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Economics students are front and center

Stella Hofrenning
Joel Wilken-Simon, Adela Arguello, Loi Duong and Andrew Held discuss making research posters with Prof. Hofrenning.

Stella Hofrenning’s Research Methods in Econometrics course not only introduces Economics students to the process of solving economic problems, it also provides them the invaluable opportunity to present their research and findings to a national audience and to connect with peers from around the country.

For the past several years, numerous students of Hofrenning have represented Augsburg at the MidWest Economics Association Conference, Posters on the Hill Conference and the National Conferences for Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

Professor Hofrenning reports: “The experience of working on a research project and presenting the research at a conference motivates students to learn by doing. My research students learn to apply the economic theory in class by working with data and developing models for analysis. Having been accepted to present at a conference also helps students build their analytical and communicative skills as well as their confidence speaking in front of a group.”