AERE Scholars Program

The AERE Scholars Program is an ambitious effort to increase diversity in environmental and natural resource economics, help the newest members of our community succeed, and create 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, sexual orientation, institutional rank, research profile, career type and stage, among other dimensions of diversity). The one-year Scholars Program will include (1) a one-on-one mentorship between the scholar and a more established AERE member, (2) peer mentoring that is led by the scholars themselves, and (3) a one-day workshop on the “hidden curriculum”. In addition, 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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Process/Timeline:

  • Applications open: November 1
  • Information session: November 15 @ 5:00 – 6:00 pm ET
  • Deadline for mentor applications: November 30
  • Deadline for scholar applications: December 15
  • Selections made/applicants notified: January 30
  • Matching done/participants notified: February 28
  • Mentor training: May 23
  • Mentee orientation: May 23
  • Annual Workshop: June 1, 2022 (in conjunction with 2022 Summer Conference at the Hyatt Regency Miami)

Eligibility

  • 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  
  • 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

 

Congratulations to the 2021 Program Participants!

Mentors

  • 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)

 

Scholars

  • Sandra Aguilar-Gomez (Columbia University)
  • 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)
  • Jennifer Meyer (Franklin and Marshall College)
  • 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)

 

Mission
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. 

Vision
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.

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