Successfully Navigating Your Economics PhD:

A Mentoring Workshop for 3rd and 4th Year Women/Non-Binary Economics PhD Students

(Exact time TBD)
Organizers: Jennifer Doleac and Maya Rossin-Slater


In most economics PhD programs, students will have completed their coursework and chosen their fields by the completion of their second year. Then, students face the daunting and exciting task of conducting their own independent research, sometimes for the first time in their lives. Students can feel overwhelmed and lost at this juncture in their studies, and may not always have access to support and resources that can help them navigate graduate school successfully and make the most out of their PhD experience.

Women and non-binary students, who are substantially under-represented in economics education and the profession and face a variety of systemic barriers (Goldin, 2013; Bayer & Rouse, 2016; Hengel, 2017; Mengel et al., 2017; Sarsons, 2017; Wu, 2017; Lundberg and Stearns, 2018), may be at a particular disadvantage, and may lack women/non-binary peers, role models, or mentors in their own departments and networks. The goal of this workshop is to begin to address this need.


The workshop will be modeled after the inaugural workshop of this kind, which was held at Stanford University in September 2019 for students from California (organized by Maya Rossin-Slater). It is also inspired by the successful CeMENT workshop for women assistant professors in economics, which is hosted by the Committee for the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP) and the American Economic Association (AEA).

All third- and fourth-year women/non-binary economics Ph.D. students are eligible to apply (regardless of geographic location). Students from under-represented minority (URM) backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Student participants will be organized into small groups based on shared research interests, and each group will be matched with 1-2 mentors. Mentors will be women/non-binary economists in early stages of their careers – assistant professors in economics and other departments, as well as those employed outside academia (e.g., research think tanks, government positions). The workshop will focus on a variety of issues, including generating research ideas, finding advisors, collaboration and co-authorship, finding opportunities to present research and get feedback, networking, and work-life balance.

**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop will be held virtually. It will include panels and Q&A sessions, as well as small-group activities and informal discussions in breakout rooms. Students will also receive feedback on their research proposals from the mentors.

To Apply
Please submit your CV and a 1-page research proposal to info@cswep.org by Friday, July 31, 2020.  Please include “Grad student mentoring workshop app” in the subject line. 
At the top of the research proposal, please clearly state which of the following fields are most closely related to your research idea. You can specify up to 2 fields.
Applied Microeconomics (including Labor, Public, Health Economics)
Development Economics
International Trade
Microeconomic Theory
Behavioral Economics
Industrial Organization
Political Economy
Other (Please specify)
The research proposal should outline at least one research idea that you are planning to pursue. You may include more than one research idea. The purpose of the research proposal is to allocate mentees and mentors into groups based on common research interests.
Admission to Workshop
The virtual workshop will be able to accommodate approximately 50 mentees this year. If demand for the workshop exceeds this number, slots will be randomly allocated among all applicants who meet the workshop eligibility criteria.
Applicants will be notified about their admission status in August 2020.

Southern Economics Association (SEA) 90th Annual Conference
November 21-23, 2020 | New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, LA 

CSWEP will sponsor several sessions at the Southern Economics Association Meetings.

Jennifer Doleac (CSWEP Southern representative) will organize one or more sessions on the economics of crime and discrimination.

Jennifer Doleac
Associate Professor
Texas A&M University
4228 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4228