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Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Awards

Congratulations to our award winners for 2019-2020!

The Economics Department is pleased to announce the winners of this year's undergraduate awards for academic excellence. The department celebrated the achievements of these outstanding students at its annual reception on December 3, 2020. We are most grateful to the donors and sponsors of these awards, and appreciate their support of the efforts of our students.

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The Al and Eleanor May Scholarship in Economics

This scholarship was named in honour of Al and Eleanor May. It was established by their children, Dorothy Wolfson (nee May), Mark May and William Wolfson. It is awarded based on academic merit and financial need. The winners is:

  • Jinghan Yang

The Alexander Mackenzie Scholarship in Economics

This award commemorates the late Alexander Mackenzie, and is given to a student enrolled in an Economics program who has completed at least two full courses in Economics in the session for which the award is made. It is awarded based on academic merit. The winner is:

  • Yuhang Li

The Arthur Hosios Scholarship in Economics

This scholarship was named in honour of Arthur Hosios, and established by the family and friends of Arthur Hosios. The Scholarship is held by one or more students on the basis of an original research paper that the applicant submitted as part of the requirements of a 300 or 400 level Economics course taken at the University of Toronto (St. George campus), for which the applicant received a credit. The applicants' work is evaluated based on originality and presentation. There are two awards - one each for the winning and second best paper. It is awarded based on academic merit. The winners are:

  • Clara Geddes and Christopher Sims

The runner-up winners are:

  • Yifan Fang and Jason Kei-On Ho

The Banker's Scholarship in Economics

This award was established with a gift from the Toronto-Dominion Bank, the Royal Bank of Canada, and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in 1891. It goes to the student with the highest standing in the intermediate macroeconomics course sequence. It is awarded based on academic merit and financial need. The winner is:

  • Qihan Jing

The Brian Mulroney Award

Endowed with a gift from Gerry Schwartz, this award goes to the student who achieves the highest mark in ECO230Y (International Economic Institutions and Policy), HIS 264H (Critical Issues in Canadian History), or POL214Y (Canadian Government and Politics). It is awarded based on academic merit and financial need. The winner is:

  • Ingrid Wanxiao Cui

The Donald Dewees Undergraduate Award

This award honours our colleague Professor Don Dewees, for his many years of service to the Economics Department. It is granted to students demonstrating excellence in Don's areas of passion and expertise: the economic analysis of law, and the economics of energy and the environment. It is awarded based on academic merit. The winner is:

  • Kashaf Sajid

The Frederick G. Gardiner Scholarship in Economics and Political Science

This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student enrolled in two of the following major or specialist programs: Economics, Political Science, and Public Policy. It is awarded based on academic merit. The winner is:

  • Nathaniel Steven Dallal McLean

The Jack L. Carr Scholarship

This scholarship was established through a gift from Professor Emeritus Jack Carr and his family, and is awarded to a student in either Rotman Commerce or the Department of Economics who achieves the highest mark in ECO209Y (Macroeconomic Theory and Policy for Commerce). It is awarded based on academic merit. The winner is:

  • Jacob Leong

The Lorne T. Morgan Gold Medal in Economics

This scholarship is awarded to the leading graduating student in a specialist or joint specialist program in Economics, based on the results in fourth year. Lorne Morgan, a veteran of both world wars, was an Associate Professor of Economics between 1932 and 1962, specializing in International Economics. It is awarded based on academic merit. The winner is:

  • Kathleen Yuanxin Chen

The Mary Child Scholarship in Economics

This award is given to the outstanding graduating student in an Economics Specialist program, based on performance in the courses required in the program. The scholarship was established in 1984 by Arthur Child, President and CEO of Burns Foods Limited. It is awarded based on academic merit. The winner is:

  • Kathleen Yuanxin Chen

The Mary Keenan Award

This award is given to two students who have successfully completed the first year in the Faculty of Arts and Science, and who have enrolled in a specialist program in Economics. It is awarded based on academic merit and financial aid. The winners is:

  • George Wesley Lyon

The Nanda Choudhry Prize in Economics (Year II)

This prize was established with a gift from the late Professor Emeritus Nanda Choudhry who retired in 1996. It is awarded to a student in a specialist program in Economics who has obtained the highest average mark in at least two of the required second year courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and quantitative methods. It is awarded based on academic merit. The winner is:

  • Isabella Giancola-Schieda

The Nanda Choudhry Prize in Economics (Year III)

This prize was also established with a gift from the late Professor Emeritus Nanda Choudhry who retired in 1996. It is awarded to a student in a specialist program in Economics, based on performance in at least two full Economics courses at the 300 or 400 level. It is awarded based on academic merit. The winner is:

  • Rongrong Yu

The Noah Meltz Undergraduate Award in Labour Economics

This scholarship is awarded in memory of our colleague Noah Meltz who passed away in 2002. The prize goes to an outstanding undergraduate student in our third year course, ECO340H (Labour Economics: The Distribution of Earnings ). It is awarded based on academic merit. The winner is:

  • Mrudul Tummala

The Paul L. Nathanson Scholarship in Economics

This scholarship was established in memory of Paul Nathanson who was the founder of the General Theatre Investment Company. It is awarded to an outstanding student whose program includes at least three full courses in Economics (A companion award goes to a student in Political Science). It is awarded based on academic merit and financial need. The winner is:

  • Jinghan Yang

The Ramsay Scholarship in Economics

This scholarship is funded with a bequest of the late William Ramsay of Bowland, Scotland. Like the Paul Nathanson award, this scholarship is given to an outstanding student whose program of study includes at least three courses in Economics. It is awarded based on academic merit. The winner is:

  • Gabrielle Carelli Yamamoto

The Reza Satchu Award for Excellence in Economics

This scholarship was endowed by Reza Satchu, co-founder of "The Next 36," Canada's Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative. For many years, Reza taught the very popular course, "The Economics of Entrepreneurship." The award is granted to an outstanding student graduating in Economics. It is awarded based on academic merit. The winner is:

  • Tianyu Du

The Safarian Scholarship in Economics

This award was endowed by our late colleague, Professor Ed Safarian, who was a member of the Order of Canada and a renowned policy expert. The award goes to an outstanding student in a specialist program in Economics. It is awarded based on academic merit. The winner is:

  • Mohamad Hassan Hammoud

The Smith Family Scholarship in Economic Policy

This scholarship was endowed by James C. Smith, and is awarded to an outstanding student in Economics who intends to focus his or her studies on economic policy or economic history. In addition to strong academic performance, this unique award is also based on student writing: applicants must write a short essay analyzing a current economic policy issue. It is awarded based on academic merit. The winner is:

  • Veronique Nuqui

Out of the essay pool, we also awarded one “Department of Economics Essay Prize in Economic Policy” to:

  • Mariam Khan and Noah Schonewille

The Stefan Stykolt Scholarship in Economic Theory

This scholarship was established in 1962 with a bequest from the late Stefan Stykolt, an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto. It is awarded to a student in a specialist or major program in Economics who has completed ECO200Y/204Y/206Y and ECO202Y/208Y/209Y. It is awarded based on academic merit. The winner is:

  • Yujia Zheng

The William G. Wolfson Scholarship in Economics

This scholarship was endowed by Bill Wolfson, who has taught our foundational courses, ECO100Y and ECO200Y. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding Economics Major who has completed second year, including ECO200Y and ECO202Y. It is awarded based on academic merit. The winner is:

  • Katherine Zi Yang Ye