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Undergraduate Awards

Each year, over 400 men and women graduate MSU with degrees in economics, and each year the Department of Economics honors the best and brightest of these economics students during an awards reception held at the close of the spring semester. All of the students recognized at this year’s reception compiled excellent academic records in their economics courses and most participated in the department’s Econ Scholars program, designed to enrich the experience of our best undergraduate students (http://www.econ.msu.edu/undergraduate/scholars.php). As the profiles of the awardees below will show, they also had significant academic interests and extracurricular activities beyond economics, often receiving recognition for their excellence in those endeavors as well.

Undergraduate Award Winners for 2017: (L to R) Haixia Zhu, David Wehrly, Patrick Flynn, Kim Gannon, Matthew Suandi, Thomas Grubb, and Jarrett Hoffman

Three students received the Edwin A. and Eleanor B. Carlin Award, established by Eleanor Carlin in memory of her husband, Edward A. Carlin, Dean of University College at MSU from 1956 to 1977 and Professor of Economics until his retirement in 1983:

Kim Gannon, entered MSU as a freshman recipient of an Alumni Distinguished Scholarship and a member of the Honors College, participated on the Department’s Fed Challenge Team. She was also honored by the Mathematics department with a Herbert T. Graham scholarship, and served as a tutor for that department. After graduation, Kim took a job as a research assistant to MIT economics professor Amy Finkelstein, as part of a longer term plan of seeking a Ph.D. in Economics. Kim was also president of the MSU Traveler’s Club.

Thomas Grubb also entered MSU with an Alumni Distinguished Scholarship, and received both a Board of Trustees Scholarship and the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship in recognition of his achievements at MSU. While a student, Thomas served as a Professorial Research Assistant and participated in the Discovering America Chinese Exchange Program. Thomas is now enrolled in the mathematics Ph.D. program at the University of California –San Diego.

Matthew Suandi, is a third recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Scholarship (only 20 were given to members of the class of 2017). Matthew was very active as an MSU student, participating in MSU’s Fed Challenge team, Model UN, and International Relations Organization, as well as two study abroad programs. He pursued undergraduate research projects with professors from History and Geography as well as Economics. Matthew was one of the few economics students nationwide to receive a National Science Foundation Fellowship, which he is using to pursue a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California-Berkeley.

The George F. McGregor Scholarship in Economics was awarded to three students, based on their accomplishments in the classroom:

Patrick Flynn was on the Dean’s List every semester while at MSU, and participated in the department’s study abroad program in London. Patrick is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics at Vanderbilt University.

Haixia Zhu came to MSU from the People’s Republic of China. Based on her achievements at MSU, she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, an academic honor society. She also did community service as part of MSU’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Haixia is now working towards a Master’s degree in applied economics at Johns Hopkins University.

David Wehrly served on the College of Social Science Dean’s Student Advisory Council as well as the Undergraduate Instruction Committee of the department of Economics. David worked as a research assistant for Economics professor Mike Conlin, and earned an Undergraduate Research Initiative Award from the Provost. David plans to earn a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California-Irvine.

The All-University Award for Excellence, which honors former MSU Economics professors Charles P. “Lash” Larrowe and Walter Adams, was given to Jarret Hoffman. Jarret was on the Dean’s list during every semester he spent at MSU, and graduated with honors. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics.



Michigan State University Department of Economics