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Economics Students Honored

Undergraduates Receive “MVP” and “Most Inspiring” Awards

A number of UO Econ graduates received recognition and special awards for the 2014 Commencement celebration.

Les Cole Sutera: “Most Valuable Player”


Les Cole Sutera

Les Cole Sutera was named the “MVP” for the Econ Class of 2014. He was recognized for being the member of the UO Economics Club who most distinguished himself through extraordinary service in the areas of research presentations, peer advising, event planning and leadership. The award was determined by a majority vote of the UO Economics Club.

Sutera was pretty humble about being chosen. “It could have been anyone in the club,” he says.

Daniel Moas: “Most Inspiring”

Daniel Moas

Daniel Moas

Daniel Moas was named the “Most Inspiring Economics Graduate” based on nominations from his peers and faculty recommendations. The criteria for the award included academic rigor, active class involvement, and encouragement of his peers in the study of economics.

One nominating student said, “Danny is such an enthusiastic student. He is smart as a whip and seems to have a natural mind for economics. He is also always willing to help others and wants to see others succeed.”

After learning about the award, Moas said, “I just want to say ‘thank you’ to all my friends, and the friends I met along the way, for supporting me. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Honors Theses Award Recipients

In addition, Brad Zukerman received an award for the Best Individual Honors Paper for his thesis “Criminal Activity and Access to Rail Transit: An Examination of the Relationship in Chicago.” Matthew Davis and Andrea Vedder were given the Best Group Honors Paper Award for their collaborative effort, “The Real Consequences of Property Tax Compression for Oregon Public Schools.”

Graduate School Honors

The GTF Teaching Award for the UO Department of Economics goes to Ben Fitch-Fleischmann, who also received one of two 2014 Donald and Darel Stein Graduate Student Teaching Awards given to UO GTFs. Fitch-Fleischmann also received the Mikesell Research Paper Award for his paper, “The Political Economy of Relief Aid After Climate-Related Disasters: Nicaragua and Hurricane Mitch.”

John Voorheis received the PhD Research Paper Award for his paper, “State and Metropolitan Area Income Inequality in the United States: Trends and Determinants, 1968–2012.”

Congratulations to all!