The Economics Department

Econ Peer Mentor Program

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The Econ Peer Mentor Program (EPMP) was founded in the spring of 2012 with 23 participants. Since then EPMP has grown to serving over 90 students per semester. We match first year economics majors with upperclassmen who have demonstrated success as economics majors. As a mentee, you will be thoughtfully assigned a mentor to meet with on a bi-weekly basis throughout the semester to discuss a variety of topics that are relevant to you as a first year UT student. Topics include but are not limited to: what to expect as an upper division economics major, study skills, time management skills, student organizations, campus and community events, career planning, goal setting, and more! Throughout the semester we have several group activities including socials, career workshops, and volunteer service activities. EPMP is a fun way to get more connected to the UT campus, the Department of Economics, and you may even make some life-long friends! The Economics Peer Mentor Program is an official 360 Connection.

EPMP does not provide tutoring services but peer mentors can connect you with tutoring services available within our department and across campus.

Listen to what your peers are saying about the EPMP here.

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Mentee Requirements: Interested in becoming a mentee? Mentees are incoming freshman and first year transfer students who could use an upperclassman's experience and guidance for a variety of reasons from improving academic skills to getting connected to campus resources to just making more friends within the major. The program requires a one-semester commitment. Spring mentee applications are now closed. Apply to be a mentee for the fall 2017 semester here.

Mentor Requirements: Want to mentor a first year economics major? Mentors are upperclassmen who have demonstrated success as economics majors. Mentors are required to have a 2.75 overall UT or economics GPA, have successful completion of ECO 329 with a C or higher, and have completed at least 24 hours in residence. Mentor applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now closed. Mentor applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are now closed.

Please contact us at 512-471-2973, BRB 1.114, or if you have further questions or need help deciding if this program is right for you.

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Volunteer Service: Between our volunteer activities we were able to fit in some team building!

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Mentor Bios

Girl jumping in the air over sandy beach backgroundHi! My name is Becky and I am from Columbia, Maryland. I'm currently a third-year pursuing an Economics major and certificates in Business Foundations and Elements of Computing. In my free time, I love to hike, sleep, do yoga, play with dogs, and watch way too much Netflix. My ideal vacation would be to take a whole year off and travel the world doing food tours and learning about different cultures. I am also involved in a spirit group and intramural volleyball. Last semester, I was a mentee for EPMP and absolutely loved being part of the organization. I'm looking forward to making new memories next semester!! 

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Hello! My name is Braydan and I am currently a junior majoring in Economics with a minor in finance through BEOP. I’m from Amarillo, TX and some of my interest are watching and playing sports, videogames, jeeps, and fantasy football.  My favorite sports teams are the Dallas Cowboys, New York Mets, and Chelsea. My favorite TV shows are Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead, and Always Sunny in Philadelphia. At UT I am the president of the Texas Wall League club, member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity, and part of many intramural sport teams. This will be my first year mentoring and I hope to gain experiences myself and help economic students during their time at UT.

Chad Fun                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hello everyone.  My name is Chad, and I am a third year Economics major and Math minor from Sugar Land, Texas.  My favorite interest is sports.  I am an avid Cleveland, Ohio State, and of course, UT fan.  Besides watching sports, I like to partake in them: I play basketball recreationally and have earned a black belt in Karate.  As a freshman, I participated in this program, and I believe it is a great way to get acclimated with the university.  As a first-time mentor, I am eager to show my mentees what I have learned here during my first two years.  

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                                                                                                                                                Hi guys! My name is Daniel and I am a senior economics major with a minor in mathematics. This is my first semester with EPMP, so I am very excited to meet all of you and look forward to making the most out of this semester! Just so you guys know a little about me, I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but I have lived in Frisco, Texas almost all my life. I’m into all things revolving around sports, music, food, movies, and television. Here's some rapid fire: My favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys, FC Barcelona, and Sacramento Kings, my favorite artist is Kanye West, my favorite food is pasta, my favorite TV shows are Always Sunny in Philadelphia and LOST, and my favorite movie is Tropic Thunder. I really enjoy competing too, so if you need someone to challenge you in anything, let me give it a shot. Whether it be chess or basketball, I’m down to play. Here at UT, I am part of several organizations and intramural teams, and am always open to joining more. So, if you want someone to come with you to an info session or anything like that, feel free to contact me. Overall, I like just hanging out and having a good time. So, I look forward to doing just that with many of you this semester. Let’s get some 4.0’s!! Hook em’!

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Hello!! My name is Eric, and I am a third year student in the College of Liberal Arts. I study French and Economics, and I hope to pursue a Masters in Professional Accounting through UT’s econ-MPA program. I am currently working toward the BFP and BEOP certificates as well. I am originally from a small town called Snowflake in Arizona, but I have lived all over the United States and spend much of my time abroad. I was a gymnast and a dancer for most of my life, and I play piano. I have a passion for the arts and for music, which is one of the major reasons that I was drawn to Austin. In addition to EPMP, I am a member of Liberal Arts Council, Project LEAD and USIT, as well as the Economics Honors Program and Liberal Arts Honors. I hope to move to France for a year or two after graduating, and then to return to the US for law school. My favorite movies are Black Swan, Bridesmaids and Mr. Nobody. I watch Neflix more than I should, and I am an expert on The Office, so don’t challenge me to The Office trivia. I never say no to live music, and I love just about any type of artistic, musical, or theatrical performance. This will be my first year as a member of EPMP, so I am excited to get to know my fellow mentors and mentees and to be more involved in the economics department!


EPMP mentor: Hayden SandHello, my name is Hayden and I’m a senior economics major from Los Angeles. In addition to economics, I’m also completing the pre-health professions certificate. I like to swim, hike, and wakeboard in my free time. Here at UT, I’m involved with the UT wakeboarding team, Texas Wake, and I’m also the Editor-in-Chief for The Developing Economist, the undergraduate economics research journal. I was a mentee my freshman year and I greatly enjoyed learning the ins and outs of college from my mentor. This semester will be my third semester as a mentor, and I’m excited to meeting all the mentees and helping out in any way I can!

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Hey guys! My name is Katelynn, and I’m from Guy, TX. I’m a second year Sociology major. I’m also participating in the Bridging Disciplines Program for Social Inequality, Health, and Policy. I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and adorable dog, Timmy. I also love music, food, coffee, and Netflix. If there’s a show you’re obsessed with on Netflix, I’ve probably seen it. As for actual physical activities, I like to kayak, volunteer at local dog shelters, and travel. I’ve been to Mexico, England, France, and Spain, and I hope to visit many more places in the future. I was a mentee in EPMP my freshman year and really enjoyed the experience, and I’m excited to get to know some of you! 


Katherine standing infront of hillsideHey everyone! My name is Katherine, but most people call me Katie. I am a second year Economics major, minoring in Finance and I grew up in Cibolo, which is a smaller city just outside of San Antonio, Texas. I love to cook, go to concerts, and explore new cities. This year I will be the treasurer for the Littlefield Residence Hall Council where we plan events for the residents in the dorm. I was a mentee last year when I was a freshman and found this program to be really helpful, so this year I hope I can help you transfer into your first year here at UT!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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Hello Everyone! I am Madelline and I am currently a Senior majoring in Economics. I completed my Business Foundations Certificate last semester. I from Miami, Florida, but grew up in Texas. In my free time, I enjoy going camping/hiking, trying new foods with friends, running, and reading at coffee shops. This is my fifth semester as a mentor and I am excited to share my experiences with my mentee and meet other members at EPMP. 

Marianne jumping after running marathonGuten Tag! My name is Marianne and I am Sophomore Economics, Government, and Finance major in Liberal Arts Honors Program. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas. When I’m not in class I like to go running, do yoga, play soccer, eat good food, and learning new things. I’m a big nerd, so you can always ask me about politics, philosophy or the economy and I can talk for hours. My favorite things about economics are that it teaches you that nothing is really free, we always have to make a choice, and that is shows how seemingly unrelated things are actually intertwined. This is my first semester as an EPMP mentor, and I’m really looking forward to meeting new people and making new memories.

EPMP mentor: Mason Tyler-NymanHello! My name is Mason and I am a second year economics and math major in the Liberal Arts Honors Program.  I became interested in economics because it was a subject I could apply my love for math and social studies in.  In addition to EPMP, I am also the managing editor for The Developing Economist, an undergraduate economics research journal published here at UT.  I also just spent an amazing summer working with middle schoolers at a program called Breakthrough Austin since I am passionate about education inequality.  When I’m not doing school related activities, I love to read, play chess and hang out with my friends.  I was recently a mentee in EPMP and I am very excited to be a mentor this semester so that I can continue to be a part of this amazing organization!

EPMP mentor: Mauro

Hello! My name is Mauro and I am a junior at the University of Texas at Austin. I am majoring in Economics and minoring in English while following the Business Foundations Program. I am originally from El Paso and transferred from the University of Texas at El Paso. In my free time I enjoy playing guitar, riding horses, reading, playing and watching sports, and playing videogames. My all time favorite movies are the Star Wars series and my favorite TV shows are Suits, Game of Thrones, and Skins (the British version). My favorite book is The Road by Cormac McCarthy. In my free time I enjoy volunteering at hospitals and learning about investment options in the 21st century. I would like to own my own businesses and wish to be remembered as a world-class philanthropist. I am going to be a mentor this year in hopes of learning and adapting myself to be a prosperous mentor for my mentees. The University of Texas at Austin is a great place to be and I am excited to help mentees have the best possible experience!  

Mi Linh and boy hold cat smilingHello!! My name is My Linh, I am third year Economics and Psychology major. I’m from Vietnam and have been in Austin, Texas since high school. I also enjoy spending time with my kitty and my lovely family. I also love cooking, baking and exploring to new restaurant and places. For being active, I like to go to the gym or outdoor activities with friends. I really enjoyed to be a mentee in EPMP my second semester in UT as a transfer student. I am excited to be a mentor shadow this semester and looking forward to gain new experience as a member of EPMP community. Hope to see all year!!

Nabeel in traditional Indian dance clothes dancingHi there! My name is Nabeel, and I am a Senior majoring in Economics with a Business Foundations Certificate. I'm from good 'ole Houston, TX and am proud to be a Longhorn. I'm an RA for Jester West and was previously danced on a Bollywood fusion team called UT Nach Baliye for two years. I've traveled across the nation competing and performing, giving me my joy of traveling and exploring new places. I am also an avid gamer, participating in competitive Super Smash Bros. (Project M) tournaments. In my free time, I like to hang out with friends or watch TV shows such as The Office, Suits, Flash, and Game of Thrones. I love to try new things and learn from people's past experiences. Luckily, EPMP gives me the opportunity to connect with people and offer them some perspectives on being an Econ Longhorn! I hope to travel abroad someday and go hiking in some of the coolest places. My dream is to own my own business one day, and hopefully working out of college and getting experience can help me get there. Economics keeps me informed about the world, which is why I like it. I am very excited to join EPMP, and look forward to meeting new people!

EPMP mentor: NadiaHello! My name is Nadia and I am a Third-Year Economics and Finance Major. I am originally from the Rio Grande Valley. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, shopping, watching movies, dancing, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy watching football with my dad and my favorite NFL teams are the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, and Saints. My favorite TV shows are Dance Moms, Project Runway, Pretty Little Liars, and the Big Bang Theory. I am excited to be joining the EPMP as a mentor!

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Hi! I'm Natalie, and I'm a second-year economics major working on my Business Foundations Certificate. I'm from Palo Alto, CA, but coming to UT was one of the best decisions I've ever made! I'm on the cheerleading team and cheer at football, volleyball, and basketball games. I'm in a sorority in which I hold several committee chair positions, and I'm also in a spirit group called Texas Lassos. Additionally, I'm involved in the LADD (Longhorns Against Drunk Driving) campaign that Lassos started last year. I love to travel and try new restaurants and cafes, so I know about some good study spots off-campus. I'm so excited to meet the mentees and show them all that UT has to offer! 

Gir standing in front of a waterfallHi guys! My name is Sanam. I'm a Economics major and Business Foundations Certificate in my senior year. This is my first time being a mentor and I'm super excited! I transferred from ACC as a sophomore so I understand the transition that transfer students have to go through and I can't wait to be able to help out in that way. Currently I am a Product Management Intern at Proofpoint and I'm a Work Study employee at President Fenves' office. I look forward to being able to share my experiences as an Econ major and what I've learnt during my time here. Asides from school, I enjoy working out, yoga and currently I'm working on getting through a list of the top 10 hiking spots in Austin! I look forward to a great semester! 

Susan getting ready to ziplineHi, I'm Susan and I'm a third year Economics and Urban Studies double major also pursuing a certificate in Applied Statistical Modeling. I'm from Houston, Texas where I completed the Internaional Diploma Program soon before heading off to AUstin to being UT through the P.A.C.E. program. I enjoy crocheting, hammocking, journaling, and salsa dancing.My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and my favorite TV shows include Orange is the New Black, Cooked, and Chef’s Table. You may see me at games with my spirit group, Texas Hype, or around the Residence Halls as an R.A. Last fall, I participated in EPMP as a mentee and can’t wait to return to repay all that I gained from being part of such a fun group. Above, you’ll see me getting ready to fly down the Zip Line 3000 in Rocksprings, Texas; I guess you could say I’m a bit of dare devil. If you are too, let me know- I’d be excited to go cliff jumping you…again.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Guy and Girls on gradaution day givng hook em signHello everyone, My name is Thanh Sy. I am a fourth year Economics major from Dallas, Texas. I am also participating in the ECON-MSF program through the Economics department and the McCombs School of Business so talk to me if you are interested in this program. I have been with EPMP since the start of my time here at UT, first as a mentee during my freshman year, and as a mentor during my second and third years. This will also be my fourth year living on-campus so catch me around Jester Center. I have a passion for the Spanish language so if you are learning and/or already speak it, please talk to me in Spanish! I love the arts, specifically theater, but also music and film. I travel for museums and architecture. I love learning about different cultures because in the end, aren't we all humans? I cruise around campus on my sick razor A5 Lux scooter so feel free to wave, smile, or even stop me to say hello.

Yavin sky diving and sticking out tongueHello! My name is Yavin and I’m a third year Economics major with a Finance minor and a Business Foundations Certificate. I’m from Mission, Texas and like to play basketball and soccer. My favorite shows are Game of Thrones, How to Get Away With Murder, and Friends. Additionally, I’m an officer for AEM Jovenes which is an organization for Mexican Entrepreneurs at UT. During my freshman year I was a mentee with EPMP and found the help and advice from my mentor very helpful. I wish to do the same for the mentees and be as helpful as possible. I look forward to meeting all of you!

EPMP mentor: Yefan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi everyone! My name is Yefan and I am a senior in Econ MPA program. I am an international student from China. I like playing video games and golf. I love road trips. I like Economics because it helps me to think more rationally when making choices. I came to UT in the spring semester of 2014 as a transfer student, and since then, I have got plenty of good memories as a longhorn. The experience of being a mentee in EPMP is one of the best memories. By introducing many graduate school programs and career services available on campus, my mentor helped me a lot to better set my academic and career goals. I hope to give back to EPMP and help economics students to have a good transition to their college lives.

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Daniel Romero

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