The Economic Scholars Program is a hybrid event providing undergraduate students the opportunity to share their original research, understand what it’s like to participate in an economic research conference, network with peers, and discover internship and employment openings with the Federal Reserve.
How can students get involved?
Be a peer review board member. Students can apply to be a member of the Peer Review Board. Peer Review Board members evaluate all conference proposals against a rubric to determine which papers and posters should be presented during the event. Members of the Peer Review Board are also eligible to enter their own proposals for consideration.
Submit for a paper or poster session.
Paper presenters: Students conducting original research in economics or finance are encouraged to submit a proposal for a paper session based on their independent research. Research can be independent, co-authored by other students, or faculty co-sponsored. Papers can be empirical, theoretical, or analytical in nature. A Peer Review Board will review all proposals and evaluate them based on a rubric.
Poster presenters: Students can also submit a proposal for a poster session. A Peer Review Board will review all proposals and evaluate them based on a rubric. Final scores will determine acceptance for presentation at the event. Posters can be presented during a session or, if participating in person, less formally during a reception following the presentations.
Become a discussant. Discussants help audience members better understand the proposal and help the author understand what can be done to improve the work. They read proposals carefully and take time to understand the contributions, strengths, and weaknesses of the proposal, and then provide comments and suggestions for the author to consider. Discussants should be prepared to deliver 5–7 minutes of remarks following the presentation.
Serve as a session chair. Session Chairs are responsible for timekeeping during the session, introducing presenters and discussants, and managing questions from the audience.