Economics students honored at annual awards ceremony

Graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Economics were honored for outstanding achievements at the Rice Initiative for the Study of Economics’ (RISE) second annual awards ceremony April 25.

Undergraduate student awards

Honors in Economics
Hanqing Sun
Yimeng Tang
Yue Zhang

Malcolm Gillis Award in Economics
Alex Alexander

Malcolm Gillis Award in Mathematical Economic Analysis
Zhifeng Wang

RISE Award in Economics
Mengjia Liu

RISE Award in Mathematical Economic Analysis
Seohee Kim

Gaston Rimlinger Prize
Yue Zhang

Peter Mieszkowski Prize for Honors Program Research
Hanqing Sun

Baker Institute Public Policy Essay Prize
Yimeng Tang

Omicron Delta Epsilon
Palvasha Deme
Lauren Heller
Wren Jiang
Seohee Kim
Mengjia Liu
Sijia Liu
Yichuan Ma
Jenny Ren
Tian Yu
Shiyi Zhang

Graduate student awards

The Maria Esther and Carlos Linares Award for Best Performance in Economics First Year Courses
Maksat Abasov
Yakym Pirozhenko

The Robin Sickles Award for Best Performance in Econometrics Qualifying Exam
Kiril Evdokimov

The Rica and Tony Ligeralde Fellowship Award for Best Performance in Economic Theory Qualifying Exam
Ibrahim Emirahmetoglu

The Dagobert Brito Award for Best Performance by a Recitation Instructor in Economics
Nick Frazier

The Michael Maher Graduate Student Teaching Prize in Economics
Atara Oliver

The George Zodrow Award for Best Performance in a Workshop
Mark Agerton

The Timothy and Katharine Gunning Award for Best Third-Year Paper
Paul Barton

The Jennifer and Purvez Captain Award for Outstanding Economics Dissertation
Margaret McKeehan

Byron Pope Award for Outstanding Performance in the Masters of Energy Economics Program
Samantha Bobo

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