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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

Stocks Essay Contest Awards are Given!!


This was another banner year for the Stocks Essay Contest, also once again benefiting from the help of the CLASS and /The New York Times/ in College Program.  We received over 120 essays covering a multitude of economic topics important to society. 

The top three winners of the contest were revealed in the Economics Department end-of-the academic-year dinner gala in the Galary inside Kilcawley Center on Monday, April 28, 2014.  They were as follows:

1st Place:

*Matt English(Mechanical Engineering)
"Overconfidence and Effects on Decision-Making: Choosing an Undergraduate Major"  

2nd Place:

*Justin Wier(Journalism/Economics)
"Some Simple Nudges to Reduce Costs at the End-of-Life"

3rd Place:

*Jordan Pennell(Political Science)
"Optimistic Bias, Giving Smokers a Nudge"

This year's finalists are:

**Brian Kacsandi *(Pre-Business Management)
"The Great Recession: Implications for the Future of the US Economy"

*Nicholas Chretien(Pre-Business Economics)
" The Path to Revitalization"

*Sam Anderson(Finance)
"In Our Sleepless Nation: What is the Economic Cost of our Lack of Sleep?"

*Nadine Lopuchovsky(Business Economics)
"Household Debt"

*Jeff Brown(Journalism)
"The Proglem with Student-Athletes"

*Katina Landgraff(Pre-Business Management)
"Gender-Based Wage Discrimination"

*Kevin Siembida(Political Science)
"Business Startups and Failures: The Planning and Optimistic Fallacy"

Once again, Congratulations to ALL the Winners (Finalists and Place-Holders!)  We look forward to hearing from you next year!


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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