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Online Summer Math Tutorial

Admitted applicants who have paid the deposit and confirmed enrollment for this fall will soon receive information on a summer math tutorial.   The first year at SIPA is filled with required quantitative courses.  Economics, quantitative analysis, and financial management are the building blocks of effective policy making.

The purpose of the summer math tutorial is to give students a jump start on the first year curriculum.  The summer math tutorial will also help prepare students for a math quiz that will be administered during orientation to help make class placement decisions.  Many of our admitted applicants have not sat in a classroom in years and the tutorial is meant to knock some of the mental rust off.  Also of note is that to qualify for second year fellowship consideration, students must have a GPA of 3.2 at the conclusion of the first semester.

While the summer math tutorial is highly recommended for all admitted MIA and MPA students, it is not a requirement.  It will be administered online, so no matter where you are in the world, as long as you have an internet connection you will be able to participate.

So if you have been admitted and paid a deposit, hang tight for a little while longer and information on the summer tutorial will be sent to you via email soon.  We will also be posting some of the syllabi used in our core courses this past year to give you an idea of what you might expect from the core curriculum.

SIPA Finance Club Second Semester Signature Event

There are many SIPA student clubs to participate in (full list here) and the SIPA Finance Club is having an event today.  Details are below.


The board of the SIPA Finance Club is pleased to announce its signature event for the second semester, a round-table discussion on the investment outlook and key trends in emerging markets.  The round-table will be moderated by Peter Marber, SIPA adjunct professor and Global Head of Global Emerging Markets Fixed Income and Currencies at HSBC Halbis Partners.  Guest panelists will include accomplished professionals from across the emerging markets landscape, including asset management, credit risk, political risk, and institutional sales.
Opportunities and Risks in Emerging Markets in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis

Date: Monday, April 26th
Time: Registration to open at 6:00 pm, with panel to begin promptly at 6:30 pm
Location: International Affairs Building, Room 1501

Moderator: Professor Peter Marber, HSBC Halbis

* Arif Joshi, HSBC Halbis
* Ricardo Mora, Goldman Sachs
* Willis Sparks, Eurasia Group
* Peter Suozzo, SAC Capital
* Gabriel Torres, Moody’s

After the round-table discussion, please join us for a cocktail reception on the 15th floor.

The event is free of charge to SIPA Finance Club members and $10 for non-members. Please bring your ID to the event.

Please note that space is limited and seating will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.  We strongly recommend arriving at 6:00 pm to ensure a seat. To register on facebook, please click open the link below!/group.php?gid=55527159769
We look forward to seeing you on the evening of the 26th.

State of the Planet 2010 Conference

Professor Jeff Sachs has helped organize a conference on many of the challenges currently facing our population and planet.  Climate change, poverty, economic recovery, and international systems are topics of the State of the Planet 2010 Conference taking place on the Columbia University campus on March 25th.  The following is noted on the Web site:

Around the world, people will be able to participate via webcast and interactive elements. And at event sites in Beijing, New Delhi, London and Nairobi, speakers and attendees will be directly linked to the international debate, moderated from New York.

An introductory video can be viewed on the conference Web site.


Alumni in the News

EPPERSONSometimes our alumni make the news, and sometimes they are the news.  Sharon Epperson is a graduate of SIPA and may be familiar to those who watch CNBC.  The following comes from her CNBC profile:

Sharon Epperson, an award-winning journalist and author, covers personal finance, the energy markets as well as breaking business and financial news at CNBC. She appears frequently on NBC’s “Today,” “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” MSNBC, and various NBC affiliates nationwide.

Her personal finance book, The Big Payoff: 8 Steps Couples Can Take To Make The Most Of Their Money — And Live Richly Ever After (Collins/HarperCollins), is a finalist for the 2008 Books For A Better Life Awards, honoring works that have “changed the lives of millions.”

You can check out Sharon’s CNBC profile by clicking here.

SIPA Energy Association Welcome Message

There are many student groups at SIPA that provide a place for discussion, debate, fun, networking, and friendship.  A full list of student groups can be found by clicking here.  One such group, the SIPA Energy Association, asked me to send out a message to incoming students that selected Energy and the Environment as a concentration.  However I thought it would be nice to post the message for all to view.  Orientation will feature a time to get to know representatives from other groups as well.

Dear Incoming International Energy Management and Policy (IEMP) Track Student,

On behalf of the SIPA Energy Association (SEA) Board, congratulations on your acceptance into the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and on your choice to follow the IEMP Track.  The IEMP Track is one of the most prestigious energy programs in the world, and will equip you with the requisite skills to succeed in the dynamic international energy sector.

I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce you to SEA, a student-run organization whose efforts (with your involvement) will positively complement your academic achievements.  The primary missions of SEA are 1) to build a closely-knit community of students and practitioners of energy, 2) to enhance the energy curriculum by conducting a broad spectrum of activities outside the classroom, and 3) to act as the collective voice of energy students vis-a-vis the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy (CEMTPP), the body which administers the IEMP Track.

SEA works closely with CEMTPP’s director as well as the IEMP Program Assistant (PA), to schedule guest speakers, panels, site visits, energy-related international trips and much, much more.  Programming for the 2009-2010 academic year is already underway.  You can expect to attend the IEMP fall retreat, the Joint SIPA-SAIS Washington DC Energy Policy and Career Networking Trip, the Annual Alumni Dinner, the NYMEX trading competition, the Spring Energy Symposium and countless individual speakers, to name a few.  In addition, SEA releases a monthly student-run alumni newsletter, and plans to publish the first edition of a student-run SIPA Energy Journal this fall.  Finally, because SEA believes in building comradery amongst energy peers and establishing lasting relationships, we host countless happy hours throughout the year.

How can you get involved?  SEA strives to foster a culture of commitment to the energy program.  Thus, we believe the more you become engaged in SEA’s mission, the more you will gain personally and professionally during your time at SIPA.  In addition to attending general member events, all SEA members are invited to volunteer to assist with larger events, initiate and execute new projects (subject to the board’s approval), or compete for various assistant director or editorial positions.  Please mark your calendars for the First General Member SEA Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, September 10th from 7-9 pm in SIPA IAB room 1512.  At this meeting, you will have the opportunity to meet SEA Board members and learn details about membership and involvement, dues, and perhaps most importantly, be entered into the listserv as well as into the SEA peer networking database to assist you in your career building activities.

Until then, please feel free to contact one of the following SEA Board members (according to the first letter of your last name) with any questions about SEA, the IEMP Track and energy curriculum, CEMTPP, SIPA or regarding any other general issues.:

Last name A-I contact JP Yorro (President): jpy2103 [at]
Last name J-R contact Meaghan Casey (Vice President): mec2175 [at]
Last name S-Z contact Jeffrey Klug (Director of Communications): jjk2162 [at]

Again, congratulations on your acceptance into the program.  We look forward to meeting you all in September!


JP Yorro
President, SEA

"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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