A spreadsheet of ESA member attendance will be posted on our website this week so everyone can track their progress towards active and distinguished member status. Attendance will be heavily considered when deciding future board members. Click here to access the google doc.
Please email us with any questions.
Tutoring session will now be held on the first floor of college library from 5-9pm on the 1st floor in the GUTS zone, tutors will be available to help with Econ 101 and 102 classwork, all economics students are invited to attend and study together.
ESA is also looking for tutors to help run these session, If you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions please contact Head Tutor John McGovern at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The board is looking to create an official Economics Student Association shirt, send us your creations or your favorite economics joke to be included on it. If you design a shirt the only requirement is that the ESA logo be included, the winner of the contest will receive a free shirt! The deadline is this Friday, October 28th, please email us if you have any questions.
ESA will have a mixer with our alumni council this Thursday, October 27th. Members of the council are previous ESA board members and attendees include two Harvard MBA students, one Wharton MBA student, a senior analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and many others. This is a rare opportunity to interact with the council and hear valuable insight on a variety of industries. Business professional is mandatory. Register for this event by emailing us before 10 pm on Wednesday 10/26.
The event will be from 4:30 to 5:30pm in the Agriculture Room in Union South.
Thanks to those of you that came out to the Coffee Shop Economics on October 11th! You can find out more about the Colombia Support Network of UW-Madison on their facebook page!
ESA is looking for tutors to help run our weekly sessions for students taking Economics 101 and 102. Tutoring sessions are held every Thursday from 5:30-7pm in Helen C. White Library.
If you would like to sign up or have any questions please contact John McGovern at email@example.com.
Click here for the Fall 2016 General Member Application!
Meet WEYAC – Lowell Ricketts
Q: What is a brief description of your current job?
A: I am the senior analyst at the Center for Household Financial Stability (HFS for short) at the St. Louis Fed. I conduct economic research using data on household balance sheets to identify the economic and social outcomes of varying levels of savings, assets and net worth. I use statistical software (SAS, R, Matlab) on a daily basis to analyze large data sets from both public and private sources.
Q: What was your career progression?
A: After graduation I had the opportunity to work with Professor West as a summer research analyst, this helped me further develop my interest in economic research as a profession and strengthened my resume for similar positions at the various Federal Reserve Banks. I joined the research department at the St. Louis Fed in 2010, a little under a year after graduating. While there, I worked on a wide variety of research projects across many different fields of economics such as macroeconomics, monetary policy, econometric forecasting, and applied microeconomics. I joined HFS in October 2015 to focus my work on the study of household balance sheets as well as gain more experience communicating research findings to public audiences.
Q: Do you have any advice for current undergraduates?
A: If you’re reading this blog then I assume that you’re interested in or are currently studying economics. Excellent choice! A degree in economics can take you far along many different career paths. Try to ask yourself which is the best path for you and find ways to strengthen your skill set to make you competitive in the job market. If you’re looking to do economic research make sure you take the courses listed for the mathematical emphasis in the major. Also, be sure you have some experience with statistical software. The introduction to R programming class offered by Coursera is an excellent and free way to get ahead in that regard.
Q: What is your favorite social spot or bar in Madison?
A: I used to frequent Ram Head (Google tells me it is now called Sotto) before it was shuttered for serving one too many underage patrons. I assure you I was over 21! After that I loved to go to Essen Haus to split a boot with meine Freunde.
Q: What was your favorite class?
A: One of my favorite classes outside of the econ department was Astronomy 103: The Evolving Universe. Learning about evidence of the big bang, dark matter, and cosmology was a mind bending experience which still fascinates me to this day.
Q: What was the most useful class that you took at UW-Madison?
A: The most useful class was Econ 590: Tutorial in Research Project Design. For my research paper I studied the “superstar effect” in the NHL and found that hockey players accrue large rewards at the top of the performance distribution above and beyond what can be explained by their performance differential. This class was taught by Professor West and really shaped my career more than I ever could have imagined. It not only taught me a great deal about how to design and execute a research project, it also allowed me to hone nascent programming skills that I had started in Econ 410. I also had a wonderful group of peers to learn from, several of which now serve on ESAAC!
Q: What is your best interviewing/résumé tip?
A: Polish your resume and writing/research samples so that inconsistent formatting or more substantial issues with content don’t send your application to a recycling bin. With a hefty stack of resumes in front of them, hiring managers sometimes have to turn their attention to the little things to winnow the field of candidates. Be sure to reach out to alumni at potential employers and introduce yourself as a prospective applicant. Getting to know people, even if they aren’t directly involved in the hiring process, can be more helpful than you think. Take advantage of mock interviews and resume workshops, interview skills can be greatly improved with a little bit of practice.
Q: What is your best memory from being in Madison?
A: I fondly remember summers in Madison. Even though I worked full time I still enjoyed beers and popcorn on the terrace with friends, lounging on our back porch in the sun, and staying out late on state street. Madison is a special place, enjoy it to the fullest before you leave for whatever lay ahead!