PhD Day

The PhD Day is a student-only event that will be held on Sunday, November 3 from 10:30am to 4:00pm. All current PhD Students in energy economics and related fields are invited to submit papers. This year’s event our third PhD Day, and follows the great success of the Day in Washington DC last year.

The PhD Day is designed to facilitate an in-depth discussion of student research, in a constructive atmosphere. Each paper will be reviewed closely by another student discussant, and both the author and the discussant will present on the paper. Participants will have the opportunity to:

This event is sponsored by the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute.

In addition, the Sloan Foundation has provided funding opportunities for all students presenting at the PhD Day and for selected students attending the PhD Day. See the Sloan Foundation Funding page for details.

Event Details

From the papers submitted for the PhD Day, a number of outstanding papers will be chosen to be presented. Each presenter will also act as a discussant on another student’s paper.

The discussants will be expected to review their assigned paper in detail and discuss it in a constructive and helpful manner. This could include pointing the author to alternative literature that they may not have considered, suggesting alternative approaches to the problem they have addressed, and suggesting additional data sources that may be relevant to the research. Guidelines for discussants will be sent closer to the date.

Authors will be given 25 minutes to present their paper. The designated discussant will then be given 15 minutes to comment on the paper. There will also be time for questions and comments from the floor.

Presenters and discussants at the PhD Day will need to be at the conference venue ready to start the session at 10:30 am Sunday.

Students who have already had their paper accepted for a concurrent session are welcome to also apply the PhD Day and present at both events.

We invite students not presenting to attend and participate from the floor. A deli lunch will be served for all PhD Day participants.

There is no separate registration fee – this event is included as part of your conference registration.


To make a submission, please email your full paper to by September 6, 2019. Since each paper will be discussed at some length, we will only have time to cover 6 to 8 papers.

The successful presenters and discussants will be informed by September 20.

The students selected to present their paper will then have the opportunity to re-submit a revised version of their paper until October 4. Papers will be sent to discussants soon after, to allow them sufficient time to prepare their discussion presentation.

Important Dates



September 6

Submission Deadline –
email your complete paper to

September 20

Presenters and discussants informed of their selection.

October 4

Presenters may re-submit a revised version of their paper. Discussants receive the paper that they are to review.

November 3

PhD Day 10:30am to 4:00pm

Selection Committee

Kelly Neill (PhD student, Economics, Rice University)

Jacob Ward (PhD Student, Engineering and Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University)

Sponsored by:

With the support of: