Department of Economics Award for Leadership and Academic Excellence
The Department of Economics Award for Leadership and Academic Excellence for 2015-2016 has been awarded to Emily Parrish. The award is given to the graduating students who have best demonstrated an excellent record of academic success and contributed to the quality of the undergraduate experience in the Department of Economics. In addition to being an excellent student, Emily was the president and co-founder of the Women in Economics organization, a student group dedicated to increasing female representation in economics and supporting female economics students. She was also a programs director for the MSC Abbott Family Leadership conference, helping Aggies establish strong moral, ethical, and community values for themselves. She conducted independent research on the gender as one of the Department of Economics Undergraduate Research Associates on the gender pay gap and did a summer internship at the U.S. Department of Labor under Texas A&M’s Public Policy Internship Program, developing measures of industry productivity. Emily will be joining Deloitte Consulting next year.
Best Paper – Economics Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
The EUROP Best Paper prize for 2015-2016 has awarded to Hunter Hampton and Jonathan Andrew Smith. Hunter and Andrew worked jointly under the direction of Dr. Catherine Eckel on a paper titled “Does Mandated Volunteering Affect Total Volunteering?” Their research investigated how volunteering mandates (for example, as a requirement for membership in an organization) impacts individuals’ decisions about how much to volunteer in total. They conducted experiments in the Economics Research Laboratory at Texas A&M, finding that mandated volunteering has negligible effects on overall volunteering, so long as the mandate as at or near the expected equilibrium level of volunteering. They presented their work at the Dallas Federal Reserve Undergraduate Research Conference and Texas A&M’s Student Research Work. Hunter will be attending the University of Virginia’s School of Law; Andrew is returning for his senior year and plans to apply to economics Ph.D. programs next year.