The 2009 Ray and Marge Lancaster Scholarship was made possible by the generous donation of their son, Brad, who received both an undergraduate and graduate degree in economics at CSULB. His desire in setting up the scholarship was to honor the memory of his parents and to ease the financial struggle of either an undergraduate or graduate student in economics. The Center for Scholarship Information, under the Division of Student Services, coordinated the selection process with the assistance of faculty in a blind review process. The scholarship is highly competitive and is awarded on several criteria, including a student’s background, career aspirations and how this scholarship will significantly impact the student’s life.
The scholarship selection committee chose Anna Karolina Larsson as the 2009 recipient. Anna is the second economics student to be awarded this scholarship. She is an undergraduate student whose focus is health economics. Her plans include pursuing a Ph.D. degree and working internationally to create economics policies that will aid in the distribution of health information and health care to the less fortunate.
This year, the Economics Department conferred the Wallace Atherton Memorial Award to two Outstanding Graduating Seniors, the J. Richard Powell Award of Merit to the Outstanding Graduate Student, and announced the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Economics. The 2008-09 awardees are Parker Chaffee, Brydey J. Redmon, Karen Lopez, Kevin Mori and Katrina Hodges.
Parker Chaffee is one of two recipients of the Wallace Atherton Memorial Award and was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Business Economics. He successfully completed a double major in management information systems and business economics while being placed on the President’s List.
Brydey J. Redmon also received the Wallace Atherton Memorial Award and was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Economics. Brydey graduated Magna Cum Laude while double majoring in mathematics and economics. She is currently completing her M.A. in economics at CSULB.
Karen Lopez is the recipient of the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Mathematical Economics. She successfully completed a double major in mathematical statistics and mathematical economics. Karen was recently accepted into the mathematical applied statistics M.S. program at CSULB.
Kevin Mori is the recipient of the J. Richard Powell Award and one of the recipients of the Outstanding Graduate Student award in economics.
Katrina Hodges is also the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student award in economics. Katrina plans to utilize her M.A. degree to teach introductory economics courses at the community college level. After graduation, she will be working full time as a contractor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she worked as an assistant to the regional economist while attending classes.
Murat Koksel is the recipient of the 2008-09 Outstanding Graduate Student in Global Logistics award. Murat is currently an operations manager at Hamburg Sud, overseeing the marina operations for the West Coast of North America. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in maritime transportation and management engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. He also earned a Chief Mate License as a merchant marine officer for oceangoing vessels of unlimited tonnage.
Murat’s prior achievements include becoming the youngest chief officer ever in the Turkon Line fleet. As a marine surveyor for the National Cargo Bureau, he continued to expand his knowledge of national and international regulations. Murat developed a deep passion for goods movement during his 12 years in the maritime and shipping industry.
Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Global Logistics, he plans to continue contributing his knowledge to the maritime industry in Southern California.
The Tau Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society in economics, inducted 11 new members in 2008-09. To qualify for membership, undergraduate applicants must have completed at least 12 units in economics with an average of "B" or better and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Graduate students are judged solely on their graduate work and must have completed one semester of full-time course work with attainment of a “B” or better average.
The faculty and staff of the Department of Economics wish to congratulate these newest members:
Shane Emerson Cox
Ann M. Hoang
Lisa Marie Likely
Roxanna Dela Merced
Juan Jose Nieto Polo
Jose Alfredo Roman
It’s not too late for interested alumni to apply for membership in Omicron Delta Epsilon. Contact the department office at 562-985-5061 for additional information.