Congratulations to our summer 2021 undergraduate award winners

June 28, 2021

Congratulations to three of our undergraduate students whose outstanding academic performance and passion for economics has earned them this year's Department of Economics student awards. 


The Cliff Lloyd Memorial Award recognizes the graduating economics honours student with the highest cumulative grade point average (CGPA).

Garrick Lau 


Garrick Lau recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with honours in economics. Initially, his first economics class in his first semester at SFU in 2016 was just an elective course, but that exposure sparked his interest in the field. His interest in the subject grew as he continued to learn how economics could be used to understand real-world phenomena. The knowledge and skills learned throughout the years of his studies will certainly prove to be invaluable as he moves forward to the next stage of his life. Garrick plans to pursue a career in public service. He would like to express his gratitude to his family for their unwavering support, and his professors for their guidance throughout his undergraduate studies. 

Jack Knetsch Award

The award recognizes the best essay in the Economics Honours Thesis course (ECON 499W). This award is named after emeritus professor Jack Knetsch, who joined Simon Fraser University at its inception and retired in 2000.

Andrew Hicks


Andrew Hicks is a recent graduate of SFU with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours majoring in Economics. Since stumbling onto Economics in his third year, Andrew has grown increasingly fascinated in the subject and its practical policy applications. Aside from his studies, he has developed his understanding of economic research through several research projects as a research assistant to Dr. Kevin Schnepel, and through his honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Shih En Lu, both of whom he is grateful to. His thesis investigates the causal effect of basic income on recipients’ willingness to take risk based on evidence from the 1970s Manitoba negative income tax experiment. 

Andrew will be pursuing his MA at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver School of Economics this Fall and intends to pursue a career in economic policy research. His research interests include applied microeconomics, causal inference, and development economics. Andrew would like to thank his family for their constant support, and the professors in SFU’s honours Economics program for their advice and clever insight during his undergraduate studies.


The John Chant Award recognizes the student with the highest cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in the undergraduate major program. This award is named after emeritus professor John Chant, who started teaching at Simon Fraser University in 1979. 

Yingying Mai


I transferred to SFU in the summer of 2019 after obtaining a diploma in financial management from Langara College and three years of working in the financial industry. My interest in the field was sparked when I realized that economics is interwoven in everything around us - from government policies, the way businesses operate, and all the way down to the purchase of a cup of coffee. I enjoy learning about economics as it provides insights into social and economic behaviours that drive decision-making. The pricing strategy on consumption goods, wage differential in the labour market, and the opposite thinking of "good" and "bad" in environmental economics are of particular interest to me. After graduation, I plan to work towards obtaining my CFA credential, combining my economics knowledge with my financial work experience.