News for Alumni

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.

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."

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.

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