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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.

The Edwin A. and Eleanor B. Carlin Award was 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.  In 2021, this award was presented to four students.

Alison Ferer was a member of the Honors College and an Econ Scholar.  She was president of the Women and Minorities in Economics student group and was awarded a PURI grant for research work with Professor Dickert-Conlin.  She also received a Board of Trustees scholarship for a 4.0 cumulative GPA.  Alison accepted a position as a data analyst with Rock Central.

Cooper Luce was an Econ Scholar and a research assistant and teaching assistant in mathematics.  He was on the Student Advisory Committee in the College of Natural Science.  He won an undergraduate research scholarship in mathematics.  Cooper will work as a research assistant prior to pursuing a PhD in economics.

Jack Mueller was a member of the Honors College and an Econ Scholar.  He was the Department of Economics Outstanding Senior.  He participated in the Filmmakers Club and Tabletop Roleplaying Club.  He was a Professorial Assistant and won a PURI grant for research.  Jack accepted a position as a research associate with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.  He plans to eventually pursue a PhD in economics.

Philip Valtadoros was a member of the Honors College and an Econ Scholar.  He was an undergraduate assistant in both economics and statistics.  He was the finance officer for the New Community Cooperative Residence.  Philip accepted a position as a research assistant at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy, and later plans to pursue a PhD in economics.

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

Matthew Donahue was a member of the Honors College and an Econ Scholar.  He was the vice president of the MSU chapter of the Engineering Society of Detroit.  He was a resident assistant and career peer for Engineering Career Services.  Matthew accepted a position in the Engineering Leadership Development Program at BAE Systems.

Maura Glynn came to MSU as a University Distinguished Scholar.  She was a member of the Honors College and an Econ Scholar.  She played women’s club hockey and was a member of the MSU Fed Challenge team.  Maura accepted an analyst position with Finalta by McKinsey.

Daniel Moore was an undergraduate assistant in economics and a private tutor in econometrics.  He won a PRUI grant for research with Professor Barnwal.  Daniel will be pursuing a PhD in economics at the University of Washington.

Elizabeth Price was a member of the Honors College and an Econ Scholar.  She was on the e-boards for Women and Minorities in Economics and the Undergraduate Sociological Association.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology honor society).  Elizabeth will pursue original research in sociology before entering graduate school.

The All-University Award for Excellence, which honors former MSU Economics professors Charles P. “Lash” Larrowe and Walter Adams, was given to Nicholas DiTommaso.  Nicholas was a member of the Honors College and an Econ Scholar.  He was a SEE (Supporting Excellent Engineers) scholar and received the Engineering Undergraduate Student Service Award.  He was an Honors College Impact Program planner and mentor.  Nicholas accepted a position as a technical solutions engineer with Epic Systems.



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