The West Texas A&M Economics Club (WTEC) supports students to connect with opportunities for research, mentorship, and networking; all are of which enhance subsequent career opportunities. WTEC group and individual activities for student travel, student research work, guest speakers, and student tutoring are fully funded by the Charles Koch Foundation. Current and former students have been supported to present their research at the Dallas Federal Reserve, Missouri Valley Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, Society for Economic Measurement, Texas A&M Pathways, and the Texas A&M Research Competition.
Students can choose to work closely with faculty mentors on research in economics that leads to possible academic publication, or gain valuable professional experience through data analysis and teaching. WTEC activities previous semesters have featured a book discussion group, or casual faculty and guest speaker-led discussions focused on current economic events. Past guest speakers have included successful alumni whose graduate degrees are in Finance, Economics, Law, and Public Policy. Guest speakers have also come from local employers, such as Amarillo National Bank, and national employers such as Amazon. The Economics Club often organizes excursions to the Free Market Institute at the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University to participate in seminars on political economy.
The WTEC organization currently meets every second Monday of the month in Canyon, where lunch is provided. Officers for the 2022-2023 academic year include Andrea Mata, Levi Zemanuel, and Patrick McFall.
For more information contact Dr. Ryan Mattson or Dr. Lee Stitzel, Faculty Advisors for the Econ Club.