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Introducing the UC Santa Barbara Department of Economics job market candidates 2018-19

Economics Graduate Research Quarter Competition 2018-19

At the start of the Fall 2018 quarter, the Department of Economics held a competition to award 7 quarters of support to graduate students this academic year to free up students’ time for dissertation research. Thanks to the generosity of donors, four quarters included a $5,000 supplement added to a stipend equivalent to TA pay and the other three included a $2,500 supplement added to the stipend.

Students in years three through five of the program were eligible to apply, while fifth year students must have advanced to candidacy and fourth year students must advance to candidacy on time in order to receive an award, but may make an application conditional on advancing by the end of the Fall term.

As a condition of the award, students must have no other university employment during the research quarter. Students should rank their preference for Fall/Winter/Spring to receive an award, although timing of awards will largely depend on departmental teaching needs.

Awards are competitive, based on merit, and were chosen by the faculty graduate committee.

Congratulations to the recipients of the fellowships:

  • Hazem Alshaikhmubarak
  • James Banovetz
  • Jeffrey Cross
  • Maria Kogelnik
  • Jaime Ramirez Cuellar
  • Kent Strauss
  • Guangli Zhang

Current UCSB Economics Faculty and PHD students can see samples of one of the Economics Research Quarter Fellowship Applications, that was chosen to receive one of the seven fellowships. To do so, please , please click on the following link:


WEB Diversity Summit

Several of UCSB's Economics Ph.D. students attended the Graduate Student Summit for Diversity in Economics organized by the Women of Economics at Berkeley. The summit, held on September 28th and 29th, aimed to bring students, professors and other economists together to discuss the current state of gender, racial, and LGBTQIA representation in economics at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. The workshops and panel discussions allowed participants to share and learn on ways to promote diversity in the economics field. The event started with Dr. Shelly Lundberg providing interesting facts about the status of women and other minorities in the field, and how representation in academia has stagnated since the nineties. The participants discussed ways that programs can support minority representation and the programs’ best practices in mentoring, admissions, and seminar culture. UCSB students were happy to realize that the UCSB Economics program is successfully working to promote diversity and has some strategies that other institutions claimed to be very effective for creating a good environment within the graduate program. Most importantly, it was a great opportunity for the students to meet other graduate students that are involved and committed to promoting diversity at their institutions.


Welcoming our New Ph.D. Students to UCSB

On Thursday, September 13 of 2018, upperclass Economics graduate students welcomed and celebrated with the incoming first year PhD students, who just finished three weeks of Math Camp. It has become a tradition that each year before the start of the fall quarter the incoming and current graduate students watch the sunset together.

Teaching Assistant Awards

At the end of each academic year, graduate students are nominated and awarded in recognition of outstanding excellence, superior performance and accomplishments in the performance of their duties as departmental Teaching Assistants. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the following individuals were recognized.

  • James Banovetz - Outstanding Graduate Course Teaching Assistant of the Year
  • Jacqueline Dodd - Outstanding Undergraduate Course Teaching Assistant of the Year
  • Sarah Bana - Outstanding Teaching Assistant of Fall 2017
  • Michael Cooper - Outstanding Teaching Assistant of Winter 2018
  • Charlie Nusbaum  - Outstanding Teaching Assistant of Spring 2018