The Economics Department

Econ Peer Mentor Program

What is EPMP?
In short, EPMP matches first year economics majors with upperclassmen who have demonstrated success as economics majors. Our program 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! 

How can I join EPMP?
New Mentee Application is open now! APPLY HERE.

What can I expect from EPMP?
You will be thoughtfully assigned a mentor or mentee to meet with on a bi-weekly basis throughout the semester to discuss a variety of topics that are relevant to first year UT students. 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

Throughout the semester we have several group activities including socials, career workshops, and volunteer service activities. Most of our events include dinner or refreshments.

The Economics Peer Mentor Program is an official 360 Connection.

What are Mentee Requirements?
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. Mentee application for the Fall 2020 semester is now open. APPLY HERE.

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

What are Mentor Requirements?
Mentors are upperclassmen who have demonstrated success as economics majors. Mentors are required to have 1) a 2.75 overall UT or economics GPA, 2) ECO 329 completed with a C or higher, and 3) at least 24 hours completed in residence. Mentor applications for the 2020-2021 school year will open again in March 2020.

What do Economics Majors have to say about EPMP?
Watch this short video here.

When did EPMP start?
The Econ Peer Mentor Program (EPMP) was founded in the spring of 2011 with 16 participants. Since then EPMP has grown to serving over 90 students per semester. 

Who can I contact for more info?
Please contact us at 512-471-2973, BRB 1.114, or if you have questions or need help deciding if this program is right for you.


Our Mentors 

Mentor Fellows:* 
Eric Chu
Yilan Fan

Lead Mentors:**
Cayro Bustos
James Clucas
Marshall Munsch-Hayhurst
Shuming Chen

Ahmet Guven
Alexandra Babcock
Ali Saffouri
Carisa Icaro
Christopher Dang
Crystal Tse
Grace Heineman
Harvey Lou
Ishita Kumar
Jordan Brisgel
Karley Jones
Leticia Coutinho
Olive Jim-Daniels
Peter Kishler
Preharse Patel
Safeeullah Babar
Shristi Singh

Mentor Shadows:
Benny Tsang
Haiden Boyd
Himani Verma
Pralok Ikkurthy

*(Has mentored 4+ semesters)
**(Has mentored 2+ semesters)