GSA Organization
Members consist of 2nd – 5th-year students of 2 to 3 people each and one student from any year to take on website duties. Thus core members are capped at 12 people but anyone who is willing to help are welcome to join.

At the end of Spring, emails are sent out to the first years to ask for volunteers to join GSA.
Once a semester we have a meeting: in the Fall to explain yearly activities to newcomers and touch base; in the Spring, at the end of the semester to elect new President.

Duties and Responsibilities

5th-year students

  • Officially None, 5th year students are just there to give advice
  • They are expected to help rallying their friends to help out with the mentoring program

4th-year students

  • Arranging Douglas North Honorary Lecture and Related Activities (dinner with speaker etc)
  • Arranging students who speak for the Breakfast Seminar
  • Breakfast for the seminar (can delegate to others, just make sure food is there)

3rd-year students

  • Starting summer going to the third year, set up conference details. Organize a conference in the Fall
  • In the Spring, email professor for next year’s Douglas North Honorary Lecture

2nd-year students

  • Email department about monthly department socials and picnic
  • Organize the socials and picnics, and the yearly activities

Website person

  • Organize website, frequently asked questions page, information

Additional Information

2nd-year students

  • The social is done every Thursday of the 3rd week. We usually do it at 3 Kings, but it is up to you where it should be held. Not too far is preferable. You guys can send an email on Monday that week to faculty and students, then usually another reminder on Thursday. If there is a picnic, you don’t need to have the social that month.
  • When the semester starts, both Fall and Spring, talk to Carissa about setting a date for the picnic since she has to make the reservation. John Nachbar likes Shaw Park although we have done this in Forest Park as well. We’ve done this noon or late afternoon. Once you have the date, email people again, usually ask them to sign up with Carissa and pay 5 dollars, then during before picnic day, Carissa will give you money and a Schnucks card to buy supplies. Make sure you ask your fellow classmates to help out. Also, ask Dorothy Peterson to see if there are leftover material from the undergrad BBQ that we can use, usually there are.
  • The yearly field trip in the Spring is completely up to you guys.

3rd-year students

  • Start of Spring or even in January, email invitation for the Douglas North Honorary Lecture because a lot of famous people are booked already.

The Economics Department’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a non-profit, student-run organization established for the benefit of all economics graduate students in the Department of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis. The GSA promotes scholarship, develops a spirit of cooperation and fellowship among economics graduate students, and fosters interaction between graduate students and faculty.

What do we do?
The GSA organizes presentations by notable economists (both internal and external), professional development conferences, peer mentoring, and a variety of social events, etc. Each year is tailored to the needs and requests of the students.

How do I join?
All economics graduate students are welcome to join the GSA. We are always available to answer questions about the organization, the program, or the life of a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis.

Questions?
Feel free to email us.

A student only seminar, previously held on a Friday morning each month. Four to five students will present for 10 to 15 minutes about the general progress of their research and receive feedback from fellow students. We’re working to be able to provide meals to all participants.

Why should I participate?

  1. If you ever find yourself stuck in an elevator with Ken Arrow, what would you say? Being able to deliver a clear, concise, and convincing pitch for your research is an important part of success! When networking at conferences or meeting with visiting faculty, everyone can benefit from improving their pitch. This seminar provides presenters, typically 3rd to 5th-year students, with a low-pressure opportunity to practice.
  2. Our seminar provides all students with an opportunity to constructively comment on the ideas of other students, help presenters overcome any issues, and to learn more about each other’s interests and expertise. Attendees, especially 1st through 3rd years, will benefit from knowing more about their classmate’s interests as they begin to explore their own research topics. Ideally, all students who attend will provide written or oral comments for the presenter. Feedback can then be shared for posterity.
  3. The GSA also hopes this seminar will provide a unique opportunity to motivate collaboration and discussion beyond simply commenting on a presenter’s academic progress. Attendees should always be looking for new opportunities to collaborate with and build on the work of other students. The GSA accepts full responsibility for any positive externalities that arise from such discussions, and we invite you all to come and share your research interests with us in the hopes that both presenters and attendees will benefit.

Interested in presenting? Sign up here.

Upcoming Events

  • Graduate Student Seminar

TBD

  • Department Social

TBD

  • Picnic

TBD

 

There are not currently any upcoming events scheduled. Please check back for new events to be added.

In the meantime, if you'd like to explore campus events, please visit Happenings at WashU.


Graduate Breakfast Seminar

A student only seminar, held on a Friday morning each month. Four to five students will present for 10 to 15 minutes about the general progress of their research and receive feedback from fellow students. We’re working to be able to provide breakfast to all participants. More Information can be found HERE.

Annual Economic Graduate Student Conference
Each Fall the GSA hosts the Economic Graduate Student Conference (EGSC). Every year we invite a noteworthy speaker for the Douglas North Honorary Lecture.

Monthly Department Socials
On the last Thursday of every month, second-year students reserve space at a local restaurant for department socials. Note, biannual picnics take precedence over monthly department socials.

Biannual Picnics
Each Fall and Spring, second-year students lead a cookout at beautiful Shaw Park in Historic Clayton or Forest Park.

Annual Field Trip
A fun activity each Spring just to get you out of the office. Last year we played paintball!

Economics Department

Find Information on the WUSTL Library, Economics Library, Artsci Computing, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Career Center, TA/RA Timesheet, Graduate School Bulletin, Graduate School Forms, Liberman Graduate Center, GSAS Student Resources, GSAS Policies, and Guides, & Cornerstone Learning Center: HERE.

Scanning & Printing
Economics Mail Room Printing for Ph.D. Students

Graduate School
Checklist for Admitted Graduate Students
Liberman Graduate Center
Office for International Students & Scholars
Experience St. Louis

Mental Health
Whether you are a new graduate student or have been at WUSTL for years, the GSA wants to welcome you and let you know that we are here to support your academic and personal success.

We understand that being a graduate student offers unique challenges, and often students report feelings of isolation, loneliness, financial pressure, tension with advisors, and trouble balancing school, family, and friendships.

If you are experiencing any problems, the GSA and campus Mental Health Services (MHS) are here to help.

Mental Health Services (MHS)
Graduate Student MHS
Graduate Student Health Insurance

Unionization Updates
Graduate student efforts to improve their working conditions through collective action.

GSA presentation slides
WashU Graduate Worker Union Organizing Committee

Writing Center & Speaking Studio
WashU’s Writing Center provides free, one-on-one tutoring to all students for any writing or public speaking project, located in the northwest corner of Olin Library’s first level, the center is an incredible resource.

One-on-one Writing Tutors are available for 1 hour 1-2 times per week, we recommend students make appointments in advance, LINK.

Workshops are small and informal, and often offered by request. Topics include critical analyses, research papers, essay exams, resumes, personal statements, revision and brainstorming.

A student only seminar, previously held on a Friday morning each month. Four to five students will present for 10 to 15 minutes about the general progress of their research and receive feedback from fellow students. We’re working to be able to provide breakfast to all participants. More Information can be found HERE.

Graduate Student Seminar Form

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Working on an economics PhD can at times be exhausting and stressful, and at other times be exciting and rewarding. In truth, it’s an incredibly personal experience, and one “correct” path doesn’t exist. Since we do not yet have an all-encompassing handbook to pass down to younger students, the best advice we can offer is that talking to older students can be very helpful.

To encourage more of these discussions, the GSA started the graduate mentoring program to match students with similar interests across different years. What are the professors like? How do I choose an advisor? Which classes are right for my interests? These are the types of questions your upper-classmates have all had to answer for themselves at some point. The GSA hopes their insights may be a starting point as you work to find your own path to your goals.

Who should apply?
Anyone who feels like they would benefit from a mentor, or simply wants to get to know their fellow students better can apply. If you already know the area you are interested in working in or have other specific concerns, please mention them on the form. The GSA will do our best to accommodate all requests. Even if you are already a fourth year student, and would only like insights from people on the job market, feel free to apply as well. For all interested in applying, we may ask you to help mentor a younger student in return for other’s generosity.

Should you apply as a mentor?
We promise the commitment is minimal. All we require of you is to meet with your mentee once each semester for one academic year. Over coffee, at lunch, or during office hours? Whenever! We only ask that you meet once in hopes that it will make it much easier to email each other when you have questions. You are certainly welcome to meet more often than once. Most students eat, work, and sleep on campus 5-6 days a week. Finding time to talk for 5-10 minutes should never be hard. And upper year students remember, all of us have at one point or another received advice or guidance from a fellow student. This is your opportunity to pay it forward, thank you.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee. Sign up now.

A student lead initiative to encourage discussion, interaction, and the dissemination of information to students of similar interests but across different years. All students and all questions are welcome. The GSA hopes that sharing the insights of older students will benefit everyone, not just those starting their Ph.D. or preparing for the job market. More Information can be found here.

Graduate Mentoring Program Form

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Welcome.

The Economics Department’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a non-profit, student-run organization established for the benefit of all economics graduate students in the Department of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis. The GSA promotes scholarship, develops a spirit of cooperation and fellowship among economics graduate students, and fosters interaction between graduate students and faculty.