Have you ever wondered what it is like to be Chairman of the Federal Reserve?
Learn more about the Federal Reserve System and how our nation’s central bank influences the U.S. economic and business climate.
The University Symposium is a program that utilizes dynamic exercises and student involvement to educate undergraduate students about the functions of the Federal Reserve System.
This program is a half-day event held on your campus, at no cost to participants. Representatives from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco will be in attendance to conduct the Symposium, which includes engaging presentations from Fed staff on the Purposes & Functions of the Federal Reserve System, Banking Supervision and Regulation, and the conduct of monetary policy. The University Symposium concludes with a current economic outlook presented by a Fed economist, followed by a real-time Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) simulation, with university students taking on the role of FOMC members and voting on monetary policy and the target federal funds interest rates.
Federal Reserve representatives work with students and university staff for several weeks prior to the Symposium to answer questions about economic resources and offer direction on preparing student presentations. Faculty and students are provided with an easy-to-follow guide to the Symposium, and students are provided with a wealth of information on current economic conditions that will help introduce them to current debates on the economy and monetary policy.
- Purposes and functions of the Federal Reserve
- Challenges and trends in the banking industry
- Current economic forecast presented by a Fed economist
- The Fed’s role in setting monetary policy
- The effect of monetary policy decisions on the U.S. economy
- FOMC simulation, where students take on the role of Fed policy makers
- February 24 at the University of California, San Diego
- April 17 at California State University, Fullerton
- May 8 at the Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference in Portland, OR, with teams representing Eastern Washington University, Pacific Lutheran University, Portland State University, University of Washington, and Western Washington University
- November 24 at University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT
University Symposium Materials
- Symposium Guide (pdf, 511 kb) – includes an overview, assignments and instructions for students, and best practices for professors
- Federal Reserve and Other Economic Resources (pdf, 67 kb) – for use as a handout before or during the Symposium
- Symposium campus advertisement flyer (pdf, 421 kb) – customize this fill-in document with your appropriate contact information to advertise your event
- Symposium brochure (pdf, 2.42 mb)
- Symposium evaluation (doc, 165 kb)
For more information regarding the University Symposium, please contact David Lang at (415) 977-3599.