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Student Organizations & Honors

Student Organizations

Investments Club

Seeking a career in investment management, private equity or banking? Get real-world experience in our Investments Club. For more than two decades, this organization has provided students with an opportunity to manage a portfolio and learn vital skills that can be utilized in the financial sector.

Here’s how it started: In 1988, Furman’s Board of Trustees transferred $100,000 to the club from the school’s endowment. Since then, the club’s members have used that balance to identify investment strategies, purchase stocks and gain experience in the world of finance. The group also hosts events with Greenville’s business leaders.

Our club currently meets twice a month to learn about investment topics and study our portfolio.

Furman Economic Society

The Furman Economic Society is the principal student organization for economic events outside the classroom. Activities range from coffee talks on subjects of interest to social events with both students and faculty. The society’s leaders serve as peer advisors for the major. Your participation in helps the department can align its programming with your interests and passions.

Piedmont Economics Club

This Greenville organization meets at the Poinsett Club in downtown Greenville once a month. Two students per month have the opportunity to attend meetings. In addition to attending a dinner with a guest speaker, students are able to network with the Greenville business community.

Student Honors

Omicron Delta Epsilon

Omicron Delta Epsilon is the international honor society for economics. Furman is home to Omicron Delta Epsilon’s Eta Chapter of South Carolina.

Membership Benefits

  • National recognition of scholastic achievement in economics.
  • Opportunities to present papers at ODE sponsored meetings at the annual conventions of regional and national associations.
  • Eligibility to compete for the Frank Taussig award (cash prize and publication of essay).
  • A publication outlet for promising undergraduate and graduate student papers in The American Economist, the journal of Omicron Delta Epsilon.
  • Eligibility to compete for the Outstanding Student Leader awards.
  • One year subscription to The American Economist.

Membership Criteria

Students will be admitted to ODE based on the following criteria.

  • Must be at least a junior and a declared economics major;
  • Must have completed at least 12 credits in economics courses including one of the intermediate courses (345 or 346);
  • Hold at least a ‘B’ (3.0 average) at Furman and a ‘B’ (3.0 average) in the economics major.

Apply Now

​Interested in becoming a member? ​Omicron Delta Epsilon Application.​ Completed forms, with a check to Furman University for $40, should be submitted to Ashlee Bullock in Riley 109.​​

The Stanford Prize

The Stanford Prize celebrates research and outstanding writing by recognizing the student with the best paper on an economics topic in a given year. Papers are judged by a committee of three economics faculty members, and the winner is announced at the end-of-year picnic. The competition is open to non-majors and majors. The prize consists of $100 and “bragging rights for a year.”

Submit a Paper

Send a copy of your paper to Ashlee Bullock by email. The winner will be announced at the spring picnic.

Contest Guidelines

We will evaluate papers individually for content, organization, economic sophistication, and cogency of argument. The judgment of the committee is final.

Papers should be neatly typed, double-spaced and in a 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins. The style should follow an accepted form for working papers in the social sciences. Pages should be numbered (bottom center) with Arabic numerals and with the first page of text numbered as “1”.

Although there is no explicit requirement, the suggested length of the paper is somewhere in the neighborhood of eight to 12 pages. Students may submit only one paper for consideration.

Submissions may be drawn from past work submitted to satisfy the requirements of an economics course or original papers prepared specifically for the contest. Papers developed from university-sponsored summer research projects or programs, such as the Hollingsworth Undergraduate Summer Research Program, are not eligible for consideration.

Contact Us

Have a question about the award? Contact Nathan Cook.