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EUROP: Economics Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

The Economics Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (EUROP) is looking for talented undergraduates with an interest in independent research.


  • A flexible, part-time program with a Department of Economics faculty member assisting student-led research. Scholars who successfully complete the program are eligible for awards up to $600
  • Participation in ECON 491 courses in Fall and Spring semesters (6 hours total of upper-level ECON elective credit—counts toward residency)
  • Culminates in a paper suitable for submission to an undergraduate research conference or a peer-reviewed economics journal


Application Requirements:

  • An up-to-date resume
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A one to two page letter of interest that
    • Outlines why you want to undertake independent research;
    • Discusses the qualities you believe would make you an excellent candidate for this program;
    • Includes the names of three faculty members with whom you are interested in working. You should make an attempt to discuss your research ideas with faculty beforehand. In addition to listing the names of the faculty members with whom you are interested in working, please also include the names of the faculty members you have communicated with about potential research opportunities.

Applications should be emailed to Mary Owens  ( by Friday March 20th, 2020. Files should be in PDF or Word format and given file names of the form LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_RESUME, LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TRANSCRIPT, etc.

Applications will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Research Committee: Dr. Dennis JansenDr. Jonathan Meer and Dr. Danila Serra. At least one and as many as six exemplary candidates will be chosen as Economics Undergraduate Research Scholars. The exact number will depend on the match between faculty and student research interests. Applicants will be informed of the status of their applications in late March.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Dennis Jansen or Dr. Danila Serra



In this program, undergraduate economics majors are paired up with students in the Masters of Financial Economics/Financial Econometrics program in the Department of Economics.  The pairs will collaborate on a Capstone Project required of MS students.  The project includes data acquisition, data analysis, and both written and oral presentations.   Students will be guided through the research process by both undergraduate and graduate faculty members as they work toward completion of the project.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn research from the ground up!

Research Assistants will also earn 3 hours of upper-level ECON course credit (ECON 491).

Minimum Qualifications:

  • GPA over 2.5
  • Completed ECON 323
  • Preference is given to majors who have completed Statistics 211 or (ECMT 461) and ECMT 463
  • ECMT 475 and/or ECON 445 are also preferred but not required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must be available for at least two 2-hour blocks of time during the week (MondayFriday, 8-5) for potential meetings with your Master’s Partner in the Fall
  • Must be enrolled in ECON 491. The time will remain as TBA because meetings will be scheduled depending on your schedule/compatibility with your assigned Master’s student’s schedule


  • Practical experience with research
  • Work with peers in the field
  • Networking
  • 3 hours of upper-level Econ Elective Credit

If you are interested in this opportunity, email any ECON advisor

To apply:

  • 1-page essay answering the following questions:
    1. Why do you want to be a research assistant?
    2. What part of Financial Economics/Econometrics interests you most?
  • A unofficial transcript
  • If you have a preference on the type of ECON you would be interested in researching, feel free to list it.
  • One letter of recommendation (optional)

E-Mail a COMPLETE packet of application materials to any ECON advisor