Rice Economics Spring 2020 Newsletter - Page 2

Malcolm Gillis Award in Mathematical Economic Analysis The Malcolm Gillis Award in Mathematical Economic Analysis is given to the graduating senior majoring in MTEC with the highest GPA in courses for the major. The 2020 winner is Yixing (Lisa) Ling. Michael D. Maher RISE Award in Economics The Michael D. Maher RISE Award in Economics is sponsored by the current senior program adviser for the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies, and is awarded to the rising senior majoring in Economics with the highest GPA in courses for the major. The 2020 winner is Alexander Patterson, who is a rising senior studying Economics and Managerial Studies. His special interest is in finance, especially in developing an understanding the foundations of investing. risE award in MathEMatical EconoMic analysis Alexander Patterson The RISE Award in Mathematical Economic Analysis is sponsored by the RISE Council and is awarded to the rising senior majoring in MTEC with the highest GPA in courses for the major. We have two recipients of the 2020 award, whose GPAs were also within 0.004 of each other: Cade Ballew and Vicente Iglesias. Cade Bellew is a rising senior at Brown College, originally from Norman, Oklahoma, who is a rising senior double majoring in MTEC and CAAM. He is looking forward to continuing his studies during his senior year, specifically through a research capstone course and the Honors Program. Cade Bellew Vicente Iglesias is originally from Towson, Maryland, and is majoring in Statistics as well as Mathematical Economic Analysis. He has interned at the Federal Reserve and will be working for Susquehanna International this summer. He is still unsure what he will do after graduating, but is most interested in macroeconomics and finance. Vicente Iglesias Patricia and Robert H. Parks Jr. Prize for Excellence in Economics The Patricia and Robert H. Parks Jr. Prize for Excellence in Economics is awarded to an outstanding ECON or MTEC student or students who are entering the work force upon graduation. The 2020 recipients are Elizabeth Rasich and Davis Nelson. Elizabeth Rasich is an MTEC major who will be working for the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab after graduation. Her research projects at Rice examined the economics of consumer bankruptcy, environmental protections, and microfinance. Davis Nelson is a senior MTEC major from McMurtry College who, upon Elizabeth Rasich graduation, will begin working for BDT Capital Partners as a merchant banking analyst in Chicago. During his time at Rice, Davis was heavily involved with McMurtry College Government, the Rice Club Lacrosse team, and the Rice Undergraduate Finance Club. Davis Nelson Tax Executives Institute Undergraduate Tax Scholar Award The Tax Executives Institute Undergraduate Tax Scholar Award is given to an outstanding student or students who are rising seniors and have demonstrated an interest in taxation. There are two recipients in 2020: Autumn Engebretson and Samuel Spitz. Autumn Engebretson Autumn Engebretson is a rising senior at Duncan College majoring in Mathematical Economic Analysis and Managerial Studies and minoring in Business and in Financial Computation and Modeling. She is involved with the Baker Institute’s Center for Public Finance working as a student researcher for Dr. John Diamond, and is exploring options in both finance and graduate work in tax policy and economics. Samuel Spitz is a rising senior from the Bay Area studying Economics and Managerial Studies. Outside of his work in economics, Samuel enjoys leading Rice Ventures, running his startup (filtur.net), working with the Doerr Institute, and playing pickup basketball at the Rec. Samuel Spitz 2