AERE Scholars Program

The AERE Scholars Program is an ambitious mentoring initiative aimed at increasing diversity in environmental and natural resource economics, helping the newest members of our community succeed, and creating an inclusive culture that encourages members to give back to the organization and field. AERE is interested in engaging broader constituencies (as defined by race, ethnicity, gender identify, sexual orientation, institutional rank, research profile, career type and stage, among other dimensions of diversity) in the organization and larger economics community. The AERE Scholars Program focuses on establishing networking connections, developing the skills needed to succeed and lead in economics, and creating a critical mass of change agents needed to pivot the noted toxic culture in economics to one that is more diverse, empathic, and supportive. First, our mentoring program fosters relationships and networks along three dimensions: (1) the mentor and mentee, (2) peer groups of mentors and mentees, and (3) different cohort groups. Second, we advance skills via these networks by co-developing resources on how to succeed, how to mentor, and how to develop trust. Last, we build on lessons from collective leadership to mobilize program participants to act on the positive culture that we co-create. All accepted scholars will receive $1,500/year for travel to the AERE Summer Conference for the two years beginning and ending the program.


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  • Applications open: December 1
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  • Information session: December 15 View Recording>>
  • Deadline for mentor applications: January 15
  • Deadline for scholar applications: January 15
  • Selections made/applicants notified: February 28
  • Matching done/participants notified: March 28
  • Mentor training/Scholar orientation: May 16 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. ET
  • In-person scholar program activities: June 1 - 2 (in conjunction with the 2022 Summer Conference, Hyatt Regency Miami, Miami, FL)


  • Scholars: Any early-career scholar in environmental or natural resource economics who is no more than five years post PhD can apply (including those in academic and non-academic positions and those finishing PhD programs in application year). Scholars must demonstrate a commitment to increasing diversity in economics, an interest in actively working to improve the culture in economics, and a desire to grow personally and professionally. The scholar application includes 13 questions, five of which are short essays to be answered in no more than 150 words:
      • Demographic information (Name, email, current position, year of PhD, academic field, gender, race/ethnicity, other aspects of diversity)
      • Professional aspirations
      • Current research, research interests, and/or professional activities
      • How and why you think this program will benefit you as well as how and why you will benefit this program
      • Contributions to date and/or plans for future contributions to increase diversity and improve the culture in economics
      • Your ideal mentor  
Scholar Application - Deadline: January 15
  • Mentors: Mentors must have a minimum of five years of professional experience and be AERE members. We expect mentors to be willing to commit time and energy to the mentoring process, share experiences and advice about the profession, and provide objective feedback. The mentor application includes 11 questions, two of which are short essays to be answered in no more than 150 words: 
      • Demographic information (Name, email, current position, year of PhD, academic field, gender, race/ethnicity, other relevant positions/experiences, past participation in a mentoring program as a mentor or mentee)
      • What you will bring to the program
      • How you will benefit from the program
Mentor Application - Deadline: January 15


Congratulations to the 2021 Program Participants!


  • Jacqueline Doremus (Cal Poly)
  • Steven Dundas (Oregon State University)
  • Diane Dupont (Brock University)
  • Teevrat Garg (University of California, San Diego)
  • Catie Hausman (University of Michigan)
  • Elaine Hill (University of Rochester)
  • Alex Hollingsworth (Indiana University)
  • Benjamin Jones (University of New Mexico)
  • Ian Lange (Colorado School of Mines)
  • Arik Levinson (Georgetown University)
  • Klaus Moeltner (Virginia Tech)
  • Frances Moore (University of California Davis)
  • Sheila Olmstead (University of Texas at Austin and RFF)
  • Ariel Ortiz-Bobea (Cornell University)
  • Billy Pizer (Duke University)
  • James Sanchirico (University of California, Davis)
  • Erin Sills (North Carolina State University)
  • Christopher Timmins (Duke University)
  • Margaret Walls (Resources for the Future)
  • Ann Wolverton (US EPA / NCEE)



  • Sandra Aguilar-Gomez (Columbia University)
  • Katie Jo Black (Kenyon College)
  • Becka Brolinson (Georgetown University)
  • Pralhad Burli
  • Pierce Donovan (Colgate University)
  • Ludovica Gazze
  • Jimena Gonzalez-Ramirez (Manhattan College)
  • Yukiko Hashida (University of Georgia)
  • Hannah Hennighausen (University of Alaska Anchorage)
  • Moon Joon Kim (Duke Kunshan University)
  • Liqing Li (California State University, Fullerton)
  • Hongxing Liu (Lafayette College)
  • Michelle Marcus (Vanderbilt University)
  • Sophie Mathes (EPGE Fundaçao Getulio Vargas)
  • Rosie Mueller (Whitman College)
  • Alaz Munzur (University of Calgary)
  • Jayash Paudel (Boise State University)
  • Akhil Rao (Middlebury College)
  • Mateus Souza (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
  • Smit Vasquez Caballero (Universidade de Vigo)


The AERE mentoring program aims to engage a diverse group of early career environmental and natural resource economists in AERE while providing invaluable career guidance, skill development, and networking opportunities. 

We envision that as a result of this program AERE will exhibit substantially greater diversity and will help make economics a field that is respected both for its contributions to addressing the world's problems and for embracing an inclusive culture.

Our Core Values

  1. We believe a diverse community makes for a more robust and inclusive organization and fosters excellence in our core functions as environmental and natural resource economists. 
  2. We believe all members deserve respect and opportunity.
  3. We believe in the sharing of skills and knowledge among and between mentees, leadership and mentors.
  4. We do not believe in single-dimension ranking or using pedigree to proxy for research quality.