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Senior accepted into prestigious economics scholars program

For the second consecutive year, an Oglethorpe student has been selected for the highly competitive American Economic Association’s Summer Scholars Program (AEASP).

Michael Bell, a senior mathematics major and economics minor, follows last year’s participant, Paige Davis ’18.

The AEASP is an intensive eight-week residential program housed at Michigan State University. The fellowship provides summer development programs to women and minorities majoring in Economics with the goal of increasing participation of underrepresented groups in Ph.D. programs in Economics. As many as 20% of the PhDs awarded to minorities in economics over the past 20 years are graduates of the program.

“Michael is a fantastic choice for this program based on his strong academic background, his work ethic, and commitment to pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics,” said Dr. Cassandra Copeland, professor of economics. “(He) has been a joy to have in class, a dedicated learner, and a great asset to our Economics program.”

Throughout his time at Oglethorpe, Bell has consistently achieved Dean’s List and has been actively involved in the economics program, serving for two years as a tutor in Oglethorpe’s A_LAB. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics, and is currently waiting to hear back from several top-tier institutions across the country.

“I am so proud of him! He is certainly poised to be very successful in his pursuit of graduate studies in economics,” Dr. Copeland added. “I believe Michael will benefit from the advanced exposure to graduate level topics in mathematical economics, econometrics, and advanced theory prior to beginning his Ph.D. program in Economics in the fall, as well as from the early mentoring and support the AEASP can offer.”

The AEASP is an all-inclusive package covering tuition, fees, living expenses, transportation, books, and program excursion costs, along with a stipend.

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