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Econ Software Workshops

The Department of Economics would like to announce their Economics Statistical Software Workshops!  These Workshops have been created to give students exposure to Stata and SPSS, statistical software to aid in semester projects and future endeavors like graduate school or a variety of careers.  The workshops are split into 3 levels and will be offered at various points throughout the semester.  The first workshop will cover the basics of setting up Stata or SPSS and getting your data ready for use, and you may take additional levels to learn more about these programs and work with data sets. 

The Workshops are created with Economic majors in mind and the application of the methodologies used within the field. Priority registration given to economics majors (undergraduates and graduates)~ if the workshops have space other majors will be able to register. Read more about our Stata or SPSS workshops.

Workshops fill quickly, so make sure you notify us if you are no longer able to attend so we may allow another student to register (students who register and do not show at the workshop without cancelling two or more hours in advance will be charged a fee and restricted from attending future workshops for a certain period of time)!  We add various workshops throughout the semester, so please continue to check our events page throughout the semester.Register

**Registration Required: View our Events Page for upcoming Workshops & to Register**

Stata

Stata is a complete, integrated statistical software package that provides everything you need for data analysis, data management, and graphics

Stata I Workshop:

This will be the first in a series of three workshops designed to introduce Stata to undergraduate students who may be required to perform statistical computations for course projects or who may be considering a graduate degree or career in Economics.  The first workshop will provide students with the very basic introduction to Stata and is designed for students with no prior experience using the software.  Topics that will be covered include the different areas of the Stata Interface, opening/importing a dataset, and performing basic functions for “cleaning” up your data. 

These workshops are designed for Economics students and research practices that students may need to utilize.  Students should plan to bring an existing Stata dataset or a dataset within an Excel file to the workshop.  We recommend that you use a dataset that you will be using for a project.  If you do not have access to an existing dataset, or have not finished accumulating your data, the Economics Department will provide access to a generic dataset for use during the workshop.  

** We will not be covering regressions or computations in this section.  Regression will be covered in Economics Stata II and III workshops.

Stata II Workshop:

This will be the second in the series of three workshops designed to introduce Stata to undergraduate students who may be required to perform statistical computations for course projects or who may be considering a graduate degree or career in Economics.  The second workshop will provide students with the very basic commands for Stata to perform various regressions types and outputs.  Topics that will be covered include new variable creation, different regression commands, statistic tests, and recording/tracking your work. 

These workshops are designed for Economics students and research practices that students may need to utilize.  Students should plan to bring an existing Stata dataset or a dataset within an Excel file to the workshop.  We recommend that you use a dataset that you will be using for a project.  If you do not have access to an existing dataset, or have not finished accumulating your data, the Economics Department will provide access to a generic dataset for use during the workshop.  A basic understanding of importing data and set up commands is required.  These will be covered in the Economics Stata Workshop I.

For questions on the workshops, please feel free to email Brad Hemenway hemenwa2@illinois.edu.  Brad is the developer for these workshops and will be the lecturer.

** Please note that we will not be covering any methodology in these workshops, we will only be going through how to operate Stata.  If you are unsure on what functions or operations you need to execute in your project, you should seek advice from your professor or a tutor.

Stata III Workshop:

More information on this workshop will be provided soon.

Stata Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I still attend a workshop if I am not registered?
    Please attend the workshop only if you were able to register! We have a limited number of Stata licenses and, therefore, can only accomodate a certain number of students for each workshop. If you attempt to register and are not able, the workshop is full.
  • What should I bring with me to the workshop?
    You do NOT need to bring a computer, nor do you need to have Stata. We will provide both at the workshop. You may bring a pen and paper if you plan to take notes, but all workshops will take place in a computer lab. On the day of the workshop, you will receive an email with special instructions for your particular workshop.
  • How long are the workshops?
    The workshops will last approximately one hour. There will be time at the end of each workshops for questions.
  • Who is teaching these workshops?
    Brad Hemenway (hemenwa2@illinois.edu) will be leading all of our Stata Workshops this smester. He is a professor of Economics at Richland Community College, as well as a current Ph.D student studying Higher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. You may contact him with any questions regarding these workshops.
  • How do I know which level I should sign up for?
    Stata I-no experience with Stata
    Stata II-basic experience with Stata
    Stata III-intermediate/advanced experience with Stata
    If you unsure of your experience, you may contact Brad for further advice.
  • Will you offer more Stata workshops this semester?
    Yes, we intend to offer several more workshops this semester. Once we finalize dates and times, we will email information out to all students.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the Econ Stata Workshops?

You may contact Brad (hemenwa2@illinois.edu) or Nick (nmelros2@illinois.edu) if you have any additional questions or suggestions!

SPSS

SPSS Statistics is a software package used for statistical analysis. Long produced by SPSS Inc., it was acquired by IBM in 2009. The current versions (2015) are officially named IBM SPSS Statistics. Companion products in the same family are used for survey authoring and deployment (IBM SPSS Data Collection), data mining (IBM SPSS Modeler), text analytics, and collaboration and deployment (batch and automated scoring services).

SPSS I Workshop:

The workshops will last approximately one hour and is meant for students who have little to no experience with SPSS software.

SPSS II Workshop:

The workshops will last approximately one hour and are meant for students who have a basic knowledge of and experience with SPSS. It is highly encouraged that students first complete the SPSS I Workshop before attending SPSS II.

Stata Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I still attend a workshop if I am not registered?
    Please attend the workshop only if you were able to register! We have a limited number of SPSS licenses and, therefore, can only accomodate a certain number of students for each workshop. If you attempt to register and are not able, the workshop is full.
  • What should I bring with me to the workshop?
    You do NOT need to bring a computer, nor do you need to have SPSS. We will provide both at the workshop. You may bring a pen and paper if you plan to take notes, but all workshops will take place in a computer lab. On the day of the workshop, you will receive an email with special instructions for your particular workshop.
  • How long are the workshops?
    The workshops will last approximately one hour. There will be time at the end of each workshops for questions.
  • Who is teaching these workshops?
    Bradi Neal (bneal4@illinois.edu) will be leading all of our SPSS Workshops this smester. She is a current Ph.D. student studying Higher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. You may contact her with any questions regarding these workshops.
  • How do I know which level I should sign up for?
    SPSS I-no experience with SPSS
    SPSS II-basic experience with SPSS
    SPSS III-intermediate/advanced experience with SPSS
    If you unsure of your experience, you may contact Bradi for further advice.
  • Will you offer more SPSS workshops this semester?
    Yes, we intend to offer several more workshops this semester. Once we finalize dates and times, we will email information out to all students.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the Econ Stata Workshops?

You may contact Bradi (bneal4@illinois.edu) or Nick (nmelros2@illinois.edu) if you have any additional questions or suggestions!

 

Other Opportunities:

We encourage students to get involved within the Department of Economics and throughout campus to have a greater experience, expand relationships and networks, build skills, making you more prepared post-graduation. College is a great time to explore your interests as there are organizations, clubs, groups, societies, and a large number of opportunities available. We have listed some good opportunities both within the Department and on campus, and we are always happy to discuss options during advising appointments! Experience Economics @ Illinois!

econ ambassadors
Econ Ambassadors

Please see the Econ Ambassadors page for more information.
The mission of Econ Ambassadors is to represent the Department of Economics in various capacities and act as a student advisory committee for the Undergraduate Studies Office. Econ Ambassadors are selected from declared Economics Undergraduate Majors in their junior or senior year, based on strong academics, demonstrated leadership and involvement, and commitment to the Department, College, and University both while in school and as alumni.

econ club
Economics Club

The purpose of UIUC Economics club is to share economics-related information and help you to understand what economics is. Unemployment rate rising, gas price reaching almost $4 per gallon, cost of living reaching above the limit, there are so many reasons why you need to understand economics and be prepared for the future.

No matter what you are majoring in, understanding economics has become very important. We strongly suggest you to join UIUC economics club to increase your knowledge in economics. Regardless of your major, you are always welcome to join us. For more information, including how you may join the Econ Club, view the webpage (http://go.illinois.edu/EconClub), send an email (econclubuiuc@gmail.com), or visit their Econ Club Facebook.

women in economics
Illini Women in Economics

This is a new initiative to encourage more participation in economics and relevant support, resources, and opportunities. Currently, we are in the brainstorming stages, planning for the upcoming summer and 2015-2016 academic year. We welcome women at all levels (undergraduate, Master's, PhD, Faculty, and Alumna). If you are interested in joining, please contact Melissa Newell (menewell@illinois.edu).

Illinois in Washington
Illinois in Washington

Live, learn and intern in DC with Illinois in Washington
Come learn more about this academic internship program open to all Illinois undergraduates. Students live in Washington, DC, for a semester or summer, intern 4 days a week and take U of I classes.

Visit www.washington.illinois.edu and Illinois in Washington Facebook

research
Research & Independent Study

See Our Research Page for More Information
Students may work with a faculty member within the Department of Economics and earn credit for an Independent Study. Most of the formal research opportunities are for graduate students in the Department, but there are many undergraduate students who secure research opportunities through our faculty or other areas on campus. Please read through the information on the 'Reseach' page to find out more about the process.

Margolis Market Information Lab (MIL)
And the Infinium Capital Management Trading Lab (TL) at the College of Business, University of Illinois. Launched in 2009 by a landmark gift from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trust, the Market Information Lab has become one of the most highly utilized university finance labs in the United States. It is equipped with state-of-the-art electronic sources of financial and business data and software products used globally by industry firms.
During the fall and spring semesters the MIL staff teaches over 200 instructional workshops to provide students with hands-on practice with these software applications. We believe that exposure to these tools at an early stage will help prepare Illinois students to become future leaders within the finance industry.
Our mission is to be a leader in educating the next generation of managers in better understanding financial research and risk management tools, and to provide a cutting-edge learning environment where students from the University of Illinois will be known for being best equipped to enter the vast world of finance.
Open to all Students: https://business.illinois.edu/mil/

study abroad
Study Abroad

We highly recommend students participate in a study abroad program. Not only is it a wonderful experience, a time to explore a different country and culture, as well as a good addition to your college life, but you also earn Illinois credit through most programs.
The Economics Undergraduate Office works closely with study abroad to develop programs in different countries and promote opportunities to our students.
Please work with your advisor to decide the best semester to study abroad. In most cases, we encourage you to seek out any program for which you are interested, even if they do not offer any major courses. Most students may take a semester off of their major coursework to explore a minor, general electives, or interest areas.
Please visit our Econ Study Abroad Website and the campus Study Abroad Website and office to learn more about the programs. Study Abroad Scholarships Available!

Illini Investment Club:
Another entirely student led and run organization, this group of students focuses on providing other students with the information on investing money, how to navigate the financial market, and the tools needed to build your own investment portfolio. The group meets every Wednesday evening at 7 PM. Friend them at www.facebook.com/illiniinvestment for updates on meetings and events!

Leadership Center:
The Illinois Leadership Center provides students with opportunities to develop, or enhance, essential leadership skills. Their programs and services provide leadership training through both academic coursework and experiential programming. They help provide the ‘experience you need for life’ to be successful in your community, organizations, and relationships. For more information, visit the website at: www.illinoisleadership.uiuc.edu

Research Park
Research Park at the University of Illinois

Research Park provides an environment where technology-based businesses can work with faculty and students to take advantage of opportunities for collaborative research and easy access to University labs, equipment, and services. Over 90 companies have space in Research Park, many of them are global leaders in their fields (ADM, Abbott Laboratories, Abbvie, AB InBev, Caterpillar, Deere & Company, Grainger, State Farm, Yahoo, and many more.

There are many opportunities for Economics Students to work at Research Park part-time, full-time, or completing an internship. Below are some positions that have been posted recently; to see the current opportunities, please view their Job Board.
Full-Time: Data Analytics and Finance/Economics (Anheuser-Busch Inbev Bud Analytics Lab); Data Analytics and Project Management and Sales and Business Professional (Turn, Inc. ); Research (Illinois Applied Research Institute)
Part-Time: Data Analyst and IT Analyst and IT Research (John Deere Techonology Innovation Center); Data Analytics (Dow Chemical)
Internships: Administrative Support Services (Akuna Capital); Data Analytics (Enterpriseworks and Research Park Staff); Data Analytics (John Deere Technology Innovation Center).

Research Park Career Fair: April 8th, 2015 4:30-7:00pm in the John Deer Building

GLOBE
GLOBE: Global Leaders Orange & Blue Engagement

GLOBE (Global Leaders: Orange and Blue Engagement) is the program that connects international and domestic students and enhance the student experience of Illinois. Orange students (New international students) will be teamed up with Blue students (Experienced domestic and international students) based on their academic, social, and cultural interests. The groups will meet weekly for their own planned activities such as coffee hour, cooking together, watching sports, attending concerts. . .etc. All groups will also be invited to monthly cultural events organized by GLOBE coordinators. Through various forms of activities, we work to provide our students a platform where they could build international connection, develop leadership skills, global awareness and cultural competency. Read More on the GLOBE Facebook Page.

Click to Apply as a Blue Member


OVP
Office of Volunteer Programs

The Office of Volunteer Programs, known as OVP, promotes community service by encouraging students to donate their time and volunteer for the local community. OVP takes students' interests into account and pairs them accordingly with opportunities where they gain invaluable experience through public engagement. Year after year, University students volunteer thousands of dedicated hours in the Champaign-Urbana community. Visit their website: http://iss.illinois.edu/about.asp

Illinois Connection
Illinois Connection: Advocacy Network for the University of Illinois

Illinois Connection is the grassroots, advocacy network for the University of Illinois. Through this initiative alumni, students, faculty and friends serve as advocates for the University to ensure support from the state and federal government. By joining Illinois Connection, you will become part of a growing network of nearly 14,000 loyal alumni, students, donors and friends.
As a vital part of this initiative, you decide your own level of involvement. You can choose to:
* Share your "UI experience" with your personal and professional network
* Write your legislators an email during key decision making times
* Send a letter-to-the-editor in support of the University
* Meet with your elected official
Help them advocate for state and federal funding, student financial aid, and research -- which will help ensure a bright, successful future for the University of Illinois.
Visit their website: www.illinoisconnection.org
Illinois Connection Facebook: www.facebook.com/ICAdvocatesDay at the Capital

Join Illinois Connection for the Student Day at the Capital each Spring. Be the voice of the University of Illinois and have an amazing experience visiting the Capital in Springfield, Illinois!
The University of Illinois uses state funding to help maintain its campuses, recruit preeminent professors, invest in new technologies, and, most importantly, provide grants and scholarships to bright, deserving students—like you.
State funding is important.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed a 31.5 percent—or nearly $209 million—reduction in such monies to the University of Illinois.
Become an advocate for the University of Illinois and higher education at the University of Illinois Student Day at the Capitol. This annual advocacy event empowers students with the knowledge and tools to speak with state legislators on issues affecting students and the University. Participation in this event is free (meals and transportation provided). View Upcoming Illinois Connection Events.

student senate
Student Senate

The Illinois Student Senate, or ISS, serves as the "Official Voice of the Student Body" at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is committed to representing the views and needs of the student body to campus administration, local, state, and federal governments. The Student Senate also focuses on bettering the campus community for all students. The organization is comprised of over 100 members who are dedicated to serving this community and are committed to excellence. The Illinois Student Senate is comprised of four officers, the Student Trustee, a team of executive staff, 54 senators, six standing committees and five subcommittees, and a team of interns. The four officers, which are the President, Vice President-External, Vice President-Internal, and Treasurer, are elected by the senators. Senators are elected in March by students in their respective college to serve on senate for the next academic year. Visit their wesbite: http://iss.illinois.edu/about.asp

Other Opportunities

Honors Programs

LAS Honors: http://www.las.illinois.edu/students/honors/
Econ Honor Society Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE): http://www.economics.illinois.edu/undergrad/students/ode/
Econ Graduation with Distinction: http://www.economics.illinois.edu/undergrad/students/distinction/

Awards and Scholarships

Economics Awards & Scholarships: http://www.economics.illinois.edu/undergrad/students/awards/