It was an exciting and eventful year for our graduate students. First, a number of students were awarded internships with local firms: Aysen Dundar (APM Terminals), Denise Okamoto (Aquarium of the Pacific), Chad Owens (California Bank and Trust), Roger Sutton (Port of Long Beach) and Samuel Valdez (Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation). The Orange County Transportation Academy accepted Neda Jahedmotlagh into the Women Transportation Seminar, which is awarded competitively.
Two of our students placed in the CSULB Student Research Competition in February 2012. Foo Yee Law received second place for her work on “The Marital Wage Premium Revisited: Specialization or Selection,” and Denise Okamoto received first place for her work on “The Motherhood Wage Gap.” Okamoto went on to represent our university at the CSU Research Competition in May and also received first prize in the prestigious statewide competition.
Finally, we are happy to announce the creation of the new student organization, Student Association of Graduates in Economics (S.A.G.E.). Founded by Law, the association is now officially recognized by the university. S.A.G.E. will offer opportunities to network with local businesses, facilitate internships and career development, and promote leadership skills. We invite all alumni of the master’s program to consider getting involved in the organization. For more information, please contact the current president, Ivan Velasco, at firstname.lastname@example.org.