The St. Mary’s Project is not required for the major in Economics. However, many of our students choose to do a St. Mary’s project, often building on research they had completed in their previous economics courses.

Considering doing a St. Mary’s project in Economics? - It’s never too soon to begin thinking of topics. Take a look at what other students have done!

View the full SMP Program 2013, read through student abstracts for Session I, Session II, and Session III, and view pictures of the 2013 SMP presentations.

View SMP photos from 2007 or 2006 or 2011.

St. Mary's Project Archives 

2012-2013 St. Mary's Projects

Alex Cole: "Factors Leading to the Decline of Foreign Market Share in China's Wind Energy Sector" (Mentor: Michael Ye)

Chris Davies: "U.S. and Chinese Exchange Rate Relations: An Analysis of An Undervalued Currency" (Mentor: Jia Xu)

Amy Eaton: Ocean Wave Energy Conversion: The Latest in Renewable Energy" (Mentor: Amy Henderson)

Temi Fadeyi: "Determinants of Box Office Success for Recent American Films" (Mentor: Barabara Beliveau)

Charles Fiertz: "The Urban Informal Economy in Developing Countries: Causes, Consequences, and Recommendations" (Mentor: Andy Kozak)

Monica Gillis: "The Effectiveness of Microfinance vis-a-vis Cash Transfers in Reducing Rural Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa" (Mentor: Asif Dowla)

Beth Handy: "Regression Analysis: Revealing the Truth Behind College Wide Receiver Stats" (Mentor: Don Stabile)

Robb Kirchner: "Is Salt Water the Way of the Future: An Examination of Dual Pipe Water Systems" (Mentor: Amy Henderson)

Natalie Neil: "Left Out in the Cold: Fuel Poverty and Financial Exclusion" (Mentor: Asif Dowla)

Daniel Savelle: "Test Tube Social Science: From Nomads to Civilizations" (Mentor: Shizuka Nishikawa)

Emily Wavering: "There's No Place Like Home: An Econometric Examination of Foreclosure and Homelessness in California, 2003-2010" (Mentor: Andy Kozak)

2011-2012 St. Mary's Projects 

Mitra Brown: "21st Century Defense Acquisitions" (Mentor: Russell Rhine)

Camille Campanella: "Crouching Farmer, Hidden Dragon: How China's Economic Growth has Affected the Argentine Economy" (Mentor: Alan Dillingham) 

Bridget McGovern: "Matching Theory and Market Design: Creating a Better Market and Assignment for Economics Courses" (Mentor: Barbara Beliveau)

Brian Payne: "Causes of the 2008 Financial Crisis: Perverse Incentive and Self-Regulation" (Mentor: Barbara Beliveau)

Christopher Robinson: "St. Mary's College of Maryland Application Change as a Result of Business Cycle Factors" (Mentor: Russell Rhine)

Bryson Shibe: "Flailing Dragon: An Examination into the Economic Stability of the Peoples Republic of China" (Mentor: Michael Ye)

Couper Turkewitz: "Economic Integration as a Predictive Tool for Warfare" (Mentor: Bert Ifill) 

2010-2011 St. Mary's Projects

Bunleng Say: "Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on the Pharmaceutical Industry" (Mentor: Michael Ye)

2009-2010 St. Mary's Projects

Jonathan Gill: "Salary Caps in Professional Sports: To Cap or Not to Cap?" (Mentor: Ranajoy Ray-Chaudhuri)

Yu Jing Lin: "Acupuncture in Economics" (Mentor: Donald R. Stabile)

2008-2009 St. Mary's Projects

Jacob Eikenberg: "Getting the Most Out of a Million Dollar Man: A Study of Professional Baseball Players" (Mentor: Barbara Beliveau)

Mary Patton: "Bound Heroes: A Statistical Analysis of Erotic Bondage in Disney's Animated Classics" (Mentor: Barbara Beliveau)

Jeremy Rockler: "Adapting to Climate Change: Ethics and Economics (Mentor: Asif Dowla)

Iben Kira Ricket: "Ecology of Poverty and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa" (Mentor: Asif Dowla)

Tristan St. Onge: "Impact of Military Expansion on Housing Prices in St. Mary's County, Maryland" (Mentor: Michael Ye)

Maureen Thompson: "Underground Economies: How They Help Us While Hurting Us, and What We Can Do to Soften the Blow" (Mentor: Donald Stabile)

2007-2008 St. Mary's Projects

Rachel Avrick: "Microfinance in China: A Sinkhole or a Solution?" (Mentor: Asif Dowla) 

Michael Brown: "Blowing Bubbles: The Boom and Bust of Maryland's Housing Market" (Mentor: Barbara Beliveau)

Samantha Clark: "Making Housing Affordable: Public and Private Partnerships: An Evaluation"; (Mentor: Andy Kozak)

Jean Folsom: "United States Sentencing Reform" (Mentor: Allan Dillingham)

Erin Marzoli: "The Impact of Immigration on Wages: Theory and Facts" (Mentor: Andy Kozak)

Jamie Morganstern: "A Torturous Tango: Argentina and the IMF" (Mentor: Asif Dowla)

Ian Murphy: "An Evaluation of the Several Aspects of Historical St. Mary's City under the 1991 Plan" (Mentor: Michael Ye)