Student Leadership Opportunity

First Year Programs is currently recruiting for our First-year Interest Group (FIG) Leader and Orientation Leader (OL) student positions!

The FIG program is looking for students from all departments who are UW-Seattle undergraduates with strong organizational skills and a genuine interest in working with freshmen as they face the challenges and opportunities presented to them as new students. FIG Leadersteach a 2-credit course to new Freshman students in Autumn 2019!

Orientation Leaders play a vital role in the orientation process, working closely with new students and their families on a wide variety of topics including academics, student involvement, housing options, and more. Orientation Leaders work during summer quarter and are paid 30-40/hrs per week.

Leadership in FYP Workshops: (All workshops will be held in MGH 120)

  • Wednesday 1/23 9:30 am
  • Friday 1/25 4:00 pm

The application deadline is Sunday, January 27th!

Applications are available online at fypadmin.

FIG 2019.pdf

FYP Positions OL & FIG.pdf

OL 2019.pdf

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UVic MA Economics Apply Today!

Dear Prospective Students,

The Economics Department at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, is currently accepting applications for the September 2019 MA in Economics program. Our two-year research-based MA program covers a balance of theoretical and applied economics, offers a unique co-op program with exciting opportunities to gain professional experience, personal interactions with professors, many opportunities to conduct research, and has a proven placement record in high level public sector careers. The application deadline is in February 1st. Apply today!

Thank you,

Charlene Toews

Graduate Secretary

Department of Economics

University of Victoria

P: 250-472-4409

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Columbia’s QMSS MA Program

For the last 18 years, the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) MA program at Columbia University has been training graduate students to use sophisticated statistical techniques to thrive in an increasingly data-rich world. QMSS counts hundreds of data scientists, senior analysts and Ph.D.s among its alumni, working at top institutions like Google, Facebook, McKinsey Consulting, American Express, the Federal Reserve Bank, the United Nations, NYU, Princeton, Berkeley, and Duke.

We are looking for students of the highest caliber who may be interested in joining our program.

The application deadline for Fall 2019 admission to QMSS is February 15th. Apply HERE.

We recently hosted a Virtual Open House, where we talked about what makes QMSS so special. Visit it here. Learn even more about us at

Why is QMSS such a uniquely valuable MA program? It not only offers rigorous interdisciplinary academic training, but it also provides amazing flexibility for students to pursue research across a broad range of topics. QMSS students enter with varying amounts of formal quantitative and social science training, but all of them graduate with advanced statistical methods applicable to many fields, including finance, data science, marketing analytics, social media, public policy, sociology, economics, political science or psychology.

Program Highlights:

Academic Resources: QMSS continues to be at the vanguard of the ever-changing field of data science by updating and expanding our curriculum to reflect the latest methodological innovations. Courses added just within the last two years include Data Mining, Data Visualization, Modern Data Structures, Applied Data Science, Bayesian Data Analysis and Social Network Analysis. Other popular offerings include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Econometrics and Time Series Analysis. QMSS also offers access to renowned faculty through our unique relationships with the various departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, as well as with Columbia’s many professional schools.

Programs of Study: In addition to our Traditional Track, which offers the most flexibility for course selection, QMSS has developed four focuses: Flexible, Data Science, Economics, and Experiments. These tracks provide structured plans of study in specific areas of interest. We also offer the option of doing the program on a full-time or part-time basis.

Research Assistantship Program: QMSS matches many of our students with Columbia faculty as RAs. Approximately a quarter of our students are currently working with faculty as RAs to produce original, cutting-edge research.

QMSS Student/Alumni Engagement: QMSS is one of the oldest MA programs of its kind and therefore is proud to have produced hundreds of alumni who have gone on to have a large impact in a wide array of professions. Current students lead an on-campus organization that allows QMSS to actively engage current and former students in programs and academic discussions around innovative techniques for data analysis.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at qmss, and we would be happy to answer them.

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Nick Lardy, PIIE, End of Economic Reform in China? Jan 24th, LAW 138


Dr. Nicholas Lardy, Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)

Thursday, January 24th, 5:30-7:30 pm

William H. Gates Hall (LAW) Room 138

*The event is free and open to the public.

*RSVP is required. Please go to for registration.

*For more information, please email chinauscommittee.

About the event:

China’s extraordinarily rapid economic growth since 1978, driven by market-oriented reforms, has set world records and continued unabated, despite predictions of an inevitable slowdown. With the resurgence of the state in China’s economy, are we expecting the end of economic reform? How will China’s economic policy proceed under the current U.S.-China trade dispute? For our third lecture, we are honored to have renowned China expert Dr. Nicholas Lardy with us.

Dr. Lardy mobilizes new data to trace how Chinese President Xi Jinping has consistently championed state-owned or controlled enterprises, encouraging local political leaders and financial institutions to prop up ailing, underperforming companies that are a drag on China’s potential. As with his previous analyses, Dr. Lardy’s perspective departs from conventional wisdom, especially in its contention that China could achieve a high growth rate for the next two decades—if it reverses course and returns to the path of market-oriented reforms.

Professor David Bachman (Jackson School of International Studies), Professor Susan Whiting (Department of Political Science), and Professor Dongsheng Zang (School of Law) will serve as discussants.

The China-U.S. Dialogue Lecture Series is organized by the Committee on China-U.S. Dialogue at UW and co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of Washington, the UW School of Law, the UW Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and HUA-Voice Radio.

About our speaker:

Dr. Nicholas R. Lardy is the Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. A Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan, Dr. Lardy joined the Peterson Institute in March 2003 from the Brookings Institution, where he was a senior fellow from 1995 until 2003. Before Brookings, he was the director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington from 1991 to 1995. From 1997 through the spring of 2000, he was also the Frederick Frank Adjunct Professor of International Trade and Finance at the Yale University School of Management. He is an expert on the Chinese economy.

Dr. Lardy’s most recent books are Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China (2014), Sustaining China’s Economic Growth after the Global Financial Crisis(2012), The Future of China’s Exchange Rate Policy (2009), and China’s Rise: Challenges and Opportunities (2008). His previous book, Integrating China into the Global Economy, published in January 2002, explores whether reforms of China’s economy and its foreign trade and exchange rate systems following China’s WTO entry will integrate it much more deeply into the world economy. In September 1998, he published China’s Unfinished Economic Revolution, a study that evaluates the reform of China’s banking system and measures the economic consequences of deferring reform in the state-owned sector. Dr. Lardy is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the editorial boards of Asia Policy and the China Review.

We look forward to seeing you on January 24th at LAW 138!


Zhiqin Gao


Committee on China-U.S. Dialogue

University of Washington

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Economics and Ag Economics PhD programs at Iowa State

We offer rigorous Ph.D. programs in economics and agricultural economics with field concentrations in Agricultural Economics, Applied Econometrics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Financial Economics, Industrial Organization, International Economics, Labor/Public Economics, and Macroeconomics.

Our unique department is housed in both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), and strong faculty engage in a complementary blend of theoretical and applied research. All students, regardless of field, are given a solid foundation in economic theory and econometric methods.

The standard financial aid offer for successful Ph.D. applicants is an assistantship for 5 years, starting around $24,000 per year with a full tuition waiver. Additional fellowships are available for the most promising applicants.

Ames, with a population of about 63,000 (40 minutes north of Des Moines), is consistently ranked as one of the best small cities in the country.

The application deadline is January 15, but I’ll make exceptions for applicants who need a little more time after receiving this email.


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Winter Quarter A&S Career Launch Workshops! Register via Handshake ASAP!

Career Launch Workshop

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Career & Internship Center [134 Mary Gates Hall], Lobby, Seattle, Washington, United States

Who Should Attend: This interactive workshop is for anyone. By the end of this session, you will have crafted a mission statement about who you are, what you care about, and how you want to make an impact, all of which can be immediately put to use in your resume or LinkedIn, at networking events and beyond.

When you tell people your major, how often do you hear: “What will you do with that?” You might have heard an advisor or someone tell you, “You can do anything you want!” But is that any less stressful? The truth is that very few people know what their purpose is before doing the work that becomes their purpose.

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Wastewater Survey Distribution for Capstone Project

Dear University of Washington students and staff,

My name is Ankush Puri and I’m an undergraduate senior in the Program on the Environment, working with Cascadia Consulting Group on their wastewater education campaign for my capstone project (which is a 3-quarter course series including an internship with a partner organization, scholarly study in producing an academic report, and poster presentation at the Capstone Symposium).

I’m writing to ask if you could fill out a five-minute survey that will help Seattle Public Utilities – your waste and sewer services provider – better understand disposal preferences and practices among the university community.

We realize this survey asks personal, and sometimes awkward questions. By answering, you are helping Seattle Public Utilities recognize practices that could impact Seattle sewer services. Your responses to the survey questions are intended to be anonymous.

Below is a link to take the survey online. Please respond before November 30, 2018.

Recipients of this survey can receive a free Chinook Book mobile app coupon code. Up to 300 codes are available. Chinook Book provides discounts and offers from a carefully-selected community of local businesses who are committed to environmental and socially responsible business practices. If you are interested, please visit the link below to provide your email address:

Your email will not be linked to your survey response.

Please feel free to contact me (ankushp) with any questions or comments, and or let me know if you (or an RSO/student or staff group you represent) would like to further discuss or potentially collaborate on this project.

Thank you so much, your response is much appreciated!

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