The research paper is intended as a stepping stone to the dissertation – a stage in the student’s transition from consumption of economics to production. The goal is to write a paper in the style of published work in economics, that will ultimately serve as part of the student’s PhD dissertation, and be publishable in an economics journal. Research paper projects will proceed as follows:
1) By April 20 of the second year, a student must submit to the Director of Graduate Studies a two-page proposal for the research paper, along with the names of three faculty members to serve as members of the student’s research paper committee.
2) By May 5 of the second year, the three members of the student’s research paper committee must submit in writing, to the Director of Graduate Studies, their approval of the student’s research paper proposal.
3) By September 15 of the third year, the student must submit a completed research paper to the Director of Graduate Studies and to each of the three members of the student’s research paper committee.
4) By October 1 of the third year, the research paper committee members will each submit a report to the Director of Graduate Studies, with a recommendation: accept, reject, or revise.
5) The Graduate Committee, will determine, by October 15, whether research papers are accepted, rejected, or sent back for revision.
6) A student who is asked for a revision must submit the revised paper by December 15 of the third year.
7) Revised papers will be subject to the same review process as the original submission, and will ultimately be either accepted or rejected.
8) Students whose research papers are rejected are no longer in good academic standing and cannot continue in the PhD program.
9) Accepted research papers must be presented in a seminar setting during the third year to complete the research paper requirement.
Oral Presentation Requirement
The Graduate School requires students to have given a minimum of four public oral presentations of their work, not counting the dissertation proposal and final defense.
There are two parts to the teaching requirement:
1. 14 units (1 unit = 1 hour of instruction) of teaching experience at the basic level. A unit of teaching at the basic level consists of one hour communicating with a group of students or scholars. This could be an undergraduate lecture, a review session for undergraduate students, a discussion section for undergraduate students, for example.
2. 4 units of teaching experience at the advanced level. In economics, students typically fulfill this requirement by presenting papers in seminars or reading groups to groups of other graduate students and faculty, or through presentation of papers and poster sessions at professional conferences. If this component of the teaching requirement is satisfied by way of presentations in seminars or at conferences, those presentations can also fulfill the Oral Presentation Requirement.