The Economics Department

Scholarships & Awards

Every year the undergraduate program provides scholarships and awards to students majoring in Economics.  Please see below for detailed information. 

Hammermesh Senior Thesis Prize in Economics 

Description
The Senior Thesis Prize in Economics is an annual prize, established in 2010, for the most outstanding undergraduate honors thesis in Economics. In 2013, the prize was renamed to the Hamermesh Senior Thesis Prize in Economics for contributions to the field by UT Economics professor Dr. Daniel Hamermesh. The intent in offering this award is to encourage undergraduate research and honors theses in economics. 

Requirements | Recipients

Salam Fayyad Excellence Award

Description
The Salam Fayyad Excellence Award is an annual prize, established in 2013 that is awarded to a high-achieving graduating senior in Economics. The endowment was made possible by a generous donation from an Economics faculty member.  The endowment honors Dr. Salam Fayyad, who received his PhD in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin in 1986.  Dr. Fayyad is the Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority and was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the Texas Exes in 2008.

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University-wide Awards & Recognitions

The Economics Department also selects nominees for the following awards and recognitions:


Hamermesh Senior Thesis Prize in Economics

CRITERIA ELIGIBILITY AMOUNT TIMELINE

Recipients are selected by a subcommittee of the department’s Undergraduate Studies Committee. The committee considers the following:

  • The importance and complexity of the question the thesis addresses
  • The appropriateness and sophistication of the methodology
  • How carefully the thesis is executed and written
  • The originality of the thesis concept and approach

All students who complete an undergraduate honors thesis in Economics will be considered for the award. There is no application.

The prize carries a monetary award.

The committee reviews all honors theses completed during the year. Typically the recipient will be announced at the end of the spring semester.

Recipients

YEAR RECIPIENT THESIS
2017 Stephen Chen “Hospital Readmissions and Observation Stays: A first-year analysis of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program”
2017 Victoria Fung “The Housing Assignment Problem with Roommates”
2016 Angie Acquatella “Quantifying the Effects of Shared Spectrum”
2016 Sam Trejo An Econometric Analysis of the Major Choice of First-Generation College Students”
2015 Shreyas Krishnan Shrikanth “Beyond Cash: Mobile Money in Sub-Saharan Africa”
2014 David Oh “The Gift of Salvation”
2013 Robert McDowall "Patterns in Sovereign Default"
2012 Sharanya Rajan "Missing women in education - Does the existence of son preference among Asian immigrants influence parents' education decisions?"
2011 Juan Salem "Measuring Residential Housing Price Levels Using Hedonic Regressions"
2010 Audrey Straus “Education, Wages, and Employment in Pancho Mateo, Dominican Republic"

For more information about the Economics Honors Program contact Program Coordinator Jana Cole, jana@austin.utexas.edu , BRB 1.114, 512-471-2973. See also “Announcement of First Recipient of Thesis Award Winner”.


Salam Fayyad Excellence Award

CRITERIA ELIGIBILITY AMOUNT TIMELINE

Awarded to the student(s) with the highest academic achievement in the graduating class. Recipients are chosen by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Department Chair, based upon overall GPA, Economics GPA, and overall academic record.

The recipient must be classified as a senior in his/her last semester prior to graduation. 

The prize carries a monetary award.

Typically the recipient will be announced at the end of the spring semester.

Recipients

YEAR RECIPIENT
2017 Branden Goldberg
2016 Niraj Parekh
2015 Marshall Drake