Recent Events

66ESU Flunch Series:

Coffee Chat with Emma Rasiel:

Our first Econ Flunch session featured Professor Emma Rasiel, Director of the Financial Education Partnership (FEP), on Thursday, September 25th at 4pm in Twinnies Cafe. With an MBA from Wharton School of Business and a PhD in Finance at Fuqua, Dr Rasiel is a phenomenal professor and an enthusiastic mentor. Before becoming a professor at Duke, she was an Executive Director in the London office of Goldman Sachs, a leading investment bank, where she traded bond options. At Duke Professor Rasiel teaches Intermediate Finance, the core class of the Finance Minor at Duke.

Lunch with Michelle Connolly:

ESU hosted a flunch on Tuesday, November 18th at 11:45 AM with Professor Michelle Connolly. Professor Connolly previously served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission in 2006-2007 and 2008-2009, and as an Economist for the International Research Function for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1996 to 1997. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Yale University in 1990, and went on to earn her M.A. and M.Phil in economics. Professor Connolly received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 1996.

Lunch with David Banks:

ESU hosted a flunch on Thursday, November 6th at 11:45 AM with Professor David Banks. Professor Banks has a PhD in Statistical Science and teaches many courses at Duke, including the Statistics 111 course for Economics majors. Professor Banks has done statistics research on risk analysis, Bayesian game theory, statistical learning and data mining, computational advertising, epidemiology, and national security. As one of the most prominent members of the Statistics department here at Duke, Professor Banks is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Statistical Association.

ESU Fall 2014 Student Internship Panel:

ESU was excited to host a “Discover the Diverse Opportunities for Econ Students” panel this Tuesday, 18th at 6PM in LSRC A247. We have panelists from all fields joining us– finance, consulting, economic development, marketing, operations, and more. If you’re not sure what you would like to pursue with your Econ interest or what internship opportunities are out there, this is the event for YOU.

The students in our panel worked at a variety of different companies:

Albright Stonebridge Group (Global Strategic Advisory)- David Robertson
Bank of America (Sales and Trading)- Ruby Hohensee
BlackRock (Investment Strategy)- Tony Hernandez
Boston Consulting Group (Management Consulting)- Alex Saldana
NBA (Global Marketing Partnership)- Daniel Reiff
Prudential (Credit Research)- Emily Brown
Ralph Lauren (Global Manufacturing, Strategy, & Operations)- Pauline Vargas
United Talent Agency (Entertainment Agent Trainee)- Cassie Goldring

ESU Faculty Mentorship Program:

The Faculty Mentorship Program is designed to create long-lasting and meaningful relationships between students and faculty of the Duke Economics department. If selected, participants of the program will engage in biweekly sessions with their faculty mentor in a small group setting and engage in discussions regarding economics, current events or other spontaneous topics. The FMP program will include an assortment of on-campus meetups as well as off-campus outings.

ESU started off our faculty mentorship program by inviting Professor Thomas Nechyba to be a personal advisor and mentor to six chosen applicants.

Known among the undergraduate students for his course on Intermediate Microeconomics (Econ 201), Professor Nechyba is admired for his excellence in teaching as well as his in-depth research in the fields of public finance, fiscal federalism and the economics of education. Professor Nechyba’s experience in economics has garnered him numerous distinctions and honors, and more information about him can be found on his webpage and his CV. We believe he’ll be a great fit to start off the FMP program.



1 Comment

  1. Ziwei Zhao

    Hi, my name is Ziwei Zhao and I am a junior minoring in Econ. I was wondering if ESU had a listserv that I could be put on? I also wanted to know how I can register for the Nov. 18 event with Professor Michelle Connolly.

    Thank you.

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