Resources for Current Students

Economics Association

The Economics Association is a student group that organizes both social and academic events to unite and engage students who are passionate about Economics. The Association seeks to connect peers, foster student-faculty relations, and support the academic and professional development of Economics majors. 

Here is your 2017-18 Economics Club Executive Board! Contact Board Members if you are interested in joining the club or have any questions. 

President: Nicole Niedringhaus  

Vice President: Seth Glidewell 

Treasure: Kelly Payant  

Club Advisor: Dr. Tyler Schipper  

Questions? Request more information on the Economics Association here 


The Department of Economics offers tutoring services to undergraduate students taking the principles and intermediate courses. Tutoring services are geared towards helping students who are seeking additional support outside of lecture and office hours. If you do not regularly attend lecture, tutoring services will be less effective. Our tutors aim to help students with specific questions on course concepts and problem sets by facilitating the learning process.  However, tutors do not just give out answers to assignments. Please bring all relevant course materials to the tutoring session.  

Economic tutors are available during the hours listed below and you can find them in OEC 415.  

Economics Fall 2018 Tutors Schedule


Annual Events

Chili Fest

The Annual Chili Fest is an event hosted by the St. Thomas Economics Professors. Students are welcome to taste a variety of different chilies made by the St. Thomas Economics Professors, and vote for their favorite. The Chili Fest is a great opportunity for students and faculty to connect beyond the classroom. The event held in the Hearth Room on the third floor of the student center towards the end of fall semester.  

Senior Send Off

All econ faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the graduation of our economics majors and minors.  The celebration hosted in the UST bowling alley near the end of the spring semester. 

Awards & Recognition

The UST Economics Department recognizes the achievements of outstanding students each year through several internal and external scholarships and awards. Follow the links below for more information on these awards and recent winners. 

The Department of Economics hosts every spring an annual economic data analysis competition. Teams comprised of economics majors and minors will conduct independent original research, analyze real-world data, and communicate their findings to a panel of economics faculty judges. Data will be provided.

Whether you’re ready to try your hand at research for the first time or you’re already a data veteran, this competition is for you!

Kathryn Foltz ‘18 and Linnea Graham ‘17, winners of the Economics Department Data Analysis Competition

On November 4thMinneMUDAC​ data analytics competition was held at Optum in Eden Prairie. They hosted 51 undergraduate and graduate teams from 30 different Midwestern colleges and universities.  Students competed for $15,000 in prize money and there was a recruiting event as well.   Students used medical and pharmacy claims data to characterize the health care experience of persons with Type 2 diabetes aged 18-45 years of age in ways that provided insights for a large employer.  The College of Arts and Sciences sent undergraduate students to this competition for the first time.  The students who participated were Economics, Statistics, and Computer Science undergraduate majors.  They were Rachel Artig​, Sydney Benson, Regina Burroughs​, Kathryn Foltz, Elsa Langenwalter, Morgan McCorkle, Jessica Mohr, and Anna Starks.  Their faculty mentors were Economics professors Drs. Adam Check​, Monica Hartmann​, Matt Kim, and Tyler Schipper​.  It was a wonderful experience for all.  We cannot wait for next year!

First row - Morgan McCorkle (’18), Rachel Artig (’18), Kathryn Foltz (’18), Elsa Langenwalter (’18)

Second row – Dr. Monica Hartmann (Econ), Sydney Benson (’17), Jessica Mohr (’17), Regina Burroughs​(’17),  Dr. Adam Check​ (Econ), Dr. Tyler Schipper (Econ)

Not pictured: Anna Starks (’18) and Dr. Matt Kim (Econ)

Candidates for honors in economics must complete an honors thesis under the supervision of an economics faculty member. A committee composed of the faculty supervisor and two other faculty members chosen by the student will read each thesis. Each member of the committee will determine if the thesis is suitable for the honors requirement, with a majority rule determining honors designation. Candidates must achieve a grade point average of 3.75 or higher in the major and 3.5 or higher overall. To be eligible, students must complete a minimum of 32 non-research credits in Economics. 

The Economics Department has been pleased to give the David A. Renelt Award to honor one of our outstanding senior economics majors.  As the citation on the plaque states: “This prize is awarded annually to the senior economics major who best exemplifies the traits of growing intellectual curiosity, high ethical principles, enduring spiritual devotion and endearing congeniality which characterized David Renelt.”    

David graduated from St. Thomas in 1987 with majors in Theology and Economics. He was a recipient of the National Science Foundation award in economics, and in the economics Ph.D. program at Harvard University.  He died suddenly of natural causes in 1991, and at the time of his death, he had already made significant contributions to the development economics literature. His paper on cross-country growth rates is still widely cited in the development and growth literature.  

The Renelt Award is accompanied by a small tuition scholarship. The faculty decides the award during spring semester.  The department solicits nominations from both faculty and staff. Make sure to watch your inbox for details.  

The past recipients of this award are:  

Stephen Spates    

E. Beth Cline 

Helene Sedlachek 

Patrick Mahoney 

Eric M. MacCarver 

John W. Geelan Jr. 

Bryan J. B. Pedersen  

Kate Canepa  

Molly Kasperson  

Mark Jorgenson  

Ann Beuch  

Michael Walrath   

Elizabeth Stone  

John Cabak   

Joseph Kaufman  

Bridget McKeown  

Alexander Brosseau   

Kayla Kowitz  

Phil Bastron  

Patrick J. Persons  

Julianne Poggemann  

Gina Bugliosi  

Andrew Isakson 

Joe Hubly 

Jennifer Strong 

Breanna Arndt 

Jacob Mason 

Anna Kate Nolan 

Will Goodwin

Abby Starr


Here is a list of past Outstanding Senior Award winners: 

1960 – John S. Adams 

1961 – George J. Beran 

1967 – Jerome N. Jacoby 

1968 – Charles W. Prentice 

1969 – Kent James Teibel 

1970 – Benjamin Joseph Durand 

1971 – Gene M. Maras 

1972 – Charles C. Perron 

1973 – Terrence E. Kingston 

1974 – Michael R. Tervo 

1975 – Randall E. Frei 

1976 – Michael J. Kasinkas 

1977 – Paul J. Langer 

1978 – Steven R. Bednar 

1979 – William K. Mosca 

1980 – Perry Loh 

1981 – Katherine D. Hadjiyanis 

1982 – Laura E. Greeman 

1983 – Lorrie J. Klockmann 

1984 – James P. Bowen 

1985 – Robert J. Riley 

1986 – Melissa White 

1987 – David A. Renelt 

1988 – Steven Seitz 

1989 – Christopher Engstrom 

1990 – Heidi Eckert 

1991 – Daniel Quirk 

1992 – Pamela Wentz 

1993 – Craig J. Gmyrek 

1994 – James J. Sticha 

1962 – Donald Bauhs 

1966 – Michael Thomas Crane 

1995 – Roert D. Anderson 

1996 – Nicole Bundy 

1997 – Jeffrey Bry 

1998 – Brian Copps 

1999 – Lisa Sharrock 

2000 – Christine Schumann 

2001 – Mychal Brenden 

2001 – William P. Gunderson 

2002 – Ann E. Beuch 

2003 – Kevin M. McLain 

2004 – Jessica M Molyneaux 

2005 – John M. Cabak 

2006 – Teresa L. Boggs 

2006 – Michael J. Kuharski 

2007 – Rebecca M. O’Donnell 

2008 – Amelia M. Dieken 

2009 – Lee A. Reiners 

2010 – Sean O’Malley 

2010 – Catherine Lavigne 

2011 – Paul T. Armstrong 

2012 – Tyler R. Petersen 

2013 – Justin M Rubin 

2013 – Anh T. Do 

2014 – Timothy O’Connor 

2015 – Breanna Arndt 

2015 – Shannon Heitkamp 

2016 – John Kummer 

Tyler Petersen ‘11 

“Bringing Home the Bacon: How Does Slicing the Pork Affect the Electability and Fundraising of Congressional Candidates?” (Mentor: Monica Hartmann) 

  • Minnesota Economic Association, 2012 Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Third Place
  • Midwest Political Science Association, 2012 Best Paper in a Poster Format Presented by an Undergraduate Student 

Alex Haag ’17 and Mark Ward ‘17

“Two Envelope Paradox” (Mentor: Loren Langan) 

  • Minnesota Economic Association, 2016 Undergraduate Student Term Paper Contest Third Place