Honors Thesis Coffee Hour Promotes Undergraduate Student Research
Jan. 24, 2020
Managerial Economics and Economics undergraduate students participating in this year’s Honors Thesis program will once again present their research in short presentations at the end of the winter quarter.
The Honors Thesis Coffee hour was held in the fall quarter of 2019, and hosted jointly by the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) and the UC Davis Department of Economics. Faculty and students from the Undergraduate Honors Thesis program in both departments were in attendance. The event gave participating students an opportunity to share their research projects with ARE and Economics faculty as well as graduate students, and to gain valuable feedback and insight.
At the November 2019 gathering, ARE program coordinator, Kristin Kiesel, welcomed students and faculty and encouraged the honors students to use the informal setting to speak with as many of the faculty and graduate students as they could in order to get a broad spectrum of feedback. Economics program coordinator and faculty advisor for all of the participating economics majors, Giovanni Peri, was also in attendance and further encouraged students to take advantage of the research expertise in the room.
The thesis topics addressed by this year’s cohort include topics such as: movie box office predictors in the age of streaming, the impact of reduced access to abortions on the female labor force in Texas, the UK’s economic performance before and after Brexit, the impact of access to microfinance to women in India, and factors that influence pollutant emissions and energy consumption in China. Click here to view each participant’s research topic, as outlined in the coffee hour brochure.
The Undergraduate Honors Thesis class is a two-quarter program designed to give outstanding, committed, and hard-working students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member and get involved in academic research. Over the course of two quarters and with the guidance of the program coordinator and an assigned faculty advisor, students develop a thesis topic and prepare an original, independent research paper. The program presents students with an invaluable opportunity to develop their research, communication and presentation skills, and prepares them for an academic career or leadership positions in industry. The program is open to seniors majoring in Managerial Economics with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
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