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Students Recognized with Ubuntu Prize for Cooperation

New for Fall 2020 was the Ubuntu Prize in Prof. Melvin Ayogu’s Development Issues for Africa class (Econ 366W). Dr. Ayogu joined Emory this year as a Professor of Pedagogy with specific expertise in Development Economics and Economics of Africa.

Ubuntu means " because of you, I am " and is an African tradition which promotes cooperation. Read more >> Ubuntu Prize

Congratulations to the Ubuntu First Prize group members:
Bhargav Annigeri, Jihun Jeong, Yohan Jhaveri, Peter Lee, Mathew Takavarasha

Ubuntu Prize 2020


Economics Honors Student Presents Paper at APSA Annual Meeting

Congratulations to Emory senior and economics honors student, Jasmine Cui, who recently presented her full-length paper, "URL 2 IRL: Social Media Followership Translated into Electoral Success" at the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Annual Meeting in a session titled, Political Effects of Social Media. 

Congratulations to Jasmine!

Majors' Paper Accepted for Publication in Journal of Econometric Methods

Danielle Handel  Congratulations to Economic majors Danielle Handel and Carson Rea, who got their paper “Econometrics Pedagogy and Cloud Computing: Training the Next Generation of Economists and Data Scientists,” (joint with Anson Ho, Kim Huynh, and David Jacho-Chavez) accepted for publication in the Journal of Econometric Methods. In this peer-reviewed article, Danielle and Carson advocate rethinking the computer laboratory component in an Econometrics/Data Science traditional Carson Reacourse away from a physical location on campus to the cloud. They demonstrate how instructors can build and maintain a virtual server using Amazon Web Service (Emory’s preferred provider) where students can connect, complete their assignments, and submit them for grading. They also created a detailed how-to guide.

Congratulations to Danielle and Carson!

New Joint Major in Economics-Human Health Now Available

Students are now officially able to declare a new joint major in Economics-Human Health. This innovative new degree program offered in conjunction with The Center for the Study of Human Health equips students with a foundation for a variety of careers. Visit our Major, Minor, Courses page for more information or email

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Economics Major, Aleksei Kaminski 20C, Awarded 2020-21 Fulbright Grant

Congratulations to Aleksei Kaminski 20C, economics and African studies major, who was recently selected as a 2020-21 Fulbright grantee to study and conduct research on shifting voting patterns in Brazil at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

This year's Emory's recipients were selected from 62 undergraduate applicants, of which 37 were named semi-finalists.

”This year's applicant pool of graduating seniors, recent graduates and professional masters' students was the largest we've ever worked with,” says Megan Friddle, director of Emory College's National Scholarships and Fellowships Program.

Fulbright recipients typically spend an academic year in their host countries, gaining experience in research and study while also engaging in cultural exchange. The current pandemic has postponed the departure for many of this year’s recipients until January 2021. Actual departure dates will vary, depending in part on each country's travel restrictions.

Learn more about scholarships

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

Read full article here: Emory News.

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, and 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.

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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: