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

Undergraduate Research and Experiential Education Awards

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 their research. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and applicants are matched with faculty members as opportunities arise. Learn more about Undergraduate Research and Experiential Education opportunities.

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.

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.