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Featured Alumni

The department is very proud of all of the students who graduate.  We set aside this area to feature graduates in hopes of not only recognizing individuals, but also to inspire undergraduate students because an economics major or minor can greatly improve success in a host of varied career disciplines. 


Svetlana Beilfuss

Degree:

  • Master's degree - applied economics, health economics certificate (EMU, 2014)
  • Bachelor's degree - major: Russian and East European Studies, minor: economics (University of Michigan, 2007)

Current position:

  • Doctoral candidate in economics - Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (expected graduation 2020)
  • Teaching Assistant - Purdue University Department of Economics

Extracurricular at EMU:

Svetlana Beilfuss

  • Presented papers at the Midwest and Southern economics conferences
  • Graduate Assistant / Tutor for Economic Department (2012-2014)

Scholarships, honors, research:

  • "New Evidence on Factors Affecting the Level and Growth of US Healthcare Spending" - co-wrote, forthcoming in Applied Economics Letters
  • "Pathways and Hidden Benefits of Healthcare Spending Growth in the US" - co-wrote, under review at Atlantic Economics Journal
  • Hanna Award (2014)
  • Highest Graduate G.P.A. (2014)
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon Honorary Society (2013)

EMU economics experience:

"My experience as a graduate student and a lecturer at Eastern Michigan University led me to develop a passion for teaching and economic research.  As a student at Eastern, I was exposed to advanced fields of study in economics and had the opportunity to work closely with faculty who were actively involved in research and publication.  My econometrics classes made extensive use of statistical software such as SAS, Stata, and EViews, which, in combination with econometric techniques, gave students the tools necessary to conduct empirical research.  Additionally, as a lecturer at Eastern's Department of Economics, I had the opportunity to interact with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds with a wide range of life experiences."
 

Kara Binning

Degree:

  • Bachelor's degree, highest honors - major: economics, minor: statistics with a concentration in statistics (EMU, 2014)

Current position:

  • Candidate, Master of Economics - Suffolk University, Boston, MA (expected graduation 2015)
  • Associate Asset Manager - Beacon Communities in Boston, MA

Extracurricular at EMU:

Kara Binning

  • ECON Club (President 2013-2014; Vice President 2012-2013)
  • Fed Challenge (2013-2014)
  • Symposium presentations:
    • "Great Depression vs. Great Recession" (2013)
    • "Policy Behavior of the Federal Reserve" (2014)
    • "Fed Challenge" (2014)
  • Teaching Assistant for Money and Banking
  • Tutor for various economic and math courses

Scholarships, honors, research:

  • "Policy Behavior of the Federal Reserve: An Alternative Taylor's Rule"
  • "Michigan Personal Income 2000-2012"
  • "Why Achieving Full Employment is a Hard Nut to Crack" - co-wrote this published article
  • "Monetary Policy Changes Over the Year"
  • Pearson Award (2014)
  • Undergraduate G.P.A. 3.75 or higher (2014)
  • Gockerman Award (2013)

EMU economics experience:

"Three econ professors in particular really helped me reach beyond my goals.  They were supportive, offered advice, and were always there to help me, whether it was on a homework assignment, or trying to find the perfect graduate school for me.  My advice to students is to build a relationship with your professors, don't be afraid to ask questions, and get involved."
 

Trevis Harrold

Degree:

  • Bachelor's degree, highest honors - double major: economics and political science, minor: international business (EMU, 2015)

Current position:

  • Candidate, Master of Public Policy - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (expected graduation 2017)

Extracurricular at EMU:

Trevis Harrold

  • ECON Club (Secretary 2014-2015)
  • Fed Challenge (2013-2014)
  • Symposium presentations:
    • "International Political Economy: How Does Freedom Correlate with Economic Success" (2014)
    • "The Experience of the United States Economic Foreign Policy in Kosovo" (2014)
  • EMU Office of the President Student Ambassador
  • Member of Student Government
  • Model United Nations
  • Executive Vice President of Greek Life
  • EMU Varsity Football Running Back (2011-2012)
  • University Judicial Board
  • Honor College Recruiting Fellow

Scholarships, honors, research:

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Humanitarian Scholarship (2015)
  • EMU Leadership Award (2011-2015)
  • Woodrow Wilson Thomas-Pickering Fellowship (2014)
  • Gregory W. Stevens Scholarship
  • Undergraduate G.P.A. 3.75 or higher (2015)
  • Fr. Bernard J. O'Connor Scholarship in Civic Engagement

EMU economics experience:

"The Economics department has provided me with the analytical tools to be successful at the professional level.  Professors in this department care about their students and create an open classroom environment.  The relationships built within the EMU Economics department are ever-lasting.  I am humble to have taken part in such a great academic program at EMU.  Go Eagles!"
 

Ian Krell

Degree:

  • Bachelor's degree - business administration in economics (EMU, 2015)

Current position:

  • CG-07 Financial Institution Specialist - FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) Boston South District

Extracurricular at EMU:

Ian Krell

  • Fed Challenge (2014)
  • Member of Student Veterans Group
  • Financial Assistant at Ameriprise Financial Services during enrollment at EMU
  • Part of the "Why Study Economics?" presentation group

Scholarships, honors, research:

  • 3.87 Cumulative G.P.A. (Magna cum Laude)
  • Deans list (Spring 2011-Winter 2015)
  • Undergraduate G.P.A. 3.75 or higher (2013)
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon Honorary Society (2014)
  • Selected above peers in a 1200 applicant pool to interview with the FDIC and subsequently was part of a 12 member group that received tentative offers for full-time positions (top 1% of applicants)

EMU economics experience:

"The economics program at EMU gave me the tools to be a competitive applicant in the FDIC recent graduate hiring program.  My own drive, work ethic, and execution of the requirements to achieve my current position would not have - by themselves - been enough to get me here.  The field of economics versed me in the trade and exchange of all different types of assets and ideas.  Principles of economics are seen in nearly every discipline offered in higher education.  For every end pursued, there is a cost imposed on the individual pursuing that end.  My study of economics has taught me to look for the costs, benefits, and incentives presented by all types of situations that I face every day in and out of the workplace."
 
"EMU's Economics department offers a small, tightly-knit group of professors that service a moderately-sized group of students.  I always have thought that the ratio of instructor to student in each course is more than adequate and the professors are very helpful and available.  The professors truly love the discipline of economics and it is seen in every lecture that they give.  This passion for teaching that they displayed throughout my college career really kept me going and drove me to achieve."
 

Nino Monea

Degree:

  • Bachelor's degree, highest honors - double major: economics and public law and government (EMU, 2014)

Current position:

  • Law student - Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

Extracurricular at EMU:Nino Monea

  • Fed Challenge (2014)
  • Member of ECON Club
  • Economics and general tutor
  • Six symposium presentations
  • Internship with Congressman Hansen Clarke
  • Student Government (Vice President 2013-2014)
  • Mock trial teams
  • Moot Court
  • Model United Nations

Scholarships, honors, research:

  • Graduated Summa cum Laude with Highest Honors (4.0 Cumulative G.P.A.)
  • Highest Undergraduate G.P.A. (2014)
  • Regents Scholarship
  • Symposium Undergraduate Research Fellow Award
  • David Hortin Scholarship
  • Robert McWilliams Scholarship
  • "Health Care Cost Inflation: A Policy Analysis"

EMU economics experience:

"Having an econ background has been invaluable for law school. Not only economics students score better on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), but virtually all law professors implement law and economics into their classes. In my first year, we've looked at production functions, externalities, and a massive amount of cost-benefit analysis. People often joke that being a lawyer is the best job you can get without knowing math, but in truth, having even an introductory background in math from econ helps a lot with understanding a lot of areas of law, such as calculating damages. Policy oriented econ classes have also given me a head start on topics such as risk-wage premium and Quality Life Years. I am also doing research with a professor whose background was in statistics, so a class like econometrics has been useful to allow me to understand the statistical terms we use."
 
"The great thing about economics is that it's more than just a set of fact; it's a way of thinking. The tools you learn through economics can be applied to virtually any problem that you face."
 

Thomas Stockwell

Degree:

  • Master's degree - applied economics (EMU, 2016)
  • Bachelor's degree - major: economics, minor: mathematics/statistics (EMU, 2014)

Current position:

  • Doctoral candidate in economics - University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
  • Graduate Assistant - University of Oregon Department of Economics

Extracurricular at EMU:Thomas Stockwell

  • Presented papers at Midwest Economics Conference and National Social Science Association National Conference
  • Graduate Assistant for EMU Economics Department (2014-2016)
  • ECON Club – Vice President (2015-2016), Treasurer (2014-2015)
  • Fed Challenge Team (2014)
  • Undergraduate Symposium Presenter (2014)

Scholarships, honors, research:

  • “Monetary Policy, Fiscal Policy, and the Great Recession” co-authored with Dr. Abdullah Dewan and published in the National Social Science Association’s 2015 Journal
  • Bruce C. Gockerman Award (2015)
  • Graduate GPA of 3.75 or Higher

EMU economics experience:

"I spent two years as a student and graduate assistant in Eastern Michigan’s Masters of Applied Economics program. The time I spent at EMU shaped me from a procrastinating undergraduate to a hardworking graduate student. This transformation was due largely in part to the dedicated faculty at EMU. The small program feel that the Masters program provides results in opportunities to develop relationships and work closely with your professors, which is not as easy at many larger schools, and the staff is always more than willing to help. They always pushed me to do well in my coursework and were very invested in my success as well as my fellow classmate’s success. I was recently accepted to the University of Oregon’s Economics PhD program, and my success is a result of the support provided by a number of professors in the department throughout the application process. I am confident that my coursework and research training received at EMU has prepared me to handle the rigors of my PhD program. After I obtain my PhD, I plan on becoming a professor at a reputable research university. My time at Eastern has been thoroughly enjoyable and has put me on the right track to achieve my goals."

 


 

Dian Xu

Degree:

  • Master's degree - economics (EMU, 2013)

Current position:

  • Strategic Analyst - Quicken Loans

Extracurricular at EMU:

Diane Xu

  • Graduate Assistant (2013)

Scholarships, honors, research:

  • "Econometric Analysis of U.S. - Canada Nominal Exchange Rate"
  • Graduate G.P.A. 3.75 or higher (2013)

EMU economics experience:

"Coming to study economics at EMU was the turning point of my life!  The Economics graduate program not only helped me master different areas of advanced economics knowledge and skills, but more importantly, it trained me to become an excellent analyst.  I was able to get the position I loved right after I graduated from the program.  I can never appreciate EMU, our Econ department and our awesome professors enough for all the great help I've gotten from them."
 
"Nowadays, lots of companies have tons of data, but lack of good analysts to interpret the data into business insights.  The economics program was well designed to get you prepared for that.  The economics theory classes will teach you how to think, while the econometrics classes will teach you how to process, analyze and present the data.  And these are exactly what companies are looking for in the job market."
 
Some friendly advice for anybody interested in the Economics program:
  • Never hesitate asking for help.  You will be amazed how wonderful our professors and GAs are!!!
  • Econometrics classes are highly recommended if you're interested in an analytical career.
  • Ability to use statistical software is always a great plus in the job market.
  • Try at least one of Dr. Crary's classes if possible, if you simply want to be a better person.