2012-13 Outstanding Economics Students


This past year, the Economics Department conferred the Wallace P. Atherton Memorial Award for the Outstanding Graduating Senior, the Richard J. Powell Award of Merit for the Outstanding Graduate Student, and announced its Outstanding Graduates in Economics, Business Economics, and Mathematical Economics & Economic Theory. The 2012-13 awardees were:

All Recipients

from left to right: Kyle Maury, Samantha Allred, Evelyn Sanchez, Sheri Wight, Erica Fedorko, Yan Ma, Katherine Ruiz and Arad Gharehbaghi.

Samantha Allred and Kyle Maury were the recipients of the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Business Economics award. Samantha was a double major in fashion merchandising and design and business economics. Currently, she is looking into graduate schools in the fields of fashion and economics, and has aspirations of opening her own business where she would design and sell her own clothing line. Kyle was a double major in business economics and political science while maintaining his employment with an electrical contractor. While attending CSULB, he competed on the moot court team and planned on applying to law school for enrollment in fall 2014.

Erica Fedorko received the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Mathematical Economics & Economic Theory award.

Arad Gharehbaghi was honored as the Outstanding Graduate Student for the Master of Arts in Global Logistics (MAGL) degree. After earning his 2010 bachelor’s degree in marine technology with an emphasis in shipbuilding in Tehran, Iran, Arad graduated from the MAGL program with a 4.0 GPA. He is now following his passion combining engineering with economic concepts by exploring an opportunity in the supply chain design and innovation department of a pioneering supply chain company.

Powell Award Grad student Ma

Chair Wade Martin presents the Richard J. Powell Award of Merit to Yan Ma.

Yan Ma received the Richard J. Powell Award of Merit for the Outstanding Graduate Student in the Department of Economics in addition to receiving the prestigious Dean’s List of Graduating Master’s Students Award, which is only given to the top 1 percent of the graduating class in the College of Liberal Arts. Yan received her 2009 master’s degree in industrial economics from Dong Bei University of Finance and Economics in China before coming to Long Beach to study for her master’s degree in economics. She hopes to develop a career as a researcher/economist, concentrating on environment and energy fields with consulting firms and non-profit organizations.

Katherine Ruiz received the Outstanding Graduate Student for the M.A. in Economics award. Katherine completed the program in a year and a half, having received her B.A. in economics from UCLA before coming to CSULB. She hopes to one day be a financial analyst and plans to travel to several countries in Central and South America.

Evelyn Sanchez and Sheri Wight are both recipients of the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Economics award.

Marilyn Vazquez received the Wallace P. Atherton Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student award.