2016-17 M.S. Events

These events are for M.S. in applied economics and finance students enrolled in cohort 2016-17 only.


  • Christina Mosteller-Hall, Career Coach, UCSC Career Center

    FRIDAY JANUARY 20, 2017 4:00-5:05PM ENGINEERING 2, ROOM 192

    Guest speaker Christina Mosteller Hall, career coach with the UCSC Career Center, will be speaking at our Applied Economics and Finance Seminar (Economics 294B). Ms. Mosteller-Hall has a M.A. in education with certificate in career counseling from University of South Florida.  She has over 10 years of work experience in career counseling and will provide information on developing your resume and cover letter to enhance your graduate-level experiences.  Please be sure to bring your resume and cover letters for editing! 


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    Liam Sharpe-Burmester, Solar Engineer, Allterra Solar

    FRIDAY JANUARY 27, 2017 4:00-5:05PM ENGINEERING 2, ROOM 192

    Guest speaker Liam Sharpe-Burmester, solar engineer at Allterra Solar, will be speaking at our Applied Economics and Finance Seminar (Economics 294B).  Mr. Burmester is an alumnus of UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in environment studies & economics combined and B.A. in language studies with concentration in Spanish.  He brings a wealth of information about transitioning into technical careers; prior to engineering, he worked as a consultant with Allterra Solar in outreach, lead generation, and inside sales and has lived, studied, and worked abroad in various countries.


  • Graduate Student Internships Fair

    FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2017 3:00-5:00PM HUMANITIES 2, ROOM 259

    Local businesses will attend to hire graduate students for internships, please RSVP, bring your resumes, and dress to impress!  Attendees include: Cloud BrigadeInboardInspecToolsLaunch BrigadeLookerNantOmicsTeen Kitchen Project, and Your Future Is Our Business.

    The job fair will be followed immediately with a First Friday Networking Mixer 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Graduate Student Commons and Cafe Iveta.


  • Optional Practical Training Workshop with International Student & Scholar Services

    FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2017 4:00-5:05PM ENGINEERING 2, ROOM 192

    International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) provides visa and immigration advising to F-1 and J-1 international students at UCSC.  They will provide importation information about the Optional Practical Training (OPT) application and process.  Attending a ISSS OPT Workshop is required to begin the OPT application and process. All international students are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop.


  • Christy Peterson & Emerson DuBois, Andersen Tax

    FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:00-5:05PM ENGINEERING 2, ROOM 192

    Guest speakers Christy Peterson and Emerson DuBois, with Andersen Tax, will be speaking at our Applied Economics and Finance Seminar (Economics 294B). Both are UC Santa Cruz undergraduate alumni and Ms. Peterson is a graduate from the M.S. in applied economics and finance program. They will share insights about their professional experience at Andersen Tax and answer questions about the company, which specializes in full service individual and business entity tax compliance and consulting. 


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    Michelle Itabashi, Business Development, NOW CFO

    FRIDAY MARCH 3, 2017 4:00-5:05PM ENGINEERING 2, ROOM 192

    Guest speaker Michelle Itabashi, business developer at NOW CFO, will be speaking at our Applied Economics and Finance Seminar (Economics 294B).  Ms. Itabashi is an alumnus of UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Psychology.  After graduation, Michelle moved to San Jose to pursue a career in business development for a full service outsourced CFO, operational accounting, and financial consulting services firm. Her advice to college students is to get involved in professional development opportunities and build your resume.


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    Kevin Troxell, Data Analyst, Social Finance (SoFi)

    FRIDAY MARCH 10, 2017 4:00-5:05PM ENGINEERING 2, ROOM 192

    Guest speaker Kevin Troxell, a data analyst at Social Finance (SoFi), will be speaking at our Applied Economics and Finance Seminar (Economics 294B). Kevin is a recent alumni of the M.S. in applied economics and finance program and graduated from UC Santa Cruz with Economics/Math combined B.A. with honors. He will give insights into successfully entering the job market and will share his experiences working at a modern financial company.


  • "How to Talk About Yourself to Recruiters" with Chris Fogarty, Tarzan Careers

    FRIDAY APRIL 7, 2017 4:00-5:05PM ENGINEERING 2, ROOM 192

    Guest speaker Chris Fogarty, career & work life strategist with Tarzan Careers, will be speaking at our Applied Economics and Finance Seminar (Economics 294B).  Ms. Fogarty has a M.A. in counseling and career development, and brings a wealth of knowledge in executive coaching and talent management.  She will discuss strategies on how to talk about yourself to recruiters and provide networking techniques and tips.


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    "Tips and Tricks for Using LinkedIn to Advance Your Career" with Matt Herman, WaveStaff

    FRIDAY APRIL 14, 2017 4:00-5:05PM ENGINEERING 2, ROOM 192

    Guest speaker Matt Herman, founder and president of WaveStaff, will be speaking at our Applied Economics and Finance Seminar (Economics 294B). WaveStaff is an executive recruiting firm that places sales, marketing, customer success, and finance professionals in the enterprise software, Big Data, MarTech, and Edtech sectors. Mr. Herman's clients range from A & B round funded start-ups to large Fortune 100 members. He and his team at WaveStaff are LinkedIn power users; they have a deep understanding about how to create a great LinkedIn profile as well as how to use the social network to advance your career.


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    M.S. APEF Job Fair April 2017

    FRIDAY APRIL 21, 2017 9-12 NOON UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ROOM

    Masters students will have the opportunity to meet with recruiters from various organizations. This year's attendees included the following: California Department of FinanceCalifornia Public Utilities Commission, Fisher InvestmentsInternal Revenue Service, Morgan Stanley, and Novogradac & Company LLPStudents will receive information about participation in the job fair during spring quarter.


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    Monalissa Cairncross, Senior Economist, Internal Revenue Service

    FRIDAY APRIL 21, 2017 4:00-5:05PM ENGINEERING 2, ROOM 192

    Guest speaker Monalissa Cairncross, senior economist at the Internal Revenue Service, will be speaking at our Applied Economics and Finance Seminar (Economics 294B).  Ms. Cairncross is an alumnus of UC Santa Cruz M.S. in applied economics and finance program. After graduation, she moved to San Jose and started working for PwC's transfer pricing practice. Later in her career, she joined the international tax division of the Internal Revenue Service as a senior economist. With over 8 years of international tax and transfer pricing experience, she will share insights about her career path/growth as well as her professional experience at PwC and the government.


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    Emily Bowers, Trading Associate, Welton Investment Partners

    FRIDAY APRIL 28, 2017 4:00-5:05PM ENGINEERING 2, ROOM 192

    Guest speaker Emily Bowers, trading associate at Welton Investment Partners, will be speaking at our Applied Economics and Finance Seminar (Economics 294B).  Ms. Bowers is an alumnus of the UC Santa Cruz M.S. in applied economics and finance program.  The summer prior to attending graduate school, she worked at Economic and Planning Systems in Sacramento.  After completing her masters, she secured a trading associate position with Welton Investment Partners.


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    FRIDAY MAY 5, 2017 4:00-5:05PM ENGINEERING 2, ROOM 192

    Guest speaker Lindsey Giddings, talent acquisition events specialist at Fisher Investments, will be speaking at our Applied Economics and Finance Seminar (Economics 294B). Ms. Giddings earned a B.A. in business management economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She joined a public accounting firm in San Francisco after graduation where she began her career. A couple years later she joined Fisher Investments and is now a part of their Talent Acquisition team. She will share resume tips and discuss the value of transferrable skills especially as it relates to looking for a job right out of college.


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    M.S. APEF Job Fair May 2017

    FRIDAY MAY 12, 2017 9-12 NOON UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ROOM

    Masters students will have the opportunity to meet with recruiters from various organizations. This year's attendees include the following: Alameda County Public Health, Andersen Tax, Econ One, Guy CarpenterRoofstock, SupplyShiftSanDisk/Western Digital Corporation, and UCSC Staff Human ResourcesStudents will receive information about participation in the job fair during spring quarter.


  • Robert Rosner, Managing Member, Buena Vista Fund Management, LLC

    FRIDAY MAY 19, 2017 4:00-5:05PM ENGINEERING 2, ROOM 192

    Guest speaker Robert Rosner, managing member at Buena Vista Fund Management, LLC, will be speaking at our Applied Economics and Finance Seminar (Economics 294B). Mr. Rosner earned an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

  • Mock Interviews

    WEDNESDAY MAY 24 & THURSDAY MAY 25, 2017 

    For students who registered in advance, the mock interviews provide an opportunity to engage in conversation which resembles a real interview as closely as possible, for the purpose of providing experience for a candidate.  Our interview panelists, Gina Volpe, Kai Pommerenke, Matthew Jennings, and Michelle Itabashi, bring expertise in talent acquisition, corporate finance, tax service management, and financial consulting business development.


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    Greg Allen, President and Director of Research, Callan Associates Inc.

    FRIDAY MAY 26, 2017 4:00-5:05PM ENGINEERING 2, ROOM 192

    Guest speaker Greg Allen, president and director of research at Callen Associates Inc., will be speaking at our Applied Economics and Finance Seminar (Economics 294B). Greg earned an M.S. in applied economics and a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Mr. Allen joined the San Francisco office of Callan in 1988 and has managed a wide variety of projects for Callan, including the development of the firm's performance measurement service, the development of Callan's web site and web-based performance reporting capabilities, and the development and launch of Callan's PEP for WindowsTM software.  He is a frequent speaker on investment related topics, and has numerous publications.


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    M.S. APEF Job Fair June 2017

    FRIDAY JUNE 2, 2017 9-12 NOON UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ROOM

    Masters students will have the opportunity to meet with recruiters from various organizations. This year we've added a third job fair before graduation! This year's attendees include the following: Audit & Management Advisory Services (AMAS)Education, Training, Research (ETR), Santa Cruz Homeless Services CenterPrudentialState Compensation Insurance Fund, and UCSC Staff Human ResourcesStudents will receive information about participation in the job fair during spring quarter.


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    Kevin Jones, Accounting Faculty, UC Santa Cruz

    FRIDAY JUNE 2, 2017 4:00-5:05PM ENGINEERING 2, ROOM 192

    Guest speaker Kevin Jones, accounting faculty at UC Santa Cruz, will be speaking at our Applied Economics and Finance Seminar (Economics 294B). Kevin earned an M.B.A. from University of Baltimore with a concentration in management and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from Georgia State University with a concentration in accounting.  He will share information about the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) professional association and his insights about becoming a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

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    Becky Sutro, Director of ESS Cost Engineering, SanDisk/Western Digital

    FRIDAY JUNE 9, 2017 4:00-5:05PM ENGINEERING 2, ROOM 192

    Guest speaker Becky Sutro, director of ess cost engineering at SanDisk/Western Digital, will be speaking at our Applied Economics and Finance Seminar (Economics 294B). Becky earned an B.A. in applied economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.B.A. in global management from the University of Phoenix.  Becky has over 30 years of experience in strategic sourcing, global procurement, product cost modeling, and business systems.  She specializes in Six Sigma and ISO 9000 Internal Audit.