Economics majors have various opportunities to conduct original research, whether it be for individual classes, Research Honors, independent research projects, or summer research opportunities.

Research Honors

Our students' Research Honors Projects represent exemplary work in economics at Illinois Wesleyan University, and  here are some examples.

Summer Research Opportunities

Mark Israel '91 established a summer research scholarship for economics majors to develop research and communications skills. 

The Mark A. Israel '91 Endowed Summer Research Fund in Economics funds a student each summer to conduct independent research in close collaboration with a member of the economics faculty.

Ben White '14, Transfer Student, Double Major in Economics and Mathematics. Ben won support from the Mark A. Israel '91 Endowed Summer Research Fund in Economics to research the probability that immigrants will have health insurance. Ben feels this issue is worth investigating, because it helps us understand how economically disadvantaged people--and their children--are at risk to be uninsured. Ben also runs cross-country and track and field.

The Eckley Summer Scholars and Artists endowment supports summer research and creative activity for several students each year, enabling them to stay on campus over the summer to work under the direction of faculty mentors. 

Research Conference

Many Economics majors also present their research at the John Wesley Powell Research Conference and other venues.

The Midwest Economics Association Annual Meeting and the  Missouri Valley Economic Association Annual Conference are chances for economics students at Illinois Wesleyan to present their research projects to a wider and more professional audience.

The John Wesley Powell Research Conference  is a university-wide student research conference that provides individuals with an opportunity to communicate the results of their research projects to those at Illinois Wesleyan University and the greater academic community. It serves as an opportunity for IWU economics students to showcase the research they have done for Senior Project (ECON 401), Advanced Research Seminar (ECON 490), and/or Research Honors. 

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The following links offer abstracts of economics research projects presented at the John Wesley Powell Conference, arranged by year: