UVA Economics GRAD hosted its first annual conference in September 2016. It was a wonderful weekend, drawing a diverse group of alumni, with attendance from those who graduated as far back as 1992 through several who just received their PhDs this spring. The conference presentations included a wide range of topics, from Daniel Wilson’s (BA 1995) research on how star scientists choose where to live, to Devesh Raval’s (BA 2005) presentation on the influence of distance on medical provider choice.
Following the research sessions the alumni, their guests, several UVA faculty members, and current students enjoyed a fantastic keynote speech from Derek A. Neal (PhD 1992), followed by cocktails and dinner on The Lawn. Saturday was a more casual day, with many groups of alumni getting together to revisit old haunts in Charlottesville and discover all the new additions, before meeting for a picnic in the gardens and then heading over together to the Hoo’s football game.
It was a great weekend, and we hope that you will be able to join us next fall for our second conference. Also, if you would like to get involved please take 2 minutes to fill out our survey at www.uvaecongrad.com/get-involved, or if you have any questions please contact us at Virginia.Econ.Grad@gmail.com.