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Department of Economics
Room 301 / DeBartolo Hall
Youngstown State University
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH  44555
TEL: 330-941-3428

Dr. Tod S. Porter, Chair
TEL: 330-941-3431
tsporter AT ysu DOT edu

Dr. Jolien Helsel, Advisor
Economics Club
TEL: 330-941-2048 
jahelsel AT ysu DOT edu

Dr. Ebenge Usip, Graduate Coordinator
TEL: 330-941-1682
eeusip AT ysu DOT edu

Nancy E. O’Hara, Administrative Assistant
TEL: 330-941-3428
neohara AT ysu DOT edu

2015 Stocks Essay Contest Winners Announced!

Once again, it was another successful year for the Stocks Essay Contest.  Students from all over campus, in varying academic disciplines submitted essays covering many different economics topics that are important to society.  Eleven finalists were invited to the Economics Department end-of-the-academic-year dinner gala in the Gallery on April 28, 2015.  During this dinner celebration, the three top winning essays were announced.

This is the seventh year for the essay competition, which is named after Dr. Anthony Stocks.  Dr. Stocks served 16 years as chair of the YSU Department of Economics.  The essay competition honors his continuing dedication to furthering economic education.

Contestants were asked to write an essay of approximately 2000 words on any economic topic relevant to society.  The essay should have a clearly defined policy issue, analyzed from all sides, and followed by a policy solution based on the arguments presented.  Any undergraduate student at YSU is eligible to participate.  Since economic issues are not restricted to any particular major, we strongly encourage participation by students from all academic fields.  No advanced statistical analysis is expected.  This year’s deadline for submissions was April 15, 2015.

1st Place

Ashley Orr (Mathematics / Economics)

“Household Participation in Public Housing Programs in Youngstown: A Policy Suggestion Considering Preference”


2nd Place

Matthew Stevens (Political Science)

“Keystone XL Pipeline Economics Policy"


3rd Place

Tyler Handzlik (Political Science)

“A Decaying Ecosystem at 29,000 Feet above Sea Level"



Christopher Anderson (Pre-Business Marketing

“Anchoring America’s Future: The Student Loan Burden”

Samantha Anderson (Finance)

“Economic Implications from the Disaster Capitalism”

Robert Grahovac (Individual Curriculum Program)

“Legalizing Prostitution”

Joe Lonardo (Mechanical Engineering)

“Farming: Seed Saving and Patents”

Reid Pancoe (Pre-Business Accounting)

“What’s Best?”

Kevin Siembida (Political Science)

“Overfishing of North American Water: The United States Response to Preserve Sustainable Fishing”

Mohammad Yusuf (Accounting)

“We the People?”

Bryan Ericsson (Economics)

“What To Do About the Problem of Water Scarcity in the United States: Following California’s Lead”                      




Five New Members Inducted into the 2014 Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society for Economics

   Theta Chapter of Ohio, YSU's chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international society for economics, has five new members.  There are three undergraduate students and two graduate students that were inducted during the installation banquet in the Gallery in Kilcawley on Monday, April 28, 2014.  The new inductees were:

Daniel P. Catello (U)

Taneisha Scott (U)

Hailey Sturtz (U)

Joseph Narth Dicker (G)

Sharif Karimov (G)

   The guest speaker, and Alumni Inductee to ODE, for the evening was Mr. Todd P. Finn, 2011 graduate of YSU with a degree in Business Economics and Finance.  Todd is the Portfolio Manager in the Persona. Trust Department at Huntington National Bank.  He is also a level II candidate for the June 2014 examination in the prestigious Certified Financial Analyst Program of the CFA Institute.

   Congratulations to all of the Inductees!

Joseph G. Carson Internship Scholarship

The Joseph G. Carson Internship Scholarship

   The Department of Economics is proud to announce the Joseph G. Carson Internship Scholarship. This program is designed to support undergraduate students majoring in Economics and Business Economics who earn credit through internships.

    Internships can provide valuable experience that can greatly improve a student's opportunities in the job market after graduation. The intent of the scholarship is to give students financial support so they can pursue internships that they otherwise might not have considered. For example, the scholarship could help defray the living expenses of an internship at a financial institution in New York City or a government agency in Washington D.C.

    First priority will be given to students who intern outside the Youngstown-Warren metropolitan area. The second highest priority will be given to unpaid internships within the local metropolitan area. The maximum scholarship will be $4,000. Factors deciding the amount of the scholarship will include financial need and the amount of additional living expenses resulting from the internship. The internships can be completed during the regular school year or the summer term.

    To qualify for the scholarship the student must identify where they will intern.  The student must register for ECON 4870, Economic Internship (note that the prerequisite for this course is a GPA of 2.5 or higher). Since setting up an internship takes time, students are encouraged to meet with the department chair well in advance of when they hope to intern. Students are encouraged to schedule a meeting to talk about different possible opportunities for internships even if they do not plan to pursue an internship in the upcoming term. Students hoping to intern during the upcoming summer should meet with the department chair as soon as possible. For more information about the scholarship and an application form please contact Dr. Tod Porter, Chair, Department of Economics at tsporter AT ysu DOT edu or 330-941-3428. 


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