The UCLA Department of Economics is pleased to announce the Undergraduate Research Fellows Program. Begun in Fall of 2016 – the Research Fellows Program is modeled after our popular Sharpe Fellows Program and will support talented undergraduates to work side-by-side with a faculty member on the professor’s research team. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $2,500 per quarter (up to a maximum of three quarters). The selected students will present their findings at an event in June of 2017.
If selected for the program – students will be responsible for reaching out to faculty and securing a research project. The research responsibilities will be dependent on what the faculty member needs.
Applications for the 2016-2017 school year is now closed.
Frequently Asked Questions: Undergraduate Research Program 2016-2017
- What is expected of the student recipient?
Students are expected to work approximately 10 hours per week with a faculty member during the quarter and to present their work at a reception during the Spring Quarter and during Undergraduate Research Week. Students are expected to be professional and attend meetings with the faculty member at the appointed time and to be prepared for these meetings. These are jobs usually done by graduate students.
- How will I know with whom I will be working?
If selected, students will be able to contact any faculty member with whom they are interested in working. Faculty members will be given information about all fellows and will have the option of contacting students directly. The Chair and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Studies will help facilitate matches should the fellow be unable to find a match themselves.
- What are the application requirements?
The application requirements include success as a student, a demonstrated interest for research, and an interest in economics. There is no minimum unit requirement or GPA requirement – but students must have already completed Econ 101. Completion of Econ 103 is helpful. We encourage students from the class of 2018 and the class of 2019 to apply. The required materials to upload are listed on the application. You will be able to access the application and “Save for Later” through September 28, 2016.
- What is the expected time commitment for this Fellowship?
The time commitment expected is 10 hours per week. However, this will ultimately be decided by your agreement with the faculty member you choose to work with and the demands of the project.
- What kind of research will applicants participate in with the professors?
The research responsibilities will be dependent on what the faculty needs. Students may be working on analyzing data, constructing data sets, running regressions, creating graphs and charts, editing text, summarizing articles, etc.
- What would be the role of the student in the program?
The student would be an undergraduate research assistant. The specific responsibilities would depend on the project and the faculty member that the student chooses to work with.
- When is the application due?
The application deadline for the 2016-2017 year is September 28, 2016.
- I am graduating at the end of the Winter, 2017 quarter. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes you are eligible. However, priority and preference will be given to students who are enrolled through the Spring quarter.
- May I choose a faculty member outside of UCLA’s Economics Department to do research with?
No. This program is for students who are interested in Economics research only.
- Do I have to be an Economics or Business Economics major to participate?
Yes. Only students majoring in Economics or Business Economics may participate in this program.
- When will I hear if I have been awarded a research fellowship?
UCLA Economics Research Fellows will be announced along with the UCLA Sharpe Fellows in October of 2016.
- Who is sponsoring this program?
The UCLA Economics Research Fellows Program is sponsored by the UCLA Economics Board of Visitors. The Department is grateful for their commitment to undergraduate education.