The Harvey S. Cohen Undergraduate Research Prize is aimed at Economics majors at the University of Pittsburgh who are interested in behavioral and experimental economics. Cohen Fellows received paid research positions in the Pittsburgh Experimental Economics Laboratory (PEEL) learn and assist with experiments in PEEL, work closely with PEEL faculty and graduate students, and collaborate on opportunities in the Behavioral Economics Design Initiative (BEDI). This fellowship is made possible by the generosity of Harvey S. Cohen, who earned his BA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and has established a distinguished career as an accountant.
The Department invites undergraduate students interested in behavioral and experimental economics research to apply for the Harvey Cohen Research Prize. Winners of the Prize will receive paid rsearch positions in the Pittsburgh Experimental Economics Laboratory.
- Earn hourly wage for research work
- Learn and assist with experiments in PEEL
- Work closely with PEEL faculty and graduate students
- Present research findings in a department seminar
- Opportunity to apply for research funds for personal research
- Recognition on department website and on a department plaque
- Obtain research experience you can add to your resume or graduate school application
Pitt sophomore or junior economics majors with a 3.5 GPA or higher are eligible to apply
How to Apply:
Submit a resume, a copy of your transcripts, and a cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for this position to the job posting on the University's Talent Center (my.pitt.edu login required to view).
- Deadline: January 8, 2024
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Testimonials: The Cohen Research Prize's Impact
There are not many opportunities on campus like the Harvey Cohen Fellowship, where this position opens up so many different possibilities; the variety of the scope of research done at PEEL has helped me cultivate a well-rounded understanding of research design and methodology (ex: experimental economics, geopolitical economics, gender economics, developmental, etc.). The researchers work with us in a way where they take the time to explain and teach us about the research process as we go along, ensuring that we are getting as much out of it as possible rather than just assigning us tasks, which has continually made this fellowship a powerful learning environment and overall very enriching to my undergraduate experience at Pitt. - Rylee Ericson, 2022-2024 Cohen Fellow
Overall, the Harvey S. Cohen Research Position has significantly contributed to my experience as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, enriched my economics education, and furthered my interest in pursuing an advanced economics degree. - Sofia Elena Palacios, 2022-2023 Cohen Fellow
I have had the opportunity to assist with testing experiments, through which I have gained numerous insights into the elements which make experiments successful. The experiences this fellowship has granted me–especially the interactions with faculty and graduate students it facilitates–have expanded both my passion for research and my interest in pursuing research after graduation. - Kiera Ledermann, 2022-2024 Cohen Fellow
Being a Cohen Fellow has helped shape my experience at Pitt. Having exposure in an area of economics I was unaware of before my research position, I have been lucky to gain exposure to such an interesting and complex area of economics. In this program, I have gained experience with coding, leadership, structuring literature reviews, studying online crowdsourcing platforms, and coming up with my own research—all while operating mostly online. I really enjoy the opportunities I have to attend Brown Bag seminars, learn from research associates and get an inside look into what a graduate program in economics could look like. In my last semester with the Fellows at Pitt, I am excited to translate all that I have learned to our amazing new Cohen Fellows by advising them using my experience from the past 3 years. My college experience would not have been the same without this incredible program! - Anna Kovarick, 2020-2022 Cohen Fellow
This opportunity has jump-started my future as a researcher by exposing me to current topics in economic research, giving me first-hand experience in an economics lab, and allowing me to interact with all of the different stages of the research process. - Acadia Hall, 2020-2022 Cohen Fellow
Current Cohen Fellows
Rylee is a junior studying economics and environmental science. She is interested in the economic effects of environmental policies and sustainable solutions to economic development. Read more about Rylee's experience in the department.
Molly is a senior studying economics and political science with a certificate in public and professional writing. She is interested in how behavioral economics research can be used to improve the effectiveness of public health policy. Read more about Molly's experience in the department.
Aastha is a junior studying economics and psychology with a minor in creative writing. She is on the pre-law track and is interested in the application of behavioral economics to the fields of healthcare and law Read more about Aastha's experience in the department.
Hailey is a sophomore studying math and economics with a minor in global studies. She is interested in how behavioral economics appears in the workplace and how to promote economic development across cultures.
Kiera is a junior majoring in economics, minoring in philosophy, and pursuing a certificate in sustainability. She is interested in using behavioral economics to fight climate change. Read more about Kiera's experience in the department.
Kira is a senior majoring in Economics and French with a minor in Sociology. She is interested in economic development in francophone countries. Read more about Kiriaki's experience in the department.
Simon is a junior majoring in economics-statistics and psychology. He is interested in applying behavioral economics research to mitigating the prevalence and effects of economic inequality.
Previous Cohen Fellows
- Catherine Creiman, 2019-2020
- Last semester marked the return of in-person experiments. Just as we had to help instruct researchers on how to run studies over zoom, in the fall we guided them on how to run in the lab. Since I was the only Cohen Fellow to have much experience running sessions in the lab, I additionally had to show Anna and Acadia how things generally work there. There’s a lot more cleaning and a lot less multitasking than the zoom modification. We helped with a few lab experiments, including one that involved payment with goods rather than money, so for instance one participant walked away with 36 granola bars. We also helped test a few studies, both survey and task-based. Finally, the three of us learned basic python, which we are continuing to work on. So far we’ve coded a survey and a couple of simple games.
Catherine was also featured in our Spring 2022 newsletter.
- Acadia Hall, 2020-2022
As a Cohen fellow for two years, I assisted with the running of dozens of different on-line and in-person lab experiments, giving me invaluable first-hand experience with the rules, procedures, and inner-workings of an economics lab. Further, this opportunity exposed me to many different research content areas and connected me with the economics faculty. In addition to assisting researchers as they run their experiments, over the course of my time as a Cohen fellow I was able to work on numerous projects either for specific researchers or to expand my own research goals and knowledge. In one case, working on preliminary data analysis with an environmental economics professor led to a year-long research assistant position. I was also able to research topics I’m interested in with the assistance of our graduate student supervisor and learn the basics of oTree, growing my research interests and abilities significantly.
The amount of familiarity that I now have with both the online and in-person lab will prove invaluable to me in my future research endeavors. Overall, this opportunity has jump-started my future as a researcher by exposing me to current topics in economic research, giving me first-hand experience in an economics lab, and allowing me to interact with all the different stages of the research process.
- Anna Kovarick, 2020-2022
- Being a Cohen Fellow has helped shape my experience at Pitt. Having exposure in an area of economics I was unaware of before my research position, I have been lucky to gain exposure to such an interesting and complex area of economics. In this program, I have gained experience with coding, leadership, structuring literature reviews, studying online crowdsourcing platforms, and coming up with my own research—all while operating mostly online. I really enjoy the opportunities I have to attend Brown Bag seminars, learn from research associates and get an inside look into what a graduate program in economics could look like. In my last semester with the Fellows at Pitt, I am excited to translate all that I have learned to our amazing new Cohen Fellows by advising them using my experience from the past 3 years. My college experience would not have been the same without this incredible program!
- Sofia Elena Palacios, 2022-2023
- The Harvey Cohen Research Prize has given me the best opportunity of my undergraduate career. As someone with a clear idea of going to graduate school in economics, this research prize has been the best way to get experience. Only a few undergraduate students get to participate in economics research, so I am thankful to have been exposed to experimental economics. The Harvey Cohen Research Prize stands out on my resume and is a big talking point in interviews.
Through the program, I have gotten to work with fantastic faculty and Ph.D. students in their fields. Firstly, I became certified according to Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) guidelines for research with human subjects. Further, I reviewed the requirements for the Institutional Review Board's (IRB) approval of research with human subjects. Then, Pittsburgh Experimental Economics Laboratory (PEEL) students trained me in the procedures for running online experiments and in-person experiments at the lab. Finally, I have helped run sessions in the PEEL lab, checking in participants and helping with the smooth running of the experiments for different researchers.
Furthermore, I helped the Behavioral Economics Design Initiative (BEDI) with its inaugural conference, where I was able to hear professors from around the country present their research. I assisted Dr. Lise Vesterlund with the release of her book. Researchers have needed my help with recruiting participants for PEEL experiments. I have tested and proofread surveys or experiments before they were conducted with participants, written summaries and gathered literature, and attended experimental seminars.
Overall, the Harvey Cohen Research Position has significantly contributed to my experience as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, enriched my economics education, and furthered my interest in pursuing an advanced economics degree.
Peter Bosco, 2019-2020
Quinn Danielson, 2018-2019
Manpreet Dhankhar, 2018-2019
Jingkai Fu, 2020-2021
Evan Kaminski, 2019-2020
Srihaasa Kompella, 2019-2020
William Mischler, 2018-2019
Jacob Wiersch, 2018-2019