The Department of Economics hosted its Undergraduate Awards reception on April 11, 2012. The following students were recognized for their academic achievements.
Jessica entered MSU Fall 2008 as a member of the Honors College and a recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Scholar award and a Professorial Assistantship. She is also the recipient of the L. C. Plant Award Scholarship through the Department of Mathematics, the Provost Undergraduate Research Initiative Award in which she worked with Economics Professors Charles Ballard and Paul Menchik, the Jeffrey & Kathryn Cole International Study Award, and the Gordon & Norma Guyer Endowed Internship Award. Jessica included a study abroad experience at City University of Hong Kong. She will graduate Spring 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and an additional major in Mathematics. Jessica plans to work as a Global Business Consultant for IBM.
Jacob entered MSU Fall 2008 as a member of the Honors College, a recipient of the University Distinguished Scholar Award, a Professorial Assistantship, and a National Merit Scholarship. He has been involved with research activities, not only with the Department of Computer Science at MSU, but also with the Department of Statistics at the University of Chicago. Aside from his academic pursuits, Jacob has been a part of ASMSU since arriving at MSU. He will graduate Spring 2012 with three Bachelor of Science Degrees: Computer Science, Economics, and Mathematics. Jacob will pursue a Ph.D. at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
Yipeng entered MSU Fall 2008 and began his studies for his degree in Economics. As a recipient of the Provost Undergraduate Research Initiative, Yipeng conducted research alongside Economics Professor Tim Vogelsang. He also received the College of Social Science Undergraduate Distinguished Scholarship Award. Outside the Department of Economics activities, Yipeng has served as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Mathematics. He will graduate Spring 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and an additional major in Mathematics. Yipeng will pursue a Ph. D. in Economics at the University of California – San Diego with a focus on Econometrics.
Mattan entered MSU as a member of the Honors College Fall 2009. While at MSU, Mattan has received the Jeffrey & Kathryn Cole International Study Award, the M. Peter McPherson Study Abroad Scholarship, the Guardian Industries Scholarship, the Pine Knob Elementary Staff Scholarship, and the Cynthia K. Pidd Memorial Scholarship. He has been a research assistant for Economics Professor Lisa Cook. Currently studying abroad at University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, Mattan is learning yet one more language. He will graduate Summer 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He plans to enter the workforce before pursuing a Ph. D. in Economics.
Patteera entered MSU Fall 2009 and as a result of her first semester’s performance was invited to join the Honors College. While at MSU she received the Global Neighbors Scholarship and the Presidential Study Abroad Scholarship. Patteera participated in the Department of Economics’ London study abroad program. She has been a member of Tower Guard, and the Thai Student Association. Patteera has also served as an Undergraduate Assistant for the Department of Economics. She will graduate Summer 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and plans to pursue a Ph. D. in Economics.
Daniel entered MSU Fall 2008 and on the basis of his first semester at MSU was invited to join the Honors College. Daniel has been the recipient of several awards: the Aldinger Scholarship, the Black and Veatch Recycling for the Future Scholarship, the David Getz Scholarship, the Walter and Pauline Adams Distinguished Honors College Scholarship, and the College of Social Science Undergraduate Distinguished Scholarship. Outside of the classroom, Daniel has served as the chartering chairperson of the Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta and also as chairperson of IM Sports. Daniel will graduate Spring 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Zachary entered MSU Fall 2007. Based upon his first semester’s performance he was invited to join the Honors College. While at MSU Zachary has received the U.S. Dept. of State Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for International Study, the John A. & Irma L. Benschop International Enrichment Award, and the MSU Federal Credit Union Scholarship for Study Abroad. He studied abroad at The London School of Economics. Zachary also received a Junior Fellowship through the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland. Other academic pursuits include a summer internship for the U. S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. as a mathematical statistician. He has served as a research assistant for Economics Professor Michael Conlin. Outside the classroom, Zachary has been a member of the MSU Tennis Team, served as a Math tutor for elementary students at Glencairn School, been a member of the MSU Glee Club, and has served as an Undergraduate Assistant for the Department of Economics. Zachary will graduate Spring 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He will pursue a Ph. D. in Economics at University of Virginia - Charlottesville.
Brendan entered MSU Fall 2009. While at MSU, Brendan has completed two summer study abroad experiences, one in Australia and another in which he traveled to the U.K, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium. He has served as the Marketing Chair for the International Business Organization and is currently serving as its President. Brendan participated in the Marshall International Case Competition which took place this November 2011 in Los Angeles. This was the first year that MSU was invited to participate. Brendan was selected and served as MSU’s team’s economics and marketing expert. He has served as an Undergraduate Assistant for the Department of Economics and plans to continue in that role next year. He has also been involved with graphic design for the Red Cedar Log Yearbook. Brendan is pursuing two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Marketing and the other in Economics. After graduation, Brendan plans to pursue a career in consulting, project management or brand strategy.
Thomas entered MSU Fall 2008 as a member of the Honors College. He is the recipient of the National Merit Recognition Scholarship, the Boeing Scholarship, and the Union Pacific Scholarship. He also received a Professorial Assistantship and worked with Economics Professor Soren Anderson. Thomas has served as an Undergraduate Assistant for the Department of Economics, has been a member of the Spartan Ski Club and the Supply Chain Management Association. He will graduate Spring 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Supply Chain Management with an additional major in Economics and a recipient of The Board of Trustees Award. Thomas has accepted a position as a Commodity Buyer for General Mills in Minneapolis, MN and has future plans to pursue either an MBA or a Masters in Economics.