Seniors who participate in the department honors program prepare and defend a thesis with close guidance from a professor. Recent honors projects have focused on collusion in major league baseball, the gender wage gap, and the efficiency of the crude oil market.
Open to sophomore, junior, and senior full-time Lafayette students in all disciplines who maintain a 3.25 GPA or higher, the prestigious EXCEL Scholars undergraduate research program gives students nominated by a faculty member an opportunity to pursue research alongside a faculty adviser/researcher. These studies open career doors for students, as the work is fully collaborative and involves cutting-edge research that pushes the boundaries of knowledge. The EXCEL Scholars program runs both semesters and during the summer. Students receive hourly wages and are provided housing during the summer session. Several students have co-authored published articles with faculty members based on their EXCEL projects. Feel free to reach out to the department head or any faculty member in the Economics Department about EXCEL research opportunities.
Students who are curious about the interdisciplinary aspect of an economics major may be interested in Lafayette’s Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project (EEGLP). Multidisciplinary teams of students and faculty work together to solve contemporary problems in a variety of places. Currently, the EEGLP team is working with residents in rural Honduran villages, New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, and Lafayette’s home city of Easton to facilitate social entrepreneurship and economic sustainability.
The Investment Club is a student-run organization that manages a portfolio of about 30 securities, most of which are stocks, valued at about $956,000. Students learn about investing firsthand by making decisions regarding the purchase and sale of securities, and observing the results of their actions. In addition to managing the portfolio, the club holds workshops to educate members about investing and Wall Street. Members invite speakers and organize trips to meet firms, gain exposure to Wall Street, and network with alumni in the financial world.