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Rie Ashizawa Memorial Award

This award was established in 2002 by the family of Rie Ashizawa in her memory. The award is given to students for outstanding performance on the qualifying examinations.

The winner for 2017 is Lu Wang


Sidney Brown Prize in Economics

First awarded in 1990, this prize was established by Mr. Thornton O’Glove in memory of his friend, Sidney Brown (RC ’40). The award is given to the student(s) who demonstrate(s) outstanding performance and promise in the first two years of graduate study.

The winners for 2017 are Xuesong Huang and Hyungil Kye


Sidney I. Simon Awards

These two awards honor former faculty member Sidney Simon, who taught at Rutgers for 45 years.

Sidney I. Simon Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching

Given to a graduate student(s) who has completed their third year in the Ph.D. program for outstanding teaching.

The winner for 2017 is Han-Yen Kao

Sidney I. Simon Prize for Outstanding Second Year Research Paper

This award is in recognition of the best second year research paper. Criteria for selection include likelihood of publication in a respected economic journal, contribution to the relevant field of economic analysis, originality and technical competence, as well as clarity of writing.

The winners for 2017 are Ryuichiro Izumi and Arpita Mukherjee

Dorothy Rinaldi Award

This award was established in honor of Dorothy Rinaldi, who worked in the Economics Department for over 35 years, to provide a graduate student prize for senior students who exemplify outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service to other graduate students.

The winner for 2017 is Geoffrey Clarke


Peter Asch Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1991 by family and friends of Peter Asch. The award is for a student writing a dissertation in the area of applied microeconomics who has performed to the highest standards in the program.

The winner for 2017 is Jieun Choi


Richard Lock Award

This award is given to full-time graduate students based on academic merit and ability to communicate basic economic principles. Preference is given to student(s) with a demonstrated interest in federal and state economic policies.

The winners for 2017 are Yixiao Jiang and Maria Sole Pagliari


Alfred S. Eichner Prize in Economics

This award is given to the student who has produced the most innovative and path-breaking dissertation research.

The winner for 2017 is Yixiao Jiang


Monroe Berkowitz Memorial Award

This award is given to a graduate student in recognition of outstanding dissertation work in the area of social policy, Professor Berkowitz's area of interest.

The winner for 2017 is Bin Xie


Professor Hiroki Tsurumi Graduate Dissertation Fund in Economics

This award is given to a senior graduate student who is expected to graduate within 1 year, and who has carried out exceptional dissertation research that has a high expectation of publication.

The winner for 2017 is Mingmian Cheng

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