Jim Jozefowicz of the IUP Economics Department will present a Mathematics Department Colloquium, “Learning by Doing: The Benefits of Undergraduate Econometric Research for IUP Students,” on Thursday, October 18, 2012, from 4:00–5:00 p.m. in Stright Hall, room 226.
The presentation reports on a student-focused comprehensive research project integrated in undergraduate introductory econometrics classes at IUP. Since 2000, approximately 150 IUP undergraduate students have completed these research projects. The assignment requires each student to conduct empirical research on a topic of his/her choice, write a formal paper formatted like a scholarly journal article, and give an oral presentation of the findings to the class. As a result of this project, students gain hands-on experience applying econometric techniques to real economic data and learn how to conduct independent research. The multiple benefits of the assignment for the professional development of IUP students as they apply for jobs and graduate school admissions are discussed.
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