NC State University

St. Norbert College is cosponsoring a challenge for students to help influence U.S. savings and financial security. The contest is called “The iOMe Challenge” and it asks students to write an essay and develop a short video that illustrate some of the economic issues associated with their generation’s financial security forty years from now. The 2009 iOMe Challenge had teams registered from 21 different institutions across the country. The Western Michigan University team was selected as the winner by our Blue-Ribbon panel of judges.

The Blue Ribbon panel that will once again judge the finalists in 2010 includes: James Choi, Associate professor of Finance at Yale University; John List, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago; Don Kettl, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy; Laura Schwartz, The White House Director of Events for
President Clinton and principal at White House Strategies; and Martin Merzer, a long-time journalist at the Miami Herald and principal at Creative Services.

The top prize is $10,000 to the winning student team and $2,000 to that team’s faculty advisor. The winning team also will win a trip to Washington, D.C. to present their entry to Members of Congress, policymakers and other notables interested in this policy issue. There will also be honorable mention prizes of $2,500 for teams and their faculty advisors.

More details and specific rules are available at the contest’s website, . The deadline for teams to submit their essay is October 31 and their video by November 21, 2010.