Friday, April 6, 2018
Registration and check-in at the Towneplace Suites
Check in and social hour, Illini Union Room 210
Dinner, Illini Union Room 210
Breakfast on our own (Towneplace suites provides free breakfast)
Registration and check-in Lincoln Hall Lobby
Opening remarks, Lincoln Hall Room 1002
Student and Faculty break-out session, Lincoln Hall - separate rooms assigned during registration
Alumni panel discussion (Careers panel), Lincoln Hall Room 1002
Lunch, Illini Union Room 104
Research Presentations, Illini Union Room 104
UWE Case Study and current issue solving session, Lincoln Hall - assigned rooms
UWE Case Study presentations, Lincoln Hall Room 1002
Expanding the Initiative with UWE, Illini Union Room 104
Dinner and social hour, Illini Union Room 104
Wrap-up discussion section, Illini Union - Illini Room B
Closing ceremony- Illini Union, Illini Union - Illini Room B
The Undergraduate Women in Economics Challenge (UWE) was launched in January 2015 by Claudia Goldin and Tatyana Avilova at Harvard University. It is an initiative to encourage more undergraduate women to major in economics. The Challenge is designed as an RCT that will provide funding and guidance to 20 randomly selected schools to implement interventions that will fulfill this goal.
Nationwide there are about three males for every female student majoring in economics and this ratio has not changed for more than 20 years. (See the “Background Facts” section for more detailed information.) We believe that the relative lack of women in economics needs to be addressed.
The primary purpose of the Challenge is to raise awareness of the underrepresentation of undergraduate women in economics. Beyond that, it is an experiment to test the effectiveness of a deliberate intervention strategy by an economics department to recruit and retain female majors. Although there is not just one explanation for why gender differences persist, our Board of Experts from across the country met in November 2014 and identified several common causes of the problem across institutions. We now invite economics departments around the country to join in this initiative.
The Challenge is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation through the National Bureau of Economic Research and is endorsed by the American Economic Association. The project is administered by Tatyana Avilova (current PhD Student at Columbia University).
Founded in 1934 by industrialist Alfred P. Sloan Jr., the Foundation is a not -for-profit grantmaking institution that supports high quality, impartial scientific research; fosters a robust, diverse scientific workforce; strengthens public understanding and engagement with science; and promotes the health of the institutions of scientific endeavor.
University of Illinois Women in Economics
Illini Women in Economics (iWiE) is group started in Spring 2015 to encourage more female participation in economics, providing relevant support, resources, and opportunities. We welcome students at all levels (undergraduate, Master's, PhD, Faculty, and Alumna) and from any discipline, who share a passion for economics and promoting our mission on campus.