Category: Economics

Dr. Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira Featured Across the Web

Dr. Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira (SBE) and other professors of economics from universities such as Purdue and Yale were asked by the financial web site WalletHub to comment on growth strategies that state economies can adopt in order to improve or return to full capacity. It was part of a WalletHub report just released on the states with the best and worst economies. News of the report has been picked up by Forbes and CBS News, among others.

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SBE Student in Finals of National Essay Competition

An entry from Michigan Tech’s School of Business and Economics (SBE) has been named a finalist in the iOme Challenge, a national competition.

The SBE’s entry was an essay written by Jerrid Burdue. Emaneul Oliveira (SBE) is the faculty advisor. The official announcement of the ultimate winning team will be June 6.

This is the fourth time SBE has participated in the iOme competition with our team reaching the finals each time they competed. SBE did not participate in 2015 because the competition changed the time frame from the Fall to Spring semester.

The iOme Challenge is coordinated by WISER (Women’s Institute For A Secure Retirement), in Washington D.C. and sponsored by entities such as the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, Financial Planning Association, Prudential, Experian, among others.

The winning team will go to Washington June 28 and 29 and present their essay to members of Congress, policy-makers and others who are interested in this policy issue.

A top prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the winning student team and $1,500 to the team’s faculty advisor.

More information can be found on the iOme Challenge and WISER web sites.

– Tech Today

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Student Spotlight – Russell Lawson

Senior mathematics major and economics minor, Russell Lawson will graduate next month with a lot of great opportunities ahead of him.   Russell, like most seniors has been working on planning out the next chapter of his life.  He applied to law schools as well as government-funded fellowships to get him abroad for a year.

Within a week of one another, Russell was accepted to the University of Michigan to study law and was accepted to The Congress-Budestag Yourth Exchange for Young Professionals.  Thankfully, University of Michigan has been  understanding. Russell will go to Germany first, and begin his legal studies upon his return in fall of 2017.

As for his fellowship, Russell will be spending the year in Germany.  His first two months will be spent studying at a German language school before he begins taking law courses at a University for a semester.  Russell will then have the opportunity to spend six months working abroad.  The Congress-Budestag Yourth Exchange for Young Professionals is a selective 1-year scholarship awarded to only 75 individuals across the nation.  Congratulations, and best wishes to Russell as he begins an exciting chapter this spring!

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Kendra Rasner SURF Acceptance

Senior finance and economics major, Kendra Rasner has had her Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) proposal accepted! Kendra’s project is entitled, “The Joint Effects of Sentiment and Investor Attention: An Investigation on Market Indices”. The funding was competitive with a record of 64 SURF proposals submitted!  Kendra will work throughout the summer with faculty mentor, Dr. Heather Knewtson.

A few words from Kendra:

“When Dr. Knewtson first mentioned the possibility of doing research over the summer I was beyond excited. That same week I began reading, researching, and writing my proposal. Just last week I received an email notifying me that my proposal had been selected for the funding and I had to reread the email because I couldn’t believe it. I will spend a majority of my summer in Houghton taking a few classes and spending the rest of my time researching the joint effects of sentiment and investor attention on market indices. Building on previous financial models I hope to further analyze and increase the overall understanding of investor sentiment and attention as pricing factors. In order to achieve my research goals I anticipate I will spend many of my summer hours in the APMP lab and I couldn’t be more excited about it!”

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Fall and Summer 2016 Registration

Fall Registration will begin towards the end of March.   Here is the Fall 2016 Priority Schedule  for registration.  Your registration time is based on your current credits earned (does not include current credits you are registered for).
Prior to Fall Advising Appointments
  • Run your Audit in Banweb (DARS)   *tip: Run “Latest” and not a possible program from the drop down menu
  • Review your Degree Requirements
  • Develop a proposed Fall course list
  • Note any questions or concerns about your Audit
  • Schedule an Advising Appointment if necessary (especially if a few semesters from graduation or have not met with an advisor in 2-3 semesters)
To schedule an appointment, go through Google Calendar.  
  • Use your Advisor, Jodie Filpus-Paakola’s email jrfilpus@mtu.edu in the guest invite on the right
  • View my availability against yours using “find a time” tab next to “event details” at the left
  • In the subject please indicate the following Last Name, First Name:  Advising
  • Please allow for 30-45 minutes for our appointment
Jodie will be holding walk in office hours during registration following Spring Break (no appointment needed)
Monday-Friday between hours of 9 a.m.-Noon and 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • March 14-18 and
  • March 21-25
Summer Registration has been available since the Fall.  If you plan to register for Summer courses please do this sooner rather than later.  Some departments are considering low course enrollment currently to make decisions if a course will get dropped from the Summer schedule.