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Maya Bedge

Maya Bedge

Hi! My name is Maya and I am a senior studying Economics and Computer Science. I’m from Portland, Oregon and am passionate about leveraging finance for social good.

The summer following my freshman year, I worked with Professor Soledad Prillaman in the Political Science Department on a research project focusing on the impact of microfinance groups on women’s political participation in rural India. During my sophomore year, I was a research assistant at SIEPR doing a deep-dive on the education technology industry. Last summer I worked at a Goldman Sachs as an impact investor. This summer I’ll be working at McKinsey focusing on sustainable finance in their private equity practice. In the future, I’d like to transition into public sector roles hopefully on Capitol Hill. 

I am happy to answer any questions about the Economics major. I can speak specifically to working in the financial services industry, preparing for finance interviews (technical + behavioral), research, and applying for a Computer Science coterm with an Economics background. Can’t wait to chat!

Brennan Bower

Hello! My name is Brennan and I’m a junior from Cumming, Georgia majoring in Economics and minoring in Computer Science and Music. 

I have worked as a research assistant in the economics department since sophomore year, previously under Professor Tim Bresnahan during my sophomore Fall and Winter, and currently under Professor Frank Wolak on projects related to the energy transition and the impact of renewable generation on California’s electricity market. Next summer I will be interning for the Boston Consulting Group, and after graduation I hope to explore opportunities in the energy sector. Outside the major, I play horn in the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, serve as the President of Kappa Sigma, and enjoy running and going to the gym.

Feel free to talk to me about energy and environmental economics, getting involved in research, taking classes at the GSB, class recommendations, recruiting for consulting, or anything else you’d like to know!

Abeer Dahiya

Abeer Dahiya

Hey fellow trees! I’m Abeer, a senior double-majoring in Economics and Mathematical and Computational Science with a minor in History. My coursework and academic interests revolve around understanding and interpreting the math that lies behind the systems that shape our lives, from peace treaties to finding a prom date! You might’ve heard about some or all of these fields before: complex systems analysis, game theory, decision analytics, statistical finance, and stochastic modeling. I’d love to discuss them further with you if they sound up your alley.

Outside coursework, I’ve led the Stanford Economics Association, and am currently heading the Stanford Daily’s Cartoons section. I’ve also been an Editor on the board of our undergraduate Econometrics Research Journal, and have been involved with political and social advocacy. Off-campus, I’ve worked with private equity funds in the Asia-Pacific and US, and in policy research in my home country of India. I’m an avid reader of the news, and I’m deeply in love with democracy- majoring in Economics at Stanford lets me pursue my interdisciplinary interests with just about as much focus as I can give them.

How we make decisions under uncertainty is one of the most beautiful things we get to study, and as an undergrad considering or majoring in Economics, you’ll be navigating plenty of it. While you do, come by and chat for some friendly debating, nerding-out, and laughs, and I’m sure you’ll find yourself less uncertain!

Madeleine Fischer

Madeleine Fischer

Hi! My name is Madeleine, and I’m a senior from Fresno, California. I’m double majoring in Economics and German Studies, and I’m interested in environmental, welfare, and behavioral economics, politics, philosophy, and education.

In June 2021, I began working with Professor Lawrence Goulder to build a long-term Social Security simulation. During my junior year, I spent my spring quarter in Berlin as part of the Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP). Following my time in Berlin, I spent last summer working in Cologne at the German Economic Institute (IW) analyzing redistributive preferences and beliefs about inequality among Germans. On campus, I'm a member of the Stanford Cycling Team and a Managing Editor of the Stanford Economic Review (both of which are lots of fun!). Off-campus, I chair the Board of Directors for GSA Network, a mid-sized nonprofit based in Oakland that focuses on gender and racial justice.

I’m more than happy to answer any questions you might have about being a woman in economics, double majoring, studying abroad, choosing classes, research opportunities, or anything that comes to mind. I’m excited to meet you and talk about all things econ!

Eric Gao

Hello! I'm Eric, a sophomore majoring in Economics and Mathematics. My primary interests are in game theory and mechanism design.  

My previous research lies in analyzing matching markets. I've previously written a paper on the market for conversations on 7 Cups, a site where individuals can talk with others for social-emotional support. I have also investigated what happens to kidney donations when generalizing theoretical and practical models to allow for patients to bring in multiple donors. I am currently coauthoring a paper analyzing optimal interview design in matching markets with strategic uncertainty. I'm planning to go to graduate school in economics. 

I'm also involved with the Stanford Economic Review and the Stanford Math Tournament. I've also been a teaching assistant for Econ 51 and hope to continue doing so. Outside of doing more math than what doctors recommend, I've picked up tree climbing after reaching satiation in my utility function over lightsaber twirling and card throwing. I also enjoy chess and biking. 

Feel free to ask me anything about the economics major or economics in general! In theory I should be able to answer questions about practice, but in practice I'm much more familiar with theory. 

Helen Hill

Hi! My name is Helen and I’m a junior from Conway, New Hampshire majoring in Economics and minoring in Energy Resources and Engineering.

I began working as a research assistant this past summer under Professor Frank Wolak through SIEPR and have continued this work through the school year. My work primarily focuses on how California’s fossil fuel plants have changed their behavior as renewable energy generation has increased. Additionally, I enjoy taking courses in statistics, and I plan to co-term in Energy Resources and Engineering. On campus I am the Vice President of Membership and Recruitment for Alpha Phi, and I have been a Co-Leader for Frosh 101. In my free time, I enjoy lifting and watching football.

I would be happy to answer any questions related to the Economics major, course recommendations, pursuing a research assistant position, environmental economics, the energy transition, or any other topics that cross your mind!

James Keefe

Hello! My name is James and I’m a senior from Pacific Palisades, CA. I’m studying Economics, coterming in Public Policy, and minoring in Political Science at Stanford. I am also a member of the men’s basketball team. I’m broadly interested in finance, investing, and politics.

Last summer, I worked at KKR and Co. in the San Francisco office as a private equity summer analyst in the real estate group. I’ll be returning to KKR again this summer and am currently a KKR campus ambassador at Stanford. In the summer of 2021, I worked at Nuveen doing equity research within the healthcare and information technology sectors.

I’m happy to meet and answer any questions you may have about balancing academics, a varsity sport, and internships; the economics major and public policy coterm; career and job recruiting; picking econ classes; taking courses in Stanford Law School; or anything else that you’d like to discuss.

 

Ivy Manna

Hiya! My name is Ivy, and I’m from Cheltenham, England. I'm a junior double majoring in Economics and Psychology and co-terming in Public Policy, with broad academic interests in the fields of market design, neuroeconomics, and industrial organisation. 

This past summer, I worked as a consultant at The World Bank, analysing civil sector productivity and reform in Malaysia. Previously, I have worked in tax operations consulting at Ernst & Young in London, social justice research at the Stanford Social Concepts Lab, and healthcare policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. On campus, I lead economics and statistics tutoring at the Stanford Centre for Teaching and Learning, work as a research assistant on managerial economics at SIEPR, and serve as the President of the Stanford FairTrade Collective. 

Feel free to ask me about exploring economics at Stanford, double majoring, research opportunities on campus, class recommendations, adding a data science minor, taking graduate-level courses, and absolutely anything at all. I'm really looking forward to meeting you soon!

Emily Molins

Hello! My name is Emily (she/her), and I am a senior pursuing a major in Economics and an individually designed major in Social & Engineering Systems Design. I am interested in social applications of economics research, specifically market design, decision theory, and development, and am always eager to talk about the computational social sciences here at Stanford.

This past summer, I interned at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research on campus, and I am currently the research coordinator for a team at the Center on Poverty and Inequality examining the growing traction and potential of baby bonds in the United States. I have also studied abroad through the Stanford program in Oxford where I had the opportunity to complete a tutorial in development economics. I would be happy to answer any questions related to pursuing undergraduate research opportunities, applying to the MS&E coterm as an economics student, double-majoring, studying abroad, or anything related to finding economics classes that inspire you. Outside of academics, I am senior captain of the Stanford Women’s Lightweight Rowing Team and can speak on balancing the economics major as an athlete (or otherwise busy student!). I look forward to answering any questions you might have about this lovely major!

William Seymour

Hello! My name is William, and I am a junior from Los Angeles majoring in Economics and minoring in Data Science. I am extremely fascinated by the strategic and game theoretic sides of Economics, in addition to the application of Economics for social issues.

The summer after my freshman year I studied Strategic Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science where I gained a more international perspective on all things Economics. This past summer I worked at Strategy& doing strategy consulting for their Media & Entertainment division in Los Angeles. Next summer I will be in New York working for the Boston Consulting Group. Following college I hope to put my Economics degree towards some combination of research and business, both through graduate schooling and professionally.

In my free time I love to watch movies, work out, and read nonfiction. During my office hours or by email, I'd be happy to answer any questions regarding picking classes, balancing the Economics major with a minor and while studying abroad, preparing for consulting case and behavioral interviews, or just general questions about the major!

James Wei

Hey everyone! My name is James, and I’m a senior from Houston, TX. I am majoring in Economics and minoring in Computer Science, and my academic interests are in finance, behavioral economics, and financial literacy.

This past summer, I did an investment banking internship with Lincoln International’s TMT group in SF which focuses on middle-market sell-side transactions. Prior to Lincoln, I spent the summer with Stanford Management Company, our university’s endowment fund. I also have experience interning with several wealth management firms and am also currently working with a tech-focused VC firm in Menlo Park. With a bit of experience building a financial education mobile app, social entrepreneurship has also been a continuous interest of mine. On campus, I have been serving as a family group leader for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and will be working as a Econ teaching assistant spring quarter.

Feel free to talk to me about start-ups, recruiting for internships, discernment about any classes, weightlifting, or ways to de-stress — I’m looking forward to meeting you!

Michelle Xu-Econ Peer Advisor

Michelle Xu

Hi! I’m Michelle, and I’m a senior majoring in Economics and coterming in Computer Science. I’m interested in business strategy and the intersection between business and technology.

This past summer, I worked at Microsoft as a Program Manager Intern, and I have previously worked two summers at Facebook as a Software Engineer Intern. I will be working as a Business Analyst Intern at McKinsey for the upcoming summer. Feel free to talk to me about tech or consulting recruiting! On campus, I’m involved in Alpha Kappa Psi, Common Origins, and occasionally TA’ing for the Economics Department.

I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about the major, a career within the major, or things completely unrelated to the major as well! 

Stone Yang

Hi there! I’m Stone Yang, born and raised in Huzhou, China. I’m a senior double majoring in Economics and Symbolic Systems, and coterming in Management Science & Engineering. My interest in economics stemmed from my background in debate and my interest in tech for good. I found economic frameworks to be the best way to understand how to change behavior, devise policies, and quantify impacts. I’ve worked as a research assistant for the GSB, King Center for Global Development, the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, and HAI. I’ve also interned in product management, venture capital, private equity, and most recently, consulting, in both US and China. After graduation, I'll be joining McKinsey in their digital practice. I’m happy to chat about anything from discovering your interest in econ, finding a research assistant position, navigating a double major, applying to coterm, career planning, etc. Outside of academics, I make vlogs and podcasts, love exploring cafes, city-walking, going to the gym, and traveling to debate tournaments.

Victoria Yang

Victoria Yang

Hi everyone! My name is Victoria and I am a senior from China majoring in Economics and Coterm in Computer Science. My academic interests include development, education, economic history, and market design.

Last year, I took a year off in China, doing a mixture of interning in a Chinese ed-tech startup as a product management intern, traveling in China, and writing. Previously, I have interned as a policy analyst for a policy think tank in North Macedonia researching European integration, as a corporate development intern in an HR SaaS unicorn startup Gusto, and as a summer business analyst at McKinsey. On-campus, I had been involved with doing research in deliberative democracy, served on leadership positions at Public Interest Technology, Stanford Debate Society, Stanford consulting, and Forum for American and Chinese Exchange at Stanford.

I could not be where I am today if not for the people and mentors who've helped me along the way, so please feel free to reach out if you have questions! Super happy to chat about anything from women in Economics, overcoming fear for math, taking grad/GSB classes, international student experience, doing research abroad, finding mentors, co-terming - you name it. Happy to help or just chat!