Recent Alumni News

The Department of Economics is proud to announce our 2023 Distinguished Alumnus, Wing Suen (‘88)! Wing will return to University of Washington to give the keynote speech at the Department of Economics graduation ceremony on June 6, 2023.  Wing earned his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 1985, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Washington in 1988. He… Read more
Join the Department of Economics for a seminar presented by Dr. Ramanan Laxminarayan (UW MPH ‘99, PhD Economics ‘99) on Wednesday, May 24 at 3:00 PM in Savery Hall 130. Space is limited, so please RSVP with this form. See the details of Dr. Laxminarayan’s presentation, “On The Value of Disease Surveillance,” below:  Abstract: Disease surveillance enables early detection and response to emerging infectious disease threats but the value of… Read more
Historian and Associate Professor of History Christopher Tounsel recognized the lasting impact of UW Economics alumnus Andrew Brimmer in his latest book, "Bounds of Blackness: African Americans, Sudan, and the Politics of Solidarity.” Check out the … Read more
Mark your calendars! Husky Giving Day 2023 is taking place on April 6, 2023. This 24-hour fundraising challenge is a campus-wide celebration of philanthropy and the amazing work that can be done with support from our alumni, donors, and community.   This year, the Department of Economics will be raising money for the Friends of Economics Fund. This unrestricted fund supports a wide range of departmental initiatives, including:  The Friends of Economics scholarship, awarded to… Read more
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The Department of Economics congratulates Eric Lei (UW BS Econ '14) on being names one of Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 2023! While at UW, Eric triple majored in economics, mathematics, and computer science. He now is a portfolio manager at WorldQuant. Read his full Forbes profile here.
Our students have had a very eventful autumn quarter! Courses and events have largely been in-person again this year, and we are grateful for the opportunities to be back in community with students, faculty, and staff. Check out some of the highlights from our student-focused events this quarter below.  Affiliate Professor Christina Tapia worked with the department to host a finance and investment banking panel, featuring four UW alumni who work across the financial sector. Undergraduate and… Read more
The Economics Undergraduate Mentorship Program is in full swing for the 2022-2023 academic year. We are proud to have 49 mentors volunteering their time to connect with students this year, including UW Economics alumni from the graduating classes of 1972 to 2022. Many mentors work with multiple students, allowing us to accept 76 Economics majors as mentees this year. Our students and mentors represent a wide range of professional and academic areas of focus, including investment banking, data… Read more
 The Husky 100 recognizes a select group of undergraduate and graduate students who are excelling academically and making an impact on our campus community. Being honored as one of the 100 awardees across the three UW campuses has been a highlight for Hanna Lester as she wrapped up her time as a Husky, graduating with a BS in Economics and BA in Environmental Studies in June 2022. We had the opportunity to sit down with Hanna and discuss her experience as an Econ major and the ways that our… Read more
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Every undergraduate student eventually asks themselves: “What should I do after I graduate?” For many, the answer is graduate school. Getting an advanced degree can be equally rewarding and challenging. Navigating the world of admissions and life while in graduate school can be tough. The Department of Economics recently hosted a virtual graduate school informational session on April 25th with Visiting Committee members Chris Nelson, Eileen Wang, and David Roe as panelists speaking about their… Read more
Navigating academics and what to do after graduation can be a daunting task for many college students. Having a support system is incredibly important for student resilience in the face of stress and major decisions that come along with it.   The Economics Undergraduate Mentorship Program connects a dedicated group of our students with volunteer mentors for a six month-long mentorship experience. The program recently… Read more