Undergraduate Research


APEE will hold the sixth annual undergraduate research competition and poster session at the 41st Annual Meeting, which will be held in Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada April 3-5, 2016 (see www.apee.org for details). We encourage professors to nominate outstanding undergraduate research projects, and undergraduates to apply directly.

All undergraduates will be invited to present their research at a poster session, instead of participating in regular panels. The poster session will be set up like a science fair. Undergraduate participants will each have an easel and should have a poster board or other visual display highlighting their research; they should be prepared to talk to professors about their research as we all circulate about the room during the plenary session and reception on Monday, April 4, 2016.

Nominations and applications should be submitted by email to Dr. Alex Padilla (alexecon1776@gmail.com) by February 6, 2016. They should include: (1) the entire paper or a 600-word abstract; (2) the undergraduate student’s contact information; (3) a copy of a driver’s license or other official document showing proof of age (21+).  In addition, (4) this year the APEE Executive Committee is also requiring that all students who want to participate in the APEE undergraduate poster competition and attend the APEE conference be accompanied by a faculty sponsor.  Faculty sponsors and students must complete and sign a sponsor responsibility agreement form, which explains student and faculty responsibilities and obligations with respect to presenting and attending the APEE Conference.  The sponsor responsibility form is accessible via the following link. In order to be able to register, and participate in the APEE undergraduate poster competition, all students and faculty sponsors must comply with all requirements, without exception.

Any topic in Economics, Political Science, History, Philosophy, Sociology, and Law is welcome. However, priority will be given to topics consistent with the Association’s main themes of political economy, private enterprise, entrepreneurship, economic education, and this year’s conference theme “Capitalism: Free-Market or Crony?”

Please note that, to be eligible, all applicants must be 21 or older by April 3, 2016, and submit proof of age as part of their application.  This eligibility condition is imposed following a unanimous decision by APEE’s Executive Committee. Proof of age should be scanned and emailed to alexecon1776@gmail.com along with the other application materials.

Participants will be selected and announced by February 16, 2016. Successful applicants should register for the conference by March 2, 2016 to obtain the discount rate (after March 2nd, a $50 fee will be added). Unfortunately, APEE cannot offer registration or travel support for selected undergraduates. We therefore encourage students to contact their institution’s Office of Student Activities or faculty sponsors for potential travel funding.

Awards for top undergraduate papers will be presented during the general meeting luncheon on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

Please address any questions to Alex Padilla at alexecon1776@gmail.com.  Thank you for your support of undergraduate private enterprise education.

 2016 APEE Sponsor Responsibility Agreement Form