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.


Social Event: Game Night                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

EPMP project

Volunteer Service: The UT Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

EPMP bowling

Social Event: Bowling                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


Volunteer Service: Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week


Volunteer Service: Candlelight Ranch

Mentor Bios

                                                                                                                                                                                           Carolina Hernandez FunHello 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!    

                                                                                                                                                                                         Jessica Bathea FunGood Morrow!  I'm a Second-Year Economics Major with a Music Minor, and I will be a Mentor Shadow this semester. I hail from Frisco, Tx.  a little north of Dallas.  I'm super stoked to be a part of a growth process for Freshmen Econ Majors.  I like to be real.  So feel free to ask me anything at almost any time!  I make a little music on the side, so if anyone's interested, I'd love to get together and jam as well.  Looking forward to an awesome year!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Jhocelyn Landeros FunHello! I'm Jhocelyn, a fourth year student currently pursuing double major in Economics and International Relations & Global Studies with a Business Foundations Certificate. I'm also an active member in the International Affairs Society and Food Studies. 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 zodiac sign is Sagittarius so I tend to be adventurous, optimistic, and open-minded. I love to travel, eat all types of food, hang out with friends, paint, and listen to music. I'm all about freedom and being on the move. This is my first year with EPMP and I'm super excited to start!


Juan De Angulo FunHello! I'm Juan and I am double majoring in Economics and International Relations & Global Studies as well as double minoring in Latin American Studies and Spanish. 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. Also on a microfinance project, I plan to travel to Ghana this December with the UT Global Business Brigades. My favorite Sports are tennis and soccer and I love photography and film-making.      

Kristina Morton FunHello! 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!                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Michele Jafri FunHey 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!                


Niko Schyga FuinHello! My name is Niko and I am a Second-Year Economics Major and Mathematics minor, completing a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. I’m from El Paso, Texas and I love playing guitar, going outdoors, and reading books! At UT I am also a member/officer of Texas Iron Spikes, and Exceeding Economics Expectations. The University of Texas,a 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!                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                               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 third year economics major minoring in Business Administration. I am originally from Friendswood, Texas. When I am back at home I love spending time with my family and two dogs. On campus, I am a member of the Texas Economics Association as well as the Senior Resident Assistant of Jester Upper West. In my free time I love to spend time with my friends and coworkers exploring Austin. This will be my first year as a mentor and I can't wait to get involved! Hook 'em!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             william ropeHey everybody! My name is Will and I am a UT junior majoring in Economics while also pursuing the BEOP Finance Track. I'm originally from the beautiful island community of Galveston, TX. In my spare time, I enjoy running, videogames, horror movies, and playing drums in a local rock band. Also, I am a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Overall, I'm excited to be involved with EPMP for another semester and I will attempt to contribute to making the program a success!                                                                                                                                                    

Mentor Bios

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Alysia Brown
Plays five instruments                                                     
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Carolina Hernandez
Fashion & Adrenaline Junkie
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Feyi Onadiji
Ask me about Houston
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Jacob Howard
Interested in architecture
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Jessica Bathea
Let's jam out!
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Jhocelyn Landeros
Travel, food, arts & music
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Joel Ponce
Ahh The Walking Dead!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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Juan De Angulo
Loves photography & film-making
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Kelsey Sawyer
Ask me about Dubai!                                                                                                                                                                                       
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Kristina Morton
Enjoys reading and shopping    
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Michele Jafri
Come fly with me!
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Minwoo Kim
Enjoys Korean TV shows                                   
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Mitali Sathaye
Challenge me to a dance off!
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Niko Schyga
Loves playing guitar
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Rohit Mandalapu
Likes playing video games
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Sang Shin
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Sarah Austin
Ask me about TEA :)
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Shreyas Krishnan Shrikanth
Let's go Arsenal!
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William Gonzalez
Go Cowboys!