Texas Tech University

Student Programs

The Free Market Institute (FMI) develops and operates programs for students at both the high school and undergraduate levels aimed at exposing them to the theoretical principles of economic inquiry and their historical and practical applications in research and public policy analysis.

The Economic Way of Thinking

McLane Teammates Reading Program

The Economic Way of Thinking

A Seminar for High School Students

Summer 2018  Summer 2017  Summer 2016

About the Program

The Economic Way of Thinking is a seminar that engages high school aged students, who have an interest in learning about the principles of economics and their applications in public policy and historical contexts. The program features a series of lectures, discussions and other educational and social activities.

The program takes place each summer on the campus of Texas Tech University. The Free Market Institute provides all program materials and meals to participants, as well as complimentary lodging in University Housing to students traveling from outside of the Lubbock area.

Registration fro the summer 2018 program, which will take place on the dates of June 7-10, 2018, is now open. Interested students should visit the program information pages linked above and register for the program at the following URL:

Register for the Economic Way of Thinking Seminar Today!

Please contact the Free Market Institute with any questions by email at free.market@ttu.edu or by phone at 806.742.7138.

McLane Teammates Reading Program

A Reading Group for TTU Undergraduate Students

Spring 2018  Fall 2017  Spring 2017  Fall 2016

Spring 2016  Fall 2015  Spring 2015

About the Program

The McLane Teammates Reading Program is a one semester, non-credit reading group where participants read and discuss selections from classic works and from contemporary scholars that address important questions in political economy. Participants that successfully complete the program receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The McLane Teammates Reading Program at Texas Tech University complements similar programs, which are operating concurrently at the O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University, and the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise at Baylor University.

All three groups examine the same set of readings and interact with one another at a joint meeting once during the semester, hosted at Southern Methodist University. 

Participants meet weekly for Socratic-style discussions facilitated by a Texas Tech University faculty member, whose role is to pose questions and encourage participation from each member of the group.

All undergraduate students, who have a full time enrollment status at Texas Tech University, are eligible and encouraged to apply.

The deadline for the spring 2018 program has passed. More information about the fall 2018 program will be shared when it becomes available.

Please contact the Free Market Institute with any questions by email at free.market@ttu.edu or by phone at 806.742.7138.

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