Economics Research Fellows Program
Modeled after the Sharpe Fellows program, the Economics Undergraduate Research Fellows Program is an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in economic research. With the support of the Economics Board of Visitors, the program supports talented undergraduates to work side-by-side with a faculty member on the professor’s research team and received professional development training, and personalized coaching. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $2500 per quarter (up to a maximum of three quarters) and will present their findings at a public event in June 2018.
Past recipients include:
- Melody Huang ’17 – Quantitative Researcher at Almitas Capital
- Jiwei Zhang ’17, M.A. ’17 – Ph.D. Candidate at Stanford University
- Yulan (Aaron) Fan ’17 – M.A. Candidate at Princeton University
If selected for the program, students will be responsible for reaching out to faculty and securing a research project. The research responsibilities will be dependent on what the faculty member needs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is expected of the Research Fellow?
Students are expected to work approximately 10 hours per week with a faculty member during the quarter and to present their work at a reception during the spring quarter and Undergraduate Research Week. Students are expected to be professional and attend meetings with the faculty member at the appointed time and to be prepared for these meetings. They will be expected to meet deadlines and project timelines set out by the professor. Each fellow will be asked to meet as a cohort and undergo training to prepare for their final presentations.
How will I know with whom I will be working?
If selected, students will be able to contact any faculty member with whom they are interested in working within the Department of Economics. Faculty will be given information about all fellows and will have the option of contacting students directly. The Chair and Vice Chair will help facilitate matches should the fellow be unable to find a match themselves.
What are the application requirements?
The application requirements include success as a student, a demonstrated interest for research, and an interest in economics. Applicants should have a 3.2 GPA, and must have already completed Econ 101. Completion of Econ 103 is not required but is strongly preferred. We encourage students from the class of 2018 and the class of 2019 to apply. The required materials to upload are listed on the application. You will be able to access the application and “Save for Later” through October 6.
What is the expected time commitment for this Fellowship?
The time commitment expected is 10 hours per week. However, this will ultimately be decided by your agreement with the faculty member you choose to work with and the demands of the project. Fellows will also be required to attend monthly cohort meetings.
What kind of research will applicants be participating in with the professors?
The research responsibilities will be dependent on what the faculty needs. Students may be working on analyzing data, constructing data sets, running regressions, creating graphs and charts, editing text, summarizing articles, etc.
What would be the role of the student in the program?
You would be an undergraduate research assistant. The specific responsibilities would depend on the project and the faculty member you choose to work with.
May I choose a faculty member outside of the UCLA Economics Department?
This program is for students who are interested in Economics research.
Do I have to be majoring in Economics to participate?
The program is open to all students regardless of major, but priority is given to Economics, Business Economics, and Mathematics/Economics majors.
When will I hear if I have been awarded a research fellowship?
UCLA Economics Research Fellows will be announced along with the Sharpe Fellows in October 2017.
Who is sponsoring this program?
The UCLA Economics Research Fellows program is sponsored by the UCLA Economics Board of Visitors. We are grateful for their commitment to undergraduate education.