Congratulations to Senior Josh Kim, 2015 Dean's Medalist in the Social Sciences

Submitted by Nicole Johns on

Senior Josh Kim has been busy this year. 

In addition to  presenting a preliminary paper at the American Economic Association (AEA) annual conference in Boston this past January - an unusual and noteworthy accomplishment for an undergraduate - and having that paper, "Bankruptcy Rates among NFL Players with Short-Lived Income Spikes" published in the American Economic Review's annual Publications and Proceedings issue, Josh is finishing a double major in economics and math with honors, presenting his research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, serving on the Economics Undergraduate Board, and preparing to move to southern California this summer to begin his graduate studies in economics at Stanford University.

Josh is also in the UW Honors Program, is a Mary Gates Scholar, and won the 2015 Outstanding Paper Award in Economics. 


For these and his many other accomplishments, Josh is the 2015 Dean's Medalist in the Social Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences. Dean’s Medalists are selected on the basis of academic performance and faculty recommendations. 

Faculty in the department were highly impressed by Josh's AEA presentation and resulting publication, and his selection as the Department of Economics' nominee for this year's Dean's Medal was a no-brainer. Of the publication, Department Chair Fahad Khalil said "It is a very rare feat for an undergrad to have this honor, and we are proud of his achievement." 

As he wraps up his time at UW, Josh is thankful for the faculty, mentors, and fellow students he's worked with here on his various projects and in classes. “I got a lot of good experience and learned the fundamentals of academic research [here],” Kim said. “I’ve made so many great connections, and I'm looking forward to developing more great collegial relationships [at Stanford]."

The Department extends its congratulations and best wishes to Josh for his future endeavors.


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