Stamford Team Competes in the College Fed Challenge 2020
This year, the College Fed Challenge competition was virtual. It was a challenging transition to understand the intricacies of new rules and regulations and to pivot in September to be ready by October 9. But UConn- Stamford team was well-organized, enthusiastic, and well-prepared to put forward the arguments that current economic situation warrants keeping the target federal funds rate unchanged.
The 2020 team consisted of five Stamford students: Cullen Murphy (ACES, sophomore), You Kim (Financial Management and Economics, senior), Shayla Siljkovic (Linguistics and Philosophy, sophomore), Eileen Zhu (Economics, junior), and Rashana Weerasinghe (Business Data Analytics, sophomore). They worked virtually very diligently, creatively, and collaboratively. They describe the challenges of this new environment as the loss of a camaraderie of in-person interactions, technical difficulties, and physical isolation. However, the presentation that they put forward combines the intellectual rigor of each member, deep research of economic indicators, and a collective vision of what the forecast of current economic conditions looks like. You can watch their presentation below.
Our team did not make the next round of the competition this year, which is, of course, disappointing. However, the learning that has occurred was a worth while experience. First, each student has developed an expertise in a selected economic indicator or industry: each team members researched, constructed graphs, and made connections with overall economic development as well as with monetary policy implications. Furthermore, students gained highly valuable skills such as critical thinking and teamwork. These are the skills that are transferrable to other professional environments such as a graduate school or a workplace. You can read students’ reflections here.
The course that is preparing a team for the next year’s competition is ECON 3492 – Practicum. It is offered every semester. Stamford students who are interested in joining the team should contact Dr. Smirnova. Student’s major does not matter – all majors are welcome! What matters is the desire to learn about the economy and monetary policy, and to be open-minded to work well in a team.