2024 EconoQuest Conference will be held at Montana State University in Bozeman on Monday, October 28th and Tuesday, October 29th. 

EconoQuest: Exploring Global Economics and Career Opportunities

EconoQuest is a ground-breaking international economic literacy program that excites high school students about real-world economics and career opportunities. The program fills a gap in statewide economic education and explores college-to-career pathways with Montana industries with a unique opportunity to engage with local companies and government leaders about economics, international trade, and workforce development. By participating, Montana students will understand basic economic theory, Montana's connection to the world, the impact of global dynamics on our economy, and engage students in career pathways in various industries.

EconoQuest Conference is in partnership with Montana Photonics and Quantum Alliance, Museum of the Rockies, Montana Department of Commerce, Montana Department of Agriculture, Montana Manufacturing Extension CenterInspired Classroom, Montana World Trade Center and Montana State University.

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The EconoQuest virtual platform is an engaging tool for students to learn basic economic concepts around international trade, pressures and incentives, comparative advantage, opportunity cost, and how global issues and events impact Montana’s economy. Students synthesize their work, presenting opportunities for Montana industries worldwide. Teacher support is offered at no cost throughout the program.

During the conference, Montana high school students have the unique opportunity to engage with local companies and government leaders about economics, international trade, and future career paths. They participate in panel discussions and present economic projects to judges.

We are honored to have the bi-partisan support from Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines. In addition, Governor Greg Gianforte declared October Economic Education Month.

EconoQuest is FREE to all students. Museum of the Rockies will sponsor all title 1 schools 100% of their lodging & transportation expenses and all other schools 50% of their transportation expenses. Additional scholarships are available to help cover the expenses of transportation, lodging, and substitute teachers. We never want a student to be denied the opportunity to attend the EconoQuest Conference due to budget restrictions that are increasing every year in schools. By providing EconoQuest with no cost to schools, we open the conference up to students statewide that might not be able to attend otherwise. 

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Hotel Room Block for EconoQuest

Comfort Inn 

2515 Catamount Bozeman, MT 59718

To book please, call the hotel at 406.587.0800

Block is under Montana World Affairs Council/ EconoQuest

Room cost: $139 a night (breakfast is included)

Note: Rooms will be released Saturday, September 21st, 2024.

For questions, please contact Nikki Geiszler, Programs Director, at

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"Academic World Quest has expanded the knowledge of the students in Hamilton High school. It is a unique experience that is approachable and affordable for all schools. I am in awe that my students in a small rural community have access to the caliber of speakers and opportunities that are offered by the World Affairs Council. I can' t express enough gratitude toward MWAC for the advantages that has provided to my students that will better prepare them for a increasingly globalized society."

Kiah Nisly, Teacher from Hamilton High School

"Bringing my students to Academic WorldQuest is something that is non-negotiable. Making the future of Montana aware of our global world is necessary, and in rural Montana even more so. My students have limited resources in our small community to explore worlds outside of Montana and the United States. Being exposed to this competition and the activities associated with it expands minds and horizons."

Jennifer Graham, Teacher from Granite High School

"This is such an awesome event for students, especially for students from small schools. I am still in shock that my students just talked with students from Congo. My students worked so hard on studying, making their worlds bigger. Thank you so much for such a great experience. It also inspires me to add more current world affairs into my daily teaching."

Christina Cote, Gardiner High School

"Being a Title 1 school, we find this competition an invaluable experience for our students to learn more about the world around them. With our population being 100 percent Native Americans, it was also comforting for our students to see others like themselves represented in the competition. Meeting with students from Honduras was also a highlight for our students."

Paul Condon, Teacher from Hays Lodgepole High School