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Economics major, Sienna Nordquist, wins 2020 Elizabeth Long Atwood Undergraduate Research Award

Sienna Nordquist 2020Congratulations to Sienna Nordquist, economics major and 2020 graduate, for winning the Elizabeth Long Atwood Undergraduate Research Award from Emory Libraries for her senior honors thesis, “The Effects of Targeted Foreign Aid on Clientelism: The Case of the European Recovery Program in Italy."

The Emory Libraries' Elizabeth Long Atwood Undergraduate Research Award recognizes Emory undergraduate students in all disciplines who use the Emory Libraries' collections and research resources in their original papers, digital projects, or poster and who show evidence of critical analysis in their research skills (i.e., locating, selecting, evaluating, and synthesizing information).


Solmon Ahn named the 2020 Undergraduate Student Leader of the Year by Emory SILT

ahn-solmonCongratulations to Solmon Ahn, economics major and 2020 graduate, for being named Undergraduate Student Leader of the Year by Emory Student Involvement, Leadership, & Transitions (SILT)

This award is bestowed upon a student who holds a leadership position for a chartered or departmental predominately undergraduate and graduate organization. The individual(s) who receive this award should be lifelong leaders who are committed to ethical decision-making, principled behavior and inspire positive transformation in the world. The recipient(s) of this award has made their fellow undergraduate peers and their experiences a priority through their leadership position by virtue of their dedicated actions and service to the Emory undergraduate community.


Economics major, Josh Kaplan, named 2020 Truman Scholar for promoting economic justice

2020-truman-scholarshipJosh Kaplan, an Emory University junior from Phoenix, Arizona, has been named a 2020 Harry S. Truman Scholar for his work promoting economic justice for marginalized communities.

He is among only 62 college students in the United States to receive the highly competitive national honor, which is bestowed upon exceptional students in their junior year who have displayed outstanding leadership, academic excellence and a commitment to a life of public service.

“We are all thrilled for Josh. He represents the very best of Emory, and he is poised to be a transformational leader for social justice in the world,” says Emory President Claire E. Sterk.

A student in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Kaplan is pursuing an economics major and Portuguese minor. He is Emory’s third Truman Scholar in the past four years. As part of the award, administered by the Harry S. Truman Foundation, he will receive $30,000 toward his graduate studies and professional development for a public service career.

Learn more about scholarships

Students interested in learning more about Truman Scholarships and other prestigious awards should contact Megan Friddle in Emory's National Scholarships and Fellowships Program.

Read full article here>> Emory News


Economics Student Society (ESS) successfully held their annual Senior Panel on April 16

2020-ess-senior-panelEmory's Economics Student Society held its annual Senior Panel via Zoom on Thursday, April 16th at 7:30 PM EST.
ESS worked very hard to gather talented Econ-major seniors with a plethora of academic and career experiences. Seniors on the panel shared a variety of internship experiences from Wall Street to the Democratic Caucus to NBC-Universal
This year's Senior Panel was another wonderful opportunity for students to gain helpful insights from fellow Emory students as they navigate their own career path. 

Virtual Information Session for new Economics/Human Health Joint Major was held on April 21

This Zoom session was recorded:  Watch here

View/download presentation: Presentation on Economics/Human Health Joint Major



Successful ODE Meet & Greet held on February 25, 2020

Emory's ODE chapter hosted 32 students for pizza and 'Meet and Greet' on February 25, 2020.  Students enjoyed a fun scavenger hunt to get to know each other and announcements were made about upcoming events this spring including the Keith Robinson Workshop on March 19th, and the Kafoglis Economics Nobel Laureate Public Lecture and ODE Banquet on April 10th. We encouraged exchange of contact information and for members to share their thoughts and suggestions about the future of our enhanced chapter.

What is ODE?

Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE) is a prestigious national economics honor society with a mission to promote excellence in economics by recognizing outstanding achievements and by encouraging professional exchange among students, and faculty.

ODE Meet and Greet Feb 2020

Purpose of the Meet & Greet:
  • To establish ODE as an active chapter that provides exclusive opportunities available only to ODE members (based totally on what members want in terms of event programming).
  • The process of establishing student leadership of ODE to develop these exclusive programming for this honor society.
  • To share what’s upcoming this Spring semester.
What we spoke about:
  • 3 events a year- one in the Fall, one in the Spring, plus the ODE Banquet.
  • What are the new benefits of ODE (what they can & will be).
  • The leadership structure to ODE (purpose, expectations, etc.) and how the process of selecting the leadership will go.

More information about ODE and the other economics student organizations at Emory can be found here

Emory student chosen for NASA's Psyche Inspired program

2020-Vandenhoudt-NASA-Psyche-Inspired-programRal Vandenhoudt is an Emory University student majoring in biology and minoring in economics. He was competitively selected this past fall as one of 16 interns in NASA's Psyche Inspired program!

The Psyche Inspired program brings undergraduate students from any major together to spend an academic year sharing the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public in new ways through four creative works:

Learn more about Ral’s work and view his art pieces at:


ESS Coffee Chat with Faculty

2019-nov-coffee-chatOn Friday, November 15, 2019, the Economics Student Society held a Coffee Chat with Professor Shomu Banerjee from the Economics Department.

The event was held to enable students to interact with Banerjee in a more casual setting. After introducing himself and sharing a little bit about his background, Banerjee answered questions about a variety of topics, including the general direction that economics research is taking and his past experiences outside of academia.

Overall, all of the students and Professor Banerjee had a pleasant conversation, which lasted for about an hour.

Career Chat with U.S. State Department Diplomat-in-Residence

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, the Economics Department and the Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement cosponsored a Career Chat with Diplomat-in-Residence of the U.S. Department of State Allen DuBose. This event was designed for prospective and current Economics and International Studies/Political Science majors to connect with Mr. DuBose. He presented a detailed and articulate overview of the Civil and Foreign Service Programs and educated students on ways to be involved with the Department of State both through internships and full-time and part-time jobs.


ESS Healthcare Panel Discussion

2019-nov-healthcare-panelOn Monday, November 11, 2019, the Economics Department and the Business of Healthcare Club held a Healthcare Panel Discussion. This event was targeted towards students with economics, public health, and business majors who wanted to discuss and network with professionals in the healthcare market. Our speakers included:

  • Ashkay Birla, Vice President, Radix Health
  • Jeff Meaux, Senior Vice President of Sales, Azalea Health
  • Sig Mosley, Managing Partner, Mosley Ventures
  • Evan Saltzman, Assistant Professor, Emory Economics Department

The speakers talked about their academic paths and how it helped/led them to their current job. They also discussed current events in healthcare and new technologies.

Majors Promotion Night

On Monday, October 21, 2019, the Economics Department held a Major Promotion Night. This event was designed for prospective Economics majors to connect with faculty and learn more about the various academic paths that Economics students can select at Emory, the broad and exciting application of Economics, and the multitude of rewarding and lucrative career paths Economics majors can pursue.

Approximately 100 students attended this event. Presenting faculty included Hashem Dezhbakhsh, Hugo Mialon, Ian McCarthy, Kelli Lanier, Stephen O’Connell, Keith Robinson, and David Jacho-Chavez.

Second Career Pathways Conversation

2019-2nd-careers-pathwayOn Friday, October 25, 2019, the department cosponsored the Professional Pathways Event with the Office of Alumni Engagement. This was an opportunity for our current students to connect with Economics alumni to learn more about their successful and unique career journeys. About 25 students and several faculty members attended this event, featuring a panel discussion with the following alumni:

  • Hillary DeNigro, Federal Communication Law and Policy Attorney, Class of 1989
  • Joseph Miller, Partner at Crowell Moring, Class of 1986
  • Christina Hardaway, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State, Class of 2009
  • Lewis Kalmans, Morgan Stanley, Class of 1991

A reception was held after the talk where our alumni and current students could further discuss their academic and professional interests.

Successful Alumni Visited the Department

2018-prof-pathwaysOn Friday, October 19, 2018, four of our distinguished alums visited the Economics Department to have a conversation with our students about what they should do now to prepare for a successful career path after graduation:

  • Cyrus Irani, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Fairview Energy Capital, Class of 2005
  • Derek Strum, Partner, Clayton, Dubilier and Rice, Class of 2000
  • Michael Kessel, Principal, Lighthouse Realty Advisors, Class of 1991
  • Kunal Soni, Managing Director, Global Credit, The Carlyle Group, Class of 1998

Although 112 students indicated their interest in participating in the event, only 1/5 of them could be invited due to limited space. In response to the question concerning what are the most important skills to obtain in college, the alums unanimously picked quantitative and analytical skills; thus reassuring the attendees of the value of the economics major, which is known for its most rigorous training in quantitative and analytical methods. The panelists also pointed out the importance of building and keeping a good relationship with colleagues and people they meet at work.

The event was sponsored by the Emory College Office of Alumni Engagement.