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The Economics Department’s Annual Data Competition (or DataCom) is an opportunity for students work in teams to conduct original research using real world data. The Economics Student Research Committee members Adam Check, Matt Kim, Deborah Rho, and Luz Saavedra worked with the Sustainable Communities Partnership to collaborate with Metro Transit to share multiple years of transit ridership data for a dozen students across five teams to analyze.
Dr. Tyler Schipper, Dr. Adam Check and Dr. Luz Saavedra, Economics Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented their research at the Midwest Economics Association’s Annual Meeting. The Economics Department also sent a team of students to the Midwestern Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (MUDAC).
The Economics Department has been highly involved in the Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) program that integrates sustainability projects into existing St. Thomas courses. Economics students in ECON 332 (Industrial Organization- Dr. Michael Walrath), ECON 337 (Economics of Public Sector – Dr. Matthew Kim) and ECON 401 (Managerial Economics – Dr. Monica Hartmann) participated in SCP projects for the city of Delano, Elk River, and PLACE (a nonprofit firm that creates affordable living communities).
Senior economics major, Kevin Van Lieshout, incorporated sustainability into his economic research, research supervised by Dr. Tyler Schipper. His research has influenced him to pursue a master’s degree in applied economics with an emphasis in environmental economics or resource economics.
The College of Arts and Sciences sent undergraduate students to the MinneMUDAC data analytics competition where students used medical and pharmacy claims data to provide insights for a large employer.
SCP is a program within the Office of Sustainability Initiatives that develops partnerships with cities and government entities to integrate city-identified sustainability projects into existing St. Thomas courses across disciplines.
Drs. Matthew Kim and Monica Hartmann, Department of Economics, have earned the 2017 Curricular Innovation in Sustainability Award for their collaboration developing and implementing a sustainability theme in Economics of the Public Sector (ECON337) and Managerial Decision Making (ECON401) courses, respectively.
A recently released report, “Wake Up Call! Understanding Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do,” cites research about the sleep habits of college students that was conducted by University of St. Thomas professors Roxanne Prichard and Monica Hartmann.
Behind the scenes of Tommie Football, four of the team’s players have combined their expertise in entrepreneurship, finance, economics and engineering to form their own “special team” and compete for an award off the field.
Dr. Monica Hartmann, Economics Department, will lead the first iteration of the program in fall 2016 and teach ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics.
St. Thomas junior Anna Nolan will be the sole college student in a delegation joining Gov. Mark Dayton on a mission to Mexico in August to promote economic ties.
Monica Hartmann, professor of economics, and J. Roxanne Prichard, associate professor of psychology, explain their research on college students' sleep habits and their effects on academic performance.
Dr. Matthew Kim, Department of Economics, has been granted tenure with a promotion to associate professor.
Sometimes research leads to startling discoveries and sometimes research leads nowhere … but sometimes research leads to a position in the nation's capital.