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Department Spotlight: Meet our graduate students for 2019!

Economics graduate students at National on 10th

As part of the Department of Economics’ 2019 Fall orientation, our new and returning graduate students students recently gathered downtown at Calgary’s National on 10th for an afternoon of pizza and bowling. Organized by outgoing EGA President Abraham Saucedo Cepeda, the event was an opportunity to build friendships between cohorts while attempting to succeed at bowling.

Laneway bragging rights go to winner Zack Moline and first-time bowler/second place runner up Anil Gogebakan, both first year PhD students. Anuj Sharma, a second year MA student completing his thesis, told us that the event was an amazing experience to connect with peers through both bowling and ping-pong—and we’ll be excited to see what the next year brings.

This year, the Department of Economics welcomed 19 new graduate students who hail from all over the globe, as well as a few from right here at home. Zack Moline, a 1st year’s PhD student, is a Canadian student with degrees from University of Toronto and Lethbridge and recipient of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship. For him, choosing UCalgary was simple; Calgary’s quality of life coupled with the university’s unique research opportunities, such as being home to the Calgary Behavioural and Experimental Economics Laboratory, run by our Department Head, Dr. Rob Oxoby.

The Department also welcomed students from places such as Ghana, Cameroon, Turkey, Syria, Bangladesh, India, China, and Iran. Karam Jarad is a 1st year PhD from Syria and a recipient of one of the Anton and Dalgarno Memorial Graduate Scholarships. When asked why he chose to come all the way to UCalgary, he said it was the “great funding opportunities and full access to faculty committed to making sure students graduated from the program fully prepared for the job market or staying in academia.” For Anil Gogebakan, a 1st year PhD from Turkey with both a scholarship and research assistantship position under Dr. Alex Whalley, choosing the Department meant choosing a program that encouraged gaining experience in research on a broad range of topics, such as Industrial Organization, Labour Economics, Energy Economics, & Applied Econometrics.

The Department of Economics offers two streams of Master’s programs—thesis-based and course-based. Both Alaina Olson and Tizita Jimma recently graduated the University of Calgary’s Honours BA program, having prepared themselves for a Master’s degree through the Department’s specialized honours capstone classes. For Alaina, she chose a thesis-based Master’s stream, remarking that the “Economics department here supports my ambitious efforts to challenge myself and push my limits”, working under the supervision of Dr. Alex Jakobsen. Tizita chose the course-based stream to “build on my knowledge of economics … with the professors and faculty members who have always been supportive throughout my undergrad”.

Here at the Department of Economics, we’re proud to provide both new and continuing graduate students opportunity to reach their full potential and we’re excited to see where they’ll go next!

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