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Exploring Business Horizons: Engaging Lectures for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

Our expert faculty is enthusiastic about delivering lectures to elementary, middle, and high school students on a diverse range of subjects, aiming to not only share new insights but also inspire young minds towards careers in the business world. Please explore the menu below to discover topics currently available.

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    1. Careers in Accounting

    Presented by: Stasia Straley

    In this presentation, a panel of accounting professionals will talk to students about their day-to-day positions and why they selected accounting as a career.

    • Accounting/Finance
    • Elementary to High School (grades 6-12)
    • 15-75 minutes
    • In-person, Online
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    2. Correlation vs Causation

    Presented by: Hannah Hennighausen

    An introduction to separating correlation from causation applied to everyday observations

    • Economics
    • High School (grades 10-12)
    • 30-45 minutes
    • In-person
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    3. Economics and Environmentalism

    Presented by: Kevin Berry

    A brief introduction to environmental economics, how economists think about the relationship between the economy and the Earth, and how they contribute to addressing environmental issues at the local, state, national and global scale.

    • Economics
    • Elementary to High School (grades 6-12)
    • 30 minutes
    • In-person, Online
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    4. Economics for Kids

    Presented by: Kevin Berry

    Explaining what economics is to young kids. Discussing making choices, tradeoffs, and consequences. We'll talk about how people have different options and different things they like, and this is why they might choose different things. We also play the marshmallow game so kids get candy or marshmallows.

    • Economics
    • Elementary (grades K-3)
    • 15-30 minutes
    • In-person
    • Approximately 20 Students
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    5. Economics of Catastrophes

    Presented by: Kevin Berry

    A talk about how economists think about catastrophe, and how they contribute to creating public policy and helping governments, companies, and people prepare for disasters.

    • Economics
    • High School (grades 9-12)
    • 45 minutes
    • In-person, Online
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    6. Find the Fraud!

    Presented by: Stasia Straley

    In this hands-on activity, students review documents to find fraud in a local company.

    • Accounting/Finance
    • Elementary to High School (grades 6-12)
    • 30-60 minutes
    • In-person, Online
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    7. Food Economics

    Presented by: Mike Jones

    An introduction to how economists think about and study food systems - how we grow, gather, sell, and choose what we eat

    • Economics
    • High School (grades 9-12)
    • 45 minutes
    • In-person
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    9. Guess Who is Coming to Dinner? Irrational Exubarance, Panics, Manias, and Uncle Sam

    Presented by: Gökhan Karahan

    This presentation discusses the Great Recession and whether there are any signs that a new trouble may be brewing in the horizon. It combines accounting, finance, and irrationally rational behavior to bring light to some of the major economic meltdowns in our history.

    • Accounting/Finance
    • Middle to High School (grades 7-12)
    • 30-45 minutes
    • In-person, Online
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    10. Homoeconomicus and the Dictator Game

    Presented by: Lance Howe

    Students participate in a dictator game. We discuss why dictator game results are inconsistent with assumptions about purely rational, self-interested behavior in Economics.

    • Economics
    • High School (grades 9-12)
    • 30-45 minutes
    • In-person, Online
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    11. Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology: What is it and what can it do for me?

    Presented by: Kori Callison

    Can be a general overview of the field of I/O Psychology, how it relates to other fields of psychology (like social psychology), and what people can do with an I/O psych degree. Or, I can cover any I/O psych topic in more depth (e.g., leadership, motivation, workplace health/wellness, work-life balance, selection/hiring, groups/teams, diversity, etc.).

    • Psychology/Organizational Behavior/General Management
    • High School (grades 9-12)
    • 15-60 minutes
    • In-person, Online
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    12. Logistics and Supply Chain Management

    Presented by: Darren Prokop

    Making the world's most invisible industry visible to those who wish to run a business effiecienty and to those who wonder how stuff really gets moved across the world. Closer to home, you'll learn why Alaska is the most unique logistics laboratory in the country.

    • Logistics
    • Elementary to High School (grades 6-12)
    • 30-60 minutes
    • Online
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    13. Markets and Experiments in Economics

    Presented by: Lance Howe

    Students participate in a market game and we discuss markets and economic experiments at UAA.

    • Economics
    • High School (grades 9-12)
    • 30-45 minutes
    • In-person
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    14. Natural Experiments, Lifetime Outcomes, and the 1918 Influenza

    Presented by: Kevin Berry

    A discussion of three papers relating to the 1918 Great Influenza and its long-run impact on babies that were in-utero during the pandemic. Includes discussions of how economists find natural experiments, how the scientific literature develops over time, and how we can think about issues of equity in economic outcomes.

    • Economics
    • High School (grades 9-12)
    • 60 minutes
    • In-person, Online
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    15. Real Estate Investing and Careers

    Presented by: Terry Fields

    Discusses a simple cash flow pro forma to see the basics of investing in income-producing real estate (rental properties). Discusses real estate career areas like brokerage, leasing, management, and finance. Discusses the WPM+RE Program and its benefits -- including the Real Estate Management + Investment workshop for high school students.

    • Real Estate Management
    • High School (grades 9-12)
    • 25-60 minutes
    • In-person
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    16. Tragedy of the Commons

    Presented by: Lance Howe

    Students participate in a social dilemma game. We discuss social dilemmas - like the public goods game and the common pool resource game - and explain how economic incentives influence cooperation.

    • Economics
    • High School (grades 9-12)
    • 30-45 minutes
    • In-person, Online
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    17. Why Nations Fail

    Presented by: Lance Howe

    Discuss work in Economic Development related to why there are such large growth differences between countries. Based on work by Economist Darren Acemoglu and Political Scientist James Robinson.

    • Economics
    • High School (grades 9-12)
    • 30-45 minutes
    • In-person, Online
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    18. Let's Negotiate!

    Presented by: Julie Ann Wrigley

    Present/discuss the basics of negotiation; students participate in a role-play and then debrief the results (if time allows).

    • Management
    • High School (grades 9-12)
    • 60-90 minutes
    • In-person, Online
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Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information about how we can collaborate with you in the classroom, please contact Andrea Jones at ajjones5@alaska.edu or call (907) 786-4101.