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Student Profile: Inez Hillel

Economics master's student in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

January 28, 2021
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My name is Inez Hillel and I am originally from Montreal. After completing my undergraduate degree in Applied Economics at Queen's University, I worked at the Centre for the Study of Living Standards in Ottawa. I am passionate about social justice issues, particularly concerning the interaction between climate justice, economics and community well-being. 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I chose SFU because the department was a good fit for my needs - the courses offered were engaging to me, as were the faculty's ongoing research topics. 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.

The Masters in Economics is a course-based degree, and therefore in my first semester opportunities for research have been limited. However, the support and skills I've acquired while at SFU has given me the has allowed me to focus on my own projects. My own research is heavily focused on alternatives to policing and facilitating access to social services.  I am grateful for having the opportunities to broaden my interests while enrolled at SFU.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

Simon Fraser University has provided me with the opportunity to do a directed reading in my first semester. I got to work one-on-one with a professor and learnt a tremendous amount from the experience.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR FUNDED AWARDS?

I was the recipient of the BC Graduate Scholarship and the Dean's Graduate Fellowship. These awards have allowed me to be focused on my research and better engage in student life.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM TO SOMEONE STILL SEARCHING FOR A PROGRAM?

The Masters of Economics at Simon Fraser University is a great program for anyone hoping to get a good understanding of the theoretical foundations of economics. I have completed my first semester and would recommend this program to anyone hoping to work once they graduate. Benefits of this program over others are the kindness and support of the faculty, the flexibility offered and the cohort you will get to know!

Contact Inez: iha12@sfu.ca

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