The Economics Department

Economics Peer Mentor Program

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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. 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.

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. Apply to be a Fall 2018 mentee 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 2018-2019 school year are now closed. Mentor applications for the 2019-2020 school year will open in March 2019.

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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End of Semester Celebration: Mentor and mentee celebrating the end of the semester!

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 Social Event: Game Night                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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Volunteer Service: The UT Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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Social Event: Bowling                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Volunteer Service: Candlelight Ranch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Mentor Bios

An leaning aginst a wall covered in vinesHello, my name is An. I am a 3rd year Economics major. I am from San Jose, California, but moved to Texas for UT. I like watching K-dramas, online shopping- just shopping in general, and traveling. I am involved in TSTV, a studen-run TV station, because I love watching TV when I was a kid (I still do now). If you are interested in film industry, hit me up. This is my first time being a mentor, so it would be exciting. I am thrilled to get to know all of you!

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!! 


Eddy sitting on ledge of mountian                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hello my name is Eddy, I was born in Monterrey, Mexico; but I have been living in the Austin Area for the last 7 years. I am currently a senior studying two majors, Economics with a minor in Finance through BEOP and Sociology. I am also working to obtain a certificate of Applied statistical modeling. I like to spend my free time hanging out with my friends, which can include many kinds of activities from outdoor sports to board game and video games.  I transferred to UT Austin from ACC a couple years ago and I signed up to EPMP, it was an awesome experience for me because I got to meet great people and learn about many opportunities within UT that I wouldn’t have if I had done otherwise.  Last semester I decided to study abroad because my mentor stuck that idea in my head since my first day in EPMP and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I am looking forward to meet you guys this upcoming semester. Go horns!!!

Ema sitting on edge of mountain sideHey! I’m Ema and I’m a third-year Economics major with a minor in UTeach. I am also working on my Business Foundations Certificate. I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I am in a spirit group called Texas Bluebonnets, and I am currently serving as their Philanthropy Director! I love doing community service and planning service events. I currently have a job tutoring middle and high school students in math. I love watching and playing sports with my friends. My favorite teams are the San Antonio Spurs and the New England Patriots. I have also played IM dodgeball, flag football, and basketball! I love music, specifically rap, so hit me up if you want some cool new stuff to listen to. I have two dogs and two cats at home and I love them more than anything in the world. I’m always the one showing my friends pictures of my animals! This is my first year being a mentor in this program and I’m super excited. I can’t wait to meet all the mentees!

One student bundled up on sleeping bag and other is laughing in dorm roomHello! My name is Eric C. and I am a second year economics major from Houston Texas and I plan internal transfer to double major in mathematics. Some of my hobbies include traveling all over Asia, running late at night, hiking in the Greenbelt, playing chess, and playing ultimate frisbee. My music taste is pretty diverse as I listen to everything from indie (Oh Wonder, Saint Motel, Jaymes Young) to rap (Travis Scott, Tupac, Playboi Carti) but I'm always open to new suggestions. I chose to be a mentor this year because I know UT can sometimes be overwhelming for incoming students. It was incredibly helpful when I was a mentee to have someone I could rely on and ask questions pertaining to my future career. That being said, I'm extremely excited to know you all better this coming school year!



Jacques standing on rocking mountain side with girl sitting next to himHey everyone, my name is Jacques and I am about to be a junior at UT. I am studying economics and finance while pursuing  a minor in German. I am an international student from Mexico and lived there all my life while attending a French school before coming to UT, which means that I went through a paperwork hell to attempt to make the equivalencies of my grades, and coming as an international student at UT. I love to meet new people and I am really looking forward to meeting new international students in EPMP. So if you got any “international” questions, look no further.  I will throw 2 fun facts about me. First of all, I went through many majors and programs before deciding to settle with Economics and Finance. I looked at the Communication School, psychology, sociology, BFP, BEOP, BDP and McCombs until I made my decision (Jinane was glad we could finally make our long term plan). If anything, I would be glad to help students that are undecided or wanting to explore other majors. And fun fact #2, is that I love languages. I speak Spanish, French, and English fluently, German with a pretty decent level, and Japanese coming along. So parlez-moi dans la langue de Molière.


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!                                                                                           

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.

Mason sitting infront of truck bed full of pumpkins                                                                                                                                                                                                               Hello! My name is Mason and I am a third-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 Chief Operations Officer for The Developing Economist, an undergraduate economics research journal published here at UT.  I also am active in the economics department as the Vice-President of ODE, the economics honors society. I also spent two amazing summers working with middle schoolers at a program called Breakthrough Austin since I am passionate about education inequality.  This semester, I am also going to be a Supplemental Instructor (SI) for introductory macroeconomics, so I may see some of you at my sessions. When I’m not doing school related activities, I love to read, play chess and hang out with my friends.  I was a mentee in EPMP and I am very excited to be a Mentor Fellow this semester so that I can continue to be a part of this amazing organization!

Matting is rock climbing and sitting on the edge of a cliffHello everyone! My name is Matt and I am going to be a junior majoring in Economics and minoring in Finance. I am from Westchester, New York and couldn't have asked for a better place to come for school. I love playing and watching sports, binge-watching TV, and also doing adventurous things with friends. I am super excited to travel abroad to Sydney, Australia for the Spring semester. This is going to be my first semester as a mentor and I am so excited to meet everyone and share great experiences and memories together.

Minze leaning against railing over looking mountian sideHello, my name is Minze; I am a 3rd year economic major from Beijing China. Besides economics, I’m also pursuing a major in accounting and philosophy, with a minor in government.   I transferred from the University of Rochester 2 years ago. I have been loving the numerous opportunities and resources offers, and I would love to share my experiences and advice with new mentees. If you are a transfer student or international student, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Apart from school, I love to play basketball, eat Asian food, watch horror movies, and travel. If you ever need recommendations for good Asian food in Austin, you know who to contact!

Moses giving htumbs up with lake behind himHey all, my name is Moses and I’m a fourth year transfer student from Arlington, Texas dual majoring in Economics and Sociology. I am also minoring in African Diaspora Studies and working towards a Bridging Disciplines certificate. When I’m not studying or working at Warby Parker, I like to create and view music, art and the like. Prior to coming to UT I went to Tarrant County Community College and got my associates degree. My biggest passions are for Music, Art, Education and Game of Thrones, and I can talk about all four until we’re blue in the face. Upon graduating from UT I hope to buy a globe and spend a year marking spots off, then go into market research, as well as possibly education reform. Although I do not have a favorite movie, my favorite directors are Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino. Fun fact about me is that although I was practically raised in Texas, I was born in Lagos, Nigeria and lived there until I was four. This will be my first year as a mentor but I was a mentee last fall and a mentor shadow last spring. I like talking to new people and am truly excited to meet and work with all of the mentees/mentors of this next school year, so please don’t hesitate to say hi!

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!!

Natalie getting a piggie back ride 

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! 


Rachana leaning against British red telephone boothHello beautiful people! My name is Rachana and I am a 3rd year Economics major also pursuing the BFP certificate. I was born in India, but raised in Coppell, TX a suburb of Dallas. This summer I studied Management and Organizational Behavior at the London School of Economics. In my free time I love to eat any kind of Asian food, watch anime, YouTube, or Friends, and just hang in my lovely apartment with friends. In addition to EPMP I am VP of Women in Foreign Affairs, which is an IRG club that empowers women to confidently pursue their careers and I am also Technical Director for the Texas Undergraduate Law Review.  This is my first year in EPMP and I'm so looking forward to it meeting and interacting with each and everyone of you.

Ryan standing with arms up in the air overlooking cityHi my name is Ryan, I am a second year Economics major and finance minor through BEOP. I was born in Melbourne, Australia but grew up in the Dallas area. I love watching and playing sports, football and basketball specifically. Some of my favorite teams are the Cowboys, Mavericks, FC Barcelona and of course UT. In my free time I like to hike, travel, eat and play videogames. I was a mentee last year and look forward to meeting new people and helping people transition as a mentor shadow!


Yilan sitting a resturant table on street sidwalkHi my name is Yilan, and I'm a second Economics major and  Accounting major. I'm an international student from Beijing, China. I like eating and taking cute pictures when I'm free. I want to try out all good restaurants in Austin before I graduate, and I'm currently working on it!

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Becky Chen

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Ema Blokzyl
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Eric Chu

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Jacques Pelletier
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Katherine Mace

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Marianne Koleng

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Mason Tyler-Nyman

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Matt Berger

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Minze Ouyang                        
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My Linh Duong       

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Natalie Byun
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Rachana Mallavarapu
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Ryan Friedewald
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