The Economics Society is an organization for students with an interest in the field of economics. Approximately half of the current 50+ majors are involved in the Society, which meets biweekly. Its purpose is to foster friendships, develop leadership skills, encourage professional development, engage in community service projects, and of course, have fun!
Among many activities, Economics Society members look forward to attending the annual Winter Institute Business and Economic Leadership Summit in St. Cloud, Minnesota, to learn from and interact with nationally prominent economists. Invited presenters include leading economic strategists and global thinkers, who offer insights and predictions about national and international economic events. The 2011 conference featured James Heckman, 2000 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics.
During research seminars and panel discussions, students are active participants in the economic discourse focused on economic growth, employment and inflation. More than 20 MSUM students annually attend this conference, which is supported by student activity fees and department alumni donations.
The Economics Society assists the department in sponsoring alumni speakers, such as the April 2011 speaker, Jeff Dewitt, Finance Manager with Microsoft, Redmond, Washington. Society members enjoy a variety of social activities such as curling, Wii bowling, attending Red Hawks baseball games and participating in MSUM’s homecoming parade.
Natasha Smith talks about her experience