What Are Economics Alumni Doing Now
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Class of 2022
“After two years in market research and five years in higher education data analytics, I began pursuing a Master of Science in Economics at Boise State to further develop my economic reasoning and advance my analytical capabilities. The mathematical and computational rigor of the program has been exactly what I was looking for. I appreciate the expertise and enthusiasm of the economics faculty here at Boise State. I have already been able to leverage lessons learned in my current employment and am excited for the future opportunities this degree will enhance.”THOMAS SHARPE, MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ECONOMICS SIGNATURE STUDENT
“During my time as an economics graduate student at Boise State, I was impressed with the level of attention and care the faculty give to their students. Given the rigorous nature of the program, the faculty was always understanding and created a conducive learning environment. Studying at Boise State is one of the best experiences in my life.”
David Shin has been named a Schwarzman Scholar for the class of 2023. Shin is the first Boise State student to win this scholarship since its inception in 2015. The Schwarzman Scholar program accepted 151 scholars out of nearly 3,000 applicants this year. This places its acceptance rate on par with other prestigious programs like the Marshall and Rhodes scholarships. Shin attributes his success to the academic environment here at Boise State. “The economics department has cultivated a faculty that, above all else, values intellectual curiosity.”
Lauren Butler joined ECONorthwest as a research analyst after graduating magna cum laude from Boise State University. She conducts analyses with large, micro-level data sets using Stata and specializes in distilling and communicating complex economic and mathematical relationships into actionable findings for clients. While at Boise State, Lauren received several scholarship and authored a senior thesis that evaluated evidence-based policies within community corrections for the Idaho Department of Correction.
Makenzie Peake is in the Master of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she also works as a research assistant. After graduation from Boise State she joined the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis as a research associate. See an example of Makenzie’s research “Worker Diversity and Wage Growth Since 1940” on the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ economic research website.
Christian Sprague was in the first graduating class of the Master of Science in Economics program at Boise State University and was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Systems Science and Engineering at Cornell University and Senior Data Science Fellow at Cornell Center for Social Science. Equal parts data scientist, systems engineer, and researcher, Christian explores new ways to think about, evaluate, and interact with complex social systems. He developed a measure of neighborhood access in school choice markets across the United States, using student administrative data, to help policymakers strategize effective school choice efforts.
“Boise State’s College of Business and Economics positioned me to excel in the business world by providing me with lifetime mentors who connected me with relevant internships and opportunities. These relationships have provided me invaluable support throughout various phases of life, ” said Cassie
Cassie graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and was a Boise State University Top Ten Scholar. She joined Deloitte in right out college. Through Deloitte’s graduate school assistance program she completed a one-year MBA at the Oxford Saïd Business School at Oxford University, U.K in 2018. She was named one of the “10 Remarkable Women MBAs to Watch” by graduate business education source Poets and Quants.
George Fenton graduated summa cum laude in 2012 with a double major in economics and math. He competed with distinction on the Boise State speech and debate team, has a 2010 national title in impromptu speaking, was a Boise State University Top Ten Scholar and gave the 2012 commencement address.
George completed his economics Ph.D. at the University of Michigan was selected by his students as a top ten graduate student instructor in economics in 2019.
He is a senior policy analyst with the Federal Fiscal Policy team at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Prior to working at CBPP, George worked as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., working under top monetary policy decision makers including former Chair Janet Yellen.
“With my statistics training and economics degree from Boise State, I was well-prepared for the research assistant role at The Fed,” George said.