A conversation about: RISE Rice Initiative for the Study of Economics RISE The Rice Initiative for the Study of Economics (RISE) is a multi-year plan to enhance research and teaching in economics at Rice University. The launching of the Initiative recognizes that research and teaching in economics are critical both to the academic endeavor of the university and to making effective policy decisions in the world. RISE The mission of RISE is to create an environment for research and teaching that will enhance the role of Rice University as one of the leading institutions in the world for the study of economics. RISE The main goals of the Initiative are: 1. To promote and support the efforts of faculty and students in advancing the science of economics. 2. To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and research results within and outside of the Rice academic community. 3. To foster a better understanding of the importance of economic research in the formulation and assessment of public policy. RISE The main components of the Initiative are: 1. The recruitment of new faculty in the Economics Department and also of new faculty with joint appointments in other Schools. 2. The revamping of the economics curriculum both at the undergraduate and the graduate level. 3. The launch of a new professional Master’s Program in Energy Economics. 4. A fundraising campaign. RISE Economics is the study of how individuals, firms and other organizations make choices and interact, taking into account constraints on their behavior. It is central to what we do as human beings. Regardless of profession, it plays a critical role in daily life. The study of economics provides training in economic principles and provides a useful background for students preparing for a wide range of careers, including law, public service, business, and non-profit management. RISE Mathematics Economics Economic Theory ECONOMIC ISSUES Statistics Econometrics RISE Mathematics Economics Economic Theory Statistics Econometrics ECONOMIC ISSUES A WRONG MODEL RISE Mathematics Economics Economic Theory Statistics Econometrics ECONOMIC ISSUES ANOTHER WRONG MODEL RISE Mathematics Economics Economic Theory Statistics Econometrics ECONOMIC ISSUES THE RISE MODEL What does RISE mean for Rice undergrads? More world-renowned faculty Great researchers and outstanding teachers Reduce sizes of existing classes Provide more access to electives Offer new classes, e.g., Spring 2015: • Political Economics (ECON 432) • Economics of Human Capital (ECON 462) • International Trade (ECON 420) What else for the undergraduate program? Restructuring of our ECON and MTEC majors Revamp honors and awards program Resurrect the Economics Honor Society Streamlined and more transparent procedures for transfer credit (Flávio Cunha) And a great new web site, including information on research opportunities and internships Who are the contacts for academic advising? George Zodrow, Director of Undergraduate Studies, BKH 260 Flávio Cunha, Transfer Credit Advisor and Major Advisor, BKH 270 Jim Brown, Major Advisor, BKH 250 Peter Hartley, Major Advisor, BKH 262 Coordinated office hours: Tues & Fri afternoons New Undergraduate Program Coordinator For the first time, we have an Undergraduate Program Coordinator: Jessica Diaz, BKH 257 Jessica is the initial contact person for all questions about the undergraduate program And responsible for “branding” receptions, new newsletter, Facebook page, update website, ECON caps and t-shirts, etc.
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