The Robert S. Eckley Lecture in Economics allows economics faculty to bring to campus a distinguished scholar to broaden the
understanding of economic analyses and perspectives among others on campus and in
the community. The inaugural speaker in 2013 was Daron Acemoglu, New York Times bestselling co-author of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty.
Economics students have the opportunity to engage in original research, with many presenting their results at the John Wesley Powell Research Conference
and other venues.
The Eckley Summer Scholars and Artists Program is a competitive university-wide program that supports summer research and/or creative
activity for five students each year, enabling them to stay on campus over the summer
to work under the direction of faculty mentors.