Successfully Navigating Your Economics PhD: A Mentoring Workshop for 3rd and 4th Year Female/Non-Binary Economics PhD Students
Friday, November 20, 2020
Organizers: Jennifer Doleac and Maya Rossin-Slater

CSWEP will organize a half-day mentoring workshop for female/non-binary third-year economics Ph.D. students the Friday afternoon before the SEA meetings begin (November 20, 2020). UPDATE: This event will take place virtually and instructions for applying will be available this summer. 

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. Female 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 female/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 female 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). Third- and fourth-year female/non-binary economics Ph.D. students are eligible to participate. 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 female/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.

The workshop is scheduled to be held on the Friday afternoon in advance of the Southern Economic Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. The workshop will include a networking lunch, panels, group activities, informal discussions, and other networking opportunities. 

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