Student Resources from IED

Student Research Awards

The Institute for Economic Development welcomes applications from doctoral students in the Economics Department for student research awards. The award can be used by the student to fund expenses for either the purchase of data or data collection travel costs.

Research grants will be limited until the Fall Semester of the year a student defends their thesis, or the first six years of their enrollment in the PhD program, whichever is earlier. Applications should be submitted before any acceptance to conferences or purchase of data. All research grant applications are required to include a completed and signed cover sheet, to include the following information:

  • A written summary describing the need for this research grant (no more than three pages)
  • Detailed budget (list anticipated trips for data collection and costs for each)
  • A detailed recommendation from a faculty advisor

Submit applications to Eleanor Langdon (264 Bay State Road, Room 512; elangdon@bu.edu) at any time during the academic year. An IED faculty committee will review applications.

Upon approval of your grant, you can submit receipts for reimbursement. You must submit receipts with the following clearly indicated:

  • Name of company/vendor
  • Date of purchase
  • If the receipts are in a foreign language, a written description of each receipt is required.
  • Address where the reimbursement check should be mailed

Upon approval, data purchases can be acquired by the department (see Eleanor Langdon for details) or you can purchase it yourself and be reimbursed, as long as you have a detailed receipt.

If you have any questions, please contact Eleanor Langdon at elangdon@bu.edu.

Please note: Any research you purchase can be included on the IED Research Data Network for department use, provided an institutional license is purchased for the data. The IED can provide funds to purchase such a license; please contact Eleanor for approval before purchasing.

Student Travel Grants

The IED offers travel grants to Economics graduate students to present papers at approved conferences. Each student can apply up to $2,000 per academic year toward travel. Travel to conferences will be limited until the Fall Semester of the year students defend their thesis, or the first six years of their enrollment in the PhD program, whichever is earlier. Applications should be submitted before accepting a conference invitation, unless the student plans on paying for the travel regardless of approval for grant. Applications must be submitted no later than four weeks in advance of the date of travel.

All travel grant applications are required to include a completed and signed cover sheet, to include the following information:

  • Conference name and dates
  • Your name
  • Email
  • BU ID number
  • Address to which check should be sent
  • Estimates for travel costs (air, hotel, etc.)
  • Advisor’s recommendation
  • Invitation to conference
  • Abstract
  • Travel grant money received during that academic year

Upon approval of your grant, please submit your receipts in chronological order, clearly labeled with:

  • the vendor name
  • the date of purchase
  • If the receipts are in a foreign language a written description of each receipt is required.

Please note: IED Student Grants do NOT reimburse for food/meals.

Submit applications to Eleanor Langdon (264 Bay State Road, Room 512; elangdon@bu.edu).

Student Journal Submission Grants

To assist with the cost of publications, IED offers journal submission grants to Economics graduate students. Each student will be required to pay the first $25 toward the total amount of journal fees, and then the student is eligible to receive reimbursements of the remaining costs, including any subscription costs relating to the journal entry requirements. Student journal submission grants will be limited until the Fall Semester of the year the student defend their thesis, or the first six years of their enrollment in the PhD program, whichever is earlier. Applications should be submitted after journal submissions have been submitted, and must include a completed cover sheet with the following information:

  • Journal name and copy of the publication and cost requirements
  • Your name
  • Email
  • BU ID number
  • Address to which check should be sent
  • Advisor’s recommendation
  • Abstract
  • Receipts listed in a table.  If receipts are in a foreign language, a written description of each receipt is required. Receipts should be taped (not stapled) onto 8.5 x 11 paper in chronological order. 

Once you have submitted a complete application, it will be reviewed and—if approvedsubmitted for reimbursement.

Applications should be given to Eleanor Langdon in Room 512. Questions can be emailed to elangdon@bu.edu.

Computer Labs

IED maintains four computer labs with a total of 30 computers; the labs are located at 264 Bay State Road (Rooms 514, 523, 525, and 540). All computers are equipped with word processing, spreadsheet, and mathematical and statistical software packages, and each lab has a black-and-white laser printer. Room 525 has a copier and scanner.

Open hours

Normal business hours are M-F 8 am to 10 pm. Weekend hours are dependent on planned events. The building and computer labs are closed during Intersession and on University holidays.

Accessing the computer labs

The IED computer labs have secured access, therefore you will need to have a BU ID, Kerberos password, and a user file on CASFS1 network before you can be added to the security system.

  • BU ID instructions are found in your admission packet, or you can go to the Terrier Card office (located in the GSU Basement).
  • Your Kerberos password is established with IS&T at 111 Cummington Street.
  • To request a CASFS1 Folder (to save your documents while using the computer labs), contact CAS IT.

Once you have all of the above, please go to 264 Bay State Road, Room 512, to request that you be added to the security system for the computer labs.

Computing problems

All computer hardware and software problems should be reported to the IED Program Coordinator at iedcoord@bu.edu. Identify the location of the computer and the nature of the problem; your input is the only way we know the equipment is malfunctioning and therefore the only way we can get it fixed.

Printing problems

  • Paper jams, low toner signals, and any other issues should be reported directly to Page After Page by calling 800 441-0539 x203. Please provide the machine ID number.
  • Paper is supplied by IED and can be found in each computer lab.

Fax Services

Receiving

To receive a fax, have it sent to 617-353-4143, the fax machine in Room 510. Make sure it is clearly addressed to you (in English). If you are expecting a fax, please email the IED Program Coordinator at iedcoord@bu.edu.

Sending

To send a fax, ask the staff person in Room 510. It will be faxed for you as soon as possible. Once sent, it will be returned to your mail folder or mailbox.

Digital Sender

To create a PDF and send it to an email address, ask the staff person in Room 510.

Editing/writing grants are available to students. They assist with academic writing and to ensure that final dissertations are presentable for publication and job market readiness.

  • Presentations: One (40-page maximum) paper per student during any calendar year by an IED faculty committee
  • One job market paper
  • Dissertation: Final edits on dissertation after your defense

Your application must be submitted no later than four weeks in advance of the date the final copy is needed. Your applications for editing/writing services must be submitted before your editing and should include a completed and signed cover sheet along with the following information:

  • Abstract
  • A copy of a letter that the paper has been accepted for presentation at a conference, or documentation that it is required as part of a job application
  • A recommendation from a faculty advisor

Each application should be given to Eleanor Langdon in Room 512. Questions can be emailed to elangdon@bu.edu.

Boston University’s Economics bibliographer works closely with department faculty, the IED, and both Mugar and Pardee Libraries containing economics materials. In addition, BU subscribes to many online economics databases and journals. While the journals are often accessed through Science Direct and JStor, the easiest way to find out whether BU subscribes to a journal is to search by title here. You can also search the BU Libraries website for resources by subject, e.g., economics.

If there are materials that a number of students would like to access, please email Eleanor Langdon (elangdon@bu.edu) so possible purchase of the materials can be discussed both with a faculty panel and with the bibliographer.

The Institute for Economic Development offers a peer advising service for incoming international students, to help with the transition to living and studying in Boston. Peer advisors answer questions about the programs and the department, may meet students at the airport, and help students find housing, banking, and shopping.

If you are interested in having a peer advisor, please contact Lee Tucker, the peer advising coordinator, at tuckerl@bu.edu.

The IED encourages PhD students to form reading groups in different fields, and can provide a limited amount of funding to cover costs of inviting visitors from neighboring areas, or light snacks when the workshop meets at mealtimes. The funding is based on how many students are participating on a weekly/biweekly basis, per semester. Questions should be directed to Eleanor Langdon at elangdon@bu.edu.

The department expects reading groups to be formed spontaneously and managed by students themselves, with the support and involvement of at least one faculty member. The main intention is to encourage presentation of research in progress, in order to generate feedback and discussion. We need some coordination across groups to prevent excessive overlap or duplication of fields. They could be organized by the standard PhD fields such as macro or micro theory, econometrics, empirical micro, IO and health, development, etc. But a reading group could also be formed around other field definitions (e.g., political economy, international economics, or finance) which attracts 10 or more PhD students. Once formed, every group should be ready to accept any PhD student in the department that wishes to join.

To form a reading group for any given semester or academic year, we need at least two organizing students and a faculty member to apply, providing the following information:

  • Group name
  • Meeting purpose
  • Location
  • Day
  • Time
  • Member names

Once you’ve received approval for funding, you will need to set up the schedule and post it on the departmental website; you should also include the group name and a short sentence giving the place, time, and frequency that you will be meeting, as well as an email address so that interested students/faculty can contact the group. Schedule info must include the date, author(s), and paper title for each meeting.