The Economics Department

Econ Peer Mentor Program

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The Econ Peer Mentor Program (EPMP) matches first year economics majors with upperclassmen who have demonstrated success as economics students. As a mentee, you will be thoughtfully assigned a mentor to meet with on a bi-weekly basis throughout the semester to discuss a variety of topics that are relevant to you as a first year UT student. Topics include but are not limited to: what to expect as an upper division economics major, study skills, time management skills, student organizations, campus and community events, goal setting, and more! There are social and volunteer service activities scheduled throughout the semester for all participants to come together as a group. EPMP is a fun way to get more connected to the UT campus, the Department of Economics, and you may even make some life-long friends! The Economics Peer Mentor Program is an official 360 Connection.

Listen to what your peers are saying about the EPMP here.


Mentee Requirements: Interested in becoming a mentee? Consider applying to the Econ Peer Mentor Program as a mentee. Mentees are incoming freshman and first year transfer students who could use an upperclassman's experience and guidance for a variety of reasons from improving academic skills to getting connected to campus resources to just making more friends within the major. The program requires a one-semester commitment. Fall 2015 mentee spots are now closed. Please check back for Spring 2016 spots.

Mentor Requirements: Want to mentor a first year economics major? Mentors are upperclassmen who have demonstrated success as economics majors. Mentors are required to have a 2.75 overall UT or economics GPA, have successful completion of Eco 420K, and have completed at least 24hrs in residence. Mentor applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are now closed.

Please contact us at 512-471-2973, BRB 1.114, or if you have further questions or need help deciding if this program is right for you.


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Mentor Bios

Alex FunHello!  My name is Alex Patsouras but you may hear me being called ‘Goose’ in the Eco advising office due to my strange admiration for the classically cheesy 80’s movie “Top Gun”.  I am a senior majoring in, you guessed it, economics and also international relations and global studies with a focus on science technology and the environment.  I am a transfer student from UTSA and I still have a lot of connections there!  I am currently the president for the UT Women’s rugby club team and I have been playing rugby for 4 years (it is great everyone should play)!  I grew up in Sugar Land Tx, a growing city right next to Houston. I enjoy learning about people and experiencing new things.  I love traveling and begin outside.  I hope to one day be fluent in Spanish and travel all throughout South America.  I cannot wait to get to know each and everyone one of you better!

Alyssa Fun Howdy! I’m Alyssa and I’m from Dallas, TX. I’m a fourth year economics student. I have completed the Business Foundations Program. I spent an amazing semester studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland. In my free time you’ll find me adventuring around Austin. I love hiking, kayaking, and playing sports. I also like trying new restaurants and traveling. I was a mentee when I was a freshman and I’m excited to be on the other side now as a senior!

Anderson FunHello! My name is Anderson I am a fourth year Economics major with minors in Math, History, and Business Administration. I am also pursuing certificates in Elements of Computing and Business and Public Policy. I’m from Katy, Texas and have two siblings. On campus I am the Financial Director in Liberal Arts Council and the official DJ of Texas Ice Hockey (yes, we have a hockey team). In my spare time I love to read about economics and politics, explore the city, and play foosball. I’m a huge fan of the Houston Astros and am always down to go to a baseball game. This is my first year as a mentor and I am looking forward to giving back to my fellow economics majors!

Camila Fun                                                                                                                                                                        Hola! My name is Camila. I am a transfer international student from Bolivia. Econ major – of course -doing the Business Foundation Program and the Business Discipline Program in Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits. I am a founding member of a student organization called START Americas Together dedicated to affiliate the continent through networking, volunteering, and financial sponsorship. This past summer, I spent my time in Bangladesh researching and working with social business as well as microfinance – one of the best experiences I ever had. I am an out doors person, improvised chef and amateur photographer and video producer. This is my first year as a mentor for EPMP, and I am really excited to meet new people and share new experiences.

                                                                                                                                                                                           Carolina Hernandez Fun                                                                                                                                                                     Hello everyone! My name is Carolina and I'm a third year economics major in pursue of a Business Foundations Certificate. I am originally from Celaya Guanajuato Mexico but raised in Austin. I love the thrill of roller coasters so you might find me riding them on any school break at Six Flags. Throughout the year I also work with an event company and get to experience many exiting events in and around Austin. Like any other girl I love fashion. As a student I try my best to stay within a budget by replicating expensive outfits with more affordable clothing pieces. What I like most about economics is that you get to come up with solutions and take into consideration every piece of information. As a freshmen, I joined EPMP because I wanted to get to know the student life and the different views of economics students. As a mentee I had a great experience and want to continue being a part of the program by becoming a mentor and hopefully be a great help to other students!

Danielle FunHi! My name is Danielle, and I’m a junior Economics & Government major with a minor in Urban Studies. I like economics because it’s very analytical and math based, but it also has a very wide variety of applications, and overlaps with many different disciplines. I was born in Ohio and raised in Texas, but I claim Austin as my home because it’s definitely the coolest place that I’ve ever lived. What makes Austin so great is all of the fun, quirky places that there are to discover, and I am determined to visit ALL of them before I graduate. I’m excited to get to know all of you this semester, and if you want to see more of Austin, maybe we can go exploring together!

Happy FunHi, my name is Happy and I am a senior majoring in Economics, minoring in Mathematics, and completing the Elements of Computing Certificate. After taking Econometrics and Databases, I am so amazed by predictions we can make with data. In this data rich world, I am fascinated by the challenge to organize information into something useful and apply this knowledge towards managing risk. My current classes such as Managerial Economics and Data Visualization are helping to satisfy this passion. Condensing data into visual representations and easy to read graphs and charts and seeing what decisions firms make with this information is intriguing. Some of my hobbies include swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, jet skiing (I love being in the water), programming, shopping, cooking, and trying new restaurants. I am so excited to be a part of EPMP; everyone in this program is so talented and giving. It is just a great environment to be in. I am really looking forward to making all the mentees feel at home and inspire them to love learning and be an active part of a great and resourceful school. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Jazmine Fun                                                                                                                                                Hi, everyone! My name is Jazmine and this is my first year as a mentor. I am from Laredo, Texas and transferred to UT as a sophomore. I am a 4th year economics major with a minor in government and working towards a certificate in Business and Public Policy. I love to travel, bake, shop, and spend time with my family and friends.  I love learning about different cultures and experiencing them. I've traveled to various places such as Egypt, Germany, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Mexico. As a transfer student, I know how difficult the transition to UT is, so I am glad to be able to help freshman and transfer students and introduce them to the resources available around campus that I wish someone had shared with me my first year.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Jhocelyn Landeros FunHello! I'm Jhocelyn, a fifth year student currently pursuing double major in Economics and International Relations & Global Studies with a Business Foundations Certificate. I was born in Riverside, California but I was raised in Dallas and Mexico. I studied in Brazil for first half of 2014 semester and fell in love with it! I got to experience Carnival and the World Cup. My Myers Briggs personality is INTJ, so I tend to have a plan for everything. I love to travel, eat all types of food, hang out with friends, paint, and listen to music. I'm all about independence and being on the move. This is my second year with EPMP and I'm super excited!

Julio FunHi!  Name’s Julio and I am a third year student pursuing a double major in Spanish and Economics. I was born in Terrell, Texas and have moved (all over) to Greenville, Paris, Texarkana, Abilene, Waxahachie, and finally, Austin.  I am a former Eagle Scout, and as a result of being in the Boy Scouts for nearly seventeen years, I thoroughly enjoy all things outdoors.  After High School, I enlisted in the Army Reserves.  I am currently stationed in Grand Prairie, Texas, where I drill monthly as a Supply Specialist at a Human Resources Company.  I am also a cadet in the Texas Army R.O.T.C. planning to commission as a 2nd LT.   This past summer I was given the special opportunity of attending Air Assault School where I had a blast learning to rappel out of a Black Hawk at 10 stories!  In October, I will be competing in Washington, DC’s Army Ten Miler.  I’m excited to see what I’ll place among the 35,000 participants.  At the end of the semester I plan to travel to Mexico City as part of a Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program. 


Juan De Angulo FunHello! I'm Juan and I am double majoring in Economics and International Relations & Global Studies as well as minoring in Latin American Studies. I am a Rapoport Service Scholar and I am completing the Bridging Discipline Program focusing on the Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profits certificate. I participated in a semester-long exchange program at Sciences Po in Paris, France. I am a research assistant at the Innovations for Peace and Development at the LBJ School. During the summer of 2014 I interned at AidData as a geocoder in Williamsburg, Virginia and completed a month-long microfinance project for women empowerment in Dehradun, India. In the summer of 2015 I interned at Goldman Sachs and I am in the process of writing an Econ Honors Thesis. My favorite sports are tennis and soccer and I love photography and film-making.  

Kristina Morton Fun                                                                                                                                                                        Hello! My name is Kristina and I'm a third year Economics major with a Math and Chinese minor. I'm from Frisco, TX. My favorite things about economics are its relevance to almost every aspect of life and the challenge of thinking about extremely complex human behavior in simple terms. I'm very passionate about the subject and love meeting people who share the same interest. During my free time I like shopping, working out, seeking out new experiences, and reading- particularly about economics :-) I am excited to be a mentor!      

face filler                                                                                                                                                                Hi, my name is Kourtney and I am a fourth year economics major with a Business Foundation Certificate. I am originally from Hong Kong, China. I moved to Plano, Texas when I was in eighth grade. I like to run during spare time. Running brought me an awesome feeling of accomplishment. It helps me push beyond my limits. If anyone also enjoy running, we should go to the gym together. This will be my first year as a mentor and I am so excited to start!

Madelline Fun                                                                                                                      Hello Everyone! I am Madelline and I am currently a junior majoring in Economics, minoring in Computer Science, and completing the Business Foundations Certificate. I from Miami, Florida, but grew up in Texas. In my free time I enjoy going camping/hiking, trying new foods with friends, running, and reading at coffee shops. This is my first semester as a mentor and I am excited to share my experiences with my mentee and meet other members at EPMP.


MAJOR fUNMy name is Major and I am a senior studying Economics and Business. Additionally, I am working on an Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship certificate from the Bridging Disciplines Program. This is my second academic year at the University of Texas – I transferred from Pepperdine University after spending a year abroad in Shanghai, China concurrently studying at Fudan University. I came to Austin for the thriving tech/startup scene and came to UT for the incredible infrastructure they provide for aspiring entrepreneurs. After graduating next May, I intend to begin the Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization program at the McCombs School of Business. I am a fan of novels, backpacking, and fitness. 

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Hello! My name is Mauro and I am a junior at the University of Texas at Austin. I am majoring in Economics and minoring in English while following the Business Foundations Program. I am originally from El Paso and transferred from the University of Texas at El Paso. In my free time I enjoy playing guitar, riding horses, reading, playing and watching sports, and playing videogames. My all time favorite movies are the Star Wars series and my favorite TV shows are Suits and Game of Thrones. My favorite book is The Road by Cormac McCarthy. At UT I am also an officer of SLPL (Student Leaders Pursing Law) and am a member of the UT polo team. I am going to be a mentor shadow this year in hopes of learning and adapting myself to be a prosperous mentor for next year. The University of Texas at Austin is a great place to be and I am excited to help mentees have the best possible experience!  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Michele Jafri Fun                                                                                                                                                                           Hey Guys! My name is Michele and I'm currently a junior majoring in Economics and Management of Information Systems. I'm Indian but I grew up in Argentina. I moved to New York, then Boca Raton, then Houston, and finally Austin. I'm working on my Private Pilot License so I travel back to Houston a lot to practice my flight skills. In my spare time I love to cook, binge watch NetFlix, explore Austin, hang out with my friends, and fly! I'm so excited to be joining EPMP as a mentor since it helped me so much when I was a mentee!     

Nadia FunHello! My name is Nadia and I am a Second-Year Economics Major with a Government Minor. I am originally from the Rio Grande Valley. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, shopping, watching movies, dancing, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy watching football with my dad and my favorite NFL teams are the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, and Saints. My favorite TV shows are Dance Moms, Project Runway, Pretty Little Liars, and the Big Bang Theory. I am excited to be joining the EPMP as a mentor!

Nan Fun Hello! My name is Nan and I'm a third year Economics and Sociology major. I'm from China and have lived in Houston for 11 years before coming to Austin. I'm very lay back and is open to talk about anything. In my spare time I like to cook, shop, try new things, explore new places, play tennis, and anything for me to stay active. This is my first year as a mentor but I know EPMP is wonderful through my experience as a mentee. I am looking forward to a fun and adventurous year, can't wait to meet everyone!



Niko Schyga Fuin Hello! My name is Niko and I am a Third-Year Economics Major and Mathematics minor, completing certificates in Core Texts and Ideas and Statistics/Scientific Computation. I’m from El Paso, Texas and I enjoy playing guitar, writing music, playing basketball, going hiking, and reading. My favorite TV shows are Louie, Bojack Horseman, Futurama, and Arrested Development. At UT I am also an officer of Texas Iron Spikes and Exceeding Economics Expectations, as well as an editor for the Developing Economist. The University of Texas, and Austin in general have so many great things to offer and I intend on helping mentees experience as much of it as they can!      

Prarthana FunHi! I'm Prarthana and I am a junior at UT Austin, aspiring Technology Consultant, and am studying Economics, Computer Science, and Business Foundations. Life, to me, is defined by the opportunities - even the ones missed. I wake up each day with a desire for new experiences, and ways to put myself out of my comfort zone. I enjoy adventure sports, playing the piano, and meeting new people. I'm excited to meet all the incoming freshmen and transfers through EPMP and use my experience at UT so far in order to be able to highlight to them all the available opportunities on the Forty Acres that I wish someone had for me. I urge my mentees to learn from my mistakes, go out and make their own ones!                                                                                                                                             

Qiheng FunHi my name is Qiheng and I also go by Aaron. I came from China and this is my fifth year in the United States. As a student, I transferred from one place to another quite frequently. I initially went to high school in Boston for my sophomore year. Then I came to Arlington, Texas, for the rest of my high school. I was not accepted by UT at first so I went to UT Arlington for one year and came here as an Econ major in my sophomore year. Right now I am a junior and just recently transferred my major to Accounting. So I have had some experiences in terms of fitting in new environment and I'm very excited to help incoming students get used to the new campus and college life!


                                                                                                                                                                                                               Sang Shin FunHey guys! My name is Sang. I am a double major in Finance and Economics with a double minor in Accounting and Mathematics. I also plan to complete the Elements of Computing Certificate. I was born and raised in S. Korea with my brother (shown in the picture). I moved to the US to a town called McAllen when I was in the second grade. In my spare time, I like to play tennis, shoot basketball, play poker, follow the stock market, play chess, and watch a ton of TV shows (Big Bang Theory, Suits, Community, Parks and Recreation, Arrow, Friends, Shark Tank, and more!). I was a mentee in EPMP during my freshman year and I still keep in contact with my mentor even though he's in the military back in S. Korea now. I benefitted a lot from EPMP and I hope to give back by helping incoming economics majors with their transition to UT.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sarah Austin FunHi, my name is Sarah and I am a fourth year economics major minoring in Accounting. I am also a first year Econ-MPA student in the McCombs School of Business. I am originally from Friendswood, Texas. When I am back at home I love spending time with my family and three dogs. On campus, I am a member of the Texas Economics Association, Omicron Delta Epsilon, as well as a Resident Assistant in Jester West. In my free time I love to spend time with my friends and coworkers exploring Austin. This will be my second year as a mentor and I can't wait meet the new mentees! Hook 'em!

Shruti FunHello! I’m Shruti and I am majoring in Economics and International Relations & Global Studies with minors in Government and European Studies. Before coming to Austin, I lived in India, Australia, and Houston. I am currently a Liberal Arts Honors Junior Fellow and a member of the Indian Classical Dance Team, Nritya Sangam. In addition, I am an independent researcher focusing on China’s foreign direct investment (FDI) in developing nations. I interned at Ekal Vidyalaya - an NGO that builds schools in tribal areas of India – in 2014. My hobbies include cooking, painting, photography and following politics. More importantly, I am always dancing.

Thanh funHello everyone! My name is Thanh and I am a second year Economics major from Dallas, Texas. My interests include: theatre, studying the Spanish language, and riding around campus on my scooter. I have one older brother who is currently in pharmacy school. I have never owned a pet of any kind. I enjoy good conversation and good company. I am an adventurous eater. I enjoy music immensely, but only from the comfort of my own space. I dislike concerts. I want to live abroad for at least a decade of my life (preferably in a Spanish speaking country.) I served the University as an Orientation in the summer of 2015 and I am currently a Resident Assistant for the 13th floor of Jester West.

Thomas FunHello friends! My name is Thomas and I am a senior and will be graduating in May with my Bachelor of Liberal Arts with a major in economics. I am also currently finishing my Business Foundations Certificate. I was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. Besides being an EPMP mentor I am also a member of the Texas Economics Association and am a Lyft driver. I haven’t always been this involved though, and as a freshman found it difficult to navigate the University and manage my time to get involved. I know that I could have greatly benefitted from this program, and I am excited to share my experience and knowledge with incoming students! You might have noticed that I am standing on the Great Wall of China in my picture. I was a part of the UT Global Edge intern abroad program this past summer and spent two months living in Shanghai, and travelling on my weekends to other cities. I plan on getting a job teaching English for the company, Education First, who I interned with, upon completing my diploma. I am obsessed with travel, and I would also like to work on a resort in Alaska this coming summer. In two years I hope to be living in St. Petersberg Russia, teaching or doing econometric analysis for a multinational firm. UT has greatly broadened my perspectives and aspirations, and I hope to help incoming students find the resources to make the most of their time here, because what starts here changes the world. Hook ‘em!!!

Yao FunHi! My name is Yoyo. I am senior majoring in economics and minoring finance. I am originally from China and then moving to Houston five years ago. In my leisure time, I like painting, cooking and reading books. My favorite TV show is Criminal Mind.This is my first semester to become a mentor. I am so looking forward to joining our program! Hook'em!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             william ropeHey everybody! My name is William and I am a fourth-year student majoring in Economics-MPA while also pursuing the BEOP Business Administration Track. I'm originally from the beautiful island community of Galveston, TX. In my spare time, I enjoy the PCL, horror movies, and making new friends. Also, I am a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Overall, I'm excited to be involved with EPMP for another awesome semester!

Wongyu FunHello, my name is Wongyu and I am a third year economics major with a minor in accounting through BEOP. I’m also pursuing the Elements of Computing Certificate that is offered to non-computer science majors. I was a mentee during my first semester here, and through the experience I believe that EPMP gives people a head start on their transition to UT compared to those who are not in the program. I’m from Korea, and prior to living in Austin, I lived in Mission, TX which is located at the very southern part of the state. On my free time I enjoy playing basketball, playing tennis, playing squash, hiking, going to karaoke, listening to music, and playing games. This will be my first year mentoring in this program and I’m looking forward to another year at UT filled with new experiences.

Yefan Fun                                                                                                                                                                      Hi everyone! My name is Yefan and I am a senior in Economics major with Accounting minor. I am an international student from China. I like playing video games and golf.I love road trips. I like Economics because it helps me to think more rationally when making choices. I came to UT in the spring semester of 2014 as a transfer student, and since then, I have got plenty of good memories as a longhorn. The experience of being a mentee in EPMP is one of the best memories. By introducing many graduate school programs and career services available on campus, my mentor helped me a lot to better set my academic and career goals. I hope to give back to EPMP and help economics students to have a good transition to their college lives.

Mentor Bios

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Alex Patsouras

Loves playing rugby!                                            

Alyssa Baker
Loves playing sports!
Anderson Frailey
Ask me about Texas Ice Hockey
Camila Olmedo Mendez
Founding member of START
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 Carolina Hernandez
Fashion & Adrenaline Junkie
 Danielle Crider
Explore Austin with me!
 Happy Situ
Enjoys being in the water
Jazmine Velazquez
Likes to travel
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Jhocelyn Landeros
Travel, food, arts & music
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Juan De Angulo
Loves photography & film-making
Julio Riojas
Ask me about R.O.T.C!   
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Kourtney Zhang
Loves running                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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Kristina Morton
Enjoys reading and shopping    
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Madelline Weidanz
Adores singing and running   
Major Ellis
Lets go backpacking   
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Mauro Leos
Intereseted in law                         
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Michele Jafri
Come fly with me!
Enjoys football and dancing
Nan Chen
Plays tennis and cooks
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Niko Schyga
Loves playing guitar
Prarthana Neotia
Ask me about TEA


Qiheng Dai
Ask me about Business
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Sang Shin
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Sarah Austin
Ask me about TEA :)

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William Gonzalez
Go Cowboys!