Lab meetings

We meet once a week (Wednesday 13:15-14:00) and we discuss about our current research, joint projects and new results in Behavioral Economics.
These meetings provide:

  • an opportunity to share your own research as well as learn more about what your colleagues are doing;
  • a venue for practicing presentation skills and providing and receiving constructive feedback in a supportive environment;
  • a forum for communication about current progress, upcoming events and job opportunities.

We also invite scholars and practitioners for talks, small conferences, and various social events.

Lab meetings:
Lab meetings can take many forms. The speaker has 45′ minutes and s/he decides the format: we might have more formal meetings where someone busts out the projector or overhead and presents research. Other times we may simply chat about recent developments and new ideas.
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Why lab meetings?
Research studies are conducted by faculty, research fellows, graduate students. The aim of the TRIBE is to involve undergraduate students in this process. We encourage ambitious students to attend these meetings, both for pedagogical training and to gain valuable research experience.

In terms of pedagogical training, all students attending the TRIBE learn valuable critical thinking skills by working with more experienced researchers. Students are encourage to read and discuss cutting edge research and gain experience running lab and field experiments (which also builds organizational and interpersonal skills).

In terms of research experience, very few students without re-search experience are accepted into the most prestigious graduate programs. Attending the TRIBE can be a valuable asset for those students considering applying to grad school.

For Bachelor and Master students:
Students interested to have us as supervisor are encouraged to attend regularly our lab meeting. Attending this weekly meeting can give students a better idea of the topics in which we are working in. Moreover, students can meet other students and exchange ideas and information. We always looking for passionate students to work with us and other members of the lab on funded projects or projects that are closely related. In our lab meeting we value students of diverse backgrounds and a passion for science and critical thinking.

Each student fills a unique role in our lab, and we are highly interactive, learning from the expertise of one another. We expect “senior students” to contribute to the laboratory community by organizing and contributing to each meeting, helping “junior students”, openly discussing ideas, and providing feedback. Therefore, attendance and participation at lab meetings is a must.

In general, students attending my lab focus on behavioral and experimental economics and its application. We have students working on nudging, dishonesty, social preferences, and self-control problem. However, if you have a different topic or idea, do not be shy, come and present what you want to do.

What do you need to attend my lab meeting?

  • Have personal motivation, curiosity, and enthusiasm for learning.
  • Be able to think clearly, critically, and creatively – your master program should give you the skills to independently develop important ideas and comfortably analyze and critique the work of others.
  • Have a good, general background in behavioral and experimental economics.
    Be a collaborative and open minded person.
  • You are expected to share ideas with others in a collegial environment and help others, just as they will help you.
  • You are expected to present regularly in laboratory meetings. This will vary by a student’s “seniority”, from leading discussion of relevant journal articles, brainstorming, presenting preliminary results, and giving practice talks.

What can you learn attending my lab meeting?

  • Be able to communicate clearly and effectively, in written and oral presentations.
  • Have accomplished the inception, planning, and execution of a substantial research project.
  • Be able to mentor junior colleagues and collaborator with mentors and peers in a mutually productive way.
  • Have some experience teaching, in the classroom and as a mentor.
  • Learn to give positive feedback.

What is Marco and Christina’s role?

  • We take a personal interest in each student’s education, including career goals, areas of interest, and abilities.
  • We challenge each student to achieve. We encourage independent thought and action and provide space for the student to make mistakes.
  • We provide feedback on progress, and critique written and oral presentations in a timely manner.
  • We provide insights on the inner workings of science – funding, personalities, publications, manuscript review and publication.
  • We help students navigate the profession, including introducing the student to colleagues and the larger scientific network.
  • We provide a cooperative and productive work environment.