Research experiences for undergraduates

The Becker Friedman Institute organizes an annual summer research experience for economics majors in the College. This program introduces students to the techniques, power, and scope of advanced economic research early in their educations. Designed for students who have summer positions working with faculty, it enhances their experience by providing hands-on exposure to advanced statistical software. A series of lunchtime lectures arranged to fit their work schedule complements their work with faculty by exposing them to a broader, richer array of research applications.

Because some of the most promising mathematics majors are interested in combining math and economics, a collaborative program with the math department could provide additional manpower for institute faculty and invaluable research experience that can draw the best undergraduates into the field.

Additional support for this program would allow the institute to

  • provide stipends to ensure that top faculty are involved in the program;
  • expand current programs with activities that draw in more faculty members; and
  • open the program to students from other universities.