Twenty students presented their original research in sessions organized by
the Department of Economics at the 2015 IUP Undergraduate Scholars Forum.
Covering topics ranging from political economy and economic well-being
to development and finance to applied microeconomics, the students presented
original research in five different sessions under the guidance of six faculty
members. The Department of Economics is very proud of the hard work and effort
of each of these 20 students, 13 of whom are economics majors, accompanied by three
economics minors and including two McNair Scholars.
Based on the outcome of
the faculty judging and awards selection process, two students—Jennifer
Johnson and Jessica Black—each won a presentation award!
Presenting within the Topics in Applied Microeconomics session,
Jennifer Johnson, a junior dual-baccalaureate (BA, Economics; BS, Marketing) candidate
won the Dean’s Award for Excellence in the College of Humanities and Social
Sciences for her paper titled “Determinants of Per Capita Electricity
Consumption at the State Level.” According to Jennifer, “I wasn’t going to
present because I was really sick and had no voice, but I had worked really
hard on this research and wanted to see it through. I’m thankful I did go and
present it, and for the help from my sponsor, Dr. James Jozefowicz.”
Presenting within the Regional Economic Studies session,
Jessica Black, a senior dual-baccalaureate (BA, Economics; BS, Finance)
candidate won the Outstanding Presentation Award in the Eberly College of
Business and Information Technology for her paper titled “Dropping out of High
School: An Analysis of Pennsylvania Counties.” As noted by Jessica, “I was very
excited presenting at the Undergraduate Scholars Forum this year. Last semester
in Intro to Econometrics, I worked with Savanna Bonds to develop this paper, ‘Dropping
Out of High School: An Analysis of Pennsylvania Counties,’ and I could not be
prouder of what we accomplished in this paper. It is an honor to receive this
award, and I want to give a big thanks to Dr. James Jozefowicz, who was my
professor in Intro to Econometrics, and Dr. Stephanie Jozefowicz, who was my
sponsor for the Forum.”
Both of these award-winning students are
enrolled in the Honors Track in Economics and serve as Economics Club officers.
Their research was conducted in the Introduction to Econometrics and Advanced
Econometrics courses offered by the Department of Economics.