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Friday, December 14, 2018

PhD Student Andres Arcila Vasquez wins prestigious scholarships

We are so proud of Andres Arcila Vasquez, a PhD student in our department, who has won the OGS for International Students, as well as the President's Graduate Scholarship that goes with it. This is a highly competitive scholarship as only 2 to 4 candidates from the faculty of Arts are put forward for the OGS competition. It speaks highly of Andres accomplishments as an economics student that he is able to get these scholarships. Congratulations, Andres! 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Economics Grad Receives 2018 Arts Young Alumni Award

The Arts Young Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions in their professional field, in the community, and in public service within 10 years of graduation. This year, the recipient of this award is Mandy Tao, a graduate of the UW Economics program (2011).

This Arts Young Alumni Award is another proud achievement Mandy can add to her already impressive resume. Currently serving as the Director of Strategy at Merck, Mandy has also been busy co-founding "Education Togo Switzerland", learning new languages and climbing volcanoes.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Keeping the human in AI

Professor Joel Blit participated in a panel for the Waterloo Arts "Keeping the Human in AI" presentation that occurred at the Kitchener Public Library last week. Check out the full story on the Waterloo Arts webpage. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Professor Roy Brouwer joins new international scientific advisory committee on China’s environment

Congratulations to Professor Roy Brouwer who was named to the new international scientific advisory committee on China’s environment. Check out the Water Institute's post on the subject

Monday, December 3, 2018

What does Artificial Intelligence and Hollywood have in common? Alumnus Jack Zhang has an answer

Jack Zhang, Mathematical Economics alumni ('14), and his company Greenlight Essentials use artificial intelligence to write scripts for Hollywood productions. 

"Today you need to compete with video games, you need to compete with Netflix," said Zhang. "We find plot elements that can go up to a 80-90 per cent success rate when we look at the entire data set."

Thursday, November 22, 2018

MA students selected to participate in National Policy Challenge

We are happy to announce that an economics team, composed by MA students Ramsha Jaweed and David Kim, has been selected to participate in the National Policy Challenge organized by CRDCN (the research data centre network created by the government to facilitate access to confidential government data). The teams submitted a proposal to analyze a policy problem of their own choosing with confidential microdata.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

ECON 484/673 students visit Wastewater Treatment Plant

From the Water Insitute's page: 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Economics student wins 2017 Co-op Student of the Year Award

Matt Condie, Honours Economics and Arts & Business student, was awarded the 2017 Co-op Student of the Year award. This award is presented to one student per faculty every year for exceptional contributions to one or more of their work term employers. Matt stepped up to the plate in a big way during his work term at HubHead Corporation and successfully reinvented the company's social media presence.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Barriers for consumers of marijuana post-legalization, Professor Sen reports

With the new federal legislation legalizing cannabis consumption across Canada coming into effect this week, Economics Professor Anindya Sen's research has been highlighted in the media on a few occasions over the last few days:

Friday, September 7, 2018

How do International Students fare in the job market after graduation?

Professor Mikal Skuterud and PhD student Zong Jia Chen studied the labour market performance of former international students with their Canadian counterparts. Check out the report titled, "Comparing Outcomes: The Relative Job-Market Performance of Former International Students".