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

John and Tammy Cummings Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Economics

Description
The Presidential Scholarship in Economics is an annual prize, established in 2020, for students who have demonstrated leadership and service to the University and community.  Only students who attended specific Texas high schools are eligible.  The endowment was made possible by a generous donation from John and Tammy Cummings. 

Requirements | Application PDF

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.

Requirements | Recipients


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
2020 Drew Burd “The Effect of Female Managers on Pay Inequality: Evidence from Congress”
2019 Ishaana Talesara “Culture and Divorce: An Analysis of Immigrants to the United States"
2018 Gauthier Fally “Modernization and the Ghost of French Post-War Industrial Policy: Reconciling France’s Legacy of State-Led Capitalism with its Commitment to Further Economic Integration Since 1983"
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, please contact Holly Smith at  hollysmith@austin.utexas.edu or 512-471-2973. See also “Announcement of First Recipient of Thesis Award Winner”.


John and Tammy Cummings Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Economics

ELIGIBILITY AMOUNT TIMELINE
  • Current junior or senior majoring in Economics with 45 credit hours in residence at UT Austin
  • Students must have a University grade point average of at least 3.25 and must provide evidence of achievement in leadership and service to the University and community
  • For students who attended high school at the following locations: 
    Lockney High School in Lockney, TX
    Maypearl High School in Maypearl, TX
    Athens High School in Athens, TX
    Lubbock High School in Lubbock, TX

The prize carries a monetary award.

Applicant deadline March 1, 2021.

For more information, please contact Jana Cole at jana@austin.utexas.edu or 512-471-2973.


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
2020 Ethan Judd
2019 Grace Moriah Enda
2019 Vikrant Mukul Shirvaikar
2018 Nathan Mosley
2017 Branden Goldberg
2016 Niraj Parekh
2015 Marshall Drake