Academic Opportunities


Wilson Porgram Internships

Each year, the Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership sponsors mentored summer internships in the field of economics.

For more information, please visit the Wilson Program or contact Mark Montgomery, Wilson Program Chair.

Awards, Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships

Gilbert DeBartolo Award

Gilbert DeBartolo worked with Professor Robert Haveman to write a paper that subsequently was published in the American Economic Review. Gilbert viewed that experience of doing mentored original research as one of the highlights of his Grinnell career. After his untimely death, his family established the Gilbert DeBartolo Award to recognize students who take advantage of similar opportunities to do supervised original research and whose quality we hope is recognized beyond the campus.

For more information, please contact the Economics Department Chair, Bill Ferguson.

Award Recipients

2012: Isaac Garcia Molina 2011: Sam Redlitz 2010: Ryan Boehm 2009: Ritadhi Chakravarti, Jelal Younes 2008: Dhiren Patki 2007: Michael Gideon 2006: Matthew Johnshoy, Ben Wallenberg 2005: Raicho Bojilov 2004: Gabriela Dobrescu 2002: Katharine Anderson, Andrea Gelatt 1999: Syed Fazle Faisal 1998: Mark Burkhead 1996: Bruce D. Friedrich 1995: Rupesh Pradhan 1994: Jesse B. Messitte 1993: Devendra Saharia 1992: A. Minnie Alexander 1991: David Hammond

Horn-Theophilus Award

The Horn-Theophilus Award was established by the Class of 1951 to recognize and pay tribute to two of its members, Willard Horn and David Theophilus, who died in action as Marine Corps officers during the Korean War. The Class of 1951 honors the service of these two economics majors, and wants to recognize graduating economics majors who have made service to others a part of their Grinnell College career and who plan to maintain that commitment in the future.

To nominate someone for the Horn-Theophilus Award, please fill out this nomination form.

Award Recipients

2012: Anna-Lisa Bowans, Joe Maloney, Gabe Schechter 2011: Anuraag Bhadana and Gayatri Jayal 2010: Ethan Struby 2009: Nmachi Jidenma, Jeffrey Raderstrong 2008: Joana Ofori-Addo, Megan Goering 2007: Deyo Johnson 2006: Laura Chesnut, Yvonne Palm 2005: Drew Blackman, Anne I. Salomon 2004: Jessica Beckwith 2003: Mirabelle Moreaux

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost awards for full-time graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

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Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

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Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.

Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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Rhodes Scholarships

Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international educational fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford.

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Activities and Organizations


The Economics Student Education Personal Committee (SEPC) helps the department coordinate activities for Economics majors and other interested students. The SEPC plans information sessions about the major as well as social opportunities for students to interact, including Pub nights and an annual departmental picnic. Current membership of the SEPC includes :

Natalie Duncombe '15 
Rebecca Richman '15 
Robert Storrick'15 
David Jutrsa '15 
Bonnie Brooks '15 
Ambar Kakkar '16 

Towards the end of each academic year, a new SEPC is elected among Economics majors; interested students should contact the department chair or current members of the SEPC for more information.

The Economics Department Student Educational Personal Committee (SEPC) organizes activities that help students and faculty engage and socialize outside of the classroom. These activities include Pub Nights and an annual Economics Department Picnic.

Student Mentors

Student mentors have worked with several classes to provide hands-on assistance with data intensive tasks and projects. For example, student mentors have assisted Professor Mutti with “writing about numbers” in International Economics and mentors are working with several Introduction to Economics classes with general problem sets.

Student Endowment Investment Group

The purpose of the Student Endowment Investment Group is to “educate students regarding financial management with particular regard to the various equity markets.  This is done through educational presentations, group discussions, and by actively managing a $100,000 portfolio granted by the Trustees of Grinnell College." 

For more information, please visit the SEIG website or email the student leaders.

Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG)

The SEG seeks to “foster mutually empowering connections between the developed and developing world. SEG works to give agency to individuals in order to sustainably address the self-perpetuating social and economic problems of inequality.” 

For more information, please visit the SEG website.