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Virtual Information Session for new Economics/Human Health Joint Major on April 21

Learn more about this new joint major at our Virtual Information Session.

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Successful ODE Meet & Greet held on February 25, 2020

Emory's ODE chapter hosted 32 students for pizza and 'Meet and Greet' on February 25, 2020.  Students enjoyed a fun scavenger hunt to get to know each other and announcements were made about upcoming events this spring including the Keith Robinson Workshop on March 19th, and the Kafoglis Economics Nobel Laureate Public Lecture and ODE Banquet on April 10th. We encouraged exchange of contact information and for members to share their thoughts and suggestions about the future of our enhanced chapter.

What is ODE?

Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE) is a prestigious national economics honor society with a mission to promote excellence in economics by recognizing outstanding achievements and by encouraging professional exchange among students, and faculty.

ODE Meet and Greet Feb 2020

Purpose of the Meet & Greet:
  • To establish ODE as an active chapter that provides exclusive opportunities available only to ODE members (based totally on what members want in terms of event programming).
  • The process of establishing student leadership of ODE to develop these exclusive programming for this honor society.
  • To share what’s upcoming this Spring semester.
What we spoke about:
  • 3 events a year- one in the Fall, one in the Spring, plus the ODE Banquet.
  • What are the new benefits of ODE (what they can & will be).
  • The leadership structure to ODE (purpose, expectations, etc.) and how the process of selecting the leadership will go.

More information about ODE and the other economics student organizations at Emory can be found here

Emory student chosen for NASA's Psyche Inspired program

2020-Vandenhoudt-NASA-Psyche-Inspired-programRal Vandenhoudt is an Emory University student majoring in biology and minoring in economics. He was competitively selected this past fall as one of 16 interns in NASA's Psyche Inspired program!

The Psyche Inspired program brings undergraduate students from any major together to spend an academic year sharing the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public in new ways through four creative works:

Learn more about Ral’s work and view his art pieces at:

ESS Coffee Chat with Faculty

2019-nov-coffee-chatOn Friday, November 15, 2019, the Economics Student Society held a Coffee Chat with Professor Shomu Banerjee from the Economics Department.

The event was held to enable students to interact with Banerjee in a more casual setting. After introducing himself and sharing a little bit about his background, Banerjee answered questions about a variety of topics, including the general direction that economics research is taking and his past experiences outside of academia.

Overall, all of the students and Professor Banerjee had a pleasant conversation, which lasted for about an hour.

Career Chat with U.S. State Department Diplomat-in-Residence

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, the Economics Department and the Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement cosponsored a Career Chat with Diplomat-in-Residence of the U.S. Department of State Allen DuBose. This event was designed for prospective and current Economics and International Studies/Political Science majors to connect with Mr. DuBose. He presented a detailed and articulate overview of the Civil and Foreign Service Programs and educated students on ways to be involved with the Department of State both through internships and full-time and part-time jobs.

ESS Healthcare Panel Discussion

2019-nov-healthcare-panelOn Monday, November 11, 2019, the Economics Department and the Business of Healthcare Club held a Healthcare Panel Discussion. This event was targeted towards students with economics, public health, and business majors who wanted to discuss and network with professionals in the healthcare market. Our speakers included:

  • Ashkay Birla, Vice President, Radix Health
  • Jeff Meaux, Senior Vice President of Sales, Azalea Health
  • Sig Mosley, Managing Partner, Mosley Ventures
  • Evan Saltzman, Assistant Professor, Emory Economics Department

The speakers talked about their academic paths and how it helped/led them to their current job. They also discussed current events in healthcare and new technologies.

Majors Promotion Night

On Monday, October 21, 2019, the Economics Department held a Major Promotion Night. This event was designed for prospective Economics majors to connect with faculty and learn more about the various academic paths that Economics students can select at Emory, the broad and exciting application of Economics, and the multitude of rewarding and lucrative career paths Economics majors can pursue.

Approximately 100 students attended this event. Presenting faculty included Hashem Dezhbakhsh, Hugo Mialon, Ian McCarthy, Kelli Lanier, Stephen O’Connell, Keith Robinson, and David Jacho-Chavez.

Second Career Pathways Conversation

2019-2nd-careers-pathwayOn Friday, October 25, 2019, the department cosponsored the Professional Pathways Event with the Office of Alumni Engagement. This was an opportunity for our current students to connect with Economics alumni to learn more about their successful and unique career journeys. About 25 students and several faculty members attended this event, featuring a panel discussion with the following alumni:

  • Hillary DeNigro, Federal Communication Law and Policy Attorney, Class of 1989
  • Joseph Miller, Partner at Crowell Moring, Class of 1986
  • Christina Hardaway, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State, Class of 2009
  • Lewis Kalmans, Morgan Stanley, Class of 1991

A reception was held after the talk where our alumni and current students could further discuss their academic and professional interests.

Successful Alumni Visited the Department

2018-prof-pathwaysOn Friday, October 19, 2018, four of our distinguished alums visited the Economics Department to have a conversation with our students about what they should do now to prepare for a successful career path after graduation:

  • Cyrus Irani, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Fairview Energy Capital, Class of 2005
  • Derek Strum, Partner, Clayton, Dubilier and Rice, Class of 2000
  • Michael Kessel, Principal, Lighthouse Realty Advisors, Class of 1991
  • Kunal Soni, Managing Director, Global Credit, The Carlyle Group, Class of 1998

Although 112 students indicated their interest in participating in the event, only 1/5 of them could be invited due to limited space. In response to the question concerning what are the most important skills to obtain in college, the alums unanimously picked quantitative and analytical skills; thus reassuring the attendees of the value of the economics major, which is known for its most rigorous training in quantitative and analytical methods. The panelists also pointed out the importance of building and keeping a good relationship with colleagues and people they meet at work.

The event was sponsored by the Emory College Office of Alumni Engagement.