Student Awards


Fellowships are outright grants of financial resources to cover educational expenses which do not require any work in return. There are university-wide and private sources of fellowships. Announcements of fellowship and grant opportunities are posted on the bulletin board outside the Department Office. The Coordinator of Graduate Studies will coordinate nomination of students for fellowships, especially in cases where nominations are limited to one per department. You should contact the CGS if you are interested in exploring fellowship or grant opportunities. You can also search out sources of grants and fellowships independently.

Outstanding Graduate Student Awards

Each spring the Department makes two awards to outstanding graduate students; one for Outstanding Graduate Student - Teaching, and one for Outstanding Graduate Student - Research. These awards come with a cash prize and the recipients name is engraved on a plaque that hangs in the Economics Department office.

Candidates for each outstanding graduate student award must be nominated by a faculty member. Documentation must be submitted in support of the nomination. The recipient of each award is selected by a committee consisting of the CGS and two other faculty members. You may wish to remind your adviser or other appropriate faculty member, if you believe you are a strong candidate for one of these awards. You can also assist the faculty member in completing your nomination by collecting supporting documentation such as teaching evaluations, publication reprints, conference programs, etc.

The College of Liberal Arts also makes annual awards for outstanding graduate assistants and outstanding instructors.

Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE)

The local chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society for Economics, offers invitations to membership each semester. The principal function of ODE is to recognize and encourage outstanding academic achievement by those in the field of economics. In addition to honoring excellent students by offering membership, the society also encourages scholarship by hosting guest speakers on campuses, sponsoring student paper presentations at professional meetings, awarding prizes for outstanding student research, and publishing a journal, The American Economist. The local chapter hosts a reception for new members each semester, with an invited speaker, and it offers annual cash awards for outstanding undergraduate and graduate term papers.

To qualify for membership graduate students must have a GPA of at least 3.5, and completed either the master's or Ph.D. theory sequence (Econ 504 and Econ 506; Econ 704 and Econ 706, respectively). Dues paid at the time of invitation cover lifetime membership, a membership scroll suitable for framing, and a one-year subscription to The American Economist.

Visit our scholarships section to see a complete list of our economics scholarships.