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End of the Semester Celebration – Tuesday

December 9, 2012

Commencement12_6971Let’s celebrate the end of another great semester! Most importantly, let’s honor our graduating seniors!

Department of Economics End of the Semester Celebration
Tuesday, December 11th
9am-11:00am (stop by at any time)
8417 Social Science

Greenbush Bakery Donuts and Gotham Bagels will be served. Seniors — you finally get the famous coffee mug!

We hope to see all economics majors on Tuesday.

RSVP on Facebook here. You want us to have enough bagels and doughnuts, right?

Photo via University Communications


Hilldale & Holstrom Writing Proposal Workshop

December 6, 2012

If You’re Applying for a Hilldale or Holstrom Research Award, Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Workshop!

Writing Proposals for Hilldale and Holstrom Research

Friday, December 7 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. (Sec. 1)

If you’re applying for one of the University’s prestigious Hilldale or Holstrom awards, don’t miss this workshop! You’ll have the chance to share your proposal and abstract with an instructor from the Writing Center and a small group of other applicants.These readers will offer you suggestions for improving your application so that it’s as strong and competitive as possible. The deadline for this fellowship application is in mid-February.

Reserve your place.  It’s easy. Register online at

Intern at RENEW Wisconsin

December 6, 2012

Multi-Talented Intern Needed at Renewable Energy
Advocacy Non Profit


RENEW Wisconsin (RENEW) is a 21-year-old Madison based nonprofit renewable energy advocacy organization that leads and represents businesses, organizations, and individuals that seek more clean, renewable energy in Wisconsin.

Web site:


RENEW seeks the services of a multi-talented individual who has a basic knowledge and is interested in renewable energy. The ideal candidate would be skilled in writing, data base management, on line social media and mapping software, and is flexible with a variety of tasks and shifting needs of a small office environment.


RENEW’s office is located at 222 S. Hamilton in downtown Madison, two blocks from the Capitol.

How much time?

The intern will be expected to work 10-15 hours a week.


The opening is available at the beginning of the spring semester, 2013 or sooner if available.

Other benefits: Promoting socially progressive policies and programs of a small environmental
nonprofit, learning how an organization operates, and helping to meet the organization’s mission.

RENEW consists of three professional staff, a part-time intern, and volunteers.

How to apply: Submit a short letter of introduction and resume by December 31, 2012 to: Don Wichert, Interim Executive Director,

The Urban Prep Fellows Program

December 4, 2012

The Urban Prep Fellows Program: A Unique Year of Service Opportunity in Urban Education

In Chicago, just one in forty African-American boys in public schools earns a college degree by age 25. But for three years in a row at Urban Prep Academies, the nation’s first network of all-male charter public high schools, 100% of seniors have gained admission to attend four-year colleges and universities.   Do you have the skills, passion, and energy to help us continue to make this vision a reality? Consider applying to join the Urban Prep Fellows Program, a distinctive full-time, one-year service fellowship opportunity for recent college graduates.  Urban Prep Fellows augment and support regular classroom learning by building bonds with students through academic and personal advising, managing after-school activities, communicating with families, and leading a small-group seminar course. During their service year, Fellows are provided with housing, transportation, health and dental insurance, and a monthly living stipend.

Learn more about Urban Prep by viewing this short video, visiting the Urban Prep Fellows website at  finding us on facebook and twitter, or contacting the Fellows Program Director, Jacob Wertz, at or 312-276-0259 x1109.

Apply: Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

November 27, 2012

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) has opened its Annual Recruiting Drive to accept applications for over 100 anticipated positions at J-PAL and partner organizations.

Many position types are available, including field research, project management, data analysis, and policy outreach. About 70 percent of positions are in international locations, while US-based positions are also available at J-PAL Global in Cambridge, MA, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) headquarters in New Haven, CT, or at our affiliates’ home universities.

To be considered for all current and anticipated positions, applicants must complete the J-PAL common application including a statement of purpose, resume, letters of recommendation, and transcripts. For most of the open positions, applicants should apply by the common application deadline of January 7, 2013.

In addition to filling out the common application, candidates can apply for specific positions that interest them by following the additional steps specified in that position’s job description. Open positions will continue to be posted throughout the coming months.

For more information, visit the J-PAL jobs page, and see answers to common questions on the FAQ page.

About J-PAL

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a network of 70 affiliated professors around the world who are united by their use of randomized evaluations to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation. J-PAL’s mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence. J-PAL works to achieve this by:

1. Conducting Rigorous Impact Evaluations: J-PAL’s 70 affiliated professors conduct randomized evaluations to test and improve the effectiveness of programs and policies aimed at reducing poverty. There are more than 350 ongoing and completed evaluations in 52 countries.

2. Informing Policy: J-PAL’s policy group helps translate research into action by creating and disseminating policy publications, organizing conferences, and networking with policymakers, governments, NGOs, foundations, and international development organizations to promote the scale-up of highly effective policies and programs around the world.

3. Building Capacity: J-PAL provides expertise to people interested in rigorous program evaluation and training to others on how to conduct randomized evaluations.

Women & Public Policy Scholarship

November 27, 2012

Women & Public Policy

The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) sponsors a need-based scholarship to cover the registration and seminar fees for one student currently enrolled in a college/university to attend the Women & Public Policy Seminar.

Explore these topics with high-level Washington women who make policies that govern our country every day. Learn how you can launch a career and become part of the process. Choose one policy track to gain more specialized knowledge on Education or Healthcare policy.

Over the course of five days, you will talk with women leaders at the Capitol, White House, State Department and other agencies. You’ll meet in small groups with senior women at major advocacy groups and with seasoned corporate lobbyists.

You’ll discover what it takes to get a job in Washington. Coaching sessions on such topics as networking, resume writing, and informational interviews help prepare you for finding jobs and fellowships. Young professional women describe how the job search works in Washington. Senior level women offer assistance in opening doors to help you get started.

Seminar: January 14-18, 2013

Application Deadline (Extended): November 30, 2012

Women & Public Policy Scholarship Application (for undergraduate students only)

2013 Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Competition

November 20, 2012

The Office of the Provost is soliciting proposals from faculty, staff and students for the spring 2013 Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment competition. This endowment helps foster the Wisconsin Idea, the philosophy that the knowledge, ideas and solutions generated at the University benefit the people of Wisconsin, our nation and the world.

Proposals are encouraged for new outreach and public engagement activities that partner with community and off-campus organizations to extend and apply our research, education and clinical knowledge to help solve problems or take advantage of opportunities. Projects may begin on or after July 1, 2013 and last up to three years. Proposals for initiatives up to $120,000 are encouraged. This year the endowment competition will grant approximately $650,000.

The Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment call for proposals involves two steps: 1) UW-Madison faculty, staff or students must first submit a pre-proposal; and 2) individuals whose pre-proposals are accepted will be invited to submit a full proposal. Pre- and full proposals must be signed off at the departmental and dean’s/director’s levels before submission to the Office of the Provost. Pre-proposals are due in your Dean’s office by noon, Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Signed copies of the pre-proposals are due in the Provost’s office by noon, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. We will announce pre-proposals finalists by Monday, March 18, 2013.

See for pre-proposal guidelines, cover page, budget submission form, directions and a list of previously funded programs. Questions should be directed to Eden Inoway-Ronnie, the Office of the Provost,

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