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SFU Economics celebrates its top students with 2022 undergraduate awards
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.
Cliff Lloyd Memorial Award
The award recognizes the graduating economics honours student with the highest cumulative grade point average (CGPA).
I first began studying at Simon Fraser University in the summer of 2017. I initially decided to pursue a degree in economics as I was curious about the markets and financial systems that we participate in on a daily basis. The more I learnt about economics, the more I fell in love with the field. I particularly enjoy how economics can be applied to investigate real-world issues and uncover possible solutions to society’s most pressing problems. My research interests lay at the intersection of health economics and industrial organization. I am especially captivated by the application of these two fields when investigating the structure of the pharmaceutical industry and advocating for the well being of patients. In August, I will be heading to France to pursue my masters degree at the Toulouse School of Economics. I am thrilled to be attending such a competitive program at a school with a track record of conducting outstanding research. Ultimately, my long term goal is to obtain a PhD in economics so that I can become a professor.
Jack Knetsch Award
Named after emeritus professor Jack Knetsch, the award recognizes the best essay in the Economics Honours Thesis course (ECON 499W).
Weiyu (Aaron) Chen
I joined Simon Fraser University in spring 2018. My first interaction with economics was an entry level macroeconomic course where it was the first time I realized that our society is running under certain rules and we can in fact make the world better by utilizing these rules. As I learned how to model and test these rules, it further developed my passion for economics. For now I’m open to all types of economic research before settling down on a specific area of expertise. After graduation, I will continue my studies in the MA economics program at the University of Toronto, starting later this fall. I hope I can go further in the world of academia.
John Chant Award
Named after emeritus professor John Chant, the award recognizes the student with the highest cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in the undergraduate major program.
I transferred from FIC to SFU in the summer of 2019. At first I planned to major in business but after taking some elective courses in economics, I found that I was more interested in macro market changes than companies. I think it's a wonderful thing that the world is constantly changing, and the economic impact of that change on the world is also very diverse and interesting. As a result, when I transferred to SFU, I changed my major to economics where I began to understand the laws of the global economy and the economic consequences of changes. In recent years, I've noticed that China's automobile industry is converting more from traditional gasoline to electricity, and people's production is becoming more and more intelligent. People are also paying more attention to environmental protection and energy. Therefore, I will be enrolling in a postgraduate study in the fall at University College London's (UCL) sustainable resources program with a focus toward economic policy and transformation in order to gain a deeper understanding of environmental economics. I hope that one day, as a student of economics, I can make a small contribution to the betterment of the Earth.