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For Undergraduate Students

The Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute encourages undergraduates to engage in economic research and experiential education through several unique opportunities. For more information on any of these programs, email

Heller-Hurwicz Data Initiative

In conjunction with the capstone project required by Econ 3951, each year, students will work to build a longitudinal data set on unemployment insurance and other social safety net programs. Students participating in this project generate a valuable resource for economists while gaining first-hand experience in research, data management and various statistical programs. Learn more about the Heller-Hurwicz Data Initiative.

Undergraduate Research and Experiential Education Award

Each year, several outstanding juniors and seniors are granted financial awards to complete a unique, individualized learning experience. Past recipients have worked directly with economists at the Federal Reserve Bank or faculty members on a specific research question. A call for applications is issued each year in collaboration with the Department of Economics.

Carla Haugen & John Dexheimer Scholarship in Economics

Each year, one student entering the junior or senior year of study in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota with a major in economics who has demonstrated academic excellence will receive a scholarship to help offset tuition expenses. Scholarships are granted each fall in collaboration with the Department of Economics.