Rice Economics Spring 2020 Newsletter

Spring 2020 RICE ECON News and Views from the Economics Department at Rice Congratulations Class of 2020! We would like to offer our heartiest congratulations to all of our graduating ECON and MTEC majors! I know that with the coronavirus pandemic this has been a rough semester in many ways, but not only did you (and your instructors) adapt and persevere, you came through with flying colors. And I think that is a harbinger of great things to come, as you boldly go forth to forge your way to what I know will be a long series of professional and personal successes. So, best of luck to the class of 2020 as you find a multitude of ways of doing well by doing good. Live long and prosper! As part of our graduation events, we held our fifth annual RISE Day Economics awards celebration – and the first and hopefully last virtual version – on Wednesday May 13, 2020. I would like to thank all who attended, especially families and friends of the award winners. In this issue of the RICE ECON newsletter, we highlight our undergraduate and faculty award winners. We hope you have a safe and healthy summer. George Zodrow Department Chair Social Sciences faculty offer their congratulations to the Class of 2020! Congratulations to the Class of 2020 from the RICE ECON Faculty! 2020 RISE Day Award Winners RISE or the Rice Initiative for the Study of Economics is an ongoing venture dedicated to enhancing teaching and research in Economics at Rice, guided by the RISE Council, a group of nearly twenty supporters of Economics at Rice that is chaired by Houston businessman Robert Ladd. On May 13 via a Zoom webinar, the Economics Department held its fifth annual RISE Day celebration during which we honored outstanding students in our undergraduate, graduate, and Master in Energy Economics programs; two faculty awards were presented as well. In this newsletter, we would like to recognize all of our undergraduate and faculty award winners. It is a pleasure to acknowledge your outstanding accomplishments. Note that a few students won multiple awards – in those cases, we provide their photos and bios after the last award received is mentioned. Undergraduate Awards Malcolm Gillis Award in Economics The Malcolm Gillis Award in Economics is named after Rice’s former president, who was also a highly respected member of the Economics department. It is presented to the graduating senior majoring in Economics with the highest GPA in courses for the major. We have two recipients of the 2020 award, whose GPAs were within 0.004 of each other: Su Chen The and Erin Kilbride. Su Chen Teh is a senior majoring in Economics and Environmental Engineering. She is interested in how economics can inform public policy, and has enjoyed learning new perspectives through her economics classes at Rice. Su Chen Teh Erin Kilbride studied Economics and Chemistry at Rice, and in her free time, she enjoyed playing on the Rice Women’s Club Soccer and Club Basketball teams. After graduation, she will be working as a consultant for the global strategy company Simon-Kucher and Partners. Erin Kilbride 1