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College Fed Challenge

Past Winners, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

What is the College Fed Challenge?

The College Fed Challenge is an academic competition that provides undergraduate students the opportunity to study the U.S. economy through the lens of the U.S. Central Bank. The program is designed to encourage students to learn more about economics and the work of the Federal Open Market Committee. The challenge offers students an enriching experience to think critically about the economy, construct an argument and present their well-crafted research findings to Federal Reserve Bank economists.

College Fed Challenge 2020 Rules + Deadlines

Given the disruptions caused by COVID-19, the Federal Reserve, along with other co-sponsoring Federal Reserve Banks and regional planning universities, have made the following changes to the National College Fed Challenge structure to ensure the competition can be held in 2020. The College Fed Challenge 2020 will consist of:

  • Virtual video submission of 15-minute presentation
  • Use national rubric, but take into account both academic and regional representation.
  • Virtual and judged Q&A (recorded) using section IV of the national rubric
  • Virtual event announcing winner in November

Key Dates

Registration Deadline: September 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EDT

Submit Videos: October 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EDT

Virtual Q+A: November 9-13

Winner Announcement: November 20

For full details and to register, please visit the Federal Reserve Board of Governors site.

Past Fed Challenge Winners

2019 Competition Results

Winning team: University of Chicago

University of Chicago logo

Three Finalist Teams:

  • University of Wisconsin—Madison
  • Ball State University
  • Marquette University

2018 Competition Results

Winning team: University of Wisconsin—Madison

Three Finalist Teams:

  • Ball State University
  • Marquette University
  • University of Wisconsin—Whitewater

University of Wisconsin - Madison logo

2017 Competition Results

Winning team: University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

Three Finalist Teams:

  • Marquette University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Chicago

How does the Fed Challenge Work?

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