Applicants submit a portfolio of what they feel is their best research paper in economics, re-done in clean copy. Include a cover essay of four to ten pages which explains the applicant's intellectual development as an economist, and describe how the paper promoted their understanding of economics. This is a blind submissions to the Economics Department, 239 Old Mill, so students should identify themselves and their work on a separate sheet of paper. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their selection of research paper with their advisor. A committee of Economics Department faculty members selects students for departmental honors. The diplomas of students who achieve departmental honors will note that fact.
The College Honors Program, designed for superior students with unusual initiative and intellectual curiosity, provides an opportunity to pursue two-semesters (six credits) of independent research under the direction of a faculty sponsor. Students may pursue a thesis or creative project. Students may apply for College Honors if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher. Students who wish to pursue College Honors must submit their applications early in the first term of their senior year (please see Important Dates for deadlines). Students who wish to consider undertaking a College Honors project during their junior year should contact the Dean's Office for information concerning the circumstances in which such an exceptional arrangement is possible.
UVM's Honors College brings together outstanding students in a residential learning community.
Department Awards and Scholarships
The following awards and scholarships are given by the department to Economics majors. Financial need may be considered in some of the following awards. Students must apply for consideration for these awards and for certain awards such as the Milton J. Nadworny or the Amato/Nadworny Award must prepare and submit additional materials to the department.