W&L Students Attend Economics Conference in Richmond The conference provides undergraduate economics students with information on a range of career paths open to them after graduation.
Four Washington and Lee University students, Katie Timmerman ’22, Katherine Ingram ’20, Kate Groninger ’22 and Tim Pierce ’20, traveled to Richmond in September to participate in the Richmond Fed conference “Diverse Economics,” which is co-sponsored by Undergraduate Women in Economics (UWE).
The conference provided undergraduate economics students with information about a range of career paths open to them after graduation, and a forum that discussed the importance of having a variety of perspectives in the field of economics.
“As a sophomore who is considering majoring in economics, it was great to see the wide array of jobs that are available in that field,” Groninger said. “One of my favorite parts of the day was listening to the panelists and getting to ask them questions because they all had such different experiences and were impacting their fields in various ways.”
Students also learned how economists’ personal experiences and perspectives had influenced their paths and the projects they have chosen.
“I found the conference to be enlightening in that it gave me a glimpse of future career paths available to individuals interested in economics,” Timmerman said. “I enjoyed learning from professionals who used economics in different disciplines, some of which included consulting, conducting research and working with nonprofits. The practical applications of economics are clearer to me now, and I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the details of economics.”