Thanks to our generous donors the Department of Economics is able to give out several scholarships and awards each year to deserving undergraduate and graduate students.
Here is a list of our 2020-2021 award recipients:
Graduate Student Awards
- Ben Lidofsky and Vanessa Ordoñez have each received a fellowship from the William Green Memorial Fund which provides a semester free of teaching duties next academic year. The fellowship is awarded to students whose work contributes to the interests of working people and their families. William Green was an early, long-standing President of the American Federation of Labor (the AFL part of today’s AFL-CIO) and a prominent advisor to President Roosevelt.
- Yang Yang has received the G.S. Maddala Prize in Econometrics. The Maddala prize was established in 1999 to honor Dr. Maddala’s work in the field of econometrics and his teaching and mentoring of graduate students. The fund recognizes graduate students for excellence in quantitative research using econometrics.
- Yichun Song has received the Tom Kniesner and Debbie Freund Award, which provides awards to graduate students in Econometrics or Health Economics.
- Adnan Mahmood has received the Burton-Abrams Dissertation in Economics Endowed Grant. The Burton Abrams grant is distributed annually to students who are working on a dissertation related to money and banking, international economics, public choice/public finance, or any topic with public policy implications.
- Ben Lidofsky and Alan Lujan have received the Larry and Shelia Kantor award in recognition of their service to the graduate student population in the department.
- Matt D'Urso, Daniel Lopez-Gomez, and Alan Lujan have received Graduate Associate Teaching Awards for their outstanding work as independent instructors.
- Yushin Bu, Michael Carter, Jeyoung Moon, Zheyu Ni, Vanessa Ordoñez, Sungmin Park, and Jason Tayawa all received Departmental Citations for Excellence in Teaching, for their high-quality work as GTAs.
Undergraduate Student Awards
- Derek Ballinger, Mera Cronbaugh, Wajahat Farooqui, Jeremy Manchenko, Richard Monastra, Natalie Rohrig, Erin Smith, and Michael Zapper all received the Economics Undergraduate Scholarship, which acknowledges the top-performing Undergraduate Economics majors.
- Alex Williams received the Gledhill Prize in Applied Economics, which is awarded to the best paper in applied economics by an undergraduate Economics major. The fund was established in 2013 with a generous gift from alumnus and Economics Advisory Board member, Scott Gledhill.
- Juliette Kokernot received an award from the Harold A. Black Endowed Scholarship Fund for Economics which acknowledges Undergraduate Economics Majors who have overcome substantial educational or economic obstacles and have potential for graduate work. This fund was established in 2018 through the generous gift from alumnus Harold A. Black.
- Matthew Devis and Wyatt Reynolds received The Keith and Linda Monda Scholarship Fund scholarships, which awards undergraduate Economics majors enrolled in the Honors Program and demonstrate financial need. The fund was established in 2009 through a generous gift from alumnus Keith Monda and his wife, Linda.
- Hanbo Jiang, Haoliang Sun, and Zhuoxuan Yang received The Michael O’Shaughnessy Endowed Fund in Economics awards, which acknowledges undergraduate Economics majors who are high potential business-minded students. The fund was established in 2017 through a generous gift from alumnus Michael O’Shaughnessy.
- Aaron Cullman received The Tom Kniesner and Debbie Freund Fund for Student Support award for first-generation students with demonstrated financial need. This fund was established in 2018 through the generous gift from alumnus and Economics Advisory Board member, Tom Kniesner, and his wife, Deborah Freund, also a distinguished health economist.
- The William Green Memorial Fund scholarships recipients were Mateo Gutierrez and Margaret Seikel. The fund acknowledges undergraduate Economics majors with backgrounds, studies, or career interests that are relevant to working people.