October 13, 2010

Honoring economic excellence

Knox’s Economics Department is thriving, yet the achievements of its students are not widely recognized. Junior Sara Ahmed and senior Avi Brongersma hope to change that by bringing the Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society to campus.

“We have a really strong Econ department, and we want to…spread the word about it,” Brongersma said.

Omicron Delta Epsilon is an international honor society that aims to recognize scholastic achievement in economics. According to its website, the society has over 650 chapters worldwide, making it one of the largest academic honor societies in existence.

Members of Omicron Delta Epsilon may submit research papers to the society’s journal, “The American Economist,” which is read by the society’s 85,000 members.

“You may or may not be published, but it gives you the opportunity to get your research recognized on a much bigger scale,” Brongersma said.

The society also provides a venue for the expansion of economics as a discipline, linking students and professionals around the world. The chapter also hopes to bring more speakers to campus and take a trip to the Federal Trade Commission in Chicago this year.

“Business Club often has speakers, but we want to do something on more of a campus-wide scale,” Ahmed said.

In order to be eligible, students must have at least a 3.3 grade point average, rank in the top third of their class and have taken three economics classes, including Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics and one intermediate-level class. Students do not have to be economics majors or minors to join.

Those who are interested in Omicron Delta Epsilon are invited to an informational meeting on Monday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in George Davis Hall 105.

Anna Meier

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