All graduate students are assigned office space within the department, and most share an office with one or two other students. Faculty, staff, and most student offices are grouped in modules of eight to eleven offices. This gives students opportunities for informal conversations with faculty and staff outside of classrooms, seminars, workshops, and scheduled appointments.
The department supports the Waite Library for faculty and graduate students. Major economics texts are immediately accessible among the 40,000 cataloged volumes in Waite Library, which include government publications, international research reports, and current working papers from agricultural economics departments and institutions. Waite Library and the University of Minnesota Libraries subscribe to all major agricultural economics and economics journals, most accessible online. A full-time librarian provides reference support during normal business hours, and the library is accessible to graduate students and faculty 24 hours per day. Waite Library staff provide assistance in identifying and accessing information to meet your needs, including data and other resources available via the Internet.
Microcomputers equipped with word-processing, spreadsheet, database, statistical, optimization, and other software packages are available in both the departmental computer lab and Waite Library. Access to the Internet is available campus-wide through the University's excellent wireless network. All campus resources (including subscriptions and other content requiring authentication) can also be accessed by University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff from anywhere in the world via the University's Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Centers and Programs
Outside the classroom, graduate students are actively involved in seminars and workshops and outreach activities. The department is home to several centers and programs: Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy (CIFAP), Center for Political Economy (CPE), Economic Development Center (EDC), Center for Farm Financial Management (CFFM), Minnesota Council on Economic Education (MCEE), The Food Industry Center (TFIC), and International Science and Technology Practice and Policy (InStePP).
The Applied Economics Graduate Club represents the interests of graduate students by appointing student members to almost all department committees, including the Graduate Committee and Priorities Committee. The Graduate Club also organizes social activities throughout the year, sponsors a weekly coffee break and occasional brown bag lunch sessions on topics of special interest to students. The club arranges for each new student to have a student mentor in addition to a faculty advisor. The steak/veggie-burger fry to welcome new students in the fall and the international dinner in the spring are two major events organized by the Graduate Club.
The department of applied economics has intramural teams in soccer and softball. Applied economics students also participate in a variety of intramural and club sports, including basketball, folk and ballroom dancing, and Ultimate.