16th Annual Economics Scholars Program Conference for Undergraduate Research


October 21, 2022 dallas

The Economics Scholars Program (ESP) is a collaborative effort between Austin College and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to foster the involvement of undergraduate economics students in all facets of research.

How can students participate in the conference?

Peer Review Committee

Current undergraduate students are invited to apply to be a member of the peer review committee. Peer review committee members are responsible for evaluating all conference submissions against a topic to determine which students should be offered a presentation or poster session. Members of the peer review committee attend virtual trainings on April 7, 14 and 21, 2022 and review submitted proposals for the conference in September. Candidates for the peer review committee must be currently enrolled and have taken intermediate courses in macroeconomics and microeconomics. Exceptions apply, please check with your professors to ensure you are able to perform the role described. Students who serve on the peer review committee are encouraged to attend the conference and may also participate as presenters, commentators, and session chairs. Application deadline: Monday, March 28, 2022.


Current undergraduate students conducting independent or co-authored research in any area of ​​economics and finance are encouraged to submit a proposal for consideration. Papers can be empirical, theoretical or analytical in nature. All submitted proposals will be reviewed by ESP’s peer review committee. If the proposals are accepted, students will have the opportunity to present their research in front of their peers during the presentation sessions on October 21. Presenters can also participate in the conference as discussants and/or session chairs. Proposal deadline: September 19, 2022.

Poster session presenters

Current undergraduate students who are conducting independent or co-authored research in all areas of economics and finance and encouraged to submit a proposal for a poster session. Proposals can be completed or ongoing research, but with results to present. If poster proposals are accepted, students will have the opportunity to present their research at the October 21 conference. Poster presenters can also serve as commentators and/or session chairs. Proposal deadline: September 19, 2022.

Session chairs

Session chairs are the hosts of presenters’ sessions. They ensure that speakers and presenters are on time and that sessions run smoothly. They will present the general themes of the session, introduce the presenters, manage the presentation times and the speakers’ responses, and moderate questions from the audience if there is time. The session chair is an excellent role for underclasses who are just beginning their economic education journey. Application deadline: September 19, 2022.


Speakers have two important responsibilities during the conference: to help attendees better understand the paper by reading the assigned paper very carefully and taking the time to understand the paper’s contributions, strengths and weaknesses, and by providing comments such as why and what can the author. do to improve the paper. The discussant role is designed for undergraduate students who have taken intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics courses, and a background in econometrics is particularly helpful. Application deadline: September 19, 2022.

Key dates


  • Monday March 7 : Peer Review Committee Applications Open
  • Monday, March 28 th : Close of peer review committee applications
  • Tuesday 29 March : Peer Review Committee Notification


  • Monday August 15: Proposals and registrations open
  • Monday, September 19: Closing of proposals
  • Monday, October 3: Notice of proposal
  • Friday, October 7: Final paper submission deadline for accepted proposals
  • Monday, October 10: Notification of session chair and commentator
  • Monday, October 17: Deadline for student and faculty registration
  • Friday, October 21: Conference


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