RICHARDSON, Texas (June 8, 2004) – A faculty member of the School of Social Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has been chosen to participate in a highly selective entrepreneurial “boot camp” to be held this summer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). The camp will bring together top junior faculty from throughout the country who are interested in research on issues regarding minority and women business enterprises.
Dr. Magnus Lofstrom, assistant professor of economics and political economy at UTD, is one of just 20 academics invited to the three-day, intensive course to be conducted July 7-9 at UNC’s Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. The camp will be taught by nine faculty members from seven universities who rank as top scholars in entrepreneurship subfields covering African Americans, Hispanics and women.
The goal of the camp is to increase the volume of publishable research being produced by junior faculty focusing on businesses owned my women and minorities. To encourage the pursuit of such research, participants will submit concrete proposals that will be eligible for immediate funding from a pool of $125,000. Proposals judged to have the strongest potential may be funded up to a level of $25,000 each.
“Being selected for the UNC Entrepreneurial Boot Camp is both a distinct honor and a significant opportunity,” said Lofstrom. “The ability to discuss and share self-employment research with the leading scholars in this field as well as with other junior researchers is likely to increase my contributions to research on entrepreneurship.”
The camp is funded by a grant from the Ewing M. Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, which works with partners to encourage entrepreneurship across America and improve the education of children and youth.
Lofstrom’s research interests include immigration, self-employment, welfare, earnings inequality and education. He received his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego, in 1999. Prior to joining the faculty at UTD in 2002, he served as a researcher and taught at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) at the University of Bonn and at the University of California, Irvine. Lofstrom also holds appointments as research fellow at IZA and research associate at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 13,700 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site at www.utdallas.edu.