The Economic Scholars Program (ESP) is an annual conference in Dallas, Texas that highlights undergraduate research in economics and business. It is co-hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Austin College. The conference is typically held on the last Friday in March or first Friday in April and is modeled after professional economics conferences. Undergraduate students participate in the conference as presenters of original or faculty-coauthored research, discussants, session chairs or audience member participants. Each level of participation in the program is designed to reflect the growing interests and skills of undergraduate students. Additionally, the ESP added a poster session in 2011 to accommodate more student research.
The 6th annual conference, held in 2012, hosted undergraduate students and faculty mentors representing 35 different undergraduate institutions from 19 states. In terms of the number of attendees, papers, and posters presented it is the largest conference focusing on undergraduate research in economics.