Upcoming Events


    Fall Quarter 2021


  • November 8, 2021

  • M.S. Applied Economics & Finance Info Session

    Monday, November 8, 2021, from 4 -5 p.m., by way of Zoom.

    Join us for a Zoom info session presented by the Economics Department pertaining to the UC Santa Cruz M.S. Applied Economics & Finance program. The M.S. Applied Economics & Finance program is a one-year program that provides analytical graduate training designed to prepare students for careers in business, international and domestic banking, consulting firms, government, and nonprofit organizations. The program focuses on advanced econometrics techniques, statistical software packages and large-scale financial and microeconomic datasets.

    This Zoom event is open to all prospective students and academic advisers.

    Click here to RSVP for fall quarter's info session by Friday, November 5, 2021. Zoom meeting login details will be sent within one business day of favorable RSVP. 

    Favorable RSVP and attendance of one series event qualifies each attendee a chance to win a Starbucks e-gift card! Please note: in order to qualify, you must be a prospective student and RSVP before the day of the event you signed up to attend. RSVPs received the day of each respective info session are gladly accepted but will be ineligible for drawings. 

    Questions? Email Jasmine Graze at jgraze@ucsc.edu


  • Spring Quarter 2021


  • May 12, 2021

  • Finance 101: Preparing for Life Post-Graduation

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021, from 5:00-6:00p.m., by way of Zoom (plus by-appointment office hours 6:15-7:15 p.m. PDT following the event). 

    One in four adults agree that they could benefit from advice and answers to everyday financial questions from a professional. Do you agree with them? If so, come to the presentation, Finance 101 by alumni Annaamalaii Palani. They will help you understand your current financial standing and your future financial needs as a soon-to-be college graduate. Annaamalaii will also share the "day in the life" of a wealth advisor, their career path and other related career advice. 

    Join us on Zoom on Wednesday, May 12th from 5:00-6:00pm PDT. This hour-long presentation will be followed by office hours from 6:15-7:15pm PDT, by appointment only. Appointments are 10-15 minutes and are first-come, first-serve. This is a great opportunity to speak 1:1 with an alumni in wealth advising and management. Annaamalaii says: 

    “As a Wealth Advisor with Eagle Strategies LLC, a New York Life company, and an Agent with New York Life Insurance Company, my mission is to help the individuals & families in our community identify & achieve their short & long term financial goals. By taking a proactive approach, I help my clients plant seeds that could bear fruit for generations to come."

    This presentation-based event and subsequent office hours are both open to declared economics and proposed economics majors. Favorable RSVP and attendance of event qualifies each attendee a chance to win a Starbucks e-gift card at the conclusion of the event!

    RSVP is required by Tuesday, May 11th at 9:00 a.m. PDT to qualify for the gift card drawing and to receive the Zoom meeting link in a timely manner. RSVPs received AFTER that date are gladly accepted but will be ineligible for the drawing. 

    Click here to RSVP for the presentation

    Click here to RSVP for the office hours.

    Note: You must favorably RSVP and attend the presentation in order to attend office hours. Limited time slots available--sign up today! 

    Questions? Email Jasmine Graze at jgraze@ucsc.edu.


  • April 20, 2021

  • Translating Job Descriptions with an HR Professional

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., by way of Zoom.

    If you have ever applied to a job, you know that there is more to a job description that meets the eye. What does "all hands on deck" mean for a new hire? What can you expect with "other duties as assigned"? Who do they want when they call for a "self-starter"? Knowing how to read a job description (AND read between the lines) will save you a lot of time and energy in your job search.

    Join us on Tuesday, April 20th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. PDT. Experienced HR professional and ROI Communication's Director of Talent Kat Hsueh will help translate the jargon, the strategy and what employers actually mean.

    This discussion-based event is open to economics declared and proposed economics majors and M.S. APEF students. Favorable RSVP and attendance of event qualifies each attendee a chance to win a Starbucks e-gift card at the conclusion of the event!

    Click here to RSVP. 

    RSVP is required by Monday, April 19th at 5pm PDT to qualify for the gift card drawing and to receive the Zoom meeting link in a timely manner. RSVPs received AFTER that date are gladly accepted but will be ineligible for the drawing.

    Questions? Email Jasmine Graze at jgraze@ucsc.edu.


  • April 1, 2021

  • Authentic Stories from Slugs in Tech -- Hosted by the UC Santa Cruz Career Center

    Thursday, April 1, 2021, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., by way of Zoom.

    How non-tech and tech majors can find jobs in the tech sector.
    Spend an hour with five Slug Alumni to have an enriching conversation about what it is like to search for and land a job after college and how to develop your professional career.


  • April 28, 2021

  • Spring Quarterly Economics Faculty & Undergraduate Colloquium

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., by way of Zoom.

    A conversation with Professor Fairlie and Professor Ghilarducci.
    Please join us for a conversation with Professor Robert Fairlie and Visiting Professor Teresa Ghilarducci as they discuss their experiences testifying to the U.S. Congress. Professor Fairlie testified about "The State of the Small Business Economy in the Pandemic" to the U.S. House of Representatives in February and Professor Ghilarducci testified on "Where Typical Americans Have Their Wealth" to the U.S. Senate in March.

    Please record your favorable RSVP by 5 p.m., Friday, April 23 here. Favorable RSVP and attendance of event qualifies each attendee a chance to win a Starbucks e-gift card at the conclusion of the event! (You must be present to win.)

    RSVP is required by 5 p.m., Friday, April 23 to qualify for the gift card drawing and to receive the Zoom meeting link in a timely manner. RSVPs after that date are gladly accepted but will be ineligible for the drawing.


  • Winter Quarter 2021


  • February 2, 2021

  • Authentic Stories from Slugs in Tech -- Hosted by the UC Santa Cruz Career Center

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., by way of Zoom.

    How non-tech and tech majors can find jobs in the tech sector.
    Spend an hour with five Slug Alumni to have authentic conversations about what it is like to search for and land a job after college and how to develop your professional career after your first job.


  • February 22, 2021

  • Winter Quarterly Economics Faculty & Undergraduate Colloquium

    Monday, February 22, 2021, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., by way of Zoom.

    Join us for Zoom presentations by Professor Laura Giuliano, "Why I Love Being a Labor Economist," and Associate Professor Grace Gu, "A Major in Economics is More Than You Think."

    Please record your favorable RSVP by 5 p.m., Wednesday, February 17 here. Favorable RSVP and attendance of event qualifies each attendee a chance to win a Starbucks e-gift card at the conclusion of the event! (You must be present to win.)

    RSVP is required by 5 p.m., Wednesday, February 17 to qualify for the gift card drawing and to receive the Zoom meeting link in a timely manner. RSVPs after that date are gladly accepted but will be ineligible for the drawing.


  • February 23, 2021

  • Microsoft Excel in the Workplace

    CANCELLED, TO BE RESCHEDULED FOR SPRING 2021

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021, from 2:00-3:00 p.m., by way of Zoom.

    Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is a given these days for job applications. But how well do you know Microsoft Excel, and is what you know commonly used in the workplace? Are there formulas that any young professional should know? 

    Enter UCSC alumni Calvin Jiang. Calvin will be joining us for a hands-on Microsoft Excel workshop and Q&A. Here is your chance to get industry perspective and helpful tips on what it means to be proficient in Excel. 

    Calvin Jiang is a Regional Operations Director overseeing the clinical care, operational efficiency, talent development, and growth for a portfolio of outpatient dialysis clinics in the Bay Area. Born and raised in San Francisco, Calvin began his professional career through DaVita’s analyst development program in Los Angeles working on financial strategy, data analytics, and special projects before transitioning to operations-focused roles. Back living in the Bay Area, Calvin enjoys his time spent with his family, catching up with childhood friends, and going on walks with his dog, Millie. Calvin earned a Masters in Finance from Claremont McKenna College and Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Mathematics and History from UC Santa Cruz. 

    Join us for the workshop on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at 2:00PM. Click here to RSVP

    This event is open to economics declared majors and M.S. APEF students. Favorable RSVP and attendance of event qualifies each attendee a chance to win a Starbucks e-gift card at the conclusion of the event!

    RSVP is required by Monday, February 22nd to qualify for the gift card drawing and to receive the Zoom meeting link in a timely manner. RSVPs received AFTER that date are gladly accepted but will be ineligible for the drawing.

    Questions? Email Jasmine Graze at jgraze@ucsc.edu.


  • February 24, 2021

  • Brand Building with a Professional Storyteller

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021, from 6:00-7:00 p.m., by way of Zoom.

     Your personal brand communicates who you are, as well as the breadth and depth of your professional value to prospective employers. And in fact, building your brand is something you can start in college! So we are bringing in an expert to break down what it means to build your brand and how to spread the word to interested parties. Susan O'Connor Fraser wrote the book on successful professional storytelling: 

    Susan O’Connor Fraser is co-founder of Tam Communications. Since 1979, Susan has written and produced literally thousands of programs for broadcast and cable, and for industry-leading organizations in Northern California. In television commercial production, Susan has been the Executive Producer/Creative Director/Writer for ads for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, West Marine, Graniterock, and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. Susan worked with her partner Tam to co-develop and executive produce the internationally syndicated television series, Coast Guard that ran for three seasons on over 100 stations throughout the country. From there she created, wrote and produced programming for Discovery, The Travel Channel, Discovery Health, and The Military Channel. Her local television credits include KTVU specials for the Boardwalk and Joint Venture: Silicon Valley. In the non-broadcast world, she has earned a reputation for crafting customized media solutions to drive sales, build image, motivate employees, or communicate corporate or product messaging through video and other digital media. She also has several direct-to-DVD programs to her credit. Susan has received top honors from numerous industry competitions and was the 1988 recipient of the McFarland Award, presented in recognition for her many contributions to the Northern California media production community. In 2020, she joined the Board of Think Local First Santa Cruz and the Scotts Valley Economic Recovery Task Force and in 2021, she became a Board Member of the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce. Most recently her company was named Scotts Valley Business of the Year.

    This talk is a package deal for those looking to learn more about job searching: we will cover 1) personal brand building and 2) assessing prospective employers for cultural/environmental fit. Join us on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 6:00pm PST. Click here to RSVP

    This event is open to economics declared majors and M.S. APEF students, and will feature a moderated discussion followed by audience questions. Favorable RSVP and attendance of event qualifies each attendee a chance to win a Starbucks e-gift card at the conclusion of the event!

    RSVP is required by Tuesday, February 23rd to qualify for the gift card drawing and to receive the Zoom meeting link in a timely manner. RSVPs received AFTER that date are gladly accepted but will be ineligible for the drawing.

    Questions? Email Jasmine Graze at jgraze@ucsc.edu.


  • March 2, 2021

  • Job Searching In Business & Economics: International Career Panel -- Hosted by Global Engagement and Career Success

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021, from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., by way of Zoom.
    Register here for the Zoom link

    Join us for this exciting panel to hear from job recruiters from companies like Salesforce and international alumni working at DAS42, Qualitest, and Supplyshift. Our alumni currently work as consultants, analysts, and subject matter experts, and will offer invaluable insight to these professions.

    Additionally, we will be providing general insight, strategies, and resources for all fields and majors to support you as you begin in your careers. Whether you are currently in business or economics or are interested in learning more, sign up here and join us in the conversation.


  • Fall Quarter 2020


  • September 29, 2020

  • Undergraduate Economics Department Welcome / Orientation

    This orientation is extremely beneficial for all newly admitted frosh, transfers and international students. All new students who are interested in our economics majors should attend and will be sent an invite by way of Zoom. If you do not receive an invite, please contact econ_ugrad_coor@ucsc.edu.

    Frosh - 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., by way of Zoom.

    Transfer - 11:15 - 12:15 p.m., by way of Zoom.


  • October 7, 2020

  • Meet the Firms -- Hosted by the UC Santa Cruz Career Center

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., by way of Handshake

    Are you a business management economics or economics student looking to meet with representatives virtually? Meet the Firms Career and Internship Fair will introduce you to accounting firms and government entities so you can explore your career opportunities in accounting. Accounting recruiting cycles end in the fall, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!


  • November 9, 2020

  • Fall Quarterly Economics Faculty & Undergraduate Colloquium

    Monday, November 9, 2020, from 4:00-5:00 p.m., by way of Zoom.

    Join us for presentations by Lecturer Bob Baden, “Why Economies Succeed or Fail,” and Professor Alan Spearot, "Collecting Data and Using Math to Understand Global Poverty".

    Please record your favorable RSVP by 5 p.m., Friday, November 6 here.


  • November 10, 2020

  • The Wayfinder: Navigating Life, Career, and Everything Between

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. PST, by way of Zoom

    Interested in marketing? Or establishing your own start up? Perhaps you are interested in discovering your interests, but don't know where to start looking. Derek Wong has got you covered on those topics, and more!

    Derek Wong is an entrepreneur and marketing professional who thrives at the intersection of technology, gaming, and people. A Bay Area native and UCI graduate, Derek has spent his early career building brands and launching products at Microsoft (Xbox), Riot Games, and LinkedIn.

    Derek loves helping people discover and achieve their full potential, which inspired him to start his own newsletter, podcast, and career consulting practice. He moved to Singapore in January 2020 to build his own startup and try living in Asia.

    Join Derek for a conversation on navigating life, your career and everything in between on Tuesday, November 10th at 6pm PST.

    This event is open to economics declared and proposed majors and M.S. APEF students, and will feature a presentation by Derek Wong followed by audience questions. Favorable RSVP and attendance of event qualifies each attendee a chance to win a Starbucks e-gift card at the conclusion of the event!

    RSVP is required by Friday, November 6th to qualify for the gift card drawing and to receive the Zoom meeting link in a timely manner. RSVPs received AFTER that date are gladly accepted but will be ineligible for the drawing.

    Click here to RSVP.


    Questions? Email Jasmine Graze at jgraze@ucsc.edu.


  • December 8, 2020

  • Let's Talk Internships

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., by way of Zoom

    Internships.

    You may have heard that you should get one. But why, and where do you find them? What are employers looking for? The path forward isn't always clear. So let's talk about it. To clarify these questions (and many, many more), we have invited professionals representing two different perspectives on your internship journey.


    Representing the internship supervisor: Marc Rand, American Nonprofits Interim Executive Director, Community Capital Advisors Founder & Director and UCSC Economics Field Study program employer.

    Representing the career development perspective: April Marie Castro, Employer Relations & Internship Specialist at Otis College.


    Join Marc and April Marie for a conversation on internships on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8th at 4pm PST. Click here to RSVP

    This event is open to economics declared majors and M.S. APEF students, and will feature a moderated discussion followed by audience questions. Favorable RSVP and attendance of event qualifies each attendee a chance to win a Starbucks e-gift card at the conclusion of the event!

    RSVP is required by Monday, December 7th to qualify for the gift card drawing and to receive the Zoom meeting link in a timely manner. RSVPs received AFTER that date are gladly accepted but will be ineligible for the drawing.

    Questions? Email Jasmine Graze at jgraze@ucsc.edu.