AFRE Graduate Student Orientation

Date: August 31, 2015 - September 1, 2015
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: AFRE Graduate Student Orientation 75 Morrill Hall of Agriculture

AFRE Graduate Student Orientation

August 31 & September 1, 2015

Agenda

Monday, August 31, Room 75 Morrill Hall of Agriculture

Introduction to the Department - 9:00 - 10:15 am.

  1. Welcome to MSU - Titus Awokuse, Chairperson
  2. Introduction to MSU and the Department - Scott Swinton, Associate Chairperson
  3. Graduate Study in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics - Scott Swinton

Graduate Programs in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics - 10:15 - 11:00 am.

  1. M.S. Program - David Schweikhardt
  2. Ph.D. Program - Rick Horan

Break - Atrium Morrill Hall of Agriculture - 11:00 - 11:15 am.

Introduction to Economics Department - Paul Menchik, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Economics - 11:15 - 11:30 am.

AFRE Graduate Student Organization - 11:30 am. - 12:15 pm.

  1. Welcome and Introduction to GSO - Hamza Haider, GSO Vice President
  2. Cook Hall and Desks - Mary Doidge

Lunch with current graduate students - Atrium Morrill Hall of Agriculture - 12:15 - 1:15 pm.

  1. Individual photos for student boards - Ryan Vroegindewey
  2. Group photos

Tuesday, September 1, Room 75 Morrill Hall of Agriculture

Example Research Topics in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics - 8:30 - 9:30 am.

  1. Food and Agriculture - David Hennessy, “The Trouble with Crop Yield Tail Correlations, Searching for Geographic Regularities”
  2. Development Economics - Andrew Dillon, “Health and Agricultural Labor Productivity”
  3. Regional Development - Mark Skidmore, “Economics of Natural Disasters”
  4. Environmental and Resource Economics - Frank Lupi, “Fishing for Benefits of Reducing Agricultural Pollution”

Break - 9:30 - 9:40 am.

Course Planning - Scott Swinton - 9:45 - 10:30 am.

Student Panel and Small Group Discussion of Class Options - 10:30 - 11:30 am.

  1. Development Economics:  Jeff Bloem, Hamza Haider, Serge Adjognon
  2. Environmental and Resource Economics: Miguel Castro, Kimmie Klaiman
  3. Food and Agribusiness Management and Markets: Leonard Polzin, Marie Steele

Computer Services Orientation - 403 Morrill Hall of Agriculture - 11:45 am. - 12:30 pm.

Optional:  How to Register for Classes - 403 Morrill Hall of Agriculture (Jeff Bloem, Caroline Peters) - 12:30 pm.

More opportunities:

Wednesday - September 2

  1. Ice Cream Social - Atrium Morrill Hall of Agriculture - 2:15 - 3:00 pm.
  2. Campus Walking Tour - Meet at Cook Hall - 3:00 pm.

Thursday - September 3 - Happy Hour at Harper’s East Lansing - 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

Friday - September 4 - Graduate Student Reception at MSU Kellogg Center, Riverside Room - 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

Saturday - September 12 - Tailgate with Economics Department graduate students at Chittenden Hall before Oregon/MSU football game - Afternoon - 8:00 pm.

Sunday - September 13 - GSO Picnic - Location TBD - Afternoon