Departmental Awards

College Prize for Excellence

The College Prize for Excellence in Economics recognizes outstanding scholastic performance by undergraduate students in economics. It is awarded to one or more students who demonstrate great achievement in economics, commitment to the field, and a deep passion for learning. The recipients are selected by the Director of Undergraduate Studies in consultation with the faculty and the award is funded by the College of Arts & Sciences.

2015: Sirui Feng, Malcolm Kapuza, Dan Zhu
2014: Guy Aridor, Calvin Chiu, Jessika Smith
2013: Sam Leone, Caitlin Outterson, Daniella Sehgal
2012: Andrea Dacka, Shawn Musgrave, Ryan Ruikka
2011: Michael Clancy
2010: Jeanna Simeone
2009: Justin Ladner, Krystal Tan
2008: Alex Blocker
2007: Dana Rotz
2006: Kaiwen Leong, Laura Diane Shiers
2005: Stephen Miran
2004: Timothy Manion
1995: Antje Dorothea Siems
1993: Alicia C. Halligan
1992: Eyal Elkon, Elizabeth Wong

Prize for Academic Excellence in the Economics Master’s Program

The Prize for Academic Excellence in the Economics Master’s Program was established in 2014 by generous donations from Economics alumni Randy Cohen (BA/MA 2007), Brian Herr (BA 1999), Michael Kheyfets (BA/MA 2007), and Michelle Meyer (BA/MA 2004). This prize recognizes outstanding academic performance by students in the Department of Economics master’s programs. The award winners are selected by the Director of the Master’s Program in consultation with faculty.

2015: Teerapat Jirasirikul (overall academic performance); Yiming Cao & Guangzhi Ye (joint research paper: “The Effect of the Poverty-County Transfer Program in China”)
2014: Xiao Yang, Beixi Zhou

Special PhD Stipend for MA Graduates

Beginning in 2014, this award provides a summer stipend for the top graduate of a BU Economics master’s program who enters the BU Economics PhD program. The recipient is chosen by the PhD admissions committee and the Director of the Master’s Program, in consultation with faculty. The award is funded by a generous donation by the family of an MA alumnus.

2015: Xiaoxi Zhao
2014: Youming Liu

Gitner Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

The Gitner Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching is funded by a generous contribution from Gerald (CAS, 1966) and Deanne Gitner. This award recognizes exemplary undergraduate teaching by faculty in the Department of Economics. The award winners are selected by a committee appointed by the Department Chair.

2015: John Harris
2014: Michael Manove
2013: Kevin Lang
2012: Todd Idson
2011: Wes Yin
2010: Hsueh-Ling Huynh
2009: Dilip Mookherjee
2008: Regina Cati
2007: Adrien Verdelhan
2006: Sujata Visaria
2005: Hsueh-Ling Huynh
2004: Barton Lipman
2003: Todd Idson
2002: Claudia Olivetti
2001: Russell Cooper
2000: Marc Rysman
1999: Daniel Ackerberg
1998: Pankaj Tandon
1997: Peter Doeringer
1996: Debraj Ray
1995: Pankaj Tandon
1994: Robert Lucas
1993: Michael Manove

Neu Family Award for Teaching Excellence in Economics

The Neu Family Award for Teaching Excellence in Economics is funded by a generous contribution from Richard (CAS, 1961) and Amy (Economics, 1996) Neu through the Neu Foundation. It is awarded to a faculty member who demonstrates true excellence in teaching and a strong commitment to working successfully with undergraduate students in the Department of Economics. The award winners are selected by a committee appointed by the Department Chair.

2015: Albert Ma
2014: Robert Margo
2013: Jordi Jaumandreu
2012: Marc Rysman
2011: Bruce Watson
2010: Joshua Lustig
2009: Daniele Paserman
2008: Jawwad Noor
2007: Greg Pavlov
2006: Marc Rysman
2005: Guido Kuersteiner
2004: Pierre Perron
2003: Hsueh-Ling Huynh
2002: Kevin Lang
2001: John Leahy
2000: Linda Bui
1999: Maristella Botticini
1998: Stephen Donald
1997: Michael Manove
1996: Leroy Jones

Graduate Advisor of the Year

The Graduate Advisor of the Year is awarded annually to recognize outstanding advisory work by a faculty member. The Graduate Economics Association organizes voting by the Economics PhD students in order to select the recipient. The PhD students are asked to consider the faculty member’s willingness to make time for students, helpfulness with research, general support and guidance for students, as well as any other criteria the students think is important.

2015: Dilip Mookherjee
2014: Zhongjun Qu
2013: Jianjun Miao
2012: Claudia Olivetti
2011: François Gourio
2010: Barton Lipman
2009: Daniele Paserman
2008: Robert King
2007: Barton Lipman
2006: Dilip Mookherjee

Gitner Prize for Outstanding Economics Teaching Fellow

The Gitner Prize for Outstanding Economics Teaching Fellow is funded by a generous contribution from Gerald (CAS, 1966) and Deanne Gitner. This award, established in 2013, recognizes exemplary undergraduate teaching by graduate students in the Department of Economics. The award winners are selected by a committee appointed by the Department Chair.

2015: Dan Schwab
2014: Amrit Amirapu
2013: Eyno Rots

GRS Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award

The GRS Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award, funded by the College of Arts & Sciences, honors an outstanding Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics. The winner is selected by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with faculty.

2015: Arthur Smith
2014: Ben Solow
2013: Sarah Kroeger
2012: Amrit Amirapu
2011: Robert Munger
2010: Shinsuke Tanaka
2009: Emily Gee
2008: Murat Yilmaz
2007: Claudia Rei
2006: Nandini Krishnan