Members of the 2015-2016 Economics Undergraduate Board (EUB), selected earlier this summer through a competitive admissions process among junior and senior economics majors, are eager to hit the ground running as fall quarter approaches with programming focused on providing professional and personal development opportunities for the department's undergraduates.
With a diverse class of new members this fall, the group is full of energy and fresh ideas for building community among econ majors and with the faculty, staff, and alumni. In addition to their quarterly academic lectures, career seminars, math review sessions, free tutoring, and graduate school seminars, this year's EUB will help promote the undergraduate mentorship program and assist with launching an international student buddy program in the department. Chief among their goals for this year is outreach to incoming majors, in order to raise awareness about the many programs and events offered through the EUB and the department.
Senior Irena Chen, a double major in economics and mathematics, was selected to lead the group's activities as this fall's EUB president. Her most recent experience was interning with Liberty Mutual Insurance, and she spent more than a year interning as a budget analyst with Seattle Housing Authority. Although she has enjoyed every branch of economics she's had the chance to study, her favorites are international economics, econometrics, and applied macroeconomics. Irena is looking forward to completing her undergrad thesis in economics, and hopes to eventually pursue a career that will allow her to utilize her Chinese language skills and love of travel. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and exploring the different neighborhoods in Seattle.
The EUB was created in 1989 by a group of undergraduate Economics majors who wanted to improve the educational experience of students in the department. The group advocates on behalf of and liaises between students and department faculty and staff, in addition to collaborating on events with alumni and friends of the department. The EUB produces a quarterly newsletter, The Economizer, and offers free tutoring for undergraduate-level economics courses.