Graduate Departmental Recognition Awards

Benjamin C. Horne Memorial Prize

The Benjamin C. Horne Memorial Prize is an endowed fund that generates an annual payout which is awarded each year to graduate students in Economics at UC San Diego whose research has potential to advance causes that were dear to our friend Ben: peace, international cooperation, development, and environmental protection.

2016-17 Recipient

  • Samuel Krumholz

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Clive Granger Research Fellowship

Six fellowships, named after Nobel Prize winner Clive Granger, are awarded each year for the most promising graduate student research. The fellowship carries a small stipend and allows the student to make more rapid dissertation progress by minimizing work obligations for a quarter.  Nominations are made by the faculty running the thesis workshops (in consultation with their colleagues) and awards are made by the Graduate Committee.

2016-17 Recipients

  • Emilien Gouin-Bonenfant 
  • Seung-Keun Martinez
  • Mauricio Romero
  • Zhenting Sun
  • Fanglin Sun
  • Desmond Ang

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Graduate Student Research Seminars (GSRS)

This award is targeted at encouraging the presentation of research projects at all stages of development; but ideally those which have not yet been presented. Projects do not need to be complete or submission-ready to be presented. In fact, presenting them early on is a great way to get the feedback you need early to keep the project on-track. Awardee is selected by a committee of peers.

2016-17 Recipients

  • Ying Feng

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TA Excellence Award

The Department annually recognizes graduate students for TA Excellence. These awards are intended as a tangible form of thanks to TA's who demonstrate great efforts as well as glowing teaching evaluations from both the undergraduates, graduates and their faculty supervisor. Nominations are solicited from the faculty and awards are made by the Graduate Committee.  Awards are given out at the Fall departmental party.

2016-17 Recipients

  • Veena Jeevanandam Blume
  • Runjing Lu
  • Chelsea Swete
  • Yang Wang 
  • Alex Masucci 
  • Fanglin Sun

Extra  STATA TA Excellence

  • Claudio Labanca

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Walter Heller Memorial Prize (Best 3rd Year Paper)

The Department awards the Walter Heller Memorial Prize to the graduate student(s) with the best 3rd year paper.  Given in memory of Walter Heller, this award serves to provide a concrete form of recognition to graduate students who are getting off to the best start on their research career. Nominations are solicited from the faculty teaching the final quarter of the third-year paper sequence.  Awards are given out at the Fall departmental party.

2016-17 Recipients

  • Emilien Gouin-Bonenfant, "Labor turnover, income risk and inequality"

  • Chelsea Swete, runner-up, "Homophobia and the gay-straight wage gap"

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