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DEPARTMENT SEMINARS

Throughout the year, our department offers seminars at 4:00 pm on Fridays. These seminars feature guest lectures, faculty and our students. Please come back to view our updated schedule.

Department News

March 2019: Check out Dr. Piovani's recent work on gender and trade. She has published three articles on the topic. Be sure to check them out here, here, and here!

March 2019: Dr. Paula Cole lends her economics expertise to an interdisciplinary project examining Paid Family Leave in Colorado. Take a closer look at her research here.   

February 2018: Read here to learn more about Dr. Chiara Piovani's work as a consultant for the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development - Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities - Gender and Development Programme.   

August 2017: Henning Schwardt, Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor for the Department of Economics published his book, "The Path to a Modern Economics: Dealing with the Complexity of Economics Systems." This book illustrates how the treatment of complexity in analytical frameworks shapes economic studies. It explores the ways economists make sense of our economic environment and where their differences in interpretations of economic issues and policy proposals are rooted. Taking a theoretical approach and addressing different analytical frameworks, a basic distinction is introduced between top-down approaches, where assumptions about the economic environment are formulated at the outset; and bottom-up approaches, where an economic environment emerges from the interactions of the individual agents. Economic developments and changes in the role of the public sector serve to illustrate how analytical frameworks based on differing treatments of the complexity of the economic environment shape the interpretation of economic issues. Recognizing the validity of alternate perspectives on economic issues, a stronger foundation for economic research and policy can be formulated.

Student Awards

Every year, the Department of Economics recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding work in the field of economics.

J.Fagg Foster Award

The J. Fagg Foster Award, named for a beloved professor of economics at the University of Denver, is awarded to undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence in their study of economics.

             
2008 Award Winners
               
2009 Award Winner
               
2010 Award Winner
              Elizabeth Hansen                 Michael O. Sajovetz                 Evan M. Corzine
              Logan Mrtin                                    
              Tomas Merrill                                    
                                                   
             
2011 Award Winners
               
2012 Award Winners
               
2013 Award Winners
              Reina Gong                 Caitlin Hendee                 Samuel Kauffman
               Kyle J. McDonald                 Sarah McEahern                 Zachary Gonzales
                                                   
             
2014 Award Winners
               
2015 Award Winners
               
2016 Award Winners
              Anita Balakrishnan                 Alexandra Coulter                 Xinghang Lu
              Deshae Gehr                 Thomas Tarler                 Madeline Doering
               Lily Montesano                                   Alexandra Hoffman
                                                   
             
2017 Award Winner
               
2018 Award Winners
               
2019 Award Winners
              Bryce Anderson-Gregson                 Morgan Smith                 Brenn Anderson-Gregson
                                 Sydney Donati-Leach                 John "Marcus" Dockerty
                                                  Jacquelyn English
                                                  Elizabeth Lochhead
                                                  Samuel Pargament
                                                  Ryan Taylor

 

Edmund Barbour Award

The Edmund Barbour Award is presented to students who demonstrate outstanding work in the field of economics during their first year of graduate studies.

             
2014 Award Winner
               
2015 Award Winner
              Geshan Sun                 Danyi Wang
                                 
             
2016 Award Winner
               
2018 Award Winner
              Chen "Cassie" Chen                 Sumaiya Saif
                                 


Satish Raichur Award

The Satish Raichur Award is presented to graduate students who have demonstrated excellence in the study of political economy.

             
2008 Award Winner
               
2009 Award Winner
               
2010 Award Winner
              Edgar Luna                 Luisa Sanchez de Tagle                 Rachel F. Hartgen
                                                   
             
2011 Award Winners
               
2012 Award Winner
               
2013 Award Winners
              Marcus C. Fresques                 Alexander Spray                 Nichole Alexander
              Dustin J. Page                                   Sira Nukulkit
                                                   
             
2014 Award Winner
               
2015 Award Winner
               
2016 Award Winner
              Kyle Glenn                 Matthew Silva                 Danyi Wang
                                                   
             
2017 Award Winners
               
2019 Award Winner
                 
              Chen "Cassie" Chen                 Sumaiya Saif                  
              Elen Murvanidze                                    

 

Alonzo B. May Award

The Alonzo B. May Award is presented to students who have demonstrated outstanding work in the BSBA program. 

               
2008 Award Winner
               
2009 Award Winner
                Jordan DeHerra                 Luke E. David
                                   
               
2010 Award Winner
               
2011 Award Winner
                Cullen D. Murphy                 Tyler R. Vance
                                   
               
2012 Award Winner
               
2013 Award Winner
                Drew Dondelinger                 Laura Newman