This year, the Economics Department conferred the Wallace Atherton Memorial Award on an Outstanding Graduating Senior, the J. Richard Powell Award of Merit to the Outstanding Graduate Student, and announced the Distinguished Undergraduates in Economics. The 2011-12 awardees are Nathan Nyquist, Paula Oeurn, Chelsea Redmon, Foong Yee Law, Denise Okamoto and Si Yuan Kuang.
Nathan Nyquist received the Wallace Atherton Memorial Award. Nyquist was a double major in applied mathematics and mathematical economics and economic theory; he graduated Magna Cum Laude in both subjects. He was also on the President’s List of Outstanding Students who maintained a GPA of 3.75 or higher.
Paula Oeurn is the recipient of the Distinguished Undergraduate in Business Economics award. Oeurn was a double major in finance and business economics; she graduated Magna Cum Laude in both subjects.
Chelsea Redmon is the recipient of the Distinguished Undergraduate in Economics award. Redmon was a double major in political science and economics; she graduated Summa Cum Laude in both subjects. She was also on the President’s List of Outstanding Students who maintained a GPA of 3.75 or higher.
Foong (Foo) Yee Law received the J. Richard Powell Award of Merit for the Outstanding Graduate Student. As a master’s student, Law has participated in research projects with faculty. She received second place in the CSULB Student Research Competition for her work on “The Marital Wage Premium Revisited: Specialization or Selection” and has given two seminars in the Economics Seminar Series. She is also the founder and first president of CSULB’s Student Association of Graduates in Economics.
Denise Okamoto received the J. Richard Powell Award of Merit for the Outstanding Graduate Student. While getting her master’s degree, Okamoto held an internship at the Port of Long Beach. She received first place in the CSULB Student Research Competition and the statewide CSU Student Research Competition for her work on “The Motherhood Wage Gap.” Currently, she is working for the Orange County Department of Child Support Services’ Research and Reporting Team as a research/statistical analysis assistant.
Si Yuan Kuang received the Distinguished Master’s Student in Economics award.