Student awards

Department of Economics

40th Anniversary Undergraduate Alumni Scholarship in Economics

This award is offered annually to a continuing undergraduate student entering third or fourth year in the Faculty of Arts, majoring in the honours program in economics, and is awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Award recipients

  • 2018 Gilbert Lybbert
  • 2015 Georg Jalkotzy
  • 2013 Alexia Hill
  • 2012 Paul Lim
  • 2011 Paul Lim
  • 2010 David Marulanda

Don Mazankowski Bursaries in Economics and Political Science

This award is offered annually to continuing undergraduate students entering third or fourth year in the Faculty of Arts, majoring in political science or economics. They must demonstrate exceptional leadership ability within their extra-curricular activities involving community service.

Award recipients

  • 2016 Victoria Lappas
  • 2011 James Jeffrey
  • 2009 David Hoang
  • 2009 Akashdeep Kullar
  • 2008 Arunan Sivalingam
  • 2006 Nicole M. Corner
  • 2005 Jesse Adam J. Nickel 
  • 2004 Brian K. Hwang
  • 2003 Katherine G. Waap 
  • 2002 Chantal C. Ayotte 
  • 2000 Tori Amber Fahey 

Dr. Lawrence W. Copithorne Memorial Scholarship

This award is offered annually to a continuing undergraduate student entering third or fourth year in the Faculty of Arts, majoring in the honours program in economics. The recipient must demonstrate an interest in energy economics or the economics of natural resources.

Award recipients

  • 2018 Joel Balyk
  • 2015 Brandon Cave
  • 2012 Sumaira Ahmed
  • 2011 Yuan Yuan
  • 2010 Redon Gallani
  • 2009 Spencer Hall
  • 2008 Blake L. Berenger
  • 2007 Willie Ma
  • 2006 Daniel J. Huff
  • 2005 Ahmad Banki
  • 2004 Tanya L. M. Brooks 
  • 2003 Emily D. Birtwell 
  • 2002 Laura P. Dick 
  • 2001 Neal Zaluski and Charles V. Tamblyn 
  • 2000 Brent J. Miller
  • 1999 Serenity R. Blumer
  • 1998 Milanda Chan
  • 1997 Alexander T. Harris 
  • 1996 Kim P. Huynh
  • 1995 Kevin W. Dawson 
  • 1994 Carla M. Bonde
  • 1993 Curtis M. Gergley
  • 1992 No Eligible Recipient
  • 1991 Pamela G. Forgie-Thomson
  • 1990 Ramsay W. Froome
  • 1989 Jit Lan Jenny Lin
  • 1988 Kim Yen Agnes Lim

Economics Society of Calgary Medal in Economics

This award is awarded annually to a graduating student in the Department of Economics, and recognizes the highest distinction in scholarship.

Award recipients

  • 2018 Natasha Ahluwalia
  • 2016 James Conville
  • 2013 Paul Lim 
  • 2012 Tuan Pham
  • 2011 Ryan Sciban
  • 2010 Aaron Tomandi
  • 2009 Andrew H. Wilkins 
  • 2008 Harish Chandran Tulsi
  • 2007 Amanda McKee
  • 2006 Donna Waagenaar
  • 2005 John W. Anderson
  • 2004 Jennifer Piller and Darren Christie
  • 2003 Douglas J. Wilkins
  • 2002 Barbara H. Roberta
  • 2001 Megan E. Cole
  • 2000 Byron G. Scott
  • 1999 Lucas J. W. Rosnau
  • 1998 Annette Hester
  • 1997 Cailen V. Henry
  • 1996 Kevin W. Dawson
  • 1995 Carla M. Bonde
  • 1994 Michael D. Vaney 
  • 1993 No Eligible Recipient
  • 1992 Jody-Lynne Proctor
  • 1991 Ramsey W. Froome 
  • 1990 Jit Lan Jenny Lin
  • 1989 Martin King
  • 1988 Robert J. Wise
  • 1987 Kathryn J. Vogt 
  • 1986 Kathryn M. Horn

Frank Mink Undergraduate Economics Scholarship

This award is offered to a continuing undergraduate student majoring in economics, and is granted on the basis of academic merit.

Award recipients

  • 2018 Jordan Bartsch
  • 2014 Charlotte Kingsford
  • 2012 Lukas Albrecht
  • 2011 Matt Krzepkowski
  • 2010 Sisi Fu
  • 2009 Michael Birnie
  • 2008 Brett McIntosh
  • 2007 Alexander Jakobsen
  • 2006 Susan Baker & Yevheniya Hyrina

G. Gordon Clarke Bursary

The G. Gordon Clarke Bursary (formerly The Ziff Energy Group Bursary) is offered annually to a continuing undergraduate student majoring in economics, and is granted on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Nominees must have completed at least one of the following courses with a minimum grade of B+: ECON 323: Natural Gas Markets, ECON 325: Petroleum in the North American Economy, ECON 327: Petroleum in the World Economy, ECON 475: Economics of Natural Resources I, or ECON 575: Economics of Natural Resources II

Award recipients

  • 2012 Aftab Akbari
  • 2011 Gregory Ekkebus
  • 2010 Edi Qereshniku
  • 2009 Kevin Musial
  • 2008 Amy C. Jensen
  • 2007 Matthew N. Reimer
  • 2006 Amanda Tse
  • 2005 Terri A. Pekrul
  • 2004 Steven W. Everett
  • 2003 Nicole S. Topic
  • 2002 Mark A. J. Fawcett
  • 2001 James E. Udberg
  • 2000 Brent L. Robinson
  • 1999 Alison Hoi-Ting Wong
  • 1998 Kristoffer J. Aksomitis
  • 1997 Kristoffer J. Aksomitis
  • 1996 Vinh Tat Trinh
  • 1995 Robert W. Orr
  • 1994 Faizal K. Sharma

Professor Z. M. Kubinski Prize in Economics

This award is offered in each fall and winter term to the undergraduate student in economics who has produced the best research paper on topics related to Canadian economic issues. 

Award recipients

  • Fall 2018 Adam Wyonzek
  • Winter 2018 Joel Balyk
  • Fall 2017 Chloe Pavelka
  • Winter 2015 Edward Broschinski
  • Winter 2011 Gregory Belyea
  • Winter 2010 Chelsy Hoy
  • Winter 2009 Andrew Wilkins
  • Fall 2009 Robyn Lonsdale
  • Winter 2008 Garret K. Fellows
  • Winter 2007 Yvonne Smith
  • Fall 2006 Kenneth Wyllie
  • Winter 2006 Jessica R. McLennan
  • Fall 2005 Susan A. Baker
  • Winter 2005 Beata H. Korzeniewski
  • Fall 2004 Mark J. Thompson
  • Winter 2004 Nicole S. Topic
  • Fall 2003 John W. Anderson
  • Winter 2003 Laura P. Dick
  • Fall 2002 Darren A. W. Christie
  • Winter 2002 Carmen A. Rakoz
  • Fall 2001 Naomi K. Rowe
  • Winter 2001 Leszek Marek Boczek
  • Fall 2000 Liam A. Stone
  • Winter 2000 No Eligible Recipient
  • Fall 1999 Megan E. Cole
  • Winter 1999 Vien Nguyet Huynh
  • Fall 1998 Ben Sand
  • Winter 1998 MacDonald
  • Fall 1997 Byron G. Scott
  • Winter 1997 Craig R. Werbicki
  • Fall 1996 Mark M. Kruzel
  • Winter 1996 Kim P. Huynh
  • Fall 1995 John S. Joncic
  • Winter 1995 Stephen A. Morrow and Kevin W. Dawson
  • Fall 1994 Gordon P. Fercho
  • Winter 1994 James H. Townsend and David P. Krause
  • Fall 1993 Michael D. Vaney
  • Winter 1993 Andrew Z. Lapsley
  • Fall 1992 Brian J. Woolhouse
  • Winter 1992 Dixie E. Frankovich

Horst Betz Book Prize for Excellence in Economics (Microeconomics)

This award is awarded annually to the graduating honours student in economics with the highest academic standing in ECON 557.

Award recipients

  • 2019 Gilbert Lybbert
  • 2018 Liam Lindsay
  • 2017 Chetan Sharma
  • 2016 James Conville
  • 2015 Thomas Stringham
  • 2014 Alexia Hill
  • 2013 Paul Lim
  • 2012 Yuan Yuan
  • 2011 Daniel Jensen
  • 2010 Aaron Tomandi
  • 2009 Xuanye Lu

Horst Betz Book Prize for Excellence in Economics (Macroeconomics)

This award is awarded annually to the graduating honours student with the highest academic standing in ECON 559.

Award recipients

  • 2019 Gilbert Lybbert
  • 2018 Marbello Bejarano
  • 2017 Frederick Luke Gardner
  • 2016 James Conville
  • 2015 Scott Woldum
  • 2014 Alexia Hill
  • 2013 Paul Lim
  • 2012 Shalend Naicker
  • 2011 Ryan Sciban
  • 2010 Aaron Tomandi
  • 2009 Andrew H. Wilkins

Teaching awards

MA Teaching Assistant Excellence Prize

Awarded annually by the Graduate Program Director for the best graduate teaching assistant. The winning TA should exceed the Department's expectations and the successful student will receive a parchment and their name added to a plaque within the department, as well as a prize of $200.

Award recipients

  • 2019 Melanie Varkey
  • 2018 Catalina Cuzzani

PhD Teaching Assistant Excellence Prize

Awarded annually by the Graduate Program Director for the best doctoral teaching assistant. The winning TA should exceed the Department's expectations and the successful student will receive a parchment and their name added to a plaque within the department, as well as a prize of $200.

Award recipients

  • 2018 Safoura Moeeni

Victor Yang Song Graduate Student Teaching Award

Awarded annually in the Fall semester by the Head of the Department in recognition of teaching excellence by a graduate student teaching a Spring or Summer semester course. The successful student will receive a parchment and their name added to a plaque within the department as well as $200.

Award recipients

  • 2018 Blake Shaffer

Research awards

James D. Gaisford Research Prize

A committee, chaired by the Head of the Research Activities Committee, will adjudicate the Second Year Research Papers, and award the best Second Year Research Paper by a PhD student with $500. (Note: all second year students must present their papers to the department before the prize is awarded)

Award recipients

  • 2019 Arthur Novaes de Amorim
  • 2018 Dennis Nsafoah

Excellence in Dissertation Research Award

(Department Recommended Award)
Previously known as the Anton and Dalgarno Memorial Post-Candidacy Research Award in honor of Dr. Frank Anton, who was appointed the first Department Head of Economics at the University of Calgary in 1967. As a leader and mentor, Frank’s wisdom and integrity were instrumental in building the Economics Department. “Jock” Dalgarno immigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1924 where he settled in the Mossleigh district of Alberta and farmed until 1972. Jock loved the prairies and came to appreciate the importance of understanding economics in successful farming. This scholarship honours Dr. Frank Anton and Jock Dalgarno. To borrow from poetry: “He does not die who can bequeath some influence to the land he loves.”

Open to students registered full-time in a thesis-based graduate program in the Department of Economics. Students conducting research in agricultural economics will be considered first for this scholarship.

Award recipients

  • 2019 Mokhtar Tabari
  • 2018 Safoura Moeeni

Academic awards

MA Prize for Economic Theory

The top scoring graduate student with the highest average in their first year in ECON 615, ECON 657, and ECON 659 is awarded $200.

Award recipients

2019 Brendan Jewitt
2018 James Conville

Econometrics Prize

The top scoring doctoral graduate student with the highest average in ECON 705 and 715 is awarded $100.

Award recipients

  • 2019 Eric Jung
  • 2018 Felix Fosu

Microeconomics Prize

The top scoring graduate student with the highest average in their first year in ECON 707 and 757 is awarded $100.

Award recipients

  • 2019 Kangyu Qiu
  • 2018 Felix Fosu

Macroeconomics Prize

The top scoring graduate student with the highest average in their first year in ECON 709 and 759 is awarded $100.

Award recipients

  • 2019 Kangyu Qiu
  • 2018 Felix Fosu

Anton and Delgarno Memorial Graduate Scholarship

(Department Recommended Award)
Dr. Frank Anton was appointed the first Department Head of Economics at the University of Calgary in 1967. As a leader and mentor, Frank’s wisdom and integrity were instrumental in building the Economics Department. “Jock” Dalgarno immigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1924 where he settled in the Mossleigh district of Alberta and farmed until 1972. Jock loved the prairies and came to appreciate the importance of understanding economics in successful farming. This scholarship honours Dr. Frank Anton and Jock Dalgarno. To borrow from poetry: “He does not die who can bequeath some influence to the land he loves.”

Open to students registered full-time in a thesis-based graduate program in the Department of Economics. Students conducting research in agricultural economics will be considered first for this scholarship.

Award recipients

  • 2019 Nahiyan Azad & Anil Gogebakan & Karam Jarad & Sencer Karademir & Dimitrios Serletis
  • 2018 Eashita Dabas & Marjan Habibi & Jinan Liu & Dimitrios Serletis
  • 2017 Zahra Espanani & Sayeeda Jahan & Sobhan Iranmeshi & Chetan Sharma & Longzhou Wang
  • 2016 Ahmadreza Javanmardi
  • 2015 Philip Rasmussen
  • 2014 Astou Ndeye Aw
  • 2013 Yang Zhao
  • 2012 Bowen Gao
  • 2011 Connor McDonald
  • 2011 Richard Kendall-Smith
  • 2009 Andrew Wilkins
  • 2009 Jecielle Alonso
  • 2008 Jecielle Alonso
  • 2007 Margarita Gres
  • 2006 Daniel Dutton

Department of Economics Graduate Alumni Scholarship

(Department Recommended Award)
The goal of the Economics Alumni Graduate Scholarship is to encourage excellence in economics research. This Economics Alumni Graduate Scholarship is made possible through contributions from graduate alumni, faculty members, and the Building on the Vision campaign at the University of Calgary.

Open to students registered full-time in a thesis-based graduate program in the Department of Economics.

Award recipients

  • 2019 Felix Fosu
  • 2018 Aashay Tripathi
  • 2017 Feng Wei
  • 2016 Larz Renborg
  • 2015 Ian Michael Heffernan
  • 2014 Blake Shaffer
  • 2013 Aisha Khan
  • 2012 Bowen Gao
  • 2011 Connor McDonald
  • 2010 Maksim Isakin
  • 2009 Brett McIntosh
  • 2008 Jecielle Alonso
  • 2007 Jesse Tweedle
  • 2006 Ashley Martin & Xing Huang

Economics Society of Calgary Graduate Scholarship

(Department Recommended Award)
The Economics Society of Calgary (ESC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the understanding of economics within and around Calgary. The ESC is a chapter of the Canadian Association for Business Economics (CABE). The chapter was founded in 1965 to provide regular meetings for discussion and exchange of ideas in the area of economics, to promote public awareness and understanding of current economic issues and problems, to further economic knowledge in the Calgary area in conjunction with institutions of higher learning, and to provide for the social fellowship of individuals with a common interest in the field of economics and business.

Open to students registered in the first year of a graduate program in the Department of Economics. The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic standing and scholarship as evidenced by the documentation available to the adjudicators.

Award recipients

  • 2019 Zack Moline
  • 2018 Kangyu Qiu
  • 2017 Sida Yang
  • 2016 Tianjio Bao
  • 2015 Nafees Sadat Marashi Shoushtari
  • 2014 Blake Shaffer
  • 2013 Nurul Hossain
  • 2012 Zinan Li
  • 2011 Ali Jadidzadeh
  • 2010 Mohammad Alam
  • 2009 Stephan Sedor
  • 2008 Garret Fellows
  • 2007 David Still
  • 2006 Jason Strauss

Stephen G. Peitchinis Memorial Graduate Recruitment Scholarship

(Department Recommended Award)
In a career that spanned more than three decades, Stephen Peitchinis (1925–2004) was one of  Canada’s most respected and influential commentators on economic policy. A talented educator and prolific scholar, he joined the University of Calgary in 1968 as professor of economics, was dean of the School of Business (now the Haskayne School of Business) from 1973 to 1975 and head of the Department of Economics from 1985-1991, before retiring in 1992. This award was established to honour Dr. Petichinis’ contributions to the Department of Economics at the University of Calgary.

Open to students entering a full-time master's program in the Department of Economics. This award may be held in combination with any other award.

Award recipients

  • 2019 Alaina Olson
  • 2018 Melanie Varkey
  • 2017 Sina Ferdowsi
  • 2016 Bella Yao
  • 2015 Liang Chen
  • 2014 Nowshin Chowdhury
  • 2013 Philip Rasmussen
  • 2012 Zinan Li
  • 2011 Brent Cohn
  • 2010 Richard Kendall-Smith
  • 2009 Cory Temple