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Christian Sprague Received Distinguished Thesis Award

Christian Sprague’s thesis “Robustness Effects on the Resilience Process within the U.S. Labor Market” has been unanimously selected as the winner of the 2019-2020 Boise State University Distinguished Thesis Award for the category non-STEM (humanities, social sciences, education and business). Sprague was in the first graduating class of the new master of science in economics program at Boise State University and was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate.

Christian in graduation cap and gown

“The selection committee was very impressed with the originality and creativity of your [Sprague’s] work,” said Graduate College Associate Dean Scott Lowe in an email to Sprague.

The Department of Economics Chair Chris Loucks and Program Director Michail Fragkias nominated Sprague’s work.

“Dr. Fragkias and I believe that the quality of Christian’s master thesis work makes him a frontrunner in any group of Boise State master degree holders,” said Loucks. “The nomination materials clearly showcase this point.”

Sprague’s thesis project will be submitted as the Boise State University nominee to the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) distinguished thesis award competition. The winners of the WAGS awards will receive cash awards and will be invited to the annual meeting in Albuquerque in March 2020.

Sprague is in the Systems Engineering Ph.D. program at Cornell University.