Economics Students Present Research at 2018 Undergraduate Scholars Forum

Posted on 4/23/2018 9:36:39 AM

The Department of Economics has a longstanding tradition of participating in the Undergraduate Scholars Forum dating back to its inception in 2006. Once again this year, several economics majors shared the results of their scholarly pursuits, and we are proud of their accomplishments.

Congratulations to Josh Edgar and Ben Snyder, whose co-authored case studies won first place and secod place, respectively, in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology Business Competition at the 2018 Undergraduate Scholars Forum. Josh is pursuing dual baccalaureate study in economics and finance, and Ben is double majoring in economics and finance. 

In addition, Department of Economics faculty members sponsored oral presentations at the Undergraduate Scholars Forum, including: 

  • “An Economic Comparison of the Socioeconomic Issues Delaying the Development of Sierra Leone and Malawi”
    Student: Ruth Freeman
    Faculty Sponsor: Yaya Sissoko
  • “The Effects of Unemployment on Property and Violent Crime Rates in the United States”
    Students:  Olivia Habacivch and Katelyn Hendricks
    Faculty Sponsor: James Jozefowicz
  • “Economic Influences on Stock Market Performance”
    Students:  Corey Hough and Anthony Maticic
    Faculty Sponsor: James Jozefowicz
  • “How to Keep Hitters Off-Base”
    Students: Caleb King and Paul Shaloka
    Faculty Sponsor: James Jozefowicz
  • “Casino Crazy: The Relationship Between Casino Gambling and Crime in Pennsylvania”
    Students:  Stephen Lubrano and Ryan Redilla
    Faculty Sponsor: James Jozefowicz
  • “Growth and Development Issues in India and Mali”
    Student: Michael Thomas
    Faculty Sponsor: Yaya Sissoko

Economics honors track major Olivia Habacivch and mathematics-actuarial track major Katelyn Hendricks received the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Award for their presentation, "The Effects of Unemployment on Property and Violent Crime Rates in the United States." Habacivch and Hendricks conducted the research in Introduction to Econometrics during the fall 2017 semester under the supervision of faculty member James Jozefowicz. Congratulations Olivia and Katelyn!

Yaya Sissoko with Ruth Freeman and Michael Thomas

Photo (L to R): Yaya Sissoko with Ruth Freeman and Michael Thomas

James Jozefowicz (right) with students from his Introduction to Econometrics course

Photo: James Jozefowicz (right) with students from his Introduction to Econometrics course