Raising Interest in Economics – St. Lawrence University Saints

by | Nov 7, 2022 | Financial

Following a competitive review process, Haydee Matos ’25 and Zenani Mabuza ’24 connected with economics industry experts and explored potential career paths during the Expanding Diversity in Economics Summer Institute at the University of Chicago, an opportunity they credit to guidance from their St. Lawrence faculty mentors.
Hosted by the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI), the program supports talented undergraduate students from a broad range of backgrounds interested in economics with the goal of increasing the number of students majoring in economics and pursuing a graduate program or a career in the field. This year’s cohort welcomed just 43 participants from 30 U.S.-based institutions in 17 states.

Zenani visits the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

“As an aspiring financial economist, I enjoyed being exposed to the different career fields that my economics major could be applied to, especially during our visits to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and The Northern Trust Asset Management company. I unexpectedly developed a newfound interest in the field of labor economics,” said Zenani, an economics and mathematics combined major and double minor in statistics and francophone studies. 
For three weeks, Haydee and Zenani listened to daily guest lectures from experts in the field of economics, attended events, and completed microeconomic inquiry and applied economic analysis courses instructed by economists from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, and Harris School of Public Policy. 
“I enjoyed the networking events that connected our cohort to current Uchicago students, professors, and impactful people in the field because I had conversations about academics and personal growth,” says Haydee, an economics major and educational studies minor. “Meeting people who are similar to me in certain aspects motivated me to work harder and learn more.”
The pair credit the hands-on learni …

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