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ESI Summer Scholars sitting at a table collaborating

Monday, June 7 through Friday, July 9, 2021

Application is now closed. The application deadline is March 19, 2021, at 5:00 PM. 

We will be hosting approximately 10-15 students for five weeks this summer as Summer Scholars.  As a Summer Scholar, students will meet each day from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. to analyze data sets from an economic experiment and to work more generally as research assistants on other projects.  Last summer’s schedule can be downloaded here.

The scholars and their mentors will also meet daily as a reading group to discuss papers in experimental economics, as well as texts like Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments, F.A. Hayek’s The Sensory Order, and Michael  Polanyi’s Personal Knowledge, Ludwig Wittgenstein’s The Blue and Brown Books and literature like John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Summer Scholars will receive a stipend of $2,500 at the end of the five weeks. We will be conducting the program through Zoom. 

All applicants must either have participated in the Vernon L. Smith High School Workshop or have taken at least one course in Humanomics at Chapman.

The program is generously sponsored by the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics (IFREE) and the Thomas W. Smith Foundation.