The Econ Grad Club organizes regular research meetings, a mentoring program, and many social events.
The Research Collaboration Meetings provide an opportunity for students to discuss their own research with their fellow students. Some meetings may be organized around specific themes, such as working with LaTeX/Beamer, brainstorming second-year Summer Paper ideas, and a Core Exam Information Panel. Other meetings may be more general, with students discussing research ideas they may be considering or re-working. These meetings are an excellent opportunity for everyone to draw from fellow students' experience and expertise without the pressure of presenting in front of faculty.
The Club also organizes a "buddy" system in which current students volunteer to mentor the incoming students during their first year.
Typical social events in the fall schedule include a welcome reception for new students and faculty; a Department family picnic for grad students and faculty, usually at a nearby park; a Halloween costume party; and a winter holiday party in early December.
The spring schedule may include St. Patrick's Day or other holiday celebrations, a hiking/rafting/beach trip, and an end-of-the-year picnic for both students and faculty. Happy hour gatherings occur throughout the year.