Students pursuing departmental honors must complete 6 hours of ECON 495 culminating with an original work of research and an oral presentation. Requirements for departmental honors are in addition to the coursework required for the major. Students must complete ECON 495 with a grade of B or higher to receive departmental honors. Economics majors who have completed 90 credits with an overall GPA of 3.50 and a GPA of 3.50 within the major are eligible to apply. Not all applicants who meet the minimum requirements are guaranteed acceptance. Applications will be available starting May 1st of each year. Applications are due by August 1st.
The Howard R. Bloch Memorial Scholarship(s) & Thomas Sowell Scholarships will be awarded to full-time undergraduate students majoring in Economics. In the recent past we have been able to give several awards between $1000 and $3000. Applicants will be selected on the basis of academic merit and financial need, and the process is open to international and domestic students. Applications can be obtained at the Office of Student Financial Aid - South Chesapeake Module. Applications are due in May, and decisions will be made over the summer. Check with the Financial Aid office for more information on scholarships.
Each spring, the department selects one student with the strongest academic record in the graduating class to receive the Howard R. Bloch Memorial Award.
Further, students graduating in the top 1% of the graduating class in terms of academic performance receive the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.
The Economics Department as recognizes students graduating in the top 25% of the graduating class with the Excellence in Academic Achievement Award.
Students who demonstrate academic excellence as a sophomore, junior, or senior are invited to join Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international honor society in the field of economics. Please see the Omicron Delta Epsilon website for more information on the international organization and email the department at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our local chapter at Mason.
Generally the Economics Department will sponsor three essay contests in the Spring if students demonstrate sufficient interest:
This contest is open to all undergraduate economics majors and minors. Prior award winners are ineligible for this contest. The award's 1st prize is $500 and 2nd prize is $250. To enter the contest, the student must write an essay discussing how public choice theory applies to an everyday problem.
This contest is open to all undergraduate economics majors or minors. Prior award winners are ineligible for this contest. The award's 1st prize is $500 and 2nd prize is $250. To enter the contest, the student must write an essay on the topic chosen for that year. (Pick up info in Econ dept.)
This contest is open to all undergraduates who are currently enrolled in any 100 level Economics class during the current spring semester. Prior award winners are ineligible for this contest. The award's 1st prize is $500 and 2nd prize is $250. To enter the contest, the student must write an essay discussing how economics and individual liberty promote individual and societal well being.
Finalists for the essay contests and the academic achievement award winners will be notified by email and the awards will be presented at the Spring Awards Ceremony.