Economics Department Announces Graduate Student Prizes

By: Sarah Schupp, 
Thu, 12/21/2017

Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Yongmiao Hong, has announced winners of the L.R. “Red” Wilson MA ‘67 Excellence in Economics Medal and four teaching awards to students in the Economics Ph.D. program. Recipients come from a variety of cohorts and areas of economic research.

L.R. “Red” Wilson MA ‘67 Excellence in Economics Medal

Red Wilson has provided an endowment to support thesis proposal, research, and writing.  These prizes are awarded to Economics students (graduate students in the Field of Economics who have a member of the Cornell University Department of Economics on their committee) who are at the thesis proposal stage or who are working on their thesis.

Each Medalist receives $5,000 for research expenses.

Jorgen Harris

Matthew Thirkettle


Graduate Teaching Awards

In his announcement of award winners, Director of Graduate Studies and The Ernest S. Liu Professor of Economics & International Studies, Yongmiao Hong added, "An integral part of our undergraduate and graduate programs is the teaching done by our graduate students.  The experience gained by our graduate students is extremely valuable to their economics training and to their job market prospects. 

The department takes seriously its role in cultivating future educators and recognizes the hard work that goes into both being an effective teaching assistant and a top-notch researcher who can complete a high-quality thesis in a timely fashion."  Each teaching award comes with a $500 cash prize.

The Louis Walinsky Fund in Economics in Honor of Professor Herbert Joseph Davenport outstanding teaching award: 

Sun Woo Lee

Fikri Pitsuwan


The Ernest Liu Family Outstanding Teaching Award:

Flavio Stanchi

Lin Xu


The Howard and Abby Milstein Graduate Teaching Assistantship:

Abhishek Ananth

Derek Lougee


The Anindya (Bappu) Majumder '98 Memorial Prize for Excellence in Teaching:

Luoyi Su


Learn more about the Cornell Economics Ph.D. program and our current graduate students here.  View past Economics Department prize winners on the College of Arts and Sciences website.

Professor Yongmiao Hong

Professor Hong is currently serving as the Director of Graduate Studies and is the Ernest S. Liu Professor of Economics and International Studies in Department of Economics at Cornell University.

Hong's research interests include model specification testing, nonlinear time series analysis, financial econometrics, and empirical studies on the Chinese economy and financial markets.

Learn more about Professor Hong’s background, publications, and research here.

Economics Department Graduate Student Prizes