including state/county gov’t agencies that help the unemployed with a wide-variety of services) below for different labor markets.

*Please note that I have not had personal experience with all of these agencies (esp. outside of the Oregon), but from the feedback I’ve received and read, they have mainly good reviews.   Also, this is not an exhaustive list, but nonetheless you should find it a helpful one.



San Francisco

San Diego

Los Angeles

Q. How can I make the most out of my relationship with an employment agency?

Finally, a caveat: while services like Campus Point can bring new job leads to your attention, you will still need to compete at your best.  This means, prompt action on your part when new leads come your way, stellar application materials, and superior interviewing skills.

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