Upcoming MSPE Events

The MSPE Program offers unique enrichment activities that will enhance a student’s educational experience.

Activities such as orientation, field trips, seminars, and social events are organized to give students an opportunity to interact with their peers, program staff, and faculty, while at the same time learning something about American businesses/organizations.

2019-2020 MSPE Events

Orientation (mandatory for incoming fall 2019 students)
August 19 - 24, 2019
Fall 2019 MSPE Orientation Schedule
Various University of Illinois campus locations
Opportunity to get to know the other students in the program, learn more about specifics about their course of study and campus.

Picnic (social event)
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Elk’s Lake Pavilion, Lake of the Woods, Mahomet, IL
An opportunity for incoming and continuing MSPE students, program staff, and Economics faculty to interact.

Cummins (field trip)
September 19 - 21, 2019

Indianapolis, IN
www.cummins.com

Library Resources Presentation (seminar)
Monday, October 7, 2019
12:30 - 1:20 pm, 317 DKH
Presented by Professor Yoo-Seong Song School of Information Sciences
Focus: How best to utilize the University Library's immense resources in the most efficient and reliable way for your research projects.

Bruce Sacerdote, Dartmouth College (seminar)
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
1:30 - 2:00 pm, 317 DKH
Title: The Effects of the Post September 11, 2001 GI Bill on Higher Education and Earnings

David Neumark, University of California-Irvine (seminar)
Monday, October 28, 2019
1:20 - 1:50 pm, 317 DKH
Title: Here's Why David Neumark Thinks What He Thinks About the Minimum Wage, in 30 Minutes or Less

Monsanto/Bayer (field trip)
October 24 - 26, 2019

St. Louis, MO
www.monsanto.com

Eric Verhoogen, Columbia University (seminar)
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
1:15 - 1:45 pm, 317 DKH
Title: Organizational Barriers to Technology Adoption: Evidence from Soccer-Ball Producers in Pakistan

MSPE Career & Professionalism Boot Camp (workshop)
Saturday, November 16, 2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm, 1st floor DKH
A one-day career “boot camp” to help hone career seeking skills

Thanksgiving Luncheon (social event)
Friday, November 22, 2019
11:30 am - 1 pm
Illini Room B, Illini Union

Holiday Party (social event)
Friday, December 20, 2019
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Illinois Ballroom, I Hotel Conference Center

Graduation Dinner (social event)
Saturday, December 21, 2019
6 - 9 pm
Dinner honoring our fall 2019 graduating students
Chancellor Ballroom, I Hotel Conference Center

New York City, NY (spring break field trip)
March 15 – 20, 2020
Students will participate in four presentations at organizations such as the United Nations, Council on Foreign Relations, Moody's, and TIAA.

2018-2019 MSPE Events

Orientation (mandatory for incoming fall 2018 students)
August 20 - 27, 2018
http://www.mspe.illinois.edu/resources/incoming/orientation/
Various University of Illinois campus locations
Opportunity to get to know the other students in the program, learn more about specifics about their course of study and campus.

Picnic (social event)
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Elk’s Lake Pavilion, Lake of the Woods, Mahomet, IL
An opportunity for incoming and continuing MSPE students, program staff, and Economics faculty to interact.

David Evans, The World Bank (seminar)
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
12 - 12:50 pm, 215 DKH
Title: 2018 World Development Report on Education

Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) (field trip)
September 20 - 22, 2018

Chicago, IL
www.cboe.com
The CBOE is the world's largest options exchange and the leader in product innovation, options education, and trading volume.

Library Resources Presentation (seminar)
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
12 - 12:50 pm, 134 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
Presented by Professor Yoo-Seong Song School of Information Sciences
Focus: How best to utilize the University Library's immense resources in the most efficient and reliable way for your research projects.

Professor Manisha Shah, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (seminar)
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

12 - 12:50 pm, 206 DKH
Title: Economics of Prostitution and Sex Work

Ph.D. Info Session
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

12 - 12:50 pm, 325 DKH
Presented by Professor Stefan Krasa, Economics
Audience: Those MSPE students applying for a Ph.D. program starting fall 2019

Professor Gauti Eggertsson, Brown University (seminar)
Wednesday, October 24

12 - 12:50 pm, 206 DKH
Title: Secular Stagnation: Can it describe the macroeconomic situation in the U.S.?

Wells Fargo Advisors (field trip)
October 18 - 20, 2018

St. Louis, MO
www.wellsfargoadvisors.com
Wells Fargo Advisors, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo, is located in St. Louis. As of August 17, 2017, it was the ninth largest brokerage firm in the United States.

Thanksgiving Luncheon (social event)
Friday, November 16, 2018
11:30 am - 1 pm
Illini Room B, Illini Union

Fatih Karahan, Federal Reserve Bank of NY (seminar)
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

12 - 12:50 pm, 123 DKH
TITLE: Inequality and Its Implications for Monetary Policy

Holiday Party (social event)
Friday, December 21, 2018
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Ballroom, Alice Campbell Alumni Center

Graduation Dinner (social event)
Saturday, December 22, 2018
6 - 9 pm
Dinner honoring our fall 2018 graduating students
Chancellor Ballroom, I Hotel Conference Center

Deloitte (field trip)
February 14 - 16, 2019
Chicago, IL
www.deloitte.com
Deloitte is one of the "Big Four" accounting organizations that provide audit and assurance, consulting, risk and financial advisory, risk management, tax, and related services to clients. It is  the largest professional services network in the world by revenue and number of professionals.

Mike Doherty, Illinois Farm Bureau (seminar)
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

12:30 - 1:20 pm, 215B DKH
TITLE: Illinois Agriculture and the World Markets - Impact and Issues of Tariffs and Trade Agreements

Professor Ioana Marinescu, Univesity of Pennsylvania (seminar)
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

12:30 - 1:00 pm, 209 DKH
TITLE: Taking Economics from Academic Halls to Policy Circles: Challenges and Opportunities

Washington, DC (spring break field trip)
March 17 – 22, 2019
Students will participate in four presentations at organizations such as the Federal Trade Commission, Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank.

Graduation Dinner (social event)
Sunday, May 12, 2019
6 - 9 pm
Dinner honoring our spring and summer 2019 graduating students