Murray Weidenbaum Center Scholars Program

Murray Weidenbaum Scholars Program

Professor Murray Weidenbaum, Center Founder, spent most of his distinguished career at Washington University working with undergraduate and graduate students.  Countless students have benefited from his mentoring, an activity that he always has valued.  It is with his commitment to teaching and mentoring that this program was created to honor him.

About the Murray Weidenbaum Scholars Program

The Murray Weidenbaum Scholars Program gives Washington University undergraduate students a unique, rewarding, and life altering chance to learn and work under the guidance and mentoring of world-class academic experts. The program serves as an exceptional capstone to the academic careers of Washington University students in the fields of economics, political science, and sociology. 

Students work with faculty whose expertise lies in areas such as:

  • micro and macroeconomics
  • environmental economics
  • social choice, political economy, and democracy
  • industrial organization and medical economics
  • statistics
  • judicial politics
  • comparative political behavior and democratic processes
  • democratic institutions
  • international relations and international political economy
  • American politics and policy making

 Opportunities for Undergraduate Scholars

 This program provides three primary types of support for undergraduate scholars:

  1. Research Assistantships: Students will work closely with faculty members primarily in the Departments of Economics and Political Science on cutting-edge research project.
  2. Support for Honor Theses: Essential expenses such as purchase of data sets, research travel, copying expenses at government institutions such as the Library of Congress will be considered.
  3. Conference Travel: Students will be able to attend scholarly conference to share the research they have taken part in.

Candidates for the Program

The Murray Weidenbaum Scholars Program will be open to all Washington University undergraduate students.  Participants will be chosen by academic standing, interests, or career goals. Stipends paid will vary based upon the number of hours needed to complete research projects and will be determined by faculty mentors.  Requests for travel and data funding will be evaluated by the Center’s Director Steven Smith and its Associate Director Steven Fazzari on a case-by-case basis.