Starting this year, the Economics Department awards a summer stipend to a graduate of our MA program who enters our PhD program. The first recipient of this award is Youming Liu. Youming joined the MA program after receiving an undergraduate degree in finance in China. He earned a stellar academic record, including numerous courses in Mathematics as well as the Economics PhD program. He was admitted to several highly ranked PhD programs, but described himself as “saturated with happiness” when he was admitted to BU. Funding for this award was provided by a generous donation by the family of an MA alumnus.