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Regardless of whether or not your major is within our department, there are a variety of opportunities to get involved.

Economics Reading Group (open to everyone!)

Named student organization of the year in 2019, the Economics Reading Group is focused on discussing popular books about economics and learning to think like an economist.

This group is open to all SFA students, faculty and staff members, as well as members of the Nacogdoches community! Meetings to discuss assigned economics-related readings are four times a semester and offer students an opportunity to interact with faculty members in an informal setting.

Past literature discussed has included:

  • Free to Choose by Milton and Rose Friedman
  • The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
  • Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt.

The group also has a scholarship program, where students can earn one of two $1,000 scholarships each year.

For more information on the Economics Reading Group, visit Dr. Ryan Phelps's faculty page.

Economics Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research

This outreach program of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas is focused on supporting undergraduate economics students and their involvement in research. Student-initiated and student/faculty co-authored research is presented at the annual academic conference in Dallas, with accepted papers receiving feedback from peer-discussants.

2019 Poster Session Presenters

  • Miguel Silva: Examined the degree to which receiving an Oscar nomination or winning an Academy Award affects the film's gross box office revenues.
  • Seraiah Scamardo: Research discussed whether firearm purchases increase following news of mass shootings.

2019 Discussants

  • Madalyn Kirk
  • David Ajiga

Finance Club: Phi Alpha Kappa (open to all majors)

Open to all majors, the Finance Club is a student organization promoting financial literacy, the formation of a network between current students and alumni in the financial sectors, and extracurricular interaction between faculty and students. Participate in an investment competition with Sam Houston State University, learn from guest speakers and stay in the loop about special scholarship opportunities.

For more information, contact the organization's faculty advisor, David Kaiser, at

Marleta Chadwick Student Financial Advisors

The Marleta Chadwick Student Financial Advisors emphasize financial literacy and smart money management to help people dealing with financial crises. Through community outreach, advisors assist individuals with budgeting, credit card and debt management, identity theft and fraud.

For more information, contact the organization's director, Dr. Matthew Jaramillo, at

Mast Student Investment Roundtable

Composed of undergraduate and MBA students, The Mast Student Investment Roundtable provides finance majors and minors with hands-on experience in managing an equity portfolio. One of only a few such programs in the country available to undergraduates, the program affords our students the opportunity to obtain real-world experience in the field of investments by managing real money provided by the SFA Alumni Association and the SFA Foundation.

Mast Student Investment Roundtable members analyze and select stocks, make investment decisions, manage the portfolio and present their results according to industry standards.

Visit the Mast Student Investment Roundtable page to learn more.


Contact the Department of Economics and Finance

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13009, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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