Welcome to our 2015 Newsletter. As the new Chair of the Economics Department, this is my first newsletter and I am excited to provide you with this update. My predecessor, Prof. Carl Davidson, stepped down as Chair in August, 2015 after 9 years of productive service and dedication to the Economics Department and MSU. The department is thriving because of Carl's leadership, and he remains active in the department. Join me in thanking Carl for his efforts.
Clockwise from top, left: Prabhat Barnwal, Qingqing Cao, Hanzhe Zhang, Ben Zou, and Oren Ziv
MSU Economics Department Chosen to Host American Economic Association Summer Training Program
This summer, some two dozen top undergraduate students from around the country will be coming to Michigan State to take courses in economics from MSU faculty members, hoping to better prepare themselves for graduate training in economics. The students will be here as participants in the American Economic Association's (AEA) Summer Training and Scholarship Program, which MSU's Economics Department will be hosting for the next five years. Read more here.
Department Expands Econ Scholars Program
Two years ago, the Department of Economics launched the "Econ Scholars" program, designed to recognize the achievements and potential of our top students. The inaugural class of Econ Scholars consisted of 14 economics majors chosen on the basis of their academic records and an application essay. This year, with the help of gifts from Don and Pat Spence and the Hoover Family fund, we have been able to expand the program, expanding the 2016 class of Econ Scholars to include 26 promising economics majors. Read more about the program here.
MSU's Econ Scholars enjoy some free time during their trip to Chicago this November.
Strassmann Fellowship to Support Promising Economics Graduate Students
This fall, the economics department was delighted to learn of Paul Strassmann's intention to fund a fellowship to help support promising graduate students in economics. Paul Strassmann joined the Michigan State economics faculty in 1963, and was for many years an outstanding teacher and researcher, with a particular interest in questions related to technological change and economic development. He is now an emeritus professor of economics.
The department has long wanted to expand the Help Room program to provide even easier access to assistance for Principles students, as well as support for students in higher level economics courses. We are happy to announce that, thanks to the support of the MSU administration and a generous gift from Economics alumnus Warren Boos, we have now opened satellite Help Rooms in three of MSU's on campus "neighborhoods" so that students who live on campus will not have far to go to get the assistance that the Help Room program offers. Read more here.
Giving to MSU Economics
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About 400 economics majors graduate from Michigan State each year, and each year the department honors a small number of the most outstanding members of that group, publically acknowledging their accomplishments in a reception held at the close of the spring semester. During this year's undergraduate awards reception, seven economics majors were recognized for their academic achievements.