Graduate Student Research

Conducting independent research is a hallmark of economics graduate education. With the explosion of technological resources in recent years, doctoral students have a virtually unlimited supply of world-wide data sources that can be tapped for use in their dissertation research. Coupled with the expansion of students interested in pursuing careers in development, experimental and survey-based research, the MITRE Graduate Student Research program provides a way for students to acquire the data that they need. Whether it is by purchasing a set of restricted data, paying for access to high-performance computing resources, travelling to another continent to collect data or presenting the results of their research to their peers (and potential employers), MITRE Graduate Student Research Awards and MITRE Graduate Conference/Travel Awards are a critical component to meeting the educational and professional development needs of the students in our doctoral program.

From the program’s inception in 2012 through January 2014, there have been 74 MITRE Graduate Student Research Awards, with an average award of approximately $3,000. These awards have funded a variety of research needs, ranging from travel to data purchases to purchases of high performance computing time.  Funded projects have included investigations of: 

  • the prevalence of counterfeit anti-malarial drugs in Africa
  • risk-taking/choice-making related to healthcare in Africa
  • the prevalence of mortgage default
  • the impact of federal granting programs
  • the effects of gasoline prices on automobile purchase choices
  • the impact of the employment guarantee program in India
  • mining rights & fracking
  • impacts of home equity loans
  • impact of access to childcare services in developing regions in Central America
  • impact of the post-Katrina Louisiana Road Home program
  • deregulation of electricity markets
  • the elasticity of taxable income
  • economic impact of highways & railways
  • impacts of fine arts educational programs on student academic success
  • federal aid for highway construction
  • recourse mortgage lending and households' investment behavior
  • credit rationing in China
  • understanding employment non-competition agreements, and many more.

MITRE Graduate Awards have a thrice-yearly application cycle. Submitted proposals are reviewed each application cycle by the Doctoral Program Committee and are awarded on a competitive basis. Awards are generally up to $5,000 with a project period of one year.