Independent work is designed to afford concentrators the opportunity to identify and explore their research interests in depth. Students are expected to develop a carefully reasoned exposition that critically analyzes a problem using basic principles of economics. Juniors complete a yearlong research project, which consists of a research prospectus submitted in December and a final paper submitted in April. The coordinator for the Junior Independent Work Program is Professor Kelly Noonan.
The Blackboard site for JIW (accessible to juniors in economics) contains more detailed and up-to-date information about JIW. In addition to the handbook and schedule, the site will include announcements, times and locations of meetings, materials from lectures and workshops, and info relevant for your particular advising group.
Most JIW-related meetings take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3:00-4:20 p.m. but there will not be meetings every week. Juniors ARE REQUIRED to keep this time slot free on either Monday or Wednesday in the fall. However, it is strongly recommended that juniors keep both days (Monday and Wednesday) free. Many of the workshops will only be offered on Monday or Wednesday. Keeping your schedule free on both days will allow attendance at the workshops most relevant to your research interests. There will be no restriction on your spring schedule.