Undergraduate Paper Contest

The New York State Economic Association (NYSEA) invites undergraduate economics students to submit their original research papers. Selected papers will be presented during the conference. All participants will be recognized with a certificate of participation. The winning papers will be awarded cash prizes at the conference.

2023 Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Presenters
2023 Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Presenters

From left: Daniel Baris, Syracuse University; Cole Ohanian, SUNY Farmingdale; Daniel Rober, SUNY Oneonta; Javeria Khalid, SUNY Farmingdale; Selin Akcay, SUNY Farmingdale; Paul d'Armour, SUNY Farmingdale; Matthew Dalzell, University of Connecticut


Entrants in the contest must have been undergraduate students during the past academic year. Papers must have been completed while the student was an undergraduate. Papers may be single or jointly authored, but all authors must be undergraduate students. The paper can be empirical or theoretical but must conform to general academic paper conventions outlined in the Guidelines for Authors.


Judges will consider both the written paper and oral presentation at the conference. The substantive contribution, methods used, literature review and motivation, and quality of both the written and oral presentation are all important parts of the evaluation.


To enter the contest, please submit the following by August 1, 2024. The electronic submission portal is now open:


You will need to provide:

  1. Author name(s), school affiliation, and class year
  2. Undergraduate faculty advisor and contact info
  3. Your final paper including abstract in Word or PDF with the following format for the file name: Last name.first name.pdf (.doc,.docx)

If your written paper is accepted, you will be notified promptly. Upon notification of acceptance, please register for the conference by September 30.


Only one submission per name, either sole or joint author, is allowed.

A paper may be jointly written by more than one person. However, all co-authors must have been undergraduates when the paper was researched and written.

Any submission must have been written when the author(s) was an undergraduate.

A co-author cannot be a faculty member at any institution or anyone who was not an undergraduate student during the research and writing of the paper.

  • All papers will be blind-reviewed by at least two readers prior to the conference.
  • All finalists will be required to present their research at the conference.
  • The scoring for the written component and the presentation component will comprise the final score for each submission.
  • When a paper submission is accepted, the student(s) will be notified of the acceptance.
  • Guidelines will be provided for the student(s) to prepare for the presentation (format, time allocated for each presentation, etc.).
  • The registration deadline will be included in the information.