Undergraduate Program News
Spring 2015 Economics Department Consent Form
This form is for UMass Amherst students ONLY, to request enrollment in an Economics (ECON) course where
the student cannot enroll through SPIRE for one of the following reasons:
-Department Consent has been placed on the course
- Student does not meet course prerequisites
The Economics Department Consent form (on page 2) is used beginning on the first day of classes and ending
on the last day of the add/drop period. The last day of the add/drop period for the Spring 2015 semester is
Monday, February 2nd.
Applying for Omicron Delta Epsilon Membership
To become a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, you must apply for membership through the chapter at your school
(http://www.omicrondeltaepsilon.org/chapters.html), and you must
fulfill the eligibility requirements set out below. The deadline for applications is the 15th of March.
The minimum requirements for admission for undergraduates are:
* completion of 12 semester hours of economics courses; and
* attainment of at least a "B" average in economics courses and an
overall "B" average
in all classes, and a class standing in the
* Students do not have to be economics majors, but must have a
genuine interest in economics
in addition to meeting the above
The minimum requirements may be raised by local chapters.
Graduate students in economics are judged solely on their graduate work. They must have:
* completed one semester of full-time work, with
* attainment of a "B" or better average.
There are no admission requirements for faculty members. All are eligible and welcome to join a chapter.
Chapters may also elect honorary members. These candidates must be persons of high ethical and professional standards.
No one shall be denied membership because of sex, race, color, creed or national origin.
A life-membership fee is paid by each prospective member of Omicron Delta Epsilon upon election to the
Society. In return, the member receives a membership card, scroll and a year's subscription (two issues) to The American Economist
AMERICAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION PROGRAMS
Online applications are being accepted for the American Economic Association's Summer Training Program and the
affiliated Minority Scholarship Program. Detailed information about the program and how to apply are available
at the following web site:
Starting in the summer of 2008, the University of California at Santa Barbara became the 10th university to host
the Summer Program, which typically remains at a particular host site for three to six years. Previously the
program was hosted by Duke, the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Texas at Austin, Stanford,
Temple, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Yale, Northwestern, and the University of California at Berkeley.
As the website notes, the AEA Summer Training Program, which began in 1974, seeks to prepare talented undergraduates
for doctoral programs in economics and related disciplines by offering a unique opportunity for students to gain
technical skills and conduct economic research with prominent faculty. All US citizens and permanent residents
are eligible to apply for scholarship assistance; however, preference is given to members of underrepresented
minority groups that have been historically disadvantaged in the US context. Scholarship decisions also consider
demonstrated financial need. The purpose of the Minority Scholarship Program is to increase the number of
African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans with doctorates in economics.
The application deadline is March 15. For more information about the Summer Program, please see the website above;
the email address is email@example.com, and the phone number is 805-893-7309 (fax 805-893-8830).