Omicron Delta Epsilon


Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE) is one of the world's largest academic honor societies. It was created in 1963 and now has more than 700 chapters around the world. The objectives of ODE are:

  • The recognition of students’ outstanding achievements in economics.
  • The establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in economics within and among colleges and universities.
  • The publication of its official journal, The American Economist.
  • The sponsoring of panels at professional meetings as well as the Irving Fisher and Frank W. Taussig competitions.

Beta Chapter of Missouri

The Beta Chapter of Missouri (MU–ODE) was established by the Department of Economics at the University of Missouri–Columbia in 1963. Kyle Smith is currently the president of the organization; Ally Gederman and Nolan Chapman, the vice-presidents; Cassandra Marks, the secretary; and Dr. Oksana Loginova, the faculty advisor.

Chapter Activities

MU–ODE organizes social and academic events each semester. One such event is the popular "Pizza with Professor ____" series; a faculty member from the Department gives an informal talk about their research, while students enjoy pizza from Shakespeare's.

ODE talks are held in the economics conference room, 129 Professional Building. Example events from 2019–2020 include:

  • September 20, 4–5pm: "Economics of Privacy," Dr. Robert Hazel
  • October 29, 4–5pm: "What is Climate Economics?" Dr. Zack Miller
  • March 5, 4–5pm: "Land and the Government," Dr. Saku Aura

MU–ODE also supports DataFest Mizzou, a weekend-long event that allows students to gain hands-on experience in crunching information from studies and data sources.

Admission Requirements

To become a member of MU–ODE, undergraduate students must meet minimum eligibility requirements:

  • declared economics major
  • completed 12 credit hours of economics courses
  • attained a grade point average of 3.0 or better (both in economics and overall)

Graduate student membership is based solely on graduate work in economics. Graduate students must have:

  • completed two semesters of coursework in the Economics MA or PhD program
  • attained a GPA of 3.5 or better

MU–ODE membership is exclusive. Each year only a select number of students receive an invitation to join. Initiation occurs once a year in April. Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Oksana Loginova, the faculty advisor for MU–ODE, via email at

2019 ODE inductees with professors

2019 ODE inductees with professors

Contact Information

Neftali Ruiz

Tiffany Steward

Hao Yuan

Benjamin Hahs

Dr. Oksana Loginova
Faculty Advisor