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UNC at Chapel Hill | Dept. of Economics

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UNC-CH Fed Challenge

The College Fed Challenge has been introduced to help students become more knowledgeable about the Fed and the decision making process used by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Federal Reserve System's monetary-policy setting body. Research suggests that students acquire knowledge best through their active involvement in the learning experience. With that in mind, the College Fed Challenge asks economics and business students, represented by three to five-member teams, to undertake research, analyze data about current and near-term economic conditions and then decide upon a specific course for monetary policy. The teams then make presentations based upon their research and analysis and make interest rate recommendations before a panel of judges.


-The College Fed Challenge Handbook

  • Interest Meeting: 09/01/16 @6pm (Gardner 008)
  • Research Team Application Due: 09/09/16 @12pm
  • Presentation Team Tryouts: 09/05/16-09/09/16
  • Regional Competition: 10/28/16 (Elon University)
  • District Competition: 11/09/16 (Richmond)
  • National Competition: 12/01/16 (Washington DC)




  • Team meetings:

    • During the fall semester we meet on a regular basis for script development and Q&A practice.

    • During the spring semester we meet on a weekly basis in order to train and select next year's presentation team.  





Team Members

2016 Presentation Team:  Mijal Bucay (captain), James Creissen, Ben Horlick, Paul Kushner, Zachary Saunders, Tyler Tirpak



Audience member

You are welcome to attend any of our open meetings. We encourage your participation. Feel free to join our email list for announcements of dates / times of upcoming meetings. Simply send an email to "" to request addition to the listserv.



 Credit Options

Team members may receive credit for participation. This document provides further details of for credit options. Please contact the faculty advisor (Mike Aguilar: if you are interested in joining the team.



  2016 - Charlotte Brach (Photo)
  2015 - National Competition - 2nd Place (Photo1 | Photo2)
  2015 - Fifth District Winner (Photo)
  2015 - Charlotte Branch Winner (Photo)
  2014 - National Competition - Honorable Mention (Photo)
  2014 - Fifth District - Winner
  2014 - Charlotte Branch - Winner (Photo)
  2013 - Charlotte Branch - Finalist
  2012 - Fifth District - Finalist (Photo)
  2012 - Charlotte Branch - Winner
  2011- National Competition - Honorable Mention (Photo1 | Photo2)
  2011 - Fifth District - Winner (Photo)
  2011 - Charlotte Branch - Winner

2010 Charlotte Branch - Winner (Photo)

2010 Fifth District - Finalist (Photo)


2009 - Charlotte Branch - Winner


2009 - Fifth District - Finalist


2008 - Charlotte Branch - Winner


2008 - Fifth District - Finalist


2007 - Charlotte Branch - Winner


2007 - Fifth District  - Finalist


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College Fed Challenge-Richmond

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