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Collaborative Research

Very busy researchers

One of the factors that sets the UW-Eau Claire economics department apart from the pack is the amount of student-faculty collaborative research that takes place here.

UW-Eau Claire has earned a national reputation to add to long-standing state distinction as the UW-System Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, and the economics department is a big part of this recognition with faculty mentoring students every semester — some as many as 15 students at once — to say there are many opportunities for undergraduate research is a bit of an understatement. Collaborative research is one of the hallmarks of the department.

Research is an opportunity to pursue special interests, present at state and national conferences, and set yourself apart for grad school or employment. 

There are so many opportunities to do research in a variety of subjects and there is something for every student.

Isabel Chmielewska Economics

Regional Economics Research

Our mission is to supply basic economic information and to produce and disseminate timely economic analysis in order to help foster economic development in the region.  

In accomplishing this mission, we strive to create strong and lasting relationships between the university and the area business community as well as local/regional public officials and non-profit agencies.  We pride ourselves on providing hands-on experience for our economics majors by involving students in our research and analysis activities.

International Research


The Economics department partakes in the International Fellows Program which uniquely combines intercultural immersion and student-faculty collaborative research to create an undergraduate experience that sets students apart in undergrad research.

Presenting far and wide

Our students have the unique opportunity, as undergraduates, to present their research projects at conferences throughout the state and often nationally as well. Each year the opportunities vary, but the following list are typical conferences and symposia that Blugolds engage in:

  • The Wisconsin Economics Association
  • Posters in the Rotunda, annual student research celebration in Madison
  • Bard College Conference on Asia and the Environment
  • The Midwest Economics Association
  • UW System Symposium on Undergraduate Research
  • Wisconsin Lakes Conference
  • National Council on Undergraduate Research
  • Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA)
CERCA 2020

29th Annual CERCA

Virtual Posters Presentations, Films, Displays, and Performances of student scholarly work.

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Thomas Kemp, director of the economics department

Water Matters

Through student-faculty research, one professor and his students are helping the community by researching the correlation of water clarity and lakefront property values.

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Water clarity research students with Tom Kemp

Research Connections

A collaborative student-faculty research team in the economics department has been conducting research into the correlation between property values and improved water quality in areas lakes.

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Blugolds in China

Climate Change Research

Blugold students have been spending several year studying and tracking public opinion about climate change in the two greatest carbon emitting countries — China and the U.S. Find out more about this important study.

Global climate change opinions
Veggies

Fruit + Veggie Research

Since 2009, students and an economics faculty member have been conducting research on funding, incentives and consumption of fruits and vegetables by school-aged children in the state. This can be a valuable resource for the community.

Creating healthy habits
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